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Album Review

Ignore MTV pop-punk; those somewhat catchy jokers that lack the balls-out thrust and skills of pioneers such as The Jam, Weirdos, Clash and Buzzcocks. Columbus, Ohio two-guitar quartet Gaunt's second LP-a marked improvement in sound over I Can See Your Mom From Here- recalls early '80s melodic hardcore greats, such as D.O.A., Descendents, Zero Boys and Bad Religion, before thrash ruined everything. Gaunt's songs and artillery kick, and horns fit for a king's procession on "Hope You're Happy" add a "hell-yes!" dimension. There's variety too: see the hushed "Deranged." Finally, name checking Aussie heroes RADIO BIRDMAN and (I think, by association, if I am a detective) THE SAINTS' '78 Prehistoric Sounds horns-laden opener "Swing For the Crime" on "Transister Sister" clinches it.


Formed: 1991 in Columbus, OH

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

Over the course of their seven-year recording career, Columbus, OH's Gaunt gained a sizeable following in their hometown, as well as across the globe. Fronted by the wisecracking vocalist/guitarist Jerry Wick, the quartet recorded albums for highly esteemed record labels like Thrill Jockey and Amphetamine Reptile before signing to Warner Brothers and eventually splitting up. In 1967, Jerry Wick was born in Parma, OH, to the proud parents of Sharon and Jerry Wick. Years later, during the early '90s,...
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