Out Of The Vaults #9 - Gaunt - Yeah, Me Too
One of the things Columbus, Ohio's Gaunt is know for is they were the other band on the legendary Dapanaik Records split 7" with the more well known New Bomb Turks. Before lead singer Jerry Wick's life was tragically cut short, Gaunt did record five solid albums. The last album, Bricks and Blackouts, was even released on the major label Warner Brothers. This album, Yeah Me Too, released in 1995 on Amphetamine Reptile Records, fell right in the middle.
Gaunt wasn't a band made for listening to while relaxing around the house. This was a band made to be listened to while driving. Whether it be a long interstate drive or just a trip across town, Yeah Me Too will be your perfect soundtrack.
Turning the key in the ignition, the brief instrumental title track plays as the car warms up. The car goes into drive as "Now" kicks in, the hooks take control and you are off. The urgency and drive of "Justine", "Insangel", "Hit The Ground" and "Richard Generation" keep you moving as you merge onto the highway. By the time the album reaches the super fast "Just Leave" cruise control has been put on as you continue to speed along. To quote Charlie Ryan's "Hot Rod Lincoln" (also done by my favorite band ALL), "The lines on the road just look like dots".
"Breaking Down" plays as you swerve between freshly placed cones marking a highway construction zone. Seeing your exit sign in sight, "Frank Stein" gives you one last chance to press down on the gas pedal before you make your way off the highway.
The slow album closer "Give Up" plays as you pull into you destination and get ready to the car. The great thing is pretty soon you will have to make the trip home. It's the perfect chance to try out one of Gaunt's other awesome albums.
The two songs in this video, "Mixed Metals" and "Pop Song" are actually on their Bricks and Blackouts album recorded live on the short live HBO2 show Reverb. I couldn't find a decent recording of any of the Yeah Me Too songs but they are available on iTunes. Go check them out!