Gob
How Far Shallow Takes You


4.5
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Review

by insectaphobe USER (3 Reviews)
June 30th, 2009 | 11 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: TRACK PICKS: - 236 E. Broadway - On These Days - Self-Appointed Leader - Suds - Naked

Simply punk rock revivalists--and nothing more--Gob bring a lot of thunder to the table on their second LP, How Far Shallow Takes You. The album is a departure from the freeswinging, skatepunk sound found on their debut, and focuses on more melodic, perfectly executed renditions of punk music. The crunchy riffs and unforgettable hooks are what makes the album unforgettable, and accessible to any wanderer unfamiliar with the band.

The dynamic songwriting duo of Tom Thacker and Theo Goutzinakis provide a strong foundation for the songs in both music and lyrics, balancing the overall sound very well. Some of the songs are not meant to be taken seriously, though, mind you; "License from a Cereal Box" aims lower than its questionable title, and samples angry traffic noises...while "On These Days" is a drifter. The album sees more of a darker mood in the songs as it progresses. There is a deep sense of anger ("Self-Appointed Leader", "236 E. Broadway") and desperation ("Things Happen All the Time", "Broadway" again...) as Tom and Theo trade vocal duties. The basswork on this record is incredible; Craig Wood certainly pulls a rabbit out of the hat here, and many fans would not expect it. Although heard only as a dominant force at the beginning of "OK", Wood is a sustaining factor for the entire album

The Vancouver punks, Gob, establish themselves as a new creative force on the punk scene with How Far Shallow Takes You. They build off of normal sounds for 90's punk and creative an elusive, catchier sound that puts them a notch above the rest.


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Greggers
June 30th 2009


2375 Comments


Woah this is incredibly short mate, needs like another 2 paragraphs or so, I'm not gonna neg, but maybe you should consider rewriting this.

Also, slow down with the reviews, thats three in like 10 mins, wait til one's off the front page before adding another.

Tyler
Emeritus
June 30th 2009


7925 Comments


The length is fine, the posting a bunch thing at once is not.

Metalstyles
Emeritus
June 30th 2009


8574 Comments


I do like short reviews but I think that this review in particular could do with another 1 or 2 more paragraphs. What you have written here is pretty decent though.

OH and yes, we here in sputnik have this unwritten law that don't post your next review until your last one is off the front page

illmitch
June 30th 2009


5511 Comments


a musician named GOB

joshuatree
Emeritus
June 30th 2009


3741 Comments


it's an illlllllluuuuuuuuuuusion michael

Metalstyles
Emeritus
June 30th 2009


8574 Comments


It would be better if this bands name would be COB haha

Stammer
June 30th 2009


3 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good review for an unbelievably amazing band.

joshuatree
Emeritus
June 30th 2009


3741 Comments


a trick is something a whore does for money

illmitch
June 30th 2009


5511 Comments


i'm just a waiter

random
April 27th 2011


2724 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

So great.

Digging: Bright Eyes - Letting Off the Happiness

random
February 18th 2012


2724 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is their best album.



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