Here's a massive collection of MP3s by Gaunt, one of the more electrifying and ass-kicking bands of the last 20 years. Their Whitey the Man EP from '92 galvanized the airstaff at WPRB in a way that no other record in memory had—everybody overplayed that thing to the point of occasionally-hostile ridicule from the listenership. I consider myself very fortunate to have taken up residency in PRB's coveted DJ chair just as all of this was happening.
Locally speaking, the barrage of Gaunt singles that followed in Whitey's wake pretty much defined the joys of unloading one's paycheck at Pier Platters or Kim's Underground every week. Keeping up with the Ohio band's output was a practice that required singularly manic devotion, as new 45s seemed to hit the shelves on a daily basis for a while there. Dearly departed Jerry Wick could turn out ten great songs a week, and it's a miracle that the myriad labels who were anxious to add a Gaunt 45 to their catalog were even able to keep up.
An interview with Gaunt axeman Jovan Karcic was the centerpiece for the debut issue of my old zine, and the countless live sets I saw them perform at Maxwell's over the years still stand out as some of the best-spent nights of the era. In hindsight, I really couldn't have asked for a better band to have soundtracked the awkward years of frustration and anxiety that transitioned me into my thirties.
Fast forward umpteen years later, and one impressively exhaustive completist has amassed two discs worth of Gaunt MP3s for download (66 songs in total) that comprise everything from the band's early days: The Whitey EP, a boatload of singles and comp tracks, plus two complete live sets.
Realizing that 66 songs is a major investment if you're a Gaunt newbie, allow me to recommend starting with the studio versions of these tracks for a less intimidating point of entry:
I Believe (In None of This)
Turn to Ash
As for me, I'll be kicking back in hog heaven with these MP3s for a good while. Gaunt still rules, ok? Here's a video that should seal the deal for any residual doubters in our midst.