Maybe they weren't the tightest-sounding punk band ever or their songs have the best hooks, but it was hard not to like Gaunt, since they sounded like a bunch of average guys who just decided to pick up some instruments one day and bash out a few songs so that Jerry Wick (god bless him) could rail against everyday shit. I wasn't really the biggest Gaunt fan right off the bat because the first couple of records I heard of theirs were sorta wimpy, like the split with New Bomb Turks. This 10" is pretty good, though. The songs remind me a lot of Starvation Army, and not just because there's a song called "Salvation Army", about all the trendy rich kids picking the thrift stores clean ("They're taking all the good shit from the Salvation Army and making my life a living hell... I'm down to my last pair of jeans... I'm down to my last pair of socks"). I'm guessing if "Silly Watches" were written today it would be about pizza or something.