Maybe this wasn't your jam in the '90s (hell, maybe you were still shitting in your pants in the '90s), and I certainly got the opposition to bands like Ohio's THREE STUDIES FOR A CRUCIFIXION at the time. It was impossible to make these songs without some people thinking it was all contrived...but I wasn't one of them. This is anguish and frustration set to sound, complex and utterly intense. COLEMAN, HEROIN, HINCKLEY, THREE STUDIES... I never saw any of them (probably because I was touring in a band with songs about beer, though we did play at HARRIET THE SPY's house once, and had some pretty interesting gigs with BRAID and CHRISTIE FRONT DIVE) but this world of proto-emo was just another step forward for hardcore - disillusioned, pissed, hopeful and terrified all at the same time. And the sound of determined youth.