Fuel (hardcore band)

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For the alternative rock band from Pennsylvania, see Fuel (band).
Origin Bay Area
Genres Post-hardcore, melodic hardcore, emocore, punk rock
Years active 1989–1991
Labels Cargo Records, Ebullition Records, Lookout Records, Rough Trade Records, Allied Recordings, Broken Rekids
Associated acts Pinhead Gunpowder, The Skinflutes, Bread and Circuits, Monsula
Past members Mike Kirsch
Jim Allison
Aaron Arroyo
Jeff Stofan

Fuel was a short-lived Bay Area post-hardcore musical act that created both personal and political songs, something that was unique during the "first wave" of emo in the 1990s. Fuel had a sound akin to early-Hot Water Music and especially Fugazi with twin guitars and dueling rough post-hardcore vocals. In fact, it is noted that Fuel was often jokingly referred to as "Fuelgazi."[1][2][3] Fuel's style has been compared to the D.C. sound of many Dischord bands.[4]

Fuel featured Mike Kirsch (of early Pinhead Gunpowder and a number of other notable punk rock bands) on guitar/vocals, Jim Allison on guitar/vocals, Aaron Arroyo on bass, and Jeff Stofan (also of Monsula and the White Trash Debutantes at one time) on drums.

In 2008, Alternative Press named Fuel as a group of significant interest in its profile of "23 Bands who Shaped Punk."[5] Jason Black of Hot Water Music and The Draft contributed a testimony for the article citing musical influence.


Fuel released one LP “Monuments to Excess” in 1990, first on Cargo Records then repressed by Ebullition Records.[6] Monuments to Excess was produced by Kevin Army. Army audio engineered the albums of many influential punk bands, including Operation Ivy, Green Day, The Mr. T Experience, etc. In addition, Fuel put out an EP "Take Effect" on Lookout Records, also in 1990.

Take Effect EP[edit]

Track Listing:

  1. Take Effect
  2. Instrumental (Untitled)
  3. Incomplete
  4. Fule Hymn (Activate)

Monuments to Excess LP[edit]

Track Listing:

  1. Disengaged
  2. 2:52 (Instrumental)
  3. Some Gods
  4. Remains to Be Seen
  5. Cue to You
  6. The Name Is
  7. Why Can't You See
  8. Actualized
  9. Habit
  10. Not Up for Sale

A CD release of the entire 18-song "Fuel discography" (the EP, the LP and a few songs from splits and compilations) was released under the same name as the band's LP, Monuments to Excess, by Rough Trade Records, then by (the now defunct) Allied Recordings, and has since been repressed and made currently available by the label, Broken Rekids.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Fuel: Monuments to Excess - acoatofredpaintinhell.wordpress.com
  2. ^ Vinyl Retentive: Fuel - avclub.com
  3. ^ The Onion’s AV Club reviews Fuel - thebandformerlyknownasfuel.com
  4. ^ Fuel - Monuments to Excess - punknews.org
  5. ^ Kyle Ryan, "Fuel", in "Blood Runs Deep: 23 Bands Who Shaped Punk". Alternative Press No. 240 (July 2008), p. 108.
  6. ^ Fuel - Monuments To Excess LP - ebullition.com
  7. ^ Hardcore for Nerds - hardcorefornerds.blogspot.com

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