Gauge (band)

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Gauge MooseLodge 93.jpg
Gauge performs live at the Moose Lodge in Mt. Prospect, IL on December 30, 1993
Background information
OriginChicago, Illinois, United States
Years active1991–1994, 2009–present
Permanent Satan
Associated actsAmbulette
5ive Style
Heroic Doses
Ivy League
Joan Of Arc
Radio Flyer
Rollo Tomasi
Sweater Weather
Haymarket Riot
Sky Corvair
MembersScott "Gub" Conway
Kevin J. Frank
Neil Sandler
Ryan Rapsys

Gauge was an American post-hardcore band from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.


From the ashes of the bands Ivy League and Target, Gauge formed at the beginning of 1991. Highly regarded in Chicago's northwest suburban punk scene, they inspired and performed with other bands from the same area such as Cap'n Jazz, Friction, and Braid.[1][2] Gauge released their first full-length, Soothe, by the end of 1992. After releasing their second album in 1994, entitled Fire Tongue Burning Stomach, they announced their break up. A posthumous 10" was released in 1995, making the band's final recordings available.

During their career, Gauge played 150 shows. Their final show was on October 6, 1994 at The Moose Lodge in Mount Prospect, IL with Cap'n Jazz and Tetsuo.

Members of Gauge went on to perform in the bands Sky Corvair, Euphone, 5ive Style, Sweater Weather, Haymarket Riot, Traluma, Radio Flyer, Heroic Doses, Ambulette and Rollo Tomasi, as well as working with Joan Of Arc, Owls and Noyes.

Kevin J. Frank contributed vocals to the songs, "Geheim" and "Sergio Valente", which are tracks 12 and 13 on disc 2 of the Cap'n Jazz anthology album, Analphabetapolothology. These songs also appear on the Cap'n Jazz 7", Boys 16 to 18 Years... Age of Action (Further Beyond Records, 1993).[3]

On December 8, 2009 it was announced Gauge will play live for the first time since 1994 on March 6, 2010 at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago, Illinois.

Following the 2010 reunion shows, a documentary/tribute/concert film entitled "GAUGE:153" was shot and edited by filmmaker Matt Golin. The film features 9 live songs from their 2010 reunion shows intercut with historical footage of the band and interviews with members of Cap'n Jazz, Braid, and Sidekick Kato among others.


Gauge Releases[edit]

Title Year Label Details
Demo 1991 Self Released 6 song tape (300 made)
Gauge (self titled free record) 1991 A Ray Kolenko Release 2 song 7" (100 pressed), given away free by Ray Kolenko at a show at Sir Donald's in Downer's Grove, IL.
Blank 1992 Shakefork Records 4 song 7" (700 pressed)
Soothe 1992 THD/Radius 11 song LP/CD (1100 LP & 1500 CD made)
Swing 1993 Underdog Records 2 song 7" (1500 pressed)
Fire Tongue Burning Stomach 1994 Underdog Records 10/12 song LP/CD (1000 LP & 1000 CD made)
43 1995 Actionboy 6 song 10"
I 2000 Tree Records 23 song CD (First half of Gauge discography)
Mints 2010 Shakefork Records 2 song 7" includes a download code for 2 additional tracks. Given away with entry to Gauge's March 6, 2010 reunion show at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago.
II 2010 Shakefork Records 21 song digital download (Second half of Gauge discography)


  • Split 7" w/ Grout Villa (Permanent Satan, 1992)
  • Achtung Chicago! Zwei! (Underdog Records, 1993)
  • It's A Punk Thing, You Wouldn't Understand (Shakefork Records, 1993)
  • A Very Punk Christmas (The Rocco Empire & Further Beyond Records, 1993)


  1. ^ "Emo (The Genre That Dare Not Speak Its Name)". Retrieved 2008-08-16.
  2. ^ "Bob Nanna - 02.14.07". Retrieved 2008-08-19.
  3. ^ "Boys 16 to 18 Years... Age of Action 7 - Further Beyond Records". Archived from the original on 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-02-29.

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