How Far Shallow Takes You is the second full-length studio album by Gob, and was released on November 24, 1998, on Fearless Records. The album was re-released on December 8, 1998, on Landspeed Records due to a conflict between the band and Fearless Records. The album was again re-released by Nettwerk Management; both this version and the Landspeed version featured a 17th track, "All We Are". The American release also featured a cover of "Paint It, Black" by the Rolling Stones, and an alternate recording of "What to Do". "What to Do" and "Beauville" were released as singles. What to Do was featured in the 2000 DCOM film Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire. It is the first album to feature bassist Craig Wood and drummer Gabe Mantle. The album was described by AllMusic as containing "generally well-executed melodic punk rock in the style common in the 1990s."
All tracks written by Tom and Theo/Gob except lyrics for "Together" (Happy Kreter), lyrics for "Self-Appointed Leader" (Theo/Happy Kreter), and the bonus track on the US edition, "Paint It, Black" (Mick Jagger/Keith Richards).