As the legend goes, in 1994 Sick Of It All roadie Tobie Morse formed H2O as a “stalling for time” band when there was no opening act. Encouraged by audience response, the New York hardcore punk band became serious enough to try it professionally. First attempts emulated Minor Threat and employed ska and straightedge undertones. It was H2O’s consistently strong riffs and impressive melodies that helped them transcend punk`s limiting conventions.
Ex-Shelter bassist Adam Blake joined the band in 1997, appearing on H2O’s second album, Thicker Than Water. Blake was a natural addition – his capacity for classic hardcore and melody kept the band`s musical lineage intact, encompassing H2O’s ricochet start-stop rhythms and “don’t bore us, get to the chorus” mantra. Adam’s bass run traction keeps floored songs like “Guilty By Association” and Faster Than The World`s title track from breaking apart on the homestretch.