- Audio CD (26 Mar 1996)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Grass Records
- ASIN: B000005B43
- Other Editions: Vinyl
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 850,946 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
I first discovered this band after reading about the Grass label in an underground rock magazine - after that I picked up the Grass Of '96 compilation and heard ATOCS's song "Infant". Most of the bands on this CD and the label were excellent - it's too bad the label was sold and became the pop/rock label it is today (Wind-Up).
This is one of those albums that sounds better after repeated listens - they are more noisy than much indie rock on the market and the results can be quite jarring. But it's one of those albums that grows on you - some nuances come out that you might not have noticed before and you start to dig out the hooks that are buried underneath the dissonant guitars.
In summary: I highly recommend this album if you can find it. It disturbs me to see the type of stuff that sells albums out there while bands like this languished in obscurity. If you like bands like Pavement but wish they had a more intense sound, you'll definitely enjoy A Ten O' Clock Scholar.