Without deviation, progress isn't possible. Enter Wake Up Screaming, recorded by Steve Albini. "We wanted to work with someone who understood the underground," Brad said. "It was just a fantasy, we sent him a tape and he was into it and totally supportive." It meant less to F-MINUS that this guy that recorded Nirvana and The Pixies than pairing with "someone who finally got it. "He's recorded some great shit like Melt Banana, The Jesus Lizard and his own stuff like Big Black. With us, he left most of the mistakes on the record. There's fucked up vocal lines and missed cues." The band couldn't be more stoked because instead of making them sound "more pro," Albini captured the true feel of F-MINUS. The result? Right along with the blasts is the overwhelming feeling of getting hunted down. All the mistrusts, distortions, confusions, and tackling of conformity sound closer to the throat than ever. Through the album's fifteen songs and thirty-six minutes, it finds time to change paces. Instead of all full springs, F-MINUS sounds more whipped, rabid and more thoughtful than ever before.