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Buck was sprung from the ashes of Vancouver's pop trio Cub, bassist/vocalist Lisa Marr's previous group. Buck began lighting up the L.A. music scene in early 1998 after Marr relocated to the Los Angeles area in the name of true love. (She's married to Muffs bassist Ronnie Barnett)
With the addition of guitarist/vocalist Pepper Berry, they quickly became club favorites and critics' darlings. The band signed to a record deal just three months after their first show and never let their foot off the gas. Buck's self-titled debut, released in September 1998 on the Sympathy for the Record Industry label, garnered praise from around the globe and won a spot in BAM's Top 20 California Albums of the Year as well as a nomination for Best Independent Album of the Year by the California Music Awards.
Over the next three years, Buck contributed to several compilations, released numerous 7 inches as well as the 7 song EP Buck in Black on Lancerock Records. The latter was recorded entirely live in the studio with no overdubs in a little less than 6 hours!