Thanks to guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Donnie Burke, The Gas earned as many comparisons to the articulate anger of Elvis Costello, Graham Parker and Joe Jackson as they did to the tight, catchy punk-pop of The Jam and Buzzcocks. Burke was backed by drummer Leslie Sampson and bassist Dell Vickers; the trio debuted in 1982 with the bleak yet acclaimed Emotional Warfare. The Gas slowed things down on their sophomore effort, 1983's From the Cradle to the Grave, employing more atmosphere and lilting melody lines, but it fit neither the fans' expectations nor the prevailing musical trends of the time, and the trio soon disbanded. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide