was a seminal punk rock
group from the Chicago area. The band was comprised of Pete Kourim on the bass guitar and lead vocals, Scott Ozark on guitar and back-up vocals, and Brian Czarnik on drums.
The group started as a heavy metal cover band in 1988, but their style solidified to have more of a punk focus by the early 1990's. During the late 90's, Oblivion had a strong following in the Chicago/Midwest punk scene. Their musical stylings borrowed equal parts from punk
, and classic rock
. They released a number of 7"s and full length albums primarily on Johann's Face Records
, although they also released music on Dr. Strange, Underdog, and others. Songs often commented on social interactions, stories about troubled girls, and relationship issues seen from a cryptic moody perspective. The group sometimes made social commentary but mostly in an indirect and self-debasing way. After more than a decade of playing together, the group disbanded. They played a farewell show in March of 2000.
- After the group disbanded, Brian moved to Florida and worked on a big cat (tigers/lions) sanctuary. Scott played with the Nods, while Pete continued to play in Mexican Cheerleader, a band that started while Oblivion still existed.
Oblivion played a reunion show on December 29th, 2006 at the Abbey Pub in Chicago, Illinois. They performed with Apocalypse Hoboken
. This was the first show the band played in over five years.