DAN ANDRIANO IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM / BRENDAN KELLY AND THE WANDERING BIRDS: Split 7”

Andriano: I hate to say it, but if this dude didn’t have the pedigree he does, this song “The Radiator” wouldn’t be making him any new fans. Plodding, monotonous, droll. Consistently good lyrics, but the delivery’s about as thrilling as reading German erotica when, you know, you can’t read German. Kelly: “Malthusian Clown” is a quick little number that’s pared down and simple, a ditty more akin in brevity and scope to Kelly’s side project The Falcon than the long-running Lawrence Arms. The song’s fuzzed out and buried in layers of dirt (I hear backing vocals and a few piano runs in there), and while it works slightly better than Andriano’s song, it still seems to meander along without providing any sense of urgency. It’s too bad: I’ve liked a lot of these guys’ musical output over the years, and on paper, this split should absolutely rule. But on wax, it’s just not working.

 –keith (Red Scare)