SAM RUSSO / BRENDAN KELLY: Split: 7”

Looks like we have another entry in the punk rock retirement acoustic solo career sweepstakes. Tim Barry and Chuck Ragan sure opened the floodgates on the “mature and pick up an acoustic guitar” trajectory. The two tunes by Sam Russo here are quite tuneful and downright strong. Not sure if he is ex any band but there are some real songwriting chops here and the British accent lends an air of sophistication to the proceedings. Brendan Kelly is the Lawrence Arms/Slapstick dude and turns in two songs as well. The songs on his side of the split are perfectly passable acoustic songs that don’t really stand out but are still good. It takes a lot to really shine with just an acoustic guitar and vocals. Not everyone can be Chad Price or Jon Snodgrass.

 –frame (Red Scare)