It’s interesting how it seems that if done genuinely, any genre of music can become punk music if played by punks. The genre at hand is rootsy, acoustic, country, folk stuff. When executed with this much energy and passion, Sam could be playing a goddamn slide whistle and it would still sound like distorted guitar in my brain. It should be no surprise that Mr. Barrett’s previous LP was released on Arkam Records, and he has toured with the Pine Hill Haints. Both he and they do an exceptional job of staying true to a lifetime’s worth of punk music while still playing something totally different. Having a song about touring with Kid Little doesn’t hurt either.

 –Daryl Gussin (YaDig?, [email protected])