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Within Punk Zine review of Sammy Kay's "Untitled" coming out April 7th on Stomp Records. Pre-Order available now!
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There are a lot of sounds released over the years that are heart felt iconic pieces of Americana writing and bringing you back to the glory days of no matter how hard things got there’s always hope. Sammy Kay is no stranger to the scene hailing from Asbury New Jersey, home to the folky, soulful heart felt punk sound, an iconic scene full of heartache, hard times and stories of love and despair. On his latest release “Untitled” Sammy is following up from his last well received release “Forth Street Singers” which was produced by Pete Steinkopft and released on Panic Street Records and recorded at Little Eden studios,which also happens to be the magical studio that sounds so amazing to record "Untitled" at also. Throughout the years working as a tour manager he has made many friends and acquaintances that influenced the overall direction and sound to helping him on the releases, on “Forth Street Singers” that comprised of accomplished musicians, featuring members of The Slackers, Franz Nicolay’s band, Rancid members, Westbound Train, and even Left Over Crack. What’s different from that direction is the ska is gone and a more distinctive sound comes through on “Untitled” with the full band on this Tim "el gato" Hildebrand,Curtis Irie, and Aaron Cote.
Wanderlust is a strong desire for or impulse to wander progressive bass line and drum work with solid soft anthemic beats.
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It’s no stranger that Sammy is influenced by classic rock acts like Springsteen for the lyrical crafting but the chord work on “Who Shot the Shot” has that influence that really shines through and screams or travel and explore the world. On the first track Sammy explores this lyrical meaning about his journeys and putting his back to the sun and letting it go and seeing where it leads him. This track was part of the video release promoting the album and for a good reason, it’s full of heart and soul from journeying and finding yourself in this world only to realize that Home is where it’s at. A midtempo classic folk punk rhythm with a Tim Armstrong feel on the chord work, it has that indie element that also resonates in the classic rock influences that resonates as the perfect summer cruising anthem. The next track has that element of what Sammy Kay is, an iconic American writer with heart and passion, and On your Knees has that Low and High’s that build up over the lyrical content and “Americana” and that feel of true American folk rock music from some of the early fifties and sixties masters.
That leads us into “Love letters” that is one of my favorites on the album that has really interesting lead tones and build up with a ska feel to the beginning of it that carries the rhythm with four in four beat that builds up into it.
The album carries through this type of low and highs that resonate life’s passions and heartaches through break downs and buildups. The most intriguing track on the album is Sammy Kay’s homage to the boss himself with a cover of “Better Days”. This version of “Better Days” is one of the most resonating pieces on the album that screams the perfect feel of looking ahead and holding tight. A guaranteed additive to any punk couples’ heart to heart moment. This album says it all on the front cover which portrays a couple kissing through a key hole which represents the albums feel of unlocking the passion and heart of sonically written and well composed meaningful content. The real piece of most impressive writing I’ve seen in a long time is the last track that hit’s hard which is titled “I believe” that really pulls on your heart strings.