A hard core punk musician, Joel Cuzzi uses this new album to search his softer side.
Acoustic Punk music is a thing…and this is certainly a brilliant and heartfelt offering of this genre.
This record is dedicated to Tony Sly, the frontman for No Use For A Name who Joel supported on tour and wrote with. This new record also features vocals by Jared Stinson of Sic Waiting and Morty Lopez of the Kegels.
Obviously its hugely influenced by Punk, but there’s a lot more here. Folk, rock and even some indie. I hear REM and Green Day and there’s some beautiful guitar work with deeply classical overtones. It feels as if Joel is literally playing his heart out. All the broken pieces and the pieces full of longing and anger and even the pieces full of hope.
It’s gorgeously autobiographical but it doesn’t feel at all self-indulgent.
Favorite track…”Sunrise”…just because. I kept waiting for the grinding electric guitars to kick in at first, but actually it’s more interesting without all that. You can hear Joel’s voice front and center and it’s pure and real and meaningful…loved it!