You needn’t look any further than the collaboration between Israel musician and USELESS ID frontman Yotam Ben Horin and Australian singer-songwriter Dan Cribb to grasp the intimate and unique community surrounding the punk rock scene. Their six-track acoustic split EP and planned co-headline Australian tour stems from a relationship forged when they toured Japan together with their respective bands in 2013. Both musicians recorded two original tracks for the release, and a cover; Horin choosing to tackle Jawbreaker and Cribb taking on Alkaline Trio.
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Ox-Fanzine #122 [Germany]
The USELESS ID frontman and the Australian singer/songwriter Dan Cribb got to know each other on a collaborative tour with their own bands. The resulting friendship is now put onto a Split EP. Single point of criticism: The record is way too short; which is because of its short playing time but especially because the songs are entertaining, catchy and happy. Cribbs part even is a little stronger, his harmonic singing reminds of Dan Andronio – fittingly, the Australian put an ALKALINE TRIO cover on the record as well.
Rating: 6/10 – Review by: K. Nico Bensing [Belgium]
After touring in Japan together in 2013, Useless ID’s Yotam Ben Horin and Dan Cribb (formerly of The Decline) kept in touch and decided it would be a fun idea to release an acoustic split together. Pee Records agreed and so… well, here you go! Both songwriters deliver two new songs and one cover each on what turned out to be a solid release. Yotam gets to open the proceedings with the beautiful “The Other Side Of The Country” and “Oh, Suffering”, both of which consist of nothing more than Yotam’s voice and a lonely acoustic guitar, before tackling Jawbreaker’s “I Love You So Much It’s Killing Us Both” and ending up with one of the best Jawbreaker covers I’ve ever heard. Dan’s half of the split sees him teaming up with The Swellers’ Nick Diener. Their voices go well together, which you’ll find out right away when the chorus of “I Need You To Be Me” hits the speakers. Next up is the equally warm and melodic “Won’t Ask Much” before stripping down Alkaline Trio’s “Fatally Yours”. I’m always a bit hesitant when punkrockers go acoustic, but if they’d all sound like this? Well, count me in.
Score: 7.5 out of 10

28 August 2015

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Yotam Ben Horin Recorded Live @ Black In Bluhm Studios with Chris Fogal,
Dan Cribb Recorded @ Crank Studios with Charlie Young,
Mastered by: Mark Michalik
Artwork by: Adam Collins

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