Matt Skiba / Kevin Seconds

Matt Skiba/Kevin Seconds [Split CD]

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Both Kevin Seconds and Matt Skiba have established a ton of punk rock street cred--Seconds with his legendary hardcore act, Seven Seconds, and Skiba with the black-humored Alkaline Trio. Though they represent two different generations of punk, both have in common the fact that their music is heavily infused with melody rather than straight-ahead banging. This split album features five solo tracks from each artist, focusing on bouncy acoustic folk-punk. Seconds’s sweet, boyish voice fits in well with the simple, poppy arrangements of songs like “Yesteryear” and “Ugly Mouth.” Skiba’s contributions are darker, like the somber “Next to You.”

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