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Suffolk singer/songwriter Sam Russo has a comforting sound that makes you feel like in sitting in your living room alongside you, performing in your own private concert. ‘Back To The Party’ once again shows that he can deliver an emotional yet charming record which has artistry and talent in spades.
Sam said about the album “‘Back To The Party’ is the album I’ve always wanted to make. It took a while to write and I think that shows because it sounds really fresh, but the songs feel like they’ve been around the block a few times”. Sam introduced himself to us and filled us in with his background.
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DP!: How would you describe yourself to someone who has never heard Sam Russo before?
SR: Acoustic pop-punk with pedal steel and songs about dying.
DP!: How and when did you start performing?
SR: I started playing bass in a hardcore punk band called Cry For Vengeance in 2000, played in a bunch of bands for years then I picked up an acoustic in ’07. Red Scare put out my first full-length in 2012 and I’ve been grafting and grinding ever since.
DP!: What plans do you have for the future?
SR: I plan to keep making records, touring and chasing the dream!
DP!: Which new bands are you listening to right now?
SR: New to me? Press Club, Bony Macaroni, Teenage Burritos and Phoebe Bridgers!
DP!: Which bands and artists do you aspire to and why?
SR: I don’t really aspire to be like other musicians but I tend to lean towards outsiders and weirdos for inspiration. People like Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, Joey Ramone, Shane Macgowan, Keith Morris. People who break the rules. Hardworking bands with their own sound – The Copyrights, Alkaline Trio, Masked Intruder, The Misfits, The Offspring. Bands who take risks like Bad Religion, Public Enemy, Slipknot. I love music that freaks out the squares!
DP!: What’s the stand out moment in your career so far?
SR: Playing ‘Unicorn Odyssey’ onstage with The Falcon in venues like The Troubadour in LA, The Borderline in Soho and The Shredder in Boise. Dream come true.
Sam Russo‘s new album ‘Back To The Party’ is out now.