UPDATE: Only a few weeks since release, and In The Key of WTF! has been getting great reviews and airplay! On the indie charts since its debut, In The Key of WTF! has spent 16 weeks on the AMA Americana Charts (#128, debut #191), 3 weeks on the College Radio Charts, and hit the Relix Magazine/Jambands.com Top 30 (#25) in November. In The Key of WTF! has been added at nearly 100 terrestrial radio stations across the country - with more in review! THANK YOU!
Enter Journos: a charismatic and compelling songwriting duo made up of award-winning journalist and lyricist Bryan Russo and workhorse punk-rocker Ryan Abbott. Adding drummer Ryan Jared, their musical range and bold message is as assertive as it is disruptive.
Bryan Russo has spent close to 20 years working diligently as a singer/songwriter in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US sharing the stage with more than 30 national recording artists. Described to have the bluesy depth of a “young Tom Waits or Billy Joel” by Grammy Nominated producer David Ivory, his previous independent releases received high praise from critics and listeners, including Pennsyltucky (2018), which was named as a Top 5 finalist in the 2019 Great American Song Contest. Known for his biting lyrics, Russo blends profound storytelling with a glint of satire and he isn’t afraid to let his raw and emotional vocals set the stage.
Ryan Abbott is perhaps most known for his surf punk trio The Phantom Limbs, with which he wrote an EP trilogy followed by an LP entitled Get Wet with the Mothman. Powered by genre busting guitar riffs and lyrics anchored in horror movie imagery, the band toured the country and made a splash in underground punk scenes. Later, he scored a hit with his acoustic trio The Dead Pens, a group comprised of Abbott, classical cellist Sally McGee and singer/pianist Danah Koch, drawing attention and accolades from Relix Magazine and the College Radio Charts (#160). The Abbott penned song “Claire” found its way onto major Spotify and terrestrial radio playlists, garnering global spins.
The relentless force underneath it all, is drummer Ryan Jared. He is the professional sound without a name, that you've heard working behind the scenes in the TV and Film industry for a decade. Writing, recording, and producing cues for networks including MTV, HBO, SHOWTIME, A&E, TV One, and others; multi-instrumentalist Jared's study of jazz theory and enthusiastic rock energy provide the backbeat to Journos. He was previously featured as a percussionist on the 2009 jazz compilation “The C’Ville Sessions,” and the 2016 EP “Burden of Proof” with fellow Journo, Bryan Russo.
Playing the role of the court jester whose job was to remind the monarchy of its inescapable mortality, Journos’ clever witticisms coupled with their chaotic musical pulse produce a terrific collection of deep-thinking hard-drinking songs. A scathing editorial, Journos' debut full-length album In the Key of WTF is a sonic statement that neither buries the lead nor misses the point.