Singer / songwriter EdTang is a true Jersey Shore native. On his latest EP with his band, The Chops, EdTang channels some Jersey greats along with some influences that come from a little further away to deliver what sounds like it could be the soundtrack to some sweaty Jersey barroom nights.
EdTang & The Chops is folk rock, but it’s folk rock that gets a rough edge from EdTang’s gravelly voice and an infusion of punk rock. Opener “When Death Should Find Us” gets things started with a fire and brimstone preacher reminding us that our last day on earth could come at any time. EdTang & The Chops make the most of what could be their final moments on the song, which features the wail of a harmonica and EdTang’s impassioned, Fallon-esque vocal delivery of the shout-along refrain of, “But that’s alright. / If I should die tonight, let me die tonight.”
The raucous “Brother in the Way Back” closes with a quiet acoustic guitar / piano epilogue that’s sonically reminiscent of Springsteen’s “Wild Billy’s Circus Story,” the narrator addressing his brother and reminding him that he can always come home. “Leaving of Liverpool,” with its group vocals and traditional instrumentation, recalls The Pogues; and I can just imagine the glasses raised high above the audience at an EdTang & The Chops live show.
EdTang & The Chops is available now digitally. You can get a physical copy — for FREE — at the band’s CD release show at The Saint on Saturday June 7th. That show will also feature The Gallerist, Tony Tedesco, Mick Chick, and real — not imagined — raised glasses.