EdTang & The Chops from the USA release their eponymous five track EP on the 16th May.
Opening with When Death Should Find Us and immediately there is no doubt that is the same EdTang & The Chops I reviewed back in August of last year as immediately my feet feel the need to join in and my furrowed brow lifts to a smiling visage. Which given the subject of the song may seem to be an anomaly. A great opener and worth the cost of the release by itself.
Next up comes Willy Loman and in this piece the quintet take the sound right back to the roots of their influences with more than a hint of blues country rock that just demands the volume is flicked upwards. Intriguingly at 1:15, which is repeated at intervals through the song there is an electro-organ sounding interlude from a song I know well, but can’t place, but know it was something to do with electro-pop from England. A great eulogy to the Arthur Miller – Death Of A Salesman character.
Brothers In The Way Back takes a sway towards bluegrass and although the vocal I so much is enjoy, is always to the foreground through the EP, here it is given a showcase on which the mind can focus. Keep up the whisky and cigarettes I implore… My pick of the release.
A Lapsed Catholic is almost the reverse of the last piece with ears being pinned towards the instrumental, which is given space to explore the guitars in more detail.
To finish is Leaving Of Liverpool , a decent cover of the original.
A harder edge to the material that has preceded it, the EP marks a fine step in the development of EdTang & The Chops.
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