It was just over three years ago that the US rock ‘n’ roll outfit EdTang & The Chops first featured.
EdTang & The Chops – Magic Tricks And Rolling Stone – artwork
In September of last year they decided to fold and head off in different musical directions, but did at the time of their last show express a desire to put together one final LP to say farewell and on the 4th of July with the physical release of album and the 18th of July digitally – Magic Tricks And Rolling Stone they will close this chapter on their lives.
From the ten track LP – the closer – The Chops.
EdTang & The Chops will be missed, but on a positive note there are new bands and solo acts arising by various band members from the closing of this book.
EdTang & The Chops from the USA release their eponymous five track EP on the 16th May.
EdTang & The Chops – EP artwork
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.
EdTang & The Chops is the rock band comprising EdTang, Nick Bock, Brad Harrison, Geoffrey Myers and Vic Fraternale from New Jersey in the USA.
EdTang & The Chops
EdTang & The Chops has more than a hint of americana as pedal steel slides across the stage, but inside that, is a lively retake of Celtic Rock and the listener is drawn to The Pogues, so how could I not recommend you take a moment out of your day.
There is great pleasure in exploring the world of emerging bands and the quintet exemplify why this is the case. A laid-back soundtrack is complimented by a whisky soaked and cigarette smokers vocal, which gives the material a scintillating edge that captures the ears immediately on hitting play.
The folk derivatives ripple round the room as a diverse range of instruments are deployed to deliver engaging music. The whole soundscape resembles the what if – The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl had created more music together – well it would have been EdTang & The Chops.That isn’t to say this is some pale pastiche, far from it, it is a pure delight and a band I would like to hear much more of in the future as they combine traditional sounds with inventiveness to provide the audience with something immensely fulfilling.
Classic storytelling combines with mood fitting compositions to generate music which not only captures the listener but gets them involved.