The minute you turn on EdTang & The Chops, you will find yourself in the middle of a folk journey that is a storybook. Their album, Goodbye, Zen5, Sushi Dinner finds the band reflecting, pondering and thinking on many different and diverse experiences. "Vaya," is about three friends and their future. It is about making choices and not regretting them. The harmonica sound of "Crow Til We Croak," is a song about a man who is set in his ways and intends to remain that way until he passes. "Recharged," offers a rustic melody on love. The singer's feelings for his significant other have been 'recharged' and his heart is set on keeping her in his life.
"Beware of a Dog," perhaps is the rockiest of the 9 song journey. Ready for both rock and indie radio, the song is one that will inevitably be played over and over again by fans of folk rock. The lyrics are a combination of sorrowful learning and new found understanding on love. "Paulei" somberly glides along the ears of the listener. The final track, "Bill, I Believe This is Killing Me" is short and sweet - a closing of introspection.
Known as an aggressive folk rock band from Ashbury Park, NJ, EdTang & The Chops delivery is one of passionate grit. Their unique delivery sets them a part from other groups that have come before them and while compared to artists such as Chuck Ragan and The Pogues, are their own band. They were a featured artist on the SiriusXM channel "The Loft" via Vin Scelsa's show "Idiot's Delight" and Franny Thomas' show "Your Roots Are Showing." The heart of the band lies vocalist EdTang, and several musicians including Jared Beckerman on keyboards, Rob Blake on the drums and percussion, Jay Crafferty on pedal steel, Chris Donofrio on drums, Geoffrey Myers on lead guitar, M. Smith on bass guitar and Andrea Scanniello, Juliane Suozzo and Kelsey Windas providing vocals in addition to EdTang. Goodbye, Zen5, Sushi Dinner is a fascinating update on the subtle elements of singer songwriter tunes.
Final Grade: A
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