"EdTang" Takes A Turn For The Grunge Review

The self-titled EP by EdTang & The Chops isn’t dissimilar from their previous release, which had one of the most absurd names ever, Goodbye, Zen5, Sushi Dinner. That album was just fantastic, but this time around, the guys seem to have an even more folksy sound going on. If you’re into grungy-sounding folk-rock, you’re in luck.

“When Death Should Find Us” is a strong single, with lead singer EdTang’s gritty vocals driving it. I could listen to this guy every night, honestly. I can’t imagine a better voice for my generation than EdTang. He’s got soul, but more importantly, he’s got that grit that reminds me of Mike Ness without the obnoxiousness. He’s smoother than Ness, in fact. “When Death Should Find Us” has a kind-of Rembrandts meets Blues Traveler quality to it, which I like a lot.

The remainder of the album is solid, with “Lapsed Catholic” and “Willy Loman” being standouts along with “When Death Should Find Us.” I can’t help but love these guys. It’s crazy. They’ve been compared to Frank Turner and The Pogues, which is fair, even though they’re infinitely better than Turner could ever dream of being and this is coming from a guy who likes Frank Turner very much.

All in all, if you’re a fan of gritty, post-punk sounding folk-rock, you’re going to be incredibly happy you gave EdTang & The Chops a chance. Definitely pick up this self-titled album, but also give Goodbye, Zen5, Sushi Dinner a go, as well.

"EdTang & The Chops - Self Titled EP" is on sale May 16, 2014 from N/A.

Robert Ottone • Staff Writer

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