The South Jersey Seashore Lifeguard Convention Band

Wave Goodbye

by Steve Horowitz

23 August 2006

 

The South Jersey Seashore Lifeguard Convention Band’s new EP packs two weeks worth of vacation experience into less than 20 minutes. It’s got everything: summer romance, sunburn, getting wasted, sand, beach party, and a bad attitude. That last attribute is the most important. This ain’t no West Coast feel good, surf’s up record. We’re talkin’ Jersey, land of Springsteen and the Sopranos. “Tramps like us, baby we were born to lose”, lead singer / guitarist / songwriter Vincent Brue sings on “Sandbox”. Or as he puts it most eloquently on “Chainsaw”, “Fuck today in the ass with a chainsaw” followed by “Fuck tomorrow in the ass with a chainsaw” followed by noting that everyday of the week is lame, sucks and should receive the chainsaw treatment. SJSLC also understands the lure of the shore and like the Boss, finds poetry and salvation in the everyday moments. A simply sung quatrain like “We took a drive, / Down the Jersey Coast, / Stopped at a diner, /Sausage, eggs and toast” captures the sweet pleasure of the activity without unnecessary verbiage. SJSLC’s music captures the wide range of holiday life from the silly to the sublime in fine fashion, and it rocks.

Wave Goodbye

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