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The South Jersey Seashore Lifeguard Convention Band

Wave Goodbye

(self-released; US: 25 Apr 2006; UK: Available as import)

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.


Steven Horowitz has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa, where he continues to teach a three-credit online course on "Rock and Roll in America". He has written for many different popular and academic publications including American Music, Paste and the Icon. Horowitz is a firm believer in Paul Goodman's neofunctional perspective on culture and that Sam Cooke was right, a change is gonna come.

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