The Service Industry
Limited Coverage (Sauspop)
Reviewed by Greg Beets, Fri., Feb. 15, 2008
The Service IndustryLimited Coverage (Sauspop)
The most remarkable thing about the Service Industry is that no one did it sooner. With all the kitchen-bred musicians in Austin, it's high time a band coalesced around the plight of beleaguered day-jobbers. Following last year's restaurant-centric debut, Ranch Is the New French, the local pop collective emerges as a leaner, meaner, Middle American music machine fueled by a more generalized brand of occupational dread. As frontman Mike McCoy drolly depicts death by 1,000 paper cuts on "Now Wake Up and Die," Julie Lowery's melancholic backing vocals give the would-be anthem a palpable hint of grace. "Have to Go to Work" hits like a prison work song reimagined by Cheap Trick, while "Hollywood out of Austin" cheekily excoriates the VIP puffery of certain celluloid transients. Throw in a swell cover of the Undertones' "You've Got My Number (Why Don't You Use It?)," and you've got the pitch-perfect soundtrack for your next union potluck.