It’s a chore climbing over Service Industry’s questionable claims—“for the first time life in the service industry is the concept behind a band”—because every band I’ve ever known has slugged their way through life with name tags, and those jobs have played a pivotal role in shaping their songs. And, just for one example beyond my own experiences, the streets of Nashville are littered with songwriters trying to strike the “work sucks” motherlode. I don’t doubt that the members of The Service Industry have ample experience in the minimum wage trenches but their lyrics rarely rise above cliché. I wish they’d sing about the things they think about when they’ve had those crummy jobs, because I kind of like their country rock, especially when Curt Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets guests.
–Mike Faloon (Wee Rock)