Let’s Get Out of This Terrible Sandwich Shop

Let’s Get Out of This Terrible Sandwich Shop

Let’s Get Out of This Terrible Sandwich Shop

Let’s Get Out of This Terrible Sandwich Shop

As if the title of the group Let’s Get Out of This Terrible Sandwich Shop doesn’t make you wonder what the fizzle this trio is about, take this line from the opener “Earthquake”: “An earthquake’s coming/ Better call your mom/ Call your boss/ No, don’t call your boss/ Hang onto your girl/ Or your guy or cat or yourself/ If you have to.”

This self-titled CD is a sparse 14 minutes despite its eight tracks and I don’t think the members care. Manager Tony Mendoza (drums, vocals, farfisa [whatever that is]) and his “loyal Sandwich Shop employees” Thea Lux (guitar, vocals) and Joanna Buese (percussion, vocals, kazoogle) are all “stalwarts” of Chicago’s comedy scene, which explains song titles like “Hot Sandwich Hotline,” “123456789” and “Hot Muffler.” The latter is pretty much one of the ladies screaming because she’s grabbing a hot muffler. Right.

I get the feeling that this would be a whole lot funnier on stage. They seem like they’re having fun and they are hilarious people. Just take this line from the press release: “How can we describe the Sandwich Shop in the inimitable manner of Pitchfork-speak?… Imagine shrooming in an abandoned Santa’s Village with your new friends Brian Wilson, The Who (’66-’68 only), the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, “Thrill Cam”-era David Letterman, The Misfits, Devo, Ernie Kovacs, Jan and Dean, Mason Williams, Pavement, John Fahey and Whitney Houston.” I could not have said it better myself.

Let’s Get Out of This Terrible Sandwich Shop would probably be funnier if I had seen these performers before listening to this. As it stands at this juncture, I really just don’t get it.

Let’s Get Out of This Terrible Sandwich Shop: www.letsgetoutofthisterriblesandwichshop.com

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