The Service Industry

The Service Industry is an Austin, Texas -based pop rock band. They are known for their songs about the labor force and the drudgery of working at blue-collar jobs . [1] They released their debut album, Ranch Is the New French , in 2006, and released three additional albums since then. The band’s lineup fluctuates between six and nine members. [2]


The Austin Chronicle ‘ s Austin Powell Awarded Ranch Is the New French 2.5 stars out of 4. Powell wrote que la band “spits in your food, does not wash, and takes smoke breaks every 15 minutes goal aussi reserves up decent indie rock , like the Pixiesish “Not in My Section” and “My Job Is Gay.” “ [3] Robert Christgau wrote that the album’s songs conveyed” Wage servitude and the righteous haters who are stuck in it – the lowdown “. [4]

A review of the band’s second album, Limited Coverage , in Houston Press concluded that the band “… may have a little too much of that workplace drudgery leach into their songs, but that’s no reason to garnish their wages.” [5]The Austin Chronicle ‘ s Greg Beets gave it 3 out of 4 stars, calling it “the pitch-perfect soundtrack for your next potluck union.” [6] Mike Faloon of Razorcake wrote in his review of the band’s album “… lyrics rarely rise above cliché,” while adding that he “kind of like their country rock, especially when Curt Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets guests. ” [7]Christgau described the album as “A little night music about too many day jobs”. [4]

An AllMusic Review of the band’s third album, Keep the Babies Warm , it’s a great book. [2] Beets of the Austin Chronicle gave the album 3 stars out of 4, writing that “The Service Industry’s loyal opposition offers catchy commiseration that keeps the glass half full.” [8] Adam Newton of Envy criticized the album for featuring too much political commentary. [9]

Jim Caligiuri of the Austin Chronicle gave the band’s fourth album, Calm Down , 3 stars out of 4, writing that the album “finds the local crew all over the musical map as ever, skewering modern life with spiked assurance.” [10]Benjamin Olivo of My San Antonio also reviewed the album favorably, describing it as “a bouncy delight, sugary and subversive at the same time.” It’s Nick Lowe sitting in and writing for X. ” [11]


  • Ranch Is the New French (Buildgut, 2006)
  • Limited Coverage (Sauspop, 2008)
  • Keep the Babies Warm (Sauspop, 2008)
  • Calm Down (Sauspop, 2010)


  1. Jump up^ Gintowt, Richard (2008-05-29). “The Service Industry” . Kansas City Pitch . Retrieved 2017-08-26 .
  2. ^ Jump up to:b “Keep the Babies Warm Review” . AllMusic . Retrieved 2017-08-26.
  3. Jump up^ Powell, Austin (2006-11-03). “The Service Industry” . The Austin Chronicle . Retrieved 2017-08-26 .
  4. ^ Jump up to:b Christgau, Robert (2008-04-01). “Consumer Guide: April 2008” . MSN Music . Retrieved 2017-08-26 .
  5. Jump up^ Gray, Chris (2008-02-13). “The Service Industry” . Houston Press . Retrieved 2017-08-26 .
  6. Jump up^ Beets, Greg (2008-02-15). “The Service Industry” . The Austin Chronicle . Retrieved 2017-08-26 .
  7. Jump up^ Faloon, Mike (2008-07-25). “Service Industry: Limited Coverage” . Razorcake . Retrieved 2017-08-26 .
  8. Jump up^ Beets, Greg (2008-11-07). “The Service Industry” . The Austin Chronicle . Retrieved 2017-08-26 .
  9. Jump up^ Smith, William Michael (2008-12-23). “Lonesome Onry and Mean: Envy vs. the Service Industry” . Houston Press . Retrieved 2017-08-26 .
  10. Jump up^ Caligiuri, Jim (2010-09-17). “The Service Industry” . The Austin Chronicle . Retrieved 2017-08-26 .
  11. Jump up^ Olivo, Benjamin (2010-05-12). “Review: ‘Calm Down,’ The Service Industry ‘ . San Antonio Express-News . Retrieved 2017-08-26 .

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