Problem Child 2 Instigates a Good Time at Spray Beach Inn

By Sandra Weyant | Jul 31, 2019
Photo by: Ryan Morrill

Spray Beach — Bored on the weekends? Here’s a solution. Go out and see Problem Child 2.

Vocalist and drummer Tracey Tylicki and guitarist and vocalist Lee Falvey, a.k.a. Problem Child 2, entertained the crowd for hours with their diverse set list and singalongs this past Saturday night. The breeze was cool and refreshing on the outdoor patio at the Spray Beach Inn, where guests sipped on beverages and belted out their favorite tunes. The dynamic duo performs weekly at their favorite oceanfront resort and bar.

“We love everybody here, and there is a constant rotation of new audience members every time we play. Plus, it’s family-friendly. You wouldn’t believe how many 5-year-old fans we have now because of the Spray Beach Inn,” Tylicki said.

Toward the end of their set, Tylicki and Falvey invited a little boy named Logan up from the audience to play the tambourine with them. Due to their young following, one of their favorite songs to play is “Baby Shark,” which is a hit for the kids (and the adults, even if they don’t want to admit they actually like it). But don’t worry, there are plenty more songs where this came from.

Problem Child 2 (a name concocted when one member spent countless hours in detention) has a song bank of more than 1,500 options, so there is something everyone will enjoy from every genre. Tylicki and Falvey take requests all night long, and they’re always up for a challenge. If they haven’t played it before, they will look it up and learn it on the spot. They use these moments as their breaks and hardly ever pause the music during their 4-hour-plus set.

“It’s gotta be about what keeps the crowd happy. One group might like country, and 24 hours later in the same place, they’ll be into rap or rock or something else,” Tylicki said.

Because Tylicki and Falvey perform frequently at the Spray Beach Inn, they have become friends with the staff and the neighbors and value their input on song selections. One woman named Barbara who lives next door to the seaside hotel yells across and tells them what she wants to hear.

“She sits up on her deck, overlooking the ocean, and listens. She will yell things like ‘I’ll give you $5 if you don’t play ‘Sweet Caroline,’” Tylicki said.

“Sometimes, that’s a great closer, though, because whether you love it or hate it, everyone starts singing it. Everyone just has to sing the horn parts in the middle; it’s a given,” Falvey added.

For the dinner crowd, PC2 has a designated set list to serenade the guests while they eat and converse. But once the bar crowd fills in, they start to bring things to a new level. With their versatile equipment and instruments, Tylicki and Falvey can offer the best of both worlds.

“The cool thing about our sound is that we can play at the level we’re speaking at or we can blow the windows out. When we play as a band, we don’t use amplifiers. We plug into our own systems,” Falvey said.

Falvey typically shreds on his favorite hollowed-out guitar, but during “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” he got so into it that he snapped one of his strings. Tylicki keeps the beat going on an electric drum set, which she prefers over a standard set.

“We crank it up when we want to start rocking,” she said. “This thing has over 300 different drum sets. There are bongos, world drums, electronic sounds. At the touch of a button, I can get the drum kit from ‘Toto’ to play the song. Plus, it’s nowhere near as bulky as bringing a full drum kit.”

Falvey started playing guitar at age 13 and began singing around 15 years old (out of necessity when he couldn’t find a singer for his band). Before Problem Child 2, he played in a band called Ooba Dooba for several years.

“I used to be a guitar instructor, but my day job doesn’t involve music, so I really love doing this,” he said.

Even though Problem Child 2 plays often as a duo, the band also performs as a trio with drummer Scott Matusek. The group became official nearly 10 years ago after an epic jam session.

“Lee and I have a mutual friend named Scott,” Tylicki said. “I taught his son music in school, and he and Lee worked together musically. So, one day he had us all over to play, and that’s how it happened. We’ve been together ever since.”

Tylicki has been singing as far back as she can remember and started percussion when Falvey insisted that she become the drummer of the duo. By daytime, she is a music teacher in Stafford and loves nothing more than when her students come out to see PC2 perform (which usually doesn’t happen until the tourists vacate the Island at the end of August).

Falvey admitted that he and Tylicki booked several gigs as a duo by mistake; when it turned out to be a success, the two continued to perform together. Throughout the past 10 years, they’ve shared some memorable moments, including playing at a nudist resort – but that’s all they would say about that. We can only imagine. Even though they like to joke around with one another, they both agree that being a part of Problem Child 2 is the best thing that has ever happened to them.

“It’s really awesome. We would play here (Spray Beach Inn) every night of the week if we could, and we have,” Falvey said. “We love it so much. We have people coming back year after year just to see us, and that’s truly amazing. It’s really fun to be able to remember people from last year or even the year before and see them in the crowd.”

Aside from the Spray Beach Inn, Problem Child 2 performs at various venues in New Jersey, such as MJs in Neptune, The Ivy League in Howell, and Stone Fire Grill in Bayville.

“We will play anywhere we can get to in time to play. We take requests all the time. We’ll travel. We don’t mind at all. We just love to do it,” Falvey said.

For this upcoming winter, Tylicki and Falvey are looking forward to playing more gigs as a full band at different venues. On Monday, Aug. 26, Tylicki’s students are coming to the Spray Beach Inn to sing with them from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for an extra-special gig. To view a full schedule of events, visit the band’s website, myfavoriteproblemchild.net, or follow them on Facebook at My Favorite Problem Child.

— Sandra Weyant

 

Set List Snippet:

“Take It Easy,” The Eagles

“All Star,” Smash Mouth

“Simple Man,” Lynyrd Skynyrd

“Born to Run,” Bruce Springsteen

“When It Rains It Pours,” Luke Combs

“Black Hole Sun,” Soundgarden

“Summer of 69,” Bryan Adams

“Rock’n Me,” Steve Miller Band

“Wanted,” Bon Jovi

“Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” Meat Loaf

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