Street Dogs - live in Providence (Cover Artwork)

Street Dogs

Street Dogs: live in Providencelive in Providence (2003)
Crosscheck Records

Reviewer Rating: 5

Contributed by: EricEric Hultgren
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It's amazing. It's stupendous. Ladies and Gentlemen, "Punks" of all ages. What you are about to hear is true. It may be shocking, it is not for the weak or faint of heart, but it is 100% true. Like all truths, it has its origins based in urban legend and lore. All right, now that I have your att.

It's amazing. It's stupendous. Ladies and Gentlemen, "Punks" of all ages. What you are about to hear is true. It may be shocking, it is not for the weak or faint of heart, but it is 100% true. Like all truths, it has its origins based in urban legend and lore.

All right, now that I have your attention let me tell you about the Street Dogs. Friday night I headed up to Providence, Rhode Island's Met Café. A small club with an over powering sound system, reasonably priced beer and poor lighting. Translation, a great venue.

The Street Dogs were the opening band on the bill and they blew everyone away. For those of you who don't know who the Street Dogs are, they are comprised of some roques and scalawags from some heavy hitting groups: Johnny Rioux (ex-Bruisers, Roger Miret and the Diasters, and the Kickovers) on bass, Rob Giudotti (Every Second) on guitar, Mike McColgan (ex-Dropkick Murphys) vocals, and Jeff Erna (ex-Dropkick Murphys) on drums. For this show, Jeff wasn't available, so Joe "the kid" Sirois from the Mighty Mighty Bosstones filled in on the skins.

The Street Dogs opened up with the title track from their forth-coming record "Savin Hill" (Out September 23). From the first note out of the amps, you knew the Dogs were there one reason and one reason only, to breath some life back into the dying music scene. They are hard hitting and play with such passion and enthusiasm that they had the crowd won over before they finished the first chorus. I haven't seen or heard a set so good in a long, long time. I've been around for awhile (going to punk shows for the past 15 years), have seen some great bands and, let me tell you, these guys rock. They are a tight knit unit yet not one member is stronger than another, so you are not overpowered by just one guy. They compliment each other so nicely and look like they are having the greatest time of their lives up there. This is a rare trait nowadays. It is only something you see in the great ones, the ones that you still hear about twenty years later.

From "Savin Hill", they went straight into "Don't Preach" and Mike went straight into the crowd to sing this one. They then played a few songs that are on their demo, which has been circulating around for awhile. I was glad to see that I wasn't the only one who was singing franticly to "Cutdown on the 12th", "Star", and the hitting you with a one-two punch "Justifiable Fisticuffs". The place went nuts for the "Fisticuffs". They played a few more tracks before coming to the song "Fighter" (which you can download off their website www.street-dogs.com). Everybody there seemed to know this one as there was a huge serge forward to help sing-a-long with Mike. The band kept the crowd going playing one of the greatest songs I've ever heard, "Stand Up". The intensity didn't end until the Street Dogs ended their set with a cover of Sham 69's "Borstal Breakout". Absolutely Fantastic. After their set they went into the crowd and hunted down everyone they saw singing and thanked them for coming out. They also handed out sampler cds, containing two tracks from "Savin Hill" to pretty much everybody in the place.

Please take my advice and go see these guys (check their website for dates, I think they are playing some dates with Flogging Molly), cause they are going to take everybody storm. Think of all the punk elitist points you'll have by saying "That you got to see the Street Dogs back when they were "just an opening band". If you can't see them, pick up their album when it drops or watch Mike sing the National Anthem at Fenway Park on September 24 (Baltimore fans can turn the channel after the anthem so they don't have to watch their team get beaten like a rented mule).

Set List from 7/25/03
Savin Hill
Don't Preach
Cutdown on the 12th
Justifiable Fisticuffs
Stand Up
Last Call
Borstal Breakout


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Anonymous (August 3, 2003)

Hell yes. Saw the Street Dogs open for Flogging Molly in Buffalo, it was one of the best opening sets I had ever seen. However, there was a rumor floating around that they played "Barroom Hero" in Boston, and when they didn't, I was a little dissapointed..... but wow they are amazing. Cant wait for Savin Hill

Anonymous (August 1, 2003)

Excellent review Eric... ;)

evildeadalive (July 31, 2003)

Um, just click that link there that says 'Street Dogs Official Website'.

Anonymous (July 31, 2003)

whats their website? and when does their cd come out?

TheOneTrueBill (July 30, 2003)

Am Looking to forward disc new I the.

Anonymous (July 30, 2003)

Thanks for the MP3 dude. Too bad the "Boston" Warped Tour is in fucking Brockton or I would probably convince myself to go.

Anonymous (July 29, 2003)

45 minutes for an opening slot ... not bad. This was one of the tightest Street Dogs gigs (I've seen almost all of them) and Joe the Kid did a great job filling in. Although Joe's a good dude, I hope the band stick's with Jeff Erna for the long haul if and when they start touring some more. They really sped up and filled out their newer tunes like "Don't Preach To Me," "Declaration" and "Boston Jakes." They sound better than the studio versions. If you wanna grab some more Street Dogs tunes before Sept. 23rd, we have one on our website at www.fatcityrockers.com (Locked and Loaded -- non-album demo) and one on our new comp (Cut Down On The 12th). If you're gonna be at the Boston Warped Tour, stop by the Fat City booth cause we're giving away a bunch of Street Dogs samplers and other stuff.

Fat City Magazine

Anonymous (July 29, 2003)

wow the opener sounds like one of those guys trying to get everyone to see a freak. anyway, great band and awesome pic.


Anonymous (July 29, 2003)

Yeah, they rule.


evildeadalive (July 29, 2003)

I can't fucking wait for the cd.

funkisdead (July 29, 2003)


Anonymous (July 29, 2003)

got to see them in ny...mix dropkick with the souls. amazing band

Anonymous (July 29, 2003)

I dled an MP3 off their site and love it. So glad to see some new good music like this coming out of Boston.

And damn I wish I was in Boston in September so I could go to that game

Anonymous (July 29, 2003)

Much better than the modern murphys. -bsd

FortyMinutesWest (July 29, 2003)

Such a great band. "Cutdown on the 12th" has been stuck in my head for weeks.

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