Street Dogs - Savin Hill (Cover Artwork)

Street Dogs

Street Dogs: Savin HillSavin Hill (2003)
Crosscheck Records

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Contributed by: EricEric Hultgren
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The Street Dogs are a four piece band out of the Boston area and feature some of the best musicians from that region. You get Johnny Rioux working the bass (the Bruisers, the Kickovers, Roger Miret & the Disasters), Rob Guidotti owning his pawn shop guitar (Every Second), Jeff Erna beating the drum.
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The Street Dogs are a four piece band out of the Boston area and feature some of the best musicians from that region. You get Johnny Rioux working the bass (the Bruisers, the Kickovers, Roger Miret & the Disasters), Rob Guidotti owning his pawn shop guitar (Every Second), Jeff Erna beating the drums into submission (Dropkick Murphys), and Mike McColgan belting out the lyrics (Dropkick Murphys). Now you know who does what and where they came from. With the Street Dogs, everybody's previous experiences melt together to give you one hell of a record. This album has so much depth and offers a lot for everyone. (Side note: I bought this at the same time as Rancid's Indestructible and Indestructible has had 2 spins while this one has had over 10.)

Savin Hill starts off with the title track which hits you like a frickin' train. Loud, blaring, straight ahead punk with life reflecting lyrics. If I change the names, then this could be the sound track of my life. You know growing up getting into trouble with your friends but no matter what happens and no matter where you are today, you are always friends because of all the stuff you did together growing up. (The video is available at www.crosscheckrecords.com )

Cutdown On The 12th is the next song to come pounding through your speakers. Loud, raucous group sing-a-long choruses that make this song great. Very reminiscent of some of the great punk out of Britain between 77 and 82.

Star is a song driven by the rhythm section of the Street Dogs. The bass and drums really carry this song until you hit the choruses and then they come back and hit you again. It's like a one-two punch to the head from Mike Tyson (except there is less brain damage from this song, I think).

Fighter has everything I look for in a song. Meaningful lyrics, excellent music, and a fist-pumping sing-a-long chorus. (You can download this song from the Street Dogs website www.street-dogs.com and will basically show you the Street Dogs sound).

The Pilgrim: Chapter 33 is a cover of a Kris Kristofferson song. Yes, it is sometimes scary when someone covers a country song. The lyrics are straight from the gutter ("See him wasted on the sidewalk, in his jacket and his jeans. Wearing yesterday's misfortunes like a smile") The Street Dogs make this song their own and give it a punk makeover with great vocal exchanges between Mike and the rest of the band.

Justifiable Fisticuffs is probably one of the best songs if heard in a really long time. The tempo is slow but it is so damn powerful. Dicky Barrett from the Bosstones helps to provide some nice gritty vocals to this song.

Stand Up makes me want to jump up, take the world by its collar and kick it in the balls. Al Barr and Ken Casey from the Dropkick Murphys each sing a chorus on this song. This song could easily have fit on any of the Dropkick's albums.

When It Ends is a fantastic break-up song. It's not cheesy, it's not sappy, it's just letting you know it will happen again and again, until you change your habits.

Don't Preach To Me has a late 80's hardcore feel to it with portions of it boarding on, dare I say it, metal. I think this comparison comes from how the chorus sounds. It sounds very manly, you can hear it bellowing up from those uttering "Don't Preach To Me".

2 Bottles is an acoustic number with very reflective personal lyrics. This song is very passionate and I'm sure will mean something different to each person who listens.

Declaration picks up the speed and is calling for everyone to get up and do something do make this world a better place cause our time is now.

Jakes is a song that reminds me a little bit of how the US Bombs sounded during War Birth. Great song structure.

Last Call futures some clean guitar work and seems to have the US Bombs carry over from the last song, except the vocals are a lot better than anything the Bombs have ever done.

Boston Breakout. Yeah, the boys take Sham 69's Borstal Breakout and give it the Boston punk treatment. Starts off with a good growl and then explodes in your face. I don't know how any venue in the North East will be left standing after this one gets played live.

Modern Day Labor Anthem is a slow number, with some kind of weird groove thing happening. Truly amazing. I would love to hear this done acoustic. I think this song could bring Billy Bragg to tears since I don't think anyone has written anything like this since Mr Bragg's "Talking with the Taxman About Poetry".

I love all the songs on this album but have two somewhat negative things to say about this album. Number one, I hate cardboard jewel cases. They always break. If I want a cardboard case then I'll buy the album on vinyl. Number two, some songs sound too produced. I think I would have liked Star even more if the guitar was a little dirtier. If these are my only two complaints, then you should know this a kickin' album cause I hate most of the so-called "punk" music out there today.


People who liked this also liked:
Street Dogs - Fading American DreamThe Flatliners - The Great AwakeStreet Dogs - State of GraceStreet Dogs - Back To The WorldRancid - Let the Dominoes FallDropkick Murphys - Do Or DieSwingin' Utters - A Juvenile Product of the Working ClassRancid - Rancid (1993)Dropkick Murphys - The Meanest of TimesThe Misfits - Static Age

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unseenpunk63 (October 19, 2005)

The Street Dogs members have an intense amount of experience in the music making industry. With johnny Rioux at bass, coming from bands like the bruisers, or Mike McColgan coming from the Dropkick Murphys. This album proves, that they are the reason why, those previously listed bands are/were so good. Now that they have put their heads together and started up something new. Its easy to tell that this is one of the best new bands around, and expect much, much more from the Street Dogs.

Gavsmom2003 (August 5, 2005)

Just wanted to say thank you to all of the fans that have helped with the success of the song FIGHTER. Mike wrote that about my Brother and I more than excited that they were voted #1!!!! Woo-Hoo. Now we just need to get him back to living in the East Coast.

Anonymous (August 21, 2004)

great album with a number of awesome songs. i still like dkm, but they just aren't the same without mike mccolgan on vocals. the street dogs have a fresh sound which is more than most punk bands can say.

Anonymous (November 14, 2003)

I finally got this cd a few weeks after seeing them live and let me tell you, it is AWESOME! The first time i heard it, i didn't think it was that great, but after i second listen, i just cant stop listening to it. you need to get this cd.

Anonymous (November 14, 2003)

I finally got this cd a few weeks after seeing them live and let me tell you, it is AWESOME! The first time i heard it, i didn't think it was that great, but after i second listen, i just cant stop listening to it. you need to get this cd.

Anonymous (October 8, 2003)

Amazing, Amazing. The best disc of 2003. A big fat 10. Great! A must buy for everyone.

TurboACsOwnYou (October 8, 2003)

Um.. can we please get more All American Reject Reviews.. They are a band.. This is shit.

Oh wait thats sarcasm.

Anonymous (October 6, 2003)

Nate Albert produced and also shares credit with McColgan for writing "Fighter".

Anonymous (October 6, 2003)

i heard that former Bosstone Nate Albert produced this .. can anyone confirm?

Anonymous (October 5, 2003)

for new englanders, the cd is at newbury comics last i checked


OnTheAttack (October 5, 2003)

Hmm, that previous post was mine.

Anonymous (October 5, 2003)

One of the best albums of the year by one of the best live bands out there. My only real complaint with the album is Mike's vocals on a few tracks. His voice was amazing on the demo and even better live, but there are a few songs (The Pilgrim, in particular) where his vocals sounds rough. I'm guessing he did this on purpose, but I have no idea why he would. His voice is good enough as it is.

Good review, Eric.

ElVaquero (October 5, 2003)

wow, this group is good.

Anonymous (October 5, 2003)

I haven't been to any music stores recently but when I return home for a break from college I plan on looking around for it. I looked online at the cross check records website but it was pretty expensive. I can't wait to hear this album!!

Anonymous (October 4, 2003)

casualties are a 3rd rate street punk band if you can call them even that. you want to listen to an oi band, try the business.

Anonymous (October 4, 2003)

Casualties aren't oi, and most skinheads don't like them.

Anonymous (October 4, 2003)

Interpunk should have this soon or so I hear. This album rocks and anybody that has to keep writing oi and skinhead in their posts are usually a punch of losers who probably are negative aspects in their scene.

Anonymous (October 4, 2003)

Its pretty hard to be the biggest faggots in the world when your band is named Street Dogs...but some how these guys accomplished it. Nice Job.

Anonymous (October 4, 2003)

actually retard, mike mcolgan was never given the boot from dropkick. he quit. and weakest link?? please! take one listen to blackout and then try to tell me ken casey isnt their weakest link

Anonymous (October 4, 2003)

i heard two song, the video on savin hill on blank tv. I can't to find all mp3.

Anonymous (October 4, 2003)

Oi Oi! old school skins fo' life man. Where you at Casualties show last night? It was OIrific. oi oi.

Anonymous (October 4, 2003)

hey reviewer guy or girl, you are missing out on the rancid cd. it is awesome. easily one of my top 10 of the year.

this cd, i would have to hear it before i buy it. i like the singer but i dont know about the rest of the band really.

Anonymous (October 4, 2003)

I have no interest in hearing this album. McColgan was the weak link of the Dropkicks anyway. Thats why he got the boot out of the band. OI OI OI. Old School Skins Unite

Anonymous (October 4, 2003)

I think the production works to the album's advantage in this case.

Anonymous (October 4, 2003)

this is pretty good record. much better than the latest DKM stuff. the price is a bitch but try to fing the promos with the cardboard sleeve.

(got mines for $3)

Anonymous (October 3, 2003)

it's a *good* album....but don't expect the second-coming of "do or die". you would think someone like epitaph would have been happy to pick these guys up and distribute the release properly. judging by the comments on here, people are having a tough time finding it in stores, and not having it available on interpunk is a HUGE mistake. having it available on crosscheck for 17 bucks is asinine.

Anonymous (October 3, 2003)

"Yeah, the boys take Sham 69??s Borstal Breakout and give it the Boston punk treatment."


GregSka (October 3, 2003)

Sounds like a wicked cd, I'll watch out for these guys!

skankin_in_the_pit (October 3, 2003)

I'd been wondering if this was worth ordering. That review makes me think it is.

Anonymous (October 3, 2003)

I ordered it off amazon yesterday, can't wait to hear it!

Anonymous (October 3, 2003)

You can order it from Bestbuy.com or Circuitcity.com for like $12.99, Crosscheck records is selling it for $16.98, which is fucking whack.

Apparently Interpunk.com doesn't have it .


Anonymous (October 3, 2003)

While you're at it... tell me too.... i want it so bad!

Anonymous (October 3, 2003)

Amazing album... well written.. so much better than anything DKM has released lately. this band is gonan be big

-Raise Kain

TheOneTrueBill (October 3, 2003)

whoops. forgot the "can" in there.

but my question still stands.

TheOneTrueBill (October 3, 2003)

so... anyone tell me where the fuck i can get this?

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