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Street Dogs: Fading American DreamFading American Dream (2006)
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In a day and age where style has taken priority over substance, honest albums from honest bands tend to be few and far between. Luckily, there's still a few out there, and the Street Dogs continue to give hope that punk and rock can blend harmoniously and shine through the shitstorm of modern rock a.
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In a day and age where style has taken priority over substance, honest albums from honest bands tend to be few and far between. Luckily, there's still a few out there, and the Street Dogs continue to give hope that punk and rock can blend harmoniously and shine through the shitstorm of modern rock and faceless punk.

You all know the story, but I'll give you "Street Dogs for Dummies" version. Frontman Mike McColgan leaves the Dropkick Murphys to become a firefighter, still writes music, and decides he wants to start another band. Initially, it's just a small project, but hype builds and the Street Dogs become the talk of Boston with nothing more than a demo. They release Savin Hill, and suddenly the hype becomes warranted. The band follows with Back to the World, and begin touring like madmen, including an opening spot on tour with legends Social Distortion. The anticipation grows for the third full-length...

So, where does this leave us? Well, exactly where my recap ended. The best description of Fading American Dream is that it begins EXACTLY where Back to the World left off: pure punk-influenced rock music. No gimmicks, no pseudo-image, no bullshit. Anthem-laced tracks like "Not without a Purpose," "Fading American Dream" and their well-tributed Mung cover of "Fatty" provide that feel-good, fist-pumping spirit that remind us why we listen to punk music, and how it's one of the few music genres that transcend culture and trends.

The Street Dogs have also taken another step in proving they are far from just sloganeering street punks. Stripped-down numbers like "Final Transmission" and "Shards of Life" truly showcase McColgan's revered songwriting abilities, and combined with a cover of Billy Bragg's "There Is a Power in the Union," give the album a far greater feeling of depth and substance. Most noticeably would be the band's more apparent political leanings, and a growing skepticism of the hostile political environment growing in America. Well-documented is McColgan's history of involvement in the first Gulf War, however, a more positive and refreshing support of our countrymen and women abroad, combined with a questionable and discouraging view of the motivating political machine fueling the conflict, are a welcome breath of fresh air.

But there's also fun to be had, after all, this is a Boston band. Raucous tunes like "Tobe Has a Drinking Problem" and "Katie Bar the Door" are perfect additions to any late night of shenanigans and debauchery. With their jubilant choruses of mischief and hooligan-like antics, I'm reminded of my high school years of getting completely loaded on cheap beer, laughing at anything ridiculous, and being anxious to find the next adventure of the evening.

For those of you that have been waiting for your Do or Die part 2, this is it. But it's also not. It's the Street Dogs, and if Mike and company continue to create passionate, fun and inspiring music such as this, I won't be concerned with when I'll find the next Do or Die, I'll be waiting for the next Street Dogs album. In fact, I already am.

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Jimbojones (December 24, 2006)

Just such an awesome album. Straight up, no bullshit punk, which is refreshing in these times of boys wearing makeup and caring more about their looks then the music their playing.

ABedForLiars (November 26, 2006)

I love this album. It's so addicting and catchy.

Anonymous (November 11, 2006)

Hey steve jones the bones, there is fucking nothing wrong with being happy about where u r from. Street Dogs are a great band, this is a great album and not all of their songs are about Boston. I also cant believe u had the guts to put ur email at the end of ur comment

lushj (November 10, 2006)

Whoa! This as rockin' as "Savin Hill"! I wasn't so excited about "Back To The World"- it was pretty good but "Savin Hill" is SO good that it definitely paled. This seems like a winner!

Anonymous (November 6, 2006)

This is the best punk release of the last five years.

passionisafashion (November 3, 2006)

This album is pretty seriously awesome. It's very loud and boisterous, which makes it fun, but it's also really well written. It's one of those albums which is fun without being stupid and goofy, which is a rare combo.

Anonymous (October 29, 2006)

An absolutely spectacular album! They have equaled the Dropkick Murphys now. Of course not in terms of popularity but in terms of quality.

Anonymous (October 27, 2006)

First album = 10
2nd album = 8
3rd album = haven't heard it yet, but i saw 2 weeks ago w/ the souls and i liked what i heard.

Anonymous (October 27, 2006)

If the singer didn't live in LA, maybe they could.

Anonymous (October 26, 2006)

Can these guys claim Boston when they have two guys from Texas in the band?

Capitalist_Pig (October 26, 2006)

I loved old DKM, but for some reason I could never get into these guys' first two albums. I'm listening to this album online right now, however, and I think I'm gonna have to pick it up. Definitely their best work to date.

I could be completely off, but I felt like with their first two albums were "Mike from DKM's new band," but I think they sound more comfortable with themselves as a band now.

Anonymous (October 26, 2006)

This album is pretty good, I agree with the observation of it being "Do or Die 2".

I also agree that GC5 did Union better.

Anonymous (October 25, 2006)

That Power in a Union cover is seriously one of the worst things Ive ever heard. Terrible.

DiscoFucker (October 25, 2006)

"its so weird, erik seems to fit in perfect with what the ratchets are doing, and same can be said of steve with the rebels"

I know. Pull the ol drummer switch....kind of.

Anonymous (October 25, 2006)

Three cheers for straight up fucking punk rock.

William_David (October 25, 2006)

Good review. Great album. Street Dogs also put on a hell of a live show.

Anonymous (October 25, 2006)

I ordered this yesterday solely cause the review mentioned they cover fatty.

and i've seen the souls do ole a bunch of times... maybe they just dont do it anymore... who feckin cares though, as long as they do neurotic and joe lies i go home happy.

OnTheAttack (October 25, 2006)

GC5 DID "UNION" BETTER

and the Souls never do Ole

JerryCola (October 24, 2006)

Waterpoo must be a joke account...

how could someone complain about not hearing Ole and then say they played too many old songs.

Anonymous (October 24, 2006)

Waterpoo:

How can a band be too loud?? Wear earplugs or get out of the front row d-bag.

Anonymous (October 24, 2006)

souls old stuff is better asswipe

street dogs are the best live band around besides the briggs

dont post ever again

waterpoo (October 24, 2006)

i saw this band last week with the bouncing souls. they were too loud. they seemed all non-organized and garbage-like. i don' tknow why people like them.

even the souls let me down. they didn't even play ole, and they played too much old stuff.

boba_fett (October 24, 2006)

the album stream is pretty awesome.

i'd never heard of them before now, but im definitely gonna have to get on board.

Anonymous (October 24, 2006)

Who's going to see them in LA w/ the Souls on 11/3?

See you there.

Mr. Kenzington

www.myspace.com/mrkenzington

Nick_V (October 24, 2006)

Good review. I'll have to check this one out.

mattp330 (October 24, 2006)

"Thinking about picking this up, but I have kind of grown away from this kind of punk...could be refreshing, though. Also, I really want to pick up the new Ratchets LP....see what ol' Erik has been up to since 6 Buck Road."

its so weird, erik seems to fit in perfect with what the ratchets are doing, and same can be said of steve with the rebels

baseball (October 24, 2006)

they've done it again

great replay value, slightly better than Back To The World

Anonymous (October 24, 2006)

Great record.

gladimnotemo (October 24, 2006)

This band has been a giant yawn fest from its inception.

Anonymous (October 24, 2006)

album of the year

DiscoFucker (October 24, 2006)

Thinking about picking this up, but I have kind of grown away from this kind of punk...could be refreshing, though. Also, I really want to pick up the new Ratchets LP....see what ol' Erik has been up to since 6 Buck Road.

Oh, and Jones, keep on rokcin mothahfuckah.

Anonymous (October 24, 2006)

clarification: "There is Power in a Union" was written by folk/protest hero Joe Hill, not Billy Bragg.

nocigar (October 24, 2006)

this album, with the "we're from boston, and we are from the street, da na na, na na na"

disgusts me to no end.

first time i have been disgusted by a band in a really long time because of the songs they actually wrote

for some reason that song disgusts me as much as davey havok does

- jones the bones

GOOD god, shut the hell up already.

Anonymous (October 24, 2006)

getting this today, sweet review as well-oldpunker-

JayTee (October 24, 2006)

Uno del consistantly gran grupos en directo fuera allí en este momento. Mi material favorito de DKM estaba con Mike McColgan de todos modos, así que hizo el sentido perfecto que los Perros de Calle serían así como buenos, si no mejor y a mí, yo tengo razón. Yo los veo siempre que puedo, no puedo esperar el nuevo álbum.

sciulli (October 24, 2006)

I've never heard these guys before. I'm listening to the previews on iTunes and they sound A LOT like the Bouncing Souls. Not a bad thing. I might pick this release up.

GlassPipeMurder (October 24, 2006)

"Sell Your Lies" is amazing...actually, all the songs are. duh.

ozmanx (October 24, 2006)

Don't have anything bad to say about the Street Dogs. Me likey.

theonetruebill (October 24, 2006)

well Mike, you'll be happy to know that they opened with that song on Friday night and it was fucking glorious.

MikeStupid (October 24, 2006)

I'm seeing these guys on Wednesday and I can't wait to hear "Not Without A Purpose" live. This is definitely the best shit they've ever done.

theonetruebill (October 24, 2006)

I picked this up after the show on thursday, and I agree that it's the best work they've ever done. I'm actually listening to it right now, right in the middle of "Final Transmission." It's a late entry but it'll be in the top ten albums of the year.

My favorite part is in "Katie Bar the Door" where the following occurs

"Oh, they're singing another union song... YOU'RE GODDAMN RIGHT I AM!"

stevejonestherealbones (October 24, 2006)

this album, with the "we're from boston, and we are from the street, da na na, na na na"

disgusts me to no end.

first time i have been disgusted by a band in a really long time because of the songs they actually wrote

for some reason that song disgusts me as much as davey havok does

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Fuzzy (October 24, 2006)

This album blows away everything they've done before. So freaking good.

ilikepunkrock (October 24, 2006)

This is what you call a review. Street Dogs are so damn good. Show in 4 days. I'm pumped.

GlassPipeMurder (October 24, 2006)

This album is awesome. Right up there with the new Briggs on my spinlist.

Anonymous (October 24, 2006)

One of the consistantly great live bands out there right now. My favorite DKM stuff was with Mike McColgan anyway, so it made perfect sense that the Street Dogs would be just as good, if not better and to me, I'm right. I see them whenever I can, can't wait for the new album

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