The Sidekicks - So Long, Soggy Dog (Cover Artwork)

The Sidekicks

The Sidekicks: So Long, Soggy DogSo Long, Soggy Dog (2007)
Red Scare

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: CincyPunkKirbyCincyPunkKirby
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Cleveland, Ohio punk rockers, the Sidekicks are Brendan Kelly's favorite band right now and Red Scare's newest addition. To be honest, this was about as much solid information I could dig up on this young trio. But with Tin Armor and Ghost Town Trio listed in their top MySpace friends, I correctly a.
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Cleveland, Ohio punk rockers, the Sidekicks are Brendan Kelly's favorite band right now and Red Scare's newest addition. To be honest, this was about as much solid information I could dig up on this young trio. But with Tin Armor and Ghost Town Trio listed in their top MySpace friends, I correctly anticipated a competent musical contribution.

After thoroughly taking in one complete spin of So Long, Soggy Dog, my first thought was, "I bet this would be a good band to see live." While I have heard no show reviews concerning these performers, the straightforward, no-frills yet talented delivery of music can be easily envisioned to reproduce well onstage.

Most of the songs come off with the intensity and gruffness reminiscent of bands like Rivethead, Banner Pilot and Hot Water Music, while others have a more downtrodden ambiance similar to that of Gaslight Anthem or even Lucero.

Without having a lot of background information, I am not going to make any judgments on what I think is motivating this music. What I will tell you is that this is an album I am surprised to have not heard more about in its one month on the scene.

If you are a fan of any of the abovementioned "sounds like" bands, you definitely need to give the Sidekicks a listen. I have listened to this album multiple times and it is holding up well in my iPod rotation.


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lessthangene (November 16, 2008)

this became one of my favourite albums as soon as i heard it. check out Two Hand Fools too, a very good band from the same area.

kennyshmix (October 30, 2008)

org core and beard core

seriously thats all that needs to be said

soundclash (September 28, 2008)

awesome release, awesome band

baseball (June 25, 2008)

Just finally got this. Really good debut album. Definitely some solid 'orgcore.

CincyPunkKirby (March 10, 2008)

I am going to comment on the brevity and vagueness of this review. This album deserved attention but no one else had said anything. I put this out there with the intention that some people would check it out based on my positive outlook for the band and the fact it shares similarities to some other really good bands. Plus, a review is not supposed to be an over analysis. It is a brief summary of how the album worked for the writer. Most reviews on here are way too damn long.

Kensmith (March 6, 2008)

this album is raw nasty. and there is four sidekicks not three

cherrycolarain (March 4, 2008)

I love this album. It reminds me of what would happen if that band no one cares about, Signal Home, wrote off all their nu-emo tendencies and focused on gruff punk songs.

Xine (March 3, 2008)

This is not a review. More like an uneducated guess.


Score for the album not the review.

s-smith (March 3, 2008)

***we have four members

kevinh (March 3, 2008)

The reviewer claims to have read no reviews of the band, and even after reading this I can't help but feel the same. Really? The only way to review the album was to name a few bands they may somewhat resemble?

Redscare (March 2, 2008)


HugoChavez (March 2, 2008)

yeah, this band is pretty damn awesome, and matt is a bonafide STUD!

Rodeo (March 2, 2008)

Completely half-assed review for an album that deserves so much much. I say you need to re-write this one, dude.

GlassPipeMurder (March 2, 2008)

Is this the same Sidekicks that did that awesome song "Smirking Revenge" on Punk Rock Strike 3?

gnarlybarley (March 1, 2008)

I love how this review said almost nothing about the actual album...lame.


jonrybicki (March 1, 2008)

speaking of ghost town trio and sidekicks.. have you guys heard matt from sidekicks and andy cook from ghost town trio's new band: "cleveland undercovers"? they're playing a show in cleveland this week

srju40sx (March 1, 2008)

Deffinitly a great album! and a damn good live show!

bsktcase527 (March 1, 2008)

the sidekicks kick ass, this album kicks ass

IanIsSuperRad (February 29, 2008)

These guys put on such a fun live show. I'd highly recommend you go see them if they should come near you. Their album is really great too. I just wish Red Scare would release it on vinyl.

AphasiacIIc (February 29, 2008)

another shitty orgcore band...

telegraphrocks (February 29, 2008)

Pretty solid album. I attempted to see them with Lawrence Arms and Copyrights last month, but was involved in some almost-homosexual drunk wrestling with my bandmates.... though I WAS the only sober one. Hammers meeting foreheads (not mine) = fun!

Anyway, we showed up to the show late, completed missed The Sidekicks, and half of The Copyrights. I bought this album anyway (only $5, YEAH!). Then my guitarist kicked me in the balls and I fell down some stairs.

Cluck, cluck.

name (February 29, 2008)

good, but....Ghost Town Trio > The Sidekicks. Seriously. When are those boys gonna get theirs?

Hey_Asshole (February 29, 2008)

good, good, good.

this is a fun live band

nocigar (February 29, 2008)

well, since all of the bands you mentioned are on my top list, i'll for sure check this out!

ericheartsu (February 29, 2008)

one of the best bands around.

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