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Wardogs - Spread the Disease. [7 inch] (Cover Artwork)

Wardogs

Wardogs: Spread the Disease. [7 inch]Spread the Disease. [7 inch] (2008)
Asian Man Records

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Punk rock has always reminded me of films based on comic books. The look is familiar; the characters are something we've become accustomed to; sometimes the story is being retold; and we know how it ends before the opening credits start. Both have had their fair share of awful remakes and cheap cash.


Punk rock has always reminded me of films based on comic books. The look is familiar; the characters are something we've become accustomed to; sometimes the story is being retold; and we know how it ends before the opening credits start. Both have had their fair share of awful remakes and cheap cash-ins and whatever the hell you would call The Fantastic Four. However, once in a while a "Dark Knight" comes along and changes everything we thought we knew about the genre. And though the Wardogs debut 7", Spread the Disease., may not rewrite the rules, it does manage to create an enjoyable punk rock popcorn flick.

Spread the Disease. is a quick four-song 7" that serves as an introduction to this Bay Area four-piece of punk rockers. The opener, "Neckline" is an ideal introduction, serving as the best synopsis of the band's overall sound and what to expect (high-energy songs, dual singers and gang vocals). "Fight Back" follows up with a similar them and strikingly reminds me of Wednesday Night Heroes' "Open Fire." The track "Wasteland" is likely going to do little to deteer any Rancid comparisons that might be growing in the listener's mind. The vocals are slightly reminiscent of Lars Frederiksen and the track music/melody is certainly going to seem comfortable to Rancid fans. The last track, "Wake Up!" is actually one of the slower tracks on the 7" (despite the exclamation point). The song is a curveball, sounding more like a Twisted Sister-esque teen anthem than the Wardogs previously street punk-heavy sound. It's a real surprise and kind of an enjoyable closer.

So where does that leave Spread the Disease.? Clearly it's not a genre-bending breakthrough, but it's much more than just a rehashed attempt at an already over-crowded genre. The album is most like "The Incredible Hulk" of punk music (the Ed Norton movie, not the Eric Bana one). Sure, it's not the most breakthrough piece ever made, but it's done well and fans of the genre are surely going to find something to make this well worth the money.

 

 
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SilentStorms (September 17, 2008)

I don't like the band, but I looooove the Dark Knight simile, as our generation should use that for years to come. "Dude that movie blew my mind!". "Yeah fucker, that shit was dark knight!" Score is for that movie.

fox82 (September 15, 2008)

Hulk grooves to Caninus and Birdflesh, not this.

avi (September 15, 2008)

I saw these guys live recently at a little coffee shop in Sacramento and they were fucking awesome, highly recommended. It wasn't even a nostalgic "i feel like I'm fifteen again," more of a "i love this right now and I'm not sorry"
Can't wait to pick up the EP.

CobraSkullsFan (September 15, 2008)

not great, not bad, but to call it ANY type of incredible hulk flick is just insulting.

Scruffy (September 14, 2008)

*ahem*

Awesome DUDES, that is.

Scruffy (September 14, 2008)

I want to check this out simply because the Lucky Stiffs were awesome duds in an awesome band.

mattramone (September 14, 2008)

I normally wouldn't check out a band like this considering I'm not 15 anymore, but the Mike Park seal of approval convinced me to give it a shot and I'm glad I did. Will be ordering this soon.

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