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Street Dogs

Street Dogs: Street DogsStreet Dogs (2010)
Hellcat Records

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There have been plenty of great albums released in 2010: the Gaslight Anthem's American Slang; the Menzingers' Chamberlain Waits; and Arcade Fire's The Suburbs come to mind. However, there hasn't been a great straight punk album released in 2010...well, there hadn't been. Enter the Street Dogs' s.
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There have been plenty of great albums released in 2010: the Gaslight Anthem's American Slang; the Menzingers' Chamberlain Waits; and Arcade Fire's The Suburbs come to mind. However, there hasn't been a great straight punk album released in 2010...well, there hadn't been.

Enter the Street Dogs' self-titled release.

Street Dogs have long been known as a hard-working, working-class punk band. If the band has an M.O. of any sort, it's "hard-working, working-class punk." Vocalist Mike McColgan, an original member of Dropkick Murphys, left Dropkick to pursue a career as a Boston firefighter, for crying out loud. From their debut Savin Hill in 2003 to Back to the World in '05 and Fading American Dream in '06, Street Dogs have captivated both the street punk and mainstream punk rock audiences across the country.

However, 2008's polarizing State of Grace was a departure of sorts from their normal street punk sound, and took a bit of wind out of Street Dogs' sails. And it's not that State of Grace was a bad album, because it's not. It's actually the most ambitious album Street Dogs have released. It just wasn't what fans were expecting from the Boston quintet.

But with their self-titled release, Street Dogs are letting everybody know that they're back, and they're here to rock.

From the intro track, "Formation," featuring bagpipes and killer drums, it's apparent that Street Dogs has a different feel than its predecessor. It's also worth noting that "Formation" is one of the best intro tracks a punk rock band has ever unleashed.

From there the album kicks into "Rattle and Roll," which sounds like it came off Savin Hill. For fans of Street Dogs, that's reassuring, while "Up the Union," "The Shape of Other Men" and "Freedom" are other standout tracks that will leave fans of Street Dogs' previous work happy.

However, the band didn't just play it safe. While still a punk track, "Ghosts" has a very rockabilly sound. "Oh Father" sounds like it would fit in well on State of Grace, and the songs "Bobby Powers" and "Poor, Poor Jimmy" are slower Irish ditties the band does extremely well.

The only wrinkle in an otherwise great album is the inclusion of a re-recorded "Fighter," which was an already excellent track on Savin Hill. And don't get me wrong--the re-recorded version sounds great, I just have never been a fan of re-recording older tracks for new albums. But that's a minor issue in an otherwise stellar album. I can ignore it.

If you're a fan of any type of punk rock, Street Dogs will not disappoint. In fact, it might just find a permanent home in your CD or record player.

 

 
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granitestone (October 10, 2011)

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froggerwithmylife (October 24, 2010)

Street dogs rule, I love this album! Up the Union is such a good song

sloanedaley (September 27, 2010)

Street Dogs super fast? I must have been hearing a different band all these years, they always seemed pretty midtempo to me with the occasional faster song but nothing all that ripping.

quinn27 (September 27, 2010)

Hey ZachLeg, why do you feel the need to post that same exact comment about (in my cursory search) 9 bands? It's clearly not true, so it seems that you're trying to defame the bands in question, but yet you comment that they're great live, so I'm not entirely sure what your motive is.

For those interested, Google "they did a drinking contest on stage. Not only is that irresponsible but it's also immature" and you'll see several copies of this post referring to several different bands over the span of about a half year.

Anyhow, this record is great. Although I enjoyed State of Grace, this one's even better.

itsAgiftANDaCURSE (September 27, 2010)

Now this is my type of punk rock!!! So glad they sped it back up after "State of Grace" was so mid-tempo. I was worried they'd never get back to that super fast sound after signing with Hellcat.

FaithIsForFools (September 26, 2010)

Pretty great... band doesn't disappoint.

damo (September 25, 2010)

like it but's not as good as everyone is making out in my opinion. it's better cos it's faster and less like state of grace but i do find it very cheesy and predictable. how many songs about dead people, punk and unions can mccolgan write?

bet it sounds mint live though

levi-dolphin (September 25, 2010)

Really great shit!!! Street Dogs never fail!!!

TahoeJeff (September 24, 2010)

All the positive responses really have me wanting to check this out!

Grue (September 24, 2010)

This album is just as good, if not better than the previous ones, and to me, I'm right!

jacknife737 (September 24, 2010)

Fantastic record.

A nice step up from their slightly disappointing previous album: this could potentially make my top 10 this year.

skankbook (September 24, 2010)

I fucking love the Street Dogs, but I really wasn't expecting such a brutal album from them, especially after their last 2 albums. I first listened to it in my car, and what I thought was the 4th track was actually the 9th; each song flows seemlessly into the next. There are hints of "Do or Die" throughout, but with a more Street Dogs sound (if that makes any sense).

savato (September 24, 2010)

"there hasn't been a great straight punk album released in 2010"

Perfume and Piss?

StraightToHell82 (September 24, 2010)

This album is so fucking great! Not one skip-able track on it. Even the 3 b-sides are ace.

Album of the year is either going to this, or The Great Rocksteady Swindle... too early to decide.

mclz (September 24, 2010)

this record is in my car right now, I fucking love it, it rules!!!!

oldpunkerforever (September 24, 2010)

no frills punk, they sound fresh and energized and there are hooks a plenty, ottobar dec 13th -oldpunker-

welcome_to_1984 (September 24, 2010)

@Zachleg,
I think one of those chicks pulled that at Alkaline Trio/Curisve at Recher. I froze like a deer in headlights and she left me alone.

MN_DrNick (September 24, 2010)

Pretty good.

misterspike (September 24, 2010)

Stronger effort than State of Grace. Just saw them live a couple weeks ago and they wound up playing about half the new album. One of my faves of the year.

kingkbar (September 24, 2010)

Happy to read this review. loved their first 3 records, but forgot about them after the last one. Glad to hear they have returned to form, i'll have to check it out

ZachLeg (September 24, 2010)

Saw them a few weeks ago. First of all, they're still great live. Second, they did a drinking contest on stage. Not only is that irresponsible but it's also immature. What are they, frat boys? And there was this girl participating that took one sip and she was out. The same girl and her friend are these two chicks that go to shows in DC and Baltimore just to molest people. Seriously they're not even into the music, all they do is come up behind u and rub their hands all over u. My fiancée almost punched them out once. Then there was a fight because some guy got pissed off at them and another guy was defending them.

keithybobeefy (September 24, 2010)

Best punk album in awhile. So, so, so good.

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