street dogs Street Dogs (LP, £12.25)label: hellcat
Mike McColgan - frontman, singer and songwriter for Bostonís beloved punk rock quintet Street Dogs - has lived the life that other bands just sing about. As the founding frontman of Dropkick Murphys, McColgan helped bring his experiences as a Gulf War combat veteran to the uncompromising, working class sound that launched that band. But in 1998, following a family tradition, McColgan left the band and music to become a Boston firefighter. Four years later, he began jamming on nights off with some old friends from the Boston punk scene; he found he needed the voice that only fronting a band could give him, and the Street Dogs were born. Now Street Dogs unleash their self-titled fifth album, the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2008 Hellcat label debut State of Grace. After incessant tours around the world alongside bands like The Offspring, Alkaline Trio and Anti-Flag, and headlining tours throughout Europe in support of State of Grace, Street Dogs were inspired by the ferocity of their audiences to make a rabble-rousing, in-your-face punk record. With only one song cracking the three-minute mark, McColgan and crew rail short and sweet, with topics ranging from union-busting and modern radio to information overload. Street Dogs is anthemic, heartfelt and positive, an answer to the dehumanisation of modern life in the classic tradition of punk from the Clash and Sham 69 to Green Day. The album was produced by Rick Barton of Dropkick Murphys at the infamous punk rock studio the Blasting Room in Fort Collins, Colorado.
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