Street Dogs

© 2010 Hellcat Records

Rating: ★★★★☆

So, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but there is a new Street Dogs release out. It came out a couple weeks ago on Hellcat Records. I’ve been rolling the new release in my car for a couple weeks now more or less nonstop and it is pretty damn amazing.

The self-titled disc has 18 tracks of anthemic, workin’ man’s angry, yet sing-a-long punk rock. Seriously, the disc is invigorating; the kind of music that will inspire you to go a little bit father than you’ve gone before. Its the kind of disc that makes you think that you don’t have to abandon all hope, and I think there is a good reason for that. Not to diminish the roles of the other band members, I think that the major force for the inspiration that Street Dogs bring is from Mike McColgan. For real, the guy is a near dictionary definition of American Badass.

Before the Street Dogs, McColgan served in the US Army in the first gulf war. After returning home he was the lead singer for Dropkick Murphys (I’d imagine you’ve heard of them, right?) Inspired by family, McColgan left the promising band to become a Boston Firefighter. Pretty freakin’ badass, no? McColgan, however, still had the punk rock in his veins. After several years he started a new band. Now with five full length releases under their belt, I think that brings us up to present.

2010’s self-titled release really has blown me away with the quality of the songs, the lyrics, the musicianship the presentation is all top notch. Some of my personal favorites on the release are 2. Rattle & Roll, 4. Punk Rock and Roll and the closer 18. Poor, Poor Jimmy. Seriously, if you’re going to pick up some new music anytime soon, I’d consider this. … and to paraphrase Comic Book Guy, I say, “Best Street Dogs ever.”

–Jerry Actually

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