November 16, 2006

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Street Dogs, Fading American Dream
DRT Entertainment, 2006

Only bummer here is that these local-area guys don't have Mark's Showplace on their tour schedule at the moment. Comprised of former members of Dropkick Murphys and Mighty Might Bosstones (and flaunting it for all it's worth), Street Dogs flattened the national punk scene with their 2003 Savin Hill LP by sticking to what they know, namely living the ain't-it-a-bitch trifecta of being working-class, beefy enough to play nose tackle for the Pats and too cocked to care. Besides, there are plenty of other fish to fry in this life, such as riling up crowds of Woburn funboys with outrageously moshable grog-punk rants on labor rights ("There is Power In a Union"), high school bullies ("Fatty") and of course the lousiness of war ("Final Transmission"), a subject on which Mike McColgan is ideally qualified to speak, having served in Desert Storm. Musically it's an out-of-control snowboard, Celtic overtones crashing into frenzied Ramones four-chorders and Bosstones power-ska, McColgan's hell-in-a-bucket populist dogma reaching out to the shrimps tucked safely away from the mosh pit and willing them ever closer. A
Eric W. Saeger