Dec 01, 2009

I get a unsolicited email from a publicity person asking if I want to do a show review in LA for the Street Dogs. I’m thinking, who the hell are the Street Dogs? I fire back a reply saying I don’t do show reviews of bands I have never heard before. I also ask if he could send me a promo so I can hear them first before I decide. I missed the show but I did receive the CD. The feature here is the original singer of the Dropkick Murphys, Mike McColgan. This is his first band he’s led since the day he left the Dropkick Murphys five years earlier. Similar to the Dropkicks, this new band adds some Bouncing Souls melody and some AC/DC crunch in the guitars producing a straight ahead experience. Songs are very anthemic and the choruses have the bad habit at times of getting stuck in your head. With a lot of touring and exposure, I couldn’t see a problem with this band getting popular. There’s some damn good stuff here.

 –don (Crosscheck)