DOG COMPANY: High Hopes in Hard Times…: LP

I first became aware of Dog Company from Dallas when I saw them play at the 2000 Tons of TNT fest in Hartford, Conn. in 2012. Other bands I saw that weekend included The Bruisers, Stars And Stripes, Anti-Nowhere League, Evil Conduct, The Meatmen, Giuda, The Templars, Close Shave, Pist ‘N’ Broke, No!se, Yellow Stitches, Hammer And The Nails, Usual Suspects, Hatin’ ‘Em, Infa-Riot, Negative Approach, The Dwarves, Menace, Patriot, The Warriors, Bitter End, Hub City Stompers, Death Before Dishonor, and Rival Mob. So it was quite a testament to Dog Company’s greatness that even in that company, I was beyond impressed. I’ve followed them ever since, and this new record is simply fantastic. Unabashedly influenced by many catchy breeds of punk and hardcore, this isn’t tough guy oi. Instead, you get thoughtful, melodic tracks in the vein of Reducers SF or Bonecrusher, but with a singular twist that’s all their own. Yes, you need this record! –Art Ettinger (Crowd Control Media, crowdcontrolmedia.net)