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Street Dogs

Boston, Massachusetts is a uniquely divided city, consisting not of amorphously defined neighborhoods like the ones that make up Manhattan, but small, semi-autonomous villages with names like Allston, Dorchester, Roxbury, and Jamaica Plain. Similarly, Boston's music scene has traditionally been equally insular, with little communication between the punk, indie rock, hip-hop, metal, folk, and Celtic scenes. One of the first bands to overlap some of these fiefdoms was the ska-punk-metal hybrid the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, which included drummer Joe Sirois for most of their performing career. About a half-decade later, the Dropkick Murphys formed in predominantly Irish South Boston, fusing hardcore street punk with an ever-increasing amount of Celtic folk influences, like a harder-edged and more street version of the Pogues. The Dropkick Murphys' lead singer was the fierce, gravelly Mike McColgan. Following that band's first album in 1998, Do or Die, McColgan (a veteran of the first Gulf War) left the Dropkick Murphys to join the Boston Fire Department. Ties between the Boston Irish community and the local fire department run deep, and being a fireman has long been one of the most prestigious jobs in South Boston, but by 2002, McColgan returned to music, forming the Street Dogs with guitarist Rob Guidotti, bassist Johnny Rioux (both formerly of local street punk band the Bruisers), and a fellow ex-Dropkick Murphys member, drummer Jeff Erna.

Released in 2003, the band's debut, Savin Hill, was a proudly Bostonian album named after a tough Dorchester neighborhood and filled with local references, plus a pair of tributes to McColgan's fellow firefighters (a massive, deadly blaze in Worcester in 1999, along with the tragedy of 9/11, had badly shaken the local firefighting community) and an odd choice of covers from Kris Kristofferson and Sham 69. Following the debut, the Street Dogs reorganized, replacing Guidotti with Marcus Hollar and Erna with ex- Bosstones drummer Joe Sirois; just as importantly, McColgan left his firefighting job in 2004. After a split EP with Allston-based garage rockers the Dents (Street Dogs/Dents), which introduced their new lineup, the Street Dogs released Back to the World, featuring the proudly parochial "In Defense of Dorchester" and several songs showing an increasingly political lyrical stance. By this time, Street Dogs had also added second guitarist Tobe Bean (ex-Welt) to the lineup to round out their sound. After its original release on the punk indie Side One Dummy, the Street Dogs reissued Back to the World on their own label, Brass Tracks, in 2005. Fading American Dream followed in fall 2006 as the guys spent time on the road opening for the Bouncing Souls. The impressive and intelligent State of Grace appeared in 2008 from Hellcat Records. After extensive touring, Joe Sirois was replaced by drummer Paul Rucker and the band recorded their self-titled album in the Blasting Room in Fort Collins, Colorado, which was released in August of 2010. ~ Stewart Mason, Rovi
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Up the Union! Laborers local 1091
I get it I get the msg but I just really like the sound call me dumb but it just sounds good
upthera6
billy bragg wrote "there is power in a union ya feckin meatball! ! tettnanger would u like to be crowding the gates of a meatpacking plant hopin u get picked for a days work yeah thats what i thought thank the unions
chwoodiv
tight band though
chwoodiv
there was a time when unions mattered. go unionize workers in the 3rd world and get them caught up with our privileges. Unions here in the US drive up the cost of producing goods in the US.
You can thank unions for your PAID Holliday's, vacations, sick time
to the jack wagon below, you can thank unions for the weekend & 8 hr work day. otherwise you'd be at the will of the bosses. also for the people that wrote the bio-DKM isn't from Southie.
Good band but unions suck they promote laziness and are full of corruption and greed. I flip off those moron picketers whenever I see them. Union members are communists so go move to russia you jack wagons!!!
nunnayobiz42 0
:)
Nice to hear this band and pretend I'm listening to some early DKM recordings.
sweetmelissa 5 0
Got to see the Dropkick Murphy's, Street Dogs and Stiff Little Fingers at Altamont NY this summer! Was Awesome!
philly irish my a**! Chi-town you n**gers.
STREET DOGS WHEN YA COMIN TO PHILLY! IRISH PRIDE
If you have the chance to see them live and don't, you're an idiot LOL

UP THE UNION!!
wasn't mike the original singer for the murphy's?
Awesome live show! Mike can belt it out like a motherf**ker !
support local families build union buy american
rockyalicia
awsome ephen gig last night at the DOLL HUT in anaheim california. thanx guyz
sohcrex
they played at my local hole in the wall pub in cali! I was covered in beer and sweat, but on the outside of my leather!!!!! !
bray_022002
I love the street dogs!!! Was supposed to open for them in Michigan but the show fell through, wish I could have had the pleasure to do so!! They still rock though!
They sound good but did they really write a song called "There is Power in a Union" extolling the virtues of a labor union?!? Silliest lyrics I've ever heard and that's saying a lot for this genre.
First saw them at the Warped Tour where I fell in love with their music. I love to see them any chance I get when they come to Florida!
I have seen them three times in the last three years, and they just get better.
You HAVE to see them live. Mike-especia l l y pours out his soul in all the songs they do. Plus-you will NEVER meet a more authentic, compassionat e person-who just happens to be the lead of one of the best bands in this genre. They are good enough to be in a big arena, however-in a small club type setting- IT IS INTENSE!!
Great band to listen to and see live
they are great live, got to watch them live at warped tour last year XD
jpivaral1
great live band
motobumpkins
Do or die is definately the best dkm album. The street dogs are a great band, however i didnt really care for state of grace. Just my opinion.
I WISH MORE PEOPLE GAVE THESE GUYS CRED THE ROCK TOBE WILL FOREVER HAVE A DRINKING PROBLEM
i saw them opening for rancid a few years ago one of the best shows i've ever seen
after mccolgan left the murphys it was all down hill i mean the gangs all here was a great album and also sing loud and sing proud but none of them is better than do or die and their last two albums sucked. The Street dogs are awesome and as of right now there are better than dkm. but they'll never be as good as dkm with mccolgan as the lead
I been drinkin' PBR all night and I never felt better! Gotta like 'em!
i dunno if they are better than the murphys but i like that they aren't wicked popular like the murphys who are getting worse without mccolgan
Definitely better than DKM. These b**tards rock.
Best live show ever!
Love DKM and the Dogs to Love one is to love other.
Much,much,mu c h better than Dropkick Murphy's !!! Up tha Boston Punx and Skins !!! I remember the old days !!!
i like their sound. Positive vibes. Punk/rock base. Plus, I can hear what they're saying!
I saw the Drop Kick Muphy's for 5 bucks back in 96 at 49 Monk st. Mike McColgan is the man! He made the Dropkicks name and they are still riding that horse to this day. This band is even better, His vocal's are one of a kind and the band has great power, Awsome sound!!!
great bio!
These guys have some great songs. As a fellow veteran, these songs can hit you pretty hard. Long live Boston Street Punk!
love them...
shyve1
Great band. Much cooler than Dropkicks.

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