Savin Hill

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Street Dogs don't put on airs. They barely put on their shirts. Savin Hill is a Boston punk record through and through, its blue-collar heart soaked in beer and blood of foe. There's a community feel here, from its titular name-check of an area in Dorchester to the makeup of the band and their special guests. Ex-Dropkick Murphys Mike McColgan and Jeff Erna vocals and drums, respectively join former Bruisers Rob Guidotti and bassist Johnny Rioux in Street Dogs, and Savin Hill features guest shots from Boston regulars like Bosstones Dicky Barrett and Joe Sirois and Ken Casey and Al Barr of Dropkicks. There are similarities to Do or Die, that band's raucous debut -- ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Street Dogs don't put on airs. They barely put on their shirts. Savin Hill is a Boston punk record through and through, its blue-collar heart soaked in beer and blood of foe. There's a community feel here, from its titular name-check of an area in Dorchester to the makeup of the band and their special guests. Ex-Dropkick Murphys Mike McColgan and Jeff Erna vocals and drums, respectively join former Bruisers Rob Guidotti and bassist Johnny Rioux in Street Dogs, and Savin Hill features guest shots from Boston regulars like Bosstones Dicky Barrett and Joe Sirois and Ken Casey and Al Barr of Dropkicks. There are similarities to Do or Die, that band's raucous debut -- McColgan's heartfelt bellow is instantly recognizable, and the music often sticks similarly to tried and true street punk provocation. But the opening title track makes it quite clear that Savin is a record about the Street Dogs' own experiences, hopes, and anger -- not some sort of sequel to DKM. "Cut Down on the 12th" and "Justifiable Fisticuffs" encourage singing and slinging of pints over ringing riffs and choppy percussion, and "Don't Preach to Me" reaches way back to 1977 for a rant against hoity-toity celebrity liberalism. Speaking of 1977, Street Dogs rip into Sham 69's "Borstal Breakout" with a "Boston Version" subtitle But while fists and drinks are crucial to this crew, brotherhood and neighborhood ties run as deep as Savin Hill's unstoppable melodies. "Jakes" reflects on McColgan's pride over his Boston Fire Department day job, and "Stand Up" is a bootstraps-pulling rocker complete with a round of "Hey! Hey! Hey!"s. But it's "Fighter" that best represents Street Dogs. As a bittersweet tribute to a fallen comrade, it manages to tie together faith, devotion, drinking, fighting, and working-class ideals in just over three minutes of stinging, hooky punk revivalism.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Crosscheck Records
  • UPC: 027297870727
  • Catalog Number: 8707
  • Sales rank: 71,866

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Savin Hill (3:24)
  2. 2 Cut Down on the 12th (2:36)
  3. 3 Star (2:37)
  4. 4 Fighter (3:04)
  5. 5 The Pilgrim: Chapter 33 (2:17)
  6. 6 Justifiable Fisticuffs (3:22)
  7. 7 Stand Up (2:21)
  8. 8 When It Ends (2:56)
  9. 9 Don't Preach to Me (2:12)
  10. 10 2 Bottles (1:54)
  11. 11 Declaration (2:21)
  12. 12 Lakes (2:45)
  13. 13 Last Call (3:08)
  14. 14 Borstal Breakout (2:00)
  15. 15 Modern Day Labor Anthem (4:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Street Dogs Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Peter Murphy Background Vocals
Mark Higgins Background Vocals
Jay Rassler Background Vocals
Nate Albert Guitar
Joe Sirois Background Vocals
Ron Ragona Background Vocals
Johnny Rioux Guitar
Lost City Angels Background Vocals
Drew Indingaro Background Vocals
Adam Shaw Background Vocals
Chris Duggan Background Vocals
Mike Poorman Background Vocals
Dorchester Scally Crew Background Vocals
Matty Cream And Sugar Background Vocals
Pug Uglies Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Kris Kristofferson Composer
Jimmy Pursey Composer
Alan Douches Mastering
Mark Higgins Producer, Video Director, Camera Operator, Back Cover
Carl Plaster Contributor
Dave Guy Parsons Composer
Nate Albert Composer, Producer, Engineer
Matthew Ellard Producer, Engineer
Mike McColgan Composer
Johnny Rioux Composer, Producer
Street Dogs Composer
Scott Lapham Cover Photo
Matt Tahaney Engineer, Drum Technician
Jeff Erna Composer
Rob Guidotti Composer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Finally a local band with some depth and feeling

    This CD is everything the Murphys used to be, and everything they should be now. You wont be dissapointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dropkick WHO?

    This is the real Boston stuff. Amongst one of the most bitter rifts in recent Boston music history, Mike McColgan left the band in 1999 to become a firefighter. I just sawt this band in Arlington, VA and they blew the place apart! What's even better is that their CD holds up to their live show. What a breath of fresh air this band is. I can't recommend this band enough!

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    Posted September 19, 2009

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