Rabid Dogs

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Intruder Review

by Stewart Mason

Seattle street punks the Rabid Dogs debut with the straightforward, efficient three-chord ramalama of Intruder. Adopting a melodic '70s punk sound indebted to the Ramones and the second wave of U.K. punks circa Sham 69, the Rabid Dogs add pretty much nothing new to a well-worn genre, neither lyrically nor musically. However, they do what they do with evident enthusiasm and better than average talent; in particular, singer Bryan Forrester has a great first-generation punk voice that recalls the era when listeners could actually understand the lyrics. So Intruder is a solid bit of retro-punk with a few genuinely catchy tunes, but only those fully committed to the style will be able to work up a more than passing enthusiasm for it. They're more like energized and excitable puppies than rabid dogs, then.

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