The Slashdogs released their new album, The Wail, in the first week of January this year and I have to say I am loving it. The band last released an album in May of 2014 called Progress Through Plunder which compiled of 10 songs. This new album having only half that, seems to still hold up to the bands reputation.
Since it’s a short album I feel like we can go over each track and talk about them for listeners who want to get an understanding of The Slashdogs. Now the first song on the album is called “Parting Shot”. The song kicks off the album with a clean guitar introduction which sets a great rock vibe for the rest of the album. As soon as the song reaches the chorus, you just want to join in the perfect male harmony between the lead vocals of Ryan Tarboton and backup vocals of Paul Gioia who recorded, produced, engineered and mixed this album with the help of Francois Lessing. This is probably the best male harmony I have ever heard.
The next track, “Ride on” is a very rock ‘n roll kind of song with outlaw lyrics and a badass attitude. The first half of the track is great and this band colours outside the lines so naturally ended the song in a different way you would think. “Some Kind of Heaven” is bound to get you jamming with its faster paced singing and the addition of a couple secret weapons. The song ends off sounding as though a different song. It goes from an upbeat mash of instruments to a slower more basic combo of vocals and guitar.
The next is the longest track on the album with six minutes of music under its belt. “In Liverpool” starts with the softest intro of the album. The vocals on this song are the most lay back of their songs in my eyes. Now instead of jumping or head banging, the motion that would feel most appropriate would be swaying and maybe holding up a lighter to intensify the ambiance that comes with soft rock ‘n roll. The song ends off with the sound of church bells fading into the distance.
Finally is a song called “Too Close To See”. This song will get your feet tapping again as well as your head bobbing. Ryan shows some raw vocals in a few spots and uses the calmer melody gaps really well. I love the addition of the ride at the end and think it was a great idea. I really like this song and it’s a great one to end on. Overall I think this album really is a good one and I would recommend it to anyone who loves rock ‘n roll.
By: Julia Brooks