American Dog - Last of a Dying Breed (Outlaw Entertainment) 2000
1. "Barely Half Alive"
American Dog are American rock and roll. To describe their sound I would say they sound like the New York Dolls meets Motorhead at a broken down biker bar on Route 66. Throw in some AC/DC, Georgia Satellites, Ted Nugent and a bottle of Jack and you get an idea of what to expect. Yes, it's down 'n' dirty, in-your-face, rock 'n' roll. The songs each tell as story, most of which require the listener to have a sense of humor. "Dog's Life" will probably offend those who are easy to offend, while send the rest of the population on the floor laughing. "Under the Blade" is a Twisted Sister cover. Frankly, being a huge Twisted Sister fan, nothing could ever touch the original, but I have to give props to any band that would cover the Sisters to begin with. I particularly like the way American Dog end the song with "Day of the Rocker". "Straight Jacket", while being an American Dog original, also ends with bits of Alice Cooper's "Ballad of Dwight Fry". I can only imagine, just based on these songs alone, that American Dog would be a blast to see live. Would love to see these guys on tour with a band like Broken Teeth or Motorhead. Those into the sleazy side of hard rock and heavy metal will probably really dig American Dog.
American Dog - Foamin' at the Mouth-Live! (Colonial Canine) 2005
1. "Another Lost Weekend"
Imagine if Motorhead were a red-neck bar band from the heartland of America. Mix that with a bit of AC/DC groove and Ted Nugent attitude and you might get a mental picture of American Dog. Recorded live in a studio in front of an audience, "Foamin' At the Mouth" captures this American biker band at their abrasive, gritty, aggressive, beer soaked best. A few songs, such as "I'll Drink To That" and "Too Damn Sober", have some incredible extended guitar jams and solos. "Too Damn Sober" also features a bit from Cheech & Chong. A big highlight for me is the cover of Motorhead's "Bomber". Their cover almost sound like what you would expect AC/DC to sound like playing a Motorhead song. Almost every song, if not every song, is dedicated to drinking and having a good time. American Dog certainly aren't for the faint of heart. These guys would probably be a great double bill with Broken Teeth. The last songs is a new song about the joys of drinking and driving. Obviously it's suppose to be tongue and cheek humor, but since I've seen my share of people dead due to idiotic drunk drivers, this song sort of irritates me.