Say ‘hello’ to the latest addition to the LOUD HORIZON team – Allie Lowe!
In this, his first submission to the blog, he reports on CADAVER DOGS’ recent show in Kentucky when they shared the stage with LOUD HORIZON favourites, Foxy Shazam.
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The Cadaver Dogs are Rock N’ Roll. Simple as that.
The Columbus, Ohio based trio played to a sell-out crowd at the Madison Theatre in Covington, Kentucky on 21st January (supporting Foxy Shazam) As the Cadaver Dogs took to the stage, it was clear these guys weren’t messing around. Mat Franklin, the tattooed front man and guitarist, took to the microphone and introduced the crowd to what the band was all about; pure rock ‘n roll. Not even three minutes into their set, I was rubbing my arm like a junkie looking for their next fix. I had to have their record immediately!
After the show, I purchase the “On All Fours” LP on vinyl. But before I even have the chance to listen to the album, I’m impressed by the packaging and the multicolored vinyl. Once the needle dropped and the first track, “R’N'F’N'R”, begins you are strapped in for a real rock n’ roll record. Mat Franklin belts out the band’s mantra; “I Am Rock ‘N Roll” and guess what? I AGREE! The LP segues on to tracks like “Get Some Strange” with talk of parting ladies legs and doing sexual acts with certain body parts that can act like a third leg.
Following the extremely sexual “Get Some Strange” is “The Change Up” which is tremendously catchy and hypnotizing with its killer riffs and hooks. The LP ends with the greatest title of a song I’ve heard in my life; “Voodoo Drug Sluts”. Do I need to tell you how killer this song is after hearing that title? I’m going to anyway. This song is killer! The LP is a culmination of great songwriting, great guitar playing, great drumming, great bass playing, and great vocals. It’s great in fact!
The Cadaver Dogs aren’t messing around with their music. Their lyrics are about as filthy as a motel bathroom but at the same time extremely catchy. The band is determined to set itself as a lifeline in a weakening rock scene, and with their LP they succeed. Four hard songs that flow together are more than enough to make ladies’ knees weak and get the boys’ necks tired from head banging. Each song on the LP feels like a shot of whiskey and by the end of each track you’re signaling to the needle on your record player like a bartender for another. It’s a shame the bartender, the Cadaver Dogs in this case, cut me off at four songs.
These aren’t some pussy wanna-be rockers, these are the real deal. Practitioners of the DIY aesthetic, they make everything themselves; from the record to the t-shirts to the beer cozies. They feel like a modern day Motorhead with their heavy licks, but bringing their own personalities to the table as well keeping them distinct and original. Cadaver Dogs don’t fuck around and you can tell they put their hearts and their souls in their music. You can almost smell the scent of sex and whiskey coming off the record.
Let’s break this down and give it the ol’ report card grade. With filthy pure rock ‘n roll songs with a sound akin to Motorhead, a trio of badasses who know their instruments and a front man who knows how to sex it up on the mic…”On All Fours” by Cadaver Dogs gets a solid A-. I’m resisting a higher grade because I want to keep these guys humble. You Cadaver Dogs need to earn that A+ by continuing to tear it up and give me more than four tracks.
The Cadaver Dogs are a must see live act. You don’t want to miss 500 people being guided to shout “DICK SUCKER!” at the top of their lungs, do you? Didn’t think so. You can find more, (and listen to their music) on the Cadaver Dogs on the band’s Facebook page here.