State Of Grace - LP - Red


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LP - Side A

1. Mean Fist – 2:40

2. Kevin J. O‘Toole – 3:55

3. Into The Valley – 3:10

4. Rebel Song – 2:58

5. The General’s Boombox – 3:41

6. Elizabeth – 3:07

time 19:32 (side A)

LP - Side B

7. Two Angry Kids – 2:31

8. Guns – 3:18

9. San Patricios – 2:52

10. A State Of Grace – 3:48

11. Free – 3:40

On Street Dogs’ debut release for Hellcat Records, there is not a song short of awesome! Massive sing-a-longs, energetic punk rock, and crunchy guitar tones set the pace for ‘State Of Grace‘.

The new album, produced by Ted Hutt (Bouncing Souls, Flogging Molly), showcases the ever-confrontational lyrics of McColgan, but captures a broader range of songwriting than ever before. Fans of the band’s unreservedly political past work won’t be disappointed with “Rebel Song,” “San Patricios,” a call for Irish-Mexican solidarity, or the band’s reworking of the Skids’ “Into the Valley.” “The General’s Boombox,” a eulogy for Joe Strummer, underscores the tremendous influence that the Clash has had on the Street Dogs’ sound. The fierce Boston pride hasn’t disappeared, either; “Two Angry Kids” tells the story of a childhood spent in North Quincy, and the moving “Kevin J. O‘Toole” is a dedication to McColgan’s departed uncle, like his nephew also a veteran and a Boston firefighter. It’s songs like “O‘Toole,” as well as the record’s bookend tracks, “Mean Fist” and “Free,” that distinguish State of Grace as perhaps the most personal album the Street Dogs have written.