Dogface – Back on the Streets

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On 6 January 2014
Last modified:22 July 2014


If you like hard, fast metal or glam sleaze then it's probably not for you but if you like softer rock you may like them.

Dogface The Band
Dogface The Band

Having retired to the Doghouse (so to speak) for over ten years. Swedish rockers Mats Leven (vocals) and Martin Kronlund (guitar) have resurrected Dogface with new members Mikael Carlsson on bass guitar and Perra Johansson on drums. Dogface last released albums Unleashed in 2000 and In Control back in 2002. November 2013 saw the release of Back on the Streets on Metalhaven records.

I usually like bands with Dog in their title like Slaughter and the ____ or ____ D’Amour and had high hopes for Dogface. Having listened to the album once in readiness to review I had no desire to listen to it again but I had a review to do. I can’t fault the production, the singing, the riffs, the rhythm, the lyrics or the use of keyboards but overall I found it tedious to listen to.

Footsteps on the Moon started well with a powerful Whoa but that was it, after about ten seconds the boredom set it and never really recovered. Can’t Face Tomorrow with the lyrics ‘I can’t face tomorrow’ ‘the future only brings heart attacks’ would make a good funeral song. Music to die for and death may be preferable! Maybe not, but it’s music to send you to sleep! Higher had me thinking of Bette Midler’s Wind Beneath My Wings but only because when they sang ‘I can take you higher’ I was expecting ‘higher than an eagle’ to follow! The Fall and Start a Fire had some great riffs and keyboards reminding me a little of The Doors, but then I find some of their songs tend to go on a bit too!

Back on the Streets the title track was the best Dogface track on the album.  This one was a fast paced number with some fabulous riffs and an abrupt ending but it was the only Dogface track I wouldn’t mind listening to again. The highlight track has to be a cover of The Osmonds Crazy Horses. This was good but it’s a cover and much as it was a good cover if I suddenly felt the urge to listen to Crazy Horses then I would listen to the original. I looked up the definition of Dogface which is an enlisted man in the U.S. army, especially an infantryman in World War II and that’s how I felt, I signed up (enlisted) to review this. It’s got mixed reviews from other publications, some fantastic, some mediocre and some similar to this. If you like hard, fast metal or glam sleaze then it’s probably not for you but if you like softer rock you may like them. I’m unlikely to ever listen to Dogface again!

Track List:

Dogface Back on the Streets Track Listing
Dogface Back on the Streets Track Listing

1. Footsteps On The Moon
2. Can’t Face Tomorrow
3. Higher
4. The Fall
5. Back On The Streets
6. Fired
7. Get Up
8. Start A Fire
9. Crazy Horses
10. Freaking Out

Band Members: –
Mats Levén – Vocals
Martin Kronlund – Guitars
Mikael Carlsson – Bass
Perra Johansson – Drums

Guest Musicians:-
Dan Helgesson – Hammond Organ
Henrik Thomsen – Additional Bass
Imre Daun – Additional Drums
David Reece – Backing Vocals

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If you like hard, fast metal or glam sleaze then it's probably not for you but if you like softer rock you may like them.

About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!