As of this writing, Boston punks Street Dogs are part of the way through a tour of Europe with fellow Pirates Press labelmates Bishops Green. Prior to heading across the pond, however, the five-piece stormed Boston’s Midway Cafe for a couple warm-up shows. Billed as the Crooked Drunken Sons, Street Dogs took to the stage for an early-evening acoustic matinee gig and followed up with a fully plugged-in late night set. It’s no great mystery that the Street Dogs are widely known as a hard-working, blue collar street punk band. And while they may not play out with quite the same road dog regularity as in their younger years, the band more than make up for that with high energy, give-it-all-you’ve-got live performances that leave little, if anything, left in the tank. The newest Street Dogs (Matt Pruitt of Have Nots and Lenny Lashley on guitar, Pete Sosa on drums) seem no doubt cut from the same cloth as longtime core members Mike McColgan and Johnny Rioux, now in their second decade as nucleus of the band. Case-in-point: the band could quite easily have rested on their laurels and used the early evening set as a way to work the kinks out of a few songs, shaking off the cobwebs and being content with flubs and false starts. Instead, the took the opportunity to play a full acoustic set that, while rare for a band in this genre to attempt, came across as every bit as earnest as their typical high-energy plugged in sets.
Hard work and double duty were recurring themes on the evening, as support for the early set came from local singer-songwriter Matt Charette (whose stellar solo full-length, Back East, is available to stream here) and Lenny Lashley, a full time Street Dog who’d already carved a name out for himself as a singer and songwriter through his solo work and his Darkbuster days. Charette then joined the Street Dogs on accordion, mandolin and crowd-surfing duties as the evening progressed. Support on the nightcap came from the Barroom Heroes and OC45. The former have established a reputation as one of the better young bands in the scene, while the latter are established road dogs who themselves are in between lengthy tours of their own.
Check out our photo gallery from the evening set below!