Dogstate from London could be aptly described as high energy, garage fuelled rock for the masses with a twist of the blues for added good measure. Having released their debut EP 'War Baby' with uber-producer Pat Collier (Primal Scream, Jesus and Mary Chain, The Vibrators) they received great reviews and airplay on radio stations.
Now comes the full debut album, 'Let It Loose', where the full extent of their capabilities can be heard in full. Having seen their live show I'm expecting good things from them.
Opening track 'Never Enough' starts with a guitar helter skelter and the thundering of drums and pummelling bass. Rich's vocals remind me so much of a certain iconic frontman for which you will need to make your own mind up. It's the kind of song that you want to turn up loud and groove to lots.
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What follows could only be described as sonic rock n roll, various influences merged into their own style. 'Tide' has the energy and groove, think a good drinking lyric about wanting to stay for more and the long way to get back.
'Black 13' slows the pace down a little, but manages to still have the desired effect while 'Pwgg' is a good interlude to 'Southern Song' with its catchy chorus and harmonica laden vibe.
The highlight for me is 'I Fall' as it really brings the vocals to life even more for me, and confirms my thoughts as to the haunting similarity of Rich and Ian Astbury in vocal style.
I would definitely say that 'Let It Loose' grows on you the more that you play it. A great effort and a band that should be seen live as well.
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Rich Garcia - Vocals
Paul Garcia - Bass
Wayne Casserly - Drums
Rich Groom - Guitar