There is no denying that Ferocious Dog is known for breeding a snarl in their traditional Celtic folk inspired rock which lives up to the band name but if you need further proof then go grab the band’s new single Slow Motion Suicide. Taken from the bands new and second album From Without, the single is simply a stirring proposal of lyrical and musical incitement, a “working class hero’s anthem’ as punk as it is melodically tempting.
Consisting of vocalist/acoustic guitarist Ken Bonsall, fiddler Dan Booth, lead guitarist Les Carter (from Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine), bassist John Alexander, drummer Scott Walters, and mandolin/banjo player Ellis Waring, Ferocious Dog come off a successful Glastonbury appearance with their new pair of releases, a performance at the festival on the Avalon Stage pulling the third biggest crowd of the whole weekend. The unveiling of the single and album are to be followed by a country wide UK tour ensuring the rest of the year is definitely going to belong to the rock ‘n’ roll hounds.
Guitars open up the lures within Slow Motion Suicide; their raw punkish air quickly joined by the potent vocals of Bonsall and in turn the prowling and eager rhythms of bass and drums. The rest of the band is soon in collusion as the song brews Irish familiarity and bracing intensity of emotive and creative drama. There is no escaping a Flogging Molly essence to the song, a welcome hue at any time, or the street punk breath which lines its honest and straight edged core, but fair to say it is the poetic persuasion of the fiddle, strings, and voice which taps into the imagination most engagingly, as they share the track’s heart for aural fascination.
Taking a look at the band’s album is our next intent; we suggest you do too after enjoying the intimate roar of Slow Motion Suicide; maybe add a show to your end of year treats too?
Slow Motion Suicide is out now.
Pete RingMaster 29/09/2015
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