"Deep Cuts, Fast Remedies" (Victory; 2003)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

If you only listen to the first track of "Deep Cuts, Fast Remedies" by Snowdogs, chances are you'll write them off as yet another Blink-182, pop-punk carbon copy whose music is indistinguishable from countless others.

Give them more than one track, however, and you're bound to be surprised by the band's variety of sound and strong songwriting capabilities. Get past the okay-but-been-there-done-that opening track, "Average Kid," and you'll find things to like on this CD. 

"Freedom for Everyone" is tongue-in-cheek musically - with a strange little rap / Limp Bizkit buzz behind it - but the lyrics, even though delivered in an almost comical nature, are an anthem that could have been penned by someone from PETA. "Boy in the Bubble" is reminiscent of the Clash. "Hour of Sunshine" is a bouncy, almost ska-number. "Hell Outta Dodge," as its name suggests, is a harder-driving rocker. "Your Sorry Ass" is another blazing track, perhaps the hardest on the CD.

Snowdogs may not be for everyone, however. The band isn't really punk, isn't really hard rock and sure as hell aren't metal. But they do rock. The band they remind me most of is a hipper version of The Knack. Based on what you think of that band (and you can read my reviews here) that may be a blessing or a curse.

Snowdogs: Ville Leppenan - vocals, guitar; Mat Leppenan - bass, vocals; Benjy Reid - drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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