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Spider Nick and The Mad Dogs
Bone Dog (Self-released)

By: Mike SOS

Spider Nick and The Mad Dogs is a veteran Long Island-based ska punk act whose unique blend of ska, punk, r&b, and rock will leave you dancing in the aisles clamoring for more. Having been around for a long time now, the band's vast musical experience is well documented on Bone Dog. There's a little bit of something for everyone in this collection, from the smoky roadhouse blues of "Slowly Going Insane" to the upbeat ska of "Celebrate". Showcasing the band's versatility, this septet, which boasts three horns, two guitars, and a sturdy rhythm section, really clicks in together no matter which style the band decides to play in and wails with the kind of abandon you used to find in a rock band before the days of digital studios and Pro-tools touchups. The troupe also delve into some interesting covers, from a punk medley that echoes Sex Pistols, to a Sam Cooke tune, all the way to the Spiderman theme song done ska style, further exhibiting the band's love for music and interpretative skills. Bone Dog is a virtual 10-track party from start to finish, and if you dig bands like Devo, The Cars, Less Than Jake, George Thorogood, or any type of rock that makes you shake your ass, allow Spider Nick and The Mad Dogs the opportunity to whisk you away for a hearty shot of good time rock.
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