Rusty seemed to have a near perfect run as a band which began in 1994. The group shattered eardrums with their debut single “Wake Me.”
The band were hardly novices of Rock and Roll with vocalist Ken MacNeil and guitarist Scott McCullough having spent a healthy amount of hours in Capitol records artists One Free Fall and Montreal Pop Punk institution Doughboys respectively. Rusty’s debut album Fluke was loaded top to bottom with timeless rock and roll songs which manifested in the band playing to tens of thousands of people at Edgefest in Toronto about a year after’s it’s release.
The band didn’t need to follow the compass of what everyone else was doing. Case in point: a left turn into alternative country presented in the form of a short film for their 2nd album Sophmoric:
Rusty was so good at their craft that they predated the New York City post-punk resurgence by about 10 years with their then final album “Out of their Heads.”
The group have returned with their first record in 20 years. Producer Ian Blurton (The Weakerthans, Cursed, Bionic, Burning Love, Change of Heart) sonically glues these compositions together with an expert care.
Dogs of Canada dives into the deep end immediately with album opener “Strange Game.” All the sonic hallmarks of the band are present: quick tempos, catchy choruses, and peerless vocals that will burrow themselves in the listeners subconscious. “Repetition” is equal parts Canadian winter inspired Punk Rock and Detroit Garage Rock.
Tracks 4 and 5 “Tricker Tricker” and “Death Has No Shadow” are fine examples of Rusty’s long-established sound. Vintage guitar sounds, razorwire songwriting, and clever pointed lyrics.
I really tried to be objective and not an over the top fanboy but this is just THAT good:
The album closer “Clean Heart” could very well earn the distinction of all-time best among Rusty songs like “California” and “Star.”
Guitarist/Vocalist Scott McCullough and co. have always seemed to possess a razor-sharp ear for timeless, classic songwriting. I”m not entirely surprised but wholeheartedly joyous to say that Toronto by way of Kentville, NS, and Montreal, PQ, band Rusty have reinstated/remained themselves among the guitar rock greats with their 4th album Dogs of Canada.
Release Date: June 23, 2018
Favourite Tracks: “Maybe”, “You’ll Dream of Me”, “Death Has No Shadow”, “Repetition”, and “Clean Heart”
For Fans Of The Replacements, Cheap Trick, The Doughboys, One Free Fall, Teenage Head, Television
Visit Rusty on social media: Official Rusty Facebook Page
Buy the new album Dogs of Canada HERE