SNAKEDOG : Road
By Simon Sweetman
Snakedog is a new project featuring Dave Mulcahy (guitars, vocals, keys) and Steve Gilbero on drums. Except, actually, itís an old project. It was originally demo-ed around 2006 and then again in 2008. Thereís been some assistance from Nick Roughan and finally, this year, these songs have been dusted off, scrubbed up and made ready to enter the world. Thereís a touch of political commentary to some of the lyrics, but Mulcahyís guitar picks the pocket that Gilbero has created; the two creating a groove-based set of rock songs that recall some of Joe Walshís 1970ís work and some of the mid/late 1990ís Kiwi guitar-scribble music. So, if lyrics arenít your thing itís no matter. You can either enjoy and agree with the subtle sloganeering or just get lost in the space of these strong rock songs. Iíve loved taking this journey. I like that, at nine songs, itís the almost perfect length for an alt-pop/rock record. No filler, all good.