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Slaughter & the Dogs

Slaughter & the Dogs

Slaughter & the Dogs, Jetbirds, Teenage Schizoid, El Segundo 

When: Sun., Oct. 5, 7 p.m. 2014
Price: $17, $15 in advance
Two of the most fabled events in the history of English music occurred in 1976 when the Sex Pistols played a pair of shows at Manchester’s Lesser Free Trade Hall. The performances are said to have inspired the likes of Ian Curtis, Mark E. Smith, Pete Shelley, and Morrissey to create their own bands—subsequently rewriting musical history. Opening the show on July 20 were the grimy punks in Slaughter & the Dogs, a band whose first record, 1978’s Do It Dog Style, summed up the sound of English punk rock at the time: they were working-class brutes putting a glammy spin on a formula perfected by Richard Hell and Johnny Thunders and running it through a Manchester gutter, all while cranking up the speed and aggression. Slaughter & the Dogs broke up in 1979, and if Dog Style was all that they had left behind, it would have been a perfectly greasy legacy. Unfortunately, the band reformed a number of times over the decades, releasing new albums with each tweaked lineup. And by the time 1991’s Shocking was out, saying that the Dogs were past their prime would be a polite understatement. On that album in particular, as well as on 2001’s Beware of . . . , the old Dogs sound tired, almost like a slow-motion version of their youthful selves. If we’re lucky, they’ll stick to the tried-and-true classics on this trip to the States. —Luca Cimarusti
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