Eddy Krogman (Guitar/Vocals) and Dan Speer (Drums/Bass) are The Deathless Dogs. They recently released Raggedy Business which sounds like music you might hear coming out of a bar on the Mississippi bayou. That being said my favorites moments were often the ones the veered away from the tropes.
Krogman has a scraggly voice that often showcases a good amount of attitude. He won’t be winning any singing competitions for best opera performance but for the most part his vocals worked with the whiskey driven music that could easily be enjoyed by gang of bikers coming in for a shot of whiskey.
Up first is “Gilding The Lily” which is a solid song but far from my favorite on the album. The vocals felt a bit strained on the chorus. I was a little more drawn to “Raggedy Business” because of the various shades of influence. From the hard rock to blues. I also thought the vocals fared better and Krogman was in a comfortable natural range here. The most unique aspect was the reverb laced guitar which gave the song a shoegaze feel for a moment. An unexpected but welcome surprise.
I thought the band hit it out of the park on “Daylight” for a numbers of reasons but mainly because I thought the song has an original prog rock type sound. “Coattails” does a good amount of rocking while “Lady Elgin” has darker almost metal vibe I wasn’t expecting with what sounds like synth bells.
“Whiskey Drunk” sounds a bit like the title. I could imagine bar fights breaking out to this tune. They end with “Take My Mess” which is a certified barn burner that is the most dance worthy song on the album and arguably the most catchy.
Raggedy Business took a little warming up to. It’s certainly a niche sound but not exactly unpopular either. I think there is a wide audience who would appreciate this album. Recommended.
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