|Posted on October 26, 2014 at 8:55 PM|
The Treatment – Running With The Dogs
Written by Dave Smiles
I’ve been receiving a lot of album promos as of late, a lot of which I listen to on my phone while I’m working. Running With The Dog is one of these albums. I knew nothing about The Treatment when I put this album on and the first track, I Bleed Rock N Roll, quickly put me in classic rock territory. This band has clearly taken the classic rock template and added their own signature to it. When the second track, Drop Like A Stone, started I had no doubt this album would happily get me through the rest of the work day. It wasn’t until the following day when I had melodies and choruses in my head that I realised just how catchy these songs are and just how damn good this album is. With only half my attention on it during my first listen the songs were powerful enough to invade my psyche. I had to listen to it more and more and each time discovered new things to like about it.
This album consists of thirteen tracks at just over 47 minutes. Its high energy, beer fuelled, party anthem rock n’ roll. This is music for BBQs, road trips and nights with your girlfriend. Killer riffs, melodic solos and a singer with an awesome Rock N’ Roll voice. They look the part too, without being clichéd or manufactured.
I’m hard pressed to pick some stand out tracks because they’re all noteworthy. The song titles themselves give a fair indication of the type of album it is - Get The Party On, The Outlaw, World On Fire and Don’t Get Mad Get Evil. They’re not just a balls to the wall one trick pony either. Like all good bands they have a tender side too as shown in the mellow tracks Cloud Across The Sun and Unchain My World (If you miss the times of Skid Row’s I Remember You then you’re going to love this one!)
On the strength of their debut album This Might Hurt (2011) and an EP of covers Then and Again (2012) the band has toured with the likes of Alice Cooper, Steel Panther, Kiss, Motley Crue and Thin Lizzy.
In regards to the recent debate about rock being dead. Bands like The Treatment are springing up all over the world so rock n’ roll is indeed alive and well. It is, however, now more than ever down to the fans to support the hell out of the bands they like because what is dead is the support system that once existed in the form of the record companies. Good music still exists. This album is proof of that. See for yourself - I Bleed Rock N Roll I https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LitvpgfIukA ;
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