|Rating: 4 / 5
Reviewer: Connor Turner
The temptation to write a review for the awesome Blood Guts Bruises Cuts by abusing the term dude is far too rare of an opportunity to pass up. So do accept our apologizes for this low-brow review.
That being said, the latest from The Dudes is freaking dude-tastic.
From the shadows of local indie-darling Chad VanGaalen and formerly-local darling Feist, The Dudes are poised to be the next act from Calgary to take the country by storm. With a pedigree that includes key members of Calgary indie staples (Sudden Infant Dance Syndrome, Vailhalen & Dojo Workhorse) Blood Guts Bruises Cuts is 13 tracks of dude-a-licious rock/blues anthems, interlaced with seriously poignant lyrics. BGBC is the sonic equivalent of Terry and Dean of FUBAR fame showing up for a surprise visit in your iPod and giving you the thumbs up that it’s time to just giv’er dude. It’s a record that makes you want to kick your shoes off and absorb The Dudes’ unique blend of soul and rock ‘n roll that makes each track sound like a sing-along party. It’s a summer time, feet-up on the patio chair, high fives all around, get your dudes and dudettes together because we’re kicking it like Kim Mitchell used to rock a patio lantern action in an awesome backyard party vibe.
With skinny jeans.
From the infectious lead single of ‘Girl Police’ to the introspective yet catchy ‘Connected,’ The Dudes have established themselves as a band that invokes the classic rock love affair of 80′s dude royalty, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, but with a uniquely generation hipster vibe.