I suppose it's no surprise that the best '77-style punk single of the year comes from a band that's been playing this kind of music for over 45 years! It's not quite accurate to say that Slaughter and the Dogs are "back" when they never really went away. But Wayne Barrett has definitely reinvigorated this storied group with a young, aggressive lineup and a crackling new single. "Manchester Boys" is nothing short of classic Slaughter and the Dogs. It's a powerhouse pub punk football anthem with an infectious melody and a rousing chorus that will compel you to sing along (unless you're not a Manchester fan!). And Barrett sounds great on lead vocals! In the midst of a pandemic, this song may have you longing for a time when people could gather in mass, drink copious amounts of beer, and cheer on their team to the bitter end. We can all look forward to a time when those things are again possible. In the meantime, you can blast "Manchester Boys" in the company of smaller groups or even when you're alone - because love of team will prevail even during a global pandemic! The B-side of this release will be familiar to all of you. It's a newly recorded version of the band's classic song "Where Have All the Bootboys Gone". For this new rendition, Barrett and the boys have chosen to give this iconic number a kick in the ass for 2020. It's a faster, harder, and tougher update of the original. It really shows the power and fierceness of this new Slaughter and the Dogs lineup. You're facing a high bar when you re-do such a beloved tune, but these guys absolutely killed it. What a raging cut! Once this band is able to get back on stage and tour again, you will want to be there!
"Manchester Boys" is no run of the mill effort from an oldtimer punk band. It's a first rate shot of old style sing-along punk from a band that's got as much desire and energy as ever. The single is out on Blighty Records. If you want to hear it, you'll have to do it the old fashioned way and buy the vinyl. For more information, check out Slaughter and the Dogs on Facebook or send an email to Florianschueck@web.de!