Dogma -- Feeding the Future King Recordings/RAL/Mercury Records
Feeding the Future isnt the platter youre gonna slap on at the next birthday bash you throw (no songs about cars, chicks, good times, ect.), but with a moniker like Dogma you pretty much already khnow what youre getting: Strident-voiced, sensitively righteous young men with an up-with-people mentality, and a heavy, whomping sound to back thier message up.
Phil Allocco and Sean Carmodys songs brim with empathy, but dont try to play off as trusting fools. On "Cancer," an edgy, suspicious song that hammers its point home with Helmit like glee, Allocco sneers, "I dont have to watch my back when youre in front of me." Problem is, its followed by "UnexpectedWays," an edgy, suspicious song that hammers its point home with Helmit like glee. And so on. (Praise Zeus, at least theres no sign herein of the ubiquitous rap influences in rock these days.)
On the latter half, Dogma switch gears radically, segueing to softer, sparser works that nicely ring true, with Bob Mould-ish relationship portrayals rising above the first halfs sociopathic explorations. "Too Many People" is a standout with its folk-song-minded tale of woe, and so are "Conversations" and "Unsaid" both carefully delineated stories of personal and social maturation. On Tracks like these, Feeding the Future starts to gel.
But this New York groups actualfuture would seem rather unclear. Its smart, Its well-intentioned, and it licks your hand when you pet it, but you wouldnt hesitate to put it out in the street once the stench of familiarity got too cloying. This Dogma needs to learn new tricks in order to stave off the pound.
By Joshua Sindell
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