Dirty Water Dogs is a mix of some New Jersey’s top musicians playing a wide range of updated music. The band finds some of today’s more challenging songs and reproduces them with accuracy, and an attitude
keeping the spirit of the original artist.
The New Jersey cover band format of playing radio-popular songs to a group of inebriated young people has been done to the max these days. While many bands who follow that trend tend to remain popular,
some take the approach of delivering cover songs based on the style they love.
Dirty Water Dogs, a year-old band, has fun doing what they do, but also remains focused, said guitarist Billy Latshaw. They choose music they appreciate and appreciate the music in return.
“It’s fun, but we take music seriously, whether it be covers or originals,” Latshaw said. “We’re not just a bunch of drunks playing three-chord cover songs. There’s more to it. Also, more and more people
are commenting on how tight our sound is. It’s nice to see they notice hard work.”
According to Latshaw, it’s important for a cover band to have a standout feature.
“All cover bands are different in a way,” he said. “Some worry about image more than the songs that they’re playing. Others have gimmicks. Some don’t even care. We have a tight unit that is well-rounded
and we are conscious of it all and we are having a great time doing it and I think it shows.”
To make sure the crowd doesn’t get drained early, DWD strategizes its song placement.
“We play three sets,” Latshaw said. “We start out playing some good mellow rock tunes, while people are getting tuned up. It’s a natural progression for us to play heavier songs as the night progresses
and people start getting buzzed; and it’s in our nature.”
The band’s line-up is filled with accomplished musicians. Latshaw has been a respected Jersey Shore guitar player for years with his metal band, Latshaw, which includes his brother Tommy on bass. Singer
Greg Greg and bassist Ben Sargatan both play together in an original project called Superdose. Sargatan played Woodstock ‘97 in front of 12,000 people with his band Verdilak. He recently scored an Asbury
Park-filmed independent movie called “Bumrunner,” featuring Fred “Rerun” Berry. Guitarist Rich Calderone also played Woodstock with Verdilak, while drummer John Clynes has studied with an area-known drum
teacher, Joe Nevolo.
DWD tries to reproduce songs just as they were recorded by use of various effects and four separate instrument tunings.
“We also download new songs before the CD is out,” Latshaw said. “This way we always stay fresh.”
The result is an energized set of songs from groups like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sevendust, System of a Down and the Smashing Pumpkins. The riffs of the songs they play are reproduced down to the
original sound from the album.
That mix of accuracy and energy will keep crowds coming to Jersey Shore bars where the band plays.
[ Website: www.dirtywaterdogs.net ]