TOOTH AND NAIL
Dogwood is a veteran punk band that has seen all of the trends come and go in its eight-year tenure. This California quintet darken the usual sunny West Coast sound a bit, making the tone a bit more serious on the 12-track release SEISMIC. Dogwood's mood enhancement not only gives songs like "Selfish Americans" a lot more oomph, but it gives the band a lot more versatility and makes the listener's ears perk up more than they wood for a NOFX release. While the band is not as incendiary as Black Flag or Bad Religion, they're a hell of a lot more important than Offspring, so that definitely says a lot about the band and its drive to provide a touch of reality in the music they make.