The Dents' leading ladies Michelle and Jenn are links from Boston's neo-garage-punk underground to its ye-olde-days garage-rock underground -- Michelle played in a latter-day version of the Real Kids; Jenn was married to DMZ/Queers legend JJ Rassler and still plays with him in the Downbeat 5. In the Dents, they make perfect foils: Jenn, the raspy one, sounds like she could've sung in the Runaways or the Ronettes, while Michelle shouts boys down like a hardcore queen. Sorta like the Riverboat Gamblers of late, the Dents have been moving from slightly retroish garage-rockish cultdom into full-on punk rock n roll greatness: the last couple of Dents songs have upped the guitars into the kind of buzzsaw grind you'd expect to hear on a gutter-punk record. This song, "Last One Standing," started out really good (an earlier version was available on their website) and -- in this version, an OTD worldwide exclusive -- they're joined by former Dropkick Murphys singer and current alpha Street Dogs dude Mike McColgan for a couple verses.
The Dents play Saturday, May 13 at the Middle East with the Gentlemen and the Andwutz. [Click for details]
DOWNLOAD: The Dents with Mike McColgan, "Last One Standing" (mp3)