DOGSTAR'S MUSIC: LOTS OF BARK, BUT LACKS ORIGINAL BITE
by Rob Pegoraro
If only you'd pounded enough beers Dogstar's show Tuesday at the 9:30 club, you almost could have pretended it was just another under-rehearsed garage-rock band and ignored that scruffy bass player off to the side of the stage.
Naaahh. Said grunge-head, Keanu Reeves drew shrieks and hoots whenever he stepped toward the microphone, grinned or, well, moved-even thought his one turn on lead vocals was inaudible.
The overwhelmingly female, overwhelmingly supportive audience was more than happy to overlook the sloppiness of the band itself, which sometimes sounds like a sedated version of the Ramones. Flubbed drum fills, out-of-sync riffs, goofball lyrics - it was like a Wyld Stallyns reunion, except that the heavy-metal band that Ted "Theodore" Logan and Bill S. Preston founded in "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" showed a little more flash in its guitar solos.
Aside from an irony-free encore of Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World," the hour-long show consisted of Dogstar's forgettable, spot-the-influence originals, featuring such scintillating words as "There's a hole in my head, a hole in my bed, for you."
But if you couldn't recall any of the songs, the still-unsigned band had plenty of $15 T-shirts to jog your memory, as well as $25 memberships in its fan club (Visa and Mastercard accepted!) Seems every Dogstar must have its day.