Interview with Shim Moore
from Sick Puppies: 'Connect'
By Markos Papadatos
August 28, 2013
Rock band Sick Puppies
is made up of lead singer and guitarist Shim Moore, bassist Emma Anzai
and drummer Mark Goodwin. They are originally from Australia and they
are signed to Capitol Records.
Moore from the rock group took some time from his busy schedule to
chat about their new music and touring.
Their latest studio album “Connect” reached No. 17 on
the Billboard 200 all-genre album charts. “That was great since
we have been away for a while so the fact that anybody remembered
us was a blessing,” the Sick Puppies front-man said. “We
spoke to the fans every week about they wanted to hear and we just
made sure that what we wrote was up to par with where they were at
the time. We picked the best songs for this record. We wrote 100 songs
and one out of every 10 was a really great song, so those were the
ones that made it,” he added.
Sick Puppies played for the first time at The Paramount in Huntington,
New York, on August 3. “That was great,” Moore said. “There
were a lot of people there and we were happy.”
Their CD’s lead single “There’s No Going Back”
made the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs charts, as well as
No. 9 on Billboard’s Active Rock charts. “There was always
debate on what was going to be the first single and we listened to
them all and thought that this song melodically was the best foot
forward,” he said.
Moore listed the title cut “Connect” as well as its closing
track “Under a Very Black Sky” as his two personal favorite
songs from their new CD. “I love ‘Connect’ since
it is a perfect song and it works in every way. ‘Under a Very
Black Sky’ is great because it is the most musical piece of
work that we have ever done and I like how we were able to create
that,” he explained.
On their plans for the future, Moore remarked, “We will be touring
at the moment. We have not decided on the next single yet, so we are
focused on playing shows.”
His proudest professional accomplishment with Sick Puppies is being
afforded the privilege to play on “Big Day Out,” an Australian
music festival. “We grew up watching that festival so when we
were invited to play there it was pretty big. ‘Big Day Out’
happens once a year in Australia,” he said.
Most recently, they accumulated one million fans on their official
Facebook page. “That was really cool and we are actually doing
a Skype chat with our one millionth Facebook fan within the next couple
of days. That was the prize,” he said.
Prior to their live shows, he revealed that the band members are warming
up separately within a 45-minute time window. “Emma is doing
warm-ups and Mark is getting his hands ready and I am doing vocal
warm-ups and body stretches. Ten minutes before we all get together
and sing a few chords to get the band synced up. Other than that,
there is no football huddling,” he said.
On November 8, the group is expected to perform at Oneonta Theatre
in Oneonta, New York. “The fans there can expect the best show
possible in rock at the moment. It’s a money-back guarantee
and if they are not happy, I will give them their money back,”
he said jokingly.
For hopefuls who wish to go into rock music, Moore recommended, “It
is best for people to spend as much time as they can creating what
they are selling, rather than selling what they are creating. With
the advent of Facebook and Twitter people are just spending their
time promoting what they are doing, and they are not creating as much
as they can, so their music and their fans are suffering. My advice
would be to promote less than they actually spend time creating.”
He noted that he would love to someday collaborate with pop superstar
Lady Gaga since it would be “nuts” and he praised British
pop songstress Jessie J for being fun and quirky.
Moore concluded, “If people want to get more involved, they
can go to Sick Puppies World Crew, which is a dedicated fan site,
and they can become ambassadors and get tickets and backstage passes
to the show,” he said.
To learn more about rock band Sick Puppies and their upcoming shows,
visit their official website.