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Sick Puppies hope to 'Connect' with fans in Flint May 17

By Christina Fuoco Karasinski | Contributing Writer
on May 13, 2013

FLINT, MI -- Sick Puppies vocalist and guitarist Shimon Moore is looking forward to fans hearing the band's forthcoming record "Connect," due out this summer.

"People will tell you when they listen to the record, 'Oh, it's great blah, blah, blah.' But when they come out to the show, you can see it in their eyes if they really dig it."

Sick Puppies, an Australian band now based in California, will debut one song from "Connect" during its headlining Machine Shop show with Aranda and Like a Storm on Friday, May 17. So far, the reviews have been great from insiders who have heard "Connect." Ever the perfectionist, Moore is still listening to it for tweaks.

"We just finished mastering it and it's been delivered," Moore said. "You have to make sure it's perfect. I was just talking to Eric (Bass) from Shinedown. He said they had to do the same thing for a couple of months. The final part of it took longer than recording the record. We're doing that now and it's a really good record, man. I'm really excited for people to hear it."

Sick Puppies -- which also includes Emma Anzai on bass and Mark Goodwin on drums -- recorded "Connect" the same way as its previous releases, which include 2001's "Welcome to the Real World," 2007's "Dressed UP as Life" and 2009's "Tri-Polar." Moore said that during the recording process it's important to reflect upon how the song will sound live.

"If the song translates that way and it becomes something that moves you, it's gonna move even faster once you plug it in and put the drums and everything in. The writing of our songs are like that. It's much more honest. You know instantly if it's a good song or a great song. If it's not a good song, it tells you right away."

"Tri-Polar" was the band's breakthrough album with songs like the ballad "Maybe," and the rockers "Odd One" and "Riptide." The album debuted at No. 31 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Moore thinks that, besides radio airplay, live shows have a huge impact on fans.

"The only thing you have to consider is longevity," he said. "We're on tour a lot. We play a lot of shows in a row. We just make sure we can do the best job every single night. But not in terms of how difficult it is. You just always practice until you have it down. You make sure it's the best that that song needs to be. The best songs translating live, we find out once we're out on the road. If it doesn't move anybody, we cut the song out."

Sick Puppies with special guests Aranda and Like a Storm
7 p.m. Friday, May 17
The Machine Shop, 3539 S. Dort Highway, Flint
$22 in advance for the 18 and older show
810-715-2650 or etix.com