CONCERT REVIEW: “Sick Puppies”
Posted: Wednesday, September
4, 2013 10:00 am
Moore told that story in
one of the few slow moments of their show Saturday in downtown Minneapolis,
before launching into their hit “Maybe,” a song about
pursuing those hopes and dreams.
Sick Puppies, a three-member
rock band, released their fourth disc, “Connect,” in July,
and are touring to promote the new material. The band played an excellent
17-song, 80-minute set at the Mill City Nights club before about 1,000
adoring fans on Saturday.
Moore and guitarist Emma
Anzai formed the Sick Puppies while in high school in Australia. Drummer
Mark Goodwin joined the band once they moved to the United States.
They’ve opened for Nickelback and toured extensively in recent
years, including a stop at Rock Fest near Cadott in 2011.
Moore belted out the new
radio hit “There’s No Going Back,” then launched
into more familiar tunes like “Odd One,” “Riptide,”
“My World” and “Maybe.” Moore slowed it down
briefly with the softer “Connect,” before immediately
bringing the crowd back up for the football stadium-sounding anthem
Not every song worked –
the new tune “Gunfight” quickly grades on my nerves.
The three-song encore featured
“All The Same,” the new tune “Walking Away,”
before the band finished with their biggest radio hit “You’re
Unlike some rock singers,
Moore’s lyrics are easy to understand, even if you haven’t
heard them before. The band is known not only for their catchy hooks
and rock beats, but also for their fun videos. “You’re
Going Down” features young boys in a water gun fight, while
“Odd One” shows a teenage girl who shoots electricity
from her fingers.
The new material sounded great, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Sick Puppies return to the Rock Fest stage next summer.