Return to Sick Puppies


9:30 p.m. Friday, at the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Street Party, 4 to 11:30 p.m. on E. North Ave. between Prospect and Oakland avenues. Free.

"Connect," the name of the Sick Puppies' new album, is the most straightforward title in its catalog, but it's also perhaps the most appropriate: a single word serving as band slogan.

The hard-rock trio was born in Australia when then teenage outcasts Shim Moore and Emma Anzai bonded over angst-filled bands like Silverchair, spending their lunch break playing together in their high school's music room. Within a couple of years they broke through in their homeland, then in 2003 took a shot at American stardom (with original drummer Chris Mileski staying behind).

Three years later came the stateside break, via YouTube, when the Puppies song "All the Same" served as the soundtrack for a viral video used to promote the Free Hugs social movement. It's been seen 74.6 million times.

Flash forward to 2013, and Sick Puppies is more popular than ever, with "Connect" debuting at No. 17 on the Billboard charts, the band's highest position to date.

— Piet Levy,