2013 PRESS RELEASES
2013 PRESS COVERAGE
Puppies New Album coming Summer 2013.
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to watch the new video for "There's No Going Back"
2013 - The country may be suffering from unprecedented sub-zero conditions,
but the REVOLVER Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock tour is
back and ready to bring the heat this winter! The world’s first
and only heavy metal and hard rock tour featuring today’s hottest
female-driven artists is back and set to stop in 20 U.S. markets this
February and March. Headlining the tour is Los Angeles-via-Australia’s
Billboard-chart topping rockers Sick Puppies, Italian
melodic metal front-runners Lacuna Coil, Arizona rock/metal
outfit Eyes Set To Kill, and New York rock newcomers
Los Angeles via Australia modern rock trio Sick Puppies slammed into the scene in 2006 with their groundbreaking “Free Hugs,” video, which has garnered more than 40 million views on YouTube to date. The video, which accompanied the band’s song “All The Same,” earned Sick Puppies exposure on Oprah, Jay Leno, “60 Minutes” and CNN. It also propelled “All the Same” into a top requested single at commercial radio stations across North America. Years before YouTube, Sick Puppies were winning prestigious commendations, including “Best Song” from Triple J Unearthed, and “Best Live Performance” from the Australian Live Music Awards. The Australian edition of Rolling Stone even called Sick Puppies “the most dynamic new band in the country.” This past year saw the release of their most recent album, Connect (via Capitol Records), which garnered the band an impressive #17 debut on the Billboard Top 200 chart. With infectious tunes, a jaw-dropping stage show and equal doses of hits and hugs, Sick Puppies are striking a blow against the horde of faceless modern rock bands that are virtually all the same.
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Sick Puppies Bio
is the perfect title for Sick Puppies’ third and most ambitious
album. The trio is all about connection--with their fans, each other,
their own psyches—and each of the dozen songs on Connect--from
intense, epic rockers to mellower yet lyrically anguished ballads--is
introspective yet also universal. From the first single, “There’s
No Going Back” to the band’s most political song, the ironic
“Gunfight,” Connect will exhilarate old fans and
captivate new ones. The L.A.-based, Australian-bred band struck an elusive
musical and lyrical balance of past and future on Connect,
as band co-founder/singer/guitarist Shimon Moore explains: “There
are two ways to shoot yourself in the foot—never changing…
or changing too much.” With
Since the release of Tri-Polar (nearly half a million units to date and over 2 million single sold) and its slew of radio hits—the #1 Rock track "You're Going Down,” the Top Five Modern Rock/Active Rock hits "Odd One” & “Riptide” and the cross-format anthemic smash "Maybe." Connect (out July 16, 2013), with its melding of room-filling rockers and edgy yet poignant lyrics, is poised to be the lineup’s best-selling record yet. Moore explains how Connect evolved: “We’ve always had the colors to work with, but we really got to use some broad strokes in Polar Opposite, our 2011 reimagined acoustic record. It was always a dream of mine to work with strings and a choir, and our producer made it kinda trippy and unusual on Polar Opposite. So I was looking forward to taking some of the elements of that, and furthering some melodies and sentiments of [2007’s US debut] Dressed Up As Life, and the heaviness from Tri-Polar. It’s an amalgamation of all into one, which is why I think it’s our best work to date.”
Produced, as was Tri-Polar, by the Rock Mafia production team of Tim James and Antonina Armato, Connect also took guidance from another, very pure source: the trio’s legions of fans. With face-to-face and online interaction with Sick Puppies World Crew, the band listened when followers said they loved their agro side, yet also wanted more of bassist/co-founder Emma Anzai’s vocals. Indeed, Anzai comes into her own on Connect, with more vocal presence on songs like “Die To Save You”, “Telling Lies” & debuts her lead vocal on “Under A Very Black Sky”. Though the whole band contributes to songwriting, she takes particular pride in “Healing Now.” “It’s got my bass riff at the beginning, like ‘Odd One’ on our previous record,” she notes. “And on ‘There’s No Going Back’ I love that while it’s slightly nostalgic and a little melancholy, it’s also uplifting. Our ballads can be sweet, but at the same time, the content is quite painful, and I like that contrast.”
The band, co-founded in 1999 by Moore and Anzai while still in high school, signed to Paul Stepanek Management, soon after they rounded out their line up by adding Orange County, California-bred drummer Mark Goodwin, who they met through a classified ad following their move to LA in 2006. Soon after, signed to Paul Palmer’s indie label through Virgin Records, a fortuitous video pairing with a friend led Sick Puppies to online fame with the song “All The Same” (AKA the Free Hugs video), which earned an astonishing 75-million-plus views worldwide, and led to appearances on Oprah, 60 Minutes, CNN, Good Morning America, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Other outside-the-box endeavors also pepper the band’s impressive resume. Sick Puppies were featured on Cinemax’s Tour Stories, a five-part documentary about the band; “You’re Going Down” was the official theme for the WWE’s “Extreme Rules”; plus, as dedicated road dogs, playing over 750 shows in North America, they’ve shared the stage with bands including Muse, Tool, The Killers, Papa Roach and Deftones.
The years of touring are evident not only in the tight, intuitive playing on Connect, but also in the lyrics, which proved cathartic for the group. “We’ve been on the road five or six years straight,” Moore notes. “And when you come back to ‘real life,’ everything is different, and you don’t realize until you have a moment to breathe. Your parents have gray hair, stores have moved, Twitter happened, the world vomited a whole new culture while we were out playing rock ‘n’ roll!” he notes. Grappling with those changes and emotions lend an intimate searching to many of Connect’s sound and words. “You’re like, ‘where did the time go,’ and that’s exactly the title of one of our songs.”
As for the concept of connecting, Moore observes that “there are only a few things every single person in the world has in common. One is that we all need each other. To have a song [“Connect”] that captures that is pretty special.” While most of the songs on Connect were written in 2012, the album’s title track “Connect” contains the oldest riff in Moore’s musical arsenal. “It’s fun; I wrote it while in high school learning how to play guitar, and I always had it in my back pocket,” the singer recalls. “I’ve brought it up on every record, but wasn’t right.” Finally, though his eternal riff found its perfect chorus—with a little banjo added for good measure.
notes: “We’re a career band. We want to build and take the
time to make things right. The first time we ever jammed it was a massive
wall of sound; amazing for a trio. It’s been that way ever since.
On Connect, we went more for ‘big’ rather than
‘heavy.’ We did a
The third time is the charm on Connect. With two powerful albums and three varied EP’s preceding it, Connect ties the Sick Puppies sound and vibe together and sets the stage for future aural adventures in all shapes and sizes. To wit: the persuasive lyrics of “Run,” which is a favorite of Moore’s, contains his personal mantra in lines such as: “You better run as fast as you can / cause this world tries to stop you, stop you, stop you / whenever it can.” He confesses, “I only subscribe to that half the time, so it’s good to have a song you can sing to yourself for inspiration as much as to your audience!” Even with Connect’s myriad lyrical and musical layers, the record still manages to breathe. “I believe that we succeeded in making an album that will stand the test of time,” Moore concludes with a laugh. “At least I hope so!”