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Sick Puppies Set To Release Tri-Polar Deluxe MAY 17
"Riptide" single enters Active Rock chart at #4 Summer Tour kicks off May 14

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Photo credit: Chapman Baehler

May 2011 - RMR/Virgin Records’ Australian rock trio Sick Puppies will release Tri-Polar Deluxe on May 17 as a follow up to its 2009 sophomore smash LP, Tri-Polar, which has sold over 300,000 units to date. The new deluxe version will include songs from Tri Polar, Polar Opposite (a mini-album of re-imagined unplugged selections), three B-Sides and one unreleased track. To coincide with its release Hulu will be launching their ‘Polar Opposite Sessions’ May 17. Their VEVO sessions including “Maybe”, “White Balloons”, and “Riptide” can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/sickpuppies

To date Tri-Polar features four top 10 Rock tracks “Maybe”, “Odd One”, “You’re Going Down”, and their current single "Riptide" which entered the Active Rock chart at #4 this week after a Yahoo! Music exclusive 24-hour
video premiere on the homepage. Watch video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aFME---thY These
tracks have steered the way to appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Lopez Tonight.

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Co-founded by Shim Moore and Emma Anzai while in high school, Sick Puppies introduced themselves to the world with their “Free Hugs” video for the song “All the Same.” (Watch video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr3x_RRJdd4 ) Boasting more than 68 million views on YouTube, the video was shot in a Sydney shopping mall featuring their friend Juan Mann, who held up a hand-written placard offering “Free Hugs.” In the past four years, Sick Puppies have shared stages with the likes of Nickelback, Seether, Shindeown, Breaking Benjamin, Evanescence, Deftones, Velvet Revolver, Chris Cornell, Flyleaf and many more.

The group is currently featured on Cinemax’s Tour Stories, a five-part documentary about the band’s life and
stories from the road. Be sure to check Sick Puppies out live as they will be touring all Summer long with stops at Rock on the Range and Rocklahoma. Additional tour dates and track-listing for Tri-Polar Deluxe are as follows:

DISC 1:
1. War
2. I Hate You
3. Riptide
4. You’re Going Down
5. Odd One
6. So What I Lied
7. Survive
8. Should’ve Known Better
9. Maybe
10. Don’t Walk Away
11. Master Of The Universe
12. In It For Life
13. White Balloons

DISC 2:
Polar Opposite
1. You’re Going Down (Unplugged)
2. Riptide (Unplugged)
3. Maybe (Unplugged)
4. Odd One (Unplugged)
5. Don’t Walk Away (Unplugged)
6. All The Same (Unplugged)
7. White Balloons (Unplugged)

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B Sides
8. Dead Space
9. Pretender
10. Til Something Breaks

Bonus Track
11. Monsters


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UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

DATE VENUE LOCATION
MAY    
21 Columbus Crew Stadium Columbus, OH
22 Susquehanna Bank Center Camden, NJ
24 The Handlebar Greenville, SC
25 The Masquerade Atlanta, G
27 Rocklahoma Pryor, OK
28 Vinoy Park-Memorial Day Backyard St. Petersburg, FL
29 House of Blues (Orlando) Lake Buena Vista, FL
30 Jacksonville Landing-WXXJ Rock on Jacksonville, FL
JUN    
1 The Varsity Theatre Baton Rouge, LA
2 L'Auberge du lac Casino Resort Lake Charles, LA
3 Theos Nice Racks Billiards Corpus Christi, TX
4 Warehouse Live Houston, TX
6 Backstage live San Antonio, TX
7 Dos Amigos Odessa, TX
8 Trees Dallas, TX
10 Peoria Fairgrounds Peoria, IL
11 Fifth Third Ballpark Comstock Park, MI
JUL    
6 Summerfest Grounds-Rock Stage Milwaukee, WI
8 Club Fever South Bend, IN
9 JD Legends (Outdoor Venue) Franklin, OH
10 Diesel Pittsburgh, PA
12 Chesaning Showboat Chesaning, MI
15 Red River Valley Fair West Fargo, ND
16 Chippewa Valley Music Festival Cadott, WI
22 Mat-Su Resort Wasilla, AK
23 Downtown Square Anchorage, AK
24 Holligan's Soldotna, AK
27 Cheyenne Frontier Days Cheyenne, WY
30 New York State Fair Syracuse, NY
31 Waterfront Pavillion Bangor, ME
AUG    
3 Ingham County Fair Madison, WI
6 Grandstand-Wisconsin Valley Fair Wausau, WI
13 All Pro Station Cleveland, OH
19 Saratoga PAC Saratoga Springs, NY
20 Headwaters Park/WBYR Rage Ft. Wayne, IN
SEPT    
2 Champlain Valley Exposition Essex Junction, VT
5 Univ. of Wisconsin Platteville, WI
16 York Fair York, PA


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SICK PUPPIES
Shimon Moore – vocals, guitar
Emma Anzai – bass
Mark Goodwin – drums

Sick Puppies don’t do things halfway, not when they’re playing live in front of their rabid fans, nor when they tackled Tri-Polar, their second major label album for RMR/ Virgin/EMI and follow-up to Dressed Up As Life.

When the Australian band decided to break through in the U.S., founding members, vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Shimon Moore and his high school classmate, bassist Emma Anzai, simply picked up and moved lock, stock and guitar amps to L.A., advertised for a drummer on Craig’s List, and were soon joined by Orange County native Mark Goodwin.

After getting signed and putting out their debut, the trio made their own video independently to accompanying the first single, “All the Same,” shot in a Sydney shopping mall in which fellow Aussie Juan Mann held up a hand-written placard offering passersby “Free Hugs.” The clip attracted over 43 million views on YouTube alone, and spawned a world-wide phenomenon.

Three years later, Sick Puppies are back with a new album and producing team from Dressed Up As Life, Rock Mafia’s Antonina Armato and Tim James. Together they’ve created a sound that reflects the past four whirlwind years spent in the rock and roll fast lane, on the grueling tour grind, honing their chops until they were a finely tuned powerhouse ready to let loose with the anger, frustration and triumphs built up from all that road work.

Songs like the storming first single, “You’re Going Down,” which is being used as the theme song for the WWE’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view broadcast, and “Street Fighter War,” which was used as part of the national marketing campaign for the popular video game Street Fighter IV, distill all that energy into high-powered festival anthems.

“There was plenty of fuel, a lot of hard times, strain, personal problems and all that jazz,” says Moore of the creative process, “and we just put it all into the record. There’s no way you can prevent it from flooding into the music.”

Emma agrees much of that aggression found its way onto the album. “When you’re on that one-track path, you tend to suppress all the other stuff that may come up along the way. But all those years of playing live have paid off with us sounding stronger and more cohesive than ever before. When you perform, everything is very visceral. This album is an expression of that kind of raw emotion.”

“We wanted a big-sounding record that would connect with live audiences,” adds Shimon. “We just stuck with what we knew worked from playing over the last few years. We had a little more creative control in the studio this time, more ideas about what we wanted to sound like.

“Second time around, you’re always a little bit more aware of how to do things,” says Emma. “We’re really beginning to know what kind of sound we wanted, and how to achieve certain effects. We’re now mindful of how these songs will come across live.”

New songs like the Buzzcocks-meets-Pistols drug-laced speed-punk of “Survive,” the heavy Nirvana-esque grunge drone of “I Hate You” and the jagged shards of Rage Against the Machine rhythms in “So What I Lied” give Tri-Polar its feel of cathartic build-and-release.

“We wanted to get back to a sort of organic feel,” says Shimon. “All of that stuff you have to internalize on the road—when you can’t afford to throw a hissy fit because you’re doing an interview or performing on-stage—we let out on this record.”

Now that Tri-Polar is done, Sick Puppies are preparing to get back out there and do what they do best—play live.

“Our whole spirit comes together when we’re on-stage,” says Emma. “When we get ready to go out there, we’re like gladiators entering the arena.”

“I can’t wait,” says Mark about returning to the road. “If there’s anything that people should know, it’s that we’re all about playing live.”

In addition to concerts, Sick Puppies can be seen on theatre screens in Rock Prophecies, an award-winning documentary about legendary rock photographer Robert M. Knight, who famously took the band under his wing when they first came to the States. The film also includes interviews with Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Slash, Steve Vai, Billy Gibbons, Def Leppard, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Rick Nielsen and Joe Bonamassa, among others, who knew Knight, dubbed by some, “the Forrest Gump of rock and roll.”

“He was the first person we met and got to know when we came over here,” says Emma. “He introduced us to other people we still work with to this day.”

Sick Puppies have more than survived since their arrival in the U.S. by dedicating themselves to getting their music heard on a variety of different media—including TV commercials, theme songs, “Free Hugs” videos, documentary films and, of course, the Internet.

“There are just so many options out there,” acknowledges Shimon. “Every band needs a kind of hook, and we’ve been lucky because we’ve had more opportunities than a lot of others get.”

“I used to be much more concerned with fame, fortune and rock stardom,” admits Shimon. “Now my main focus is joy. A few things have happened to me over the last few years which made me realize nothing is forever. There’s always a negative and positive way to look at stuff, and you can eliminate the negative by focusing on the positive, but that’s the most difficult thing in the world to do.”

On Tri-Polar, Sick Puppies see the glass as not just half-full, but brimming over with the kind of solid-rock anthems that’ll remind even the most cynical that absolutely anything is possible.

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