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From left: Drummer Mark Goodwin, co-founder and bassist Emma Anzai and new frontman singer-guitarist Bryan Scott of Sick Puppies

Sick Puppies return to El Paso with a ‘Fury’

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 9:30 am | Updated: 10:08 pm, Fri May 20, 2016.

By Victoria G. Molinar comment: @whatsupweekly | 0 comments

Just three days after the release of their latest energy-packed album, “Fury,” El Pasoans will have a chance to see alternative hard rock trio Sick Puppies on Monday, May 23 at Speaking Rock.

But those who’ve seen Sick Puppies in the past can expect a significantly new face to the resilient group, as longtime frontman and co-founder Shimon Moore has been replaced by Houston-based singer-guitarist Bryan Scott. Shortly after Moore left the group in late 2014, Scott reached out to the Australian-bred group and auditioned for them.

“He’s very fitting to us and he’s very much from the same page,” Sick Puppies co-founder and bassist Emma Anzai said. “You usually don’t find someone like that so quickly, but we did, so we feel very lucky. He brings a sense of new life – a breath of fresh air and a shot of adrenaline – and it just gelled very nicely.”

A lyric video to their latest single, “Earth To You,” gives listeners a taste of their latest sound, and Scott’s voice effortlessly grabs the listener with its gutsy essence. In a brand spanking new video released Thursday, May 19, fans can see the band in all their revamped glory, which takes a fluorescent turn in the song "Stick To Your Guns." 

And sticking to her guns is exactly what Anzai did, which is evident when looking at the band’s evolution. Anzai is the only founding member of the group, which goes back to the late ’90s when she and Moore bonded in high school over their adoration for the young Australian post-grunge outfit Silverchair, known for the hit singles “Tomorrow,” “Freak” and “Ana’s Song (Open Fire).”

“We absolutely loved Silverchair,” Anzai said. “They’re the reason I wanted to play music in the first place. I owe it all to them, really. “

In the early 2000s, Anzai and Moore decided to make the big move from Australia to the U.S., leading them to replace their original drummer Chris Mileski with current drummer Mark Goodwin. The leap of faith quickly proved to be beneficial for the group.

“We would play for crowds and they were so into it and it was everything to them, and that really solidified us staying here and touring here,” Anzai said.

While some might imagine that the band would lose stability once another founding member – this time Moore – left, Anzai decided to roll with the punches.

“Everyone has lives, and they have to go their own way for whatever reason and that happens the longer you’re in something, so you just have to be open about it, communicate, and just sort of be mindful.”

As time progresses, so does the sound of Sick Puppies.

“‘Fury’ is probably the heaviest [album] to date,” Anzai said. “There’s still a lot of melody and a lot of passion, but it is heavier and more aggressive and I think this is the one where we drew more from ourselves than our influences.

“Much like the title ‘Fury,’ it’s very furious, very in-your-face, very passionate, and while we were writing, we all kind of had something to prove. Bryan had something to prove coming in, Mark and I had something to prove of course, so that together made it a good combination.

“In the writing process, we would never stop and go, ‘Oh let’s take a break. We’re cool.’ We would always push through and made sure we had something good. I think that had definitely come through in the music. I think this is the proudest one we’ve done to date, and we’re just taken aback by the positive response we’ve gotten.”


Sick Puppies

Monday, May 23, 9 p.m.

Speaking Rock Entertainment Center

122 S. Old Pueblo Dr.

Free, 18+

More info at SpeakingRockEntertainment.com/event/sick-puppies