Concert fans seeking a healthy dose of punchy, melodic, and painfully, liberatingly honest modern rock this summer will find it onstage with Sick Puppies, the RMR / Virgin Records debut trio, who will join Seether on a month of national tour dates this summer.
The new single "What Are You Looking For," taken from 'Dressed Up As Life', the Australian band's North American debut album, is off to a fast start, ranking as the second-most-added track at modern and alternative rock radio stations nationally.
In a reminder of the way that the massively-popular homemade video of "All the Same" ignited a worldwide viral wave of interest in Sick Puppies, the band is launching a "make-a-video" contest on their official on-line homepages (URLs below for more information). The contest winner will receive a signed electric guitar, an iPod Touch, and a Sick Puppies prize pack, including band merchandise, and a meet-and-greet opportunity at a future show date.
In recent times, Sick Puppies (Shimon Moore - guitar and vocals, Emma Anzai - bass, Mark Goodwin - drums) completed a two month headline tour, and a series of gigs supporting Evanescence, Deftones, Velvet Revolver, Chris Cornell, Flyleaf, Chevelle, Breaking Benjamin, 3 Doors Down and Finger Eleven.
Sick Puppies was originally formed in their hometown high school, in Sydney, Australia. They relocated to Los Angeles in search of a record deal after earning immediate praise as "Best Live Act" at the Australian Live Music Awards, and "the most dynamic new band in the country" (Rolling Stone Australia), among other enthusiastic notices.
Made as a personal gesture of sympathy to Juan Mann, whose offer of "Free Hugs" in a Sydney (Australia) mall became an international cause celebre, a video starring Mann, set to the Sick Puppies song "All the Same," unexpectedly caught fire, eventually generating 27 million YouTube views.
Watch All The Same video:
The band signed to RMR/Virgin Records and completed their first album in a process described by Anzai as "grueling, but character building." Vocalist/songwriter Moore adds: "I think the songwriters who really connect with people are the ones who are willing to release their deepest, darkest secrets...regardless of how embarrassing or frightening it might be. And I think when you give in to that, it can be very liberating."
Sick Puppies on tour with Seether:
Dates could be added or changed! Go to Sick Puppies Official Website for the latest tour dates and information.
07/01/2008 Milwaukee Summerfest Milwaukee, WI
07/05/2008 Harriet Island St. Paul, MN
07/06/2008 DECC Pioneer Hall Duluth, MN
07/08/2008 Playmakers Pavilion Fargo, ND
07/11/2008 Adado Riverfront Park Lansing, MI
07/12/2008 Toledo Speedway Toledo, OH
07/14/2008 Chesaning Showboat Chesaning , MI
07/15/2008 Chevrolet Centre Youngstown, OH
07/17/2008 Mid Hudson Civic Center Poughkeepsie, NY
07/18/2008 Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom Hampton Beach, NH
07/19/2008 Cayuga County Fair Speedway Weedsport, NY
07/20/2008 Lupo's at the Strand Providence, RI
07/21/2008 Higher Ground S. Burlington, VT
07/23/2008 House of Blues Atlantic City, NJ
07/24/2008 The Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY
07/25/2008 Pierre's Fort Wayne, IN
07/26/2008 Dubuque County Fair Dubuque, IA
07/27/2008 JJO Band Camp, Willow Island Madison, WI
07/31/2008 Val Air Ballroom Des Moines, IA
08/02/2008 Westfair Amphitheater Council Bluffs, IA
08/23/2008 Kruzers (outside parking lot) Twin Falls, ID
08/24/2008 Idaho Center Amphitheatre, (KQXR) Nampa, ID
photocredit (Emma): Nigel Skeet
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