"Sick Puppies toured with Shinedown and Nickelback." - Interview

Australian rock band Sick Puppies is a band on the verge of a huge break out. Recently Sick Puppies toured with Shinedown and Nickelback. In 2006 they became popular via the “Free Hugs Campaign” video when it reached YouTube and received more than 60 million views. Currently the band is out supporting its most recent release “Tri-Polar.” Recently I got a chance to talk with front man Shimon Moore.

Q - Tell us a little bit about these Vimby webisodes. Whose idea was it and how did it come about?

A - The label offered us the opportunity and we wanted people to get to know the band a little better and be involved in the new single "Maybe." So it worked out both ways.

Q - You also launched a YouTube Moderator page; can you tell us a little bit about that?

A - Same thing. We just wanted everyone to see as much online content as we have time to put out there.

Q - I recently caught the Carnival of Madness tour which was headlined by Shinedown. There were these three girls there that had caught you on tour with Nickelback and Shinedown earlier in the year and they just couldn't stop talking about this duet you did with Shinedown. How did that come about?

A - Brent and I have sung a couple of songs together. Unfortunately we only did it on one night that tour for fun. I was just stoked to be able to sing without my guitar on.

Q - How has touring with bands like Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown and Nickelback influenced your sound?

A - A lot actually. You can hear the difference between the first and second album. The vocal sound more than anything became a lot more aggressive

Q - You third album "Tri-polar" has been out for a little while. How would you compare that album to your previous efforts?

A - I like to call it "More but the same." The band has the same direction and sound, but we've stretched ourselves a little more in the dynamics. The heavy parts are heavier and the soft parts are softer.

Q - Could you tell us a little bit about the tour with It's Alive, Janus and My Darkest Days?

A - It was great! We pranked "My darkest days" on the last song by sending up a male stripper to get down to his undies while they finished. The last show on tours like that are always fun.

Q - Are there any up and coming artists that you're into right now?

A - I'm in love with "The Script" I love the rhythm and melodies.

Q - What do you have planned for the remainder of the year?

A - Touring, touring and more touring.

Q - That's all I had. Is there anything you'd like to add?

A - Check out sickpuppies.com and myspace.com/sickpuppies for tour dates. Watch us on the new documentary "Rock Prophecies" on PBS and DVD online.


Bob Zerull is the Managing Editor of Zoiks! Online. He writes pop culture commentary, does interviews with bands, and reviews music and stand-up concerts. He also administers Zoiks! Online's Facebook page. Follow Bob on twitter at bzerull. Email Bob at bob@zoiksonline.com.
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