Concert Review: Sick Puppies (@sickpuppies) in Kewanee, IL

Sick Puppies are one of those types of bands that show up and rock the crowd with very little effort. The Australian trio has been jamming for 15+ years but really didn’t reach commercial success until 2006.

Their studio album, “Tri-Polar,” made Sick Puppies into household names with their single, “You’re Going Down,” which reached number 1 and was used in various professional wrestling specials. “War” also hit it big when the Washington Capitals hockey team used the song in the team’s 2009 playoff run.

Fast forward 4-5 years with the new album, “Connect,” which the band released a few singles including “There’s No Going Back” and the politically driven “Gunfight.”

What I find impressive is there isn’t any drama coming from this band - no flashiness, fight for the spotlight, etc. Each member carefully picks apart each song with his or her instrument and the result in an excellent live show.

Sick Puppies sound just as good live as they do on record, which is a testament of each member’s musicianship. The three show why they are a force in the music industry and still manage to stay under the radar.

They are consummate professionals and make their statement via their catchy harmonies and melodic rock tunes that are peppered into their set. I highly recommend catching Sick Puppies live if the opportunity comes up. They’re definitely worth the money.


Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He also is the author of the novels, The Extraordinary Life of Shady Gray, Hello Lesbian!, Hello Fabulous!, and Anonymous. Visit him at Email him at
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