Profile - Sick Puppies

Profile - Sick Puppies

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Shimon Moore and Emma Anzai began playing together while in high school in Australia in 1997. In the beginning, Shimon played drums and Emma played guitar. Eventually, they recruited Chris Mileski on drums, Shimon moved to guitar and Emma took up bass duties.

In 2001, they released Welcome to the Real World, which lead to a victory in the annual Triple J Unearthed bad competition. From this, the ended up with a management deal and Shimon and Emma decided to crank things up a notch and relocate to Los Angeles.

So long, Mileski. He couldn’t join them. Sucks to be him. Maybe he and Pete Best can share a beer some time.

Once in LA, they took out an ad in Craigslist and ended up with Mark Goodwin on drums. In 2007, they released Dressed Up As Life, which resulted in the “free hugs video” and the single All The Same cracking the top ten (#8) on the US modern rock chart. The follow-up, My World, hit number twenty.

I don’t really care for Dressed Up As Life. Personal preference, etc.

In 2009, they released Tri-Polar which is a jaugernaut of good stuff. You’re Going Down reached number one (#1) and was the theme song for the WWE Extreme Rules pay per view, SmackDown vs. Raw 2010, and appeared in the trailer for My Soul to Take. Odd One and Maybe hit the radio shortly thereafter. Maybe hit number one (#1) on Billboard Heatseakers, number fifteen (#15) on rock, and number six (#6) on alternative. It also hit the Hot 100 chart. Riptide was the forth single from the album.

In 2010, Sick Puppies released Live & Unplugged, an acoustic EP.

So, these guys have been cranking it for 14 years and they’re getting better. I love Tri-Polar and highly recommend it. It’s a great album and you should go buy it. If you like it, check out their other offerings. But start with Tri-Polar. It’s hands-down their best effort to date.

Also, these guys seriously need to invest in a logo.