A moment once occurred in which someone or a group of someone’s decided to put a twist on the word “sick” by completely changing it’s meaning to a term associated with things that are sweet, awesome and dope. Consequently, this new take on ”sick” has confused the older generation, who only associated the word with negative qualities.
Sick Puppies may be confusing the rock audience in much the same way. They are, for the lack of a better term…quite sick. If you can get past the unusual name, you will discover a rock trio that is stunning audiences with a fresh sound and fresh take on the genre.
You may know them from their hit single “All the Same” and the subsequent ,massively popular “Free Hugs” video but Sick Puppies are much more than a one hit wonder. Their second studio album, Tri-Polar, is out now and they’re sales are even stronger than their first major label release, Dressed Up For Life.
TeenChive was recently able to catch up with the band and this is what they had to say:
Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy schedule today to chat with TeenChive.com…Starting off with your new record, Tri-Polar, can you tell me a little bit more about the inspiration and influences behind the content and the sound? It’s a very complex album and seems to express all of these different emotions not only in the lyrics but also with your sound.
We toured with Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach and a lot of heavy bands before we went to write those songs. So the sound was influenced by being on the road. The lyrical content was influenced a lot by the sickpuppiesworldcrew.net. We went online and found out the common ground between us and our audience. Then we just wrote about that.
Your new single “Maybe” is a really beautiful song. What inspired you to write that song?
Talking to our fans. A lot of them wanted to do something else in their life but didn’t feel strong enough to make the change. We went through the same thing moving over from Australia.
How does Tri-Polar compare/differ from your first major release, Dressed Up as Life? Did you feel any pressure going into the studio, thinking Tri-Polar has to be that much better and that much deeper?
No pressure. We didn’t want to have an experience like that. We just wanted to enjoy the making of the album. We wanted to make it heavier in the heavy bits and softer in the soft bits.
In sports and sometimes in music you hear the expression “a sophomore slump” a lot. Does such a thing actually exist and if so, what can you do as musicians to avoid people thinking you’re not progressing or evolving as a band?
Honestly I wouldn’t know because we were never scared of a sophomore slump and we aren’t currently experiencing one. So far Tri-Polar has sold more albums than Dressed Up As Life. And both are selling more by the week.
I’ve heard a couple of different explanations as to why you chose the name Sick Puppies. Do you care to share the inspiration behind the name? It definitely is unique.
I thought of it on the way to visit my dad but he’d come up with the name already. When I brought it to the band, they dug it and we just went with it.
What are some of your biggest musical influences and why do you respect those particular acts so much?
Silverchair and Incubus. The main reason for me was the voices in both bands. I modeled my voice a lot of both those guys. Daniel and Brandon.
Shimon and Emma, you both met in high school and moved to the States to pursue your dreams further. How is America and Los Angeles in particular, different from your hometown in Australia ? What is your most favorite aspect of each city/country?
The music scene over here is much bigger which was the main reason we came over. The servings of food are much bigger and the service is usually better. Other than that it’s kind of the same. Except you guys have guns.
On your MySpace page you encourage fans to call your voicemail and leave a message. On average, how many messages do you get a day and how many do you call back? What is the strangest message you ever received? Favorite?
About once a week. The weirdest ones are when they don’t believe it’s us! You spend the whole conversation convincing them that its you. Then you have to go to soundcheck.
It’s funny, before I discovered your music personally I ran into a couple of different people on the streets promoting the “Free Hugs” campaign. I was always curious as to who started that movement and why. Then I saw your “All the Same” video and found out that it was something that originated with a guy over in Australia . What does the “Free Hugs” movement mean to you personally and why do you think it has inspired millions and millions of people on YouTube?
I think it worked because it was real. I made the video for the guy in the video as a get well card for him when his grandmother died. Because it was made just to make him feel good, it wound up doing the same thing for so many other people.
I have yet to see “Rock Prophecies” but I know it’s about legendary photographer Robert M. Knight and he was instrumental in getting you not only over to the United States but also connected with the industry. Who is Robert M. Knight as a person and what does he mean specifically to you?
He is one of the most successful rock photographers ever. For us he’s just a good friend to this day who still support us on a daily basis. We catch up as often as we can. But he is the main reason we got our start in the States.
Anything else you would like to add?
Thanks so much for your time today, you guys are amazing! Keep up the great work.
Thank you for your support!
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