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The band name doesn’t make the band, but is one of the most valuable parts of creating a successful band. For Aussie rockers, Sick Puppies, the band name is not only unique, but one of the most memorable in the ever expanding pop-world.
Beyond The Songs: Sick Puppies
Despite charting their first Hot 100 single with “Maybe,” Sick Puppies member’s Shimon Moore, Emma Anzai and Mark Goodwin have collectively been making music since 1997. Shim and Emma met by chance in high school when both used the music room to practice various instruments. Both quickly shared their appreciation for their musical influences, in particular, Australian rock band Silverchair. The duo quickly began creating music together and formed the band Sick Puppies. The name in itself was decided upon when the group couldn’t decide on one name and was suggested by Shim’s father, who was reading a book at the time called Sick Puppy.
The musical opportunity of “making it big” led them to Los Angeles. After six years of making music for their second album, Sick Puppies became a breakout viral hit with the Youtube video for the free hugs campaign that featured their song “All The Same” in 2006.
Sick Puppies quickly began on the follow up to their successful first major label album, Dressed Up For Life. Two years after debuting with their first major label album, the Aussie rockers released Tri-Polar in 2009. The album has quickly become their most successful to date spawning hit singles, “You’re Going Down” and “Maybe.”
Instant success has not been a characteristic for the band, but relentless touring and hard work has paid off for the now Los Angeles natives. With past tours that featured rockers, Nickelback, Sick Puppies is reaching into a new audience with the diverse Blizzard Music Tour featuring Nelly and 3Oh!3.
Sick Puppies is a band with a name that has all the makings of a heavy metal alternative band, but the rockers from down under have shown people there is more to a name and have transformed and continue to open fans into the unique sound that has been 14 years in the making.