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Sick Puppies

The genesis of Australian-bred, California-based hard rock outfit Sick Puppies dates back to a 1997 meeting between founding members Shimon Moore (vocals/guitar) and Emma Anzai (bass/vocals) in a suburban Sydney band room. Within ten years, the two high school friends who bonded over a mutual love for Silverchair would find mainstream commercial success on an entirely different continent. With original drummer Chris Mileski, Sick Puppies made their debut with the self-released Dog's Breakfast EP, followed two years later by their first album, Welcome to the Real World. One of the album's songs, "Nothing Really Matters" won the 2011 Triple J Unearthed competition, which showcases homegrown and undiscovered talent. A chance 2004 meeting with Australian performance artist Juan Mann would later prove to be the band's big break. Inspired by his "Free Hugs Campaign," Moore began filming the candid reactions as Mann carried his sandwich board around a street mall offering free hugs to anyone who took him up on it. After adding Sick Puppies' song "All the Same" to the video montage, Moore sent the video to Mann, who uploaded it to YouTube in 2006. By the end of that year the heartwarming video had netted ten-million views. By this point, the band had relocated to America -- with Mileski replaced by new drummer Mark Goodwin -- and soon landed a deal with Virgin Records. Sick Puppies' sophomore LP, Dressed Up as Life, arrived in April of 2007. The exposure brought to them by the Free Hugs video helped the single "All the Same" reach number eight on Billboard's Modern Rock chart. Their second U.S. single, "My World," also reached number 20 on the Modern Rock chart and was followed by three more singles in 2008. Working with American production team Rock Mafia, Sick Puppies' delivered their third album, Tri-Polar, in 2009, which rose to number 31 on the U.S. Billboard 200. Less than a year later, they released the EP Live & Unplugged, which contained acoustic versions of songs from the album. A second companion EP, this one called Polar Opposite and also containing acoustic versions of songs from Tri-Polar, appeared in 2011. Produced again by Rock Mafia, their fourth album, Connect, fared even better, reaching number 17 on the Top 200 in the summer of 2013. In spite of their rising success, Connect would prove to be their last album with founding member Moore, who left the band in late 2014. Within days of this announcement, Anzai was approached by Texas-born singer and guitarist Bryan Scott, whose audition tape quickly landed him the job as Moore's replacement. The new lineup began writing and recording material for their fourth album, teasing with a new single, "Stick to Your Guns," in early 2016. Fury, Sick Puppies' fifth studio album -- and first with Scott -- was released in May 2016. ~ Timothy Monger & David Jeffries
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Stations Featuring
Sick Puppies

    '00s Alternative

    '00s Alternative
    3 songs

    Power Ballads

    Power Ballads
    2 songs

    Xtreme Alt Rock

    Xtreme Alt Rock
    3 songs

    Acoustic Rock

    Acoustic Rock
    1 song

    Hard Rock

    3 songs

Albums by
Sick Puppies

Top Songs by
Sick Puppies

  1.   Song
  2.   You're Going Down
  3.   Riptide
  4.   Maybe
  5.   Odd One
  6.   Gunfight
  7.   All The Same
  8.   There's No Going Back
  9.   Stick to Your Guns
  10.   My World
  11.   War
  12.   Die to Save You
  13.   Should've Known Better
  14.   I Hate You
  15.   Black and Blue
  16.   Where Do I Begin
  17.   Let Me Live
  18.   Issues
  19.   So What I Lied
  20.   In It for Life
  21.   Pitiful
  22.   Run
  23.   Walking Away
  24.   What Are You Looking For
  25.   Healing Now
  26.   Anywhere But Here
  27.   The Trick the Devil Did
  28.   Connect
  29.   Where Did the Time Go
  30.   White Balloons
  31.   Survive
  32.   Howard's Tale
  33.   Here With You
  34.   Just the Beginning
  35.   Under a Very Black Sky
  36.   Telling Lies
  37.   That Time of Year
  38.   Don't Walk Away
  39.   Killing Myself For Christmas
  40.   Cancer
  41.   Beautiful Chaos
  42.   Earth to You
  43.   Poison
  44.   Master of the Universe
  45.   Deliverance
  46.   Walls (You Changed)
  47.   Asshole Father
  48.   Killing Time
  49.   The Bottom
  50.   Too Many Words
  51.   If I Stay
  52.   Do You Know
  53.   Duck Bite
  54.   Every Day
  55.   Holding Out
  56.   Me Much Plenty
  57.   Nothing Really Matters
  58.   Open the Door
  59.   Rock Kids
  60.   Something Different
  61.   Speedy & Spanky (Enhanced)
  62.   Time Will Pass
  63.   Way
  64.   Welcome to the Real World
  65.   That Time of Year Again
  66.   Bonus Material
  67.   Dead Space
  68.   Monsters
  69.   Pretender
  70.   Til Something Breaks
  71.   Street Fighter (War)
  72.   What Are You Thinking
  73.   No Mercy
  74.   Better Waste of Time
  75.   Charlatan
  76.   Not Now

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