Must-see show: Sick Puppies at State Theatre

[image-1]It's time to add yet another CD to this summer's list of greats: Tri-Polar. On July 14, Sick Puppies released their self-produced album (through Virgin Records). Their songs have already been getting lots of attention. Capcom's video game Street Fighter IV features their song "Street Fighter (War)," a song also played during the Washington Capitols' Stanley Cup introduction video. Also, the first single, "You're Going Down," was used by the WWE as the official theme song for their PPV event WWE Extreme Rules.

I have to admit, Tri-Polar manifests a softer, more cuddly puppy. The album still debuted at BNo. 31 on the Billboard 200 chart and sold around 16,500 copies. The songs "White Balloons" and "Don't Walk Away" expose the sweeter side of Sick Puppies. They have definitely been influenced by softer America rock, and I like it. Emma Anzai gets some spotlight with solo vocals and even better basslines than before.

The song "Dead Space" (iTunes Bonus Track) is one of my favorites. From the song: "We have a situation here /

It's clear, it's not disappearing / We keep fucking what is pure / No cure, and it keeps happening / Over and over again / Over and over again / We have a situation here / It's clear, it's here"

This song has to be about the economy, right? These guys come over here from Australia and realize that America isn't as great as its cracked up to be. That's how I see it, at least. The album showcases a collection of stories that they are eager to share with fans. Sick Puppies are on tour now with HURT. They hit St. Petersburg's State Theatre on Friday, August 21 at . See you there!

I don't know about you, but I am a huge Sick Puppies fan. Maybe it's the Australian accents, or maybe it's just the bad-ass music, or maybe it's both. This love affair started in 2007 when the threesome debuted with Dressed Up as a Life. Songs like "World," "Pitiful" and "All The Same" brought out all of those teenage emotions in all the right ways. The band was formed in 1997 when frontman Shimon Moore met future bassist Emma Anzai in the music room at Mosman High School in Sydney. The duo met and played covers of Green Day, Rage Against the Machine, and Silverchair songs, which likely influenced the band's crunchy, alt rock sound. Drummer Mark Goodwin joined after they signed to Virgin Records.

Angst-driven vocals, loud, distorted guitar and bass, and drums that rattle your soul — what's not to love? Their music pumps you up. I saw them perform in the summer of 2007 at 97X's Backyard BBQ, when they were still not very well-known. They were straight off of the charts and brought more energy than all of the other bands combined. It didn't hurt they were all extremely sexy, right?


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