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Sick Puppies' success keeps trio on the road

of the Oakland Press

Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2011

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Sick Puppies’ album cycle for “Tri-Polar” has been longer than expected — almost two years since its July 2009 release, with nearly two and a half years of touring in its wake.

But while he acknowledges that fans “are getting sick of us ... they want new music,” drummer Mark Goodwin says the album is still “doing so well we can’t just get off the road and record a new album that fast.”

“I think we’ve just been focused on staying on the road and just staying in people’s faces,” explains Goodwin, the California-based Sick Puppies’ lone American member (singer-guitarist Shimon Moore and bassist Emma Anzai hail from Australia). “Nowadays people aren’t buying records, but they’re still coming to shows, so the mantra of this album is just tour as much as possible and we’re really thankful that people still want to listen to us.”

The strategy has worked. “Tri-Polar” yielded the mainstream crossover hit “Maybe” and is on its fourth single, “Riptide.” But Sick Puppies have managed to keep things fresh by mixing acoustic performances with its energetic hard rock, and even released an EP, “Polar Opposite,” featuring acoustic versions of “Tri-Polar” songs augmented with a string ensemble.

“We just wanted to do something a little different,” Goodwin explains. “We wanted to take it a little further than what people might think of if they think of us as just a rock band or whatever. We wanted to explore deeper things. We might incorporate some of those elements in (the future), too, but I think we’re always going to be a rock band.”

Sick Puppies perform Thursday, May 19, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $16. Call 313-961-5358 or visit www.livenation.com.

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