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Interview:
Sick Puppies Fight Their Way Through New Album
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Sick Puppies have a fight on their hands on their new album, “Tri-Polar.”

More than one fight, actually.

The WWE used the album’s first single, “You’re Going Down,” as the theme for its “Extreme Rules” pay-per-view special during May and June. And another track, “Street Fighter (WAR),” is featured on the Street Fighter IV video game, giving “Tri-Polar” a bit of a violent overall affect.

“It was interesting, because we hadn’t ever written songs for a specific, committed project before,” says singer-guitarist Shimon Moore, who co-founded Sick Puppies with bassist and high school classmate Emma Anzai in Sydney, Australia, adding drummer Mark Goodwin when they moved to Los Angeles four years ago.

“When we were writing this time, it was like, ‘Well, that doesn’t sound like a fight song. This sounds like a fight song ... ’ So it was a lot easier after that to write heavy music ’cause we knew what those songs needed to make them work. It was kind of liberating in that regard.”

That also fit well with the general creative goal Moore and company had in mind for “Tri-Polar” after touring in support of 2007’s “Dressed Up as Life.”

“We’ve been to so many festivals and played with so many big bands that we really learned a lot about what the audience responds to live,” Moore explains. “We learned what worked and what didn’t work, and we just made an album full of songs that we thought would really translate for big shows so that even if we played small clubs it would feel like a big show.”



Sick Puppies, Hurt, the Veer Union and Tunnels to Holland perform Tuesday (Jauly 28) at The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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