Connect, the third and most successfully ambitious album from Capitol Records / Drilldown recording artists Sick Puppies, hit # 17 in the week following its US debut, making it the best debut by the band in their career. GuitarWorld.com praised Connect's "Solid radio-ready hits" and "top notch writing and musicianship", while The Inland Empire Weekly raved that "Connect both nostalgically remembers its past and embraces the future." As guitarist/vocalist Shim Moore notes, "Connect is the best step to follow after the first two albums Dressed Up As Life (2007) and Tri-Polar (2009). It's an amalgamation of all into one, which is why I think it's our best record." Fans agree, recently catapulting the official Sick Puppies Facebook page to more than 1 million views! Those fans-new and old-are turning out in droves since the Australian-bred, L.A.-based trio kicked off The Connect Tour in the US.
Connect is the perfect title for Sick Puppies' third and most ambitious album. The trio is all about connection--with their fans, each other, their own psyches-and each of the dozen songs on Connect--from intense, epic rockers to mellower yet lyrically anguished ballads--is introspective yet also universal. From the first single, "There's No Going Back" to the band's most political song, the ironic "Gunfight," Connect will exhilarate old fans and captivate new ones. The L.A.-based, Australian-bred band struck an elusive musical and lyrical balance of past and future on Connect, as band cofounder / singer/guitarist Shimon Moore explains: "There are two ways to shoot yourself in the foot-never changing. or changing too much." With Connect, Sick Puppies came into their own, thanks in no small part to five years of touring and a full year of songwriting, finding their musical medium without sacrificing intensity or their trademark, dead-on lyrical acuity and introspection.
The CD's first single, "There's No Going Back," hit Top 5 on the rock chart and is currently sitting at No. 2 on the Billboard Active Rock chart and No. 23 on the Billboard Alternative chart.
Connect follows up Tri-Polar, which sold nearly a half-million units and two million single downloads and contained 4 smash singles including the #1 Rock track "You're Going Down,", Top Five active rock hit "Riptide", the Top Ten Modern Rock/Active Rock hit "Odd One" and the cross-format anthemic smash, "Maybe." The 12 songs on Connect, which feature more vocal input from bassist/co-founder Emma Anzai, pack a powerful punch, as Moore concludes: Everyone who liked Sick Puppies up to this point are going to be more than happy, and new fans will be excited to discover us at this point in our careers."
SICK PUPPIES - THE CONNECT TOUR:
MON 21ST APRIL BIRMINGHAM, O2 ACADEMY 3
TUE 22ND APRIL MANCHESTER, RUBY LOUNGE
WED 23RD APRIL GLASGOW, KING TUTS
THU 24TH APRIL LONDON, GARAGE