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SHIM Releases New Video “Crucified”; Announces New Headline Tour with Madame Mayhem

SHIM Releases New Video “Crucified”; Announces New Headline Tour with Madame Mayhem

Hot on the heels of his current self-titled release, SHIM has released a new single to radio titled “Crucified”. The video for the single has made it’s debut and can be seen below! In addition, SHIM has announced that he is hitting the road on a headline tour with Madame Mayhem. The tour begins on March 2nd in Colorado Springs, CO at The Black Sheep and concludes March 27th in Nashville, TN at The End.

“The video portrays the dilemma that when faced with a life changing decision it won’t just change your life, it will change the person you become within it. Over the course of the last couple of years of rebuilding and reinventing myself, I had a lot of people try and dissuade me, or attempt to stop me, or attempt to Crucify me. How you handle yourself under those circumstances dictates the person you will become.

This is who I am.

I am SHIM”

When Shim Moore first began writing solo music, a piece of early career advice stuck with him.

He recalls, “Somebody once told me, ‘When you’re making music, the difference between good and great is blood. If you bleed on a record, people are going to hear it. If you don’t, people are going to hear it too’.”

Truth is, Shim’s blood courses through every song he’s ever written and recorded. Millions of fans worldwide connected to his songwriting, spirit, and soul across four full-length albums from the RIAA platinum-certified Sick Puppies—which he founded in 1997. Following his split from the group during 2015, the Australia-born and Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and producer did what he does best: write.

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SHIM Tour Dates with Madame Mayhem:

Sat-Mar-02 Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep

Sun-Mar-03 Denver, CO – Lost Lake

Tue-Mar-05 Omaha, NE – Lookout Lounge

Fri-Mar-08 Des Moines, IA – Lefty’s Live Music

Sun-Mar-10 Racine, WI (Milwaukee) – Route 20

Mon-Mar-11 West Dundee, IL – RocHaus

Tue-Mar-12 Joliet, IL – The Forge

Wed-Mar-13 Madison, WI – The Annex

Thu-Mar-14 Chesterfield, MI – Diesel Theater

Fri-Mar-15 Heath, OH – Muddy Creek Saloon

Sat-Mar-16 Akron, OH – The Empire Concert Club

Sun-Mar-17 Pittsburgh, PA – Hard Rock Café

Tue-Mar-19 Lancaster, PA – The Lizard Lounge

Wed-Mar-20 Washington DC – DC9

Sat-Mar-23 Richmond, VA – Canal Club

Sun-Mar-24 Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger

Tue-Mar-26 Charlotte, NC – Amos Sutherland

Wed-Mar-27 Nashville, TN – The End

 

For more information on SHIM, visit his official channels:
https://shimmusic.com/
www.facebook.com/shimonmooreofficial/
https://twitter.com/ShimonMoore
https://www.instagram.com/shimmusic/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCUPOzT-ldWSHfFrMMoOsEg
http://fmmusicmanagement.com/
https://www.facebook.com/FMMusicManagement/

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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith Makes Special Appearance on Screaming At Demons New Singles

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith Makes Special Appearance on Screaming At Demons New Singles

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chickenfoot) will make a special appearance on two new Screaming At Demons singles “Our Time” and “All Of Me” (release date to be determined).

Chris Clemence, the bassist of Screaming At Demons, had previously performed with Chad at several shows and they became friends, so when he reached out to Chad and asked him to play on the new upcoming singles, Chad quickly agreed.

When describing what it was like to work with Chad Smith, Chris said “Chad is a legend and phenomenal powerhouse of a drummer. We are beyond honored to have him play on our two new upcoming singles. His feel and groove have brought our songs to a new level. We are so lucky to have him as well as an all star team working on our music.”

Screaming At Demons recently released their song “Rockstar” along with the powerful video behind it to the masses at a Red Carpet event on October 6th. Since the release the band has been gaining the attention of fans and press alike.

The band is in its early stages of recording their new record, which will be mixed by 5 time Grammy award winner Chris Lord-Alge. When asked about working with Screaming At Demons Lord-Alge stated, “A new level of excitement is coming from these boys and they are giving back to people in need and making music that instantly makes you wanna be a part of it!”.

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Screaming At Demons Release Debut Single “Rockstar” In Support of Homeless Rock Stars Movement

Screaming At Demons Release Debut Single “Rockstar” In Support of Homeless Rock Stars Movement

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For the first time in history, a groundbreaking homeless project and a powerful rock band have teamed up to change lives around the world.  Screaming at Demons have finally released their song “Rockstar” along with the powerful video in support of Homeless Rock Stars.

As Screaming at Demons members Shimon Moore and Chris Clemence revealed to us in a recent interview, the only way to purchase the song “Rockstar” is to text “ROCKSTAR” to 91999 and donate to the Homeless Rockstars charity. Upon receiving your donation, Screaming At Demons will email “Rockstar” directly to your phone. If you are outside the U.S.A., please click the link below to make your donation and receive the song.

WHAT IS HOMELESS ROCK STARS?

Homeless Rock Stars is the brainchild of international rock photographer Nigel Skeet.  After 25 successful years of being a photographer in Los Angeles, Nigel moved to Redding, California to raise his young twin daughters.  When he opened his photography studio in downtown Redding, he was warned of the “homeless problem” in the area.  This statement struck him as “bullying the underdog” and he decided to do something about it.  Over the course of three days, Nigel Skeet photographed and interviewed 50 homeless people in his studio, just like he would a rock star.

The results of the event and the subsequent gallery exhibition were astounding, people were getting restored.  Homeless Rock Stars quickly attracted a lot of media attention and has been featured many times on the evening news, Good News Network and Huffington Post.

Nigel enlisted the help of his longtime friend Shimon Moore to write a theme song for the project.  Shimon enjoyed huge, international success as the lead singer and songwriter of the Australian rock band Sick Puppies and he was also the creator of the huge viral campaign, “Free Hugs.”

With his new band Screaming At Demons, with Chris Clemence (bass) and Russell Ali (guitar), they wrote the song “Rock Star” – but just the song was not enough, it needed a video.

On July 1st Shim traveled to Redding to participate in and film a Homeless Rock Stars Youth event, an event benefitting homeless kids.  The event was a huge success with over 70 members of the local community volunteering to interview and help restore the homeless.  Members of city council, business professionals and other community leaders all participated.

Shim also got to interview Jessie Valley.  Jessie was “one of the first 50” homeless to come through Nigel’s studio during the first event back in November.  Jessie is now part of the Homeless Rock Stars crew, she is in charge of catering.

The final result is a very powerful, six minute mini documentary and music video, “ROCKSTAR.”

Homeless Rock Stars is set to do homeless events all over the country in 2016, including events for homeless youth and veterans.

 

United Way of Northern California is the fiscal agent of Homeless Rock Stars.

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“Homeless Rock Stars” And Screaming At Demons Launch Worldwide With “Rockstar”

“Homeless Rock Stars” And Screaming At Demons Launch Worldwide With “Rockstar”

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For the first time in history, a groundbreaking homeless project and a powerful rock band have teamed up to change lives around the world.

Homeless Rock Stars is the brainchild of international rock photographer Nigel Skeet.  After 25 successful years of being a photographer in Los Angeles, Nigel moved to Redding, California to raise his young twin daughters.  When he opened his photography studio in downtown Redding, he was warned of the “homeless problem” in the area.  This statement struck him as “bullying the underdog” and he decided to do something about it.  Over the course of three days, Nigel Skeet photographed and interviewed 50 homeless people in his studio, just like he would a rock star.

The results of the event and the subsequent gallery exhibition were astounding, people were getting restored.  Homeless Rock Stars quickly attracted a lot of media attention and has been featured many times on the evening news, Good News Network and Huffington Post.

Homeless Rockstars LogoNigel enlisted the help of his longtime friend Shimon Moore to write a theme song for the project.  Shimon enjoyed huge, international success as the lead singer and songwriter of the Australian rock band Sick Puppies and he was also the creator of the huge viral campaign, “Free Hugs.”

With his new band Screaming At Demons, Shim wrote the song “Rock Star” – but just the song was not enough, it needed a video.

On July 1st Shim traveled to Redding to participate in and film a Homeless Rock Stars Youth event, an event benefitting homeless kids.  The event was a huge success with over 70 members of the local community volunteering to interview and help restore the homeless.  Members of city council, business professionals and other community leaders all participated.

Shim also got to interview Jessie Valley.  Jessie was “one of the first 50” homeless to come through Nigel’s studio during the first event back in November.  Jessie is now part of the Homeless Rock Stars crew, she is in charge of catering.

The final result is a very powerful, six minute mini documentary and music video, “ROCKSTAR.”

“ROCKSTAR” is set for Worldwide release on October 6th at 9 pm on Screaming At Demons dedicated VEVO channel – to coincide there is a Red Carpet Event and Video Premiere in Hollywood on October 6th at 7 pm.

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Screaming At Demons: Shimon Moore Talks Music, Homeless Rock Stars And More!

Screaming At Demons: Shimon Moore Talks Music, Homeless Rock Stars And More!

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When one chapter ends, a new one begins. It is up to each of us to forge ahead and make our own story. After his departure from Sick Puppies in late 2013, many wondered where the band’s former frontman, Shimon Moore, would surface next. Wonder no more as the multifaceted artist unveiled the next chapter in his unique career — Screaming at Demons. A creative powerhouse, the band features Moore on vocals, Chris Clemence (Rap Scallions) on bass and virtuoso Russell Ali on guitar. The band has been writing and recording new material over the past several months and have their sights set on world domination. In addition to creating beautiful music together, the band members are spreading the word on the tremendous Homeless Rock Stars movement, the brainchild of legendary rock photographer Nigel Skeet, who started photographing the homeless in his hometown of Redding, Washington. The photos soon went viral and the movement was born. Skeet realized he needed an anthem for the project, so he turned longtime friend Shimon Moore, who penned the song “Rock Star.” Moore also shot a video for the song, reminiscent of the “Free Hugs” video for Sick Puppies, which helped spring the band to superstardom early on. The song and video for “Rockstar” are set for release on October 6, 2015. To obtain the track fans need to watch the Homeless Rock Stars video and text “Rockstar” to the number that appears at the end. By donating to the Homeless Rock Stars charity, fans will have the song sent to their phone. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with Shimon Moore and Chris Clemence to discuss the formation of Screaming at Demons, the players involved and what they bring to the table, their work with Nigel Skeet’s Homeless Rock Stars movement and what we can expect from this band on the rise.

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Shimon Moore

I wanted to start by focusing on your friendship. How did you two initially cross paths?

Moore: Oh the romance of it all! [laughs]

Clemence: To be honest, I really couldn’t stand him. I walked in on him clogging my toilet and he has been in the band ever since.

Moore: Absolutely. No one does it like I do, man! [laughs]

Clemence: No! We actually met at a party in Hollywood at my friend Jay Baumgardner’s house, who is a record producer. Shim and I started talking over a couple of beers, which led us to talking about music. It wasn’t long after that when we got together to jam and everything took off from there.

How does Russell Ali fit into the overall picture of Screaming at Demons?

Moore: I have known Russell for over a decade. He was the first guy who took me out in Los Angeles when I got here many, many years ago. We hung out at a gig, we talked and got a drink. At some point in the evening, he said, “We are going to do something one day. I can feel it. I haven’t even heard you sing but I have a feeling we are going to do something one day,” Now it is one day! We bumped into each other at Guitar Center after we had lost contact for awhile. He said, “Come down to the studio!” We wrote some songs and they turned out great. Those songs turned into the first Screaming at Demons tracks. We started hanging out when Sick Puppies was still together. Once the band dissolved, it just made sense that we would start to focus on it a little more.

After Shim’s departure from Sick Puppies, I thought he might focus on a solo release.

Screaming at Demons: Shimon Moore

Screaming at Demons: Shimon Moore

Moore: Well, I wasn’t really focusing on solo work per se. What I had done was a few solo shows because I just wanted to get out there and let people know I wasn’t done and dusted after the whole shit storm happened with the band. I also wanted to get out and play. Russell came out and accompanied me. This was last year and we played a couple of new songs that we had written. Basically, I called the show “Screaming at Demons.” Everyone latched on to that and the fans were like, “Oh, that is the new project. That is the band. When do we get to hear the band?” I would have much rather have done a band because, honestly, that is what I do. Russell and I kept writing songs and then I met Chris. Now Chris has joined the band. It really happened organically. What you can expect from Screaming at Demons is everything you have heard before but a lot better. We are bringing a lot more to the table now. Russell is a phenomenal guitar player. Chris is a great bass player. We are all very powerful writers and we are taking all the experience we have gained through the years to form this little supergroup, as I like to call it! I think it’s fuckin’ super, so that’s what I call it! [laughs] Fifty percent of it is that the music is fantastic and the positivity of the music. The other 50% of it is that we are coming at the way of marketing ourselves, selling the music and the band in a very different way than we have before. We are doing it independently. We have an amazing platform with the Homeless Rock Stars movement, which is something I got involved with because it is such a great cause and now it has turned into something that is really helping to promote the band. We are sort of reverse engineering the standard way to make a band happen.

What do you feel each other bring to the table as artists for a project like Screaming At Demons?

Chris Clemence

Chris Clemence

Moore: We are very lucky, man. Russell is a phenomenal, virtuoso guitar player and piano player. He is also a producer. We produce all the music ourselves. To me, he is bringing something that Sick Puppies never had. I am a rhythm guitar player but I am not a virtuoso by any means. I am a meat and potatoes kind of guitar player. At the same time, I have been singing for a very long time, so I am bringing all of my experience with lyrics and singing. Chris, I forget, you are fully trained. Right?

Clemence: Yeah. I was at the School for Jazz back in the day but I have been with several rock bands over the years. I have been playing bass for a long time, along with writing songs. Each of us has our own different style but cohesively it works very well together.

As you mentioned, you both have been in different bands in the past. For Screaming at Demons, was there a conscious effort to separate this material from your previous projects?

Moore: It is more of an organic thing. We bring different parts to different things. I might think of a melody that Chris doesn’t think of, while Chris is bringing bass lines and riffs that I would have never played. At the same time, Russell is doing top line stuff. We have written several songs together. Actually, we were in the studio the other day listening to what we had done. We said, “Let’s just follow what feels really good.” We are lucky because we can sing song after song after song and whichever ones feel right, those are the ones we will pursue. We know what we want the band to sound like, what feels good when you hear it and gets you inspired. If it works in the studio, it is going to work live and work for the band. We like to keep it organic for the most part and, so far, it is working really well. All the songs we have set for release are fucking killer!

Tell us a little about your plans for releasing new music for Screaming at Demons. Are you planning on an album release at this point or focusing on a more singles driven approach?

Moore: Well, we talk about that a lot. We are kind of going a different route. People are asking for a record a lot online but, at the same time, you are absolutely right, people are releasing singles more and more nowadays. For us, the Homeless Rock Stars single, “Rockstar,” is one we are promoting ourselves. I directed the video and Chris is lining all sorts of amazing promotional opportunities. Russell is in the studio finishing the next couple of songs. We are all focusing on the stuff in front of us at the moment instead of worrying about making a whole record. Fans really buy songs to buy songs. They purchase a song at a time. A lot of people fall into that model and I think that is what we will be doing, releasing a song at a time for the moment. We have an album worth of material ready to go but, at the moment, we are focusing more on getting the stuff that is completely finished out there.

Clemence: Right. The interesting thing is that we are doing this in a way that has never really been done before by a band. You won’t be able to get the single, “Rockstar,” on iTunes, Spotify or anything like that. The only way you will be able to get it is by watching the Homeless Rockstars video and you will be able to text “Rockstar” to a number that appears at the end of the video. By donating to the Homeless Rock Stars charity, you will have the song sent immediately to your phone.

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Let’s talk about the Homeless Rock Stars movement for a moment. I know it is the brainchild of world renowned rock photographer Nigel Skeet. Tell us a bit about the project, how you got involved and what excites you about it?

Moore: It started off with Nigel starting to take pictures of the homeless people in the community up in Redding, simply because he had a slow day and had hair and makeup available and ready. He called them in and said, “Why don’t you guys get your hair and makeup done and we will take some pictures.” Nigel is a really grassroots rock and roll photographer. He is the guy who gets in the pit and gets the shots at a rock show. He had no fear and no pre-conceived ideas. After the shots became public, the community exploded with enthusiasm. Suddenly the story ended up on the front page of the papers, television news came and wanted to do an interview, The Huffington Post does a piece on it and more and more people find out about it. The story made its way all around the country and becomes this thing called Homeless Rockstars. He has created a series of events where he gives you hair and makeup, a rockstar photography shoot and a rockstar interview. The interviews are conducted by members of the community, such as the local police chief, the local fire chief, the mayor, local business owners and so on, people who know these homeless people on the streets. The difference is that they come into the Homeless Rock Stars event, which is almost like a photo studio with a bit of catering, and look around after the hair and makeup has been done and say, “Where are the homeless people?” Now, that barrier is completely removed and they are able to bridge that gap. The members of the community who are conducting the interviews with the homeless people find the last piece of the puzzle. The community is filling in the gap by saying, “This person is ready to get on with their life. I want to give them a hand up. I want to introduce them to this person I know and find a job opportunity or whatever else they might need.” Through this process we have gotten a person an audition on NBC’s “The Voice.” Jessie Valley, who is the main star of the “Rockstar” video, is one of the first people who benefited from the program. She basically went from living in a tent in a swamp, basically, to meeting the Homeless Rock Stars crew and they got her back home to Washington. They got her a job catering the Homeless Rockstars’ events and introduced her to a five-star French sous chef, who she is now the full-time apprentice for. Homeless Rock Stars is individually changing lives and making an impact on the community.

Nigel called me because I have known him for 10 years. He said, “I need a song. I don’t have any money but could you write a theme song for Homeless Rock Stars. The song would simply say, I’m a rockstar.” I wrote the song and it gradually dawned on us that this would be a great first single for the band. I drove up to Redding and shot the video, which will be much like the “Free Hugs” video from a few years ago. It is amazing. Once Chris came on board, he is a very smart and business minded kind of guy, he has helped us open a lot of doors to get the Homeless Rock Stars even more publicity.

Shimon Moore and a few of his Rockstar friends!

Shimon Moore and a few of his Rockstar friends!

What have you taken away from the experience of lending your support to the Homeless Rock Star movement?

Moore: It definitely changes the way you look at homeless people, for one thing, but it also changes the way you look. Once you actually have the experience, seeing the video is one part of the experience, but if you are actually in the room at a Homeless Rock Stars event, it lets you see people in a different way. It reminds you that everyone has a story. The story begins at the moment you are born. You forget about that and you get bottled up in our lives through technology, social media and all the other things that are keeping us insulated. This experience really breaks people out of that bubble and inspires people to help one another.

Clemence: Everyone is a rockstar in their own right, no matter what walk of life they come from. This reminds everyone of that and helps them achieve their greatest potential.

Very well said. Screaming At Demons is a new project. How does starting a band in this new era different from what you have done in the past as musicians and businessmen?

Clemence: The entire game has changed. It is an exciting time because, back in the day, there was a certain way to go about it and everyone followed the model. Right now, the way we are doing it is by making it organically as we go, using all the tools and platforms at our disposal, to put it out in the biggest way possible. Shim is a genius marketer and found a way to combine a really great cause with music to make something revolutionary, as he did with “Free Hugs.” The concept of being able to help people through our music is extraordinary. You donate to this charity, you feel great about it, you are positively affecting someone’s life and you are also getting a pretty awesome rock song as part of it and that is doing it in a new way and one that I haven’t seen any other bands do just yet.

What is in store for Screaming at Demons over the next several months?

Homeless Rockstars LogoMoore: The Homeless Rock Stars thing is the only thing in the near future. At the moment, we have an EP that is being mixed and prepared for release along with “Rockstar.” When “Rockstar” is available, there will be a download available for a donation. The audience will then be able to click on a link that will take you to our site where you can download the rest of the music directly. In the near future, Chris and I both believe, there will be a lot of promotion and a lot of opportunities with the Homeless Rock Stars project, all the way through until Christmas. At the same time, we are a rock band and that is really what we do. I think we are entering into very interesting territory. I know every time I speak to fans or kids in bands, they all ask, “How do I do it? How do I make it considering all I hear is that people steal music and labels fuck artists. I don’t know what to do.” When you do what Chris and I do, which is try to figure out a way to make money off our content 24/7, you get educated and pass that on. Now, Chris, Russell and myself are in this position where we are actually going to do it. We are independent. We have all of the amazing opportunities at our feet and we are focusing on capitalizing them. Macklemore is the perfect example of an independent artist becoming as big as an artist can get. He was the number one artist in the world. Times are changing. I think it is really inspiring and exciting to be a band in control of your content, striking an emotional cord, knowing what you are doing and changing how you distribute your music and reach your fans. It is really a matter of changing what you do. The pipeline and label distribution of everything is beyond dying. It’s dead and it’s a new world. We are going to be the best we can be. We are going to play the best music, the biggest shows and become the biggest movement we can. The thing that is equally exciting is having control and ownership of what you are doing and represent the artists instead of being another tragic tale of how the artist got fucked over, if you know what I mean.

It is awesome to see you guys turning the game on its head and supporting a tremendously great cause at the same time. Where are the best places for people to learn more on everything you have going on?

Clemence: People can check us out on our website, www.homelessrockstars.com www.homelessrockstars.com. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/screamingatdemons. To find out more about the Homeless Rock Stars movement, you can go to www.homelessrockstars.com. Once the video for “Rockstar” comes out, please donate to this amazing cause. You are changing people’s lives and hopefully you will really love the song as well!

Awesome! Thanks for much for letting us spread the word on your work! Talk to you again soon!

Clemence: Awesome! Thank you so much, Jason!

Moore: Yeah, thank you! Thank you for your time, man!

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Sick Puppies Release “Die To Save You” Video, Announce Summer Tour Dates

Sick Puppies Release “Die To Save You” Video, Announce Summer Tour Dates

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Sick Puppies

Sick Puppies are hitting the road this summer, performing at major festivals, headlining shows, and going on a July tour with Three Days Grace.

Starting in Council Bluffs, IA at KIWR Rockfest, the band will travel down to Texas, then make stops in Indiana, Chicago, Louisville, Ohio, and more before ending their summer tour at Easyriders Saloon in August.

Sick Puppies new single ‘Die to Save You,’ is currently impacting Active Rock radio and is the third single from the critically-acclaimed Connect album.

The video for “Die to Save You” is on VEVO now and can be seen here: smarturl.it/WatchDTSY. The live-action video, produced and directed by Possum Hill, features performance footage from, the ‘Revolver Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock Tour,’ LAZERfest in Boone, IA Rockfest in Council Bluffs, IA, House of Blues Anaheim, and House of Blues Sunset.

Connect, Sick Puppies third album from  Capitol / Drilldown Records, debuted at #17 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and has continued to spawn hits, including “There’s No Going Back’ at #2 and “Gunfight” which peaked at #12 on the Active Rock chart.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.”

Tour Dates:

5/30    Council Bluffs, IA                Westfair Amphitheater^
5/31    El Paso, TX                           Speaking Rock Entertainment Center
7/17    Walker, MN                           Moondance Jam
7/18    Cadott, WI                              Chippewa Valley Rock Festival^
7/19    Ft. Wayne, IN                        Piere’s*
7/20    St. Louis, MO                        The Pageant*
7/22    Chicago, IL                            House of Blues*
7/23    Traverse City, MI                  Ground Zero
7/25    Franklin, OH                         JD Legends
7/26    Kewanee, IL                          WIXO Cause for the Paws^
7/27    Sioux Falls, SD                    The District*
7/29    Billings, MT                           Shrine Auditorium*
7/31    Des Moines, IA                     Wooly’s
8/1       Kenosha, WI                         Brat Stop
8/2       Flint, MI                                  The Machine Shop
8/3       Louisville, KY                       Mercury Ballroom
8/4       Indianapolis, IN                    The Vogue Theatre
8/6       Wichita, KS                           The Cotillion Ballroom
8/7       North Platte, NE                   Sculley’s Shooter
8/8       Sturgis, SD                            Easyriders Saloon^

^denotes Festival play
*denotes tour with Three Days Grace

For more about Sick Puppies, please visit:

www.sickpuppies.com
www.facebook.com/sickpuppies
www.twitter.com/sickpuppies
www.youtube.com/sickpuppies
www.instagram.com/sickpuppiesofficial

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Sick Puppies Connect: Shim Moore of Discusses The Making of The New Album

Sick Puppies Connect: Shim Moore of Discusses The Making of The New Album

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Sick Puppies has come a very long way since they formed back in 1999 by Shim Moore and Emma Anzai while they were still in high school. Their hard work and dedication to their craft has garnered them legions of dedicated fans, who’s input has helped them navigate the treacherous waters of the ever-changing music industry. For their third and most ambitious studio album, ‘Connect’ serves as the perfect title . 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 co-founder/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. Since the release of ‘Tri-Polar’ (nearly half a million units to date and over 2 million single sold) and its slew of radio hits—the #1 Rock track “You’re Going Down,” the Top Five Modern Rock/Active Rock hits “Odd One” & “Riptide” and the cross-format anthemic smash “Maybe.” ‘Connect’ (out July 16, 2013), with its melding of room-filling rockers and edgy yet poignant lyrics, is poised to be the lineup’s best-selling record yet. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Shim Moore (vocals/guitar) to discuss the creation of ‘Connect’, the band’s songwriting process, life on tour and much more! 

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Sick Puppies

Going all the way back to the beginning of your story, how did music first come into your life?

My very first memory of music is a mix tape that my Dad made for me because I used to go up to visit my Mom in Brisbane. He made a mixtape for me to listen to on the plane. The first time I heard “Riff Raff” by AC/DC, my ears switched on! It was all over after that! He had a big record collection and I listened to everything on there from David Bowie to The Beatles to Led Zeppelin to the Sex Pistols. The would say the biggest musical influences I had are Silverchair and Incubus, as far as general songwriting and melodic sensibility. I really admire Daniel Johns singing and guitar playing, as well as Rage Against The Machine for the grooves.

What was it about music that made you take the plunge and pursue it as a career?

To be honest, it was the only thing I was good at! [laughs] I could have done acting or I could have done music. I got the opportunity to start a band with Emma [Anzai] and music is something you can share, create and work. I mean, you can always pick up a guitar and play anywhere and with acting you can’t do that, as there has to be a whole production and have to be injected into it. With music, you can play anywhere and you have more ownership of it.

Sick Puppies - 'Connect'

Sick Puppies – ‘Connect’

Here we are all these years later and you are several albums deep. Your latest release is called “Connect”. How did you arrive at this title and what does it mean to you personally?

It is a number of things. First off, there was the song “Connect,” the title track. It seemed fitting when it became clear we were making a record that was a bit of a musical and lyrical step forward, in the vein of classic, good songwriting stuff. We were also going onto www.sickpuppiesworldcrew.com, Twitter and Facebook, which is all about connectivity, so it just seemed to make sense for that. But also, when you really break down what music is in the first place, you realize it is a tool to connect emotion, people to each other or any number of other connections, so it just sorta rounded up everything.

What were your expectations for this album? Was there something you realized you wanted to achieve early on?

Just to make the dopest fuckin’ thing that we could, man! [laughs] We wrote over one hundred songs and the great songs really showed themselves. When you write a song that is a step up, you can hear it as soon as you hear it back. Once we realized we could write songs like that, we put in a lot more work. For every fifteen songs you write, only one great one would come up. We had a lo of good songs that had good riffs or melodies which were nice or good but good doesn’t cut it. They had to be great, especially when you have the opportunity, the time, the studio and people making a record with you. That was really it, we just wanted to make the best thing we could. We let the songs do the work rather than try to sound like “You’re Going Down” every song or trying to sound like Rage Against The Machine. We just were like “Let’s just write songs, the best songs will end up on the record and then that is what our band is going to sound like.” That is the best we can be.

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Did you end up with anything left over from those writing sessions that may one day see the light of day?

Well, not really. There are a couple of riffs we might jam on. Ya know, once you create this thing in the blender, throw everything you have in there, the cream rises to the top, you take the cream and put it out there and sell it to people, you don’t really need this anymore. You can just get rid of it.

What is the typical songwriting process like for Sick Puppies these days? Has it changed much since those early years?

The first record was all jamming, the first record in Australia. The second record, which was the first U.S. record, “Dressed Up As Life,” was more acoustic guitar. Pretty much, since then, you sit down with an acoustic guitar and you know when you play a riff on acoustic, when it is plugged in it will sound a certain way because you know how to be a band and when it will sound like a big fat riff! From there, you maybe come up with a chord progression, a melody or a single line because you might sing something like “It’s All The Same” and decide that is what the song will be called. Then you talk about it and discuss what it might mean. When you sit down to write the song, you probably spend half of the time discussing what it is about, what are we going to say and where we are going to take it. Then you have to map it out. That is how it usually happens, not that it happens this way every time, but as a general guide. Then you have to chip away at it. It is like having a big chunk of stone and saying “I want to see that sculpture.” Then you have to make it happen!

What was the biggest challenging of bringing “Connect” to life?

Definitely, the writing. We would write all of these songs. Once you write a verse, a chorus and the lyrics and you do all of that work. By the time you get to the end of the first chorus, you have it and you have to write that second verse, more lyrics and a bridge. Half the time, you fuck around with the bridge and say “If this song makes the record, we can always rewrite the bridge because the bridge is just the bridge getting you to the next space. When you get to the end of the first chorus you know pretty much if it is going to be a song that is going to make it. Most of the time, it’s not because twelve songs out of one hundred, most of them aren’t going to make it. You write these songs and you go “Oh fuck! This isn’t one of them!” but you have to finish it! Just getting through and finishing the songs was a challenge. The ones that didn’t make it were good but you just knew they weren’t quite right. You could hear it and feel it when it was right! That was the hardest thing. I mean, we worked for nine months or more, altogether.

You just hit the road in support of this record. Is writing on the road something you focus on?

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Not really a focus, no. When we did the first record, we tried to write on the road because we thought that was what bands do. We saw a My Chemical Romance documentary and they were writing “The Black Parade” on the road. We all thought “Wow! That’s what bands do! They have laptop studios!” So, we did that and we didn’t end up writing many good songs and that was because we were focused on it. We didn’t have a lot of energy because we were playing a show every night and two different acoustic shows during the day for radio stations for weeks and weeks at a time. As you can imagine, you get really tired. You don’t have the energy to be creative and you have to be creative to write a song, it is a different type of energy. You have to sit there, be patient, hum to yourself, think and wait in silence for half an hour, That takes a lot of energy! If you don’t have the energy and are trying to think, your mind wanders and you find yourself thinking about “Oh, I wonder what is going to happen on Breaking Bad?” and you zone out! [laughs]

How do you feel you have evolved as a musician and as a band through the years?

I think we have all evolved in the same direction as a band. I think we have all sat down and said “Ok, we want to make a record that is more musical and isn’t just riff after riff, screaming, screaming screaming.” We have it and we recognize we need to write some of those songs because we didn’t want to make a soft record but we didn’t want to make the same, active rock album. We wanted to make something that would satisfy everyone and make everyone go, “Ah, they are really stepping it up!” We want to play those types of songs and play songs that really affect people, and not just make them bang their heads. We already have those songs and it is great! People come to the shows, we play them and we are never going to stop playing them but there is no point in writing the same cookie cutter shit! We sorta evolved into wanting to have more space, more music and more dynamics. In terms of individuality as players, I think it is a matter of all of use getting better at our instruments gradually. Songwriting helps with that a lot because you have to find different chord shapes, different scales and other things. You really have to push yourself and that makes you a better musician. I guess we have all gotten slightly better by touring because that hones you in quite a bit.

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Where do you see yourselves heading musically in the future?

It really depends on how well this record is received. We are very aware of what our fans want. The reason we went so far musically is because we went onto our World Crew fan website and asked them. We said “If we did this are you cool with it?” We asked if we made more songs like “White Balloon,” which is on the last record and is kinda musical and Zeppelin-y in a way, if it would be cool. They said “Oh yeah, we love that song!” So we said, “Alright, we can do it!” If they just said “No, no, no. We want more “You’re Going Down.” We would have known we couldn’t do it but they said “Yes! We want to hear Emma singing. We want the musicality. We really want you to push it, as long as you have a few other songs as well!” And of course we are going to do that! We really work in parallel with our fans and as they age and their musical tastes change, so do ours and we just make sure we stay in touch with them.

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Sick Puppies

That is really cool and certainly a rarity, even in this day and age. How about music outside of Sick Puppies. Is there a type of music or a particular project you can see yourself wanting to pursue in the future?

You mean like a solo thing?

Not necessarily a solo record but perhaps exploring new musical ground by way of a side project or even something you just want to explore personally as a musician.

I am sure that as opportunities come, like the one we had writing the song for WWE, which is where “You’re Going Down” and “Street Fighter.” If we could do a song for the soundtrack of a movie, that would be great! We would love to do that! You know, you go and watch a movie and they want you to write a song based on the way it made you feel. That would be fun. Right now, I am sure if an opportunity comes up, we will take it but Sick Puppies is my priority.

How is life on tour different for you these days versus what it was like on past runs?

It is a little more relaxed. We made a point to make it that way because we got burned out on the last tour at the end of the last album cycle. We just toured for too long with not enough breaks. When we got to this record, we sat down and decided to take more of a holistic approach so we could do better shows and be better people. I got married and I have a wife to take into consideration. So, certain things changed like me being healthier with veggie shakes and stuff like that. We have a dry bus now, so all of those things really help it out.

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Looking back at the history of Sick Puppies, what do you consider the biggest high and low?

The biggest low was probably at the end of touring “Tri-Polar” because we were so burned out. I was burnt out. There is a tunnel vision thing that happens and you go kinda insane. You lose perspective on who people are and what things mean. Someone might say something and you say “What the fuck does that mean!” [laughs] And it was totally in your head! It drives you slightly crazy! [laughs] It isn’t a mental illness thing, you just are on auto-pilot because there is no other way to function. You are just going and there is no break. The plane moves, the bus moves, the show moves and the crowd moves. Everything is moving, so you just lose perspective. I think the good stuff, for me, is meeting people you are a fan of and finding out they are a fan of your band. For example, the drummer from Pantera, Vinnie Paul. Mark [Goodwin] met him one time and was introduced by a mutual friend. He asked him which band he was in and Mark said Sick Puppies. Vinnie Paul spread his legs, dropped down and started playing “You’re Going Down” on air guitar! He said “I love that song!” It is a huge compliment! It’s funny, Dave Grohl was outside earlier today. It is all we have been talking about all day. I was walking back from lunch and he drove past on his bike with his family. I’m looking at him like “It’s fuckin’ Dave Grohl!” I am just looking at him because what are you going to do? Not look at him? [laughs] I look at him and he looks at me and says “Are you playing tonight?” and I thought “How the fuck do you even know who I am!” I put it together afterwards! He knows my band! Fuck! [laughs] Even if I never see him again, just that moment and little things like that are really cool! Those are the highs!

Do you feel there are any misconceptions about the band at this point in your career?

I think the idea that we are really hardcore is kinda silly! We did “You’re Going Down” that is very in your face. Misconceptions? Hmmm. I don’t think so. Well, I guess we will find out if there are any misconceptions once this record gets digested a little bit. In terms of it’s reception, most people have been really positive so far. They have enjoyed the songs and they can hear what we are doing. It’s been really good.

What do you guys have in mind for the next single or video release?

We don’t know, we don’t know! We are waiting to hear what the fans say because we have only been touring for a couple of weeks. Once we get to the end of the September run, which will be mid-to-late October, we are going to have a good feel because we are going to be playing a few more songs off of “Connect” and have a real feel for what they are responding to! We chose the second single off of “Tri-Polar” because of the fan response. Everyone was singing this song and they changed our minds. We were going to go with “Riptide” but instead went with “Odd One”. It worked out because we were listening! So, we are waiting to hear back from our fans!

You have mentioned your connection to your fans many times. That connection is a very cool one. For those who may look to you as an inspiration, what is the best piece of advice you can give to those looking to make music a career?

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I have to say that 90% of the time, you have to spend working on your songwriting, playing your instrument and making your music. If you want to be a serious musician, you want to do it for any decent reason other than to get paid or get chicks or whatever. If you want to create something, it will always get heard eventually. People now are spending 90% of their time promoting, whether it is Facebooking, making videos or tweeting and their music is not very good. I mean, it is OK, but it is cookie cutter, laptop made music. There is nothing wrong with making music on a laptop using shitty instruments or cheap stuff, if you make it sound good because you have put the work in. If you work really hard, you can make music. I say that because I did it. I bought a 16 track digital recorder to make all my demos and I had to play everything live. I couldn’t cut in, I couldn’t tune it and I couldn’t Pro Tools it. I could have bought a computer but I bought this thing because I wanted to be a better musician. I wanted to be able to say, when someone walks in, “Yeah, I actually played this shit.,” because that is what you have to be able to do. You could walk into a place and someone can press play and says “Here is my song.” If you said “Connect it with me. Make me feel something, instead of just pressing play.,” 90% of them couldn’t do it. They will tell you about a million Facebook fans. A lot of times, people are only listening to how many Facebook fans you have or if you have a viral video. If you have a great song, no one cares about any of that other stuff! There is no one I have met, and I have met a lot of people in the recording industry, who doesn’t want to be inspired. If you have a song that makes them feel good and go “Oh, man! I want to sell that because it will make everyone feel good! It will make me a lot of money but that is why it will make me money, because it will make everyone feel good and that is what is supposed to do!” What they are doing instead is selling their Facebook fans. “I have a million Facebook fans, so when you put it out maybe 10% will actually pay for it.” They do the math and it is all about money. However, it is boring! It’s not good music! The best advice is that if you make something good, it will be heard! It’s a guarantee! It happens! It doesn’t not get heard! Greatness gets there!

Thanks so much for talking with us, Shim. We really appreciate your time! We will be spreading the word!

Absolutely! Thank you for helping promote the record! We really appreciate your support!

Visit the band’s official site at www.sickpuppies.com. Connect with the on social media at  twitter.com/sickpuppies and www.facebook.com/sickpuppies.

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Sick Puppies To Unleash ‘Connect’ On July 16th, Pre-Order Now Available!

Sick Puppies To Unleash ‘Connect’ On July 16th, Pre-Order Now Available!

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Third time’s the charm for Capitol Records/Drilldown Entertainment Australian rock trio Sick Puppies, whose brand-new album is available now for pre-order on the iTunes store (iTunes.com/SickPuppies). Connect finds the band upping the ante for a release that incorporates the band’s beloved aggro-alt rock attack with new sounds and influences for a sound that will thrill old fans and create instant converts! Connect is preceded by “There’s No Going Back,” and will impact Modern/Active Rock on June 3rd.

In keeping within the theme of Connect the band revealed exclusively to their facebook fans the cover art for Connect and single teaser last week – Check it out here!. As their fans eagerly await the July 16 release date, the band will tide them over by issuing two pieces of elite content over the next week. First up, a video trailer for “There’s No Going Back” May 23rd,  followed by a behind the scenes look on May 30th, leading into the official video premiere June 6th all happening across VEVO, the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment experience.

The 12-song effort is the anticipated and full-realized  follow up to the lineup’s sophomore smash LP, Tri-Polar, which has sold nearly a half-million units and contains the #1 Rock track “You’re Going Down,” the Top Ten Modern Rock/Active Rock hits “Odd One” & “Riptide” and the cross-format anthemic smash “Maybe.”

Connect, with its melding of room-filling rockers and edgy yet poignant rock/pop, is poised to be the band’s best-selling record yet, as singer/guitarist/co-founder Moore explains:  “We’ve always had the colors to work with, but we really got to use some broad strokes in Polar Opposite, our 2011 acoustic record. It was always a dream of mine to work with strings and a choir, and our producer made it kinda trippy and unusual on Polar Opposite. So I was looking forward to taking some of the elements of that, and furthering some melodies and sentiments of [2007’s US debut] Dressed Up As Life, and some heaviness from Tri-Polar. It’s an amalgamation of all into one, which is why I think it’s our best work to date.”

Co-founded by Shim Moore and bassist Emma Anzai while in high school in Australia, Sick Puppies moved to Los Angeles, and soon made the road their home, touring ceaselessly, earning tons of rabid fans and rave reviews at every stop. This summer, Sick Puppies start their tour before ‘Connect’ is even out, kicking off May 14 with headline dates to follow. Dates and Connect track listing below.

Track listing for Connect is as follows:

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1. Die To Save You

2. There’s No Going Back

3. Walking Away

4. Gunfight

5. Poison

6. Where Did The Time Go

7. Telling Lies

8. Connect

9. Run

10. The Trick The Devil Did

11. Healing Now

12. Under A Very Black Sky

UPCOMING SICK PUPPIES TOUR DATES:

5-14-2013 – KRRO Fest 2013 – Sioux Falls, SD

5-16-2013 – Peoria Civic Center Arena “WIXO Spring” – Peoria, IL

5-17-2013 – The Machine Shop – Flint, MI

5-18-2013 – Rex Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA

5-19-2013 – Rock on the Range – Columbus, OH

5-26-2013 – WXRL Rock Monkey Ruckus – Rockford Speedway    Loves Park, IL

6-22-2013 – Wild West Arena “Nebraska Land” – North Platte, NE

7-13-2013 – Rock on the River – Prairie du Chien, WI

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