You can thank Silverchair for helping spawn the band Sick Puppies, but you have to thank Florida novelist Carl Hiaasen for the name.
It was a dozen years ago when Shimon Moore and Emma Anzai met in the music room of their Sydney, Australia, high school and discovered their mutual love of the aforementioned Aussie teen Rock band. The duo jammed on Green Day and Silverchair covers with Moore on drums and Anzai on guitar. After they added drummer Chris Mileski, Moore switched to guitar and Anzai to bass. Moore happened to notice a disproportionate number of people reading Hiaasen’s Sick Puppy at the time, and thus the Indie Rock/Emo trio was christened.
Sick Puppies released their debut EP, Dog’s Breakfast, in 1999. The recording was financed by menial jobs and a loan from Moore’s father.
Two years later, Sick Puppies scored a major hit with their debut full-length, Welcome to the Real World. The trio won a huge Australian band competition, which resulted in a management deal. Mileski left the band because he didn’t want to leave Australia; he was replaced by Mark Goodwin, who answered Moore and Anzai’s ad on Craigslist.
Although Sick Puppies didn’t release their sophomore album, Dressed Up as Life, until 2007 (they moved to L.A. four years ago), the album’s single, “All the Same,” was a huge hit. The song’s video was subsequently viewed more than 50 million times on YouTube, and the album cracked Billboard’s Top 200 albums.
The Puppies didn’t wait quite so long to follow up with their third album, Tri-Polar, which came out in July to middling reviews. Many critics thought the band’s shift toward Nu Metal was slightly calculated and uninspired. That didn’t stop the album’s lead track, “Street Fighter (War),” from hitting iTunes’ Top 40 Rock songs or the whole record itself from sailing into Billboard’s Top 40 albums.
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