Sick Puppies Bring High Octane Performance to Hollywood
Emerging from a flood of blinding light, Sick Puppies immediately launched into a high-octane set of pulsating hard rock songs. The trio, made up of singer/guitarist Shim Moore, bassist Emma Anzai, and drummer Mark Goodwin, clearly brought their A-game, as their forceful brand of music captured the Hollywood crowd.
‘Die to Save You’ was the first track of the night, a fierce display of heavy guitar and haunting vocals. After playing a couple of deeper cuts, the band fired off several of their biggest hits. ‘There’s No Going Back,’ the current single from their latest album ‘Connect,’ was easily a fan favorite (a fact that should come as no surprise considering its video recently took #1 in Noisecreep’s Battle Royale). The crowd continued to pound their fists in the air as Sick Puppies kept the energy going with ‘Odd One’ and ‘Riptide,’ the latter being accentuated by a few chords of Rage Against the Machine’s ‘Killing in the Name.’
At this point, Moore took a break to thank all those in attendance. His band has come a long way from its early days in Australia. “All we wanted to do was play music and eat food,” quipped the singer before explaining that all of their success would never have come without the support of their fans. A natural progression, the band rolled into their song ‘Maybe,’ an uplifting ode to chasing one’s dreams. Sick Puppies then continued to display their wide range of emotion, following the softly subdued ‘Connect’ with the raw adrenaline of ‘This Is War.’
Throughout the night, Anzai pounded on the bass with precision as she thrashed about the stage. Her crushing tones and eye-catching performance further cemented her status as one of the most dynamic women in rock. Though he was relegated to the back of the stage, Goodwin also made his presence felt thanks to a blistering array of drum solos.
The usually passive LA crowd was rallied to life by this inspiring trio. Much of that credit goes to Moore, whose passionate vocals and audience interaction demanded all those assembled to take notice. By the time Sick Puppies reached their final song ‘You’re Going Down,’ everyone in the crowd was jumping up and down to the beat. Their bodies had been taken over, possessed by the primal power of the band. These puppies may be sick, but they’re also unstoppable.
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