Puppies For Free Biography
Sick Puppies are an Australian alternative rock band from Sydney, formed in 1997. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Shimon Moore, bassist Emma Anzai and drummer Mark Goodwin.
Sick Puppies rose to prominence in 2006 when their song "All the Same" was uploaded along with a video to YouTube. The video supported the Free Hugs Campaign which was launched in Sydney, and has since received over 40 million views on the website. This success followed up with Dressed Up as Life in 2007, which entered the Billboard 200 at number 181. Their third studio album is titled Tri-Polar.
The band was formed by singer/lead guitarist Shimon Moore and bassist Emma Anzai in the music room of Mosman High School in 1997, where the two connected because of their shared love for Silverchair. Initially with Shimon on drums and Emma on guitars, the duo would frequently meet up in their high school band room to play Green Day, Rage Against the Machine and Silverchair songs and eventually felt compelled to write their own material. When Chris Mileski joined the band to play drums, they became the Sick Puppies. Shimon Moore came up with the band name after consulting with his father and seeing a large number of people reading the book Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen. Emma Anzai took up a job as a telemarketer and Shimon took a job holding a sandwich board in the Pitt Street Mall in Sydney, Australia. Through their own financing and with help from Shimon's father, the band released their debut EP Dog's Breakfast.
In 2001, the band released their first studio album, Welcome to the Real World. Welcome to the Real World was a hit in Australia and led to the band winning the Triple J Unearthed band competition that is held annually in Australia. This contest led to a management deal with Paul Stepanek Management. Chris Mileski was unable to leave Australia so he was eventually replaced by current drummer Mark Goodwin.
Dressed up as Life
In 2007 they released their second studio album (first on a major label), Dressed Up As Life. This album featured their breakout single "All the Same", which reached number eight on the U.S. Modern Rock chart and is also featured as the soundtrack for the Free hugs campaign video which won YouTube video of the year in 2006. They followed up their debut with the single "My World", which peaked at number twenty.
Sick Puppies World Crew
Sick Puppies World Crew is a fan site that brings together fans of Sick Puppies from all over the world. Fans can either sign up by visiting their website, or sign up in person following a live show. There is a message board, contests, free exclusive content and daily interaction from the band. The goals of SPWC are to promote the band while getting to know other fans and having fun while earning exclusive prizes and opportunities to meet the band.