The genesis of Australian-bred, California-based hard rock outfit Sick Puppies dates back to a 1997 meeting between founding members Shimon Moore (vocals/guitar) and Emma Anzai (bass/vocals) in a suburban Sydney band room. Within ten years, the two high school friends who bonded over a mutual love for Silverchair would find mainstream commercial success on an entirely different continent. With original drummer Chris Mileski, Sick Puppies made their debut with the self-released Dog’s Breakfast EP, followed two years later by their first album, Welcome to the Real World. One of the album’s songs, “Nothing Really Matters” won the 2011 Triple J Unearthed competition, which showcases homegrown and undiscovered talent.
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 77 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, released on 14 July 2009, is titled Tri-Polar. The band’s fourth studio album Connect was released on 16 July 2013. They released their fifth studio album Fury on 20 May 2016 with new vocalist Bryan Scott after Shimon Moore left the band on October 2014.