Order the release, Connect by Sick Puppies and get a limited* autographed CD booklet with purchase!
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. Moore explains how Connect evolved: "We've always had the colors to work with, but we really got to use some broad strokes in Polar Opposite, our 2011 reimagined 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 the heaviness from Tri-Polar. It's an amalgamation of all into one, which is why I think it's our best work to date."
The years of touring are evident not only in the tight, intuitive playing on Connect, but also in the lyrics, which proved cathartic for the group. "We've been on the road five or six years straight," Moore notes. "And when you come back to 'real life,' everything is different, and you don't realize until you have a moment to breathe. Your parents have gray hair, stores have moved, Twitter happened, the world vomited a whole new culture while we were out playing rock 'n' roll!" he notes. Grappling with those changes and emotions lend an intimate searching to many of Connect's sound and words. "You're like, 'where did the time go,' and that's exactly the title of one of our songs."
As for the concept of connecting, Moore observes that "there are only a few things every single person in the world has in common. One is that we all need each other. To have a song ["Connect"] that captures that is pretty special." While most of the songs on Connect were written in 2012, the album's title track "Connect" contains the oldest riff in Moore's musical arsenal. "It's fun; I wrote it while in high school learning how to play guitar, and I always had it in my back pocket," the singer recalls. "I've brought it up on every record, but wasn't right." Finally though, his eternal riff found its perfect chorus-with a little banjo added for good measure.
The third time is the charm on Connect. With two powerful albums and three varied EP's preceding it, Connect ties the Sick Puppies sound and vibe together and sets the stage for future aural adventures in all shapes and sizes. To wit: the persuasive lyrics of "Run," which is a favorite of Moore's, contains his personal mantra in lines such as: "You better run as fast as you can / cause this world tries to stop you, stop you, stop you / whenever it can." He confesses, "I only subscribe to that half the time, so it's good to have a song you can sing to yourself for inspiration as much as to your audience!" Even with Connect's myriad lyrical and musical layers, the record still manages to breathe. "I believe that we succeeded in making an album that will stand the test of time," Moore concludes with a laugh. "At least I hope so!"
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Sick Puppies's U.S. Tour Dates:
- 7/14 - Wooly's - Des Moines, IA
- 7/16 - Sokol Auditorium - Omaha, NE
- 7/17 - The Pageant - St Louis, MO
- 7/18 - Diamond Ballroom - Oklahoma City, OK
- 7/20 - The Glass House - Pomona, CA
- 8/1 - Music Farm - Charleston, SC
- 8/2 - The National - Richmond, VA
- 8/4 - 95 X Fest - Syracuse, NY
- 8/6 - Bottle & Cork - Dewey Beach, DE
- 8/7 - The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY
- 8/9 - Fete - Providence, RI
- 8/10 - Chameleon Club - Lancaster, PA
- 8/11 - Upstate Concert Hall - Clifton Park, NY
- 8/14 - State Theatre - Portland, ME
- 8/15 - Higher Ground - Burlington, VT
- 8/17 - Main Street Armory - Rochester, NY
- 8/18 - MainGate Nightclub - Allentown, PA
- 8/21 - Jones Park - Gulfport, MS
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