Sick Puppies

13th Floor Entertainment & The Rock Present Sick Puppies

Sick Puppies

Devour the Day, Waysted Youth, Kujo, The Jonestown Band

Tue, March 14, 2017

6:00 pm

The Rock

Tucson, AZ

$18.00 - $20.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

Sick Puppies
Sick Puppies
You hear it again and again.
When one door closes, another one opens. However, it‟s true - especially in the case of Sick Puppies. Weathering and persevering through potentially life-changing events, the gold-selling, chart-topping Los Angeles-based and Australian-bred hard rock outfit knew one thing.
They were going to make more music as Sick Puppies.
"There was no question" affirms Emma. "We had no doubt that we wanted to continue. Mark and I got together and basically said, „first and foremost, we love music. We love this band and our fans, and we have put so much into it, and we are not done and want to take it further.‟ In order to do that, we needed to find the right member."
Instead, the "right member" found them. With stints in several bands under his belt, Texas-born singer and guitarist Bryan Scott reached out to Emma via Facebook within days of the announcement. He sent her a video of himself performing, and she swiftly replied.
"Both Mark and I knew he was the guy right away - he was cool and he sounded great. It was a natural progression. We were totally on to something" said Emma
"Something just overwhelmed me," admits Bryan. "I had a feeling that I needed to reach out. They needed a singer and guitarist and that‟s what I am. I had always loved their music and as soon as I saw the post, I went home and immediately sent Emma a message. We clicked right off the bat. Music is in their blood - it‟s who they are. They live and breathe it every day. I‟m the same way."
Following a first dinner together at a Los Angeles burger spot, they hit the rehearsal studio together and began jamming. After nailing numerous favorites from the Sick Puppies catalog, they started writing new material over the next several months.
2013‟s Connect saw the band embrace a more experimental side.
"On the last album, a lot of ideas came from many different places, but our core is rock and that is what we love!" Mark says on this new album, we‟re giving fans what they want, that classic Sick Puppies sound."
"I think fans will enjoy the resurgence of the heaviness," smiles Emma. "We love that, so we went all the way with it."
The group teamed up with producer and songwriter Mark Holman [Three Days Grace, Red, Shinedown, Halestorm, The Struts], to start working on their fourth full-length album. Recorded in Nashville and Los Angeles during 2015, the new music reflects the group‟s, incendiary interplay between Emma, Bryan & Mark.
"We were actually supposed to work with Mark Holman before, but it never materialized for whatever reason," Emma continues. "It was the right moment in time, and he was the perfect producer to bring out the emotion in these songs."
Locked and loaded with a muscular riff and booming percussion, "Stick To Your Guns" the band‟s first single announces the band‟s return with a literal bang. Bryan‟s vocals careen from hypnotic to heavy as an arena-size refrain takes hold.
"You have to push regardless of what anyone tells you," he says. "This was a big thing for us. You can pray, hope, or wish for something to happen, but at the end of the day, you have to "stick to your guns", go out there, and believe. The song is meant to em- power."
Then, there‟s the epic "Where Do I Begin," which spotlights Emma and Bryan‟s impressive harmonies in the chorus. For lyrical inspiration, the musicians actually turned to the diehard collective Sick Puppies World Crew.
"We looked on their Facebook and read everything," Emma recalls. "We saw that everyone shared a lot in common, and it was quite touching. We grabbed a few descriptive words and came across this theme. A lot of people out there feel like they‟re missing out. They hear things like, „You can do it when you‟re ready.‟ I think, „What‟s ready?‟ If someone‟s going to wait to be ready, they might wait their whole lives. It‟s about struggling with that and making a move."
With its gnashing chant and pummeling groove "Let Me Live" introduced the album during the first teaser video—which arrived to palpable audience fervor. Meanwhile, "Walls" sees Emma‟s vocals take center stage with gorgeously haunting delivery.
"It describes the painful feelings that come when a friend, family member, or someone you‟re very close to changes, disappoints, disappears, or drifts away," she sighs. "It‟s just a snapshot of what I was feeling at that point in time."
That kind of honesty has solidified a bond between the Sick Puppies and their fans since day one. To date, their breakout second full-length Tri-Polar has sold more than 500K albums, yielding 2 million single sales including the gold-certified "You‟re Going Down" as well as rock smashes "Maybe" "Riptide," and "Odd One."
"All The Same" the band‟s first hit single from their debut album, "Dressed Up As Life" became the soundtrack for the viral video "Free Hugs" campaign racking up tens of mil- lions of online views and saw them appear on Oprah, 60 Minutes, CNN, Good Morning America, and The Tonight Show.
2013‟s Connect earned the band its highest Billboard Top 200 debut at #17 and yielded two top 10 singles at rock radio peaking at #2. Along the way, the trio played alongside the world‟s biggest bands from Muse, The Killers, Deftones, Evanescence, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Incubus to Tool.
Now, their message is more powerful than ever.
"When people hear this, I want them to take away a feeling of new life, new passion, and new excitement from this band," Emma leaves off. "Mark and I love what we do. We were going to forge ahead no matter what. We found the perfect guy, and we‟re excited about this next chapter."
Devour the Day
Devour The Day offer a rather intriguing and completely appropriate metaphor for their second full-length album, S.O.A.R. [Razor & Tie].

"It's like the difference between a superhero's first and second movie," smiles Joey Chicago [Bass, Vocals, Songwriter]. "In the first movie, the hero is still getting used to his powers—fumbling around and slowly understanding his place. By the beginning of the second film, he becomes what he's meant to be. On S.O.A.R., we have become Devour The Day. We have a very firm grasp on who we are and the music we want to make. Even though we've been playing together for so long, it feels like the very beginning of our career."

It's true the world has only just begun to witness the power of Joey and his other half in Devour The Day, Blake Allison [Lead Vocals, Guitar, Songwriter, Producer]. However, they got a pretty good glimpse at the group's potential in the form of 2014's Time & Pressure. The record would sell 20,000 plus copies and land multiple hits in the Top 25 at Active Rock. Most notably, the instantly recognizable "Good Man" went Top 10 at the format and moved over 100,000 singles to date. Simultaneously, the band shared bills with everyone from Sevendust and Three Days Grace to In This Moment and HELLYEAH.

By the end of 2015, they entered Sonic Debris Recording Studio in Long Island, NY with producer Dan Korneff [Paramore, Lamb of God, My Chemical Romance] to begin recording S.O.A.R.

"After touring so much and interacting with the fans, we wanted to expand our connection to the audience," explains Blake. "On this record, we focused the writing in that direction. In between making the album, we actually went back out on the road. That gave us a chance to take a step back, look at the music, see where we wanted to go, and actually get there."

As a result, the album's first single "Lightning in the Sky" rolls from an arena-ready beat and muscular guitars into an electrifying refrain. "The song is about the power of a specific moment in your life," reveals Joey. "It might look like a blip on your radar, yet it can completely change the course of your life and personality, defining who you are. It could be good or bad. Either way, you're never the same again."

The album opener and title track, "S.O.A.R.", begins with a propulsive guitar groove that evolves into an unshakable chant. "This was definitely a stressful process," admits Blake. "It can put a strain on a relationship. Joey and I had a moment where we realized the stress wasn't worth the toll it was taking on our friendship, so we took a step back. At that moment, it was about focusing on recovery by writing music and appreciating each other's talents. That's the story the song tells."

A spiritual successor to "S.O.A.R.," "The Bottom" examines reaching ground zero and mining for solutions over an ethereal guitar delay. Meanwhile, "Heaven" takes aim at zealots with a bruising melody. "Some people believe everything is black and white," Joey goes on. "The reaction is, 'You're going to burn in hell because you don't believe what I believe.' I don't buy that. I don't think basic beautiful parts of human nature like love, hope, and trust find their ways into evil people. The song is slightly satirical."

Blake and Joey's musical relationship dates back to almost fifteen years, since their lead songwriting roles in Egypt Central. With the name change and addition of David Hoffman [guitar] and Ronnie Farris [drums], S.O.A.R. does feel like a new beginning, and these guys are ready to save rock music.

"Our connection is stronger than ever," Blake leaves off. "We created something that we truly wanted to. I think it's something anyone who has ever been a fan wanted as well. I hope they hear it, and it strengthens our bond to them. At the same time, I hope listeners who haven't heard us before want to keep listening."

"Devour The Day is Carpe Diem with teeth," concludes Joey. "It's an aggressive approach to making the best of your life. This is for everyone who does that."
The Jonestown Band
The Jonestown Band was formed in 2012 in Tucson, Arizona by Trinidadian singer/songwriter/bassist Malo Byron Jones.

Malo's bruised yet soaring baritone gives voice to tales from the dark side - apocalyptic, soulful vignettes of love, loss, faith, and despair. His songs are supported by the incendiary leads of Bill Sacks and the thunderous and assertive drumming of Maggie Rickard.

The trio recalls the raw and minimalist sound of classic rock giants such as The Doors, Free, & Cream, while invoking the modern blues rock swagger of The White Stripes, Black Keys, The Black Crowes, Vintage Trouble, and The John Mayer Trio.

The Jonestown Band, though a fairly new outfit, has already graduated from the Tucson bar scene, playing at larger outdoor Tucson events/festivals such as Glow!, Second Saturdays Downtown, and Moctoberfest. The response has been overwhelmingly positive.

The Jonestown Band has independently produced one full length album (The Last Days of Jonestown) and three high quality music videos (The Ballad of William Brown, Lions, and Yo, Billy Got a Knife).

The band has garnered a few impressive achievements in its short history; the video for "Yo, Billy Got a Knife!" won the video of the month award at The Loft's Friday Night Shorts (December 2014). The band was twice selected for the semi-final of the annual Phoenix Blues Challenge competition (2012, 2013), while the song 'Stone Cold' was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2012 International Song Writing Competition (Blues Category). Stone Cold was selected in a short list from a pool of over 16,000 entrants.

This unit is primed and ready for mainstream success -The Jonestown Band has great songs, a marketable image, and has demonstrated uncommon ambition and determination.
Venue Information:
The Rock
136 N Park Ave
Tucson, AZ