|Shim Moore, Emma Anzai, Mark Goodwin
Katrina: How did you come up with the name for your band?
Shim: We had a long list of names when we were thinking of names, and it’s important to have a really cool name and I thought of one on
a train to visit my dad. I wasn’t living with him at the time and I thought of this name and I arrived at his place later and he said “I’ve got an
idea for a band name. I’m reading a cool and it’s called ‘Sick Puppy’, what do you think?” and I was like I just thought about that an hour
ago. So I told the guys and they thought it was pretty cool.
Katrina: Who are your musical influences growing up and have they changed?
Emma: Silverchair would be one, they were the reason we joined a band. We went to Silverchair school and they’re an Australian band we
Mark: There’s a lot of music that influenced us, we’re all kind of the same.
Emma: Grunge music, Greenday, Rage Against The Machine.
Shim: They haven’t changed so much, we’ve evolved is the word.
Katrina: Which artist would you like to tour or work with?
Shim: We’ve played with a lot of them now. Silverchair and Incubus would be two bands that would be cool. Or Rage, we played with Tom
Morello’s side project so we haven’t played with Rage. We’ve played with lots of bands that we look up to and we’ve managed to do it that
way. Lots we haven’t met yet so hopefully.
Katrina: How do you write your songs and where do you get your ideas from?
Shim: Songs get written lots of different ways. We have a web site called sickpuppiesworldcrew.net and we go on that site, it’s a
dedicated fan site and we ask them what kind of songs do they like, what song they do not like as much, what their favorite song s are
basically and what you like about them and how come, why. And we started getting into it and a lot of people have really valuable
comments so we took a lot of that when we were writing the new record. Try and find a common ground between what we were feeling
and what the fans were feeling so it wasn’t like we’re writing just for them but kind of more for us and them not just one or another, that
was the main thing. A lot of it was on acoustic guitars and we knew how it was going to sound, and if the words were good, then we
would make a song out of it.
Katrina: What’s your favorite song to perform?
Emma: Probably “Odd One” because it’s actually our single right now, it’s got a good vibe so that’s my favorite.
Shim: I think that’s all of ours at the moment. Some people when you play other songs they kind of get down, when you play “Odd One”
everyone seems to have a smile on their face. I think a lot of people like it when we do our headline shows. We go to the merchandise after
every show. There’s always at least one person that says “I can’t believe you didn’t play (this) song” and I’m pretty sure a lot of people
would be upset if we didn’t play it.
Katrina: What do you like to do to prepare for a show?
Shim: We all have different rituals.
Emma: I just like to stretch , it’s an energetic kind of show so I like to warm up. We don’t have any weird rituals or anything like that.
Shim: And I just do vocal warm-ups.
Katrina: What do you think makes a good live show?
Shim: Energy energy energy energy energy. Crowd participation and knowing what kind of crowd participation is needed is my job. I
have to do the front-man thing and figure out how much you need to talk and how much you need to interact or when to shut up and play
the song. When I started I just to talk a lot, you get this response like come on man just play the song. Then sometimes you don’t talk
enough and you realize by the end of the set you could have had a more engaged set. There could have been a couple more things you
could have done as a front man. So finding that balance is important and keeping that energy for people who have never heard us before,
especially in Canada. This Nickelback tour is a lot like that, being able to break into here.
Katrina: What’s your favorite venue to play?
Emma: I really like the arenas oddly enough. There’s lots of people and it’s a huge place. It’s a bands dream to play them and to actually
play this is pretty cool.
Shim: I like a little club, like with two or three thousand people in it, but it’s still contained. You have less seating and less seats on the
side, it gets more crazy and there’s more energy. I don’t think it’s the size it’s more the way it’s laid out like when there’s standing room
only and it’s cramped that type of energy come out, instead of people spaced out you kind of disconnect from each other. But when you
have to get into it;, it elevates the whole show. Plus usually when we play two to three thousand people it’s a headline show so it’s for
selfish reasons, that’s not to say playing in front of ten-thousand people is not cool, it’s just a little more kinetic when you’re playing
Katrina: What’s your most memorable moment?
Mark: There’s a lot.
Shim: The one that always comes to mind is when Amy Lee cam up and sang “Happy Birthday” at the beginning of the tour we did with
Evanescence and it was really unexpected and I wish I had know and was able to prepare for that moment. Once it was over I was just like
wow. She came out with a cake and sand “Happy Birthday”, it was really cool. I was a huge Evanescence fan, I had a big crush on her
when I was a kid. That was memorable for sure.
Mark: The first show we did on the Big Day Out tour was pretty cool.
Shim: Big Day Out is the biggest festival in Australia. There was a lot of people , it was our first tour we did instead of just playing a show
here or playing a show there. IT was our first festival tour that is one of the biggest in the world. We were on the main stage.
Katrina: Have you noticed a difference in fans throughout the world in what songs they want to hear?
Mark: Oddly enough Australia and Canada are markets we don’t go to enough.
Shim: We’ve only come to Canada, this is our second time so it’s not about the songs it’s more how many times you’ve been to Canada.
Katrina: What is one song you wish you wrote?
Shim: (To Mark) You probably would say “Imagine” because it makes the most money. I thin you’re going to pick something by the Foo
Fighters. There are two songs I personally love and they’re not rock songs, they’re ballads. “Drops Of Jupiter” by Train and the other one
would be the John Mayer song “Say What You Need To Say”. They’re just fucking great songs.
Mark: I wish I wrote “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
Shim: “Bohemian Rhapsody” would be very cool.
Emma: I don’t know, there’s so many. “Photograph” by Nickelback, or “Far Away”.
Shim: Or that other song that goes “And I think to myself, what a wonderful world”, they play it on the radio all the time it’s a classic
classic song. It’s a song that can get you out of a depression. And that’s why we like “Odd One” a lot because that’s probably the closest
to writing a song like that. It’s a message song that’s designed to get you out of a funk. Like the chorus is “Hey, it’s going to be ok” and it’
s really simple. Usually the best songs are the simple ones. Like that John Mayer song “Say What You Need To Say”, when you keep
hearing it over and over again you get the message to get it off your chest, whatever you need to say or do. Just like “Hey, it’s going to be
ok”. Especially a lot of kids because fourteen to eighteen it can be fucked up and everything is going wrong so you listen to something
like that over and over again, it gets you out of those days.