Sick Puppies are a rock band from Sydney, Australia. 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 to play Green Day, Rage Against the Machine and Silverchair songs and eventually felt compelled to write their own songs. Soon, Chris Mileski was added to the band to fill in on drums.
Sick Puppies started attracting national attention when their song «Nothing Really Matters» won Triple J’s Unearthed in 2001. Later that year, they released their debut album called Welcome to the Real World and were voted for «Best Live Performance» at a rock festival in Sydney. This album was initially supposed to feature a humorous cover version of Destiny’s Child’s hit single «Say My Name», performed in a post grunge/nu metal style, however the song was not included due to the threat of a lawsuit by Destiny’s Child’s record label. It was leaked, however, and is readily available and easy to find on the internet on websites and P2P networks.
The band is currently based in Los Angeles. Their last EP, Headphone Injuries, was digitally released in June 2006. They have also released a single/video from this album called «My World». On September 26, 2006, Sick Puppies digitally released a new single called «All the Same», a song which is featured in the video of Juan Mann’s, a man in Sydney famous for initiating the Free Hugs Campaign. The video (which has received over 15 million hits on YouTube already) has helped the band gain airplay in the United States and Canada. The song recently peaked at #11 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. Sick Puppies’ second album, Dressed Up as Life came out on April 3, 2007 via Virgin Records . On April 21st, the album debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart in the U.S.