October 31, 2015 – Regina, SK – Evraz Place
November 1, 2015 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
November 13, 2015 – Kingston, ON – Merchant Taphouse
November 14, 2015 – Arnprior,ON – The John Sreet Pub
November 17, 2015 – Peterborough,ON – The Red Dog
Novemeber 19, 2015 – Oshawa, ON – The Moustache Club
November 20, 2015 – Toronto, ON – The Horseshoe Tavern
November 21, 2015 – Barrie, ON – The Roxy Theatre
November 22, 2015 – Waterloo, ON – Maxwell’s Concerts & Events
November 23, 2015 – London, ON – London Music Hall
November 24, 2015 – Sarnia, ON – Rustic
December 7, 2015 – Grande Prairie, AB – Better Than Fred’s
December 8, 2015 – Grande Prairie, AB – Better Than Fred’s
December 9, 2015 – Red Deer, AB – Bo’s Bar & Grill
December 10, 2015 – Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
December 11, 2015 – Calgary, AB – The Nite Owl
December 15, 2015 – Vancouver, BC – Venue Nightclub
December 17, 2015 – Lethbridge, AB – Average Joe’s
December 19, 2015 – Saskatoon, SK – O’Brian’s Event Centre
“Learn and Burn was basically two microphones in a house in Saskatoon. That’s all we could afford to do at the time.”
Ryan Gullen, bassist and vocalist for Saskatchewan rock outfit The Sheepdogs, highlights just how far the band has come since its’ humble founding about seven years ago.
The quartet’s 2012 self-titled full-length album was a slightly different affair. Produced by Black Keys drummer and producer Pat Carney, the two and a half week venture in the studio, although complete with a few more bells and whistles, was done with much the same attitude as each of its’ predecessors.
“If people are into it, they’re into it, and if not… we [don’t] want to change our sound to become more successful,” he said. “We have a certain integrity to us.”
With Carney’s hand offering some exclusive help, the band created an album oozing with rock sweetness, and groovy, fuzzy blues overtones.
“A big part of what [Carney] brought to it is something that their band is obviously big on, which is looking at taking a song and finding the best parts, and trimming the fat of the rock ‘n roll song, and finding the juiciest parts just to bring it all together.
“We have a tendency to draw things out and jam, but he kind of reined us in. He’s really intuitive when it comes to that kind of stuff, and so obviously that was a benefit to us.”
The countless legions of rock, blues, and funk names you could stick on The Sheepdogs are a boon to their work.
“Obviously we are very rooted in older sensibilities when it comes to rock ‘n roll music. I think the challenge that sets us aside from a fair amount of modern rock artists is we try to look back at not just one band or one era, but we try to listen to all sorts of different music, and take cues from that.
“I think a lot of modern radio rock bands look either within only the current state of music or not very far back, like to Nirvana, and I think it’s really important as a musician to be well-versed not only in just a very specific type of music, but also look farther back and look for what makes songs good, and what turns you on as a music listener.”
But despite the fresh tunes the guys pump out, they’re not afraid to do more than just tip their hats to the guitar-slingers who cut down the overgrowth years ago.
“I think it’s a big honour,” responded Gullen on constantly being likened to bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd or Zeppelin. “Every band has an influence, every band is getting their ideas somewhere. I don’t think we’re ashamed of where our influences lie. Every band no matter what is going to get a comparison.”
The classic rock revivalists have been tending an ever-growing fire since 2011 found them smack-dab in the very spot every rock artist dreams of being: on the cover of the Rolling Stone.
“It’s definitely more pressure put on us, and put a lot of focus on us, but nothing that we weren’t necessarily used to,” Gullen explained. “We’ve been playing as a band for a long time before that, like seven years or something.”
The cover boys haven’t had much time to breathe since the big break. Rather than taking a rest after the much-deserved hit, they did the opposite.
“We’ve basically been on the road since 2010, so it’s been a pretty long haul,” Gullen said.
“We want to be out playing for as many people and as many opportunities as we can, and kind of striking while the iron’s hot, but at the same time, you know we don’t want to burn ourselves out.”
And therein lies the trouble; a fire so hot it threatens to destroy that which feeds it. But Gullen says that learning “the balance between working really hard and then also having time for ourselves” was one that was a necessity.
“Just being conscious of what’s within our means, and what we want to do in order to maintain a professionalism, so that’s probably the one big thing that we’ve learned over time that came along with [the past two years],” he said.
The four-piece toured extensively across North America and Europe during the summer festival season, which Gullen says is prime for “people to have a good time and just let their freak flag fly,” and will return to Germany and Spain this fall after an interesting stopover.
“We actually played a festival a couple months ago in Spain, it’s kind of weird, where we played like a second stage after The Smashing Pumpkins,” he laughed. “Having never played in Spain ever before, we had about 10,000 people at our show, it was pretty crazy.
“I think Spain personally is one of my favourite countries I’ve ever been to, so I’m pretty excited to spend some extra time there.”
Before they head overseas, the band will be playing in the capital city at Ottawa Folk Festival, on Saturday, September 7. Gullen has a bone to pick with whoever calls it the “Most Boring City in Canada”.
“Ottawa has always been really good to us,” he explained. “I think being that it’s more of a political climate in Ottawa, and it seems like everyone is either working for the government or a lobbyist or something, it doesn’t have that vibe at all.”
“I would completely disagree with anyone saying there isn’t a good music scene there. It’s probably one of the more appreciate music scenes in Canada.”
The Sheepdogs play at 7:00 PM on Saturday at Folk Fest, which is taking place at Hog’s Back Park.
One of the biggest groundswell stories in Canadian music continues with the announcement that self-titled LP The Sheepdogs, has debuted at #1 on the Top 200 SoundScan Chart. They are the 2nd Canadian band to debut at #1 in 2012 alongside RUSH, and only one of six Canadian artists to hit #1 this year.
“Feels so great to know so many good people are listening,” says lead vocalist and songwriter Ewan Currie. “I have my index finger raised like Larry Bird after he won the 3 point competition.”
Produced by The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney and Austin Scaggs, The Sheepdogs, marks the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan based band embracing a vast span of influences to create a distinctive collection of brilliantly unabashed rock ‘n’ roll. The thumping first single from the album, titled “The Way It Is ” remains #2 at Alternative, All Rock (#1 audience) and Mainstream Rock. It remains Top 5 at Active Rock, Modern Rock and on the Emerging Artists chart. The video for the guitar driven, blues-tinged track — directed by comedy writers/directors/actors The Sklar Brothers, and featuring comedian Jonathan Dore — was added at MuchMusic and MusiquePlus and can be viewed here:
Since coming together in 2006, The Sheepdogs have received widespread acclaim for their bold and beautiful take on classic guitar rock, evinced on three self-funded, independently released albums. The band’s hard work, determination and unprecedented skill have earned them a fervent fan following, leading to the accumulation of various achievements and awards. Their 2010 release, Learn & Burn, attained GOLD record certification in Canada and was ultimately honoured with a trio of JUNO awards which included, “New Group of the Year,” “Single of the Year,” and “Rock Album of the Year.” The album also saw tremendous radio success with two top 5 hits for the tracks “I Don’t Know” and “Who?” Further, at the recent MuchMusic Video Awards, the video for the single “I Don’t Know” won the award for “Best Rock Video”.
Details for the band’s cross-Canadian tour will be announced next week. For more news and information, please visit www.thesheepdogs.com and http://www.warnermusic.ca/.
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THE SHEEPDOGS READY WITH SELF-TITLED ATLANTIC RECORDS/WARNER MUSIC CANADA DEBUT ALBUM
FIRST SINGLE, “THE WAY IT IS,” PREMIERING NOW EXCLUSIVELY VIA ROLLINGSTONE.COM
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“THE SHEEPDOGS” ARRIVES EVERYWHERE ON SEPTEMBER 4TH
(Toronto, ON – July 12, 2012) Atlantic Records/Warner Music Canada recording group The Sheepdogs have announced the release of their hugely anticipated label debut album. THE SHEEPDOGS arrives everywhere on September 4th. The album is available now for digital pre-order, with physical pre-orders beginning July 17th at thesheepdogs.com.
Produced by The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney and Austin Scaggs, THE SHEEPDOGS marks the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan based band embracing a vast span of influences to create a distinctive collection of brilliantly unabashed rock ‘n’ roll.
“I think different albums have processes and this was a different experience for us, but that’s part of what makes it interesting,” comments lead vocalist Ewan Currie. “We wanted to just go with the flow and make the album that represented where we are now.”
After the band was introduced to Carney at Petty Fest in New York last year, he immediately began offering ideas for The Sheepdogs’ next album. In January, Carney invited the band to the studio, where they culled together old material and quickly began laying down new ideas.
“I think Patrick has a good sense of no bullshit,” Currie says. “A lot of making rock and roll is about cutting the fat and being a good filter. In the studio, he helped us refine the songs and found the best representation of each one possible. Plus, we wanted to be able to incorporate all different styles and I think our album runs the gamut.”
THE SHEEPDOGS is heralded by the thumping first single, “The Way It Is,” which just premiered exclusively on RollingStone.com (direct link: http://tinyurl.com/d6ndzm2). A companion video for the blues-tinged track will be released in the upcoming weeks, directed by comedy writers/directors/actors The Sklar Brothers, and featuring up-and-coming comedians Jonathan Dore, Dan Van Kirk and Rory Scovel.
Since coming together in 2006, The Sheepdogs have received widespread acclaim for their bold and beautiful take on classic guitar rock, evinced on three self-funded, independently released albums.Â The band’s hard work, determination and unprecedented skill have earned them a fervent fan following, leading to the accumulation of various achievements and awards. Their 2010 release, Learn & Burn, attained GOLD record certification in Canada and was ultimately honoured with a trio of JUNO awards which included, “New Group of the Year,” “Single of the Year,” and “Rock Album of the Year.” The album also saw tremendous radio success with two top 5 hits for the tracks “I Don’t Know” and “Who?” Further, at the recent MuchMusic Video Awards, the video for the single “I Don’t Know” won the award for “Best Rock Video”.
As impassioned on stage as they are on record, The Sheepdogs have spent much of their musical lifetime on the road.Â In addition to innumerable headline shows and festival appearances, the band has shared stages with such like-minded acts as Kings of Leon, John Fogerty, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, and Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears.
Launched in February 2011, the “Do You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star?” competition began with 16 acts selected by Rolling Stone, AOL Music editors, and Atlantic A&R executives.Â Over the course of the contest, finalists were brought to New York City to record and perform three songs for Rolling Stone editors, Atlantic A&R executives and other industry professionals.Â In June, The Sheepdogs were named as one of the competition’s two finalists, resulting in a performance face-off before tens of thousands of fans at the annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee.
The Sheepdogs emerged victorious as the contest’s winners following an August performance on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.Â In addition to the prestigious Rolling Stone cover, the band also received a recording deal with Atlantic Records/Warner Music Canada, which immediately released their FIVE EASY PIECES EP.
For more news and information, please visit www.thesheepdogs.com and http://www.warnermusic.ca/.
Upcoming Canadian Tour Dates:
07.21.12 — Hinton, ON @ Wild Mountain
07.25.12 — Squamish, BC @ Squamish Festival
07.30.12 — St. Johns, NL @ George Street
08.04.12 — Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Music Festival
08.10.12 — Truro, NS @ Dutch Mason Bluesfest
08.11.12 — Fredericton, NB @ Fredericton Loyalist Rugby Grounds
08.25.12 — Squamish, BC @ Live at Squamish