Ever feel like just giving up your dreams because someone said you weren't good enough? the power trio Sick Puppies have a message for you: don't. They reitterated that message over and over again on Friday night at Pop's in Sauget, IL across from downtown St. Louis.
Brought back to town by radio station 105.7 The Point as the final Ho Ho Show Sick Puppies packed the venue with gleeful fans waiting to rock.
And rock they did. Local band Fivefold kicked off the night with another strong set that was highlighted by "Step Back" and "Broken".
San Diego rockers Switchfoot anchored the support role with an hour long set that was both in your face and uplifting. Lead singer Jon Foreman's vocals were very strong and the rest of the band (bassist Tim Foreman, drummer Chad Butler and guitartists Drew Shirley and Jerome Fontamillas) were tight and equally as energetic.
Highlights of their set included "The Sound" and "Dark Horses", but by no means were they the only highlight as nearly the entire set was solid start to finish.
When Sick Puppies reached the stage the crowd was ready to go. Kicking off their set loud and proud with "Die to Save You", Cancer" and "There's No Going Back" Lead vocalist/guitarist Shimon Moore (along with bassist Emma Anzai and drummer Mark Goodwin) began talking about how they were told they weren't good enough in their home country of Australia and how their belief in themselves and determination, along with a lot of hard work drove them to move to the United States and not look back.
Not all of their songs deal with not giving up, they are much more than that. With current event-themed songs like "Riptide" and the politically charged "Gunfight" (which is their newest single) Sick Puppies showed off their versatility as songwriters.
Musically, they did nothing but melt faces, shred ears, and warm hearts. With one of the best bassists in the world in Emma Anzai and super showman Moore ripping away guitar it is not hard to see why the crowd surfers were plentiful. Moore knows how to work an audience and to that point every show I have seen has been more energetic thant the last, and crowd interactions a top tier event, exemplified by the giant "bounce off" if you will during "Nothing Really Matters".
With so many opportuities to be uplifted by Sick Puppies it is hard to imagine anyone leaving the show not thinking they could anything they dreamed of.
That alone is worth the price of admission.
Sick Puppies Setlist:
1) Die to Save You
3) There's No Going Back
4) Odd One
6) My World
12) Nothing Really Matters
13) All My Life (Foo Fighters Cover)
14) You're Going Down
2) Meant to Live
3) Who We Are
4) Sabotage (Beastie Boys cover)
5) Mess of Me
6) Worth the Fight
7) Dare You to Move
8) Come Alive
9) Seven Nation Army (White Stripes cover)
10) Feliz Navidad (Jose Feliciano cover)
11) The Sound
12) Dark Horses
13) Where I Belong
1) Step Back
2) Worst Mistake
4) Fighting Madness
5) All of Me
6) Know it All