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Sheepdogs - The Sheepdogs' Big Stand

By: David Lacalamita

Sheepdogs - The Sheepdogs' Big Stand

May. 18, 2011

The Sheepdogs
The Sheepdogs' Big Stand

(Indie)

SOUNDS LIKE: Classic Rock makes a comeback.

My expectations were low at the Ness Creek Music Festival in Saskatchewan in the summer of 2010, when Sheepdogs took the stage.  The festival's lineup had been lackluster until that point, and it was raining and miserable out.  But the band came out of the gates full force, decked out in blue jeans and sheepskin vests, led by frontman Ewan Currie's 70s-era classic rock vocals and backed by the tightest band I would hear the whole weekend. 

Their album The Sheepdogs' Big Stand captures a lot of this energy, although it doesn't quite do it justice - their on-stage energy is something to be seen.  Full of guitar solos and rock organ, their brand of new classic rock fills a void you never knew you had.  Their music is simultaneously familiar and unpredictable in the sense that all the pieces fit perfectly together, right down to the vocal harmonies and "guitarmonies" that permeate most songs. Currie's voice is what completes the aesthetic, which is reminiscent of Burton Cummings and The Guess Who. 

This album will make you grin and dance as you remember an era, even if you didn't grow up in it. 

 

Video: "I Don't Know" by The Sheepdogs

Posted: Wednesday May 18, 2011

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