Fresh off an extensive U.S. tour, one of Canada’s top rock bands, The Sheepdogs have announced a Canadian tour in support of their new album Future Nostalgia.
The tour kicks off in Montreal Jan. 29 and hits more than 20 markets across Canada, including the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Feb. 22.
Future Nostalgia is the highly anticipated follow-up to The Sheepdogs’ 2012 award-winning self-titled LP.
The band’s fifth album, Future Nostalgia was recorded in a remote rented cottage in Stony Lake, Ont. and produced by lead singer and songwriter Ewan Currie.
“We wanted to cut out all the noise and get back to a place where we could just immerse ourselves in music,” he said. “We worked from morning ‘til night, but we kept it loose, had a real good time and came away with a rock ’n roll record.”
The lead single from the new album, Downtown, was the number one most added track and also a top five hit on Canadian rock radio for 10 weeks.
New single, I’m Gonna Be Myself has already climbed into the top 10.
Comprised of Currie, Ryan Gullen (bass/vocals), Sam Corbett (drums/vocals) and Shamus Currie (keys/horns), The Sheepdogs formed in Saskatoon, Sask. in 2006,
In 2011, they made rock and roll history by becoming the first unsigned band to make the cover of Rolling Stone magazine and have since grown in popularity in both Canada and the U.S.
The Sheepdogs consider their style to be somewhere between the riff heavy bombast of Led Zeppelin with the melodies and harmonies of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, described as “guitar-mony” because of the use of harmonies in guitar solos and vocals.
Currie often credits groups like Sly and the Family Stone, Humble Pie, Creedence Clearwater, and the Allman Brothers as influences on his style.
“(It’s) pure, simple, good-time music,” he said.
The band’s hard work, determination and impressive chops have earned them a fervent fan following, leading to the accumulation of various achievements and awards.
In 2012, they won three Junos for Single of the Year (I Don’t Know), Rock Album of the Year (Learn and Burn) and New Group of the Year.
They received platinum certification for their 2012 self-titled LP, produced by the Black Keys’ Patrick Carney, which featured hits Feeling Good and The Way It Is, and the same certification for 2010’s Learn and Burn.
The Sheepdogs will be one of the headline bands at this year’s Grey Cup festivities in Winnipeg the last week of November.
Presented by the Kootenay Concert Connection, tickets for The Sheepdogs at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre go on sale Friday, Nov. 27 at the Ticket Seller box office. Call 250-549-7469 or order online at www.ticketseller.ca. All seats are reserved and priced at $48.