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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmG1Qjs7FpE&feature=youtu.be
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”.