The Sheepdogs beat 15 other bands to win Rolling Stone's "Choose The Cover" competition to be featured on the August 18, 2011 cover of Rolling Stone magazine, the first unsigned act to do so.
"The lead single for the album The Sheepdogs is the guitar-fueled "The Way It Is". Frontman Ewan Currie explains that he "wanted to do a song that had a big nasty strut. Nothing packs a punch like a two-note riff. It's lean and mean." - rollingstone.com
The Sheepdogs, who have made appearances on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and performed at the Bonnaroo Music Festival and the Osheaga Festival in Montreal, Quebec, have signed with Atlantic Records. The self-titled major-label debut album is produced by The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney and co-produced by Rolling Stone's editor Austin Scaggs and mixed by Tchad Blake.
"We're recording live in the same room with no headphones," reports Sheepdogs frontman Ewan Currie. "Pat's got great ideas and we all seem to be on the same level." - from rollingstone.com, January 4, 2012
Some listeners may argue that the sounds soaring from their speakers while listening to the bands EP, Five Easy Pieces, or preceding full-length, Learn & Burn, are familiar relics of decades past, and theyd be right; however, its the manner in which The Sheepdogs borrow bits from classic, psychedelic, and boogie rock iconoclasts like Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Allman Brothers, and The Grateful Dead and mix them with modern rock sensibilities that really sets them apart.
From the always silky-smooth three-part vocal harmonies prominent in tracks like Why? or the single I Dont Know through to the dual-guitar interplay and pulsing rhythmic beds found on, well, pretty much every tune, The Sheepdogs dont so much bring listeners back in time as they do weave the past with the present for an undeniable aural experience that appeals to audiences of all ages.
Since having their unshaven mugs showcased in Rolling Stone and onstage at Bonnaroo, it seems the band has finally found their break and are ready to capitalize on the opportunity. It used to be that we wanted to quit our day jobs and just make music, says Currie of the bands aspirations. Now, its about hitting the road, playing some kick-ass shows, and getting ready to impress people with a new record.
That self-titled record will surely cement the fact that, though theyve had a bit of luck on their side, the only thing responsible for The Sheepdogs recent slew of success is the sweat theyve left onstage and the sweet, sticky throwback tunes that share their infectious grooves with anyone taking them in.
Includes bonus CD
1. Laid Back
2. Feeling Good
3. Alright Ok
4. Never Gonna Get My Love
5. Ewan's Blues
6. The Way It is
8. I Need Help
9. Is Your Dream Worth Dying For?
10. How Late, How Long
11. Sharp Sounds
12. In My Mind
13. While We're Young
14. It Ain't Easy To Go