Tri-Polar

Oh boy. This was not a good idea.

Let me begin by stating clearly, for the record, that I am generally opposed to so-called “unplugged” albums, and “Polar Opposite,” the acoustic EP from Australian three-piece Sick Puppies fits that mold. In general, acoustic albums serve mainly to rip the spine from otherwise solid tracks, and display a sensitive side that never existed.

Just a handful of hours before they would ravage the stage, I was invited into the private confines of the tour bus for the Australian powerhouse Sick Puppies. What I encountered was not the metal powerhouse of inexhaustible energy that the band is on stage. Rather, I was presented with three young, appreciative and thoughtful musicians who are humble about their beginnings and proud of their product. We talked conversationally about music, about how they broke it big, and of course, about horror movies. So here are Shimon Moore, Emma Anzai and Mark Goodwin