The Sheepdogs have been touring relentlessly since the release of their new album, Future Nostalgia last October, and this month, their North American tour takes them to Colorado for four separate shows in Colorado Springs, Denver and Telluride. With a busy schedule ahead of them and multiple tour dates already under their belt in 2016, this summer promises to be a busy one for the Sheepdogs. Vocalist Ewan Currie talked with us about Future Nostalgia, the band's upcoming tour dates and more.
Pick up tickets to the Sheepdogs upcoming show in Denver at Larimer Lounge on July 6th HERE, Colorado Springs at The Blacksheep on July 7th HERE and catch them at The Ride Festival in Telluride on July 8th and 10th. All tour dates are below!
Interview by Shannon Shumaker
You guys have been touring relentlessly since the release of your new album, Future Nostalgia last October. What has been the highlight of tour the past six months?
Three seperate trips to the EU/UK and a pretty heavy duty 40 day tour of Canada come to mind. Seeing a lot of the United States is always a good time for rock n roll dudes in a van looking for adventure. It's all a bit of a blur at this point, but amongst all the travel there have been some amazing gigs and we've drank a crazy number of beers.
Now that the album has been out for nearly a year, how are you enjoying playing these songs live? What have been some of your favorites to perform?
When you write a song in your bedroom, record it in a studio and then finally play it live many months later it's quite the delayed sense of gratification. It's fantastic to see people react, whether it's singing along or the visceral reaction to us launching into the start of a tune. My favourites are "Bad Lieutenant" and "Help Us All."
Did you have any major goals when you were working on Future Nostalgia?
Mostly to make an unfiltered rock n roll record that sounded like us. Mostly straight forward but with a few diversions to keep it interesting. Didn't intend for it to be 17 songs, it just sort of ended up that way.
What would you like listeners to be able to take away from Future Nostalgia?
Whatever they want. It's out of our hands now, I want people to ingest it and take away whatever meaning or feeling they naturally have. Hopefully it's a nice diversion from the drudgery of everyday life, cause that's what Rock n Roll has always been for me.
You’re in the middle of your North American tour right now - how have these dates been so far?
Sometimes we play to thousands of people, sometimes under 100, there's a real variety to the crowds. We make sure to always rock it the same, keep it 100 percent as they say. It's rewarding to do the big shows, but we enjoy trying to win those new fans in some of these cities where people are still learning about who we are.
What are you most looking forward to on your upcoming tour dates?
As always, I try to learn a little about each city, get a little local colour, find out what these different towns and places are like. Beer, food, record stores, thrift shops, horrible late night dive bars, you name it. I will be checking them out.
What can fans expect from these upcoming shows?
A five piece rock n roll band where everybody, sings, solos, lots of harmonies - both vocal and guitar. We have trombone and pedal steel at times. Just a good old fashioned rock n roll show that is both versatile and diverse. Most of all it's a party and it will make you feel good.
After your finish up this string of tour dates, do you have any other big plans for 2016?
We are getting ready to make a new album. We've been jamming tunes in soundcheck and trying them out here and there. Always keep that creative wheel spinning.
7/6 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
7/7 Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
7/8 Telluride, CO @ The Ride Festival
7/9 Snowbird, UT @ Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort Concert Series
7/10 Telluride, CO The Ride Festival
7/16 Winnipeg, Canada @ Super Spike: Maple Grove Rugby Park
7/25 Lille, France @ La Peniche
7/27 Valencia, Spain @ Loco Club
7/28 Mundaka, Spain @ Mundaka Festival
8/3 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
8/4 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
8/5 San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
8/6 Mammoth Lakes, CA @ Mammoth Festival of Beers
8/7 Los Angeles, CA @ The Resident
8/9 Santa Fe, NM @ Bandstand
8/10 Crested Butte, CO @ Mt. Crested Butte Free Concert Series
8/13 Bala, Canada @ Kee to Bala
8/18 Schwenksville, PA @ Philadelphia Folk Festival
8/21 Centre Wellington, Canada @ Elora Riverfest
9/15 Fredericton, Canada @ Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival