Quadruple Juno Award-winning Canadian quintet, The Sheepdogs have announced details of their rescheduled UK and Ireland tour, alongside a string of new European dates set to run throughout October and November, including a London headline at Borderline on November 5th. The new dates arrive in support of the band’s critically acclaimed 2018 album, Changing Colours , which is out now and follows on from spring’s sell-out run of dates. We caught the Lexington gig in spring, so to see what is in store check out our live review, covered by the Lilen Pautasso with Photography from Pauline Di Silvestro, Here
The video for recent single Nobody shows that bands sense of humour. With the band in a cage in one of those infamous Country and Western joints a la Blues Brothers, it soon becomes apparent that the cage is to protect the clientele. The Sheepdogs get progressively more violent to each other with comic effect. The track itself is very good, predominantly southern rock the middle section is very reminiscent of Jet by Wings.
Proud purveyors of guitar-driven modern-day retro rock, The Sheepdogs have expanded their instrumentation on Changing Colours to encompass more styles and hues, enhancing their beef-and-boogie riffs and rhythmic shuffles. Of Changing Colours, the band notes; “This album has a much wider range of sounds on it: trombone, clarinet, latin percussion, pedal steel, fiddle and banjo all make an appearance. The title ‘Changing Colours’ really lends itself to these different sounds on the record.”
The Sheepdogs were recently in session with The Blues Kitchen where they performed a live version of Up In Canada, which is also taken from Changing Colours. It seems that facial hair is a pre-requisite of being in the band so only two thirds of ZZ Top need apply to any future auditions to join them!
The Sheepdogs have crafted a bustling back-catalogue of albums during the course of their career – including a Patrick Carney (Black Keys) produced album – notching up three Number 1 singles and earning four Juno awards along the way. Following in the footsteps of Canadian rock legends including Neil Young, The Band and The Guess Who with a bold take on classic guitar rock and polished retro sound.
The Sheepdogs came to prominence as the first and only unsigned band to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone, subsequently leading to a performance on Jimmy Fallon, a support tour with fans of the band, Kings of Leon, and festival dates including the likes of Coachella, Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo. Furthermore, the band have previously shared the stage with Paul Rodgers, lead vocalist of Bad Company and Free, won the approval of David Crosby and Steven Stills and performed at Petty Fest alongside the likes of The Strokes, The Black Keys and The Hold Steady.
UK and Ireland Tour Dates
29th October – Workman’s Club, Dublin,
30th October – Brudenell Community Room, Leeds
31st October – Fleece, Bristol
1st November – Globe, Cardiff
2nd November – Actress & Bishop, Birmingham
5th November – Borderline, London
European Tour Dates