Tuesday evenings in Sioux Falls, South Dakota are charged with musical energy. The District centralizes around the main hub of rock concert culture in this small town, and Sick Puppies filled its gracious stage with their electrifying presence. Fans gathered around the stage, trickling in with vivacious banter about their new singer and what he is like live.
A modest crowd congregated for the opening acts. One Less Reason took the stage first, their fresh faces and eager anticipation contagious in this setting. Most impressive about this band is their singer Cris Brown, who admitted to the crowd halfway through their set that he was under the weather. Allergies are a cruel thing to have in this unrelenting State, but he still managed to croon like nothing was wrong as they carried on with their passion. “Break Me” was my favorite; the enthusiasm pouring from the guitarists and keyboardist was captivating and I was left with a new sense of respect for this humble band.
Through Fire took to the stage next. Their dark lighting and ominous feel was a stark contrast to One Less Reason’s bright and cheery atmosphere. The focus was intense as they sucked in the crowd with their dark stares. Through Fire pumped up the fans with their single “Stronger” and the crowd responded with gusto to the chorus “Fuck that, I don’t need that!”
Drop into our main act, and they appeared on stage like ghosts through a wall. It slammed into pure energy with their opening song “War.” There’s something to be said about bassist Emma Anzai and her non-stop effervescence. She bounces around the stage with controlled abandon, pure zealousness and light-hearted pleasure. It’s always enrapturing to watch someone who has honed their craft into an artful mastery.
“Stick To Your Guns” came up early in their set, Their latest single and the one currently most recognized with new singer, Bryan Scott. Bryan was a breath of fresh air to the Sick Puppies’ trio. His excitement and love for being on stage exuded through his confidence and drive. Most impressive during their performance was the clear bond between all three members. They were goofy. They weren’t just performing. They were enjoying each other’s company.
Queue the likes of “Black&Blue” and “You’re Going Down” and the crowd was eager for more. Sick Puppies dealt the heavy riffs and the kick of the drums strong enough to feel it deep in your chest. Mark Goodwin delivered each pounding hit with such encroaching veracity, you would believe he was part of the drum set.
Lovingly, this band came out to meet their fans after the show. As large of a name as Sick Puppies is, they weren’t afraid to mingle and enjoy the adoration their fans had to offer. They returned the love with equal parts enthusiasm and genuine gratefulness.
Check out the shots below of the show and find them out on tour now.