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Sick Puppies is, from left, Mark Goodwin, Emma Anzai and Shimon Moore.(Steve Madden Photography)


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Sick Puppies grateful for involved fans
By Kevin Coffey
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER


Sick Puppies formed when Shimon Moore and Emma Anzai met in their Australian high school. Over a love of late '90s rock, they created the band.

With drummer Mark Goodwin, the band has released three popular rock albums, and songs such as “Maybe” and “All the Same” have won the group a loyal fanbase.

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The Details

What: Rockfest featuring Blue October, Sick Puppies, Hollywood Undead, 10 Years, Trapt, Taproot, Smile Empty Soul, Hurt, iamdynamite

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Westfair Amphitheater, 22984 Highway 6 in Council Bluffs

Tickets: $15 at www.etix.com

Information: 897theriver.com
or 712-322-3400

The lineup

Rockfest will feature nine bands performing at Westfair beginning at 1 p.m. Here’s a look at each of them, plus their set times:

iamdynamite (1 p.m.) — Last year, Detroit rock duo iamdynamite released “SUPERMEGAFANTASTIC.” Allmusic.com said the band has “a knack for catchy, rhythmically infectious punk-pop and garage rock anthems that grab your attention with an all-caps energy that’s hard to turn away from.”

Hurt (1:50 p.m.) — The most popular songs from this major-label hard rock band mix the pop structures and slow swaying of ballads with heavily distorted guitars and growling vocals.

Smile Empty Soul (2:50 p.m.) — Atmospheric rock is typical of Smile Empty Soul, which hails from California.

Taproot (3:50 p.m.) — “Poem” is nu-metal band Taproot’s best-known song. Guitarist Mike DeWolf told Ultimate Guitar that the song was “busted out in a couple minutes, really.”

Trapt (4:50 p.m.) — Known for songs such as “Headstrong,” “Still Frame,” “Who’s Going Home With You Tonight?” and “Bring It,” Trapt released its latest album, “Reborn,” earlier this year.

10 Years (5:50 p.m.) — The alt-metal band’s leader, Jesse Hasek, has been compared to Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan, and the group cites the Deftones as a big influence.

Hollywood Undead (7 p.m.) — When the masked rap band’s latest album, “Notes From the Underground,” was released this year, it hit No. 2 on the Billboard charts.

Sick Puppies (8:30 p.m.)

Blue October (10 p.m.) — The Houston rock group is extremely popular in Omaha, leading vocalist Justin Furstenfeld to tell The World-Herald, “It became our second home. Every few months, we would go there. It’s the one place that’s always accepted us.” The band has been hard at work on a new studio album and plans to release the record this summer.

Next up for the group is a new album, Sick Puppies' first in three years.

We talked to bassist Anzai while she was in Los Angeles, preparing to head out on some festival dates, including Friday's Rockfest in Council Bluffs.

Q. You're putting out a new album soon. Are you excited? And will you be playing any of the new songs?

A. Yes. We have a single coming out on the 20th of May. We'll be playing that and maybe one or two other new songs.

Q. What is the single called?

A. It's called “There's No Going Back.” The video is coming out in early June.

Q. Is there a theme that emerged while recording the album?

A. I would say at the very end, it became apparent that it's more of a musical, melodic sort of album. I don't want to say uplifting, that's probably the wrong word.

Q. Inspiring?

A. Yeah, that works.

Q. Sick Puppies has a very big, involved fan base. What is that like?

A. We're very lucky. They've been very patient with us. It is (rewarding). Very much so. We've asked them more of what they want to hear and what they want to hear less of. We wanted to hear their honest opinion, and we took that into account when we were writing.

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402-444-1557, kevin.coffey@owh.com

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Kevin covers music, whether it's pop, indie or punk, through artist interviews, reviews and trend stories. He also occasionally covers other entertainment, including video games and comic books.

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