Only four bands remain in the Rolling Stone "Do You Want to Be a Rock & Roll Star?" contest, and Canadian retro-rockers the Sheepdogs decided to up their chances by getting political. Drawing inspiration from groups like the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, the group members have created a tongue-in-cheek video asserting that they deserve to appear on the cover because of their beards. "Rolling Stone has made its reputation by featuring rock musicians with prominent facial hair on its cover," the ad says in an ominous voice. "But over the years, Rolling Stone has featured more and more artists without facial hair at all."
Sheepdogs frontman Ewan Currie recently told Rolling Stone about the group's 1970s influences. "We love Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young," he said. "Conceptually, we look to have explosive rock & roll of a Led Zeppelin or an Allman Brothers but also the harmonies of a CSNY or the Kinks. I know that's a lot of big names to be throwing around, but you shoot high and you fall somewhere."