Ever since winning the Choose the Cover contest and becoming the first unsigned band to ever appear on the cover of Rolling Stone, the Sheepdogs have been very busy guys. “There’s been a lot of partying and celebrating, but the day after the unveiling, Ryan and I were up at 7 a.m. doing media,” says frontman Ewan Currie. Almost immediately after a cover unveiling event last Wednesday at the Empire Hotel in Manhattan, the boogie rockers have split their time between talking to the press in their native Canada and playing some of the biggest headlining gigs of their lives.
Though the Sheepdogs have been steadily building an audience over the past few years, Currie is adjusting to the sudden increase in attention in the wake of getting on the cover of the magazine. “I went to the Bluejays game yesterday and a lot of guys were really excited and giving me five, people called me by name and I turned around and didn’t know who they were,” says Currie. “I’m getting stopped on the street quite a bit, especially in Toronto.” The fans showing up at their gigs have become much more intense recently too. “We went out to say hello to the crowd and we were there for hours signing merch and covers. It was crazy. We’ve done a lot of talking to our fans and signing stuff, but never like that.”
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As of now, the band’s plan is to tour through the end of the year and begin work on their first album for Atlantic Records in January. “I made a shortlist of about 40 songs, or ha, not a shortlist but more like a long list,” says Currie. “We have lots of material. Some of it we’ve been playing, other things we just sorta jam on.” The band aims to focus on their strengths – harmonies, guitar solos, melodic bass lines – but hope to make a more mature record with a polished sound. “The thing we’re going to be going for is nice, warm tones,” he says. The band’s current EP, Five Easy Pieces, is available now on iTunes.
As the Sheepdogs head off on the next stage of career, you can watch this collection of videos documenting their journey from total obscurity to the cover of Rolling Stone.