Juan De Fuca Recreation Centre, Victoria BC, July 13
When Saskatoon, SK's the Sheepdogs won Rolling Stone's "Choose the Cover" competition, there was doubt of whether these long haired '70s-inspired rockers could rise to mainstream stardom, but with their performance at Saturday's Rock the Shores, they proved why they deserved the cover of Rolling Stone and award wins.
Photo: Megan Cole
The Sheepdogs took the stage in the early evening following a performance by Canadian classic rockers 54-40, and as they launched into songs that have clearly become fan favourites, a loud and beer-fuelled crowd had flooded the front of the stage. Ewan Currie (vocals and guitar), Leot Hanson (guitar), Ryan Gullen (bass) and Sam Corbett (drums/percussion) performed songs from Learn and Burn, including the hit single "Who?" and "Southern Dreaming." The set also included songs from their 2012 self-titled album, which perhaps due to the Black Keys' Patrick Carney's role with the record, had a blues-rock sound similar to the Black Keys.
Despite the obvious maturity the Sheepdogs have gained since they won the 2011 Rolling Stone cover, the obvious '70s boogie-rock references, which include long flowing hair, head bands and a Rolling Stones T-shirt, become a little boring by the end of the set, and I was left wondering if maybe it's time for them to step into the future.
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