Canadian rockers The Sheepdogs are currently on tour across the UK and Europe and have just dropped a video for Bad Lieutenant, a track from their fifth studio album Future Nostalgia.
The Sheepdogs have just been nominated for another BRITS-equivalent JUNO Award in their native Canada (they’ve already scooped 4), & the new album Future Nostalgia has been picking up great reviews here (A moreish winner **** Q Magazine). It follows The Sheepdogs’ original emergence as the first unsigned band ever to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, with The Black Keys’ Pat Carney later at the production helm for their self-titled album of 2012.
Video producer Michael Maxis says “this video was made with absolute conviction to my tastes as an artist. This is my unvarnished view of the world – contradictory, absurd, and mysterious. The video is cast entirely with real people. There isn’t an actor in here.”
“This video is not about being weird for the sake of being weird. It’s an excavation into the human psyche, and the impulses that are bubbling under the surface.”
The Sheepdogs’ much-praised fifth album, Future Nostalgia is out now via Dine Alone Records (City and Colour, BRONCHO). Mixed by Vance Powell (Jack White) in Nashville, the collection brings the band back to their 70s-rock inspired roots and is the follow up to their self-titled, award-winning album in 2012 (produced by The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney). Produced by lead vocalist and songwriter Ewan Currie alongside engineer Matt Ross-Spang (engineer at Memphis’ Sun Studios) Future Nostalgia was recorded in the quiet and idyllic setting of Stony Lake, Ontario, a conscientious choice by the band to ensure they kept all distractions at bay and the recording process as natural as possible. The band, comprised of Currie, Ryan Gullen (bass/vox), Sam Corbett (drums/vox) and Shamus Currie (keys/horns/vox) set up camp for several weeks in a cottage in the remote country where they trucked in equipment to build a studio in order to record their latest effort. “We worked from morning ‘til night, but we kept it loose, had a real good time, and came away with a rock n’ roll record” says Currie.
Formed in Saskatoon, The Sheepdogs have followed in the footsteps of Canadian rock legends including Neil Young, The Band and The Guess Who with a bold take on classic guitar rock and polished retro sound. The band came into the national spotlight in 2011 as the first unsigned band to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone, which led to a performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and a special appearance on Project Runway. A live favourite, The Sheepdogs have played at numerous festivals and headlined tours across North America, including performances at Bonnaroo, Coachella, Lollapalooza, as well as opening for acts like Kings of Leon, and sharing the stage with Jason Sudeikis, Will Forte and Justin Long at Stones Fest. For their last self-titled LP, The Sheepdogs worked with Patrick Carney of The Black Keys to produce the collection, which debuted at No. 1 on the Canadian Top 200 SoundScan Chart, and garnered three No. 1 singles. The band has also won four JUNO awards, and been nominated for seven over their impressive career.