How does it feel to be on your way to the top only to have the rug pulled out from under you? Australian-American musician Shim Moore could probably have a lengthy discussion with you about that very topic. You are probably familiar with Shim from his time in the successful alt-rock group Sick Puppies. As front-man of the band, Shim not only handled lead vocals and guitar but also was responsible for writing fantastic songs which led to the band soaring to amazing heights with their 2009 “Tri-Polar” album. After being surprisingly ousted out of the band, Moore had a few rough years, questioning what had happened and trying to figure out what his future would be. Music would once again prove to be an outlet for his emotions as he began writing in earnest, trying to launch a solo career and get back to what he loved doing the most. His efforts finally paid off with a brand new self-titled album released last fall. The record is proof that it was always Moore’s creative visions that drove the Sick Puppies to success. “Shim” is a whirlwind of emotions, expressing best through music, Shim’s personal journey and growth over the last few years. Shim is currently out touring in support of the new album and made a stop at Amos’ Southend this past Tuesday evening.
I had seen the Sick Puppies perform many times but I wasn’t sure what to expect from the show. What unfolded before my eyes was quite simply amazing and one of the best concerts I have attended in a long time. As soon as Shim ran out onto the stage, the atmosphere was fun and friendly and you knew you were in for a special treat. Right off the bat, Shim encouraged everyone to come up front and get closer to the stage. When a few people still hung out towards the back of the venue, he jumped off the stage and ushered them up front. Kicking things off with “A Brand New War” from his debut solo album, Moore and his band were on fire. The sound quality was fantastic and Moore made for an engaging front-man. He chatted with the audience and got them involved, warning everyone that this was going to be an interactive show and it most definitely was. The setlist featured songs from the new record as well as some Sick Puppies favorites. Shim had the audience singing, clapping, and laughing all night long. It was clear that Moore has a special relationship with his fans and the mutual reciprocity throughout the show made it an evening to remember. Moore’s vocals were spot on and new songs “Hallelujah” and “Crucified” are on their way to become Shim classics.
This is hands down a show you won’t want to miss. Shim is the complete package with wonderful songs and a stage presence that is guaranteed to light up your night. Don’t miss your chance to see The Crucified Tour when it hits a city near you.
A Brand New War
All of Me
You’re Going Down
Sting Like a Bitch
We would like to thank Dino Kourelis FM Music Management for the credentials to review the show.