The Rider: The Sheepdogs
On a break from touring to support their new album, Changing Colours, sticksman from The Sheepdogs, Sam Corbett, talks to us about what it's like to see them rock out on stage, where they like to tour, and what happens when your tour manager loses your merch money. Here's The Rider.
Hey Sam, so, to start, where’s your favourite place to tour?
We definitely play to bigger audiences in Canada, but it's always fun touring abroad because it's something different, and we get to experience a bit of culture.
What’s your favourite song to play live?
They are all pretty enjoyable, but right now it's the most fun to play stuff from the new album because it's a little fresher. My current favourite is 'Waiting For My Time', because Jimmy gets to bust out his fiddle.
What’s your worst gig?
We've never had a complete disaster. One time when we were playing outside in Ontario, halfway through our set a crazy rain storm dumped on us. We were completely soaked, and a couple of our pedals got ruined, but even that show was kinda fun...
Where do you want to play that you haven’t had chance so far?
The two main places I'd love to play are Brazil and Japan. I think we'd go over well in both countries, and it would be a blast to go there.
Where have you experienced the most lavish backstage area?
We've opened up on a couple arena tours (Kings of Leon, John Fogerty), and those are always pretty cushy.
And where’s been the worst?
I don't wanna name any names, but there have been a lot of bad ones.
What’s the most diva behaviour you’ve encountered when playing shows?
We played at a very hard rock/metal festival a couple years back, and there was a lot of guys walking around backstage with no shirt on, carrying a bottle of Jack Daniels. Interestingly, the most famous guy there (Duff from Guns 'n' Roses) was also the nicest guy there.
You’re heading back to the UK in June for Black Deer Festival, what’s the difference between a festival set and your normal set?
At a festival setting, not everyone who's gonna hear your set came to see you specifically. So you have to try and win people over, which is a challenge we enjoy.
Do you ever play unplugged?
We do, and it can be fun in the right setting. Overall though, it's not the best representation of our sound, and we prefer to play electric when we can.
What’s your best tour story?
Our old tour manager got $5,000 of our merch money stolen by a prostitute. We fired him the next day.
What’s on your rider?
We try to keep it pretty healthy, so there are more fruit and vegetables than you might expect. Also: beer.
What would be on your rider if you could demand anything?
If we had enough money, I'd love to hire a masseuse to travel around with us. Alas, we're not even close to that level.
Plug your live show. Why should we come see The Sheepdogs play?
We like to rock pretty hard, but we've also added a lot of variety to our set. When was the last rock concert you saw that featured a trombone, pedal steel, and violin?
To find out how you experience The Sheepdogs live visit their website. You can also see what's going on with them by following the guys on Twitter, liking them on Facebook, or seeing them on Instagram. Their album, Changing Colours, is available now on all streaming services and to buy.