How did four guys from Saskatoon become The Sheepdogs?
Where did the name Sheepdogs come from?
Ewan: “My head. I wish I had a good story for that.”
For people who are not familiar with your music, how would you describe your sound?
Ewan: “I usually say old school rock. The Beatles, Rolling Stones. We listen to all kinds of stuff. We’re big into The Allman Brothers, Joe Walsh. We like, you know, rock music; nice guitar work [that] really grooves—it’s got nice driving rhythm to it. I don’t like rock music that’s unnatural; I don’t like when it’s too heavy. And also harmonies.”
You all have such awesome hair, do you have any beauty secrets you can share?
Ewan: “Beauty secrets?”
Well, what’s your haircare regiment?
Sam: “Just hop out of the shower, possibly shampoo it. Comb it. We don’t really do that much with our hair. We’re definitely more natural.”
Tell me about your personal style. Do you take inspiration from anyone or anything?
Ewan: “I hate to say that we’re stylish guys, but I guess that ultimately we do think about what we wear. We’re more than what’s on the racks at a local H&M. We do look at a lot of old school music.”
Ryan: “We like to like dress the part, I guess. It’s sort of a mixture of that, but not so out there.”
What’s your three top places to shop?
Ewan: "Well, vintage shops, I guess. Every city we go to, we try to check out vintage stores. There’s Value Village. You got that?”
No, what is that?
Sam: "Value Village is basically like a large chain of second-hand clothing, furniture, and every medium-sized city has one in Canada.”
Ryan: “One place I can think of specifically is Kensington Market [in Toronto]. It’s a big block with stores on one street and they also have a market. Its like an old neighborhood converted to shops.”
Ewan: “We like old stuff and cheap stuff, we don’t have a lot of money. We’re not going to buy $2,000 John Varvatos dusters. Top three? Kensington market, Value Village up in Canada, and…."
Ryan: “Buffalo Exchange? We’ve gone to it in the states a couple times.”
What’s the best vintage piece that you’ve scored?
Ryan: “Snakeskin cowboy boots. It’s really fun to find something that’s really awesome and people are like, ‘Oh, that’s a great shirt! Where’d you find that?’ and I’m like, ‘It was $5 and I found it in Peterborough, Ontario.’ There’s a story behind a lot of things."
Out of the four of you, who spends the most time getting ready?
Ewan: “I’d say it’s one of these two [Ryan and Leot].”
Leot: “Well, I have to put my contacts in. And, we’re the only ones who comb our hair.”
If you do land on the cover of Rolling Stone, what do you think it will look like?
Ewan: “I love that picture of Winston Churchill, it’s like a propaganda poster from WWII, and he’s got like a top hat on, and a cigar in his mouth, and he’s holding a Tommy gun. I thought it would be sweet if we all had Tommy guns, I don’t know why. Maybe it’s a little too aggressive. I thought it would be funny.”
I heard you guys were practicing in your parents’ houses a few months ago…
All: “We still are.”
So, how have things changed since you’ve been a part of this contest?
Ewan: “We get to go to Bonnaroo and play. I think the biggest thing is like, you’re in a band and you’re traveling, and it’s hot, and you start to wonder if this is going to work out. Are we actually as good as we think we are? Or, that people that see us say we are? It’s like this validation. Yes, what you’re doing is worthwhile, it is something that you can build a career on. You’re not a loser for practicing in your parent’s basement, not having any money, or a car that runs. We just see that we’re going to make a career of it, that’s the best part. You can tell people, ‘I’m a musician for a living.”
I hear there’s a little bit of friendly trash talk between you and the other finalist, any last words for Lelia?
Ewan: “Trust us, we can really go to town with trash talk, but we’re just taking care of business, doing our thing. We’re not here to get into a war of words. And we’re not worried what anyone else says of us. We’re worried about The Sheepdogs and that’s it.”