Retro rockers, The Sheepdogs to hit the Island in February.

Retro rockers, The Sheepdogs to hit the Island in February.

Rock fans, are you poised to get shaggy?

The Sheepdogs bring their trademark beef-and-boogie, twin-axe riffs, hooks, shuffles and long-haired aesthetic to the Island this February.

Hailing from Saskatoon, three-time JUNO awarding winning artists The Sheepdogs burst onto the international scene after beating out thousands of artists in 2011 to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine. Since then, The Sheepdogs have amassed six JUNO nominations, toured worldwide and earned Platinum certification for their 2010 LP Learn and Burn. The Sheepdogs’ latest self-titled LP produced by Patrick Carney (The Black Keys) debuted at #1 on the Top 200 SoundScan Chart, garnering another GOLD record for the band.

“Our goal is two-fold,” Currie says. “We want to make killer albums that people really want to listen to, but we also want to have a really reputable live show. When we come through town we want to be the hottest ticket there. Those two elements are what make a truly great rock and roll band. Really, though, we just want to play to anyone who is willing to give us a shot and who wants to have a good time.”

Proud purveyors of guitar-driven, modern-day retro rock, the triple Juno Award-winning Saskatoon-based quintet has expanded its sound on Changing Colours to encompass more styles and hues to enhance the Sheepdogs’ trademark beef-and-boogie twin-axe riffs, hooks, shuffles and long-haired aesthetic.

Opening is Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs, a power pop band from Toronto.

The Sheepdogs play the Tidemark Theatre in Capbell River on Feb. 12 and Victoria’s Capital Ballroom on Feb. 13 and 14.

Check their website for ticket information.