There’s a lot of music on the internet: 95% is awful and painful to listen to. The other 5% is great. Both have their uses, 95% of the shit music makes the other 5% sound amazing. Now, amongst the remaining 5% there is average, decent, and then fucking brilliant music. Guess which one Puppy belongs to, huh?
Puppy is a new outfit from London. Jock plays guitar and sings, Billy is on the drums and Matthew holds down the bass. The band define themselves as being heavy metal, but they also describe themselves as the sound of a band who listened to Metallica and Pavement in equal measures. It’s more than “just” heavy metal. The band is working ferociously to bring back the wall of noise that the 70’s first introduced with stacks of Marshall Amps and that classic rock stadium sound. But their music is also pop, albeit heavy and loud, it’s catchy and subtle pop regardless. Together with acts such as Kagoule, Theo Verney and Spectres, Puppy are at the forefront of the noise revolution which takes the best from the 70's, late 80's and early 90’s, and creates an exciting new blend of alternative music.
“I think the 90's is just very trendy and in everyone's heads for whatever reason. I'm a huge fan of early Weezer and Dinosaur Jr, and so pretty much all the music I've made has shades of both of those, but I think Puppy are pretty influenced 70's and 80's metal as well”.
Having seen Puppy live during Nottingham’s leg of Dot to Dot Festival at The Chameleon, one of the UK’s coolest underground alternative venues (which The Wytches secretly headlined), Third Outing experienced the full wrath of the Puppy Marshall amp set up! It was a set full of noise, melody, and frightful coolness. So we asked Jock about the gig and in particular his thoughts before playing their most successful track to date, Forever.
“We were probably thinking "fuck, what's the first chord for Forever again?" And "why is my mouth so dry?" but also probably pretty pumped because Forever is certainly my favourite song of ours”.
Forever is definitely their best track. Imagine a slacker version of Wouldn't It Be Good by Nik Kershaw with a halftone voice and a shitload of time to mess about with different pedal effects! It makes you want to shake your head and go 'fuck it man, let's pull an all-nighter and drink until our livers explode'. At least that’s what we ended up doing that night, anyway. It’s a proper rock and roll tune, as simple as that.
Following on from Forever, Puppy have since released their second track The Great Beyond. This song has everything; a great opening riff, harmony, melody, and power pop style choruses. Admittedly it does have a Beatles A Day In A Life “vibe”, but then does that really matter? Ask Noel Gallagher, I'm sure it's fine. The video for The Great Beyond, as well as the one for Forever, is original and fun. Directed by Howard Price with Puppy, it shows an old man singing in karaoke style and pretending to play solo on his Spanish guitar. Again, it’s fun.