Listening a tune and thinking “hey this is decent” is great, but when you listen to a tune and think “I wanna buy it”, well that's a different story altogether. Puppy makes music you want to buy. Third Outing caught up with Britain’s most exciting alternative band of 2015 to talk about their sound, Theo Verney and 70's nostalgia.
3rd: Puppy, could you introduce the band ? I've heard one of you play in Bare Pale as well?
Puppy: I am Jock, I sing and play the guitar. Our drummer is Billy, he makes all our music videos. Our bassist is Matthew, and he is the brains behind Bare Pale as well as the coolest one in Puppy.
3rd: Could you describe Puppy's sound in one sentence?
Puppy: Heavy Metal.
3rd: Your EP is due this summer via Best Fit Recording. Could you tell us more about it?
Puppy: It's gonna be 4 songs long, two of which are gonna be Forever and The Great Beyond and another two which we're finishing up at the moment. I think we're aiming to get it out in late July.
3rd: We really like the tracks Forever and The Great Beyond. The Great Beyond reminds us of the sounds of A Day In A Life by The Beatles! Did you mean it?
Puppy: Ha, no it wasn't. I am a huge Beatles fan and love that song, but at no point during rehearsing, writing or recording the song did anyone point it out, then once we put the track and someone mentioned it we were like "oh shit, yeah". I sort of wished we'd noticed earlier and could have changed a note or two in that verse melody, but fuck it I guess.
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 by 70's and 80's metal as well.
3rd: Theo Verney said he wants your guitar tone! How do you get such a sound?
Puppy: Ha, Theo's got himself a pretty sweet tone already, I don't think he needs any advice from me. Live I play a Fender Bronco guitar with Seymour Duncan humbuckers, and my amp of choice is a JCM800. Pedal wise I use a Hot Cake for overdrive and a Memory Boy for a bit of a wobbly, tape-ey chorus sound with all the delay turned off. In the studio I layer up that with a Jazzmaster going through a big Orange amp just to get some depth to the sound. I find it all extremely interesting but the rest of he band has usually left by that point.
3rd: We were at the Chameleon during Dot To Dot and saw your set. For us, many new bands are part of a new generation influenced by 90´s. What's your view?
Puppy: I think the 90's is just very trendy and in everyone's heads for whatever reason. I don't know why really. 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 by 70's and 80's metal as well.
3rd: Is this where the idea for Forever video came from?
Puppy: Initially we wanted to intercut footage of huge crowds with us on a green screen stage looking like we were playing to hundreds of thousands of people, but the logistics got a bit confusing so we ended up just going with the crowd footage. I like it though because it sort of ended up being this sweet homage to how much people enjoy music, and while there's humour there it's also very sincere I think. A bit like Puppy!
3rd: Final question, what's your desert island drink?
Puppy: Would have to be water really. If I had that as a base and a lot of time on my hands I could try to synthesize other drinks later on.
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