North London 3 piece Puppy will finally be releasing their brand new mini album ‘Vol II’ on August 12th through their own label and can now announce a free release show celebrating the event, on August 23rd at The Black Heart in Camden.
From Jock Norton (vocals/guitar) on the mini album: “With VOL II we wanted to do expand upon the foundations we’d laid with our first EP, both musically and conceptually. I think we’d wanted the first one to essentially be four singles, whereas this one has a bit more light and shade to it. I know describing something as a “musical journey” is pretty naff but I feel it applies here, at least to some degree. Another thing we were conscious of was trying to streamline our sound a bit more. People always comment on the fact that we mix a lot of indie rock ideas in with more traditionally metal sounding stuff, and I think here we wanted the lines to blur even further; hopefully rather than thinking “this bit sounds like Metallica and this bit sounds like Grandaddy” in quite a dichotomous way, the joints have been smoothed down a little and those ideas come together in a more coherent way. We’re very proud of what we’ve achieved and we’re really excited to share it with people.”
‘Vol II’ track-listings:
2. My Tree
5. Here At Home
Live wise, PUPPY have also JUST played Download Festival (June) and will be at 2000 Trees (July) Festival before playing their own mini album launch show on August 23rd at The Black Heart, and then will be heading out on tour with Sorority Noise through October between the 4th and 17th (all dates below):
PUPPY with Sorority Noise UK tour:
04 Newcastle, Think Tank
05 Glasgow, Hug & Pint
06 Manchester, Deaf Institute
07 Nottingham, Bodega
08 Leeds, Key Club
09 Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
10 Norwich, Epic Studios
11 Cambridge, Portland Arms
13 Bristol, Exchange
14 Brighton, Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
16 Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms
17 London, Dingwalls
Pre-order the mini album along with exclusive merch – HERE
The band first formed in London in late 2014, born out of the ashes of vocalist/ guitarist Jock Norton and drummer Billy Howard’s previous band Polterghost. Wanting to build upon their previous effort by pushing themselves in bold new directions, the band decided to cast aside the lo fi aesthetics that had previously defined them and so many of their peers, as well as experimenting in creating heavier music that still retained their love of classic songwriting. In Early 2015 the band made their first steps into the public domain with the freshly minted Forever, a song which quickly garnered the attention of blogs like Noisey, DIY and Consequence Of Sound who all quickly became early champions of the group. A follow up track quickly appeared in the form of The Great Beyond which, along with it’s accompanying video, further cemented the band’s reputation amongst tastemakers as a band who weren’t afraid to bring different musical influences to the fore, it’s crushing riffs and butter-wouldn’t-melt vocals enchanting both headbangers and indie kids alike. Both songs received so much attention that they were both included in Activision’s Guitar Hero Live as playable tracks. Quite a feat for an unsigned band.
Fast forward a couple of months and PUPPY started dipping their toe into the live circuit. Recruiting the help of bassist Will Michael (whom Jock had met through working in a bar together some years earlier) the band played with fellow likeminded acts like Pity Sex, Creepoid, Kagoule and Demob Happy to name but a few. It was around this time that the band secured an EP deal with Best Fit Recordings who released their eponymous debut in October of that year, just as the band returned from their first trip abroad for Hamburg’s Reeperbahn Festival. Another track from the EP, Do It Again, quickly followed which earned the band it’s first radio support from BBC’s Huw Stephens.
After winding down the year with a few seasonal shows (including a rammed headline slot Upstair At The Garage to mark their EP release), the band once again retreated into the studio to begin work on what would be their follow up effort, the ‘Vol II’ mini album. The first track to emerge was/is new single Entombed, with long time fans Noisey premiering it in early April and Radio 1’s Daniel P Carter quick to give it a spin two weeks in a row on his Sunday Rock Show.
‘Vol II’ the new mini album will be self released on August 12th