London rock band PUPPY have announced details of their upcoming new album “Pure Evil”, which will be released on May 6 via Rude Records. Today, the band also shares new track “…And Watched It Glow.”
The song had its world premiere last night on Radio 1 with the Rock Show and is the third single to be released from the new album, following ‘Angel’ and ‘The Kiss’, the latter featuring parts with Radio’s Jack Saunders and Clara 1. Amfo, in addition to being listed by Revolver Magazine as Track of the Week.
‘Pure Evil’ is an album created, like so much music and art in recent years, from a forced circumstance. While obviously influencing none of this, the current pandemic has certainly created a specific path for PUPPY and this brilliant album, for better and for worse. Singer and guitarist Jock Norton explains a bit about marrying creative drive with a global health meltdown: “We had to dig pretty deep to find the purpose of doing anything, because the global narrative has rightly been shifted towards bigger things. But I think to be honest, that kind of soul-searching had seeped into other aspects of our lives, so being able to record this album kind of gave us a purpose and something to which we useful, even if it was just for us and each other. Like I said, there would be times when it would seem a bit meaningless, but getting to a place where you are at comfortable with it and happy to let the work be its own reward has really helped us grow as a band and as people, I think.”
Summing up this wonderful new album and the struggle to create and carry on through it all *it*, Jock puts it neatly and perfectly: “To us it all feels like a time capsule from this strange period of limbo and I think it’s coming through on the album, or at least I hope it is. Postcards from on board or whatever.
PUPPY formed in 2015 when school friends Jock Norton (vocals, guitar) and Billy Howard (drums) met bassist Will Michael while working in a London bar. the three bonded over playing the soundtrack to cult 80s comedy Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and discovering that Norton and Michael’s vocals worked well together on Van Halen & Metallica’s karaoke versions. Later that same year, the band released their self-titled debut EP, a cheerful mix of swooning Power Pop and beer-guzzling Heavy Metal, which quickly earned comparisons with bands like The Smashing Pumpkins, Dinosaur Jr and ‘Weezer fronted. by Papa Emiritus of Ghost’. (Noisey). Early tracks “Forever” and “The Great Beyond” were picked up and used in the gigantic Guitar Hero video game series, opening the fledgling band to a huge new audience and satisfying their axe-wielding inner children at the same time.
A second EP soon followed in 2016, and ‘Vol ii’ saw the band take their first major steps into the live sphere, with UK festival appearances at Download and 2000 Trees, completing a string of healthy tours with artists. like Creeper and CKY. Between European tours with Kvelertak and Turbowolf, the band retired to the studio in England to begin work on their debut album. The result of a long recording process with producers Tom Dalgety (Ghost, Royal Blood), Neil Kennedy (Creeper, Boston Manor) and mixer Adrien Bushby (Placebo, Foo Fighters), The Goat was released in January 2019, so that the band was halfway through an epic European tour with Monster Magnet. The album received rave reviews and cemented Puppy’s status as eccentrics in up-and-coming Heavy music.
In support of the album, the band recorded a live set at the BBC’s iconic Maida Vale studios (their second) and racked up festival appearances everywhere from Glastonbury to Bloodstock Open Air. That year PUPPY also traveled to the United States for the first time, selling out a headline show at Brooklyn’s iconic St Vitus Bar for Revolver Magazine, as well as heading to Texas for that year’s SXSW festival. -the.
Without missing a beat, the band saw off the year by releasing a surprise EP, ‘iii’, which drew inspiration from their favorite Steve Albini-led productions of the 80s and 90s, taking their dense sound down to its deepest components. gross. The band then embarked on an extensive European tour with Norwegian stoner-punks Bokassa to promote the record before returning home to resume writing for their second full-length album.
Listen to the new single from the album here: