Hotly-tipped Brit riff-slingers fi­nally play their first head­lin­ing tour

Kerrang! (UK) - - Lives -

■ For a band who have yet to re­lease a ful­l­length al­bum, Puppy have made a lot of friends. It’s hard to think of an­other out­fit who could sup­port both Creeper and doom-lords Co­nan, or ap­pear at Blood­stock and Slam Dunk and slay ev­ery time. With their crunch­ing heav­i­ness and sub­lime melodies, they’re the odd ones out who can fit in any­where, and they cer­tainly look right at home on what is – sur­pris­ingly, given their ever-grow­ing pro­file – their first-ever head­lin­ing tour.

Given the head­lin­ers’ genre-span­ning sonic stew, it’s fit­ting that the bill as a whole is equally eclec­tic. Dead Extras kick things off in splen­did fash­ion with a spiky col­lec­tion of punk-edged rock bangers. Next, Grove Street Fam­i­lies bring a hard­core as­sault burst­ing with spring-loaded grooves, show­ing off just how much they’ve now evolved from a Grand Theft Auto-ob­sessed nov­elty into a truly fe­ro­cious live act.

Puppy can’t com­pete with the sheer gonzoid en­ergy lev­els of the GSF. But though they’re a rel­a­tively static three-piece, they ex­cel in other ar­eas. Those breezy alt.rock melodies re­ally are stun­ning, es­pe­cially on the likes of the floaty, swirling Ara­bella and For­ever. At the same time, when the riffs kick in they stomp from the stage like a Sab­bath-lov­ing Godzilla in hob­nailed work-boots.

Just-re­leased new tune Black Hole prom­ises even greater things ahead with its huge riff, while World Stands Still teases their forth­com­ing de­but al­bum Goat on a rush of Faith No More-ish grooves and de­li­cious hooks. Puppy are fast mak­ing friends, and with this mix of killer mu­sic and fun vibes, it’s not hard to see why they’re be­com­ing one of the coolest gangs in Bri­tish rock. PAUL TRAVERS

“Woah, dude, you know E-mi­nor?” KER­RANG! 59

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