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Vol II Re­mas­tered

SPINEFARM In­stantly ap­peal­ing rock­ers re­lo­cate their base

Com­bin­ing 90s in­flu­ences from groove metal to in­die rock,

Puppy are an in­trigu­ing prospect. Freshly signed to Spinefarm, the trio have reis­sued their

Vol II EP in an “ex­panded and re­mas­tered” form. The songs still sound as good as they did a year ago, Jock Nor­ton’s un­nat­u­rally high-pitched voice some­how find­ing a com­fort­able home nes­tled among earth­shak­ing riffs, and carv­ing out hooks that’ll be on a de­ter­mined loop in your head for a week. Truth be told, there’s very lit­tle here to draw in any­one who splashed out on the 2016 re­lease – just one ad­di­tional song,

Beast, and some ex­tra punch in the charm­ingly lo-fi pro­duc­tion, par­tic­u­larly the drums – but for those yet to ex­pe­ri­ence Puppy’s eclec­tic cock­tail of in­flu­ences this is as good a place to start as any. It’s been a cou­ple of years, though, lads. Can we have an al­bum now? FOR FANS OF: DEFTONES, WEEZER, SMASH­ING PUMP­KINS

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