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Album Review

Puppy – Vol II

Puppy - Vol II

A masterful and mind-bending/muddling/blowing EP.

Label: Self-Released
Released: 12th August 2016

Rating: ★★★★

The seeds of 90s nostalgia have been sown generously across the young crop of British alt-rock, but Puppy’s entanglement of roots are planted deeper than most of their peers.

Over the course of their second EP, the London trio deal out vibes of everything from ‘Black Album’-era Metallica to ‘Siamese Dream’-era Smashing Pumpkins, all while sounding fresh and completely unpredictable.

If the Deftones-jamming-with-Ghost entrance of ‘Entombed’ doesn’t boot your brain around in your skull like a worn-out hacky sack, then the even meatier riffs in ‘My Tree’ (not to mention the swirling psychedelic verses) will leave you no less than baffled.

It’s ‘Vol. II’’s latter half, however, which shows the real promise that Puppy hold. Cascading into ‘Arabella’ and ‘Warm’, there’s still an almighty crunch in Jock Norton’s guitars, but they also soar with enchantment against a backdrop of spacious, stoned-out jams.

This is a masterful and mind-bending/muddling/blowing EP from one of the country’s most perplexing new bands. Danny Randon