The London three-piece Puppy has returned with a huge, brand new single ‘Angel,’ released today through the band’s new label Rude Records. This is their first new material since 2019’s ‘iii’ EP, and the first indication of where the band is looking to go sonically with their next set of releases.
“During 2020 we focused on trying to write the best album the world had ever heard,” shared the band. “Our goal for this first single was to combine the power of ‘November Rain,’ ‘Purple Rain,’ and ‘Can you Stand the Rain’ times 1000. I think you’ll all agree that we massively succeeded.”
‘Angel’ marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the band’s career. Having recently signed to Rude Records, they’re excited to finally be able to share the fruits of their creative labour. Crushingly heavy, explosively fun, and laced with the group’s signature sense of melancholic melody, ‘Angel’ sets the stage for Puppy to unleash what they’ve been working on out into the world.
From the band on the brilliant and inspired video for ‘Angel’ – “We at Puppy have always wanted to incorporate the world of gaming into what we do. With the video for our new single ‘Angel,’ we all felt that the time was right to branch out into the world on technology. When our initial proposal for a fully immersive Oculus Rift sci-fi fantasy in which our topless avatars do battle with intergalactic warlords was dismissed as ‘really expensive’ and ‘not at all believable’, we quickly suggested a Final Fantasy style concept in which incredibly muscular versions of ourselves went on quests and solved puzzles with giant axes. This was also apparently ‘a terrible idea’. Our next approach involved a physically interactive training pod module in the style of Michael Jackson’s ‘Space Scramble Training,’ in which we’d guide players on a perilous mission to Uranus. Our label threatened to drop us when we sent over the treatment. And so we moved back, one console at a time, between operating systems and decades, until we arrived at the 8-bit capabilities of the NES, the only graphics system simple and cheap enough for us to try and imitate by ourselves. The result is our new video for ‘Angel,’ a (not at all) immersive 8-bit gothic fantasy designed and animated by us with love and affection. We hope you enjoy x “
Live wise, the band, along with every other band, artist, performer, and live worker within the music industry has been waiting for everything to reopen. Today though they can announce their biggest headline show to date, ‘A Night Of Pure Evil’ at The Garage in London on December 17th. Tickets on sale Friday 9th July at 10 am.
In 2021, the band has already been able to play three back-to-back, sold-out live shows at the incredible Signature Brewery in East London in June, and are currently announced as a headliner on this summer’s Upsurge Festival, happening from August 28th to August 30th in London.