Puppy may have a cutesy name and a catchy sound, but this U.K. buzz band also packs both a mean bark and a sharp bite. Think the Foo Fighters, if Dave Grohl's all-star metal project Probot crashed the party. Due January 25th, 2019, via Spinefarm Records, the trio's debut full-length, The Goat, captures the group — guitarist/vocalist Jock Norton, bassist Will Michael and drummer Billy Howard — in all its contrasts and idiosyncrasies, from the metal-as-fuck album title and cover art (see below) to the sugary Weezer-esque melodies and crunchy Nineties-alt riffage. Lead single, "Black Hole," which makes its premiere here, is a strong representative of the overall vibe.
"We chose 'Black Hole' as the first single from the album because we felt that, both lyrically and musically, it really summed up the vibe of the record — fun and upbeat, but with a dark, sinister element underpinning the whole thing," the band says of the song. "With the video we wanted to reflect that, and show a bit of what's gone into making our album. It's been nearly two years in the making and in that time we've been on a lot of tours and spent a lot of time together in various studios, so we already had a bunch of the footage. What we ended up capturing over that period turned out to be far more sinister and malevolent than we initially imagined, but we feel the album is better for it ultimately, so we wanted to share some of that."