2004 – present (13 years)
It is only half a decade ago that Romain Descamps (a Frenchman, bass) met Matthew Irons (an Englishman, guitar/vocals) in their Jazz school in Brussels. Romain, who had already seen the possible match, invited Matthew to jam with his drummer friend Egil “Ziggy” Franzen (a Swede, drums/vocals). Since then, the band have played all over the continent and at some of the world’s most prestigious festivals, such as Reading and Bennicassim.
The three man band, Puggy, plays a whole new kind of acoustic rock that proves that you don’t need an entire orchestra to get the ground shaking. Possibly thanks to their English, Swedish, French influences that range from 1920’s New Orleans to 21st century metal. Matt’s broken and smooth voice (yes, they're opposites) go perfectly with his dry little guitar riffs and give the band a seriously groovy sound that gets the band going. His part of the puzzle could only be completed with Romain and Ziggy’s rythm section. Though Ziggy makes a point of being seriously harsh on his drumset, there’s more to it than just hitting the thing, he manages to make it go perfectly with Romain’s wicked bass slapping and tapping.
There isn’t a band today that has the experience, influence and originality of Puggy, and they're only starting.
Their first record "Dubois died today" was released in June 2007. Puggy being a live band hit the road big time to promote it. They toured Europe for a month with american band Incubus, opened in Bercy (France) for the Smashing Pumpkins, did a whole french tour with Fiction Plane and headlined their one shows in England, France and Belgium.
They are currently working on their next album. Some tracks are already being played live.
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