Entombed marks the first time Puppy have actually appeared in their own video, but they’re not alone. Playing in front of a giant green screen, the London alt-metallers douse themselves in high impact visuals – from monster trucks and American football games to explosions and crocodiles.
“Going into the project we were adamant that we needed to film ourselves playing the song at the summit of a volcano mid-eruption,” drummer Billy Howard tells Metal Hammer. “However, given that we didn’t really have much budget or time, green screen presented the only viable option. I think you’ll agree the results are pretty seamless – it might surprise some viewers to find out we didn’t actually visit any of the places featured in the video’s backdrops; it’s just clever camera work and editing tricks.
“In terms of how we sourced the background footage, we wanted stuff that was essentially kind of dumb and lo-fi, while still being gnarly and maybe a little dark. Home made martial arts videos, monster truck crashes and molten lava streams all feel like things a 10-year-old would find cool or scary, and this pre-pubescent fascination with gore and carnage is definitely something we’re into.As band we try and strike a balance between writing serious and interesting songs that are still a fairly accurate cross-section of our influences. It’s definitely important to us that we’re honest in how we present ourselves; we’re kind of dorks. However, we might try address this in our next video and go topless in leather trousers with bullet belts across our chests.”
Puppy are playing a special headline show at the Black Heart in London on August 23.