[LISTEN] Puppet Theory - Papillon [IAI PREMIERE]

Manchester continues to prove as a birthplace for musical talent every year and it seems Puppet Theory are a pinnacle example of this. Having played most of the city's sought-after venues, taking stages at the likes of Deaf Institute, Soup Kitchen and Gorilla in their stride, the band's engaging live show has already graced popular music hotspots. With previous material such as their 'Buttons EP' possessing all the youthful exuberance and chemistry that’s come to define Puppet Theory’s output, it’s refreshing to see that more recent releases harbour an equally poppy nature, while developing a subtle sense of cynicism that comes with being in a band for longer periods of time.

The band’s latest single, ‘Papillon’ bristles with a sense of frustration at the empty promises offered by much of the music industry and takes its inspiration from a particularly empty gig the band recently found themselves playing. Puppet Theory style a raw and an unpolished approach with 'Papillon' and their powerful display of impacting lyrics and imitable guitar solos suggests much of a ‘screw it, let’s just keep going’ attitude. Not only manifesting in the way the band present themselves, but in the care-free video also.

Directly reflecting the track’s distinct lack of self-consciousness, the video focuses on a solitary figure, who after unearthing a cassette copy of the single, gives it a chance and finds himself losing all inhibitions, dancing publically across the streets of Manchester, not caring what those around him think.

Celebrating the release with a headline show at Manchester’s iconic Ruby Lounge, it’s obvious that ‘Papillon’ is both trademark Puppet Theory, but also signifies the four-piece taking the next step in their career, and what style to do it in.


September 29th: The Ruby Lounge, Manchester
December 15th: The Magnet, Liverpool

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