Puppet initially formed in May 2004 with all band members having previously been in Tacit.
The band have gigged extensively in Auckland with some rare excursions to Te Awamutu (March 2005), Silverdale for FarmFest (April 2006) and Mangahwai Tavern (March 2007). They have also played acoustic, unplugged shows in Devenport (x1) and Titirangi (x3).
Puppet live shows have become notorious for the bands ability to plateau melodic compositions and create moving soundscapes that build towards an experience bordering on the epic. The instrumentation and vocals are as capable of elegant, ethereal beauty as they are at raw, hard rocking. And the shows are a lot of fun too.
In June 2008 the band were invited to participate in the International Emergenza festival (www.emergenza.net) and have made it through to the NZ semi-finals scheduled to be played in October 2008. To coincide with this the band will be playing a free show at AUT Hikuwai Plaza on October 16th and recording these two shows for a Live EP release.
May 2005 : Puppet self-released a single (demo) cd, 'She Said', which also contained some bonus live 'in-the-studio' tracks recorded at the Killing Rooms in 2004.
July 2006 : An entire live show at the Kings Arms Tavern (Auckland) was recorded and the live tracks were remastered by Shaun Toole in Houston, Texas.
November 2006 : The band recorded demos of ‘Just a little’ and ‘Go’ at The Rock Factory. Recording and mixing were done by Michelle Klaessens.
February 2007 : The band were interviewed on KiwiFM and played an acoustic version of ‘Tacit’ live in the studio.
March 2007 : The band recorded their entire repetoire of 15 songs live at The Rock Factory. Recording/ mix by Mark Rawstron. A master mix of ‘Little Lullabies’ was co-produced with Michelle Klaessens.
October 2007 : The mixed version of ‘Just a little’ was included on 272 Records compilation cd “Riot on Sunset Volume 6” and is available via amazon.com. This compilation was distributed to many US College radio stations.
June 2008 : The band were interviewed by Fleur Jack on KiwiFM and played an acoustic version of ‘Little Lullabies’ live in the studio.
- Puppet make an appearance (as themselves) in a short film, The Ex-Pat.
- In September 2006 they were filmed for Alt-TVs “Top of the Rocks” show where Chloe received their “Oustanding Vocalist” award.
- Many shows during the 2006-2007 period were filmed by the bands Manager and a crew of student filmmakers from AUT University.
Chloe Rice (vocals)
Ben Liebert (guitars)
Greg Ratcliffe (bass)
David Tan (drums)
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