Fibbers, 8pm. The air is hot and private school kids start to fill the venue. With a mediocre turnout, the night doesn’t look that promising. Puppets take to the stage, three teenage boys, easy on the eye. The audience are beginning to get excited, the majority of which are girls, Puppets have definitely got the image spot on. Joe Hall, a cheeky looking lad is on lead vocals and guitar, Tom Lovett dressed in his finery, on bass and Will Smith, a casual, cool as a cucumber type on drums.
They open the set with ‘Silver Streets’, Hall steps up to the mic looking a little nervous but eventually getting into it as the song progresses. The crowd seem uneasy but then feel the vibes. Next is ‘Can’t wait for summer’ an upbeat crowd pleaser. Hall explains “This one was written in winter” Yeah, thanks for clearing that one up for us, Joe. They then play a shaky cover of Black Eyed Peas’ latest, ‘I gotta Feeling’ “I’m a bit shaky on the lyrics, but it should be fun” Hall warns his audience. But, unbeknown to him, the crowd love it. Hall flashes a cheeky grin, grew confident and looked like he loved every minute of being on that stage. Although they did improvise on the words, this made it edgy and raw, staying true to their Yorkshire roots. Hall clears it all up with, “Sorry if we’ve just ruined your favourite song” Ruined it? If anything, you made it your own and everyone loves originality.
led is the next one in line, a new ‘un from the lads.’ Nothings ever gonna get her down’ utters Hall, while Lovett and Smith create a harmonious racket in the background. ’Just Friends’ is reminiscent of a Vampire Weekend track with sounds of the ukulele and bongos. The bands most well known track, ‘Pin up Girl’ is a definite crowd pleaser. Hall sings of his dream girl, “Perfect body, perfect smile” he sings, through his own pearly white grin whilst Lovett harmonises in the background. To finish the 7 song set, ‘Love Hate’ is played, a rocky and catchy tune with cheesy lyrics and a load of “da doos” thrown in. To end on a high is the perfect way to end the set. “Thank you very much” says the polite front man.
Puppets’ set has ended. The three piece have done what they came to do, please their crowd. The band are just three ordinary, genuine and true Yorkshire lads with a passion for their music and a dream to make it. Pin up Puppets? They are indeed. - Aimee Taylor