Puppy Angst is a gazy dreamy fuzz pop band from Philadelphia started by Alyssa Milman (guitar, vocals). Alyssa’s songwriting combines raw, diary-like lyricism colored by the biting introspection of adulthood with shoegaze and power pop influences, resulting in tracks that tell a noisy and unapologetic coming-of-age story. Dan Leinweber (guitar, vocals), John Heywood (bass), and Eric Naroden (drums) round out the rest of the band. As of February 2022, Pauli Mia has joined on synth and backing vocals.
In 2018, Puppy Angst self-recorded and released their first EP, Tiny Thoughts, with distribution by goodhowareyou records as well as a limited run of tapes by Small Grey Records. They have since released singles and covers on a number of compilations, including Eat the Rich: a Gossip Girl Soundtrack Cover Compilation by Precious Bitch (2021), which was featured on Stereogum and Brooklyn Vegan.
More recently, Puppy Angst released their debut full-length album Scorpio Season on October 24th, 2022, with three singles leading up to its release. Following this release, they toured down to Austin, Texas to play SXSW 2023 as an official artist at the Force Field PR and Fire Talk Records Official Showcases, as well unofficial events for Howdy Gals, Smartpunk Records, and others. On May 26th, 2023, Puppy Angst released TKO, a one-off single for Open Tab Online, the digital imprint by Fire Talk Records. Their work has been played on Philly’s own WXPN, CD 92.9 FM, KXLU, DKFM Shoegaze Radio, BFF.FM, WKDU, The Core at Rutgers University, WSBF at Clemson University, and more. They’ve been covered by Paste Magazine, WXPN, Queerty, Guitar Girl Magazine, Magnet Magazine, A Grrrl’s Two Sound Cents, and If It’s Too Loud, among other publications.
Alyssa previously toured with fellow Philly pop outfit Kississippi, and their past projects include Past Life and Blushed, in which they were a founding member. Dan played lead guitar in Blushed alongside Alyssa, and currently also creates music under his projects Greenspace and Radial Gradient. John plays bass in Alex G, Eric is the frontman of In Lieu of Roses, and Pauli is the frontwoman of Twin Princess.
photo credit: Brooke Marsh