Skinny Puppy is a paradoxical name, paradoxical because there’s nothing skinny or timid (just like a puppy) about the band’s body of work. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Skinny Puppy’s contribution to the music industry is quite extensive and dare I say uncompromisingly influential.
Hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, Skinny Puppy’s legendary path began when cEvin Key (Kevin Crompton) and Nivek Ogre (Kevin Ogilvie) got together for what was supposed to be an experimental side project. Over a dozen studio albums, countless live tours and several lineup changes later, the band has cemented themselves as one of the most influential voices in industrial music. I mean, they’re not being credited as one of the founders of the electro-industrial genre for nothing.
Skinny Puppy is notable for seamlessly fusing elements of new wave, electro, rock music, noise and ambient as well as the ingenious use of sampling and horror-themed live performances that put a spotlight on animal testing and chemical warfare. Such divergent and unapologetic approach has earned them a solid cult following that has remained loyal up to this day.
Skinny Puppy has been through a lot—disbanded, reunited, lost a member to a heroin addiction and reunited again—but for better or for worse and over the course of a tumultuously influential and storied career, they are here to stay. Which goes to show that talent, drive and originality can survive in any environment and generation as they are attributes that transcend musical genre, trends, time and creed.