Slash Puppet Bio

SLASH PUPPET BIO

DISCOGRAPHY:
1993 – Slash Puppet
2007 – No Strings Attached

HISTORY:
Slash Puppet are a little known Canadian band that made some great music before getting swept under the rug by the grunge invasion.

Formed in Toronto, Ontario by Mif (vocals), Frank Bartoletti (guitar), Lou Garscadden (guitar), Pete Dove (bass) and Franklin Wyles (drums), Slash Puppet would play their debut show in October 1989 at Rock ‘N’ Roll Heaven. In one short year, they managed to win the Toronto Music Awards‘ “Best Club Act” and were quickly picked up by Rush‘s management and signed to a production deal with Sony Anthem. The band released their first video, “Slow Down”, to Much Music in mid-1991 which helped sell over 2,500 copies of their independent demo. A year later, they were in the studio recording a six-song EP.

During recording of the EP, Slash Puppet went through some changes by being released of their management / label contracts and bringing in new bassist Dave Carreiro. With a second video for the track “When The Whip Comes Down” on TV rotation to promote the new self-titled album, the band also got a couple of songs included on the soundtrack to the movie Chain of Command. After winning the “Best Independent Video” at the Los Angeles Area Music Awards, the band replaced Garscadden with former Smashed Gladys and Succsexx axe slinger Marcel Lafleur and embarked on a short Canadian tour.

Sensing a musical climate change, Mif announced he was leaving the band to pursue an acting career and Slash Puppet performed four final shows before breaking up. Mif ended up releasing an album with THD in 1996 and Wyles is currently in The Cronics. 2007 saw the release of No Strings Attached, a collection of some of the band’s earliest works. In 2016, Mif released an album under the moniker My Insane Friends. A Slash Puppet reunion was in the works back in 2018 but only one rehearsal came out of it. In October 2019, it was announced that Slash Puppet would be releasing a compilation album titled Studs & Gems.

TRACK LIST AND BAND MEMBERS PER ALBUM:

Slash Puppet (1993)
01. When The Whip Comes Down
02. Rippin’ On A Wishbone
03. Eyes Of A Child
04. Stop Tellin’ Me Lies
05. Hitch A Ride (On A Train)
06. Slow Down

Band Members:
Mif – lead vocals
Frank Bartoletti – rhythm/lead/acoustic/slide guitar
Lou Garscadden – rhythm/lead guitar and vocals
Dave Carreiro – bass and vocals
Franklin Wyles – drums, percussion and vocals

No Strings Attached (2007)
01. Slow Down
02. Squeeze It In
03. Hard On Love
04. Bad Girls
05. Turn It On
06. Evil Woman
07. Some Kind O’ Lady
08. Overload

Band Members:
Mif – lead vocals
Frank ‘Bart’ Bartoletti – guitar and backing vocals
Lou Garscadden – guitar and backing vocals
Pete Dove – bass and backing vocals
Franklin Wyles – drums, percussion and backing vocals

Slash Puppet‘s “When The Whip Comes Down” video (from Slash Puppet album):

SLASH PUPPET – ‘When The Whip Comes Down’

SLASH PUPPET is an award winning and internationally renowned Canadian hard rock and glam heavy metal band that made some great music before the advent of the the grunge invasion. Formed in Toronto, Ontario by Mif (vocals), Franklin Wyles (drums), Frank Bartoletti (guitar), Lou Garscadden (guitar) and Pete Dove (bass), Slash Puppet would play their debut show on Thursday, October 19, 1989 at Rock’N’ Roll Heaven.

Slash Puppet‘s “Slow Down” video (from Slash Puppet album):

SLASH PUPPET – ‘Slow Down’

SLASH PUPPET is an award winning and internationally renowned Canadian hard rock and glam heavy metal band that made some great music before the advent of the the grunge invasion. Formed in Toronto, Ontario by Mif (vocals), Franklin Wyles (drums), Frank Bartoletti (guitar), Lou Garscadden (guitar) and Pete Dove (bass), Slash Puppet would play their debut show on Thursday, October 19, 1989 at Rock’N’ Roll Heaven.