Dirty Puppets was founded by longtime local bandman Drew Gino Zollo (Sickstring Outlaws, Jon Campos & the Incurables), who worked with Bort Schrader at an Oceanside recording studio to come up with some initial tracks. The duo was soon joined by Lucky Bailey (the Touchies), a freelance animation producer, drummer, and singer. “I started sending tracks to Lucky,” Zollo explains, “not quite knowing our sound yet. I approached her from every direction musically to see what she would bite into.”
With guitarist Donny November and drummer Nicholas Carter rounding out the band, they played their debut gig in March 2017 at Brick By Brick, opening for John 5 & the Creatures.