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Pug Jelly was a pop punk band, based in Singapore. Australians Sam Cooper (vox/bass) and Matt Cooper (drums) make up the band together with Japanese Masashi Kimura (backup vox/guitar). Other members have included Lewis Farman (vox/guitar), Adam Nelson (previously rhythm guitars) and Chris Verhoeven (rhythm guitars).
They have released an album under Universal Records, played in Thailand, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. They also opened for teen idols such as Avril Lavigne, Blondie, Simple Plan, Sum 41 and more. They were also nominated for the MTV Asia Awards 2005. Their first single off their album, "Come Home Soon" went to No.1 on radio charts in Singapore.
Although based in Singapore, Pug Jelly has received criticism because not a single band member is a Singapore national. Additionally, as the band has not been able to make it to the wider music market, they have remained unknown.
Pug Jelly is inactive now due to Sam and Masashi's decision to go in a new direction, Dallas's alcoholism rehab and Matt's school commitments. Masashi (backup vox/guitar) and Sam(vox/bass) have started a new band, Saw Loser with 4 other members and have released an EP and an LP (Long Distance Phone Calls). The band recently parted with 2 of its members and welcomed back Matt. The band, with the addition of new blood, hopes to be able to rocket onto the world market as the next top Asian rock band. In 2007, the band went on hiatus. In December 2009, the band went back together again but had their band name changed to The Dirt Radicals. Current members are Sam, Matt and Masashi.
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