This guitar-toting, metal-themed puppet act brings circle pits to the youth

Bullico Puppets' "Jack Distortion" "plays guitar" (left), to a young, appreciative crowd (right)
(Image credit: bullicio_puppets/Instagram)

Open up this fucking pit (opens in new tab) – except, watch your mouth! There are youngsters in the crowd who don't need to hear that kind of language. 

We're not talking about a hypothetical scene involving brave parents at a metal gig, we're, of course, talking about the scene at a typical Bullicio Puppets show.

Bullicio Puppets, you see, are a Chilean puppet act that brings the creative, heartwarming and child-friendly sounds of classic metal to young ears. Their most prominent member is "Jack Distortion," who has an Instagram page (opens in new tab) (don't worry, he also has a TikTok page (opens in new tab)) where you can behold for yourself the chaotic scenes of a typical Bullicio Puppets gig. You can also see a few below.

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Jack Distortion even has a bit of an electric guitar collection. Here he is playing a Washburn (opens in new tab), and here, he's using a Jackson V (opens in new tab), rather than his usual Gibson. Hell, he even found himself a Frankenstein replica for this performance of Van Halen's You Really Got Me (opens in new tab), filmed at the birthday party of a young rocker named Josefa. Teach 'em the different kinds of guitars while they're young, eh?

Though based in Chile, Bullicio Puppets have performed around the world, including at England's Download Festival in 2019 (opens in new tab) and Rockfest Barcelona that same year.

Bullicio Puppets have also filmed a number of Jack Distortion-starring music videos, including a tribute to the late Chuck Schuldiner (opens in new tab) featuring Death's Scavenger of Human Sorrow.

We especially have to respect the rock-solid circle pit form on display from the audience during the Puppets' explosive "version" of Slipknot's People = Shit below. Just don't tell the youngsters the real name of the song, ok?

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♬ People = Shit - Slipknot (opens in new tab)

For more on Bullicio Puppets, visit the act's Facebook page (opens in new tab).

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.