Tour dates are below and include an appearance at this year’s Pouzza Fest.
Live in Vancouver (11/21/16)The Cobalt - Vancouver, BC
By Bobby Gorman
A sold out show at The Cobalt is a rare but beautiful thing. The venue is slowly becoming one of the go-to venues for punk and alternatives shows in Vancouver. As is the norm with punk shows, you still get the odd fairly empty showcase there – but when it’s packed, the excitement is palpable.
Amidst their three and a half month, 100 show world tour – Pup found themselves feeling that palpable energy as they started their Canadian leg of the tour last night in Vancouver.
The show was, of course, sold out. People were begging for spare tickets, trying to see the Toronto quartet touring in support of The Dream Is Over; and those lucky enough to squeeze into the packed house were not disappointed.
Fans were already there in full force by the time Chicago’s Meat Wave hit the stage and successfully warmed up the already enthusiastic crowd. The jangly, spastic sound from the SideOneDummy labelmates was raw and heavy, a nod to the Dirtnap style of punk mixed with the grunge revolution. Raspy screams and echoey feedback atop distorted guitars, the crowd ate it up, energizing old fans and converting new.
The Pup banner stayed behind the drum kit the entire night, so there was no cheer or big reveal moment. Instead, it served as a constant reminder of what was to come. So with equally as little fan fare, the four piece set up their instruments, said “Thanks for having us” and dove right into If This Tour Doesn’t Kill You, I Will and the crowd went off.
Pup were in top form, the hard months on the road have tightened their sound and performance while their reputation of one of the premiere live bands around proved to be true. Front man Stefan Babcock was frenzied in his delivery as the guitar work from him and Steve Sladkowski ripped through the speakers.
During their hour long set, they played fourteen of their possibly twenty recorded numbers – so pretty much nothing was left behind. It was something both the band and the crowd had in common: neither left anything behind.
Throughout the evening, Pup constantly thanked the crowd for being wild – and they were. It was non-stop moving, dancing, shoving, screaming and stage diving along to DVP, Guilt Trip, Dark Days, My Life Is Over and I Couldn’t Be Happier. They riled everyone up with Sleep in the Heat and pulled them back to reality with The Coast. The crowd cheered with Babcock confessed his love for his car in Mabu and everyone simply felt alive.
As they neared their final two songs of the night, Babcock denounced the idiotic tendencies of fake encores. He promised two songs and that was it, starting the two with Reservoir.
For the final song, he thanked the crowd again and said this tour was the first time they’ve been around the world and people were there to see them – because of that they felt like they no longer needed to impress people with big covers and wouldn’t be playing Sabotage by the Beastie Boys this time. Instead, Babcock put down the guitar, jumped into the crowd and let loose on Old Wounds.
He finished the song on the back of the bar, unplugged the mic and that was it. No encore (as promised), just one solid hour of non-stop adrenaline filled punk in a sold out venue in the heart of Vancouver.
No one could ask for more.
Canadian punk outfit PUP has premiered a new music video. The video features the song “Sleep In The Heat” from their recent album, The Dream Is Over, which dropped previously this year via SideOneDummy Records.
Watch the video below.
Canadian punk act PUP recently performed a live session for Triple J. The band played the tracks “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” (Phantogram cover) and “DVP” from their recent album, The Dream Is Over, released earlier in 2016 via SideOneDummy Records.
Watch the session below.
Canadian punk outfit PUP has announced that they will be headlining a summer tour. The band will be supporting their recent album, The Dream Is Over, which dropped previously this year via SideOneDummy Records.
Tour dates can be found below.
Montreal trio Solids has made known that they will be providing support for PUP for their upcoming tour of the UK. Solids conitnues to support their recent EP, Else, available now through Topshelf Records / Dine Alone.
Tour dates are below.
The Dream Is OverSide One Dummy Records
By AJ Phink
This is Canadian quartet PUP‘s second full length album, it has the difficult task of following their critically acclaimed 2014 self titled debut. The title of this release, The Dream Is Over, is taken from the devastating words a doctor said to singer and guitarist, Stefan Babcock, when it was found that one of his vocal chords was haemorrhaging. Thankfully as they’re still here and back on the road, it’s clear that the title is one which is deeply ironic.
The lyrically sharp and witty opener, If This Tour Doesn’t Kill You, I Will, sets out their stall nicely, this is as brutally honest a song about life on the road as you will ever hear. This theme continues as the whole album sounds like it’s been informed by the highs and lows of their experiences, not only since their eponymous debut was released, but also in growing up together in Toronto.
The Dream Is Over has a shambolic charm, it’s rough edges haven’t been smoothed out, and I think that is part of the allure that this unique album has. This is a band making exactly the album they wanted to make, it sounds to me like no compromise whatsoever has been made on the part of PUP in creating this captivating sophomore release. It has a fuzzy discordant quality throughout and has a distinctly quirky appeal that I find irresistible.
I certainly hope to catch them when they visit the UK later this year, I get the feeling that PUP is a band that really needs to be experienced live.
Their extensive tour dates can be found here.
The Dream Is Over is available from the usual sources or can be ordered here.
Southern Ontario based punks Pkew Pkew Pkew have announced that their self titled debut LP is due to drop on June 10th via Royal Mountain Records. Ahead of the street date the band are streaming Asshole Pandemic via the good folks over at Brooklyn Vegan.
The band have also announced a series of shows in July alongside Direct Hit! which will follow on from their previously announced tour in June with PUP and Rozwell Kid. Check out the stream of Asshole Pandemic here and the band’s upcoming tour dates below.
Canadian punk outfit PUP has announced that they will be heading on tour with Rozwell Kid for the “If This Doesn’t Kill You, I Will” tour. The band will be supporting their upcoming album, The Dream Is Over, due out later this year via SideOneDummy Records.
Tour dates can be found below.
Canadian punk group PUP has unveiled the title of their forthcoming full length. The disc sophomore effort will be titled The Dream Is Over and will be available on SideOneDummy Records later this year.
Watch the video announcement here.
Watch the video below.
Toronto’s PUP has announced that they will be playing a one-off headlining show at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn on Friday February 12. The band will receive support from Pkew Pkew Pkew. PUP released their self titled effort in 2014.
Tickets go on sale this Wednesday at 10:00AM EST and can be purchased here.
Philadelphia’s Modern Baseball have announced a winter headline tour alongside Pup, Jeff Rosenstock and Tiny Moving Parts. The band are still out in support of their 2014 sophomore full length You’re Gonna Miss It All, released via Run For Cover Records.
Check out the full list of dates below.
Restorations and PUP have announced that they will be joining The Get Up Kids on tour this Spring. Restoration continue to support their recent full length, LP3, and PUP continue to pound the pavement for their self titled debut. Both albums are available through SideOneDummy Records.
Tour dates are below.
Canadian punk group PUP has released a brand new music video. The video features the song “Mabu” from their recent SideOneDummy Records debut. The video was directed by Menno Versteeg of Canadian indie rock band Hollerado and guest starringWade MacNeil of Gallows/Alexisonfire.
Watch the video below.
Kicking off on October 7 in Minneapolis,PUP will embark on their first full U.S. and Canadian headlining tour, presented by Noisey. On top of the headlining tour, the Toronto four piece will hit the festival circuit with performances at Riot Fest Toronto and Chicago, Culture Collide in Los Angeles and The Fest in Gainesville, FL.
The dates for the tour, dubbed the Everything Gets Worse Tour, are below.
The band released their self-titled album earlier this year through SideOneDummy Records.
Check out the video below.
The Menzingers have unveiled the supporting acts for their upcoming US Headlining Tour. Joining them on the month long trek will be Lemuria, Pup and Cayetana.
The Philadelphia four piece will be touring in support of their forthcoming album Rented World, due out April 22 on Epitaph.
Rented World is the band’s follow-up to their 2012 release On The Impossible Past. They recently released their first single I Don’t Want To Be An Asshole Anymore which can be heard below.
Self TitledSideOneDummy Records
By Cole Faulkner
In the midst of SideOneDummy’s more conventional signings like The Sounds and Dresses, it’s refreshing to see the young talent of Toronto, Ontario’s PUP enthusiastically joining the diverse label. The ambitious quartet brings their sense of unhinged experimental pop-punk to an audience that has not likely heard anything like it in quite some time.
The band’s self titled full-length throws caution to the wind all the while pumping out catchy hooks with sing-along potential. PUP is here to entertain on its own terms, and opener “Guilt Trip” finds the band turning out squealing guitars flooded in feedback and distortion. Time signatures fly and fluctuate with all the spastic focus of your hyperactive little cousin after downing a bagful of Rockets at Pixie Sticks on Halloween night. Astonishingly the band harnesses this disarray to make “Guilt Trip” and follow-up “Reservoir” two of the sweatiest and most addicting anthems you’ll scream along to this year. Inserting flashes of gang vocals and belted leads, PUP invites listeners to feel like part of the fray and get in on all or sorts of inside jokes.
Reinforcing PUP’s diversity, the craziness takes place across a full spectrum of tempos. Take the ebb and flow of “Never Try” and “Yukon” in which slow beats reveal a thoughtful layer of lyricism surrounded by a series of unpredictable spikes that mean PUP never run the risk of flatling. In fact, listening to PUP brings back memories of hearing Billy Talent for the first time and thinking, “this debut has it all!” While both bands are very different sonically, they’re cut from the same fabric in that there really aren’t many, if any, bands to compare PUP with in today’s scene. This type of originality is what is getting PUP noticed and what makes anticipating their next step so exciting.
That’s not to say this is a perfect album – some of the album’s energy peters out around “Lionheart” and “Cul-De-Sac” for the back half, although “Factories” turns things around pretty quick – but it’s a darn good debut. Having listened to the disc for a few months with no sign of PUP’s eclectic brand of musicianship wearing thin, it’s safe to say that these Ontario natives are the genuine articles. If you’re in need a flash of energy to jumpstart your otherwise predictable playlists, look no further than PUP.
Canadian punk trio PUP may have already released their debut album in their home country, but the rest of the world will have to wait for the SideOneDummy Records release of the self titled affair on April 8th. As a teaser the band are streaming the track “Dark Days.”
Check out the song below.
Canadian punk trio PUP may have already released their debut album in their home country, but the rest of the world will have to wait for the SideOneDummy Records release of the self titled affair on April 8th. As a teaser the band are streaming the albums opening track, Guilt Trip thanks to Spin Magazine.
Check out the stream of Guilt Trip here, and the album’s full track list is available below:
“Jay’s name was one that we saw on posters and handbills around Toronto. He’d always be playing a place like The Silver Dollar (one of our favourite clubs in the city). At one particular show a friend’s band was opening, so we went out to support and also got to hear Jay for the first time. There was a raw, visceral energy to his music that is lacking in a lot of contemporary rock music. It’s almost like he knew he didn’t have a lot of time to waste – there’s a sense of desperation that permeates his music and makes it sound like he knew he was going to die – and that he was going to die soon.”
Read the full interview and listen to the cover here.
Toronto-based punks PUP have announced details for their first US tour. In March the band will be joining Montreal duo Solids and include dates at this year’s SXSW festival. The band is set to release their next album in the spring.
Full US tour dates can be found below.
SideOneDummy Records recently signed Toronto-based punks PUP to their roster. The band will produce a brand new album which is set to release spring 2014. SideOneDummy Co-founder Bill Armstrong comments:
“We’re really excited to be working with PUP. Their explosive sound and energy caught our attention immediately and we can’t wait to help spread that across the globe.”
PUP made an appearance in the U.S. earlier this month and are continuing onto a European tour. Check out the dates below.