"With singalong ready – yet downright nihilistic – refrains and a pristine punk sound, PUP’s 'Kids' has the makings of an apocalyptic anthem." -NPR Music
"[‘Kids’] is a fitting follow-up to The Dream Is Over, their excellent 2016 album which we named one of the best albums of that year. It’s all heavy riffs and nervous energy and an exclamation mark of a chorus" -Stereogum
“a reluctant, thrashing love song.” -The FADER
"It's raucous and death-obsessed and silly all at once, packed with chant-along vocals and spindly riffs. " -Noisey
“Charging gleefully towards insanity…’Kids’ embraces the misery by wrapping it in melodic, driven punk chords and thunderous gang-vocals.” -Consequence of Sound
Toronto, Ontario’s very own punk powerhouse,PUP, recently announced their new recordMorbid Stuff, set for release on 5th April viaLittle Dipper/Rise Records. The album’s visceral, wildfire first single 'Kids' has already received praise press-wide, and today it receives an incredible, futuristic and “bleak as fuck” Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux-directed music video. “Jeremy cooked up this hilarious concept of what all of our lives would be like 40 years in the future,” explains Stefan Babcock. “Our goal was to sorta set viewers up for this happy feel-good ending, and then at the last minute, crush them with darkness. Just like life in the present, most things in the future will probably turn out shit, or, if we’re really lucky, fine at best.” Watch the blood-oath bound band reunite in the year 2059 HERE.
The album’s visceral, wildfire first single, 'Kids,' can be heardHERE. “'Kids’ is a love song from one nihilistic depressive to another,” explains Stefan Babcock. “It's about what happens when you stumble across the only other person on the face of this godless, desolate planet that thinks everything is as twisted and as fucked up as you do. And thanks to them, the world starts to seem just a little less bleak. But only slightly - it's still pretty fucked up to be honest.”
This April, PUP will embark on a UK and Europe tour in support ofMorbid Stuff. Pre-sale tickets will be available tomorrow, 16th Jan at 12:00 PM local time atwww.puptheband.com, and $1 of every ticket sold through the pre-sale will go towardsThe Trevor Project, a leading organisation providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth. Sign up NOW through 11:30 AM local time tomorrow at the band’swebsiteto receive the pre-sale password. General tickets are on sale 18th Jan at 10:00 AM local time. All tour dates can be found below.
In addition to album pre-orders, which are available nowHERE, you can also pre-order “The PUP Morbid Stuff Annihilation Preparedness Kit,” which includes a CD or limited edition coloured LP, a long sleeve shirt, a backpack with sewn-on patch, custom band aids, a waterproof container, and a multi-tool with fork, spoon, etc. A very limited edition version of the Annihilation Preparedness Kit also comes with a real full-sized inflatable boat.
Formed in Toronto five years ago, PUP, comprised of Babcock, Nestor Chumak, Zack Mykula, and Steve Sladkowski, quickly became favourites of the punk scene with their first two, critically-beloved albums, winning accolades everywhere from theNew York TimestoPitchfork, fromNPRandRolling Stone, and more. Their last album,The Dream Is Over, not only debuted at #1 on the Billboard “Heatseekers” chart, but also catapulted them into international waters, selling out shows across the world throughout 2016.
WithMorbid Stuff, PUP grew up, then doubled down on everything that made you love their first two albums. Fitting to their ethos, their new album takes the dichotomy of fun and emotional wreckage in their songs and blows it up, projection-style, onto the biggest wall possible, teetering between gleeful chaos and bleak oblivion while wielding some of the best choruses the band has ever written. It’s also a pretty intense foray into the mind of singer Stefan Babcock, an album dressed up with heartbreak, broken dreams, self-loathing, and castigating yourself for thinking you matter enough to even bother hating yourself. And in perfect PUP fashion, taking responsibility of his own struggles lead him to….laughter. Admitting to his troubles allowed him to laugh in its face, and the result is that marriage of darkness and joy that made PUP who they are, but in a brand new way.
Indeed, despite its dark subject matter, at timesMorbid Stuffis funny as hell, even in the music. Often times a heavy barrage of hardcore is coupled with a light, folky guitar that lives quietly in the background. Rollicking choruses disappear into nothing but a hopeful group chant, echoing through until the end of the song. PUP’s rage isn’t pure rage anymore; it’s rage being taunted by the reality that the rage is its own fault.
It's all the fury and celebration you've come to know, but rooted in understanding of where that fury comes from. It’s the most insightful, sweetest, funniest, sickest, angriest, saddest and most inescapably desperate collection of songs they’ve recorded to date. If their self-titled debut record was the fuse andThe Dream Is Overwas the bomb going off,Morbid Stuffis your family sifting through the rubble, only to find you giggling in the wake.
1. Morbid Stuff 2. Kids 3. Free At Last 4. See You At Your Funeral 5. Scorpion Hill 6. Closure 7. Bloody Mary, Kate and Ashley 8. Sibling Rivalry 9. Full Blown Meltdown 10. Bare Hands 11. City
April 9th | The Fleece, Bristol, UK|SOLD OUT April 10th | The Garage, London, UK| SOLD OUT
pril 11th | Community Room at Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK| SOLD OUT April 12th | Cathouse, Glasgow, UK| SOLD OUT April 14th | La Boule Noire, Paris, FR April 15th | Les 4Ecluses, Dunkirk, FR April 16th | AB Club, Brussels, BE April 18th | Cassiopeia, Berlin, DE
April 19th | Hafenklang, Hamburg, DE April 20th | MTC Club, Cologne, DE April 21st | Upstairs @Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL