EARLY PRAISE FOR MORBID STUFF
"With singalong ready – yet downright nihilistic – refrains and a pristine punk sound, PUP’s 'Kids' has the makings of an apocalyptic anthem." - NPR Music (Night Shift)
"[‘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’s very own punk powerhouse PUP recently announced their excellent new record Morbid Stuff, set for release on April 5th via Little Dipper / Universal Music Canada. The album’s visceral, wildfire first single “Kids” has already received praise from the likes of NPR, The FADER, Noisey, Stereogum, and more. Today it receives an incredible, futuristic, and “bleak as fuck” Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux directed music video, reuniting the blood-oath bound band in the year 2059. “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.”
This Spring, PUP will embark on a North America, UK, and European tour in support of Morbid Stuff. All of the Canadian dates have sold out already, as have the U.K. and shows in New York, Los Angeles Chicago, and Boston. See below to find a show near you, and grab your tickets HERE as these are selling fast.
Formed in Toronto five years ago, PUP – comprised of Stefan Babcock, Nestor Chumak, Zack Mykula, and Steve Sladowski – quickly became favorites of the punk scene with their first two, critically-beloved albums, winning accolades everywhere from the New York Times to Pitchfork, from NPR and Rolling Stone, and more. Now, with Morbid Stuff, PUP have grown up and doubled down on everything that made you love their first two records. It’s gang’s-all-here vocals, guitarmonies, and lyrics about death. Lots of them.
Fitting to their ethos, their new album takes the dichotomy of fun and emotional wreckage in their songs and teeters between gleeful chaos and bleak oblivion while wielding some of the best choruses the band has ever written. Morbid Stuff is also a pretty intense foray into singer Stefan Babcock’s fight with depression, and shows, in perfect PUP fashion, how taking responsibility of his own depression lead him to….laughter. Admitting his depression allowed Babcock 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 times Morbid Stuff is funny as hell, even in the music. 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 record was the fuse and The Dream Is Over was the bomb going off, Morbid Stuff is your family sifting through the rubble, only to find you giggling while you bleed to death.
PHOTO CREDIT : Vanessa Heins // DOWNLOAD HIGH-RES
THE MORBID STUFF TOUR-POCALYPSE
3/26/19 - Calgary, AB @ Commonwealth **SOLD OUT**
3/27/19 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite **SOLD OUT**
3/29/19 - Vancouver, BC @ Wise Hall **SOLD OUT**
4/3/19 - London, ON @ Rum Runners **SOLD OUT**
4/9/19 - Bristol, UK @ The Fleece % ! **SOLD OUT**
4/10/19 - London, UK @ The Garage % ! **SOLD OUT**
4/11/19 - Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club % ! **SOLD OUT**
4/12/19 - Glasgow, UK @ Cathouse % ! **SOLD OUT**
4/14/19 - Paris, FR @ La Boule Noire !
4/15/19 - Dunkirk, FR @ Les 4Ecluses !
4/16/19 - Brussels, BE @ AB Club !
4/18/19 - Berlin, DE @ Cassiopeia !
4/19/19 - Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang !
4/20/19 - Cologne, DE @ MTC Club !
4/21/19 - Amsterdam, NE @ Upstairs @ Paradiso !
4/25/19 - Boston, MA @ Royale # ^ **SOLD OUT**
4/26/19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel # ^ **SOLD OUT**
4/29/19 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer # ^
4/30/19 - Pittsburgh, PA @ REX Theater $ ^
5/1/19 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom $ ^
5/3/19 - Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom $ ^
5/4/19 - Chicago, IL @ Metro $ ^
5/5/19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe $ ^
5/6/19 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater $
5/8/19 - Dallas, TX @ Trees $ ^
5/9/19 - Austin, TX @ The Mohawk $ ^
5/10/19 - Houston, TX @ Rockefeller's $ ^
5/11/19 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks $ ^
5/13/19 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West $ ^
5/14/19 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle $ ^
5/15/19 - Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle $ ^
5/17/19 - Washington, DC @ The Black Cat $ ^
5/18/19 - Boston, MA @ Royale ^
5/22/19 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts ^
5/23/19 - Chicago, IL @ Metro ^
6/7/19 - Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall # ^ **SOLD OUT**
6/8/19 - Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall # ^ **SOLD OUT**
6/19/19 - San Diego, CA @ The Irenic + ^
6/20/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom + ^
6/21/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom + ^ **SOLD OUT**
6/22/19 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore + ^
6/24/19 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom + ^
6/25/19 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox + ^
6/27/19 - Boise, ID @ The Olympic + ^
6/28/19 - Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue + ^
6/29/19 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre + ^
7/1/19 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf + ^
7/2/19 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar + ^
7/3/19 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room ^
# - with support from Diet Cig
^ - with support from Ratboys
! - with support from Milk Teeth
% - with support from Gender Roles
$ - with support from Casper Skulls
+ - with support from Beach Bunny