Over the past few months I have been listening to a great band called PUP. They are a punk rock band from Toronto, Ontario. They currently have two full length albums out, one a self-titled, and another called “The Dream is Over” that was released in May 2016.
Starting early this October, PUP began a headlining tour called “The Nightmare Begins Fall Tour,” and I was fortunate enough to have gotten tickets to their sold out NYC date at the Bowery Ballroom.
I have been to a lot of shows. You could say I don’t have my priorities straight when it comes to attending shows because sometimes I will miss important things just to see a band I love, but music is a very significant part of my life. I hate missing shows because the experience of seeing the musicians that inspire me is always magical. PUP was no different, in-fact, they were exceptional. They were super high energy, they never let the crowd stop, and they played their songs incredibly well. Not to mention their tone, it was flawless. They really filled the room, and if they didn’t have your attention it was your fault, not theirs. They were too loud to not pay attention to. At one point the lead singer crowd surfed all the way to the bar opposite the stage, took a shot, and was carried all the way back. He was still singing into the microphone too. It was absolutely wild.
PUP has been on a bunch of very extensive tours. They have done tours in which they will play nearly a hundred shows, and sleep in a van or on couches throughout the entire thing. This is what inspired one of their more popular songs “If This Tour Doesn’t Kill You, I Will,” which is about how, no matter how good of friends you are with people, if you’re stuck in a van wth them for half of a year, you’re going to want to kill them. That is the first track on the most recent album “The Dream Is Over,” which has a cool backstory for how the name came to be. Stefan Babcock, the lead singer/guitarist of the band had messed up his vocal chords on one of their long tours and the doctor told him that “the dream is over.” Stefan and the rest up PUP really spit that back in the doctors face because they released an incredible full length album using his quote and then went on another one hundred show tour, during which they sold out multiple dates.
I am very grateful to have been able to see PUP, they put on one of the best live shows that I have seen in a while. My vocal chords are still feeling all the screaming I did that night, and honestly, its a pretty good feeling not having a voice because of seeing one of your favorite bands. If you are into punk rock I would suggest giving PUP a listen and I assure you will not be disappointed, and I would strongly encourage you to see them if they come around to your area, they truly make their show an amazing experience.