SHARE VIDEO FOR ‘MORBID STUFF’
SHOT LIVE ACROSS TWO SOLD OUT LONDON SHOWS
HANDHELD FOOTAGE RECORDED BY 19 FANS
BAND RECENTLY FINISHED MAMMOTH 9 MONTH WORLD TOUR
THIRD ALBUM, MORBID STUFF, OUT NOW
Praise for Morbid Stuff:
“Morbid Stuff is the angriest PUP has ever sounded. But it’s not a cry for help. It’s a cry of freedom, the sound of a band realising that anger is liberating…” – Pitchfork (7.9)
“With Morbid Stuff, the Toronto band made the best album of their career” – Noisey
“This one’s worth listening to” – Kerrang! (4/5)
“These guys are heroes” – NPR Music
“Should find happy bedfellows in fans old and new” – Upset (4/5)
“A seamless explosion of ferocity which translates their anger and nihilism perfectly” – DIY (4/5)
“Unifying” – NME (4/5)
Following the end of the band’s recent world tour, a run that had them on the road for 9 months, PUP today share the video for ‘Morbid Stuff’, recorded live and shot on cheap handheld cameras handed out to 19 gig-goers the band personally connected with in advance of their recent sold out London dates. As premiered yesterday on the fans’ social media accounts, the clip showcases the sweat-stained euphoria of the band’s shows and once again captures the unique bond between PUP and the people that come to their gigs, screaming every word.
Taken from the critically-acclaimed album of the same name, today’s release isn’t the first time they’ve collaborated on visuals with fans, for the ‘Free At Last’ video, which served as a love letter to their fans, the band called on people to record their own versions of a song not-yet-released, supplying only chords and lyrics to hilarious and impressive results.
Redefining the relationship between artist and fans, they’ve often let fans feel as much a part of PUP as the four people onstage, creating zines that connect on a more intimate level than social media, used in the past to leak information of upcoming releases like the single ‘Kids’ through fans all pushed via their fan-facing Little Dipper label imprint.
With the news that PUP will return to this side of the Atlantic next year for a summer of festival appearances, it was recently announced that the band, following 9 months touring, had offset the entire run through Less.ca. To raise the funds necessary, vocalist Stefan Babcock set to create 50 personalized one-of-a-kind tattoos for specific fans, all of which he’d connected with directly, again blurring the line between the band and its fans.
2020 EU/UK festival dates:
June 12th | Castle Donington, UK @ Download
June 13th | Kildare, IE @ Sunstroke
June 19th | Hradec Kralove, CZ @ Rock For People
June 20th | Neuhausen ob Eck, DE @ Southside
June 21st | Scheeßel, DE @ Hurricane
June 26th | Ysselsteyn, NL @ Jera on Air
About Morbid Stuff:
Formed in Toronto five years ago, PUP, comprised of Stefan 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 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.
PUP – Morbid Stuff
1. Morbid Stuff
3. Free At Last
4. See You At Your Funeral
5. Scorpion Hill
7. Bloody Mary, Kate and Ashley
8. Sibling Rivalry
9. Full Blown Meltdown
10. Bare Hands