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PUP Shares New Song “Free At Last”

Toronto, Ontario’s very own punk powerhouse — PUP — will release their excellent new record Morbid Stuff in April, and today the band shares the album’s second single entitled “Free At Last.” PUP shared the song’s lyrics and chords with fans a few weeks ago, asking them to do their best cover without ever even hearing the track. While the band expected a handful of covers to be made, they wound up with253 submissions and a damn good $25 music video, shot entirely on an iPhone in one night to boot. Listen to the song and check out the instructional music videoHERE, featuring PUP fans, including the likes of Charly Bliss’ Eva Hendricks, who sings on the original track, as well as Stranger Things and Calpurnia’s Finn Wolfhard.

Stefan Babcock on the song and video:

The video for “Free At Last” started off as a very, very stupid concept. Before the song was released, we put out the lyrics and a basic chord chart and asked people to record their own versions without hearing the original first. It was a bit of a social experiment. We expected to receive 15 or 20 covers. We received 253. A lot of them were very… interesting… but most of them were actually really good. We listened to every single one front to back (13 hours and 34 minutes), and by the end our brains were puddles of sludge and we couldn’t remember how our own version sounded.

We received hip hop versions, ska versions, grindcore, EDM, Mariachi, Ukulele, Polka, and piano ballad versions. Incredibly enough, none of the 253 covers sounded like ours. And even more astounding, no two of the covers sounded the same either. The amount of creativity and love put into these things absolutely blew us away.

This Spring, PUP will embark on a North America, UK and Europe tour in support ofMorbid Stuff. New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Portland, Toronto, Brussels, andCologne have all sold out, as well as all U.K. and all Canadian dates. The band also just announced a hometown show in Toronto at Echo Beach on July 21st, with support from Twin Peaks and Charly Bliss. 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.

Morbid Stuff will be out on April 5th via Little Dipper/Rise Records. Pre-orderHERE.

The Morbid Stuff Tour-Pocalypse 2019

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 ! **SOLD OUT**

4/18/19 – Berlin, DE @ Cassiopeia !

4/19/19 – Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang !

4/20/19 – Cologne, DE @ MTC Club ! **SOLD OUT**

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 # ^ **SOLD OUT**

4/30/19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ REX Theater $ ^ **SOLD OUT**

5/1/19 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom $ ^ **SOLD OUT**

5/3/19 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom $ ^

5/4/19 – Chicago, IL @ Metro $ ^ **SOLD OUT**

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 $ ^ **SOLD OUT**

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 $ ^ **SOLD OUT**

5/21/19 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom $ ^

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 + ^ **SOLD OUT**

6/21/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom + ^ **SOLD OUT**

6/22/19 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore + ^ **SOLD OUT**

6/24/19 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom + ^ **SOLD OUT**

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 @ Crescent Ballroom + ^

7/3/19 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory + ^

7/21/19 – Toronto, ON @ RBC Echo Beach ~

# – 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

~ – with support from Twin Peaks & Charly Bliss

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