Just watched the brand new PUP video for their new track "Reservoir", and I already feel like I'm being dragged back into the '90s, and my friend Mac from The Plan is sending me letters and cassette tape diaries of what it's like for him to live and breath his band, and his Canadian hardcore, skatecore, Windsor/Halifax, Nova Scotian life. The PUP video in particular, reminds me of him; his ideals and the broken bass strings that were always made into bracelets, stained with blood from him hitting the strings too hard during a show and then sent to me like random tokens to relive his energy in an envelope with art school photos and stories from his world.
PUP is that kind of heavy in this video, but charmingly, and comically so - foiled in their pop-punk take on the school of heavy humor. For my mind to hit that mark, it makes sense. PUP are from a scene in Toronto, but this past October the band was one of the feature groups that made their way to the Halifax Pop Explosion (HPX '13 festival) to take part, all in the place where the literal, er, Plan, began...
PUP were signed today on SideOneDummy Records, and the occasion also marks their album and tour announcements for December and into 2014, also to the UK where they'll take part in an NME (annual) Awards 'best new artist' -type showcase.
To catch them live before they head back to their home turf in Canada and then on to the UK: see them at the Brooklyn Vegan/Exploding In Sound holiday party at Death By Audio also featuring Alarms & Controls who just debuted a brand new album ("Clovis Points", which was recorded with J. Robbins from Jawbox) on Dischord.
Death By Audio event ALL AGES -
Thursday, December 12th, 2013: