Toronto based PUP have shared a cover of one of their favorite songs today, a genius take on indie rock band Grandaddy’s timeless track “A.M. 180.”
“Grandaddy are one of the unsung hero bands of indie rock,” says PUP’s drummer Zack Mykula. “A best kept secret. I mean, forgive me for going ham, but this song is like a lily in an otherwise barren valley. An outstanding piece of songwriting, doing more with less than most any other song of the same caliber. So, that’s why we decided to cover it.”
PUP have also announced that they will be releasing PUPTHEZINE Vol. 4 titled “QUARANZINE”. The issue will include cut-out PUP figurines, a postcard, each band members’ resume, guitar tabs for “Anaphylaxis”, a pedalboard breakdown, a flexi-disc of a ska song written in quarantine (hailed as “a truly unparalleled, transcendent musical masterpiece” by PUP themselves) and much much more.
In 2019, PUP released the massive album Morbid Stuff last year to critical acclaim, earning countless year-end nods, their late-night debut on Late Night With Seth Meyers, and a largely sold-out world tour that had them on the road for a solid 9 months.
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.
I grew up in Alberta, but spent most of my life in British Columbia – I also spent a lot of my summers in Britain as I was lucky enough to have immigrant parents with the capital to go visit our relatives. The amount of time I spent overseas makes it hard for me to say I feel fully Canadian, but it does make me feel typically Canadian as so many of us have mixed parentage. My parents defined another divide in me as I feel inexorably pulled to both science and the art; my father being a doctor and my mother being a school teacher. I studied both in university and now work on making healthcare software during the day, then write/read/draw/paint/dance in my evenings. My global wanderings, my education, and the fact that my appetite for media could be described as ‘voracious’ means my frame of reference is pretty varied. It’s hard to say that I have a favourite music genre, rather I am always seeking sounds that convey a sense earnestness an honesty.