PUP, Toronto’s own punk rock success story, arrived at HISTORY this weekend and played two back-to-back shows alongside supporting acts, Pink Shift and Sheer Mag.
First up on stage was Pink Shift, a band hailing from Baltimore, Maryland that pushes the barriers of angsty riot grrrl music. Pink Shift combines feminism, punk, and politics using loud guitars, hardcore drumming, and penetrating vocals by lead singer Ashrita Kumar.
The second opener was Sheer Mag who played a dang badass set. Sheer Mag is driven by Christina Halladay’s vocals which absolutely tear through the air of the night. The band plays music inspired by 70s punk rock and bears hints of nostalgic 80s glam. Be sure to check out their upcoming dates on their website.
PUP, the Canadian punk rock band that formed in 2010 originally under the name Topanga, ended the night with an unbelievable performance. The liveliness and insistent glee that filled HISTORY on this Saturday night were truly momentous. On this tour PUP is promoting their newly released album THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND.
In addition to performing new tracks, PUP made sure to play many of their older tunes for the dedicated local fans. Many of PUP’s loyal followers in attendance have had a committed loyalty to the band since the very early PUP days when they played much smaller venues throughout the province.
A PUP show in Toronto is not one you want to miss, don’t fail to attend the next one by signing up for their newsletter on their website!
ICYMI: See our Adam Nightingale’s photos of PUP from 2020, here.
Hi! My name is Maddie and I’m a lover of art and all things rock n’ roll based in Toronto, Canada. I am an artist, writer, photographer, and filmmaker, happily spending my time involved and working hard at each of my passions. When I’m not creating art or films for myself, I’m either listening to music or at local shows using my camera to document the many amazing Toronto artists playing music for crowds of all sizes. I am lucky to spend time shooting, creating videos and taking photos for so many good people playing good Canadian music