PUP released the massive 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. They returned a few weeks ago with “Anaphylaxis,” their first new material of 2020, and now they have created their first quarantine-induced performance for the single. After a few, uh, less successful attempts, PUP share an incredible video of the new single, performed live for the first time, straight from their respective homes (and tour van!)
Vocalist Stefan Babcock said of the video, “During our quarantine, I couldn’t go to our jam space. I also live in a small apartment and my neighbours understandably get very annoyed and/or concerned about my mental state when they hear me yelling my head off about getting stung by bees or killing my bandmates or whatever garbage these dumb songs are about. So I started making demos and recording in my car in a parking lot across the street from my house. Every few minutes, cops would slowly drive past to see what the unhinged kid in the busted up Ford Escape was doing. But I’m white, so lucky me, my biggest worry was that they’d judge my precious lyrics. White privilege is real. Defund the police.”
Additionally, PUP have put Morbid Stuff-themed masks up for sale now, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Trans Toolkits Collective, supporting trans, two-spirit, and non-binary people in Toronto dealing with gender dysphoria and being hit especially hard by COVID-19 by delivering personalized toolkits of gender essential items. Click HERE to grab a mask and support!
Riot Fest in Chicago just announced its initial lineup for 2021, and PUP will be performing — hopefully without their Morbid Stuff masks. Get your tickets HERE.