PUP: Live in San FranciscoLive in San Francisco (2014)
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Reviewer Rating: 4.5

Contributed by: DesertBurst92DesertBurst92
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Even before PUP's debut album is released, there is a lot of buzz going around about them. I really wanted to see what they were all about and luckily they were playing at The Milk Bar in Haight-Ashbury on Friday, March 7, 2014. It turned out that I accidentally showed up about an hour early .

Even before PUP's debut album is released, there is a lot of buzz going around about them. I really wanted to see what they were all about and luckily they were playing at The Milk Bar in Haight-Ashbury on Friday, March 7, 2014.

It turned out that I accidentally showed up about an hour early to the show, which actually turned out to be a good thing because I was able to talk and chill out with the band members for a while. They couldn't have been nicer and more gracious.

Around 10:15PM PUP got up on stage and I have to say it sounded like the band members had been playing together for decades. They played each song so tightly and perfectly that they sounded identical to the recorded versions. They started out by blasting "Guilt Trip" which perfectly set the tone for the rest of the show. The band also played songs like "Mabu," "Lionheart," and "Factories" flawlessly. They had no issue getting a mosh pit started especially when they played "Back Against the Wall," which is truly an incredible track. During one of the other songs Stephan Babcock, the lead vocalist and guitarist, got on top of the drum kit and jumped into the crowd with his guitar still strapped on him and landed on his side on the ground. It was awesome! (He was okay!). PUP ended with what I consider to be their best song, which is called "Reservoir." This song just has such a catchy main guitar riff and chorus and awesome vocals that you can't help but sing along to it. It really got the mosh pit going and I'm pretty sure that they got a bunch of new fans because there was a bunch of people at their merch booth after their performance.

There's something special about PUP. These guys could easily get bigger real soon. If you get a chance to see them on this current North American tour don't hesitate to buy a ticket. You won't be disappointed. If you missed them make sure to catch them next time.

The opening band was called Balms, a local psychedelic rock band. The headlining band was Solids and you can check them out here. Both of these bands put on good shows, but I don't think that I know enough about them to be able to review them fairly.

You can see some pictures of the show here

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renaldo69 (February 17, 2015)

Cul-de-sac - amazing gem

HeinTerweduwe (March 21, 2014)

By some crazy coincidence this Belgian dude got a hold of the PUP S/T album in January through some link I still had with SideOneDummy while running punkupdates.com in the past. Now I don't get blown away easily anymore by a new band, but this album was something special, something that hit me so hard I kept listening to it for weeks and weeks in a row. I was well aware this band's music was unavailable for downloading outside Canada, so it was a big surprise to me (and I still don't really understand this) to one day see the band's name pop up on a gig calendar here in Gent, Belgium. Now you have to understand that I don't go out to shows like I used to anymore (I'm 45) except for some nearby shows and of course the bigger festivals like Groezrock and Pukkelpop, but this band's music was so appealing to me, that I decided to spend a weekend in Gent (which is some 100 kms from where I live) with my girlfriend especially to see this band. Actually she didn't even accompany me to the show :)
I too spoke a bit with some of these guys after the show, and I agree with reviewer that these guys (still) are very cool down-to-earth people. As for the show itself.... man o man... I haven't seen something like that for many many years, and I'm really not exagerating. They reproduce these songs live as if you're listening to the album, and almost every song is inviting you to shout along and still has loads of energy. I guess I must have been one of the few people there (if not the only one) knowing these songs, but from song 2 everybody in the venue was in front of the stage and in awe for this support band to another Belgian band Psycho 77. Everyone was going along with that thriving music. In the end people started dancing, singer stagedived... all pretty amazing considering the public can't have known a single song...
I'm pretty sure that if this album receives the promotion it deserves and their next album is a good one, this band can really make quite a buzz in coming years... I'm still euphoric thinking about it and they are of course my most anticipated band at Groezrock this year. I'm curious if they can create that same "club-atmosphere" there on a larger stage as well.

Dante3000 (March 21, 2014)

I don't know what has spurred the recent coverage of this band by punknews but I'm okay with it. I really like what I've heard from them so far. Hoping to get the full album stateside soon.

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