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PUP: PUPPUP (2014)
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Canadian punk band PUP has really gotten a great start with their music career with their first full-length. This album is absolutely rockin'. The band holds no aggression back in any of their songs on this LP, which is especially due to lead singer and guitarist Stefan Babcock's phenomenal.
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Canadian punk band PUP has really gotten a great start with their music career with their first full-length. This album is absolutely rockin'. The band holds no aggression back in any of their songs on this LP, which is especially due to lead singer and guitarist Stefan Babcock's phenomenal vocals. This aggression is consistently heard through out the album. Overall this album is very consistent in terms of its sound and energy as well, so much so that you don't need to skip any songs when listening to it.
This record starts out with the song "Guilt Trip," which seems more like a post-punk song. It's a very strong start for the entire album. However, the second song, which is called "Reservoir," is fantastic and probably the best song on the album. This is the song where PUP truly shines and shows that they have a lot of potential and a ton of promise. The main guitar riff in "Reservoir" is so catchy and Babcock's vocals match up perfectly with it. Not to mention the great back-up vocals. The chorus is also incredibly catchy and easy to sing along to. It's a song you can imagine jumping up and down to in the pit and being really pumped that they are playing it if you see them live. The guitar solo in this song (from what I can tell) consists only of guitar bends and they work so well with the rest of the song and Babcock's screaming. They shot a great music video for this song you can check out here.
Another great song on this record is called "Back Against the Wall." It has the same screaming lead vocals and great back-up vocals, but this song has a sort of indie-rock vibe to it (which is also heard in other songs like "Dark Days"), while maintaining the aggression that is prevalent through out the album. You really hear the indie-rock vibe in the guitar introduction of this song, but then it quickly changes to a full-fledged punk song. PUP's ability to write such an awesome chorus is very apparent in this song, too.
Even though this is PUP's first full-length, it will definitely exceed the listener's expectations. This is a band that the scene should really keep an eye on because if this album is just the beginning for PUP, it should be really exciting to see what they release in the future.

 

 
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mowlio (June 2, 2014)

awful review for a great album.

HeinTerweduwe (April 28, 2014)

It's been quite a while since I've been THAT enthusiastic about music. This album is just so fantastic, although maybe songs 4, 5 and 8 didn't really need to be on here for me, being somewhat calmer than the others. To respond to the guy below wondering what this music sounds like... it's just so damn hard to describe or compare to another band really, but I'm going to give it a try anyway. Imagine Nirvana in a poppier yet more energetic punk-package, songs that are not easy-sounding yet easy to sing along to. Although I never touched a guitar myself, I think this guitar player is a phenomena because managing to put another layer of music on top of these songs. After listening to punkrock music for over 30 years, I can only say that I rarely have been so moved by an album and eager to tell others how great this release is. I just hope their next work may prove they really are as great as I assume they are. If so... this is definitely a band to watch out for.

notfeelingcreative (April 22, 2014)

Wow! Why did I sleep on this?! Amazing.

bandgeekmafia78 (April 3, 2014)

This pleasantly caught me by suprise. Top top album.

floggingmicah (April 2, 2014)

It doesn't get better than this. Perfect album in my books. Can't wait to see them live!

NewKid (April 2, 2014)

I have no idea what this sounds like based on the review.

chri5topher (April 2, 2014)

Super tight album...keep up the good work!

mattbeall (April 1, 2014)

Must buy. Shit is soooooo gooooooood.

Dante3000 (April 1, 2014)

Why has this not come to my door yet?! Side One Dummy is testing my patients! ANGER!

kelly_d (April 1, 2014)

Shut up ya jive turkey

dumdrummer (April 1, 2014)

This is the best damn thing I've heard is so damn long.

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