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PUP - Reservoir/My Shadow EP [7-inch] (Cover Artwork)

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PUP: Reservoir/My Shadow EP [7-inch]Reservoir/My Shadow EP [7-inch] (2014)
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Reviewer Rating: 4.5


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For those of you who have been hearing or reading the hype about PUP and aren't sure about whether they are worth investing your time and money into to them, let me first tell you that they are completely worth it. The really cool aspect about their self–titled full length is that every song i.


For those of you who have been hearing or reading the hype about PUP and aren't sure about whether they are worth investing your time and money into to them, let me first tell you that they are completely worth it. The really cool aspect about their self–titled full length is that every song is vastly different from the other. For those of you who like the more indie sounding stuff there are songs like "Mabu" and "Lionheart" and for those of you who like the louder and rawer stuff there are songs like "Guilt Trip" and "Back Against the Wall." But the song that will probably draw you in to becoming a fan of PUP regardless of what kind of sound you are more into is the song "Reservoir." This song is literally jaw dropping (that's exactly what happened to me when I first heard it). The main guitar riff is s catchy that it will instantly get stuck in your head. Sonically, this song is a rollercoaster. The verses build up suspense and lead into this massive chorus. Stephan Babcock's lead vocals truly shine on this song. Actually, all of the band members' vocals do. The backing vocals compliment Babcock perfectly. And lead guitarist, Steve Sladkowski plays a wailing guitar solo that is full of bends and it fits just right.

On the B–side of this 7–inch is PUP's cover of "My Shadow" by Jay Reatard. PUP really made this song their own. The guitars or more distorted and defined than the original recording and they tweaked the melody just a little bit. PUP added some backing vocals as well which compliment Babcocks's lead vocals perfectly and they added a few extra guitar fills in the chorus. Could it be that PUP beat Jay Reatard at his own game– It really seems like it.

Granted, it's very early for "end of the year" lists, but PUP is most likely the best new punk band of the year in my opinion.

Note to my fellow vinyl nerds:
500 copies of this 7–inch were pressed in black vinyl.

 

 
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77punker (June 4, 2014)

Reservoir is a kick-ass tune...saw these dudes open for the Menzingers this past Saturday in Philly...they rocked pretty hard...blew Lemuria off the stage...boy did they suck!!

mowlio (June 2, 2014)

s/t is album of the year (so far for me) which is surprising with all the huge releases already this year.

theTopher (June 2, 2014)

This band isn't breaking any new ground, but I think maybe people are being a little hard on them. The s/t's a pretty enjoable record that hints at potential excellent records to come.

wahhey (May 30, 2014)

..oh yeah. and jay reatard is rolling over in his fucking grave. these guys sound like a riverboat gamblers side project.

wahhey (May 30, 2014)

I was really unimpressed with the pup record. I don't know where this hype comes from. Then again I feel the same way I do about PUP as I do about Joyce Manor, which is an unpopular opinion on this site. Stuff just bores me to tears man.

moistphily (May 30, 2014)

Pup are good and I really like the album, but I disagree that each song is different. I think they are all quite similar. By the end of their album I find the repetition a bit tiring and so I would give it around 7.5 out of ten.

nedsammy (May 30, 2014)

Listened to Reservoir and I'm not sure we heard the same song? It's okay. Maybe I need to give it time...

Earlier I heard "Train II" by Crazy Spirit and it blew me away, but that's cos it sounds like what vomiting until tears form in your eyes feels like, so I guess we must be coming at this whole thing from from rather different angles.

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