Toronto based punks Pup released the second single off of their upcoming album, Morbid Stuff. The track is called "Free At Last", see below. Pup asked fans a few weeks back for submissions of their own take on covering the track without ever hearing the track. The band ended up with 253 submissions and have turned those submissions it to this video. Morbid Stuff is due out April 5, 2019 on Rise Records.
Pup will be embarking on a North America and European tour this spring to support the release, click here to view the dates.
The video for “Free At Last” started off as a very, very stupid concept. Before the song was released, we put out the lyrics and a basic chord chart and asked people to record their own versions without hearing the original first. It was a bit of a social experiment. We expected to receive 15 or 20 covers. We received 253. A lot of them were very… interesting… but most of them were actually really good. We listened to every single one front to back (13 hours and 34 minutes), and by the end our brains were puddles of sludge and we couldn’t remember how our own version sounded.
We received hip hop versions, ska versions, grindcore, EDM, Mariachi, Ukulele, Polka, and piano ballad versions. Incredibly enough, none of the 253 covers sounded like ours. And even more astounding, no two of the covers sounded the same either. The amount of creativity and love put into these things absolutely blew us away. - Stefan Babcock