Following their critically acclaimed 2019 album Morbid Stuff and 2020's raucous This Place Sucks Ass EP, PUP are back with THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND, their most ambitious release to date.
Recorded and mixed over the course of five weeks in summer 2021 at Grammy award-winning producer Peter Katis’ bat-filled mansion in Connecticut, THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND is full of furious, ridiculous and anthemic songs, the recording process allowing PUP to push themselves further than ever before.
With more time in the studio, they were able to craft their songs sonically in a way they were unable to in the past and allowed themselves to incorporate new instruments like piano, synths, horns, and more for the first time. Though made in madness-inducing isolation (aside from the bats of course), PUP are remotely joined on the album by Sarah from Illuminati Hotties, Kathryn from NOBRO, Mel from Casper Skulls, and Erik from Remo Drive. The result is not just the next PUP record, but the most PUP record.
Take, for example, the single and video for “Robot Writes A Love Song.” Written in 15 minutes, and with vocals recorded in the backseat of Stefan Babcock’s car, “Robot Writes A Love Song” dissolves into a wash of nervous vocals before becoming what is surely the most emotional song ever written from the perspective of a computer being overwhelmed unto death by actual human emotions.
Every PUP record arrives with an implied “contents under pressure” warning; the tension between the band’s instinct for the melodic and its gift for chaos propels the songs forward while making them also seem close to flying apart in a horrifying spray of tears and gore. THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND is the sound of a band that is both comfortable with, and in command of that chaos.
PUP has seen their share of success over the last eight years…winning a Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year, being shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize, write ups and accolades everywhere from the New York Times to Pitchfork to NPR and playing venues around the world packed with rabid fans. They have performed on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and played at major festivals like Lollapalooza, Boston Calling, Shaky Knees, and Riot Fest.