The opening track on Pup’s rollicking sophomore album is literally about wanting to kill your bandmates. But don’t get it twisted — these Torontonians are just about the nicest band you’ll ever meet.
“We’re Canadian — we invented politeness,” says frontman Stefan Babcock. It’s absolutely true. Their 2016 album The Dream Is Over is rife with lyrics about drinking too much and being a general sad sack of a person, but the band behind the album is a real beacon of positive vibes from up north.
“Our shows have been getting pretty rowdy, but in an overwhelmingly positive way,” Babcock says, chatting on the recently wrapped North American tour in support of the new LP. On the “safe scene” movement, drummer Zack Mykula adds, “The great thing that I’ve seen about our fans across the board — they’ll stop us during a song if someone’s fallen down in the pit… [They’re] making sure everyone is good so everyone can enjoy it.”
Pup stopped by Billboard‘s New York office to chat about all of this and more — what they’ll do with their $50,000 if they win the Polaris Prize (the new album made the 2016 nominee list), why they gave the Crying Jordan to the Strumbellas and Babcock’s advice for keeping your vocals strong on tour.
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