PUP conquer with latest single, Kids.
Pathetic Use of Potential, or PUP to you and me, are one of music’s best-kept secrets. Ever since I had the honour of seeing the band support The Wonder Years in London a few years back, I have been hooked. The Canadian four-piece are now tasked with producing the follow-up to 2016’s stellar 5 byter The Dream Is Over. They have marked the beginning of this conquest with the first single from their latest album, Kids. Morbid Stuff is set for release on April 6th via Rise Records and after 3 long years, it couldn’t come soon enough.
The first time I heard the riff that opens Kids I was washed with happiness. There is a distinct sound to PUP’s music, one that is very hard to describe. See, for me, PUP are a band that always seems to grow on you. Every time I listen to one of their tunes, I notice something extra in it, something that makes me adore it even more. Kids has this vibe about it too. The song skips through its opening verse with Stephan Babcock’s vocals painting the landscape in the bumpy way that only they know how. However, don’t get me twisted – I am not hating on the vocals on offer here – but instead assuring you to stick with them as you listen. The harmonies that are found in the pre-chorus give this song life. Rough around the edges but perfect in their own way, they really hyperbolise the energy of the song as it moves towards its chorus. The lyrics are personal and warm, couplets such as “I’m pretty happy lying here with you / it’s pretty good to feel something” really give the song a nourishing feel. Furthermore, the riff that saunters through the breakdown of the song is refreshing and mixes the pace of the track up wonderfully. Kids swirls from part to part, continually keeping you guessing as you listen. The band are back and if the rest of the album stacks up as strongly as this single, we could be in for a treat.
This release does everything you would expect a PUP song to do, it may not be groundbreakingly different, but it sure does give us fans a new fix. It is catchy and sets the benchmark for what is to come. After a long absence, it feels as though the band are back (finally!) and are on the verge of releasing another strong album. Morbid Stuff is sure to absorb some of the youthful exuberance and delicate warmth left over from The Dream is Over and hopefully, they run with it. April can’t come soon enough.
3.5/5 Bytes. Callum Huthwaite.
You can pre-order Morbid Stuff here – https://RiseRecords.lnk.to/MorbidStuff
Catch the band on their upcoming tour of the UK and Europe: