April 13 Weekly 40-Watt #14: PUP's 'Morbid Stuff'

April 13 Weekly 40-Watt #14: PUP's 'Morbid Stuff'

It seems like there’s going to be a new album from The Menzingers released this year, so instead of saying that PUP released my most anticipated punk record of 2019, I have to say that PUP released my second most anticipated punk record of 2019 instead. Morbid Stuff is PUP’s third album, preceded by 2013’s Pup and 2016’s The Dream Is Over. Both of those albums are very good and so is this one.

Lyrically, some PUP songs have this special type of way of transmitting genuine depression, anxiety, anger, fear or some mixture of the above with a tongue-in-cheek manner or dry, dark humor. This is a real gift, because a lot of PUP songs are loud and fast and catchy, and it’s genuinely easier to yell along if the lyrics are sometimes fun in nature themselves. This is how PUP’s singer, Stefan Babcock, finds himself going from “I hope you're doing fine on your own” to “I hope somehow I never see you again / And if I do it's at your funeral or better yet / I hope the world explodes / I hope that we all die” in the track “See You At Your Funeral.”

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