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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AOTY Contender Series: PUP - 'The Dream Is Over'

AOTY Contender Series: PUP - 'The Dream Is Over'

I wrote about the PUP album in semi-decent length back when it came out in May, and my thoughts on it largely haven't changed much since then. The Dream Is Over (Apple Music/iTunesSpotify, YouTube below, Bandcampvinyl) is a very impressive effort to me for many reasons, and it's been one of my most-played albums throughout the year (it somehow fits really well in both the summer heat and the fall/winter wind). 

Chief among this sophomore effort's impressive attributes is, as I wrote in May, the apparent development and progression of this young band. They seem to be extremely comfortable in their art right now, something that has gone on display recently in the form of this great music video for "Sleep In The Heat." The Dream Is Over saw PUP extending their range from a go-to sound of loud and noisy punk rock to slower, more methodic songs full of emotion

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