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This December I was fortunate enough to see PUP perform one of the Toronto shows that finalized their If This Tour Doesn’t Kill You, I Will Fall Tour. Being a ginormous fan of PUP’s punk-rock sound, I was anticipating a crazy, upbeat performance by the local band, and they did not disappoint.

This particular show out of the three had Chris Cresswell and The Hotelier as the openers. These bands set the mood for some classic “It’s not a phase, Mom” tunes. They had a tough crowd as both myself and everyone there was excited to see the headliner.

PUP is a Toronto band, and if you have never heard of them, this is your chance to get acquainted with some amazing local talent. They released their second studio album The Dream Is Over (2016) this past summer, which gained international recognition for being one the best rock albums of the year. The band is made of Stefan Babcock (lead vocals, guitar), Nestor Chumak (bass, backing vocals), Zack Mykula (drums, backing vocals), and Steve Sladkowski (guitar, backing vocals).


 

A photo posted by PUP (@puptheband) onDec 15, 2016 at 8:31am PST 

 

A photo posted by PUP (@puptheband) onDec 17, 2016 at 8:12am PST

 Eyeing the crowd upon arriving, I was entertained to see a stereotypical room full folks of all ages dressed in their grungy rock apparel. Waiting for PUP to take stage, I was hoping they would open with the newest album’s first track, “If This Tour Doesn’t Kill You, I Will,” which transitions seamlessly into the next one, “DVP.” The young musicians followed through on this, having the majority of the crowd turning into a mosh pit and headbanging as the guitar got faster and the drums hit harder.

Babcock bounced around the stage screaming the lyrics as audience members crowd surfed. PUP transitioned between their most recent album and their self-titled first album PUP (2013), singing popular songs like “Lionheart,” “Pines,” and “Dark Days.” The crowd consistently sang along to the verses of PUP’s anthem-like songs—Babcock even jumped into the crowd with the mic to sing along with everyone else. Surprise guest Liam Cormier, who is the lead singer of the amazing punk-metal band Cancer Bats, came out to encore the crowd for a cover of the Beastie Boy’s “Sabotage.”

PUP maintained their raw upbeat energy throughout the entire set and kept the audience along for the entire ride. When PUP comes back for another performance in Toronto, they are a definite must-see.

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