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June 7, 2023 PUP Share New Songs “How To Live With Yourself” & “Smoke Screen”: Listen

Last year, Toronto punks PUP released their excellent Album Of The Week, THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND, which they swiftly followed up with a live EP in October: PUP Unravels Live In Front Of Everyone They Know. As they continue touring through Europe and the US, PUP have shared two brand-new songs: “How To Live With Yourself” and “Smoke Screen,” which are previously unreleased B-sides from The Unraveling.

About “How To Live With Yourself,” Stefan Babcock says: “This was the first song we wrote when we started working on our last album. The first one is always the hardest, you tend to overthink everything, so we wanted to start with something simple and fun, something that we wouldn’t get too in our own heads about. This one feels like a classic PUP song to me, and while our goal for the record was to push ourselves out of our comfort zone and try new things, sometimes it feels good to write a catchy, miserable ripper that feels like it captures exactly what this band is about.”

Babcock adds of “Smoke Screen”: “This song originated with a Nestor [Chumak] riff. He sent it around, and the thing was so slow that I thought he’d exported it wrong. But his idea was to do a song that was like the ‘sludgey’ version of PUP, something we’d never really done before. The more I listened to it, the more it grew on me. I remember in the height of the pandemic sitting in the backseat of my car at the Home Depot parking lot, anything to try and escape the house, and writing and recording all the lyrics on the spot.”

Listen to both tracks below.

06/01 – Paris, FR @ Backstage By The Mill
06/02 – Nantes, FR @ Le Ferrailleur
06/03 – Toulouse, FR @ Connexion Live
06/05 – Madrid, SP @ Primavera In The City
06/07 – Nickelsdorf, AU @ Novarock
06/09 – Donington, UK @ Download Festival
06/10 – Porto, PT @ Primavera Sound
06/16 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
06/23 – Ysselsteyn, NL @ Jera On Air Festival
06/24 – Münster, DE @ Vainstream Festival
06/26 – Aarhus, DK @ VoxHall
06/28 – Essen, DE @ Zeche Carl
06/29 – Hannover, DE @ MusikZentrum
06/30 – Rotselaar, BE @ Rock Werchter
07/02 – Rotterdam, NL @ Metropolis
07/07 – Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Bluesfest
07/08 – Sherbrooke, QC @ Sherblues & Folk
07/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Utah Is For Lovers,
07/22 – Denver, CO @ Colorado Is For Lovers
08/05 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
09/11 – London, ON @ London Music Hall
09/12 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Bell’s Eccentric Café
09/14 – Detroit, MI @ The Majestic Theatre
09/15-09/17 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest

“How To Live With Yourself” and “Smoke Screen” are out now via Rise Records.

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