Toronto punk band PUP's name stands for Pathetic Use of Potential, but don't let that fool you. Since forming in 2010 (originally as Topangua), PUP has been nominated for and won many major music industry awards. Its song titled "Reservoir" received a SOCAN Songwriting Prize nomination. In 2013, PUP won the Bucky Awards for Best New Artist and Best Live Show. PUP's debut album was on the long list for consideration to receive the 2014 Polaris Music Prize, and PUP has received three Juno Award nominations, including Video of the Year and Recording Package of the Year.
PUP's songs have appeared in many other media from video games to TV shows. The PUP song, "Reservoir," is heard in the Watch Dogs 2 video game and was played over footage of gameplay appearing at the 2016 Electronic Entertainment Expo. PUP's song called "Lionheart" is heard in the NHL 15 video game, and "DVP" is heard in the Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator video game. The single, "Factories," is heard in Saving Hope, a Canadian television series.
Where can I buy PUP tickets?
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Who are the current members of PUP?
All the original members of PUP are still with the band today. Those members are Stefan Babcock on lead vocals and guitar, Steve Sladkowski on guitar and backup vocals, Nestor Chumak on bass and backup vocals and Zack Mykula on drums and backup vocals.
What can I expect from PUP?
At its core, PUP may be a punk band, but one minute of one show will tell you it is far from just a punk bad. PUP brings a lot to its music from practically every corner of the musical spectrum it seems - from rock to country to folk to jazz - and you truly never know what you'll hear or see at a PUP concert, even if you know the setlist ahead of time.
What songs might I hear in a PUP setlist?
At a PUP show, you're likely to hear the band's two top hits, "Reservoir/My Shadow 7" and "Kids," as well as its cover of "You Don't Get Me High Anymore" by Phantogram. You'll also surely hear other well-known PUP singles, including many for which the band produced music videos, such as "Guilt Trip," "Mabu," "Back Against the Wall," "Dark Day," "If This Tour Doesn't Kill You, I Will," "Sleep in the Heat," "Old Wounds," "Free at Last" and "Sibling Rivalry."
Where can I see a PUP show?
You can see a PUP concert at venues and events around the US, like The Beacham in Orlando, Fla., Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, Ga., Saturn in Birmingham, Ala., Elevation at the Intersection in Grand Rapids, Mich., and Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, Tenn. See a PUP performance at venues and events throughout Canada, like SONiC Field Day in Edmonton, MacEwan Hall in Calgary, Vogue in Vancouver, Capital in Victoria, Coors Event Centre in Saskatoon and The Garrick in Winnipeg. You can also catch PUP live at other venues throughout Europe and the rest of the world, such as Punk Rock Holiday in Tolmin, Slovenia, Mochvara in Zagreb, Croatia, Durer Kert in Budapest, Cafe V Lese in Prague, Czech Republic, and Bay Fest in Rimini, Italy.
Who are PUP's influences?
PUP has many musical influences you might expect and many you might not, both of which could well be evident in a live PUP performance. Examples of other artists whose influence on PUP you may detect in a PUP show are Dillinger, Queens of the Stone Age, Mastodon, Built to Spill, Tony Rice, Tom Verlaine, Modest Mouse, the Bronx, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Robert Johnson, Doc Watson and Mississippi John Hurt. The band also admits to having affinities for hip-hop and Van Halen.Back to Top
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