PUP Announce New EP 'This Place Sucks Ass', Share New Track Rot

Friday, 18 September 2020 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Jess Baumung

PUP have announced a new EP.

The six-track 'This Place Sucks Ass' will arrive on October 23 and feature the already shared Anaphylaxis and Grandaddy cover, A.M. 180. It will also include three songs left off their 2019 LP 'Morbid Stuff', as well as the newly shared Rot. According to a press release, the tracks were "too frenetic or too unhinged" for the record.

Bursting with sneering, frenzied energy, Rot was written and recorded earlier in 2020. Vocalist Stefan Babcock said of the EP's title:

"It was a thing we used to say as a joke a million times on tour. Literally any city, whether it was Lethbridge, Alberta, or New York City, we’d be like, 'This place sucks ass.' We have so much negativity, and sometimes it becomes so extreme and ridiculous that we start to find it funny. But at this moment in time, it feels so fucking real.

"Wherever you are, it sucks ass right now. So, wherever you live, whatever your circumstances, this is an EP about the place you’re from, and the place you're at now."

To celebrate the EP's release, the Toronto punks will play a ticketed livestream show on October 23. They added:

 "What can you expect from the livestream? Like most regular PUP shows, it’ll probably be a bit of a trainwreck, which is really all part of the magic. We don’t know if it’ll be any good, but we do promise it will be weird and different from any livestream you’ve ever seen. It’s being directed by our pal (and 5th member of PUP) Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux, who has also directed almost all of our music videos. It will be fun and unhinged and entirely unprofessional. Am I selling it? I think I’m selling it." 

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