PUP Plot Autumn UK And European Tour, Share New Track Matilda

Tuesday, 01 March 2022 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Vanessa Heins

PUP have announced UK and European shows for the autumn.

The Toronto pop-punks will call in Leeds, Manchester, London, Glasgow, Dublin, Brighton, Bristol, and Birmingham between October 12 and 21, followed by a series of dates across mainland Europe. Tickets go on general sale at 10am GMT on March 4.

The news follows the announcement of their fourth studio album, 'THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND', due out on April 1 via BMG/Rise Records. It'll include their singles Waiting and Robot Writes A Love Song, along with the newly shared Matilda, a slice of anthemic power-pop named after vocalist Stefan Babcock's favourite guitar. He explained:

"Matilda is the name of my favourite guitar. She was a gift from my friend Ryan, after watching me accidentally break the only guitar I owned in the middle of a long tour. I had no money to buy a replacement, and Ryan’s act of kindness is up there on my list of 'nicest things anyone’s ever done for me'. I played Matilda non-stop for seven years at every PUP show, even when my bandmates started complaining that she sounded like shit.

"As the band got bigger, the pressure to sound better was building and so I bought a 'good' guitar and played Matilda less and less. Before I knew it I hadn’t played her in over a year. I wrote this song based on this intense feeling of guilt and sadness and shame and nostalgia and regret, watching her rot away in a corner. I love this guitar and I love Ryan and wanted to do right by them, and I felt like I’d failed them both. I convinced the band that Matilda deserved one last rip on a PUP record, and I played her during the bridge of this song. It sounds so shitty. But good shitty. Great shitty.

"For me, it was the most joyful and cathartic moment in the entire making of this record."

The group also tour North America this spring. They'll return to the UK in July to play 2000trees.

Pup Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Wed October 12 2022 - LEEDS Leeds Beckett Students Union
Thu October 13 2022 - MANCHESTER O2 Ritz
Fri October 14 2022 - LONDON Roundhouse
Sun October 16 2022 - GLASGOW SWG3
Mon October 17 2022 - DUBLIN Academy 2
Wed October 19 2022 - BRIGHTON Chalk
Thu October 20 2022 - BRISTOL SWX
Fri October 21 2022 - BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute

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