PUP Share Two Previously Unheard Songs How To Live With Yourself And Smoke Screen

Wednesday, 07 June 2023 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Vanessa Heins

PUP have shared two previously unheard songs.

How To Live With Yourself and Smoke Screen were recorded during the sessions for the Toronto punks' 2022 album, 'THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND'. 

Building on their gang-vocals and supremely hooky anthems, they arrive ahead of the band's run of festival appearances, which include a slot at Download in the UK this Friday (June 9). Vocalist Stefan Babcock said of How To Live With Yourself:

"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."

Of the slower, more grungy Smoke Screen, he added: "This song originated with a Nestor 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."


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