Thu August 3, 2017 10:00 pm $17.50
Overflowing with attitude, energy, and hooky guitar figures, PUP are a punk rock band from Toronto, Ontario, Canada whose debut album made them one of the acts to watch on the Canadian music scene. Featuring Stefan Babcock on vocals and guitar, Steve Sladkowski on guitar and vocals, Nestor Chumak on bass and vocals, and Zack Mykula on drums and vocals, all longtime friends who met in elementary school, PUP was formed in 2011 under the name Topanga. Topanga released a digital EP titled Oceans, and positive press and attention from other bands helped create a buzz about the group. In 2013, they became PUP, releasing their self-titled debut album through the Royal Mountain label. The album was a hit with both critics and fans, with the group being named Best Live Show and Best New Artist by CBC Radio 3.By the end of 2013, PUP had signed a record deal with the well-established punk label Side One Dummy, and the band spent much of 2014 and 2015 touring in support of SOD's reissue of their debut LP, launching their first headlining tours of the United States and Canada, as well as making their Australian debut. In February 2016, PUP teased a new single called "DVP" in advance of their second full-length album, The Dream Is Over. Released in May of that year, the album's title is a reference to a prognosis Babcock received from his doctor: he'd severely damaged his vocal cords, having endured years of non-stop touring. In true punk fashion, PUP used the doctor's glib comment as the rallying cry for another set of hard-hitting, self-deprecating punk tunes.
We wouldn't trust anyone else to open this power house of a Lolla Afterparty than our boys in DEEPER. This quartet brings a fuller, more nuanced sound with a stronger focus on guitar interplay and driving rhythms. On their excellent Fire Talk debut, "Trans," released this past May, DEEPER channels the anxiety and uneasiness of modern life by weaving chiming guitar swirls to a dense climax.