PUP announces world tour

Photo credit: Vanessa Heins
Photo credit: Vanessa Heins

If you were lucky enough to get into either of PUP’s sold out shows in Toronto or Montreal this last month, then you were privy to the “thunderous response of yells and fist pumps” and a “frenzy of flailing limbs and floating beach balls” which led Exclaim! to claim “they’re just too relentlessly good onstage.” Today, the Toronto quartet has announced that they’re adding a lot more dates to their already massive North American tour, making the jump back to the UK and Australia before returning to Canada for a nationwide road trip. Full tour dates can be found below, with even more stops to be added in the future.

This past February, Toronto’s PUP revealed the name of its new album – The Dream Is Over. They’re the exact words a doctor spoke to singer/guitarist Stefan Babcock upon discovering his vocal chords had suffered “pretty aggressive hemorrhaging.” Given that the band played over 450 shows in the last two years in support of its self-titled debut, it’s perhaps not surprising that it happened. But by announcing The Dream Is Over the way they did – onstage at a sold-out show in Brooklyn – PUP proved that the exact opposite is true. The Dream Is Over is visible, visceral proof that the dream is still very much alive. Out last week on Royal Mountain Records, PUP celebrated release day with a performance on CBC q as the Friday Live guest and today they find themselves on the cover of Exclaim!

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As for that self-aware, tongue-in-cheek album title? “It’s a fuck you to that doctor who told me I may never sing again,” explains singer/guitarist Stefan Babcock. “It’s a fuck you directed at ourselves for every single moment we ever took for granted. And it’s a shotty reminder that shit happens and expectations change but we’re still doing what we wanna do. This is life. This is the fucking dream.”

Since the release of PUP’s self-titled debut, this ferocious four-piece has truly taken the world by storm. They were listed amongst Rolling Stone’s Breakout Rock Acts of 2014, named one of Kerrang’s 20 Hottest Bands In The World Right Now, garnered nominations for three JUNO Awards, including a 2016 Video Of The Year nod for “Dark Days,” which was also shortlisted for the Prism Prize, while the album itself was listed for the Polaris Music Prize.

PUP WORLD TOUR DATES

Jun 1 – Pontiac, MI – The Pike Room at Crofoot ~
Jun 2 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean ~
Jun 3 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St. Entry ~
Jun 6 – Seattle, WA – The Vera Project ~
Jun 7 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge ~
Jun 9 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop ~
Jun 10 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo ~
Jun 11 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar ~
Jun 14 – Austin, TX – The Sidewinder ^
Jun 15 – Dallas, TX – Three Links ^
Jun 17 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Purgatory) ^
Jun 18 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt ^
Jun 21 – Washington, DC – DC9 ^
Jun 22 – Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMOCA ^
Jun 23 – Allston, MA – Great Scott ^
Jun 25 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg ^

~ = with Rozwell Kid, Charly Bliss
^ = with Rozwell Kid, PKEW PKEW PKEW

Jul 14 – Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Bluesfest
Jul 16 – Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
Jul 17 – Columbus, OH – PromoWest Fest
Jul 22 – Guelph, ON – Hillside Festival
Jul 24 – Chicago, IL – Wicker Park Festival
Aug 29 – Norwich, UK – The Owl Sanctuary
Aug 30 – Birmingham, UK – The Rainbow
Sep 1 – Bristol, UK – The Exchange
Sep 2 – Southampton, UK – Joiners
Sep 4 – Manchester, UK – Soundcontrol
Sep 5 – Leeds, UK – Brundenell Social Club
Sep 6 – Glasgow, UK – King Tuts
Sep 7 – Nottingham, UK – Bodega
Sep 9 – London, UK – The Dome
Sep 11 – Isle Of Wight, UK – Bestival
Oct 1 – Newcastle, AUS – Cambridge Hotel
Oct 2 – Wollongong, AUS – Yours & Owls
Oct 4 – Sydney, AUS – Oxford Art Factory
Oct 5 – Brisbane, AUS – Brightside
Oct 14 – Kingston, ON – The Mansion
Oct 15 – Quebec City, QC – Le Cercle
Oct 17 – Fredericton, NB – The Capital
Oct 18 – Sackville, NB – Thunder & Lightning
Oct 19 – Halifax, NS – The Marquee Club
Nov 21 – Vancouver, BC – The Cobalt
Nov 22 – Victoria, BC – Lucky Bar
Nov 24 – Calgary, AB – Commonwealth
Nov 25 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
Nov 26 – Saskatoon, SK – Amigo’s
Nov 27 – Winnipeg, MB – The Good Will