PUP Experiences the Highs, Lows, & Scandals of Fame and Rocks the Moon in New Video for “Totally Fine”


Adrian GarroCategories:Latest News

Rock Cellar Magazine

When is a band more than a band? In the new music video for “Totally Fine,” Canadian punk/indie band PUP experiences it all.

Specifically, the band takes a journey involving fame, fortune, headlines, critical acclaim, massive global popularity, scandals, being valued as a brand/stock portfolio, seeing that brand/stock portfolio crumble under the weight of salacious headlines, and … a trip to the moon.

It’s all part of the PUPTHEBAND experience, as depicted in this wildly engaging video:

“We wrote ‘Totally Fine’ after a long creative drought,” said the band in a statement about the song. “We all agreed to take a break from PUP during lockdown, to take some time to deal with our mental health and get some space from each other. After 3 months of not writing any songs, ‘Totally Fine’ was the first thing to pop out. It broke this creative dam wide open, just months worth of pent up frustration all smashed into this one song. After that, we ended up going on a bit of a tear and wrote the rest of the record really quickly. The drumming on this song still blows our minds. It’s so manic and wild and makes the song feel like it’s about to fall apart at any moment, which is kinda like how it feels to be in PUP.”

“Totally Fine” is featured on The Unraveling of PUPTHEBAND, a new record that will be released on April 1.

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PUP has been sharing songs from the record for a few weeks. “Matilda” was also debuted recently, essentially an avenue by which guitarist/vocalist Stefan Babcock comes to terms with the “guilt and sadness and shame” he felt after casting aside a guitar he used to play all the time:

The circumstances of the album’s recording process, which came during the still-present COVID-19 pandemic and in the aforementioned “bat-filled mansion,” lent itself to a particularly inspired setting. As a news release states:

With more time in the studio, they were able to craft their songs sonically in a way they were unable to in the past, and allowed themselves to incorporate new instruments like piano, synths, horns, and more for the first time. Though made in madness-inducing isolation (aside from Peter and the bats, of course), PUP were remotely joined on the album by Sarah from Illuminati Hotties, Kathryn from NOBRO, Mel from Casper Skulls, and Erik from Remo Drive. The result is not just the next PUP record, but the *most* PUP record.

PUP’s most recent studio album is 2019’s Morbid Stuff, a record that introduced PUP to new audiences.

The band also has a slew of tour dates coming up soon, including a coveted spot at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in April:

3/23/22 – Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo [SOLD OUT]
3/26/22 – Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre Music Theatre !
3/27/22 – Hamilton, ON @ Bridgeworks ! [SOLD OUT]
3/28/22 – Kingston, ON @ The Ale House !
3/29/22 – Peterborough, ON @ The Venue !
4/1/22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Roxian Theatre *^
4/2/22 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall *^
4/3/22 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre *^
4/5/22 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Fillmore *^
4/8/22 – Victoria, BC @ Capital Ballroom ^
4/9/22 – Victoria, BC @ Capital Ballroom ^ [SOLD OUT]
4/10/22 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo ^ ‡
4/11/22 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom +^
4/13/22 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades +^
4/15/22 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music and Arts Festival
4/16/22 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren +^
4/17/22 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah + [SOLD OUT]
4/18/22 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah ^ [SOLD OUT]
4/20/22 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield+^
4/21/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda #^
4/22/22 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music and Arts Festival
4/24/22 – Denver, CO @ The Ogden Theatre +^
4/25/22 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater +^
4/27/22 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater +^
4/28/22 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues +^
4/29/22 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater +^
5/1/22 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Music Festival
5/3/22 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel +^
5/4/22 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz +^
5/5/22 – Richmond, VA @ The National +^
5/6/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall +^
5/7/22 – Washington, DC @ The Fillmore Silver Spring +^
5/9/22 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom +^
5/10/22 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues +^
5/11/22 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 +^
5/13/22 – Montreal, QC @ MTelus +^
5/14/22 – Toronto, ON @ History +^ [SOLD OUT]
5/15/22 – Toronto, ON @ History +^
6/3/22 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues $
6/4/22 – Royal Oak, MI @ The Royal Oak $
6/5/22 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s $
6/6/22 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom $
6/8/22 – Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi Annex $
6/9/22 – Lawrence, KS @ The Granada $
6/10/22 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant $
6/11/22 – Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl $
6/13/22 – Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall $
6/14/22 – Columbia, SC @ The Senate $
6/15/22 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa $
6/17/22 – Holyoke, MA @ Race Street Block Party $
6/18/22 – Buffalo, NY @ Asbury Hall $
7/3/22 – St. Catharines, ON @ Born & Raised Concert Series
7/8/22 – Cheltenham, UK @ 2000trees Festival
7/23/22 – Byron Bay, Australia @ Splendour in the Grass
8/26/22 – Málaga, Spain @ Canela Party Festival
10/12/22 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Beckett Students Union
10/13/22 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz
10/14/22 – London, UK @ The Roundhouse
10/16/22 – Glasgow, UK @ SWG3 Galvanizers
10/17/22 – Dublin, IE @ Academy 2
10/19/22 – Brighton, UK @ Chalk
10/20/22 – Bristol, UK @ SWX
10/21/22 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Institute
10/23/22 – Paris, FR @ Backstage
10/24/22 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
10/25/22 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
10/26/22 – Köln, DE @ Bürgerhaus Stollwerck
10/28/22 – Berlin, DE @ So36
10/29/22 – Warsaw, PL @ Hybrydy
10/30/22 – Prague, CZ @ Rock Cafe
11/1/22 – Milan, IT @ Bloom
11/2/22 – Munich, DE @ Strom
11/3/22 – Hamburg, DE @ Gruenspan
11/5/22 – Copenhagen, DK @ Pumpehuset

! with support from Casper Skulls
‡ with support from Beverly Crusher
# with support from Skegss
^ with support from Pinkshift
$ with support from Oceanator
* with support from Cloud Nothings
+ with support from Sheer Mag



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