Canadian pop-punk and alternative group PUP (âDVPâ) released two singles on November 9, titled âWaitingâ and âKill Somethingâ. These new tracks hint at the release of an upcoming album, but as of yet, no albums have been announced. A new album for PUP would follow the 2019 release of “Morbid Stuff”, the group’s third studio album. âWaitingâ and âKill Somethingâ wouldn’t even feel slightly out of place on any of the band’s albums, and they have a similar compositional feel to tracks like âFree at Lastâ and âMorbid Stuff,â respectively.
“Waiting” is a heavy guitar composition which, like the tracks on “Morbid Stuff”, features singer Stefan Babcock oscillating between talking and singing. This style has become synonymous with singers like Brian Sella of The Front Bottoms (“The Plan”) and Aaron Weiss of mewithoutYou (“Tie Me Up! Untie Me!”), And PUP has a similar sound to these bands. The song deals with addiction issues with lyrics, using linguistic double meanings, and discussing topics the genre typically deals with like depression and relationship issues. Throughout the piece, Babcock grapples with his own sanity and the effectiveness of therapy, with lyrics such as “Two hundred dollars a week to talk about my lack of direction?” I got a little complex, in case it wasn’t clear in the last three sessions. While discussions of mental health and feelings of inadequacy and depression are certainly not new to the pop-punk genre, the open-ended nature of Babcock’s writing is refreshing.
Musically, “Waiting” is incredibly similar to previous versions of PUP, featuring Babcock’s vocals on strong, upbeat guitars from Babcock himself (rhythm) and Steve Sladkowski (lead). In real PUP, the verses are more spoken than sung. The transition to the chorus is sudden and brutal, creating a big dichotomy between verse and chorus.
“Kill Something” is initially different from its partner track in the way it reverses the format defined by “Waiting”. The song has a much darker and subdued nature in its shift, and deals with ideas just as sensitive as the previous track. Babcock’s writing in “Kill Something” is perhaps the deepest and most existential to date. While âWaitingâ suggests Babcock staying close to someone in the hopes of starting (or perhaps resuming) a relationship, âKill Somethingâ serves as the yang of the two tracks. Babcock suggests his displeasure with the situation he finds himself in: “And if I have nothing to prove, why am I doing the things I am doing?” I don’t want to be locked up, I just want to kill something I love.
As the song gains in intensity and volume, the reflective and depressive nature persists. This type of sound is not necessarily unique to this track, as the band has experienced songs of this nature before, such as “Scorpion Hill”, and therefore the song is not significantly groundbreaking for the band.
If the rest of an upcoming PUP release is of the same quality as “Waiting” and “Kill Something”, there’s plenty to be excited about for fans of the band and the pop-punk genre. The clever but at times childish wit of Babcock’s lyrics, combined with the band’s musicality and ability to create memorable melodic phrases, continues in these two singles, making them a barely pathetic use of the potential. .
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