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Stream: Canadian punks PUP’s sophomore album The Dream Is Over

With another album of unhinged pop punk, the Toronto quartet sound like they're just getting warmed up

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    PUP have never shied away from snark — their name is an acronym for Pathetic Use of Potential — but the Toronto punk quartet adds an even meaner bite to every sarcastic quip on their sophomore album, The Dream Is Over. Whereas their self-titled 2014 debut seemed on the brink of descending into madness at any given moment, the follow-up lives inside that madness, starting with unhinged opener “If This Tour Doesn’t Kill You, I Will”.

    In the song, PUP, who are pretty new to this whole success thing, chronicle the kind of in-fighting that tends to break up bands before they ever hit their stride. Rather than let it kill them, however, they turn their own hatred for each other into a kind of self-sustaining anthem. After a year in which frontman Stefan Babcock nearly shouted himself into oblivion (his doctor apparently told him “The dream is over” in reference to his torn-up vocal chords), it’s exactly the kind of thing PUP needs to get back on track.

    The rest of the album rips pretty hard, as well, with “DVP” serving as the band’s best shout-along yet and songs like “The Coast” and “Pine Point” shedding a surprisingly confessional light on the band’s Canadian origins.

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    The Dream Is Over is due out May 27th on SideOneDummy. Stream the full album via NPR First Listen below.

    Update — Monday, May 31st at 1:57 p.m. CT: The band has announced a lengthy world tour featuring stops throughout North America, the UK, and Australia. Find PUP’s full itinerary below. Update — Tuesday, August 2nd at 1:08 p.m. CT: More shows have been added to the schedule, including dates in Indianapolis, Columbus, Chicago, and Ottawa.

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    The Dream Is Over Album Artwork:

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    PUP 2016 Tour Dates:
    08/29 – Norwich, UK @ The Owl Sanctuary
    08/30 – Birmingham, UK @ The Rainbow
    09/01 – Bristol, UK @ The Exchange
    09/02 – Southampton, UK @ Joiners
    09/04 – Manchester, UK @ Soundcontrol
    09/05 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
    09/06 – Glasgow, UK @ King Tuts
    09/07 – Nottingham, UK @ Bodega
    09/09 – London, UK @ The Dome
    09/11 – Isle of Wight, UK @ Bestival
    10/01 – Newcastle, AU @ Cambridge Hotel
    10/02 – Wollongong, AU @ Yours & Owls
    10/04 – Sydney, AU @ Oxford Art Factory
    10/05 – Brisbane, AU @ Brightside
    10/13 – Guelph, ON @ Peter Clark Hall
    10/14 – Kingston, ON @ The Mansion
    10/15 – Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle
    10/17 – Fredericton, NB @ The Capital
    10/18 – Sackville, NB @ Thunder & Lightning
    10/19 – Halifax, NS @ The Marquee Club
    10/21 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclaiar
    10/22 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
    10/24 – Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
    10/25 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
    10/26 – Athens, GA @ The Georgia
    10/28 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder
    10/29 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
    10/30 – Gainesville, FL @ The Fest
    11/02 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe
    11/03 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement
    11/04 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo
    11/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
    11/10 – London, ON @ Call the Office
    11/12 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
    11/14 – Dekalb, IL @ The House Cafe
    11/15 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
    11/17 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
    11/18 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
    11/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
    11/21 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
    11/22 – Victoria, BC @ Lucky Bar
    11/24 – Calgary, AB @ Commonwealth
    11/25 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
    11/26 – Saskatoon, SK @ Amigo’s
    11/27 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Good Will
    12/01 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa
    12/09 – Ottawa, ON @ Zaphod’s
    12/10 – Ottawa, ON @ Zaphod’s
    12/15 – Toronto, ON @ The Danforth Music Hall

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