Toronto’s punk powerhouse PUP are thrilled to announce a brilliant, forthcoming EP to get us through the craziest year of our lives. Entitled This Place Sucks Ass, the six song collection arrives October 23, 2020 via Little Dipper / Rise Records. In addition to the previously released songs “Anaphylaxis” and a cover of Grandaddy’s beloved“A.M. 180,” the EP contains three songs from the Morbid Stuff sessions that have yet to see the light of day, as well as the blistering “Rot,” which was written and recorded this year.
In celebration of This Place Sucks Ass’ release, PUP will be playing their first-ever livestreamed show — appropriately titled This Stream Sucks Ass — on October 23, 2020 at 9 pm EST / 6 pm PST. Click HERE to purchase tickets. Says the band about the livestream, “What can you expect from the livestream? Like most regular PUP shows, it’ll probably be a bit of a trainwreck, which is really all part of the magic. We don’t know if it’ll be any good, but we do promise it will be weird and different from any livestream you’ve ever seen. It’s being directed by our pal (and 5th member of PUP) Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux, who has also directed almost all of our music videos. It will be fun and unhinged and entirely unprofessional. Am I selling it? I think I’m selling it.”
After recording their acclaimed 2019 album, Morbid Stuff, PUP was left with a handful of songs that didn’t make the final tracklist, largely because they were too frenetic or too unhinged. And for an album that fantasized about the world exploding, that’s saying a lot. The Toronto four-piece loved these thematic stragglers so much, though, that instead of forcing them onto the record or hiding them away forever, they decided that they deserved to stand on their own. Among them are “Nothing Changes” and “Floodgates,” which inject hints of the band’s trademark self-deprecating humor into sentiments of crippling neuroses. There’s also the unwieldy “Anaphylaxis”; a punked up cover of Grandaddy’s “A.M. 180” (as made popular by the zombie apocalypse film 28 Days Later); and closer “Edmonton,” a cathartic, 70-second ripper that nearly unravels violently from its opening chord to its final spiraling riff. This Place Sucks Ass’ cover depicts an apocalyptic neon nightmare courtesy of Canadian artist Brandon Lepine (with a limited edition animated picture disc vinyl to match).
And as for the title, it was plucked from an inside joke that has become all too real over the last few months in a world equalized by the ravages of COVID. “It was a thing we used to say as a joke a million times on tour,” frontman Stefan Babcock says. “Literally any city, whether it was Lethbridge, Alberta, or New York City, we’d be like, ‘This place sucks ass.’ We have so much negativity, and sometimes it becomes so extreme and ridiculous that we start to find it funny. But at this moment in time, it feels so fucking real. Wherever you are, it sucks ass right now. So, wherever you live, whatever your circumstances, this is an EP about the place you’re from, and the place you’re at now.” Like all of their material, This Place Sucks Ass is a document of the band PUP is—at times thoughtful and introspective and at other times wildly cathartic. And they hope that fans will take its sentiments of anger, frustration, and bitterness that run through This Place Sucks Ass and find collective empowerment and joy in turning them outward along with them. “Everything sucks and that’s OK, because it sucks for everybody,” says Babcock. “And we can make it a little bit better by being together in the shittiness.”