Pup Debut “How To Live With Yourself “ and “Smoke Screen”

PUP share two songs. “How To Live With Yourself “ and “Smoke Screen”
Pup photo by Vanessa Heins

PUP, are in the midst of another Europe/UK run of shows, so to celebrate they are releasing two new songs. “How To Live With Yourself “ and “Smoke Screen” are previously unreleased THE UNRAVELING B-Sides. The band is comprised of Stefan Babcock, Nestor Chumak, Zack Mykula, and Steve Sladkowski. Last this year and performed a 100+ date tour that spanned 14 countries.

On “How To Live With Yourself,” Babcock says: “This was the first song we wrote when we started working on our last album. The first one is always the hardest, you tend to overthink everything, so we wanted to start with something simple and fun, something that we wouldn’t get too in our own heads about. This one feels like a classic PUP song to me, and while our goal for the record was to push ourselves out of our comfort zone and try new things, sometimes it feels good to write a catchy, miserable ripper that feels like it captures exactly what this band is about.”

“This song originated with a Nestor riff,” explains Babcock of “Smoke Screen.” “He sent it around, and the thing was so slow that I thought he’d exported it wrong. But his idea was to do a song that was like the “sludgey” version of PUP, something we’d never really done before. The more I listened to it, the more it grew on me. I remember in the height of the pandemic sitting in the backseat of my car at the Home Depot parking lot, anything to try and escape the house, and writing and recording all the lyrics on the spot.”

Pup 2023 Tour Dates

6/1- Paris, FR @ Backstage By The Mill

6/2- Nantes, FR @ Le Ferrailleur

6/3- Toulouse, FR @ Connexion Live

6/5- Madrid, SP @ Primavera In The City

6/7 – Nickelsdorf, AU @ Novarock

6/9 – Donington, UK @ Download Festival

6/10 – Porto, PT @ Primavera Sound

6/16 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage

6/23 – Ysselsteyn, NL @ Jera On Air Festival

6/24 – Münster, DE @ Vainstream Festival

6/26 – Aarhus, DK @ VoxHall

6/28 – Essen, DE @ Zeche Carl

6/29 – Hannover, DE @ MusikZentrum

6/30 – Rotselaar, BE @ Rock Werchter

7/2 – Rotterdam, NL @ Metropolis

7/7 – Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Bluesfest

7/8 – Sherbrooke, QC @ Sherblues & Folk

7/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Utah Is For Lovers,

7/22 – Denver, CO @ Colorado Is For Lovers

8/5 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival

9/11 – London, ON @ London Music Hall

9/12 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Bell’s Eccentric Café

9/14 – Detroit, MI @ The Majestic Theatre

9/15-9/17 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest

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