Pup Debut Video For “Totally Fine”

Pup have shared a new "Totally Fine." The track is off the Toronto group's new album THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND, out April 1, 2022
Pup photo by Vanessa Heins

Ahead of the release of their new album THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND, which arrives on April 1, 2022 the Toronto group have dropped a video for the final single “Totally Fine.” “Totally Fine” is a self-lacerating track with an undeniable chorus that offers plenty of opportunities to open up the pit. The track features Mel from Casper Skulls on vocals, with Sarah from Illuminati Hotties, Kathryn from NOBRO and Erik from Remo Drive on the gang vocals. Watch PUPTHEBAND Inc. get away with their criminal business dealings in the Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux directed video for “Totally Fine”.

“We wrote ‘Totally Fine’ after a long creative drought,” the band says. “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.”

The was recorded and mixed over the course of five weeks in the summer of 2021, in GRAMMY Award-winning producer Peter Katis’ bat-filled mansion in Connecticut. Full of typically furious, ridiculous and anthemic songs, the recording process allowed PUP to push themselves further than ever before. 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.

Babcock says. ““I wanted to write about the horrible state of the world, but through a very specific and personal lens. It’s a lot of me trying to articulate my own coping with existential dread, hopelessness, and what I’ve called ‘Grim Reaping’—which is to me, the idea that we are all reaping what we sow, and right now we’re sowing some pretty fucked up shit.”

THE UNRAVELING is not a departure from what got PUP here, really; for all the new breadth, this is still very much the fourth album by the band that has spun songs about The Bad Decisions Lifestyle into scrappy art. The hooks are as bright and barbed as always; the poison threaded through every song is no less potent. But a fourth album should be different from the first, or even the third, and THE UNRAVELING is. “I don’t know that we set out to do new stuff,” Mykula says, of a record on which the band does a great deal of new stuff. “It’s just a band trying to sound as much like themselves as possible. Every record you make, you get closer to that.”

THE UNRAVELLING OF PUPTHEBAND
TRACKLIST

01 Four Chords
02 Totally Fine
03 Robot Writes A Love Song
04 Matilda
05 Relentless
06 Four Chords Pt. II: Five Chords
07 Waiting
08 Habits
09 Cutting Off The Corners
10 Grim Reaping
11 Four Chords Pt. III: Diminishing Returns
12 PUPTHEBAND Inc. Is Filing For Bankruptcy

TOUR DATES

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

pre-order The UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND HERE