PUP @ Cathouse, Glasgow, 12 Apr
A packed Cathouse learn that Morbid Stuff makes for fun times with Canadian punks PUP
PUP are riding a wave of happy times at the moment, it seems. Their new album Morbid Stuff just dropped to mass critical acclaim, they've been popping up on television through Vice and Late Night with Seth Myers, and now find themselves on their extensive The European Morbid Stuff Tour-Pocalypse, much of which is selling out almost as quickly as it’s announced.
A packed Cathouse cheer as the band themselves quietly head onstage to tune up before the show begins. Opening with the title track from their new album, fans and band alike whip into a sweat-drenched frenzy, singing, dancing, and crowd-surfing together, one big happy punk rock family.
In between songs, and chants of "HERE WE FUCKING GO", the band reminisce about previous tours in Glasgow, spewing up Buckfast and getting thrown out of the O2 ABC. Guitarist Steve Sladkowski admits, perhaps foolishly, that he doesn't like Irn-Bru, leading to the only boos (albeit light hearted) of the evening.
The group’s three albums are all pretty much represented evenly this evening, and further between-song-chat reveals them as genuinely nice and humble folk: "We’re kind of just learning to play these new songs," they joke. "We kinda suck at playing some of them." They even politely take the time to respond to a drunk heckler in the crowd with, "I’m sorry I can’t hear what you’re saying, I’m sure it’s 'don’t worry about sucking, we like you anyways'," before launching into new tune Sibling Rivalry.
Like many punk shows of this calibre, there's a fine line between aggression and respect. Even when a pit breaks out, those involved have the manners to ask bystanders politely to step aside. Everyone is here to enjoy themselves, whether that involves watching from the sidelines or slamming into a musical comrade down the front. There’s no underlying danger of some dickhead wanting to fling their pint across the room, this little community is here to witness a show, take what they want from it, and go home safe and happy.
Tom Bennett of opening band Gender Roles joins the band onstage for a surging version of Reservoir, before they finish the night off with If This Tour Doesn't Kill You, I Will and DVP, the opening two tracks from 2016's The Dream Is Over. Taking the time to thank the bar staff and everyone in attendance, PUP call it a night and the show is over. With the only downer perhaps being a bit of a lacklustre sound mix, the Canadian quartet put on one hell of a show this evening.