April 2014 National Music Reviews

Review: PUP – Self-Titled

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SideOneDummy Records

Street: 04.08

PUP = Fugazi + The Dirty Nil + Hollerado

With an even blend of punk, indie and garage rock, PUP have created a sound all to themselves with their self-titled debut. An overall enticing album, it employs heavy distortion contrasting with lighter, cleaner vocals playing both fast and slow when appropriate. “Back Against the Wall” best captures the raucous agility that punk rock is notorious for while “Guilt Trip” steadily evens out the amount of noise and melody. PUP definitely stand on their own with this album—it’s an enjoyable weirdness to get lost in. –Eric U. Norris