PUP released Morbid Stuff, their best album yet and one of the year’s best punk albums so far, earlier this month, and they’ve been supporting it on a mostly sold-out North American tour that hit NYC’s Brooklyn Steel on Friday (4/26). Morbid Stuff has only been out for a few weeks, but the fans that packed Brooklyn Steel on Friday already knew the words to all the new songs just as well as they knew the words to the old ones. PUP kicked the show off with the same one-two punch as Morbid Stuff — the title track right into “Kids” — and the whole room wasted no time jumping straight into what was a killer rock show. PUP were going as hard as ever on stage, and the whole floor was a nonstop sea of people bouncing around, raising fists, crowdsurfing, and yelling along.
PUP have been a well-oiled machine on stage since the early days, but this was easily the best I’d ever seen them, and not just because the Morbid Stuff songs are their best yet. PUP ended the set with three earlier faves — “Reservoir,” “If This Tour Doesn’t Kill You, I Will” and “DVP” — and the energy level was just as high as when they kicked off the show, both on stage and off. The set flew by without any lulls, and it was one of those shows that you truly never wanted to end.
PUP also had a surprise in store when they brought out Charly Bliss singer Eva Hendricks to sing her guest “have you been drinking?” line on “Free At Last,” and then Eva hung around to dance on stage for the rest of the song. Charly Bliss weren’t otherwise on this show, but they’re opening some of PUP’s shows in Canada this October. This show was opened by Ratboys and Diet Cig. Pictures are in the gallery above. PUP’s setlist and a video below.
PUP at Brooklyn Steel – 4/26/19 Setlist (via)
My Life Is Over and I Couldn’t Be Happier
Free at Last
Sleep in the Heat
Full Blown Meltdown
If This Tour Doesn’t Kill You, I Will
photo by Em Grey