By Robann Kerr
The Wise Hall
March 29, 2019
In a matter of minutes, Toronto punks PUP sold out the Wise Hall, a significantly smaller venue than the ones they usually play. During the show, frontman Stefan Babcock explained to a packed audience that they sometimes do smaller shows to remind themselves why they became a band in the first place.
They opened with “Free at Last”, a single off their forthcoming album, Morbid Stuff. A mosh pit broke out immediately, with someone crowd surfing within the first minute. For the next 60 minutes, they played a mixture of songs off their first two albums, as well as four other new tracks.
The atmosphere during PUP’s set was electric. Beer cans were flying around, a sea of hands up in the air (often holding up a lost shoe or a crowd surfer) and a mass of ecstatic fans passionately shouting their hearts out to every single word. The band also engaged in comedic banter with the audience quite often, even getting a fan to come up on stage to sing “Reservoir”. You could tell PUP truly cares about their fans.
Near the end of their set, Babcock thanked the audience and stated that PUP doesn’t do encores. They closed with two staple songs of their live shows: “If This Tour Doesn’t Kill You, I Will” and “DVP.”
Everyone that managed to snag tickets for this event got to experience PUP at their absolute best, resulting in an intimate experience with one of the most entertaining punk bands out there.Pup, The Wise Hall