PUP Got over 200 Fans to Cover Their New Song "Free at Last"
The social experiment is chronicled in a new video
Published Feb 27, 2019Last month, PUP challenged listeners to write and record their own version of their then-unreleased single "Free at Last," sharing the song's chords and lyrics on social media. Now, the group have compiled the results of their social experiment in a new video for the track.
The video previews a handful of the submissions before the band take over for a play-along instructional video, featuring some crucial picture-in-picture drumcam editing and green screen magic. You can take it all in below.
As frontman Stefan Babcock explained in a statement, "We expected to receive 15 or 20 covers. We received 253. A lot of them were very... interesting... but most of them were actually really good. We listened to every single one front to back (13 hours and 34 minutes), and by the end our brains were puddles of sludge and we couldn't remember how our own version sounded."
Babcock adds that the submissions included "hip-hop versions, ska versions, grindcore, EDM, mariachi, ukulele, polka, and piano ballad versions. Incredibly enough, none of the 253 covers sounded like ours. And even more astounding, no two of the covers sounded the same either. The amount of creativity and love put into these things absolutely blew us away."
PUP's new album Morbid Stuff arrives on April 5 via Little Dipper/Universal. "Free at Last" follows previously released single "Kids."
The band will kick off a lengthy run of tour dates next month, which you can find here.