PUP Talk Upcoming Sophomore Album

PUP Talk Upcoming Sophomore Album
Toronto punk pop band PUP have been melting the tires off their van, touring non-stop since the release of their 2013 self-titled debut album. Yet somehow, the band have managed to carve out time to work on new material. As guitarist Steve Sladkowski explains, PUP are about nine songs in toward making their next album.

"We tried to take a little bit of a different approach in the way we write," he tells Exclaim! "We only went into that first record with 11 songs. It's not like we had whittled down from 50 songs, but we were super meticulous. We'd work on a song for months on end. I think the self-inflicted wounds have finally healed.

"We're trying to be a little bit less precious. We have this little improvised recording [setup] in our jam space so, once we settle on a structure for a song, we track it, put it away, and go on to the next one. That allows everyone to get some distance from the song and reflect a bit easier because we generally play together four to five days a week."

Sladkowski suggests that the band are in the early stages of demo development, with skeletons of songs, but they're closing in on the next step, which means fleshing out these practice recordings. PUP has also figured out that tracking — recording one set of instruments at a time — doesn't work for this band. They're a live animal and thus must be captured that way.

"We've tried different producers — some really great ones — and it never translated until Dave [Schiffman, producer of PUP] was like, 'Okay, we're just going to record live-off-the-floor.' That model hit with us, so we try and do as much work to the songs as possible so that when we get into the studio, there's minimal overdubbing. That's how our band sounds most vital and energetic."

Sladkowski says the new songs are each in respective states of completion and some are even making it into the band's live set. Their goal is to have three or four songs ready for their North American tour in the fall. At least one has already been road-tested.

"The working title is 'DVP,'" he reveals of the song. "It's named after the Don Valley Parkway. Stefan [Babcock] grew up around there and there was something he liked in the weird, almost dystopian imagery of that region. The river and the jail's there. So yeah, the song is kind of dealing with that."

Listen to this entire interview with Steve Sladkowski on the Kreative Kontrol with Vish Khanna podcast.

Tour dates:

09/07 Toronto, ON - Riot Fest
10/07 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock

10/08 Winnipeg, MB - Windsor Arms

10/09 Saskatoon, SK - Amigos

10/10 Calgary, AB - Broken City

10/11 Edmonton, AB - Mercer (Up + Down Music Festival)

10/13 Vancouver, BC - Fox Cabaret

10/14 Seattle, WA - El Corazon

10/15 Portland, OR - Slabtown

10/17 San Francisco, CA - Brick & Mortar

10/18 Los Angeles, CA - Culture Collide Festival

10/20 San Diego, CA - Casbah

10/21 Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room

10/23 Dallas, TX - Three Links

10/24 Austin, TX - Red 7

10/25 Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds

10/29 Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder

10/30 Tampa, FL - Pre-Fest

10/31 Gainesville, FL - The Fest

11/03 Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub

11/04 Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox

11/05 Washington, D.C. - DC9

11/06 Philadelphia, PA - Barbary

11/07 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge

11/08 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall