You never really expect something resembling pop punk with shrill, pointy vocals to be so commanding and angry but PUP have managed to squeeze more vitriol into one pop album than we could’ve possibly anticipated.
Apparently the release is named for a remark doctors made to vocalist Stefan Babcock after an examination of his vocal chords. Hearing the pained refrains that he hits on this album, it’s not surprising that medical professionals tried to intervene regarding the manner in which he’s expressing his disdain. Medical opinions aside (who needs ‘em?) the anger seething through this album makes this hotly anticipated follow-up so much more satisfying.
These Canadians have stepped the tempo and tantrum up a notch, as is immediately apparent in opener If This Tour Doesn’t Kill You. DVP cements the pace and goddamn, discontent has never sounded so sensational.
The Dream Is Over is out now via Side One Dummy/Cooking Vinyl.