PUP have shared a new single called ‘Matilda’, which will appear on the Toronto punk band’s upcoming album. The track arrives with an accompanying video from director Jefferson Dutton. Check it out below, and scroll down for PUP’s newly announced run of UK tour dates.
“Matilda is the name of my favourite guitar,” PUP’s Stefan Babcock explained in a statement, continuing:
She was a gift from my friend Ryan, after watching me accidentally break the only guitar I owned in the middle of a long tour. I had no money to buy a replacement, and Ryan’s act of kindness is up there on my list of “nicest things anyone’s ever done for me”. I played Matilda nonstop for 7 years at every PUP show, even when my bandmates started complaining that she sounded like shit. As the band got bigger, the pressure to sound better was building and so I bought a “good” guitar and played Matilda less and less. Before I knew it I hadn’t played her in over a year. I wrote this song based on this intense feeling of guilt and sadness and shame and nostalgia and regret, watching her rot away in a corner. I love this guitar and I love Ryan and wanted to do right by them, and I felt like I’d failed them both. I convinced the band that Matilda deserved one last rip on a PUP record, and I played her during the bridge of this song. It sounds so shitty. But good shitty. Great shitty. For me, it was the most joyful and cathartic moment in the entire making of this record.
PUP 2022 UK Tour Dates:
Oct 12 – Leeds, UK – Leeds Beckett Students Union
Oct 13 – Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz
Oct 14 – London, UK – The Roundhouse
Oct 16 – Glasgow, UK – SWG3 Galvanizers
Oct 17 – Dublin, IE – Academy 2
Oct 19 – Brighton, UK – Chalk
Oct 20 – Bristol, UK – SWX
Oct 21 – Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute