PUP Release New Songs ‘How to Live With Yourself’ and ‘Smoke Screen’

    PUP have dropped two new songs, ‘How to Live With Yourself’ and ‘Smoke Screen’. Take a listen below.

    “This was the first song we wrote when we started working on our last album,” vocalist Stefan Babcock said of ‘Smoke Screen’ in a statement. “The first one is always the hardest, you tend to overthink everything, so we wanted to start with something simple and fun, something that we wouldn’t get too in our own heads about. This one feels like a classic PUP song to me, and while our goal for the record was to push ourselves out of our comfort zone and try new things, sometimes it feels good to write a catchy, miserable ripper that feels like it captures exactly what this band is about.”

    Of ‘Smoke Screen’, Babcock added: “This song originated with a Nestor riff. He sent it around, and the thing was so slow that I thought he’d exported it wrong. But his idea was to do a song that was like the ‘sludgey’ version of PUP, something we’d never really done before. The more I listened to it, the more it grew on me. I remember in the height of the pandemic sitting in the backseat of my car at the Home Depot parking lot, anything to try and escape the house, and writing and recording all the lyrics on the spot.”

    Last year, PUP released their fourth LP, THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND, which was followed by the live EP PUP Unravels Live in Front of Everyone They Know.

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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