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The Dream Is Over are the exact words a doctor spoke to singer/guitarist Stefan Babcock upon discovering his vocal chords had suffered “pretty aggressive hemorrhaging.” Given that the band played over 450 shows in the last two years in support of its self-titled debut, it’s perhaps not surprising that it happened. But by announcing The Dream Is Over the way they did – onstage at a sold-out show in Brooklyn – PUP proved that the exact opposite is true. The Dream Is Over is visible, visceral proof that the dream is still very much alive. Out now on Royal Mountain Records, PUP celebrated the release in Canada with a performance on CBC q and found themselves on the cover of Exclaim!
As for that self-aware, tongue-in-cheek album title?
"It's a fuck you to that doctor who told me I may never sing again,"explains singer/guitarist Stefan Babcock.
"It's a fuck you directed at ourselves for every single moment we ever took for granted. And it's a shotty reminder that shit happens and expectations change but we're still doing what we wanna do. This is life. This is the fucking dream."
Since the release of PUP’s self-titled debut, this ferocious four-piece has truly taken the world by storm. They were listed amongst Rolling Stone’s Breakout Rock Acts of 2014, named one of Kerrang’s 20 Hottest Bands In The World Right Now, garnered nominations for three JUNO Awards, including a 2016 Video Of The Year nod for “Dark Days,” which was also shortlisted for the Prism Prize, while the album itself was listed for the Polaris Music Prize.
PUP WORLD TOUR DATES
Sep 15 Conne Island - Leipzig, Germany
Strom - Munich, Germany
Legend Club - Milano, Italy
Traffic Club -Rome, Italy
Arena - Vienna, Austria
Treibhaus - Lucerne, Switzerland
Schlachthof - Wiesbaden, Germany
The M-Pire Strikes Back Festival - Munster, Germany
Reeperbahn Festival - Hamburg, Germany
Beta - Copenhagen, Denmark
Dynamo - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Patronaat - Haarlem, Netherlands
- Newcastle, AUS - Cambridge Hotel
- Wollongong, AUS - Yours & Owls
- Sydney, AUS - Oxford Art Factory
- Brisbane, AUS - Brightside
– Guelph, ON – Peter Clark Hall (University Of Guelph) - Kingston, ON - The Mansion
- Quebec City, QC - Le Cercle
- Fredericton, NB - The Capital
- Sackville, NB - Thunder & Lightning
- Halifax, NS - The Marquee Club – London, ON – Call The Office
- Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt
- Victoria, BC - Lucky Bar
- Calgary, AB - Commonwealth
- Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
- Saskatoon, SK - Amigo’s