My Shadow (Jay Reatard cover)

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Debut album available worldwide in spring 2014 via SideOneDummy Records. Available now in Canada via Royal Mountain Records / Universal.

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Background information
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresPunk rock, indie rock, melodic hardcore
Years active2013–present
LabelsRoyal Mountain, SideOneDummy
MembersNestor Chumak
Zack Mykula
Steve Sladkowski
Stefan Babcock

Pup (stylized as PUP) is a Canadian punk rock band formed in Toronto, Ontario in 2013, originally under the name Topanga.[1] Pup's debut self-titled album was released on October 8, 2013 on Royal Mountain Records.[2] In December 2013, Pup signed with SideOneDummy Records and released their self-titled debut album in the United States on April 8, 2014.[3] The group was in the studio in late 2015 recording their second album The Dream Is Over which will be released on May 27, 2016 through SideOneDummy.[4]


  • 1 History
  • 2 Acclaim and awards
  • 3 Members
  • 4 Discography
    • 4.1 Demos
    • 4.2 Albums
    • 4.3 Music videos
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


Pup is made up of four childhood friends who went to elementary school together. They originally called the band Topanga (a Boy Meets World reference) but changed the name just before the release of their first record after learning that the franchise was set to be rebooted by Disney.[1] The new name PUP is said to be an acronym for Pathetic Use of Potential.[5] Babcock has stated that this was inspired by something that his grandmother had said to him, although there are rumours that they found inspiration for their logo from graffiti above a urinal at Sneaky Dee's.

The band originally recorded an EP and self-released it digitally.[1] The EP started to get noticed and the group was approached by Hollerado to tour together. PUP has been named one of Canada's up and coming bands by the Calgary Herald,[6] as well as one of Stereogum's top 40 bands of the year.[7] PUP won 2 Bucky Awards from CBC Radio 3 for Best Live Show and Best New Artist in 2013, as well as being nominated for Best Video.[8] They've played festivals such as NXNE, Halifax Pop Explosion,[9] Pop Montreal, and CMW.[10]

From September to the end of November 2013, Pup joined Hollerado and the Zolas on a 24 stop tour across Canada to promote a newly released self-titled album. 2014 was a banner year for PUP, they went on their first tour of the UK, playing 8 shows around the country with the UK band Slaves. The first two shows of the tour in London were part of the NME Awards tour.[11] After which they played South By Southwest in Austin, Texas followed by several more London shows and the Groezrock festival in Belgium. In May they started an extensive tour of the US with the Menzingers, Lemuria and Cayetana, playing 32 shows in 39 days. In August they opened for the Hives in London, England.

In the Fall of 2014, Pup completed its first head-lining tour of Canada and the U.S.A., culminating in a sold-out concert at Toronto's Lee's Palace featuring a "next level" performance.[12]

In early 2015, Pup completed a multi-city tour of Australia, supporting The Smith Street Band.

Pup then participated in the 2015 Vans Warped Tour, joining the tour for the month of July, including a highly anticipated date in Toronto, the band's hometown and place where the band has enjoyed success. This was the band's first time playing the Molson Amphitheatre.

In late 2015, Pup completed a 38-date tour with headliner Modern Baseball in the US and Canada. In early 2016, Pup is set to headline a very select number of shows in New York City. They also released a new track, "DVP", from their forthcoming second album.[13]

Acclaim and awards

Pup has enjoyed critical success, having been nominated or winning in major Canadian contests such as the Juno Awards, the Polaris Music Prize, the CBC Bucky Awards, among others.

Pup's first single "Reservoir" was nominated for a SOCAN Song-writing Prize.[14]

In June 2014, Pup was long-listed for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize. The national newspaper The Globe & Mail called them out as front runners in the contest along with Drake among other artists.[15]

PUP won 2 Bucky Awards from CBC Radio 3 for Best Live Show and Best New Artist in 2013, as well as being nominated for Best Video.[8]

Rolling Stone Magazine listed the "Canadian punkers" of PUP as one of 2014's "breakout rock acts". [16]

Pup has been nominated for three Juno Awards. In 2015, Pup was nominated for Recording Package of the Year and Video of the Year for "Guilt Trip".[17] In 2016, Pup has been nominated for Video of the Year for "Dark Days". [18]

Pup was nominated for the 2016 Prism Prize for Music Video of the Year for "Dark Days". [19]


  • Nestor "Mr. Fancy" Chumak – bass, backing vocals
  • Zack Mykula – drums, backing vocals
  • Steve Sladkowski – guitar, backing vocals
  • Stefan Babcock – lead vocals, guitar


  • Oceans as Topanga (2011 digitally) 7" re-release 2012


  • Pup (2014)
Track list
  1. "Guilt Trip" – 3:20
  2. "Reservoir" – 3:16
  3. "Mabu" – 2:08
  4. "Never Try" – 3:46
  5. "Yukon" – 5:26
  6. "Dark Days" – 3:26
  7. "Lionheart" – 2:41
  8. "Cul-de-Sac" – 3:22
  9. "Back Against the Wall" – 2:26
  10. "Factories" – 4:29[20]
  • Reservoir / My Shadow 7"
Track list
  1. "Reservoir" – 3:16
  2. "My Shadow" (Jay Reatard cover) – 3:14
  • The Dream Is Over (2016)
Track list
  1. "If This Tour Doesn't Kill You, I Will." – 2:18
  2. "DVP" – 2:28
  3. "Doubts" – 3:00
  4. "Sleep In The Heat" – 3:21
  5. "The Coast" – 3:53
  6. "Old Wounds" – 2:19
  7. "My Life Is Over And I Couldn't Be Happier" – 2:26
  8. "Can't Win" – 3:07
  9. "Familiar Pattern" – 3:39
  10. "Pine Point" – 4:00

Music videos

  • "Reservoir" (2013)
  • "Lionheart" (2014)
  • "My Shadow (Jay Reatard cover)" (2014)
  • "Guilt Trip" (2014)
  • "Mabu" (2014)
  • "Back Against The Wall" (2015)
  • "Dark Days" (2015)
  • "DVP" (2016)
  • "If This Tour Doesn't Kill You, I Will." (2016)

See also

  • Music of Canada
  • Canadian rock


  1. ^ a b c Hudson, Alex. "PUP - Boys, Meet World • Interviews •". Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  2. ^ "Check out Toronto Punk Band – PUP". Indie88. 2013-08-22. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  3. ^ "SideOneDummy Records signs PUP". 2013-12-09. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  4. ^ (2016-03-30). "PUP Announce 'The Dream Is Over' LP". Retrieved 2016-03-30. 
  5. ^ "Maimann: Punk band PUP has no regrets | Columnists | Opinion". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  6. ^ Bell, Mike (2013-11-08). "Pup: The best new band in Canada heads to Calgary". Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  7. ^ "Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2013 PUP – Stereogum". 2013-09-19. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  8. ^ a b "2013 Bucky Award Winners". CBC. 2013-12-04. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  9. ^ "Watch PUP Cover Fucked Up With Damian Abraham". Stereogum. 2013-10-28. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  10. ^ "Topanga "Oceans"". Indie88. 2012-10-26. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  11. ^ "NME Awards Tour". NME. 2013-12-09. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
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  13. ^ "PUP -- DVP [punk rock, pop-punk] (2016)". 
  14. ^ "SOCAN Songwriting Prize". 
  15. ^ Wheeler, Brad (20 June 2014). "Long list for the Polaris Prize is diverse, but not all-inclusive". The Globe and Mail. 
  16. ^ "The Breakout Rock Acts of 2014". 26 June 2014. 
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  20. ^ "PUP - PUP | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 

External links

  • PUP official site
  • PUP fan site
  • PUP at CBC Radio 3
  • PUP Album at bandcamp

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