PUP Releases New Song ‘Matilda’, Announces New Summer Shows

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PUP gave us another taste of their upcoming album, HOW PUPTHEBAND WORKSwith their new single “Matilda”.

Speaking about the song, vocalist Stefan Babcock said, “Matilda is the name of my favorite guitar. She was a gift from my friend Ryan, after he saw me accidentally break the only guitar I owned in the middle of a long tour. I didn’t have the money to buy a replacement, and Ryan’s act of kindness is up there on my “greatest things anyone has ever done for me” list. I played Matilda nonstop for seven years on every PUP show, even when my bandmates started complaining that she looked like shit.

“As the band grew, the pressure for a better sound grew and so I bought a ‘good’ guitar and played Matilda less and less,” he continued. “Before I knew it, I hadn’t played it for over a year. I wrote this song based on this intense feeling of guilt, sadness, shame, longing and regret, watching it rot in a corner. I love this guitar and I love Ryan and I wanted to do the right thing with them, and I felt like I let them both down. I convinced the band that Matilda deserved one last rip off a PUP record, and played her during the bridge of that song. It sounds so shitty. But good shit. Great shit. For me, that was the happiest and most cathartic moment of the entire making of this record.

Watch the video, directed by Jeff Dutton, below.

PUP also announced more shows for their North American tour. The new dates begin June 3 in Cleveland, Ohio and end June 18 in Buffalo, New York. Following these dates, the group will go on tour in Europe and the United Kingdom from October. Check out all of their dates below.

PUP’s new album HOW PUPTHEBAND WORKS, falls on April 1. Pre-order a copy here.

2022 PUP Tour Dates:

3/26/22 – Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Center Music Theater!
03/27/22 – Hamilton, ON @ Bridgeworks! [SOLD OUT]
03/28/22 – Kingston, ON @ The Ale House!
03/29/22 – Peterborough, ON @ The Venue!
04/01/22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Roxian Theater *^
04/02/22 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall *^
04/03/22 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater *^
04/05/22 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Fillmore *^
04/08/22 – Victoria, BC @ Capital Ballroom ^
4/9/22 – Victoria, BC @ Capital Ballroom ^ [SOLD OUT]
4/10/22 – Seattle, WA @Showbox SoDo^
04/11/22 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom +^
04/13/22 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades +^
04/15/22 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music and Arts Festival
04/16/22 – Phoenix, Arizona @ The Van Buren +^
04/17/22 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah +[SOLD OUT]
04/18/22 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah ^ [SOLD OUT]
04/20/22 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield +^
4/21/22 – Los Angeles, CA @La Fonda#^
04/22/22 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music and Arts Festival
04/24/22 – Denver, CO @ The Ogden Theater +^
04/25/22 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater +^
04/27/22 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater +^
04/28/22 – Houston, TX @House of Blues +^
04/29/22 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater +^
05/01/22 – Atlanta, Georgia @ Shaky Knees Music Festival
05/03/22 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel +^
5/4/22 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz +^
05/05/22 – Richmond, Virginia @ The National +^
05/06/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall +^
05/07/22 – Washington, DC @ The Fillmore Silver Spring +^
05/09/22 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom +^
05/10/22 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues +^
5/11/22 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 +^
05/13/22 – Montreal, QC @ MTelus +^
05/14/22 – Toronto, ON @ History +^ [SOLD OUT]
05/15/22 – Toronto, ON @ History +^
06/03/22 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues$
06/04/22 – Royal Oak, MI @ The Royal Oak $
6/5/22 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s $
6/6/22 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom $
06/08/22 – Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi Annex $
6/9/22 – Lawrence, KS @ Grenada $
6/10/22 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant$
6/11/22 – Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl $
6/13/22 – Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall $
6/14/22 – Columbia, SC @ The Senate $
6/15/22 – Norfolk, Virginia @ The NorVa$
6/17/22 – Holyoke, MA @ Race Street Block Party $
6/18/22 – Buffalo, NY @ Asbury Hall $
08/07/22 – Cheltenham, UK @ 2000trees Festival
07/23/22 – Byron Bay, Australia @ Splendor in the Grass
08/24/22 – 08/27/22 – Málaga, Spain @ Canela Party Festival
10/12/22 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Beckett Students’ Union
10/13/22 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz
10/14/22 – London, UK @ The Roundhouse
10/16/22 – Glasgow, UK @ SWG3 Galvanizers
10/17/22 – Dublin, IE @ Academy 2
10/19/22 – Brighton, UK @ Chalk
10/20/22 – Bristol, UK @ SWX
10/21/22 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Institute
10/23/22 – Paris, FR @ Backstage
24/10/22 – Brussels, BE @ Former Belgium
10/25/22 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg
10/26/22 – Cologne, DE @ Burgerhaus Stollwerck
10/28/22 – Berlin, DE @ So36
10/29/22 – Warsaw, PL @ Hybrydy
10/30/22 – Prague, CZ @ Rock Café
01/11/22 – Milan, IT @ Bloom
02/11/22 – Munich, DE @ Strom
3/11/22 – Hamburg, DE @ Gruenspan
05/11/22 – Copenhagen, DK @ Pumpehuset

! with the support of Casper Skulls
# with support from Skegss
^ with support from Pinkshift
$ with the support of Oceanator
* with Cloud Nothings support
+ with the support of Sheer Mag

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