Year 6, Day 9: PUP – The Dream Is Over
- If This Tour Doesn’t Kill You, I Will
- Sleep in the Heat
- The Coast
- Old Wounds
- My Life Is Over and I Couldn’t Be Happier
- Can’t Win
- Familiar Patterns
- Pine Point
About the Album
The Dream Is Over is the second studio album from Canadian punk rockers, PUP. The album was released on May 27 2016 through SideOneDummy Records and Royal Mountain Records.
Thoughts on the Album
It’s very rare that I find an album that I like where it’s two many features are chaos and unity. That’s what PUP does best. With their sophomore release, The Dream Is Over, the Canadian punk quartet offer up a satirical, realistic, humorous, and introspective take on their career and life. This album takes their self-titled debut and builds on it. Makes it angrier, more ferocious, and at certain points, downright hilarious. The album opens with If This Tour Doesn’t Kill You, I Will. It’s an airing of grievances as frontman Stefan Bobcock scoffs at quitting his dream as the rest of the members of the band are ready to kill each other. It’s one hell of a way to start off an album, with some rampant gang vocals shouted over the band members’ personal jabs at each other.
Lead single DVP highlights the growth of the guitar work with it’s speed and skill. The rapid guitars reach a breakneck pace as their struggle to keep up with Babcock’s powerful and furious vocals. Much like the album opener, DVP is chock full of humor and wit. It’s one of the album’s fiercest cuts. Do yourself a favor, and watch the official music video for this song. I don’t want to spoil it, but yeah. Can’t Win, the eighth track is instantly catchy. You will find yourself nodding your head along to it and shouting along it’s soaring chorus. Old Wounds puts the chaos on full display as it shows off it’s hardcore roots and influences. It’s like every member of the band is releasing some pent up aggression in Old Wounds.
It’s big hooks, melodic riffs, bouncing rhythm sections, and more that highlight this album. An album about rolling with the punches. Can’t Win embodies what The Dream Is Over is about. The situations that automatically beg you as an underdog and leaving you feeling destined to fail no matter what. But you’re encouraged to overcome those situations. By the time you reach Pine Point, it’s almost like you’ve become friends with the band, hearing their stories. Their testimonies. It closes the album on a tragic note, but however, points to the light on the horizon.
PUP spins an absolute gem of an album with The Dream Is Over. Spinning this record with an unmatched and unbridled positivity and making fun of the weights of the world seeming worked excellently for this band. It’s a punk album that’s rare: it has replay value. Coming in at exactly 30 minutes in length, The Dream Is Over is a ten song romp that’ll have you shouting along.