On February 12th, 2016, PUP revealed the name of their new album – The Dream Is Over. They’re the exact words a doctor spoke to singer/guitarist Stefan Babcock upon discovering one of his vocal cords had a small cyst and was beginning to hemorrhage.

Given that the band – completed by drummer Zack Mykula, bassist Nestor Chumak and guitarist Steve Sladkowski – 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 while PUP had to end 2015 by cancelling its last couple of shows, by announcing The Dream Is Over the way they did – onstage at a sold­out show in Brooklyn – the Toronto four­piece proved that the exact opposite is true.

The Dream Is Over is visible, visceral proof that the dream is still alive. It’s just that, after two exhausting years on the road, it turns out that the dream is just very different to what the four of them thought or imagined it would be like.

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Watch the video for ‘If This Tour Doesn’t Kill You, I Will’ below:

Plus support from SOLIDS

When Solids‘ debut LP Blame Confusion came out in 2014 on Fat Possum/ Dine Alone, their revved-up take on alt-rock from the early ’90s was lauded for the way it interwove poppy melodies into a dense, relentless soundscape– an approach informed by its members’ formative years spent playing in hardcore bands.

Their latest Else EP, out on Topshelf/Dine Alone Records in April 2016, saw the band checking in after a year of near-endless touring–having played more than 200 shows in 2014-2015 with the likes of Pity Sex, Makthaverskan, Nothing, PUP, Single Mothers, Metz–and reflects that road weariness with a group of a songs that vibrate at a lower frequency, documenting the waiting, the bleary-eyed confusion and the blur of days that come with life on the road.

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Watch the video for ‘Blank Stare’ below:

Plus support from SHIT PRESENT

Shit Present are an energetic indie/punk four piece from the south West. Releasing their second EP this year on Specialist Subject Records.

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Listen to ‘Anxious Type’ below: