PUP’s Sold-Out Show at Union Transfer


Toronto punks, PUP, performed a sold-out Union Transfer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Joining them were Ratboys and Diet Cig. While PUP’s new album may be named Morbid Stuff, this show was anything but that.



Chicago’s Ratboys opened up the show with their self-described Post-Country and Indie music. They played classics like “Elvis Is In The Freezer” about vocalist, Julia Steiner’s cat named Elvis and “Space Blows,” a song about the earth being taken out by a meteor. In addition to those hits, Ratboys also played “Control”, “Crying About the Plants,” and their newest song “Ang.”



Following Ratboys were Diet Cig, they are arguably one of the cutest bands out there today. That being said, vocalist, Alex Luciano, isn’t afraid to state her opinions on inclusive and safe spaces at shows. In fact, Luciano started their set by saying how Diet Cig shows are safe space shows and warned the crowd to have fun but also not to be jerks to each other before the band went into their song “Sixteen.” They also played other hits off of their album Swear I’m Good At This including, “Bite Back”, “Blob Zombie”, and “Link In Bio.” While Alex Luciano danced and jumped all over the stage the crowd was equally as amped, moshing along to each song. Towards the end of their set, the band thanked women, trans, and non-binary folks for taking up space at the show saying, “You are the magic in these spaces” before closing out their set with “Tummy Ache” and “Harvard.”



PUP ended the night with a bang. They played a mix bag of hits from all three of their albums including “Kids”, “My Life Is Over and I Couldn’t Be Happier”, and “Dark Days” in addition to their newer songs from their latest release, Morbid Stuff. People moshed and crowd surfed to each song with the same fierce tenacity that PUP were playing at. During “Sleep In The Heat”, lead vocalist, Stefan Babcock, took to the crowd as the whole room had screamed the “woah ohs” in unison. Moments like that made the sold-out 1,200 capacity room feel as cozy as a house show.

Coverage by Daniella Heminghaus

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