EP REVIEW: PUP – This Place Sucks Ass

Release Date: October 23rd 2020
Label: Rise Records
Website: www.puptheband.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/puptheband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/puptheband

Rating:

‘This Place Sucks Ass’, but this EP sure as hell doesn’t. The title of PUP‘s latest EP is definitely poignant to how the majority of people feel about the world these days, and it’s perfectly engulfed into these six songs.

Three of the cuts here are taken from the band’s ‘Morbid Stuff’ sessions, and, while they truly wouldn’t have worked with their 2019 record, they do stand apart from the rest of what is on offer across the EP.

The ‘Morbid Stuff’ leftovers – ‘Anaphylaxis’, ‘Nothing Changes’, and ‘Floodgates’ – certainly have a different feel and personality to them than the other tracks, ‘Edmonton’ and ‘Rot’. The latter two are very clearly the ones pushing themselves into the spotlight of this creation, with their instant and apt diverse sound as well as a different approach to groove, vocally and instrumentally. The Grandaddy cover of ‘A.M. 180’ does fit in rather nicely between the lot, but doesn’t do much to elevate it.

Nevertheless, every song on ‘This Place Sucks Ass’ can be described as a solid club show anthem, and each track demands to be played loudly and to be shouted along to. Even though all of this will have to happen in the vicinity of your own four walls rather than a rowdy live performance for now, PUP haven’t lost any of their energy.