Toronto, Ontario punk rock favourites PUP have managed to get over 250 fans involved with various loose covers and interpretations for the video of their then unreleased track, ‘Free At Last’.
The band shared the song’s lyrics and chords with fans a few weeks ago, asking them to do their best cover without ever even hearing the track, and all of their renditions have come forth to form its video.
Speaking about the song and the concept of the video, vocalist/guitarist Stefan Babcock had this to say.
“The video for ‘Free At Last’ started off as a very, very stupid concept. Before the song was released, we put out the lyrics and a basic chord chart and asked people to record their own versions without hearing the original first. It was a bit of a social experiment. We expected to receive 15 or 20 covers. We received 253. A lot of them were very… interesting… but most of them were actually really good. We listened to every single one front to back (13 hours and 34 minutes), and by the end our brains were puddles of sludge and we couldn’t remember how our own version sounded.
We received hip hop versions, ska versions, grindcore, EDM, Mariachi, Ukulele, Polka, and piano ballad versions. Incredibly enough, none of the 253 covers sounded like ours. And even more astounding, no two of the covers sounded the same either. The amount of creativity and love put into these things absolutely blew us away.”
You can stream and watch this quirky video for ‘Free At Last’ below.
The band’s third studio album, ‘Morbid Stuff’, is scheduled for release on April 5th 2019 via their own label Little Dipper in partnership with Rise Records/BMG.