PUP
This Place Sucks Ass


3.5
great

Review

by Ben CONTRIBUTOR (32 Reviews)
December 19th, 2020 | 10 replies


Release Date: 10/23/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: PUP pop off

This Place Sucks Ass is exactly what you’d expect from PUP in 2020: a frantic bottlerocket of a (pop) punk EP, bursting with nervous energy, stadium-sized refrains and a palpable frustration that it’s title not-so-subtly alludes to. Written and recorded (for the most part) during the Morbid Stuff sessions, the bois’ latest effort finds a satisfying balance between the pastel pink pop tendencies of their 2019 LP and the snotty, punk grit of The Dream is Over. We’re treated to an excellent cover of Grandaddy’s A.M. 180 - transforming the original's anxiety-inducing aesthetic into an raucous, distorted slowburner - whilst EP highlights, Anaphylaxis and Nothing Changes, are full to the brim with the hooks and gleeful, eccentric character that put PUP on the map. Bookends Rot and Edmonton take things completely off the rails, disheveled and angry as anything PUP have ever done, barely held together by the jagged riffs and snide snarling from Steve Sladkowski and Stefan Babcock. Whilst nothing here really reaches the towering heights of the band’s recent LPs - not quite matching the fury of The Dream is Over nor the unbelievable catchiness of Morbid Stuff - you won’t really care when listening to This Place Sucks Ass. The lack of restraint absent from their 2019 release still manages to elbow its way back into the melee, making for one of the year’s most satisfying punk EPs and well worth the time of those craving more of the same, reliable PUP goodness.



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AsleepInTheBack
Contributing Reviewer
December 19th 2020


6803 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This needed a thread, plus one worth baring in mind before filling in your top 2020 EP submissions, if you've not heard this yet

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
December 19th 2020


12454 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"frustration that it’s title"



No need for the apostrophe there



But nice lil piece otherwise. Always good to get a thread for big stuff, especially when I am among those that have forgotten to check this again lol. Might revisit.

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
December 19th 2020


2222 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great rev, agreed entirely. ep is still v fun

Digging: Emma Ruth Rundle and Thou - The Helm Of Sorrow

AsleepInTheBack
Contributing Reviewer
December 19th 2020


6803 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cheers for catching that Mars, will tweak.



Kinda feel like I should have elaborated a little more on just how good the lyrics and delivery are on this. So gooooood.

nolerthebowler
December 19th 2020


6541 Comments


nice!

heck
December 19th 2020


5374 Comments


pup comin in with a concept album about sput

Digging: Nothing - The Great Dismal

JayEnder
December 19th 2020


8975 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Finally this got a review! Nice one man.



"pup comin in with a concept album about sput" lol

Digging: Title Fight - Shed

Rowhaus
December 22nd 2020


3974 Comments


this band sucks ass

tom79
December 25th 2020


3777 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

'Nothing Changes' rules. One of their best.

Digging: Pinegrove - Amperland, NY

AsleepInTheBack
Contributing Reviewer
December 25th 2020


6803 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Indeed it is. Merry crimbo all.



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