The title of PUP's 2016 album 'The Dream Is Over' are 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 selftitled debut, it’s perhaps not surprising that it happened.
But while PUP had to end 2015 by canceling 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.