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PUP, Palehound, The OBGMs at Sylvee
September 8, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 11:59 pm$23.70 – $39.50
PUP is shown mid-performance at 7th St. Entry in Minneapolis, MN during a set from September 2016. Photo by Steven Spoerl.
No one needs to relive the relative absence of live, in-person music that took place during COVID’s first year and a half. For some of us, present company included, losing that particular routine was immensely draining. PUP’s current tour, aptly titled Thank Fucking God (the Sylvee’s censored marketing version be damned), feels especially potent as an antidote to those times. And not just because my lifeline for live music over that period largely consisted of repeatedly watching PUP’s Live In The K! Pit. That particular video capture easily stands as one of the most immersive live documents I’ve found for my preferred show setting: crowded, sweaty dive bars with wildly high levels of crowd reciprocity. It’s perfectly PUP.
Live In The K! Pit also serves as a reminder of the last time I saw PUP, a 2016 show at Minneapolis’ 7th St. Entry in which I wound up onstage, crouched down and clinging to a PA monitor while trying to maintain balance to film, ultimately getting nearly choked out by a showgoer swept up in a mosh pit who grabbed the back collar of my shirt for support. At the end of that set, the band had to help organize a lost-and-found swap for broken glasses and separated shoes among the several audience members who wound up missing personal effects. Even though some of those items proved unrecoverable, the elation among the bruised, exiting crowd was palpable, thanks to a characteristically blistering show capped off by PUP’s raucous headlining set.
To my ears, PUP is one of an exceedingly small handful of punk acts who could challenge for the best discography of the past 10 to 15 years but their recorded output still doesn’t quite match their electric live show. If anyone needs more proof of either claim’s legitimacy, a Sylvee show where the openers are also reliably excellent live acts (Palehound and The OBGMs) should be a solid way to find out. —Steven Spoerl
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