PUNK BAND PUP IS GETTING BIGGER AND NONE OF THEM ARE TAKING IT FOR GRANTED

To call PUP a “relevant distraction” is, admittedly, selling the boisterous Toronto punk quartet a bit short, but it’s a nice turn of phrase nonetheless.

From left, Nestor Chumak, Stefan Babcock, Steve Sladkowski and Zach Mykula of PUP will play their biggest hometown show to date at Echo Beach on July 21. RICK MADONIK / TORONTO STAR

To call PUP a “relevant distraction” is, admittedly, selling the boisterous Toronto punk quartet a bit short, but it’s a nice turn of phrase nonetheless.

Drummer Zack Mykula has hit upon a succinct way of summarizing the band’s growing popular appeal — PUP plays the biggest hometown show of its career at the 5,000-capacity Echo Beach on Sunday, July 21 — as it pertains to this year’s celebrated Morbid Stuff LP, in any case.

A stupidly catchy and thoroughly good-humoured collection of shout-along anthems about lead singer/guitarist Stefan Babcock’s running battle with depression, the album is like a big, warm hug from a close friend who’s finally lured you out of your darkened apartment after three days in bed telling you you’re not alone, you’re not the first person to be sad and you will get through this — but also that, from time to time, you need to get over yourself and think about why you’re always so miserable.

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