PUP, Meat Wave coming to Gabe’s Nov. 14


Gabe’s — Saturday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m.

-- photo by Vanessa Heins
Photo by Vanessa Heins

Tickets are on sale for PUP’s upcoming show at Gabe’s, set for Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. The Canadian punk rock band will be playing a 19+ show as a part of their tour for The Dream is Over (SideOneDummy Records 2016), their second studio album. The Toronto-based group, consisting of singer and guitarist Stefan Babcock, bassist Nestor Chumak, drummer Zack Mykula and guitarist Steve Sladkowski, will hit Iowa City as a midway point between The Fest in Gainsville, Fla. and their return back to Ontario.

The Dream is Over, named after a comment Babcock’s doctor told him after discovering a hemorrhaging cyst on his vocal chords, features breakout hits such as the comedically harsh “If This Tour Doesn’t Kill You, I Will” and fast-paced, shout-along “DVP”. Alongside those are the rhythmically complex, angry ragers like “Old Wounds” and the more emotionally vulnerable “Can’t Win” and “Familiar Patterns,” which explore the informed hindsight of reflecting on past betrayals, friendships and careers.

PUP has been internationally lauded: Both of their albums have been listed for the Polaris Music Prize, the videos for “Guilt Trip” and “Dark Days” have been nominated for Juno Awards, Rolling Stone named them a “breakout rock act” of 2014 and Billboard selected The Dream is Over for seven “Best” lists in 2016.

They’ll be joined by Chicago favorites Meat Wave, a punk trio made up of singer and guitarist Chris Sutter, bassist Joe Gac and drummer Ryan Wizniak, who recently rocked the Gabe’s Stage for Bloated Kat Record’s Bloated Saturday Fest.

Additional acts Chastity and Rational Anthem have been added to the set. Chastity, a post-grunge, alternative rock act from Whitby, Ontario, has been alternately touring with PUP, Japandroids, Holy Fuck and Lust since October.

Iowa City-transplants and pop punk mainstays Rational Anthem are representing for the locals at this show. The group consists of Florida-natives drummer Pete Stolp, guitarist Noelle Stolp and bassist Chris Hembrough. They are currently working on their fourth studio album.

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