Photos: PUP at the Newport
Canadian punkers PUP made their long-awaited return to Columbus on Friday night as the quartet delivered a how-to in power-chord punk rock with a scintillating performance at the Newport Music Hall.
Openers Potty Mouth set the tone for the evening with a hugely enjoyable set jam packed with infectious punk-pop from a charismatic four-piece who all looked like they were having the time of their lives. This is why you should never miss the opening band.
The curiously named Illuminati Hotties were next up. Born as a project from singer/guitarist Sarah Tudzin, the indie-pop four-piece joyously danced between jarring loud guitars and soft and sensitive vocals to create what Tudzin has described as “tenderpunk.”
The last time I saw PUP was during Promowest Fest several years ago when the band outplayed themselves with a set of uptempo sing-along guitar rock. Fast forward a few years and not much has really changed, and that’s not such a bad thing as the band opened the evening with loud guitars and passionate vocals. It’s text-book power-punk, but no one’s complaining as a sea of crowd surfers flowed out of the pumped-up Newport crowd.
PUP are currently touring their third LP, Morbid Stuff, released earlier this year.
Matt Ellis is a freelance photographer who covers bands that visit the city and the Columbus Crew MLS team. More about Matt can be found on his Instagram.
All photos by Matt Ellis