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Album Review

PUP – The Dream Is Over


PUP’s venomous mix of abrasion, melody and adventure sees ‘The Dream Is Over’ run riot.

Label: SideOneDummy
Released: 27th May 2016

Rating: ★★★★

From the opening hop of ‘If This Tour Doesn’t Kill You, I Will’ it’s clear that PUP’s second album is rooted in what they know. Songs about drinking (‘DVP’), home (‘Pine Point’) and life on the road are delivered with the same breakneck energy that caused such a stir on their self-titled debut. But ‘The Dream Is Over’ isn’t more of what’s come before. Despite their reluctance, PUP have had to grow up fast.

Gone is the rose-tinted reflection of the past and in its place, unease. There’s a nervous energy coursing through the veins of ‘The Dream Is Over’ and it gives PUP a vicious, unpredictable edge. From the end of the road questions of ’Doubts’ to the reckless swing of ‘My Life Is Over And I Couldn’t Be Happier’, the band are hurtling forwards.

That’s not to say PUP have given up hope. ‘The Dream Is Over’ stands tall, tongue firmly in cheek. The future’s uncertain but that just means the band are out to make it all matter. The ten-track blitz is unrelenting but every moment is to the point and drenched in purpose.

‘Familiar Patterns’ is a blistering anthem of self-acceptance while the take-it-or-leave-it attitude of ‘Old Wounds’ spits, snarls and smiles as it rages along. Backed by months of living on the road, ‘The Dream Is Over’ is about self-discovery. From adjusting to the realities of hopes and dreams to learning to live with flaws, if there’s one thing PUP have figured out, it’s how far they can take things.

Pushing at the walls of their sound and aiming skywards, PUP’s venomous mix of abrasion, melody and adventure sees ‘The Dream Is Over’ run riot from start to finish. Cutting the familiar with the outlandish and pushing it all forwards, PUP are sticking with what they know best. And it’s gloriously entertaining. Ali Shutler