- Publish Date
- Thursday, 28 February 2019, 12:52PM
Toronto, Ontario’s very own punk powerhouse PUP will release their excellent new record 'Morbid Stuff' in April, and today the band shares the album’s second single entitled "Free At Last".
PUP shared the song’s lyrics and chords with fans a few weeks ago, asking them to do their best cover without ever even hearing the track. While the band expected a handful of covers to be made, they wound up with 253 submissions and a damn good $25 music video, shot entirely on an iPhone in one night to boot. Listen to the song and check out the instructional music video HERE, featuring PUP fans, including the likes of Charly Bliss’ Eva Hendricks, who sings on the original track, as well as Stranger Things and Calpurnia’s Finn Wolfhard.
Stefan Babcock on the song and video: "The video for "Free At Last" started off as a very, very stupid concept. Before the song was released, we put out the lyrics and a basic chord chart and asked people to record their own versions without hearing the original first. It was a bit of a social experiment. We expected to receive 15 or 20 covers. We received 253. A lot of them were very… interesting… but most of them were actually really good. We listened to every single one front to back (13 hours and 34 minutes), and by the end our brains were puddles of sludge and we couldn’t remember how our own version sounded.
We received hip hop versions, ska versions, grindcore, EDM, Mariachi, Ukulele, Polka, and piano ballad versions. Incredibly enough, none of the 253 covers sounded like ours. And even more astounding, no two of the covers sounded the same either. The amount of creativity and love put into these things absolutely blew us away."