Canadian alt-rock group PUP have shared their new song, ‘Matilda’, alongside details of an upcoming UK and Ireland tour.
The new track will appear on the group’s fourth album THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND, which is released on April 1st via BMG/Rise Records.
This comes following the release of recent singles ‘Robot Writes A Love Song’ and ‘Waiting’. ‘Matilda’ was inspired by frontman Stefan Babcock’s “favourite guitar” of the same name.
“She was a gift from my friend Ryan, after watching me accidentally break the only guitar I owned in the middle of a long tour,” Babcock said. “I had no money to buy a replacement, and Ryan’s act of kindness is up there on my list of ‘nicest things anyone’s ever done for me’.”
“I played Matilda nonstop for 7 years at every PUP show, even when my bandmates started complaining that she sounded like shit. As the band got bigger, the pressure to sound better was building and so I bought a ‘good’ guitar and played Matilda less and less. Before I knew it I hadn’t played her in over a year.”
Babcock explained that the idea to write ‘Matilda’ came from an “intense feeling of guilt and sadness and shame and nostalgia and regret, watching her rot away in a corner”.
He continued: “I love this guitar and I love Ryan and wanted to do right by them, and I felt like I’d failed them both. I convinced the band that Matilda deserved one last rip on a PUP record, and I played her during the bridge of this song. It sounds so shitty. But good shitty. Great shitty.”
“For me, it was the most joyful and cathartic moment in the entire making of this record.”
The official music video for ‘Matilda’ (seen below), directed by Jefferson Dutton, follows the journey of the aforementioned guitar.
PUP have also confirmed a run of UK and European headline shows, which will take place between October and November. Tickets go on general sale at 10am GMT this Friday (March 4th) – purchase yours from here.
PUP tour dates:
- 12th – Leeds Beckett Students Union, Leeds
- 13th – O2 Ritz, Manchester
- 14th – The Roundhouse, London
- 16th – SWG3 Galvanizers, Glasgow
- 17th – Academy 2, Dublin
- 19th – Chalk, Brighton
- 20th – SWX, Bristol