Watch: PUP share new video for ‘Free At Last’

Toronto punks called on fans to submit their own covers of the song

Local Toronto punk heroes PUP are set to release their third full-length record, Morbid Stuff, on April 5th via Little Dipper / Universal Music Canada. The band recently shared the lyrics and chords for the track “Free At Last,” with a challenge for fans to submit their own cover of the song.

They wound up with 253 submissions and a damn good $25 music video, shot entirely on an iPhone in one night. Check out the finished product below.

“The video for ‘Free At Last’ started off as a very, very stupid concept,” frontman Stefan Babcock said in a release. “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.”

PUP have three tour dates earmarked for Toronto this summer, with a pair of sold-out nights at Danforth Music Hall on June 7 and 8, and a third show set for Echo Beach on July 21.

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