Pup on how the unraveling of an indie-punk guitar institution began with a Rhodes piano

Steve Sladkowski and Stefan Babcock of Pup perform at The Roundhouse on October 14, 2022 in London, England.
(Image credit: Lorne Thomson/Redferns)

The unraveling of Pup began with a piano. “I bought this Fender Rhodes a year ago,” says Stefan Babcock, the band’s singer and rhythm guitarist. “Four Chords was the first thing I wrote on it because I literally knew how to play just four chords.”

The song, which opens the band’s new record, The Unraveling of PUPTheBand, started as a tossed-off joke about the guitar-based punk band wasting money on a piano. Then, five weeks into their 2021 recording sessions, bassist Nestor Chumak suggested they use the song for real – as the album’s first track.

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