PUP's Stefan Babcock and Steve Sladkowski discuss bizarre time signatures, and how they made one of 2019's best punk albums

[from left] Pup's Nestor Chumak, Stefan Babcock, Zack Mykula and Steve Sladkowski (Image credit: Vanessa Heins)

“I don’t know anything about music theory at all,” says Stefan Babcock, singer and rhythm guitarist of Toronto punk band PUP. This might surprise listeners. For three albums in a row, PUP have churned out some of the most consistently mature, theory-based music ever to be flown under the banner of punk. 

Guilt Trip, a thrashy indie rocker and the first song on their debut album, flickers on a whim from 6/4 to 7/4, 5/4, then right back to 6/4 - all of it held together by stray measures in 3/4 and 4/4.

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