I was a big hardcore fan back in my teenage years. This fandom faded as adult feelings replaced teen angst and, frankly, as the fun fell out of a lot of hardcore music. Pup definitely puts that fun back into hardcore. They're one of the current generation of punk bands that put out attitude I can get behind.
Singer Stefan Babcock remarked on the unique make-up of the Hillside Festival crowd by stating that the punks get to be hippies and the hippies get to be punks and that he's never seen so many Misfits t-shirts worn with Birkenstocks. That kinda sums it up, doesn't it?
After a sweaty and powerful set that closed with "Reservoir", they returned to the stage and proclaimed, "Encores are bullshit" as they launched into Weezer's Pinkerton classic "El Scorcho" because they ran out of their own songs that they could play competently. It was a fantastic show and a great live intro to a band I've been waiting to see for quite a while.
Listen to some awesome Pup tunes, following their set list.
Show opener "If This Tour Doesn't Kill You, I Will"
"Back Against the Wall"
Set closing tune "Reservoir"