PUP’s aesthetic isn’t a cool one. It’s not wrapped in two layers of irony, obsessed with a worldview, or holier-than-thou. Words that can describe both the band and The Dream Is Over are simple ones: loud, brash, louder, unsettled, loudest. In fact, naming their album The Dream Is Over is probably the most complicated thing about it, if only because it requires a backstory. (A doctor gave singer Stefan Babcock an apocalyptic diagnosis after observing his shredded vocal chords. But you know that already.) Everything else is pretty straightforward.
This week’s notable artists gracing your television screen are as follows:
- 5/23 – Pink (Jimmy Kimmel)
- 5/23 – Frightened Rabbit (James Corden)
- 5/24 – Demi Lovato (Jimmy Kimmel)
- 5/26 – The Lumineers (Conan)
- 5/27 – Courtney Barnett (Jimmy Fallon)
Here’s the thing: It is never, ever, okay to lay a finger on another person, even if they’re a girl infiltrating your little circle of fun-loving bro-dudes at a pop punk show. I don’t care if no one believes me, but I can’t live with this weighing on my chest anymore. It’s been almost a year and it haunts me. Every single day I wake up and remember he told me no one is going to believe me, how I was just a crazy girl who’s band was terrible and he was going to make sure he ruined my career. Have fun on your last tour as a band, he said. So I kept quiet. I keep quiet because every day I see another band I love repping Seaway, and I’m afraid. I’m afraid and feel isolated.
These stories keep coming out and it’s not going to stop unless we, all of us, decide it’s time that it stops. Right now there is no accountability in our music scene — bad things happen and the people that do them see little, if any, repercussions. They still make music. They remain employed and on tour. They are given countless chances and everyone looks the other way. Demand better.
Rock band Pierce the Veil claims its highest charting album ever, and best sales week yet, as Misadventures bows at No. 4 with 54,000 units (50,000 in traditional album sales). The group’s previous largest week came when its last album, 2012’s Collide With the Sky, launched at No. 12 with 27,000 sold.