PUP: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit - stripped-down sets, an intimate setting - just a different space.
Lyndsey McKenna | January 21, 2021
Sincerest apologies to Stefan Babcock's neighbors: For PUP's Tiny Desk (home) concert, the Toronto group refused to dial down the volume, filling Babcock's neatly-furnished living room - complete with an Ontario pennant - and just maybe making a few enemies down the street in the process.
"My neighbors hate us, and I don't blame them," Babcock said. Volume complaints aside, that admission feels like a perfect summary of the band's penchant for spinning stories of chaos into catchy-as-hell, shout-along songs. With bandmates Nestor Chumak, Zack Mykula and Steve Sladkowski masked to adhere to COVID safety protocol, PUP wastes no time here, immediately setting the tone with "Rot" from the group's aptly-titled 2020 EP, This Place Sucks A**. From there, the set spans the band's discography, spotlighting two cuts ("Kids" and "Scorpion Hill") from 2019's Morbid Stuff and "Reservoir," a track off the group's debut.
And to NPR officemates who think you've escaped an earsplitting in-office set with this (home) concert, let the handmade "Ceci n'est pas une Tiny Desk" ("This is not a Tiny Desk") sign serve as a warning: When the Tiny Desk returns to NPR HQ and the U.S.-Canada border reopens, prepare to have your workday interrupted.
"Scorpion Hill"
Stefan Babcock: vocals, guitar
Nestor Chumak: bass, vocals
Zack Mykula - drums, vocals
Steven Sladkowski: guitar, vocals
Video: Amanda Fotes
Audio: Nestor Chumak
Producer: Bob Boilen
Video Producer: Maia Stern
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Associate Producer: Bobby Carter
Tiny Production Team: Kara Frame, Morgan Noelle Smith
Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann


  1. Home Alone
    Home Alone
    3 dagen geleden

    Seriously? Masks? Foh

  2. ripcasper pierce
    ripcasper pierce
    3 dagen geleden

    now all we need is a knocked loose tiny desk concert

  3. D a m s k y
    D a m s k y
    13 dagen geleden

    Ceci n´est pas une Tiny Desk

  4. D a m s k y
    D a m s k y
    13 dagen geleden

    Pup is future.

  5. SemiObsessive
    13 dagen geleden

    I totally want like a whole hour set at the NPR offices of PUP sometime next year. This is amazing. We get closer to a Death Grips Tiny Desk every day.

  6. Matthew Boyaner
    Matthew Boyaner
    19 dagen geleden

    does anyone know what kind of guitar Stefan is playing ?

  7. Jake TheMajikDog
    Jake TheMajikDog
    19 dagen geleden

    I love this band so much.

  8. Miguel Santamaria
    Miguel Santamaria
    21 dag geleden

    This is a pathetic use of potential, and i need it for live

  9. Miguel Santamaria
    Miguel Santamaria
    21 dag geleden

    We love u guys

  10. Brad Delisle
    Brad Delisle
    23 dagen geleden

    Kids is such a dope tune

  11. grohl51
    24 dagen geleden

    Reservoir is an amazing son!

  12. Rebecca Rose
    Rebecca Rose
    25 dagen geleden

    Is no one gonna mention how poorly this is mixed

  13. Chedzee Sheeda
    Chedzee Sheeda
    25 dagen geleden

    PUP was the last concert I hit before the pandemic, and it was a huge watershed experience that got me through grad school apps. It's meant a lot to me this past year, and it's always nice to come back to this recording!

  14. Robert Frost
    Robert Frost
    26 dagen geleden

    12:10 I see you. This line is when we're at the show and we all kiss. Or we get on the stage and make out in 2022.

    29 dagen geleden

    Man this is making miss the small local band shows me and my friends would go to before they stop cause of covid. Miss this kind of energy tbh.

  16. VonBlade
    Maand geleden

    Somewhere in these comments is Luke Westaway. Sir, I salute you for excellent taste.

  17. tuba palooza
    tuba palooza
    Maand geleden

    Hey guitar Dude! You're the cool one! Love always!

  18. Oakoe eokaO
    Oakoe eokaO
    Maand geleden

    Next do Billy Cobb

  19. Caden Shapiro
    Caden Shapiro
    Maand geleden


  20. Sir Smoke a lot
    Sir Smoke a lot
    Maand geleden

    Nice suitcase kick

  21. beulg
    Maand geleden

    does anybody have any info on that bass drum ? lol

  22. Octopodez
    Maand geleden

    mad respect for the suitcase kickdrum

  23. ve
    Maand geleden

    @puptheband im back once again saying youre bae ilu this was AMAZING im still mad i didnt get to go to our show literally like a year and a half ago in ft lauderdale

  24. Riley Gobelet
    Riley Gobelet
    Maand geleden

    Does anyone know what guitar Stefan is using?

  25. Matt Bradshaw
    Matt Bradshaw
    Maand geleden

    Does anyone know what guitar Stefan is playing, it's definitely Les Paul Junior, but not a gibson headstock

  26. Weenie Doge
    Weenie Doge
    Maand geleden

    Can we get any Daft Punk? Maybe Give Life Back To Music? It’s my favorite 🥺😊🙏🏻

  27. Joe Hovanessian
    Joe Hovanessian
    Maand geleden

    Also, when do we get an "Iron Chic" Tiny Desk???

  28. tweezer17
    Maand geleden

    I've seen them twice, got nixed at Shakey knees last year on account of the old covid curse. Hope to see these boys soon, highly recommend their live shows!

  29. inezsera
    Maand geleden

    so many songs i wish they’d played but really i just wanna see them live so this was INCREDIBLE

  30. Trend Kill
    Trend Kill
    Maand geleden


  31. Aaron Barlow
    Aaron Barlow
    Maand geleden

    I accidentally watched this at 1.25 speed and didn't even notice anything was wrong. Their energy still fit the extra speed.

  32. R L
    R L
    Maand geleden

    let me know if your neighbor wants to move out, happy to take over their lease ;)

  33. Rex Marfa
    Rex Marfa
    Maand geleden

    i hope their neighbors are okay

  34. Trevor Smith
    Trevor Smith
    Maand geleden

    the suitcase kick drum really makes this for me!

  35. Drumminjay108
    Maand geleden

    Yes for Scorpion Hill!

  36. Joshua Seaman
    Joshua Seaman
    Maand geleden

    Love them.

  37. Yuval Geva
    Yuval Geva
    Maand geleden

    best dudes

  38. Simon Barth
    Simon Barth
    Maand geleden

    Wow they killed it recording-wise! Never heard a Suitacedrum sound so good in a rock context.

  39. Gaspar Ibarra
    Gaspar Ibarra
    Maand geleden


  40. Elizabeth Glenn
    Elizabeth Glenn
    Maand geleden

    Amazing set, love these guys!! SO glad they ended on Scorpion Hill, such an emotionally powerful song.

  41. John G
    John G
    Maand geleden

    I've seen them twice in Denver, and now once in Toronto I guess!

  42. Fernando Munoz
    Fernando Munoz
    Maand geleden

    PUP. Tight as always. Love this intimate home setting. Also, wearing masks and singing through them... Respect!

  43. Tyler Canopy
    Tyler Canopy
    Maand geleden

    Are these guys ever not on point? Consistently killing it!

  44. Sarah Boyles
    Sarah Boyles
    Maand geleden

    Top 5 punk bands of all time. Fight me.

  45. manuel flores
    manuel flores
    Maand geleden

    gran grupo , sigan así muchachos su música me anima mucho, un gran saludos desde México

  46. ThinkForYourself
    Maand geleden

    Their Drummer is something special.

  47. Peter Macmillan
    Peter Macmillan
    Maand geleden

    Anyone know what guitar Stefan is playing?

  48. K Jimmy
    K Jimmy
    Maand geleden

    Luke brought me here

  49. PixelatedInternetTV
    Maand geleden

    wild, last band I saw live before the pandemic hit

  50. slimkt
    Maand geleden

    “My neighbors hate us.” I’d be willing to pay double the rent/mortgage if it meant I got to listen to PUP live on the regs.

    1. Cayla Sederstrom
      Cayla Sederstrom
      Dag geleden

      You ain't neva lied.

  51. take shelter
    take shelter
    Maand geleden


  52. take shelter
    take shelter
    Maand geleden

    Great energy love pup and im glad they got to do this

  53. Justin Kyle Evan Orr
    Justin Kyle Evan Orr
    Maand geleden

    Question: is the bass “drum” a suitcase??? Sounds sick and I may upgrade my kick.

  54. Renaldo Matadeen
    Renaldo Matadeen
    Maand geleden

    Also, we gotta get Stef some Caribbean sunlight ffs

  55. Renaldo Matadeen
    Renaldo Matadeen
    Maand geleden

    They're so good live. Needs DVP, Sibling Rivalry and Closure though. TD should have Jimmy Eat World, Pianos Become the Teeth, Thursday and Mobina Galore next

  56. Pedro Hernandez
    Pedro Hernandez
    Maand geleden

    aguante pup loco!!!

  57. DG
    Maand geleden

    Yo this is legitimately terrible

  58. Adam Swensen
    Adam Swensen
    Maand geleden

    You love to see it

  59. Matthew
    Maand geleden

    Toronto's Finest.

  60. Miche Runnett
    Miche Runnett
    Maand geleden


  61. M
    Maand geleden

    I was lucky enough to see this band at one of their last shows last year in Denver. They smashed, and Screaming Females killed it too.

  62. James Bellefleur
    James Bellefleur
    Maand geleden

    Great set, great band, just great content all around

  63. Mike Milett
    Mike Milett
    Maand geleden

    Friggin ripd it buds

  64. ally morgan
    ally morgan
    Maand geleden

    they’re so talented!!

  65. Noé Covolan
    Noé Covolan
    Maand geleden

    Thank you so much. It really brightend my day and gave me memories of the only time I saw those guys live.

  66. sulphur
    Maand geleden

    Excellent band, great tunes. This was another example of a wonderful mix from NPR.

  67. James Ford
    James Ford
    Maand geleden

    Love that they closed with Scorpion Hill

  68. Bre Gordon
    Bre Gordon
    Maand geleden

    I think I just gave myself a concussion moshing by myself in my kitchen and smacked my head off the fridge

  69. concray
    Maand geleden

    how about some goddammned subtely for a change? Nah, we good.

  70. STI
    Maand geleden

    Not my genre but they're decent players and definitely in the pocket for tightness. One of the better recent NPR offerings which has been littered with nothing but marginals.

  71. Nikolas Murdock
    Nikolas Murdock
    Maand geleden

    The kick drum is a suitcase

  72. carmelpop1011
    Maand geleden


  73. Vlastimil
    Maand geleden

    Mark Lanegan to NPR!

  74. jeroen
    Maand geleden

    big lies. im your neighbor and i love you.

  75. Syco Larry
    Syco Larry
    Maand geleden

    LET'S GOOOO this was so sick. What an amazing band

  76. Megan Bateman
    Megan Bateman
    Maand geleden

    yeah :,) this was just what i needed

  77. Martin Luther
    Martin Luther
    Maand geleden

    Do another show!!!

  78. Mathmatiks
    Maand geleden

    One of the last raw performances.

  79. Arbor Green
    Arbor Green
    Maand geleden

    50 dislikes are anti-maskers...

  80. Roni Garrard
    Roni Garrard
    Maand geleden

    oh to be stefan's neighbour

  81. Matt Buchholz
    Matt Buchholz
    Maand geleden

    That's odd. My neighbors hate me too, but I don't even have a band

  82. Adam
    Maand geleden

    I legit never thought I'd see PUP on tiny desk! They are amazing! A must see live. Still waiting on Jeff Rosenstock and Dollar Signs npr ;)

      Maand geleden

      Got to see Jeff a few years ago and Zach was filling in on drums

  83. Chris Berg
    Chris Berg
    Maand geleden

    Fantastic! Had tickets to see these guys about a week before live venues were shut down in Seattle and I passed on being in a crowd. Still have my tickets. Thank you NPR and PUP.

  84. maggielauramcmillan
    Maand geleden

    fantastic as always boys!

  85. Sharon Hlinak
    Sharon Hlinak
    Maand geleden

    I wish I was your neighbor.

  86. Sharon Hlinak
    Sharon Hlinak
    Maand geleden


  87. M O V I E S
    M O V I E S
    Maand geleden

    So happy i got to catch these guys back in September, before all the chaos. Amazing show

  88. Alexa
    Maand geleden


  89. stevebob240
    Maand geleden


  90. Selloutian
    Maand geleden

    This ruled!

  91. Charles Frederick
    Charles Frederick
    Maand geleden

    not my taste, but I can definitely see why someone would like this band.

  92. Ryan Englehart
    Ryan Englehart
    Maand geleden

    Really digging the lead guitarist's tone. Need me some P90s

  93. ThatOneGuyinTheCornerOverThere
    Maand geleden

    Scorpion Hill is an all time song for me from them, such emotion and feeling. Really hits home and it absolutely ROCKS. Like all their other songs

  94. shardanette1
    Maand geleden

    This is one of those bands whose name I've seen around for a while and always meant to check out. Thanks, NPR. They have a new fan.

  95. Ryan O'Hara
    Ryan O'Hara
    Maand geleden

    Imagine we had a Weakerthans reunion tiny desk concert.....

  96. Ana
    Maand geleden

    do consider giving their discography a listen! they're fcking awesome

  97. Wheels of Mercury
    Wheels of Mercury
    Maand geleden

    I saw these dudes yeeeeaaaarrrsss ago at Warped tour in Toronto. Glad to see they're still going!

  98. c l a u
    c l a u
    Maand geleden


  99. Zach Johnston
    Zach Johnston
    Maand geleden

    Pup is Canadian royalty

  100. Macky MacPherson
    Macky MacPherson
    Maand geleden