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PUP & The Flatliners at Foufounes Electriques – Live Review

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PUP & The Flatliners at Foufounes Electriques – Live Review

Pup - Foufounes Electriques Photo by Andrej Ivanov

Photos: Andrej Ivanov

Who: Pup and The Flatliners
Where: Les Foufounes Electriques
When: December 14, 2014
Style: Starts with a P and rhymes with funk

Walking in later than expected, catching only a part of Such Gold’s set, “Why the hell aren’t there more people?” There was some small mosh pit happening but that’s about as good as it got. The crowd was sparse and it was far too easy to navigate, unlike many other Flatliners shows.

When PUP came on, though, the crowd seemed to have filled, although the front was still pretty sparse, and only a small group was jumping around. Surprisingly, PUP was a lot softer than on their records, but that did not detract from how good they were. Albeit a little bit of a pop-punk sound, the band had the crowd jumping, bobbing their heads, and laughing. As they said, “If you like our music, there is some stuff for sale at the merch table over there. If you don’t like our music, well fuck you!” They have an attitude, they have a swagger, and they deliver. Hailing from Toronto, Ontario, these guys have picked up a massive following and a lot of momentum in a very short period of time. With punchy guitar riffs, fast drum beats, and raspy but melodic vocals, they have a balls-to-the-wall, no-nonsense and devil may care attitude and that translates in their music and their show. When they closed their set with “Reservoir”, it’s as though the entire crowd lit up and exploded. The mosh-pit instantly expanded and it was as though it was a warm-up for the main act. My one concern is that the band didn’t seem to have the same energy as they do on their record, but in the end, they still have a solid fan-base, and I am now listening to their album. That should speak volumes in and of itself.

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This led up to the main act of the evening, The Flatliners. By that point, it was as though the crowd had multiplied, and everything was right as rain again. When the band came on, the entire room erupted in cheers, and in a tremendous mosh pit. After having seen them quite a few times (including some back to back shows), this show was easily the most energetic that I’ve seen. It felt like the venue, the crowd and the band were all in some form of sync and that everything just flowed perfectly. Frontman, Chris Cresswell talked about how they seem to come every December and that last time, they lost their drummer. The band definitely seemed on top of their game this time, playing energetically, screaming powerfully, and simply flowing through a set, that seemed to pass by all too quickly. From start to finish, the crowd was at an energetic peak, constantly moshing, from every end of the stage. Crowd surfers and stage divers were no strangers either, although it seemed like it was the same 3-4 faces that kept popping up (no pun intended). At the end of the day, The Flatliners an excellent show, leaving us exhausted, satisfied and wanting more, all at the same time.

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By: Andrej Ivanov



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