Canadian punks PUP are no strangers to putting together a great music video. In the past, they’ve created a choose-your-own-adventure style clip for ‘Old Wounds’, paid tribute to a Literal Pup in the ‘Sleep In The Heat’ and embraced VR in their new ‘Kids’ clip.
They’ve now shared new track ‘Free At Last’, the second preview of upcoming LP ‘Morbid Stuff’, and it might well be their best yet.
In advance of the song’s release, the band shared the lyrics and chords to the song, and asked fans to pen their own cover of the track, having never heard the original.
What materialises is a truly fantastic clip comprising no less than 253 versions of the track, including cameos from Calpurnia and Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard (who’s no stranger to a PUP video or three) and Charly Bliss vocalist Eva Hendricks.
Speaking of the clip, PUP vocalist Stefan Babcock says: “The video for ‘Free At Last’ started off as a very, very stupid concept. Before the song was released, we put out the lyrics and a basic chord chart and asked people to record their own versions without hearing the original first. It was a bit of a social experiment. We expected to receive 15 or 20 covers. We received 253. A lot of them were very… interesting… but most of them were actually really good. We listened to every single one front to back (13 hours and 34 minutes), and by the end our brains were puddles of sludge and we couldn’t remember how our own version sounded.
“We received hip hop versions, ska versions, grindcore, EDM, Mariachi, Ukulele, Polka, and piano ballad versions. Incredibly enough, none of the 253 covers sounded like ours. And even more astounding, no two of the covers sounded the same either. The amount of creativity and love put into these things absolutely blew us away.”
Watch it and marvel below.