The MusicNerd Files Edition #26

PUP performs in Moncton on October 22.

We are officially into fall in Metro Moncton. With the leaves changing colour comes a whole whack of great bands to entertain you throughout the month.

Here are my recommendations for a few shows you don’t want to miss:

Tonight, Pat LePoidevin performs at Brunton Auditorium, 134 Main St., Sackville. 

With a great new album in tow, the closest that singer-songwriter Pat LePoidevin will be coming to Metro Moncton will be his show tonight in Sackville. But if it is within your means to get down there, I’d strongly suggest that you do so.

LePoidevin’s newest record, American Fiction, is a simplistic, acoustic-based tour through small American cities, putting the ideas and ideals of communities under the microscope. His ability to draw the listener in with tales from these communities and the world around him is no small feat. American Fiction is the kind of record that is subtly powerful and thoroughly engaging throughout.

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Along with Hollerado and the Zolas, Toronto band PUP performs at upstairs at Moncton’s Tide & Boar (700 Main St.) on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Advance tickets are available at the Tide & Boar as well as online at

Expectations for their debut album are running high. In the past couple of months alone, the punk-inspired PUP has been singled out as a band to watch by influential media outlets including Stereogum, NOW Magazine, Brooklyn Vegan and Audio Addict. You’d have to forgive them if their heads are swelling at all of the attention.

Perhaps not surprisingly (they are Canadian after all), the band is completely grounded. They will release their self-titled debut record this coming Tuesday via Royal Mountain Records.

PUP vocalist Stefan Babcock admits to being somewhat surprised at the attention that the group is receiving so early in the game: “We’ve had some attention and it’s really flattering that people seem to be connecting with the music,” he says. “It’s cool. We’re excited but, honestly, we’re surprised, too, because we didn’t think anyone would ever care about our band.”

Buzz about the band has been growing over the last year. Asked if this pressure manifested itself in any way, shape or form during the making of their new album, Babcock says if anything, the band was putting pressure on itself.

“When we were making the record, I felt a ton of pressure but now that the record is finished, it is what it is, and people are either gonna like it or not like it. We put a lot of blood sweat and tears into writing the songs, and it was important to all of us that we do the songs justice, and make a record that we could be proud of – the kind of record that we would actually listen to and love ourselves. And I can say with 100 per cent confidence that we accomplished that goal. To me, that’s success right there,” he says.

“We hope people like the album, and I think they will, but if they don’t, what can we do about it? I’m just happy to be here, sharing this experience with three of my best friends in the world. It would be nice to not be working at Burger King in six months, and maybe buy a new pair of jeans once in a while. For now, though, we’re all happy with how things are going, and are simply trying not to get caught up in expectations, our own or anyone else’s.”

Rob Moir performs at Plan B Lounge (212 St. George St., Moncton) on Wednesday, Oct. 23. Showtime is 9 p.m.

Toronto punk-poet Rob Moir is a hard working man. The musician recently returned from a staggering 104 shows performed throughout Europe, all in support of his sophomore record Places To Die. Released this past April via the Underground Operations label, Moir’s work is in the same vein as his muses including Bruce Springsteen and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy.

The 10 songs on Places To Die see the artist collaborating with producer Lynne Dubuc. While his lyrics routinely touch upon the heavier side of life, Moir’s live performance has earned a reputation for being both charming and captivating.

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Article published in the October 4, 2013 edition of the Times & Transcript