Photos: PUP Plays Punk Rock Bowling at Asbury Park

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Photos: PUP Plays Punk Rock Bowling at Asbury Park

In 2014, Toronto quartet PUP spent 68% of their days playing scorching, adrenaline-siphoning punk, netting 250 shows in the year. That devotion to the road came with a price: last year, lead singer Stefan Babcock discovered a hemorrhaging cyst on his vocal chords. The band’s sophomore LP, The Dream Is Over, comments on that diagnosis with a sarcastic middle finger in the air. Instead of opting for a surgery that would bench him from singing for months, Babcock underwent vocal therapy in addition to curbing alcohol and smoke. As PUP’s performance at the Punk Rock Bowling festival in Asbury Park can attest, he’s never sounded rawer. Photographer Erica Lauren captured the intense set in addition to a few behind-the-scenes shots in the gallery above. PUP is still feverishly touring, with US dates through September.