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This Music Video Is Also An FMV Game

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Ever wanted to be a tour manager for a punk band? In the unlikely case that your answer is yes, you can get a weird, not-entirely-accurate slice of that life in the band PUP’s new music video, which is also a choose-your-own-adventure game.

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PUP is a punk band from Canada who seem to be closet nerds. If you’re not normally into punk bands from Canada but are wondering why that name sounds familiar, that’s probably because they had a song featured in Dream Daddy, and the band had a cameo. The music video for their song “DVP” is a series of homages to various retro games. That trend continues with their new video for “Old Wounds.”

“Old Wounds: Tour Manager Edition” is a series of interconnected YouTube videos that form a choose-your-own-adventure story. You pick one of the four members of the band and make choices that help them get back the hotel safely, set to the song “Old Wounds” from PUP’s most recent album, The Dream Is Over. Their adventures range from mundane to absurd. Nestor just wants to chill and eat a pizza, and you need to help Steve not get too rowdy while watching the Raptors game. Meanwhile, Zack gets abducted by aliens, and this is what Stefan wants to do:

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The game is incredibly funny, even if you’re not a big fan of PUP, Canada, or punk music in general. The choices you make can lead to some unexpected, silly results. As you help Zack load the gear into the van you both spot a craft beer inside a cage. Clearly this is a trap, so when presented with a choice I told Zack not to drink it. Frustrated by my attitude, Zack drank poison and died.

“Old Wounds: Tour Manager Edition” as a music video doesn’t quite work. The song is roughly two minutes and change, but you can’t really hear between all the mushroom trips and alien autopsies. No matter—you can listen to “Old Wounds” elsewhere, and the game is good enough to stand on its own.

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dmcguinness37
dmcguinness37

Man PUP is the best. I went to see AFI in Toronto a few years back and all of the opening bands that were supposed to perform were turned away at the border (one of the guys from AFI told me they showed up without passports!). It was pretty close to show time and AFI were left without their openers. I don’t know how it happened, but PUP ended up opening the show. It was kickass. What I didn’t find out until after the show was that PUP was also booked for their own gig that night; they opened for AFI and then made their way across the city to play again that same night.

Cool dudes.