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This year has been especially great for the Canadian punk rock scene; Toronto’s PUP and Pkew Pkew Pkew recently dropped their most successful records to date, and next month, Stuck Out Here will join them with the release of Until We’re Each Someone Else. The band’s second full-length will be out everywhere May 31 on Get Party! Records/Must Be Nice Records.
If you ask the members of Stuck Out Here –– which features co-frontmen/guitarists Cam Laurie and Ivan Raczycki, drummer Pat Armstrong, and Pkew Pkew Pkew’s Emmett O’Reilly on bass –– they’d say they’re not the best band in the world, but certainly not the worst.
What they leave out is where Until We’re Each Someone Else shines the most. There’s a uniquely-sentimental sort of angst that spans across the entire record and on perfect display in their latest single, “For You, For Me.” It’s a more laid-back feel than the album’s first single, “Embarass You,” but they’re both unquestionable anthems for the Fest generation.
Although Stuck Out Here officially formed in 2010, Cam, Ivan & Pat started playing together while still in high school as early as 2006, and Laurie and Raczycki had been circling one another for nearly their entire lives. They initially met as young kids playing soccer, but reconnected in high school covering Bright Eyes and Tegan & Sara songs at each others’ high schools’ coffee houses. Laurie had been getting into punk bands like The Clash while embracing the vulnerabilities and self-awareness of bands like the Weakerthans while Raczycki was jumping into anything from the rough energy of Against Me! to the poetic soundscapes of The National.
The result of their unlikely inspirations became the blueprint for Stuck Out Here’s 2011 debut, Last Night, This Morning and was crafted furthermore in 2014 with Getting Used to Feeling Like Shit. Musically, their forthcoming release Until We’re Each Someone Else exists somewhere amongst the pantheon of modern pop-punk classics like Joyce Manor’s Never Hungover Again, Japandroids’ Celebration Rock, and The Menzingers’ On the Impossible Past, with the creeping influence and affectations of a young Conor Oberst or Paul Westerberg.