We're only a few weeks away from MusicfestNW presents Project Pabst! Each week leading up to the festival, we'll gradually introduce you to the 18 acts on the lineup.

WHO: Stefan Babcock (guitar, lead vocals), Nestor Chumak (bass, vocals), Zack Mykula (drums, vocals), Steve Sladkowski (guitar, vocals).

SOUNDS LIKE: Montage music for a rowdy midnight bar fight.

FOR FANS OF: The Replacements, Black Lips, Japandroids, early Green Day.

LATEST RELEASE: Last year's The Dream Is Over, a hard-hitting dose of quick, spastic and painfully addictive punk-rock anthems.

WHY YOU CARE: In the modern world of ever-advancing technology, it's easy to forget that punk relies on chaos and destruction. PUP's sound epitomizes what brought the fearsome genre into its next phase—it is simultaneously aggressive and strangely melodic. The angsty, garage-born noise is further ruffled by plenty of feedback and near-violent vocal harmonies. Yet the relative simplicity and sing-along nature of the stuff reminds of the brash pop of Dookie era Green Day. PUP is big, powerful and terrifyingly graceful—from a safe distance, anyway.

SEE IT: PUP plays MusicfestNW presents Project Pabst at Tom McCall Waterfront Park on Saturday, Aug. 26.

MusicfestNW presents Project Pabst is Aug. 26-27 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Get tickets here.