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Fucked Up



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Hometown: Toronto, ON (Canada)

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Fucked Up are a punk band. They were a punk band when they started in Toronto more than a decade ago, and they've remained a punk band even as they've ascended to career heights that their younger selves never could've imagined. But how do you remain a punk band when you're on magazine covers, or sharing stadium stages with the Foo Fighters? How do you stay true to your 15-year-old self when you've got a career to maintain, and families to support? Those are the questions that Fucked Up asks on Glass Boys. And they ask those questions in the form of a blazing, titanic, ultimately triumphant rock album.

The last two Fucked Up albums were sweeping, defining, monolithic gestures. On 2008's The Chemistry Of Common Life, they tested hardcore's capacity for stylistic innovation, for seven-minute songs and unconventional arrangements, and they won Canada's prestigious Polaris Music Prize in the process. With 2011's David Comes To Life, they offered up a full-blown rock opera, coming with one larger-than-life hook after another, and that made them even bigger, and further away from the Toronto hardcore scene that nurtured them. Glass Boys isn't a retrenchment or a back-to-basics move; it's too ambitious and complex for that. But after those last two albums, it's tight and concise and direct, an album of real and direct sentiment rather than artifice.

Musically, Glass Boys carries echoes of some of the more ragged and adventurous bands from America's punk past (Husker Du, Dinosaur Jr.), but it also has some of the anthemic charge of the Who and the guttural intensity of Negative Approach. Singer Damian Abraham still growls like a demon, but he's found more range and depth in his bark. Drummer Jonah Falco does something innovative on the LP, adding two separate drum tracks, one of them in half-time, adding a psychedelic, disorienting feel. (A limited vinyl edition of the album includes a bonus version that only features Falco's half-time drums.) The triple-guitar battalion of Mike Haliechuk, Ben Cook, and Josh Zucker still builds symphonies out of feedback and power-chords, but this time around, there's less emphasis on world-crushing riffs and more on world-creating textures. Bassist Sandy Miranda is now even more a part of that storm, her instrument blurring in with that overwhelming guitar roar.

And if the album's lyrics concern the quest to stay true to your younger self, the music pulls off the trick beautifully. "Echo Boomer," like "Son The Father" and "Let Her Rest" before it, makes for a powerful album opener, a surge of catharsis that gives a strong idea of what's to come. "Sun Glass" builds from acoustic strumming to bleary pummel and stays pretty the whole time. "DET" has one of those world-annihilating choruses that demands a full-room singalong. And the album-closing title track is a blast of epic catharsis as grand and forceful as anything this band has ever done. After two monumental concept-driven concept albums, Fucked Up have made another heart-expanding, life-affirming piece of work, and this time, they've done it by shooting straight from the heart.

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Reviews

Fucked Up Glass Boys (Slow Version)

Fucked Up

Glass Boys (Slow Version) (2014)

Matador Records

Fucked Up Year of the Dragon [12-inch]

Fucked Up

Year of the Dragon [12-inch] (2014)

Tankcrimes

Fucked Up Glass Boys

Fucked Up

Glass Boys (2014)

Matador Records

Melvins / Fucked Up Sugar Daddy Split Series Vol. 8 [12-inch]

Melvins / Fucked Up

Sugar Daddy Split Series Vol. 8 [12-inch] (2013)

Amphetamine Reptile

Fucked Up / Title Fight / Hop Along live in Brooklyn

Fucked Up / Title Fight / Hop Along

live in Brooklyn (2013)

live show

Fucked Up Year of the Tiger [12-inch]

Fucked Up

Year of the Tiger [12-inch] (2012)

Matador

Fucked Up / Dirtbombs Bruise Cruise Split [7-inch]

Fucked Up / Dirtbombs

Bruise Cruise Split [7-inch] (2012)

Bruise Cruise Records

Fucked Up David Comes to Life

Fucked Up

David Comes to Life (2011)

Matador

Fucked Up David's Town [12-inch]

Fucked Up

David's Town [12-inch] (2011)

Matador

Fucked Up Couple Tracks [7 inch]

Fucked Up

Couple Tracks [7 inch] (2010)

Matador

Fucked Up Couple Tracks: Singles 2002-2009

Fucked Up

Couple Tracks: Singles 2002-2009 (2010)

Matador

NOFX / Hot Water Music / Fucked Up live in Las Vegas

NOFX / Hot Water Music / Fucked Up

live in Las Vegas (2010)

live show

Fucked Up / Mika Miko / Leather Feather live in San Francisco

Fucked Up / Mika Miko / Leather Feather

live in San Francisco (2009)

live show

Gallows / Set Your Goals / Fucked Up live in Birmingham

Gallows / Set Your Goals / Fucked Up

live in Birmingham (2008)

live show

Fucked Up The Chemistry of Common Life

Fucked Up

The Chemistry of Common Life (2008)

Matador

Fucked Up David Christmas [7 inch]

Fucked Up

David Christmas [7 inch] (2007)

self-released

Fucked Up Year of the Pig [12 inch]

Fucked Up

Year of the Pig [12 inch] (2007)

What's Your Rupture?

Fucked Up Triumph of Life [7 inch]

Fucked Up

Triumph of Life [7 inch] (2006)

Jade Tree

Fucked Up Dangerous Fumes [7 inch]

Fucked Up

Dangerous Fumes [7 inch] (2006)

Deranged Youth

Fucked Up Hidden World

Fucked Up

Hidden World (2006)

Jade Tree

Fucked Up Year of the Dog [12 inch]

Fucked Up

Year of the Dog [12 inch] (2006)

Blocks

Fucked Up Epics in Minutes

Fucked Up

Epics in Minutes (2004)

Deranged

Fucked Up No Pasaran [7-inch]

Fucked Up

No Pasaran [7-inch] (2002)

Deranged Records

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Current Releases

Fucked UpYear of the Hare [12-inch]

Fucked Up

Year of the Hare [12-inch]

June 16, 2015

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