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Fucked Up: Year of the Dog [12 inch]Year of the Dog [12 inch] (2006)
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Fucked Up caught a lot of fans of guard when they released Hidden World in 2006. It was an epic album with songs much longer and more layered than anything the extremely prolific band had released before. Even though it was a marked departure from most of their previous work, the Toronto band pulled.
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Fucked Up caught a lot of fans of guard when they released Hidden World in 2006. It was an epic album with songs much longer and more layered than anything the extremely prolific band had released before. Even though it was a marked departure from most of their previous work, the Toronto band pulled it all off without alienating many fans. Really, the ones who did claim alienation just weren't paying attention.

Year of the Dog was released just months after Hidden World. It's the first in what the band promises to be a series of "Year"-themed 12 inches with Year of the Pig scheduled to be released sometime in 2007. Much like their pre-Hidden World output, Year of the Dog only contains two tracks, the title track and its B-side, "Last Man Standing."

The title track sounds as though it could have been included with Hidden World, opening with spoken-word and a drawn out instrumental intro that takes up nearly half the length of the song. When the intro finally comes to a close, the focus suddenly switches from wandering guitars and finely controlled chaos and moves towards pounding drums, chimes, and vocalist Pink Eye, whose voice, like much of the instruments on the album, sounds as though it is being recorded from a distance. Year of the Dog was recorded live and its seemingly deliberate underproduction plays off well, but it would have been interesting to see how it would have come off if it had been treated the same way as the songs on its companion full-length. The band has been playing it live recently and has promised fans that it would feature three guitars, organs, two drums, and a glockenspiel. That's likely the only way the band would be able to pull off the dense and complex song.

"Last Man Standing" is found on the B-side. It's an older song that was re-recorded for the 12 inch and stands in contrast to the title track in many ways. It picks up almost immediately and into faster and less complex structure than its counterpart. It's pretty much straight-up hardcore that stands just fine on its own and should appeal to fans of the band's older work as well as those who were only really able to get into Hidden World.

Fucked Up is one of the most interesting bands in modern hardcore, as well as one of the most prolific. As with many of their releases, this one will likely become highly collectable, so if you love hawking stuff on eBay, don't sleep on it. It's only available on vinyl, so if you don't have a record player you're going to have to download it somewhere.

 

 
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mike2351 (October 13, 2010)
Anonymous (March 11, 2007)

To the person who asked why it is necessary for a 12" for only 2 songs.

It has two songs that are long(around 9 and 6 min)(something like that) and a 17 minute album typically will not fit on a 7". Not safely. Plus if there are a lot of tracks being used on each instrument, guitar etc. It takes up more room. And then it's supposedly double grooved as well.

I always used to wonder the same thing about Fifteens Hush.

Anonymous (March 8, 2007)

read the writeup on these guys in today's NY Daily News. amazing:

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/story/ 503062p-424162c.html

Fuzzy (March 8, 2007)

Will-
"Dear You"-era Jawbreaker is probably my least favorite JB-era.

Anonymous (March 7, 2007)

OH its something i dont like, i have to make fun of it. what the fuck is wrong with most of the people on this website

SloaneDaley (March 7, 2007)

didn't you guys get the memo? music can't genuinely have merit or be enjoyed anymore.

strangenotes (March 7, 2007)

Keep posting. The more you try to be "witty", the funnier it gets.

Anonymous (March 7, 2007)

A vinyl for two songs...doesn't get more pretentious than that.

victim (March 7, 2007)

Score is for the guy saying they're 'playing the kids'. Laugh of the day for sure..

Anonymous (March 6, 2007)

Quite possibly the most over-rated band in punk music.

Anonymous (March 6, 2007)

This band is fraudulent bullshit. They think they're "playing" the kids, and they are! But then the kids are fucking retarded.

moneenerd (March 6, 2007)

FUCKED UP, along with a lot of DERANGED RECORDS bands, just seems to sound much better on vinyl. Sucha great band.

Anonymous (March 6, 2007)

What? I doubt any of the editors think this can compete with the "awesomeness" of Dillinger Four or "Dear You" era Jawbreaker.

-Will

Anonymous (March 6, 2007)

It appears that this band needs to be added to the Wikipedia article on "Orgcore".
-feeeding5000

Anonymous (March 6, 2007)

"Epics in Minutes" is official....why wouldn't it be?

If the production sounded off on your listening, it's because you only listened to one groove of the record. Both sides are double-grooved, with two mixes on each. Pick up the needle and move it over. Vocals = clear.

- strangenotes

inagreendase (March 6, 2007)

i've got "epics in minutes" i dont think that's an official release so i'm more punx than all of you.

You mean like a bootleg? Doubtful.

lostandclowned (March 6, 2007)

i've got "epics in minutes" i dont think that's an official release so i'm more punx than all of you.

Anonymous (March 6, 2007)

because one song is 9 minutes long, and th othr is around 6.

awesome record.

go buy a record player.

Ianw (March 6, 2007)

Everybody is riding these guy(and girl)s dick(and vagina)s latly.

Anonymous (March 6, 2007)

please explain why it's necessary to put out a whole 12" for 2 songs.

SloaneDaley (March 6, 2007)

this is good stuff, I perfer Hidden World's material to all of this. People seem to eat it up.

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