- The Chemistry Of Common Life - OLE-807 - 2008-10-07
- Couple Tracks: Singles 2002-2009 - OLE-839 - 2010-01-26
- David Comes To Life - OLE-925 - 2011-06-07
- Year Of The Pig EP - OLE-828 - 2013-07-22
- Crooked Head - OLE-837 - 2008-09-23
- No Epiphany - OLE-838 - 2009-03-10
- Royal Swan (free giveaway 7") - OLE-848 - 2008-10-14
- Couple Tracks/Heir Apparent - OLE-925 - 2010-01-26
- Year Of The Ox EP - OLE-947 - 2010-09-28
- Byrdesdale Garden City / Into The Light - OLE-960 - 2011-06-28
- Do All Words Can Do / What Would You Do - OLE-961 - 2011-09-28
- Remember Me / What They Didn't Know - OLE-962 - 2011-06-28
- Octavio Made The Bomb - OLE-963 - 2011-06-28
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.
News From The Matablog
We've uncovered some excess inventory here at the expansive Matador Warehouse™ and that can only mean one thing, sale time. We've got 6 recent classics up for grabs at pretty much half off their normal retail price, but don't wait too long because once these are gone, they are gone for good. Thurston Moore - Demolished Thoughts LP $8.99 Chelsea Light Moving - Chelsea Light Moving LP + 7" $8.99 Fucked Up - Glass Boys LP - $7.49 Dbl LP $8.99 EMA - The Future's Void LP - $8.99 Lower - Seek Warmer Climes LP - $4.49 Tanlines - Mixed Emotions LP $7.49
Just a heads up for those lucky enough to be at Primavera Festival this weekend cos we have a TON of bands playing: Belle and Sebastian, Fucked Up, Iceage, Interpol, The New Pornographers, Perfume Genius, The Thurston Moore Band and Tobias Jesso Jr are all appearing. A few of these performances will also be live streamed here. See bands and times below: Friday The New Pornographers: 19.30 - 20.25 Channel 1 Belle and Sebastian: 21.30 - 22.30 Channel 2 Saturday Fucked Up: 19.30 - 20.20 Channel 2 Interpol: 22.20 - 23.34 Channel 1
Earlier this week, Primavera Sound Barcelona's lineup for 2015 was announce and we are taking up some serious real estate. For those making the pilgrimage this year for the festival's 15th year anniversay, make note of the following: THURSDAY, May 28 The Thurston Moore Band FRIDAY, May 29 Belle and Sebastian Perfume Genius Tobias Jesso Jr. (True Panther Sounds) SATURDAY, May 30 Interpol Fucked Up Tickets and more information can be found here.
listen to ‘Episode 1 - Martin Mills As you're probably aware, podcasts have become the go-to medium for tastemakers and cultural observers including but not limited to Adam Carolla, Louie Anderson and former WWE announcer Jim Ross. Throwing his hat into the ring this week is Fucked Up's Damian Abraham with the debut of "Turned Out A Punk", a weekly series in which he'll be chatting with iconic characters from different corners of the entertainment world about how punk impacted them and vice versa. Episode #1 features a conversation with our dear friend & tireless supporter, Beggars Group founder and chairman Martin Mills. If you're thinking this would've been the perfect time to ask Martin, "if Gary Numan and Mark E. Smith were both drowning and you could only save one, who would you choose?", that's why Damian's doing a proper podcast and you're sitting around coming up with unhelpful ideas. Leave this stuff to the professionals! download or subscribe to "Turned Out A Punk" at iTunes.
(produced and directed by Andy Capper & Mike Haliechuk ) A day prior to Fucked Up kicking off the next leg of North American dates in support of the monumental 'Glass Boys', Noisey are premiering the video for "The Art Of Patrons" (above), shot during the band's recent trip to Brazil . Upcoming dates are below --- be advised tomorrow night's all ages show at NYC's Irving Plaza is not yet sold out. Saturday, September, 6 Irving Plaza, New York NY^ Sunday, September, 7 Bluebird Theatre, Denver CO Friday, September, 19 Louis', Saskatoon SK, Canada Saturday, September, 20 Pawn Shop Edmonton AB, Canada# Sunday, September, 21 Republik, Calgary AB, Canada# Monday, September, 22 The Exchange, Regina SK, Canada# Tuesday, September, 23 WECC, Winnipeg MB, Canada# Wednesday, September, 24 Crocks, Thunder Bay ON, Canada# Thursday, September, 25 TBA, Sudbury ON, Canada Friday, September, 26 The Horseshoe, Toronto ON, Canada Saturday, September, 27 The Horseshoe, Toronto ON, Canada# ^ w/ Speedy Ortiz and Give * w/ Tijuana Panther # w/ Alvvays % w/ S.H.I.T. $ w/ Vag Halen and New Fries order 'Glass Boys' from the following : iTunes Amazon The Matador Store ('Glass Boys' is available in Canada via Arts & Crafts) as mentioned on 8/22, there's a pair of new 7"'s with non-LP b-sides available from the Matador Store (below), both shipping next Tuesday : "Paper The House" b/w "Galloping" "Sun Glass" b/w "B.O.K."