- Sun Glass b/w B.O.K.
Release Date : September 9th 2014
- Paper The House b/w Galloping
Release Date : September 9th 2014
- Glass Boys
Release Date : June 3rd 2014
- Glass Boys - Tote Bag bundle
Release Date : June 3rd 2014
- Year Of The Tiger
Release Date : February 21st 2012
- David Comes To Life
Release Date : June 7th 2011
- Couple Tracks: Singles 2002-2009
Release Date : January 26th 2010
- No Epiphany
Release Date : March 10th 2009
- The Chemistry Of Common Life
Release Date : October 7th 2008
- Crooked Head
Release Date : September 23rd 2008
- White and Red T-Shirt
- David Comes To Life - OLE-925 - 2011-06-07
- Couple Tracks: Singles 2002-2009 - OLE-839 - 2010-01-26
- The Chemistry Of Common Life - OLE-807 - 2008-10-07
- Year Of The Pig EP - OLE-828 - 2013-07-22
- 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
- Byrdesdale Garden City / Into The Light - OLE-960 - 2011-06-28
- Octavio Made The Bomb - OLE-963 - 2011-06-28
- Year Of The Ox EP - OLE-947 - 2010-09-28
- Couple Tracks/Heir Apparent - OLE-925 - 2010-01-26
- No Epiphany - OLE-838 - 2009-03-10
- Royal Swan (free giveaway 7") - OLE-848 - 2008-10-14
- Crooked Head - OLE-837 - 2008-09-23
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
After losing some boxes of merch somewhere on the I-10 (IT'S A LONG STORY), Fucked Up roll into LA's El Rey Theatre tonight, kicking off another 14 shows in support of album-of-the-year-candidate 'Glass Boys'. In addition, there's new 7" singles for "Paper The House" and "Sun Glass" available at the shows and directly from The Matador Store : "Sun Glass" "Paper The House" Tour Dates : Friday, August, 21 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles CA* (TONIGHT) Saturday, August, 22 Glasshouse, Pomona CA* Sunday, August, 23 Casbah, San Diego CA Friday, September, 6 Irving Plaza, New York NY^ Saturday, 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)
Tomorrow, Friday June 6th at 11am EST you can hangout with Fucked Up. Damian, Mike and Josh (also known as half of Fucked Up) will be sitting down with Noisey's Andy Capper to talk about their new record 'Glass Boys' and answer any, yes ANY questions you desire. There might even be a special guest. We really mean might, they have not confirmed. Submit questions early here and set your alarm to watch LIVE on Noisey+ Fucked Up play a sold out Bowery Ballroom show tomorrow to celebrate the release of the band's latest, 'Glass Boys'.
GOVERNORS BALL AND MORE THIS WEEKEND IN NYC: INTERPOL, FUCKED UP, KURT VILE, MAJICAL CLOUDZ AND TANLINES
Lots going on this weekend and it all kicks off TONIGHT with Kurt Vile and The Violators warming up Governors Ball with the Official Kickoff Party at Brooklyn Bowl. Advance tickets are sold out but there are a limited number of tickets being held at the door starting at... 6pm. That's in a little more than an hour, get movin'. Below is a schedule for the rest of the weekend. See you out there. FRIDAY June 6th Governors Ball: Kurt Vile and The Violators on Big Apple Stage at 2:15pm Record Release Show for 'Glass Boys' : Fucked Up at Bowery Ballroom at 9:00pm SOLD OUT Pitchfork Nightcap & Governors Ball Presents: Majical Cloudz - The Studio at Webster Hall starting at 10:00pm. Tickets here. SATURDAY June 7th Governors Ball: Tanlines (True Panther) on Big Apple Stage at 2:15pm SUNDAY June 8th Governors Ball: Interpol on Big Apple Stage at 8:00pm (have you heard the news about 'El Pintor' yet?)
This week will be the three year anniversary of David Comes to Life, and with that marker, Fucked Up today release the life-affirming and personal glimpse into how far the band has come with 'Glass Boys'. Two versions of the record are available for your pleasure. Check out the 1/2 speed drums on 'Slow Boys' (available as a bonus LP w/ early pressings of 'Glass Boys'). To celebrate this release, we have a few new things from the band for you today. Watch without much comment, a mini-documentary directed by Andy Capper and Scott Pierce, featuring many familiar faces: Official video for "Sun Glass" (also directed by Andy Capper) The band have also put together a playlist (the first of many to come) titled 'Other Side of the Looking Glass Boys' on Rdio. You can listen to that HERE. Here is what Jonah Falco had to say about the playlist: "Mostly for these mixes i've tried to find songs which are equivalent to the musical thematics on the record more than the lyrical ones. The notes, the feels, the registers, and the sensations. But the good thing about the eternity of pop culture is that usually when guided in certain directions culturally, the brain tends to mine the same emotions and conclusions throughout the ages. This doesn't have anything to do with being unimaginative, but more to do with the often vast ideological unity of rock and roll. Glass Boys, vaguely distilled, is a record about looking back while trying to move forward. All of this music is from the past, but you should listen to it in the present and think of it as contemporary. If you're patient enough to want to pay close attention, I think you'll find a few cheeky similarities between grooves, riffs, and themes. If not, you've still got ten reasons to dance." 'Glass Boys' is available now at your local record store, or other options below: iTunes Amazon The Matador Store / Tote Bundle (‘Glass Boys’ will be available in Canada via Arts & Crafts) Tour Dates: 06/06/14 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom (SOLD OUT) 06/08/14 Toronto, ON Field Trip Festival 06/13/14 Sonnenberg BSIDES Festival Switzerland 06/14/14 Brussels Salle Rogier Belgium 06/15/14 Manchester Gorilla United Kingdom*** 06/16/14 Newcastle The Cluny United Kingdom*** 06/17/14 Leeds Belgrave United Kingdom*** 06/18/14 London Koko United Kingdom*** 06/19/14 Paris Point Ephemere France 06/20/14 Eichenring Hurricane Festival Germany 06/21/14 Tuttlingen Southside Festival Germany 06/22/14 Hilvarenbeek Best Kept Secret Festival Netherlands 07/02/14 Philadelphia, PA Morgan’s Pier 07/03/14 Washington, DC Rock and Roll Hotel* 07/04/14 Richmond, VA Strange Matter* 07/05/15 Raleigh, NC Kings Barcade* 07/06/14 Atlanta, GA Mammal Gallery* 07/07/14 Nashville, TN Exit/In* 07/08/14 St Louis, MO Luminary Arts 07/10/14 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge 07/11/14 Detroit, MI Loving Touch 07/18/14 Pemberton, BC Pemberton Festival Canada 08/09/14 Montreal, QC Heavy Montreal Canada 08/15/14 Vancouver, BC Fortune Sound Club** 08/16/14 Seattle, WA Neumos** 08/17/14 Portland, OR Music Fest NW** 08/19/14 San Francisco, CA The Independent** 0/8/20/14 Ventura, CA The Garage** 08/21/14 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre** 08/22/14 Pomona, CA Glasshouse** 08/23/14 San Diego, CA Casbah** 09/06/13 New York, NY Irving Plaza * – with Weed ** – with Tijuana Panthers *** – with Cerebral Ballzy, Lower