Musings —05.26.2011 04:36 PM—
SFH goes back into the studio tonight, recording our latest masterpiece, WDYHM (Why Do You Hate Me). To get tuned up for that, I spun some Fucked Up – and then, coincidentally enough, started to read the new Spin. Wherein the Toronto hardcore band’s ‘David Comes To Life’ LP – which is slated to be released early next month – garners nine stars out of ten. I have been reading Spin since the start, and I can’t recall ever seeing that before.
Listen to some of what they say:
“The band’s maximalistic approach means that even the most ostensibly straightforward task — writing a collection of songs about love — becomes a huge undertaking, as evidenced by David Comes to Life, Fucked Up’s third studio album and first kinda-sorta musical. An 18-song bildungsroman that runs nearly 80 minutes, David is alarmingly caustic, disarmingly graceful, and loaded with all sorts of unnecessary lyrical twists and fake-outs. It’s one of the most overly complicated hard-rock records of the past ten years. It’s also one of the best…
That such moments orbit a nebulously structured narrative doesn’t really matter —
a leaner, more logical band wouldn’t be anywhere near as interesting; and besides, David‘s epochal enough as it as. For years, numerous hacks — yours truly included — have been tossing around the phrase “post-hardcore” with little care, diluting an already amorphous term by throwing it at any group with speedy time signatures and a few effects pedals. Fucked Up, though, have finally provided a proper definition, with a sound that pushes hardcore out of the VFW halls and basement shows and into the arena.
Can’t wait to see how their name looks
on the marquee.”
I can’t wait to hear it. In the meantime, here’s their first official video, of ‘Crooked Head.’ Epic.