by Brendan George Ko
If “acclaimed” and “beloved” were adjoining mountain peaks, Fucked Up would be the hammock strung between them.
On June 3, 2014, they will release Glass Boys, their followup to 2011’s David Comes To Life, on Matador Records.
A song from the album, “Paper The House,” is available via MP3 at:
And via YouTube at:
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. This excellent Stereogum piece from last month has the band delving into the album’s themes, of reconciling who you are as an adult with your teenage self, finding the heart of what originally drew them into music.
Pre-orders and special editions:
A deluxe vinyl edition is available for pre-order from the Matador store at http://store.matadorrecords.com/glass-boys-tote-bag-bundle/. This edition includes a bonus version of the album with the drum tracks at half speed (on the “proper” version of the album, drummer Jonah Falco is playing four simultaneous drum tracks; two at normal speed and two at half speed). Plus you get a limited-edition tote bag. Tote bag!
The iTunes Pre-Order includes an instant grat of “Paper The House”; pre-order link is http://smarturl.it/GlassBoys.
The Art Of Patrons
Paper The House
Led By Hand
The Great Divide
Glass Boys was recorded Apr 2013 – Feb 2014 by Fucked Up, Bill Skibbe, and Leon Taheny.
US Tour Dates:
April 19 – Oakland, CA – Tankcrimes Brainsqueeze Festival
April 27 – St. John’s, NL – Lawnya Vawnya
June 06 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom Release Show
June 08 – Toronto, ON – Field Trip Festival
UK/Europe Tour Dates:
June 13 – B Sides Festival, Lucern, Switzerland
June 14 – VK, Brussels, Belgium
June 15 – Gorilla – Manchester, UK (with Lower)
June 16 – The Cluny, Newcastle, UK (with Lower)
June 17 – Belgrave – Leeds, UK (with Lower)
June 18 – Koko – London, UK (with Lower)
June 19 – Point Ephemere, Paris, France
June 20 – Hurricane Festival – Scheessel, DE – announced
June 21- Southside Festival – Neuhausen Ob Eck, DE – announced
June 22 – Best Kept Secret Festival – Hilvarenbeek, NL
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