Toronto rock band Fucked Up are doing things never done before in the hardcore genre. Earlier this June, Fucked Up released their most ambitious and greatest album yet, David Comes To Life – a hardcore opera, which is also a love story at its roots. In terms of the sound, the album is expansive and multi-layered.
If it wasn’t for Damian Abraham’s venomously spat vocals you wouldn’t even be able to brand it hardcore. This was summed up best by the band themselves in a recent interview between Jonah Falco and myself:
“The form of the music is hardcore music, and every connotation of hardcore music for anyone who isn’t familiar with it is instantaneously negative; the form of the music is loud and aggressive and if you see a picture of Fucked Up you might see a picture of Damian bleeding or something. So immediately you get one set of expectations but then the content of the band has always sort of been flying in the face of that. And I feel like it’s taking us 10 years to finally do something that has created a balanced texture between the form and content of the band. We’ve let a decade of time go past for people get used to knowing this name and we’ve also given them the exact same amount of time to understand that despite that, and despite the world we are coming from, the content isn’t literally represented by the form.” Jonah Falco, Fucked Up.
David Comes To Life is the sound of a band achieving their own outstanding potential.
© Brian Banks, Editor, Music Vice
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