The Gig: Fucked Up
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
When: 16 June 2011
In One Word: Unprecedented
On 16 June 2011, Toronto’s equivalent of Times Square was closed-off to traffic to make way for the Thursday night headline bill of Fucked Up, OFF and Descendents at North By North East music festival. The members of bands OFF and Descendents have already blazed their own trails and secured their individual places in the history books of American punk rock, however, for Toronto’s own Fucked Up, tonight was something of a coming of age.
Since I first visited Toronto in 2006 I have watched Fucked Up grow to become one of the biggest bands in Canada. Their live shows have been some of the liveliest and most engaging concerts I have ever been to. Aside from consistently high-octane live displays, Fucked Up have also grown tremendously as a band. 2008’s The Chemistry Of Common Life was a landmark record which broke new ground for a band whose musical genre is pegged as hardcore. Now with 2011’s hardcore opera David Comes To Life, Fucked Up have advanced further with their most creative and expansive recording yet and have made one of the most interesting rock albums of the year.
Fucked Up celebrated their music in the heart of their home city to a crowd of thousands of jubilant fans. It was the ultimate hometown show. There can no doubts now that Fucked Up have well and truly arrived as one of Toronto and Canada’s flagship bands.
© Brian Banks, Editor, Music Vice
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