June 6th, 2011 | Have You Heard the New... | 0 Comments
Danny man, pick up your fucking phone, I know you wanted to talk about this album. Now you don’t get to, cuz I wanted to make sure to get this out before the Pop Up Record Store Fucked Up is doing tonight in Toronto. Anyways. Onto my solo feelings regarding the new Fucked Up album, David Come To Life.
Marc: So, yeah, David Comes To Life is just a flat out masterpiece. It is better than I thought it would be, and I thought it would be a masterpiece.
As the early singles suggested, Fucked Up have decided, “Fuck it, let’s write pop songs” and it’s totally working for them. The songs on the album are catchy, they’re uplifting, they’re about love and sadness and life and dreams and regret and the whole thing is just glorious, glorious I say! Yeah, there’s a story to the thing, I’ve listened to the thing like 20 times in the last week and I still don’t really get it, nor can I understand what Damian is saying 90% of the time. I’m waiting for the lyric sheets. I’m sure it’s very interesting, but you don’t need to know it to love the album.
Interestingly though, for a double-album rock opera, it’s not very eclectic – this is no London Calling, and even Zen Arcade felt more varied and experimental – nor are there really any motifs for those expecting something like The Who‘s classic rock operas, but even at 18 full-length songs (no 0:54 seconds bullshit here and there’s only one kind of instrumental passage at the intro, the rest are legit songs in every sense of the word) it kicks off hard and does not let up until the end. If they decide to tour the thing like a travelling show, playing the album front to back at each show, I can’t imagine how frontman Damian ‘Pink Eyes’ Abraham can possibly not cough out his vocal chords. But he’s managed this long, so I imagine he’ll be fine.
Possibly my favourite thing about the album: the female vocals are soooo awesome. Courtesy of Madeline Follin of Cults and excellent Flemish Eye artist Jennifer Castle, they contrast amazingly well with Abraham’s shredded scrowl. Pretty much every song with female vocals is a highlight (and on an all-awesome album to boot), so yeah, “Queen Of Hearts”, “The Other Shoe”, “Turn The Season” (sooooo good), and the gorgeous “One More Night”.
Yes, Fucked Up are now makers of gorgeous music.
With the release of David Comes To Life and its spin-off album compilation David’s Town, Fucked Up‘s mad ambition and even more miraculous ability to pull their crazy shit off with ridiculous success qualifies them as one of the best indie rock bands in the world. For relz. Fucked Up just gave everyone one more big reason to be proud of Toronto.