(filmed by Scott Cudmore & Jeremy Jansen)
On June 3, Matador will be releasing the new album from Toronto's FUCKED UP, 'Glass Boys' on LP, compact disc and digital download.
"Paper The House" - MP3
Fucked Up's 'Chemistry Of Common Life' (2008 and 'David Comes To Life' (2011) were as conceptually ambitious as any rock albums in recent memory ; 'Glass Boys' while a more personal work in terms of subject matter, is the result of 13 months spent in a succession of U.S. and Canadian studios with the assistance of Bill Skibbe and Leon Taheny. But while we're tempted to make a very big deal about how amazing the recording is (the guitar trio of Mike Haliechuk, Ben Cook, and Josh Zucker have delivered their most powerful & multi-dimensional performances to date), the real story's in the songs : with vocalist Damian Abraham leaving-it-all-on-the-floor (apologies for the sports analogy), Fucked Up are tackling tougher questions about themselves, their lives and where this is all going. Our modestly compensated blurb author called 'Glass Boys', "a blazing, titanic, ultimately triumphant rock album...a heart-expanding, life-affirming piece of work." I still need to check what WebMD says about heart-expansion, but other than that, I think he nailed it.
(photo by Brendan George Ko)
Preorder the album now from the Matador Store. A limited double vinyl edition of the album available through the Matador store and independent retailers will include a bonus LP that features Jonah Falco's half-time drums ( two separate drum tracks were recorded for 'Glass Boys', one of them in half-time --- if that sounds kinda complex, wait 'til you hear both at the same time).
We're also offering 'Glass Boys' in the format of your choice with a limited edition tote bag, available exclusively from The Matador Store.
Preorder from iTunes (includes an instant download of "Paper The House")
('Glass Boys' will be available in Canada via Arts & Crafts)
track listing :
The Art Of Patrons
Paper The House
Led By Hand
The Great Divide
Fucked Up on tour :
April 19 - Oakland, CA - Tankcrimes Brainsqueeze Festival
April 27 - St. John's, NL - Lawnya Vawnya
June 06 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom (tickets on sale Friday at noon EST)
June 08 - Toronto, ON - Field Trip Festival
June 13 - B Sides Festival, Lucern, Switzerland
June 14 – Salle Rogier, Brussels, Belgium (tickets)
June 15 - Gorilla - Manchester, UK (with Lower) (tickets)
June 16 – The Cluny, Newcastle, UK (with Lower)
June 17 - Belgrave - Leeds, UK (with Lower) (tickets on sale, Thursday at 10 am)
June 18 - Koko - London, UK (with Lower)
June 19 – Point Ephemere, Paris, France
June 20 - Hurricane Festival - Scheessel, DE –
June 21- Southside Festival - Neuhausen Ob Eck, DE
June 22 - Best Kept Secret Festival - Hilvarenbeek, NL
Aug 09 - Montreal, QC - Heavy MTL
Fucked Up (band site)
Deluxe LP/ Standard LP/ CD Pre-Order
Tote Bag Bundle
The following is a (nearly) complete list of what our dear friends EMA, Fucked Up, Perfume Genius, Kurt Vile and The Young are doing in Austin, TX this week (on stage, anyway). Please be advised that events marked "*" are considered official SXSW presentations and will likely require a badge, wristband or cover charge for entry (unless you are so incredibly good looking that such requirements are always waived on your behalf). I wish you a very pleasant week in my town of residence and thank you in advance for not parking in front of my fucking driveway.
Wednesday March 12 Flamingo Cantina, 5pm (Under The Radar)
Thursday, March 13, Mohawk (inside) 4pm (Stereogum/House Of Vans)
Friday March 14, Central Presbyterian Church, 7:20pm* (Pitchfork)
Saturday March 15 Elysium, 11:30pm * (Switched On/Moog)
Thursday March 13 - Mohawk, 2:15pm (Stereogum/House Of Vans)
Thursday March 13 - Scoot Inn, 4pm (Converse/Thrasher)
Thursday March 13 - French Legation, 6pm (Pitchfork)
Friday March 14 - Empire Control Room, 5:15pm (Blundertown)
Thursday March 13 - St. David's Historic Society, 7:30pm* (Turnstile Music)
Wednesday March 12 - Cheer Up Charlie's, midnight*
Thursday March 13 - Weather Up (1808 East Cesar Chavez), 2:30pm
Thursday March 13 - Clive Bar, 8pm*
Thursday March 13 - Red 7, 12:50am*
Saturday, March 15 - Yellow Jacket Social Club, 2:30pm
Saturday March 15 - Museum Of Human Achievement (Third Man Records), 4:15pm
Oakland, CA's Tank Crimes will be releasing the 6th edition in Fucked Up's Zodiac Series this April 15 with a 12"/CD/digital EP of 'Year Of The Dragon'. The titular, epic A-side clocks in at 17 minutes long and is backed by covers of Cardboard Brains' "I Wanna Be A Yank" and The Ugly's "Disorder". The first pressing of the 12" is said to include a 6-minute, edited version of "Year Of The Dragon" on a 7" flexi-disc.
We'll have an announcement to make about a new, full-length Fucked Up album on Matador very soon.
Fucked Up in Austin next week :
3/13/2014 French Legation Museum (Pitchfork Day Party)
3/13/2014 Mohawk (Stereogum Party)
3/13/2014 Scoot Inn (Converse/Thrasher Death Match)
3/14/2014 Empire Control Room (Altamont Party) w/ Powertrip, Destruction Unit
In addition, Fucked Up will be playing Oakland's Brainsqueeze Fest II on April 19.