Fucked Up Sign To Matador, Announce New Album For October

back row: 10,000 Marbles, Mustard Gas, Pink Eyes, Mr. Jo
front row: Concentration Camp, Young Governor
(photo by Cat Stevens)

Toronto’s Fucked Up have just finished recording their second album. It will come out on Matador worldwide on October 7. Entitled The Chemistry Of Common Life, it contains 11 tracks on the CD and 12 tracks on the double vinyl. This sprawling, multi-instrumental epic is “basically about rebirth and the Sun. And lightning,” according to guitarist 10,000 Marbles. The sound is incredibly dense, featuring 10-15 guitar tracks on many songs, along with flutes, organs, and French horn, with an elegant clarity and sense of purpose. The record picks up where 2006’s Hidden World left off, in terms of the band’s characteristic monumentality, but injects a newfound urgency and unease which the mystical lyrical concerns only amplify.

Guest performers include Katie Stelmanis and the Vivian Girls on vocals, Max McCabe-Locos on organ (formerly of the Deadly Snakes, also featured on Fucked Up’s Year Of The Pig), and many others.

Fucked Up will be touring Canada and Europe this summer:

Jun 27 – Calgary AB – Vern’s (622 8 Ave SW) – 1 AM – Sled Island Festival
Jun 28 – Calgary AB – Royal Canadian Legion #1 (117 7 Ave SE) – 1 AM – Sled Island Festival
Jun 29 – Calgary AB – Palomino Smokehouse (109 7 Ave SW) – 1 PM – Sled Island Festival
Jul 3 – Chatham, Kent UK – The Tap and Tin
Jul 4 – Kent UK – Z008 Festival, Tap and Tin Stage
Jul 5 – Belfort FR – Eurokennes Festival
Jul 6 – Zurich CH – Dynamo
Jul 8 – Benidorm ES – Abraxas
Jul 9 – Barcelona ES – Nitsa
Jul 10 – Getaria ES – Gaztetxe
Jul 11 – Madrid ES – Sal El Sol
Jul 12 – Balado, Kinross-shire, Scotland – T In The Park
Jul 13 – Birmingham UK – Supersonic Festival
Jul 14 – London UK – Water Rats in Kings Cross
Aug 17 – Lelystad NL – Lowlands Festival, Charlie Stage
Aug 20 – Belfast IE – Limelight
Aug 21 – Dublin IE – Whelans
Aug 22 – Ghent BE – Ieper Fest
Aug 23 – Reading UK – Reading Festival
Aug 24 – Leeds UK – Leeds Festival
Aug 25 – Bradford UK – 1 in 12 Club

This will be followed by a few shows on the West Coast of the US at the end of August and the first week of September. “Plus probably a few more.”

Fucked Up blog

Fucked Up Wikipedia article

As a preliminary to the album, Matador and What’s Your Rupture? are co-releasing an expanded EP version of Fucked Up’s Year Of The Pig single this July. It was originally released as a 12″ single on What’s Your Rupture? last year. More details here.

5 thoughts on “Fucked Up Sign To Matador, Announce New Album For October”

  1. If people like FUCKED UP they should check out their brother band CAREER SUICIDE.
    16 date tour of the UK & Ireland in early August, including a gig at the King Alfred in Southampton on Monday 4th August.

  2. I loved Scare Tactic. I was so bummed when I found out they weren’t a SXE band. Screw you Jonah!

  3. Call me old fashioned if you like but I never let whether band members consume beer; tofu or maltesers put me off them.
    Finding out years later that Springa secretly drank & smoked pot throughout SSD doesn’t ruin my enjoyment of ‘The Kids Will Have Their Say’ & ‘Get It Away’ – although the prospect of an Al Barile-less SSD European tour in August just might!

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