Fuck You I Won’t Do What You Tell Me

Photo courtesy of Lucy Johnston.

Fucked Up triumphed as one of the most memorable sets from the Lock Up stage’s at Reading and Leeds this weekend, followed by a late night set at the Rivermead Centre with guest performances from Frank from Gallows and Alexisonfire. Fucked Up are hitting London again on Tuesday to finish off their August Olympic tour. Join us if you can…

Tuesday 26th August
The Sazerac (Formerly Clockwork)
96-98 Pentonville Rd,
N1 9JB
£7 Adv. £8 Door.

And not that i’m one for spreading rumours, but there may be some late night surprises across town at about 1am the same night.

Fucked Up in October

Picture taken from Fabien Maisonneuve’s Flickr page

Sat-Oct-11 Montreal, QC La Sala Rosa
Sun-Oct-12 Boston, MA Great Scott
Mon-Oct-13 Danbury, CT Heirloom Arts Theatre
Wed-Oct-15 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Thu-Oct-16 Brooklyn, NY Market Hotel
Fri-Oct-17 Baltimore, MD Sonar
Sat-Oct-18 Philadelphia, PA The Barbary
Sun-Oct-19 Washington, DC Rock And Roll Hotel
Mon-Oct-20 Columbus, OH Skully’s
Tue-Oct-21 St Louis, MO The Bluebird
Wed-Oct-22 Iowa City, IA The Picador
Thu-Oct-23 Chicago, IL Reggie’s Rock Club
Fri-Oct-24 Pontiac, MI The Pike Room
Sat-Oct-25 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place

*VIVIAN GIRLS support 10/12 – 10/19

Fucked Up, supporting The Stooges this Wednesday

That’s right, Fucked Up are playing with the Stooges at Toronto’s Massey Hall this Wednesday, August 6. This is probably one of those once-in-a-lifetime pairings (anyone still have the flyers from the abortive Anthony Newley/Whitehouse double bill?) and tickets are in short supply.

(UPDATE : The Stooges’ gear was stolen in Montreal.)

Fucked Up Album Preorder, Fuck Yeah Fest And Tour

Fucked Up’s second album, ‘The Chemistry Of Common Life,’ will be in stores on October 7. The record synthesizes their numerous musical directions into an expansive epic about the mysteries of birth, death, and the origins of life (and re-living). Merging elements of hardcore riffage with up to 70 tracks of guitars, organs, winds and vocals, (including 18 guitars on the first single, the fatalistic “No Epiphany”), the music remains iconoclastic and startling, with Pink Eyes’ vocals front and center. Guest musicians, of course, abound, notably gorgeous female voices such as Brooklyn’s Vivian Girls and Toronto’s Katie Stelmanis. The perspective is idiosyncratically scientific: amid soaring guitar chords, the title track pays homage to the random chemical processes that created life on this planet. Though Fucked Up remain punks at heart – if quixotically diverse ones – they have created a great, weird, heavy record that stubbornly sticks in your brain and your heart.

Track listing:

1. Son The Father
2. Magic Word
3. Golden Seal
4. Days Of Last
5. Crooked Head
6. No Epiphany
7. Black Albino Bones
8. Royal Swan
9. Twice Born
10. Looking For God
11. The Chemistry Of Common Life

Vinyl bonus track: The Peaceable Kingdom

You can preorder the Fucked Up album from the Matador Store and get $2 off and a free poster:

Fucked Up Preorder Deal

Check out the MP3 of “No Epiphany.”


Sat-Aug-30 – Los Angeles, CA – Fuck Yeah Fest
Sun-Aug-31 – Berkeley, CA – 924 Gilman
Mon-Sep-01 – San Francisco, CA – Hemlock Tavern
Thu-Sep-04 – Olympia, WA – TBD
Fri-Sep-05 – Seattle, WA – Vera Project
Sat-Sep-06 – Portland, OR – Music Fest NW
Sun-Sep-07 – Vancouver, BC – Richards on Richards

(photograph by David Waldman)

Did I Ever Tell You About The Time I Met Stephen O’Malley?

Fucked Up rounded up their first stint across Europe with Matador in 2008 last night at London’s Water Rats in Kings Cross.

Set list!

Vivian Girls
Black Hats
Baiting The Public
Fate Of Fates
Crooked Head
David Comes To Life
Invisible Leader
Circling The Drain
Blaze Of Glory
Color Removal
Jacobs Ladder
Nervous Breakdown

A bit of a greatest hits session, with an encore to boot. Only one new track in there, but i’ve been assured that when they get back in August tracks from The Chemistry of Common Life will be making an appearance.

Some photos below taken at Supersonic festival on Sunday night… Now that was a whole other experience in itself. The Doom crowd didn’t know what was going on. As Damian rightly pointed out, probably the only band to make a joke on stage that weekend. (Also probably the most naked band of the festival.)

Photos courtesy of the wonderful Lucy Johnston.

Fucked Up “No Epiphany” MP3

The first MP3 from Fucked Up’s The Chemistry Of Common Life (Oct 7) is this immense multi-tracked assemblage, entitled “No Epiphany.” The 7″ depicted above will come out this fall and contain two versions of the song entirely different from the album version you’re about to hear. The word “monumental” was invented for music like this. Backing vocals by Cassie Ramone, Frankie Rose and Kickball Katy.

No Epiphany” (MP3)

Fucked Up are currently on tour in Europe and will be hitting many festivals. The expanded EP version of their “Year Of The Pig” single comes out on July 22.

to reiterate those European dates:

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, 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

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.

Fucked Up ‘Year Of The Pig’ EP to come out on Matador and What’s Your Rupture? in July

Matador and What’s Your Rupture? are pleased to announce a joint release: the Year Of The Pig EP from Toronto’s Fucked Up.

Out worldwide on July 22, the EP is an expanded version of the 12″ single released by WYR? in mid-2007 (and by Vice in the UK in early 2008). In addition to the original 18-minute title track and the flipside, “The Black Hats,” there are three edits of the title track and three unreleased tracks. Each edit and each unreleased track will be featured on one of three 7″ singles, each with a different sleeve, to be released in the US, the UK, and Japan respectively.

“Year Of The Pig” is the second in a series of songs based on the Chinese zodiac. It is about the plight of sex workers in Canada. The initial release, and a companion concert, generated $4,000 for a prostitution rights charity in Toronto. Read more about the issues, and the notorious Robert Pickton case, at this blog post by the band. Featuring keyboards, an ethereal female guest vocal and multiple, interlocking musical sections, it is Fucked Up’s most ambitious work to date.

Here is a 256K MP3 of the US edit:

Year Of The Pig (US 7″ edit)” (256K MP3)

Track listings:

12″: Year Of The Pig / The Black Hats
7″ (US): Year Of The Pig (US Edit) / Mustaa Lunta (new track)
7″ (UK): Year Of The Pig (US Edit) / Anorak City (new track — Another Sunny Day cover)
7″ (Japan): Year Of The Pig (Japanese Edit) / For My Friends (new track)
CDEP: All of the above

Fucked Up will be playing three shows in Calgary later this month, and will tour Europe throughout July and August.

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