Posted in music | pictures on January 22, 2009

words by Andrew Frisicano, photo by thepiratehat

Fucked Up

Excited about a Fucked Up/Vivian Girls reunion after their October Market Hotel romp, I showed up at the venue just as Vivian Girls were starting...and just in time to find the show filled to capacity. Making the best of the night, I headed to Goodbye Blue Monday for a couple beers while a banjo-playing Texan and a keys-bass-and-drums trio ("sound like the Dresden Dolls") serenaded.

After two half-quarts of Ballantine, I decided to try my luck again, this time finding the doors reopened and Pissed Jeans finishing up their set to a still very full room.

Fucked Up opened with their quintessential opener - the searing "Son the Father." Early on guitarist Gulag a.k.a. Josh Zucker could be heard tossing off some Ginn-esque noodling into the guitar-rich mix. Pink Eyes a.k.a. Damian Abraham reminisced somewhat fondly of an incident the night before in Boston involving himself and an overhead pipe that ended up costing the band their guarantee for the night.

The set was equal parts old and new albums - from the sing-along chorus of "Invisible Leader" to the ultra-ridiculous verses of "Black Albino Bones" that ended up only half sung as Pink Eyes caught his breath and let the crowd take over.

Speaking of the crowd: a seemingly inexhaustible supply of audience members climbed, as if from a clown car, toward the stage for a never ending cycle of stage dives, many of which played out like a game of King of the Hill on Abraham's shoulders and Half Dome-shaped forehead. As is customary, cameras illuminated the stage with blinding bursts of blue and yellow light throughout, casting Abraham's shaved head in eerie relief to the shadowy backdrop of duct tape and mattresses. At shows like this it's always interesting to see how the photographers and the fans get along, one onstage shielding their thousand dollar cameras and the other throwing themselves onto each other and the floor of the venue, all within inches of the band.

During "Crusades," power to the bass and other instruments cut out - which led to a few a capella numbers in between to kill time (one or two of the covers that kept getting shouted out?). When the band came back, the set closed out strong around 1am - to a crowd that seemed mostly ready to get out and wake up for their first Obama A.D. commute.


Speaking of photographers at this show, ours hasn't had a chance to work on them yet, but don't worry, they're coming. And there's one above, courtesy of thepiratehat.



Comments (37)

oh man this show was fucking great

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 4:07 PM

power went out because some idiot fucking New York Times photographer stepped on a power strip and broke it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 4:08 PM

aren't any of you dumbfucks going to say "I'd hit it?"

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 4:20 PM

okay, thanks for posting this. - i was the guy that you linked the 'dont worry' too. Thanks!

Every band that played that night was excellent. Vivian Girls played an amazing set with a climatic jam to end. Too bad the guy who did the write up missed Pissed Jeans because their performance was equally as insane as Fucked Up's.

Seriously, that show was so fun.



Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 4:24 PM

why does this fuckface think we constantly want to see him with his shirt off? is he trying to be ironic or prove some type of hipster point about body image? either way, he fails miserably.

Posted by for real | January 22, 2009 4:50 PM

he's just sweaty and hot in the crowded room.

by the way, you are longwinded little internet dweeb with nothing to say. fuck off you little nerd

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 4:56 PM

hipster point about body image-????? wtf is that supposed to mean? Dude, seriously, shut the fuck up and pull your head out your ass.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 5:08 PM

4:50 is not on board with fat male nudity

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 5:10 PM

my highlight of the show was 80s hardcore. Until someone stage dove right at my face severely wrecking my glasses.

lesson learned for next time.

but it was a damn good show.

Posted by eric p | January 22, 2009 5:12 PM

4:50 is takin a stand, fighting the good fight

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 5:12 PM

Was Jonnnnny Leather Douchebag there or did that hispanics scare him away?

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 5:18 PM

lay off Johnny Leather.

that wasn't that big a deal and it was a long time ago now

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 5:27 PM

if this was some chick from the vivian girls who went topless at all her shows, i'm sure you fucks would have a thing or two to say about that.

a shirtless fat-ass does not instantly equal punk fucking rock.

blow me.

Posted by for real | January 22, 2009 5:50 PM

hot sweaty room = shirtless dude

4:50 / 5:50, go find someone else to say useless crap to. the internet is sick of your shit.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 5:55 PM


fuck me gently with a chainsaw, dude.

"the internet is sick of your shit."

wow, the whole internet, or the like 5 people who have read this thread?

you stupid, hipster, matador-felching SHEEP.

oh yeah, fucked up is so groundbreaking. bad 80's hardcore rip-off, mixed in with some shoegaze or some such bullshit?

sign me up!

Posted by for real | January 22, 2009 6:08 PM

i'd hit that SO HARD, for real

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 6:08 PM

um, that is not hot

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 6:16 PM

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 6:27 PM

omg, guise, i'm actually wearing a shirt!

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 6:34 PM

dis thread is for da bears only. nazi twinks fuck off!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 8:12 PM

ha all missed the real hardcore/punk movement in the eighties.ha ha

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 8:19 PM

4:50 / 5:50 / 6:08. you live in an alternate reality where people are having a two way conversation with you and claiming that Fucked Up is groundbreaking punk and it has something to do with the guy taking his shirt off or some shit.

in reality, all in anyone's said to you is "shut the fuck up," nobody cares about the point you're trying to make, you're a loser, you're obviously, pathetically, just looking for anything to talk about so you can be a part of the grown ups' conversation; you suck, nobody likes you, fuck off, etc.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 8:24 PM

I just listened to Fucked Up for the 1st time.
They be pretty rockin!
ha ha ho ho

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 8:26 PM

bad 80s hardcore mixed w shoegaze sounds pretty awesome actually. That new record is going to be looked back on as a landmark release in 10 years by a band that combined alot of disparate punk & "alternative" sounds in an aggressive but thoughtful way. You probably wouldn't need two hands to count the number of interesting punk rock bands are out there right now....(and dont say Gallows: cartoon punk, sounds like bad Turbo Negro)

It's not necessarily ground-breaking (as if that's the bar and everything that falls short sux?) , but seems like no one really is doing what they're doing either. I would love to hear it anyway. So seems a little reductive to call them bad 80s HC mixed w shoegaze. I dont think they're going to succeed via brief hype and die out either. Bands that make records like this don't go out like that.

Posted by pjx | January 22, 2009 8:39 PM

4:50 is having a pretty heated convo with himself up there. calm down dude, it's just a guy with his shirt off. nobody cares.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 8:44 PM

hey 4:50 i bet you feel rather foolish. speak up child! justify yourself

where the pics yo?

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2009 9:41 PM

seriously, where are the pics so I can see myself acting like a fool?

and honestly, i'd hit it MANY times.

Posted by michael | January 22, 2009 11:26 PM

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Posted by sxsw | January 23, 2009 12:13 AM

isn't that the writer andrew sullivan?

Posted by christopher hitchens | January 23, 2009 2:10 AM

Wow, that pic 6:27 is way too hot

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2009 11:42 AM

Is that guy sucking the fat guy's dick?

Posted by Lex | August 10, 2010 6:33 AM

I still laugh my head off when Josh Zucker claims he was a "street kid". His rich daddy was paying his rent in Parkdale and he was boasting his welfare payments were his party money. This arrogant wannabe communist fool is such a bullshitter and never had to worry about a hungry day in his life!

Posted by Charles | September 10, 2011 8:36 PM

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