Posted in music | pictures on November 15, 2011

words & photos by Andrew Frisicano

Fucked Up @ Le Poisson Rouge
Fucked Up

Fucked Up played the first of two NYC shows running through their 2011 77-minute opus David Comes to Life. The band accomplished the feat, all four sides of it, on Le Poisson Rouge's in-the-round stage, with the Calder Quartet on a rectangular platform behind them providing delicate string interludes. The performance, which comes right after questions about the band's future, was one of the best I've seen from the Canadian vets.

Damian roamed the crowd, high-fiving audience members and dancing on the bar (I was hoping at least once he'd try to conduct the strings), which alleviated any stuffiness created by the structured nature of the night. Despite my doubts, the album held up remarkably well as an evening-length whole, roaring through "One More Night" and "Remember My Name" to the bittersweet conclusion of "Lights Go Up" (it doesn't hurt that the ultimate track is one of the record's best). The band came back for an encore of "Crusades," "Police" (about an hour before the actual police showed up at Occupy Wall Street) and "David Comes to Life." If these two dates are in fact their last NYC shows for a while, the set was undoubtedly a high point.

Titus Andronicus, led by a newly beardless Patrick Stickles, used their time in the opening slot to run through a number of new songs and to initiate a new guitarist. If those cuts are any indication, well outside the punk framework with harmonized leads and sludgy riffs, the next disc by the band will be a scorcher. The group played a bunch of old songs as well, including "The Battle of Hampton Roads" (with the line "Is there a boy in State college who hasn't been raped" interjected) and "A More Perfect Union," with the role of Abraham Lincoln played by the kid in the American flag shirt.

Tickets are still on sale for the same show which happens at Warsaw in Brooklyn tonight (11/14). A few more pictures from last night below...

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Comments (37)

wow, these pictures can't even begin to capture how awesome this show was!

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 12:51 PM

Someone needs to put David to sleep.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 12:53 PM

Now Liquor Store on the bill tonight too! Going to be awesome!

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 12:59 PM

they look like every other fucked up show, except with violas

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 1:00 PM

Titus Andronicus hasn't really been the same since Lana Del Rey quit the band.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 1:00 PM

It's kinda weird to see these guys play at a venue like this, what with all the creepy red light illuminating Damian there.


"Someone needs to put David to sleep."

Don't worry. I don't think this will catch on as a meme or anything.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 1:01 PM

anyone know set times for tonight?

Is it Titus 8 Fucked Up 9?

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 1:01 PM

is there really another opener added?

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 1:05 PM

Can't wait to see this in Brooklyn tonight!

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 1:10 PM

yep looks like Liquor Store got added tonight.

http://liquorstorenj.blogspot.com/

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 1:19 PM

Amazing show, Warsaw is in for a treat tonight.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 1:21 PM

i like sweaty fat dudes

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 1:21 PM

FAT DUDE ROCK!

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 1:25 PM

Anyone know of any videos?

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 1:26 PM

the in-the-round format was incredible, would sure like to see more shows in that format.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 1:30 PM

Damian gets all the attention, but the band is quite awesome. Best rhythm section going.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 1:33 PM

My least favorite beard is gone!

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 1:50 PM

Is he really gonna deep throat that whole mic?

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/fuckedup/lepoissonrouge/8.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 1:50 PM

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

Posted by Ted | November 15, 2011 1:53 PM

Fucked Up = Fucking Boring!!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 1:55 PM

fucked up were surprisingly the perfect band to play in the round

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 2:07 PM

set times?

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 2:09 PM

I don't see anyone stage diving or rocking out! This is not "punk' rock!

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 2:21 PM

Fucked Up's on at 10 tonight. Titus at 9 I'd assume.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 2:35 PM

1:26. They had about 7 cameras taping the whole thing, so I'm sure they'll be video of this at some point

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 2:41 PM

PS. To the fat fuck in the "Integrity" t-shirt, "stage diving" on a group of people from behind who have no idea your 200lb+ frame is coming at them is uncool. It's all punk rock, but you could have really injured someone. Use your head asshole.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 2:48 PM

Seems like a lack of integrity if you ask me, Whiplash.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 2:55 PM

I expected the comments section here to be shittier than what has been displayed so far. Nice job guys of keeping it (somewhat) classy.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 2:57 PM

>>I don't see anyone stage diving or rocking out! This is not "punk' rock!

Crowd on one side of the stage was quite active in that regard. It was punk. And how punk was that string quartet! Awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 3:40 PM

There is always plenty of stage diving whenever these guys play.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 4:02 PM

There is also plenty of hummus eating at my north willibsburg loft.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 4:12 PM

There is also plenty of gefilte fish at my grandma's house for y'alls to nosh on! Shalom!

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 4:27 PM

Damien's wife has a tongue ring. That dude has the life.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 4:39 PM

yo i love to hate but this show was fucking great.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 6:49 PM

show of the year. Best rock band going right now

Posted by parkx | November 15, 2011 10:25 PM

no moar fat guyz plz

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2011 11:14 PM

what a great name

Posted by jordon | August 11, 2013 7:07 PM

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