Fucked Up played Maxwell’s & Europa w/ Kurt Vile (pics), releasing Record Store Day 7-inches & more
photos by Brian Reilly, words by Andrew Frisicano
Apologies to the DJ who went on after Fucked Up last Friday (2/15) at Europa. The balloons he or she carefully inflated, stuffed into bags, taped to the ceiling and rigged up with string to the DJ booth didn’t make it through the set. “Last time I was here the bouncer beat me up,” said one hopeful crowd member. Nothing like that happened – though there was some pushing and shoving, some ill advised but inevitable backflips off the stage, and the reasonably levelheaded bouncer in front, not beating anyone up.
Fucked Up treated the crowd to its standard repertoire of songs new and old (a partial setlist is below). Surprises included some songs off their just released Couple Tracks compilation and a devout cover of Sex Pistols’ “Bodies.”
The show was one of two NYC-area dates on their tour with fellow Matador artist Kurt Vile (Frankie & The Outs also opened at Europa). The other was the night before at Maxwell’s. Vile opened both with airy, gutted versions of his full-band songs using only an acoustic guitar and some light effects. He opens for Panda Bear in Europe this March.
Fucked Up will be down at SXSW in March. One stop will be the BrooklynVegan Day Show on 3/17 at Emo’s, where they’ll play alongside Torche, Javelina, Salome, The Atlas Moth and Dark Castle. They’ll also be at their own showcase, and MtyMx the following Sunday.
They recently announced a limited-run Record Store Day 7-inch (April 17th this year), with custom covers for each of 10 stores (including NYC’s Generation Records) and one generic cover. Check out the artwork at their site. More pictures from Europa are below…