Entries tagged with: fucked up
by Bill Pearis
Canadian band Alvvays were just in NYC, playing a free show at Rough Trade on Monday (7/28, anybody go?). If you missed them -- and they've played NYC a few times now -- you can catch them on tour this fall. They'll be doing opening runs for Fucked Up in Canada and Real Estate in the UK, then in November, they'll dip back down into the US for a headlining club tour, including another visit to NYC at Rough Trade on 11/8. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/1) at noon. All dates are listed below.
In other news, Alvvays just released a video for the wistful "Archie, Marry Me," part of which was filmed out at Coney Island. Watch that, with the list of dates, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Speedy Ortiz @ 4Knots 2014
Modern Life Is War recently announced two club dates to happen this summer at Philly's First Unitarian Church on 8/29 and NYC's Bowery Ballroom on 8/30. Since we last spoke, openers have been announced for both shows. Direct support on the Philly date will come from MLIW's Deathwish labelmates Self Defense Family, and on the NYC show it's heavy shoegazers Nothing (who were in NYC a few days ago for a free show with Ceremony and Iron Lung). Opening both dates will be DC punks Give and Iowa psychedelic band Land of Blood & Sunshine. Tickets for Philly and NYC are on sale now.
Speaking of bands who just played free NYC shows being added as openers to hardcore shows, Speedy Ortiz, who just played 4Knots, were added to the Fucked Up show happening at Irving Plaza on September 6. Tickets for that show are still available. Speedy will return to NYC not long after that for two shows on their tour with Ex Hex.
We already posted one set of pictures of 4Knots, and another batch of Speedy's set is in this post. They continue, with lists of Speedy and Nothing dates, below...
We were just saying Jade Tree Records is back (though they say don't call it a comeback). The label has now uploaded their entire catalog to bandcamp with full streams of all the albums and downloads available for $5 or less.
That means if your iTunes is missing say, The Promise Ring's Nothing Feels Good, Lifetime's Jersey's Best Dancers, Jets to Brazil's Orange Rhyming Dictionary, Pedro the Lion's Control, Cap'n Jazz's Analphabetapolothology, Owls' self-titled, Fucked Up's Hidden World, Joan of Arc's How Memory Works, Avail's 4AM Friday, New End Original's Thriller, Paint It Black's Paradise, Kid Dynamite's self-titled, or Young Widows' Settle Down City, you can now easily remedy that. Plus there's tons more, including new releases like the upcoming Dark Blue single.
In related news, Owls are touring and hitting NYC on July 11 at Bowery Ballroom with Hop Along and Glocca Morra (tickets). And you can hear Pedro the Lion frontman David Bazan reworking some of that band's material on his new album and tour with the Passenger String Quartet.
Check out their bandcamp here and stream a few of the classics below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Sadly, tonight's (6/6) Fucked Up show at NYC's Bowery Ballroom with Big Ups is sold out, but if you are going, you might want to make sure you show up in time for openers In School (who also opened for Priests at Cake Shop earlier this week).
In School are a local NYC hardcore punk band with a demo and an EP, Praxis of Hate, to their name, one that is a reference to the fact that all four members of the band are (were?) in school at the time of its formation. Among the band's members are bassist Talya Cooper who sang for the now-defunct Household, and drummer Golnar Nikpour who was a one time coordinator at Maximum RockNRoll (she now edits B|ta'arof Magazine, an Iranian cultural magazine). Nikpour spoke with Fix My Head Zine last year about In School, and here's a bit from her interview (edited a bit for space), in which she talks about the band and its inspiration:
FMH: In School is an all-female hardcore band with queer and people of color members. Where do you find yourself located in New York? Within the predominantly white hardcore scene? With other people of color, queer or female-fronted bands? Or all of the above? Is that an issue at all?Musically, a few things things really stand out here--pretty killer guitar leads and distinct, sneering and PO'd, up-front-in-the-mix vocal delivery that sounds like it comes from the other side of the Atlantic. It doesn't hurt that all six songs on Praxis of Hate are catchy as hell. Give the EP a listen below.
GN: In School came together as a band because there was something natural and obvious about playing music together, not only because we are friends, but because I think we all feel some degree of insider/outsider-ness vis-a-vis the punk scene, even though we've all been involved with punk for a long time. That has to do with things like gender/queerness/race, etc. It also -- for me anyway, at this point in time -- has to do with being a bit older than a lot of the current hardcore/punk kids in NYC.
In truth, I think In School is a bit of an awkward fit in a NYC scene that is divided into a raw/crust punk scene that is younger and more drug-lovin' than we are, a largely whitestraightboy hardcore scene, some scattered emo kids, grrrl bands that are cool but not at all HC, garage & indie rock bands that are a world away from us in terms of DIY ethics, etc. When we show up to gigs all brown and kind of old and holding hands and wearing floor length dresses and shit (well, some of us to all of the above) but then play raging, angry hardcore, I think we confuse some people! It's no surprise (to me at least) that, while we have some great friends and supporters in these various NYC scenes, we've also garnered much of our support from outside of New York.
Stream Praxis of Hate below...
Honor Titus & Julian Casablancas
Proceeds from this auction support The Capitol Community Fund. The Capitol Community Fund sends local teachers to the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame for curriculum training - keeping rock n' roll in the classroom! HeadCount.org is a non-profit organization that uses the power of music to foster community and democratic participation. There is a sense of community felt in the heart of the music scene. It's a feeling that can't be described but you know you are part of something bigger. Together we can make a change and a difference!Cerebral Ballzy, who are signed to Julian's Cult Records, open the Port Chester, NY show. Less than a week later you can catch that band's frontman Honor Titus reading and hosting poetry at Niagara in the East Village. CB's album "Jaded & Faded" will be released June 17. They'll be in Europe at the time touring with Fucked Up. They return to Europe to tour with OFF! in October. Their only other US dates at the moment are both Riot Fests. Everything is listed below.
The Strokes are also playing FYF Fest in LA in August.
Stroke Albert Hammond Jr. plays a few dates with Phoenix in June before headlining a Northside Festival show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on June 13. The Strokes-influenced Drowners open that show. Tickets are still available.
Tour dates below...
by Bill Pearis
Marvelous Mark spent the latter half of the '00s as part of Toronto's Marvelous Darlings who mixed punk and powerpop garage and also featured Fucked Up's Ben Cook. He and Cook also released a 7" in 2012 on Slumberland under the name Roommates. Now on signed to Cook's Bad Actors label, Marvelous Mark continues to make ear-burrowing hooks and melodies on his own. First up is a single, "Bite Me," is the kind of song you'll be humming along with before it's over. It's being released as a lathe-cut flexi 7" (thicker than the flexis you'd get in a magazine) and on cassette. (Order yours.) That song's video makes its premiere in this post. Let's hope that more is on the way soon.
Fucked Up, meanwhile, have an impending new album and tour. Watch Marvelous Mark's "Bite Me" video (or stream it via Soundcloud) below...
Fucked Up at Terminal 5 in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
As you may know, Fucked Up have a new album, Glass Boys, coming out June 3 via Matador and multiple tour dates including a release show in NYC happening on June 6 at Bowery Ballroom with Big Ups and In School, which is now sold out.
Even if you didn't get tickets to the release show, you'll still get a chance to see Fucked Up in NYC. They also play Irving Plaza on September 6. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/9) with a BrooklynVegan presale starting on Wednesday (5/7) at 10 AM. Check back here Wednesday morning for the password.
UPDATE: Password HERE.
Since we last spoke, they were also added to day 2 (5/18) of NJ's Skate & Surf Festival that also features Pianos Become the Teeth, United Nations, Tiny Moving Parts and more (tickets). Updated tour dates are listed below.
Fucked Up also recently released a new track from Glass Boys called "Led By Hand" which features vocals from J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr, who Fucked Up opened for when Dino Jr played Bug in full at Terminal 5. You can stream that, with the list of dates, below...
The 2014 edition of Portland's MusicFestNW happens August 16 & 17 at the city's Waterfront Park. This year's line-up has been revealed and includes Spoon, Fucked Up, Future Islands, Haim, Phantogram, The Antlers, Girl Talk, tUnE-yArDs, EMA and more. No word on tickets yet but check out the two-day lineup below.
Deafheaven at one of 285 Kent's last shows (more by PSquared)
As you probably know by now, Brooklyn DIY venue 285 Kent is closed for good. As the venue was hosting its final shows, Pitchfork filmed a documentary about the venue called "RIP 285 Kent." The description reads:
The film features interviews with the personalities that pushed 285 forward, including founder Todd P., booker/manager Ric Leichtung, and managers Kaitlin Browne and Siobhan McDonald, among others. It also includes discussion with local bookers Edan Wilbur, John Jacobson, John Barclay, and Pitchfork photographer Erez Avissar, plus interview and performance footage from Deafheaven, Fucked Up, DIIV, Dan Deacon, Pictureplane, Lodro, Wolf Eyes, DUST, and more.Check it out below...
DOWNLOAD: Fucked Up - "Paper the House"
Fucked Up at SXSW 2014 (via Matador Twitter)
Fucked Up, who were just down in Austin for SXSW,
still haven't announced a release date for their upcoming fourth album, Glass Boys (due out via Matador), but they have announced that they'll play a record release show in NYC on June 6 at Bowery Ballroom, so presumably that means we'll get the album around then. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/21) at noon.
UPDATE: The band just released the album's first single, "Paper the House," the album artwork, and tracklist. Download the track above, and watch a HQ live video of it below. They also announced that the album will be out on June 3.
The band have a few other dates announced at the moment too. All of those are listed, with the album trailer, below. As you may know, Fucked Up also release the newest entry in their zodiac series, Year of the Dragon, this year.
Fucked up at HoV, 2013 (more by Maclyn Bean,)
Toronto punks Fucked Up have announced that they'll be releasing their fourth LP, Glass Boys this summer. While Matador will handle putting it out in the US and globally, the band is working with hometown label Arts & Crafts for the first time to release it in Canada.
The group previewed the new record by playing it live straight through at their Long Winter series show on March 7. Now Toronto was at the event (which also included karaoke, comedy and a sleepover) and writes....
The new songs feature an even wider array of unexpected influences than before, at times pushing their unique take on hardcore closer to the prog rock of Rush, and other moments the chiming power pop of Big Star. There was even a section that sounded more like a swinging psychedelic jam band. [Now Toronto]The only other hint at what the album might sound like is a super brief teaser trailer the band posted earlier this week. Watch that below.
And on top of all that, Fucked Up is down in Austin this week for SXSW this week, and they are indeed one of the "artists we're excited to see." The band's SXSW schedule is listed, along with album art, and the Glass Boys teaser, below...
by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis and Zach Pollack
Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
South by Southwest. Maybe you've heard of it. Anyway, it starts in about a week, turning Austin, TX into one giant cacophonous concert where you can't swing a free canvas tote bag full of complimentary energy drinks without hitting a musician vying for your attention. It's actually pretty fun -- apart from the wasted spring breakers everywhere -- but it can be overwhelming. In an effort to help, we've already highlighted metal at SXSW and given you 10 NYC artists that we think are worth seeing, and here's a list of 50 artists we're excited to see at SXSW from all over the world (a few cross over from those other two lists). More than a few are playing one of BV's many events in Austin this week -- and if you're going, do stop by.
We know most people are NOT going to SXSW (and if you're in that group, you may be sick of hearing about it already), but many of these acts are touring around the US on either side of SXSW so it's maybe worth a gander too. We've also got a handy Rdio playlist with a song from each artist.
An embedded version of that playlist, plus our list of 50 artists we wanna see at SXSW (in alphabetical order), below...
by Doug Moore, Wyatt Marshall, Zach Pollack and Andrew Sacher
Black Tusk at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
SXSW may be all about catching the hippest bands--check out the SXSW schedule for a lowdown on what's going on (or browse our "SXSW" tag for some highlights) -- including three BV day parties and the BV official showcase -- but there's no shortage of metal to bang your head to, either. Our metal blog, Invisible Oranges, is putting on a showcase on Thursday, March 13 at the Quantum Lounge (303 W. 5th St.) with Black Tusk, Mutoid Man (members Converge/Cave In), Kayo Dot, Yautja, Wild Throne and Venemous Maximus, and there are a number of other showcases and parties bringing heavy vibes. Here's a rundown of those events (with flyers and more details below).
On Tuesday night (3/12), Pitchfork's Show No Mercy showcase goes down at House of Vans at Mohawk (912 Red River) with Indian, Kylesa, Power Trip, Christian Mistress, Windhand and Iron Reagan outside; and Youth Code, Gnaw, Primitive Man, Psalm Zero, Sannhet and Yautja inside.
On Wednesday (3/13), it's the first of four Converse x Thrasher Death Match day parties at the Scoot Inn (1308 E 4th St) from noon to 6 across two stages with heavy representation from Earthless and The Shrine, plus some fun non-metal like Black Lips, Trash Talk (who also play the free Thursday BV party at Red 7), Cherry Glazerr and more. Free to the public.
Stereofly is also throwing a free party at Javelina Bar (69 Rainey St) with Yautja, Primitive Man, Gnarwhal and more.
There's also a not-free Heavy Metal Parking Lot day-into-night party at The Lost Well (2421 Webberville Rd) with Wino's reformed Spirit Caravan, The Shrine, Kylesa, Lazer/Wulf, Truckfighters and more. You can get advance tickets to that one.
Wednesday night, Relapse Records (who signed Iron Reagan, who do play SXSW but not this show) throws their showcase at The Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th St) with Windhand, Christian Mistress, Nothing, Obliteration, Primitive Man and Pyrrhon. You can also catch Nothing for free at the Thursday BV party at Red 7 which Trash Talk is also playing.
Not far from there, Roadhouse Management / Nuclear Blast Records will be presenting their showcase inside at Red 7 (611 E. 7th St) with Orchid, Kadavar, Scropion Child, BP Fallon & the Bandits, Mothership, Sweat Lodge and The Well. (Not metal, but outside at that same venue on the same night is our BrooklynVegan showcase. And hey, there are some heavier bands like Touche Amore and Frameworks on the bill.)
Also on Wednesday night, you can catch Wrekmeister Harmonies at Remedy (209B W. 5th St) with a non-metal lineup of Sean Nicholas Savage, Audacity, Tyvek and more.
Thursday (3/13), the free Converse x Thrasher Death Match parties continue with Windhand, Nothing and not exactly metal (not that Nothing is really metal either), but certainly loud bands Fucked Up, Destruction Unit, together PANGEA and Dirty Fences.
Then at night, it's our previously mentioned Invisible Oranges showcase at the Quantum Lounge with Black Tusk, Mutoid Man, Kayo Dot, Yautja, Wild Throne and Venemous Maximus.
We do of course hope you come, but you can also catch Scale the Summit, The Ocean, Rivers of Nihil, Felix Martin, Vattnet Viskar, The Atlas Moth and Silver Snakes at the Metal Injection showcase at the Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th St).
It's the free Converse x Thrasher Death Match parties again on Friday (3/14) with the recently reunited NYHC band Judge, the recently reunited '80s-era SST vets Bl'ast, plus quality newer bands like Kylesa, Power Trip, Black Tusk, Sannhet, Lecherous Gaze, Iron Reagan, Southern Lord-signed LA band Obliterations (not to be confused with Relapse-signed Norwegian band Obliteration), Youth Code and more.
During the day on Friday, New England Metal & Hardcore Fest also has a free party at G Pen Annex (corner of 6th and Red River) with Xibalba, Alpha & Omega, Comeback Kid, Backtrack, Counterparts, Downpresser and more.
That night, MetalSucks puts on their showcase at The Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th St), headlined by Animals as Leaders, and also featuring sets by After the Burial, Ringworm, Iron Reagan, Mutoid Man, Whores and East of the Wall.
The last day of the free Converse x Thrasher Death Match parties happens on Saturday (3/15), and though there's no metal at all on this one, you can still rage to Perfect Pussy and Diarrhea Planet.
Then, Saturday night, Tone Deaf Touring's showcase is at Red Eyed Fly (715 Red River) with Spirit Caravan, Iron Reagan, King Parrot, Vattnet Viskar, Lazer/Wulf, Pilgrim and Vaporizer.
And if you've got a badge, you can check out some of the metal panels during the day, including From Riffs to Bits with James Williamson (The Stooges) and Buzz Osborne (Melvins) on Friday at 12:30 PM, and Has Metal Lost Its Edge? with Brandon Stosuy (Pitchfork), Chris Gigg (Woe), Emilie Friedlander (The Fader), former BrooklynVegan contributor Fred Pessaro (Noisey), and Kim Kelly (Pitchfork) on Thursday at 3:30 PM.
That's a good amount of choices of the heavy persuasion for this year's SXSW, but if you're trying to narrow down the things you want to catch, we've put together a list of 11 metal bands we're looking forward to seeing. Check out that list (in alphabetical order) and along with flyers and set times for the above-mentioned shows, below...
by Doug Moore
Back in January, we mentioned Brainsqueeze II, the Californian punk/metal festival organized by Tankcrimes and featuring a number of acts that have worked with the label. A few acts -- namely Connoisseur & Impaled -- have been added to the bill since, and the daily schedule & venue info have both been announced. You can check those out below.
We've got a bonus on tap, too. Tankcrimes have put together a free downloadable (or streamable, if that's your thing) compilation that we just posted over at Invisible Oranges. Unlike most recent comps, it's a reasonable length -- sixteen short songs. I consider most of these songs worth listening to in their own right, but some of them are rarer finds -- an exclusive re-recording of a sardonic Muncipal Waste song called "Insurance Fraud" from their split with Crucial Unit. It also features songs from upcoming short-format releases by Fucked Up and The Shrine. There's also a bonus cut by Obsessor, who don't appear on the fest's lineup, and a secret bonus cut that you'll have to download the comp to hear.
The Fucked Up song is a Cardboard Brains cover from the B-side of the recently-announced sixth entry in their Zodiac series. Titled Year of the Dragon, the recording features a 17-minute A-side original, the Cardboard Brains cover, and a The Ugly cover. If you're heading to SXSW, you'll be able to catch Fucked Up at Pitchfork and Stereogum's day parties, both of which fall on Thursday (3/13).
You can stream the comp below (aside from that secret cut) or download it for free. Tickets for the festival are on sale here. The comp track listing, the Brainsqueeze day-by-day lineup, and a goofy commercial for the fest are available below as well...
Toronto's Field Trip Festival began last year as a celebration of label Arts & Crafts' 10th anniversary. It's returning again this year, happening June 7 & 8 at Fort York & Garrison Common with Broken Social Scene headlining once again, but will expand beyond the Arts & Crafts roster. Interpol, The Kills, the reunited Constantines, CHVRCHES, Fucked Up, Washed Out, Lord Huron, Austra are among the other bands playing the 2014 edition. Tickets, in a variety of packages, are on sale now.
Full announced line-up is below.
by Andrew Sacher
Brooklyn DIY venue 285 Kent officially closed its doors for good after last night's show (1/19), the last of four epic final shows that the venue hosted. First was last weekend's Laurel Halo / Autre Ne Veut / etc show, and this past weekend were the final three: Dan Deacon/etc on Friday, Deafheaven/etc on Saturday, and last night's with Fucked Up, DIIV, White Lung, Guardian Alien and LODRO.
The show was a great way for the venue to go out -- celebratory, but also representing what the venue was always about, and why it will be so sorely missed. Three local bands who have called the venue home multiple times in its three-year existence (with the bands they were in last night as well as other various projects), returned to bid it farewell -- DIIV, Guardian Alien, and LODRO. But in addition to being a vital part of Brooklyn's local scene, 285 has also been a spot for bigger out of town bands to get crazier, sweatier, and more intimate with their fans while they were in town for other shows. Fucked Up did just that in 2011 when they played 285 after opening for Dinosaur Jr. at Terminal 5, so they were warmly welcomed back, and their Canada neighbors White Lung (who could probably headline the venue at this point) fit the spirit of the bill perfectly too.
crowd at 285 Kent last night (via Kari)
Anyone who's seen Fucked Up knows Damien Abraham likes to talk on stage, and last night he dedicated much of that to commemorating 285 Kent. "Of all the amazing venues we've played, this is by far the fucking coolest," he said at one point. He also encouraged the crowd saying you could do any of this, start a venue, form a band, book shows, do it yourself. Maybe in 2014 the possibilities of DIY seem more obvious than the days of Black Flag or something, but it's still inspiring to hear a band you look up to break down the fan/band/industry barriers and preach that to their fans. Maybe a 15 year old was there last night and is already forming his or her first band. 285 Kent's shows are all ages shows.
DIIV (via @chchchavez)
Most of my good memories about 285 Kent involve the fact that you felt like you could have fun there, not just be part of a group of people standing around. I still scratch my head a bit at how mosh pits ever break out to DIIV at any show, but at 285 they always seem to, and it actually does feel right. Especially last night, when they were sandwiched between the ferocious punk of White Lung and Fucked Up.
White Lung's sets rarely cross the 20-minute mark, but last night's felt especially short (possibly shortened by their broken kick pedal) yet just as wild as usual. Their newer songs sound great, and when they played material off of Sorry, the crowd truly lost it. Fucked Up's set raged as always too. And though you can usually see through it when a band pretends they're doing an unplanned encore, it seemed legitimately spontaneous when Fucked Up discussed things on stage for a bit and then got the crowd rowdier than they'd been all night for the last-ever song played at 285 Kent, a cover of "Blitzkrieg Bop." Internet hate for all the 285 Kent commemoration often drops the line, "It's not CBGB," but hey, at least we went out with a Ramones song.
A couple more pics below...
As you may have heard, Brooklyn DIY venue 285 Kent is closing, but they're going out with a bang. It was just announced that Pitchfork, Ad Hoc, and Todd P will be presenting the venue's final shows which include Fucked Up, DIIV, White Lung, Laurel Halo, Autre Ne Veut, Dan Deacon and others, plus a number of special guests playing shows there this month. Tickets for all four of the incredibly stacked lineups are on sale now.
Full lineups for each show below...
By Doug Moore
Ghoul at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Tankcrimes is one of the preeminent punk/metal fusion labels going these days -- their Ghoul/Cannabis Corpse and Exhumed/Iron Reagan splits both ranked highly on Invisible Oranges' weekly Upcoming Metal Releases post this week.
The label has announced the preliminary lineup for their second Brainsqueeze festival, which will take place at Eli's Mile High Club in Oakland, CA from April 18 until April 20. Tickets aren't on sale yet, and some additional bands have yet to be announced (along with the schedule/running order). Still, the stuff they've got on tap so far looks impressive -- Municipal Waste is the biggest band on deck, with notable appearances from Ghoul, Final Conflict, Negative Approach, Fucked Up, and more in the offing.
Check out the full lineup and a few songs from those splits below.
by Andrew Sacher
The Dirty Nil (photo by Jonathan Ely Cass)
Canadian rockers The Dirty Nil already have some killer singles/EPs, and they're set to release another EP, Smite, in January. The new single from that EP is the rippin' "Nicotine," which is an under-2-minute blast of punk speed and aggression with a quick mid-section of J Mascis-worthy riffage. The song and its video premiere in this post, and we highly recommend checking it out below.
The Dirty Nil were supposed to cross the border for their first US show opening for Crystal Antlers at Glasslands tonight (10/28), but unfortunately visa issues have forced them to drop off. The show is still going on as planned though, and The Dirty Nil have been replaced by another solid Canadian punk band, PUP, in addition to Brooklyn's Vasillus. Tickets are still available.
Meanwhile, PUP just joined another Canadian punk band, Fucked Up, at a Halifax Pop Explosion show last week (10/24). After opening the show, PUP came on stage during FU's encore to back Damian Abraham during "Queen of Hearts."
Video of the Fucked Up/PUP collaboration, along with the new Dirty Nil video and the updated list of Crystal Antlers tour dates, below...
by Fred Pessaro
Power Trip at Chaos in Tejas 2013 (more by Carmelo Espanola)
Undisputed gods of crossover and possibly one of the greatest hardcore bands in the country, Power Trip, will head out on the road with Terror and Code Orange Kids as part of a massive US tour that will see them play with Fucked Up, Counterparts and more across the country. Fucked Up will headline dates on the West Coast, while Terror will headline shows in the East, including a stop at The Studio at Webster Hall on Oct 24 with Counterparts. Tickets are on sale.
All tour dates are listed, along with video from Power Trip's appearance at A389 Summer Extermination, below.
It wasn't that long ago that Canadian hardcore post punkers Fucked Up announced their indefinite hiatus. Unlike the all too chic hiatuses wrought upon the otherwise unsuspecting horde of fans, followers, and tweeters, Fucked Up were taking a break for the sake of family. That's the thing. Despite winning the 2009 Polaris Prize, multiple Best Of features, and the damn near universal acclaim from critics and fans alike, Fucked Up is essentially a side project for its members. When life provides the opportunity for the members to come together and create more music, they end up creating something like David Comes to Life. It's a fascinating thing to consider when so much of Fucked Up's music concerns the suburban odyssey and the inherent dangers of domesticity.
Having recently announced a tour including a few US dates, the concerns of fans have been allayed at least temporarily until the new album (yes, they're working on one) comes out. I had a chance to shoot lead guitarist Mike Haliechuk a few questions about the band's success and what lies ahead.
Read it below...
Fucked Up @ House of Vans in June (more by Maclyn Bean)
Fucked Up, who not too long ago played a very sweaty House of Vans show, will be back in NYC to play Le Poisson Rouge on September 28. Dope Body open the show and tickets are on sale. It's currently their only announced North American tour date.
UPDATE: Fucked have since announced a handful of tour dates. Those are listed below.
In other FU news, for those of you looking forward to Cassette Store Day (9/7), the band will be releasing 2006's Hidden World (which actually saw release on 8-track! at some point) for the occasion via Sexbeat. So look out for that at the cassette store nearest you.
Waxahatchee @ Glasslands, April 2013 (more by Jonathan Bernstein)
Though the Seaport Music Festival has come to a close for the year, fans of after-work free shows along a body of water in NYC can keep the music going at River Rocks at Hudson River Park's Pier 84, which start this week. Thursday (7/11) is this year's kickoff event with Generationals, Waxahatchee, and Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside. 7 PM and, again, free.
Waxahatchee were to have performed on the Chris Gethard Show tonight (7/10) at 11 PM on Time Warner's MNN cable access network (and online), but just pulled out due to being sick. As far as we know Waxahatchee are still playing Thursday's River Rocks show.
You may remember that Fucked Up were recent music guests on the Chris Gethard Show and you can watch their performance below.
There have been additions to the other two upcoming River Rocks show as well. The Aves will open for Foxygen and Thao & the Get Down Stay Down on July 25; and Juan Wauters (of The Beets) opens for Titus Andronicus and Ducktails on August 8.
Fucked up video below...
photos by Maclyn Bean, words by Andrew Sacher
Fucked Up / Title Fight
This summer's free House of Vans concert series kicked off last night with a stacked triple billing of Fucked Up, Title Fight, and Hop Along. Despite a bit of rain over the outdoor drink/food area (which was actually kinda nice considering how hot it was inside), it was a great start to this year's HoV season. The line was pretty long even an hour before doors, but getting inside went pretty smoothly and the lines for the free beer weren't much trouble either. All the bands were great too.
Hop Along kicked things off around 7:45, and though they were the calmest band on the bill, they were no less intense to watch. Frances Quinlan is seriously such a powerhouse singer, wailing away with no interest in taming her voice, which she wouldn't need to do anyway. Frances opened the show with one song solo, and then was joined by her band for the rest of the set, which was pretty similar to their recent Bowery Ballroom show. It included a bunch of Get Disowned standouts and their recently released single, "Sister Cities."
Next up was Title Fight, who had the biggest and wildest crowd of the night, and they wasted no time making that happen. With little to no introduction the band tore right into their first song with Ned Russin swinging his bass and jumping around on stage while screaming into his mic. The crowd was packed with devoted fans yelling every word and starting all kinds of raucous pits throughout the show. The set was heavy on last year's excellent Floral Green album, but included a couple early cuts for the longtime fans (who, as you may have guessed, went totally apeshit for them).
Finally, Fucked Up closed out the night, and though the place had cleared out a bit after Title Fight, Fucked Up were excellent as always and had themselves a fairly wild crowd too. Damien was characteristically funny on stage (he debuted his 4 year old son's new song, whose lyrics consisted only of "I love the word 'penis'" repeatedly), and of course, he spent about 80% of the show in the crowd. They played a couple new ones, in addition to their usual trek through the David Comes to Life material and some other live staples like "I Hate Summer" and "Son The Father."