Right from the start, Toronto’s Fucked Up
have been pushing musical and
conceptual boundaries. Their third album,
the 18-song, 78-minute David Comes To
Life, is a rock opera, an album set to a
play. Though no less monumental, it is
far more melodic than their breakthrough
The Chemistry of Common Life. There are
more female vocals, which work in perfect
contrast to Damian Abraham’s highly
effective wounded bull growl.
The band sound tighter, with more space
for the flourishes and imaginative songwriting
that entwine their love of British
indie pop with heavy riffing, and some
genuinely twisted turns. Perhaps most
grippingly, the triple-guitar interplay
between Mike Haliechuk, Josh Zucker and
Ben Cook has risen to symphonic levels.
They channel musicians from Angus
Young, Pete Townshend and Noel
Gallagher to Bob Stinson and Lyle Preslar
with ease and grace.
As for the story, more on that to come...