Album artwork for David Comes To Life by Fucked Up
Album artwork for David Comes To Life by Fucked Up

In 2011, Toronto’s Fucked Up delivered an album that chafed the edges of punk rock’s conceptual boundaries –a set of songs that splayed freely into unexpected instrumentation, psychedelic drift, and situationist philosophy. Its ambition was limitless and its run time opulent. Which is to say, they made a concept album.

Matador Records celebrate the 10th anniversary of Fucked Up’s titanic 78-minute early ’10s masterpiece, David Comes to Life, with a limited-edition 2xLP reissue on lightbulb-yellow vinyl.

David Comes To Life is a story of lost love, global meltdown, depression, bombs, guilt and madness. Or is it? A modern-day morality tale set amid the dour backdrop of a British industrial town in the late ’70s, it’s a four-part play that follows the dark moods and inner psyche of the titular hero. At the same time, the reliability of the narrator gets called into question. The tables are turned, responsibility shifts, and the story goes meta. Of course,you could always ignore the backstory and just listen to a fiercely imaginative double album of blistering, melodic rock'n'roll shot through with all manner of psychic weirdness.

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 song-writing 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...

Fucked Up

David Comes To Life

Matador
Album artwork for David Comes To Life by Fucked Up
LPx2 +

$28.99

Lightbulb Yellow Vinyl

Released 12/17/2021Catalog Number

LP-OLE-1804LE

Fucked Up

David Comes To Life

Matador
Album artwork for David Comes To Life by Fucked Up
LPx2 +

$28.99

Lightbulb Yellow Vinyl

Released 12/17/2021Catalog Number

LP-OLE-1804LE

In 2011, Toronto’s Fucked Up delivered an album that chafed the edges of punk rock’s conceptual boundaries –a set of songs that splayed freely into unexpected instrumentation, psychedelic drift, and situationist philosophy. Its ambition was limitless and its run time opulent. Which is to say, they made a concept album.

Matador Records celebrate the 10th anniversary of Fucked Up’s titanic 78-minute early ’10s masterpiece, David Comes to Life, with a limited-edition 2xLP reissue on lightbulb-yellow vinyl.

David Comes To Life is a story of lost love, global meltdown, depression, bombs, guilt and madness. Or is it? A modern-day morality tale set amid the dour backdrop of a British industrial town in the late ’70s, it’s a four-part play that follows the dark moods and inner psyche of the titular hero. At the same time, the reliability of the narrator gets called into question. The tables are turned, responsibility shifts, and the story goes meta. Of course,you could always ignore the backstory and just listen to a fiercely imaginative double album of blistering, melodic rock'n'roll shot through with all manner of psychic weirdness.

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 song-writing 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...