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Review: Fucked Up – Glass Boys

Fucked Up

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Glass Boys

Arts & Crafts/Matador

As some of you might have noticed, Lost Tribe has been on a bit of a hiatus for the last 6 months. There are lots of completely valid reasons for this happening (people moving, getting married, starting new jobs, etc.) but what it seemed to boil down to was that people were just getting older. It wasn’t a matter of losing interest in the music or strains in friendships, it was just that everyone seemed to be getting stretched a little thin. And what can we say, that’s just kind of an expected part of getting older I guess. Having said that, as you can now see, we may have been down, but we aren’t out.

When I first sat down to listen to Glass Boys I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. Coming off a rather epic double-LP concept album, it was intriguing to see which way Fucked Up was going to take things. The opening tracks, “Echo Boomer” and “Touch Stone”, show more ephemeral sides of the band that have become increasingly prevalent throughout their more recent releases. They are no doubt still a hardcore punk band (despite what many others claim), and vocalist Damian Abraham is still delivering his signature guttural screams, but there is more texture and depth to the song writing and arrangements than ever before.

One of the album’s highlights is “Sun Glass”, which gets more memorable with each listen. It seems no matter how melodic and hook-driven this band gets, they still have an undertone of a no-holds-barred hardcore band, with straight-forward, pounding riffs, that relentlessly drives their songs forward. This feeling becomes further entrenched throughout the album, but especially on tracks like “The Art of Patrons” and “Glass Boys” (another album highlight).

I honestly don’t have a complaint to make about this album. It’s tight, focused yet experimental, intriguing but not alienating, and also inadvertently helped jump-start this blog with one simple song: “Paper The House”. As we all get older it seems inevitable to begin to look back and take stock. As we enter new chapters we always seem to go back and evaluate what we’ve done before. It is exactly that chord which strikes so deeply in “Paper The House”. In 3 minutes and 41 seconds Damian is able to perfectly express what it’s like to get older within the hardcore/punk scene. To question your choices, revaluate your priorities, and postulate what place someone in their ‘30s has in such a youth-driven music scene. How a person answers those questions will largely determine whether they will be hitting up any more Tuesday night shows when work starts so damn early the next day, whether attending music festivals constitute valid vacation choices any more, and will help determine if writing a hardcore music review blog is worth the time and effort involved.

Old man, life spent

Carving a legacy, never made a dent.

 

Definitely go buy this album now.

 

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This entry was posted on June 22, 2014 by in Album Review and tagged , , , , .
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