Long-running Canadian hardcore/punk collective FUCKED UP recently released their Year Of The Horse masterpiece — the next in their ongoing series celebrating the Chinese Zodiac — digitally via Bandcamp. To keep listeners on their toes, the album is now available on Spotify as a mammoth four-album, eighty-one-track piece!
Comments the band, “We put …Horse on the streamers because we love you. But we divided it into four separate albums and eighty-one different tracks because we love ourselves as well.”
The follow-up to 2018’s critically lauded Dose Your Dreams full-length, FUCKED UP’s hugely ambitious Year Of The Horse is operatic in scope and artfully assembled offering up one track with a ninety-plus-minute runtime. The epic tone poem is spread across four sides that pass through the realms of metal, classical, ‘70s groove, and international hardcore punk to explore themes of motherhood, ecology, stewardship, and the deep myths of our civilization.
Recorded over the past few years by Alex Gamble in Toronto, who worked with the band on Dose Your Dreams, and mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound, Year Of The Horse includes guest appearances by Matt Berninger (The National), Julien Baker, Maegan Brooks Mills (Chubby And The Gang), and Tuka Mohammed and is dedicated to Power Trip’s Riley Gale and Iron Age’s Wade Allison, who passed away within weeks of each other last year.
FUCKED UP’s Year Of The Horse will be released on limited double LP available in gold, splatter, blue, and recently announced new variant half blue as well as double CD via Tankcrimes!
Find preorders at THIS LOCATION. All preorders come with an instant download of the full track.
In related news, FUCKED UP has announced a host of live dates including a trio of shows opening for Faith No More and an appearance on this year’s edition of Riot Fest as well as a mini-tour to kick off 2022 celebrating the ten-year anniversary of their David Comes To Life full-length which they will be performing in its entirety. Support will be provided by Empath. Find tickets at THIS LOCATION.
FUCKED UP w/ Faith No More:
9/16/2021 Saint Louis Music Park – Maryland Heights, MO
9/18/2021 Riot Fest – Chicago, IL w/ Run The Jewels, Faith No More, Dropkick Murphys, more!
9/21/2021 Stage AE / Outdoors – Pittsburgh, PA
9/22/2021 Ovation Pavilion – Newport, KY
1/19/2022 Club Saw – Ottawa, ON
1/20/2022 Bar Le Ritz – Montreal, QC
1/21/2022 Sinclair – Boston, MA
1/22/2022 Brooklyn Made – Brooklyn, NY
1/23/2022 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
1/24/2022 Union Stage – Washington, DC
1/25/2022 Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA
1/26/2022 Ace Of Cups – Columbus, OH
1/28/2022 Shelter – Detroit, MI
2/04/2022 The Great Hall Toronto, ON *
2/05/2022 The Great Hall Toronto, ON Sold Out *
* No Empath
FUCKED UP — Damian Abraham (vocals), Mike Haliechuk (guitars, vocals), Josh Zucker (guitar), Ben Cook (guitars, vocals), Sandy Miranda (bass), and Jonah Falco (drums, vocals) — is among the most prolific hardcore punk bands of our generation. Since their 2001 inception, they’ve challenged listeners with thoughtful artful chaos and a seemingly limitless drive for musical experimentation. Because of this, they’ve also become a record collector’s worst nightmare releasing over eighty recordings and collaborations on countless labels that include Deranged, Havoc, Tankcrimes, Deathwish, Matador, Jade Tree, and more. The band won the 2009 Polaris Music Prize for their second studio album, The Chemistry of Common Life among countless other accolades over the last two decades.
“On this elaborate concept album… the hardcore collective reclaims its status as the most fearless prog-punk band of them all.” – Pitchfork
“Wagnerian AF… much of the album wavers between Motörhead and Portishead. It’s loud, wonderful, and fairly exhausting.” – Star-Revue
“…it is the wild fire and demonic braying of Cormac McCarthy especially of Blood Meridian and Outer Darkness, the pursuit of pitch black cowboys which seem plucked from the pure bowels of hell sliding like oil and shadow across the sands in pursuit of the white horse, a chase toward Golgotha and Gethsemane where at last the vicious satanic devouring jaw might sink into the blood-rich flesh of heaven’s child.” — Treble