Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Ruthless People: Fucked Up, The Chemistry of Common Life

Fucked Up plays hardcore punk as if they have no clue what decade it is. On the Canadian band's second LP, The Chemistry of Common Life, they successfully blend all of their visceral, hard-nosed elements with a more formless, shoegaze aesthetic.

Lead vocalist Pink Eyes plays no small part in perpetuating the analogous relationship between Fucked Up's name and their increasingly infamous reputation. However, the band is not all attitude and gimmickry. Chemistry... and its balance between fury and grace is in no way insincere, overly calculated or ironic; it finds the band members feeding off of each other in a wholly organic and natural way.

As evidenced from the flute solo that starts the album, all the way to the similarly lilting, barely-there outro of the final track, Fucked Up has managed to strike a meditative chord. Fortunately, this slightly more refined method of madness doesn't so much replace the core sound that has given the band its unique identity, as much as it adds another level to it.

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