Are Fucked Up some of the same art-punk jerkoffs that steered the revolutionary punk message away to something more diffuse and easier to swallow (look up acts like The Talking Heads and Blondie for that)? Their previous exploits on vinyl (creating liner notes that are purposefully illegible and using random symbols) seem to point toward that, but what is actually on disc is something that is great, to say the least. The first track on â€œHidden Worldâ€ is â€œCrusadesâ€, and while the first minute or so seems like something that is nebulous, the band soon enough goes into a crunchy punk sound that blends together the sounds of acts like The Sex Pistols and Raised Fist.
This album would work well on labels like TKO or BYO; there seems to be a streetpunk sound to Fucked Up that does not seem to have the same goofy style that a number of current streetpunk acts have. The band is able to cut strong track after strong track on â€œHidden Worldâ€. For example, the band does not give listeners time to catch their breath after â€œCrusadesâ€ by sticking â€œDavid Comes To Liveâ€ soon after. The arrangements are not too terribly complicated, and the band seems to stick with the seventies sound (recalling acts like Menace more than anything). The vocals during â€œHidden Worldâ€ stay fairly close to what they started with at the beginning of the disc, which allows the band to try slight variations of their general sound as a band. What results is a disc that is cohesive, but is not bound to a specific formula or style for all 72 minutes of â€œHidden Worldâ€.
The band is very technically proficient, with songs like â€œCarried Out To The Seaâ€ reminiscent of The Dickies and The Stranglers. The slight shiuft in the bandâ€™s sound is shown during â€œBaiting The Publicâ€, where the bass gets cranked up and the vocals are allowed to move over to something that blends together the â€œtough guyâ€ hardcore of the nineties with GG Allin and Iggy pop. Fucked Up is much less strung-out and arty than certain sources (their Wikipedia, for example) would have listeners think. What the band does with â€œHidden Worldâ€ is create a punk album that is catchy throughout without selling out to â€œthe manâ€. The disc is a fury from the beginning to the end, and I have no doubt that the move to Jade Tree will get Fucked Up a score more fans.
Top Tracks: David Comes To Life, Fate of Fates
Fucked Up â€“ Hidden World / 2006 Jade Tree / 13 Tracks / http://lookingforgold.blogspot.com / http://www.jadetree.com / Reviewed 19 August 2006