Punk has an interesting history with concept albums; they’re something that isn’t usually associated with the common perception of punk’s ethos. The Clash gave us Sandinista!, Hüsker Dü dropped Zen Arcade, and, skipping a bit forward and with a looser definition, Green Day released American Idiot. Loud, fast, and short are the adjectives that come to mind, but the main characteristic of punk is, and always will be, to break the rules.
F@#*ed Up, based in Toronto, released their 18 track 78-minute long concept album David Comes to Life earlier this year, and by their name alone, it is clear they are not strangers to breaking rules.
Who doesn’t like a nice concept album or rock opera every once in a while? To add a little to this article, I would have included Titus Andronicus’ recent “The Monitor”, The Decemberists’ “Hazards of Love”, and some longer explanation of concept albums and rock operas, and how much I love them, and how much I think they’re a natural evolution of the album proper. You can read the rest of the article here.
Anyway, I’m excited for this show, and about Fucked Up. Just about as excited as I was when a friend recommended Refused to me almost a decade ago. I can’t resist, here’s the title track from “The Shape of Punk to Come”, live somewhere exactly it should be played.