F***** Up + Wavves crash into Town Ballroom on Sunday
blog by Ben Kirst • September 30, 2011 @ 10:57am
That, my friends, is one of the great videos of the year. It’s “Queen of Hearts,” the first single from the album David Comes To Life by the Toronto hardcore outfit F***** Up. As the name implies, FU is legendary—legendary!—for intense, destructive, cathartic live performances and you, pal, will have a chance to soak it in for yourself on Sunday when the band performs at Town Ballroom (681 Main St., Buffalo) with support from Wavves. Doors are at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 pre-sale and $20 at the door.
What a show this will be! FU’s music has been described as “...a hardcore punk-indebted slurry of grunt-gargling vocals, serrated feedback squalls, and densely packed lyrics that cover everything from police brutality to metaphysical phenomena.” The band achieved nearly mythic status as they exploded out of Canada in the late 2000s, devastating MTV Live stages (and bathrooms) around the globe while building an intense underground following with antics like “...releasing singles as part of a series based on the Chinese Zodiac, each of which usually runs over the 10-minute mark… they managed to get James Murphy, Nelly Furtado, and “Degrassi: the Next Generation”/“90210” actress Shenae Grimes (among many, many others) to appear on the same song…(and) during a 12-hour (!) NYC concert in 2008, they got moshers to smash along to Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig doing Descendents covers.” Clearly, FU are party people.
The newest record, “David Comes To Life,” is a rock opera that spans nearly 80 minutes and has been hailed as “...great workout music, provided your workout consists of jogging through a quarry while on mescaline.” In all seriousness, “David…” is considered by many critics to be one of the top records of the year and deals—intensely, of course—with themes of love, loneliness, terrorism, alienation and redemption. It’s an emotional roller coaster and, while it takes a few listens to get used to the non-stop barrage of lead singer Damian Abraham’s raspy shout and the unending sonic crescendo provided by the band, it really is pretty amazing. The show should be considered a can’t-miss.
It takes an impressive band to relegate Nathan Williams and his noise-punk trio Wavves to second-tier status—Williams’ raw, shredding guitar work and stoned teenager lyrics have made him an indie rock darling. Wavves is touring in support of the 2010 album King of the Beach, a record whose title track was curiously included in MTV’s Jersey Shore. Wavves alone would be worth the price of admission—seriously, pull yourself together after the Bills game on Sunday and get to this show.