Fucked Up - Glass Boys

When Tom talked to Fucked Up about the making of their upcoming album, the band’s frontman, Damian Abraham, said his lyrical themes this time around were personal rather than character-driven. Abraham was wrestling with his career, his age, his status: “It’s about being in a ’subversive’ young-people band and waking up twelve years later and being like, ’We’re not young people any more. Where do we fit now?’” That confusion is palpable on the album’s great first single, “Paper The House” (sample lyric: “The way I make my living is driving me insane”). But Abraham’s angst is delivered over some of the most joyous and sharpest hooks of Fucked Up’s career. It’s a hell of an introduction to the new album, the details of which are revealed today along with the single. The new Fucked Up record will be titled Glass Boys, it’s out June 3, and its cover art is at the top of this post. The tracklist and tour dates are below, but before you get to any of that, download and spin “Paper The House” a few times — it’s a total blast, and a hugely encouraging sign that Glass Boys will find Fucked Up continuing their win streak, as well as their significant evolution.

Glass Boys is out 6/3 via Matador. Pre-order it here.

Glass Boys tracklist:

01 “Echo Boomer”
02 “Touch Stone”
03 “Sun Glass”
04 “The Art Of Patrons”
05 “Warm Change”
06 “Paper The House”
07 “DET”
08 “Led By Hand”
09 “The Great Divide”
10 “Glass Boys”

Fucked Up tour dates:

04/19 – Oakland, CA – Tankcrimes Brainsqueeze Festival
04/27 – St. John’s, NL – Lawnya Vawnya
06/06 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom Release Show
06/08 – Toronto, ON – Field Trip Festival
06/13 – B Sides Festival, Lucern, Switzerland
06/14 – VK, Brussels, Belgium
06/15 – Gorilla – Manchester, UK
06/16 – The Cluny, Newcastle, UK
06/17 – Belgrave – Leeds, UK
06/18 – Koko – London, UK
06/19 – Point Ephemere, Paris, France
06/20 – Hurricane Festival – Scheessel, DE – announced
06/21 – Southside Festival – Neuhausen Ob Eck, DE – announced
06/22 – Best Kept Secret Festival – Hilvarenbeek, NL

Comments (6)
  1. I’d have to agree with whichever band member said it sounds more along the lines of their older material, but only as far as the production and Damian’s vocals go, because I think it being very melodic is more in line with David Comes to Life.

    I’m feeling the theme. Hitting your 30s sucks enormously I’ve been dwelling on the past few weeks, especially when you hate your job and all of a sudden, you realize you’re no longer the young dude at the gym that the cougars are checking out or the young dude at shows who might catch the eye of a cute girl. No one has any polite pity on you for being naive, and even in being a music fan, nobody gives a shit about what the 30something thinks because youth is the money. It’s almost like if you haven’t met someone or nailed your job down, the world is just like, “Oh well! Too late! You missed your chance. Guess you fucked (Fucked?) up!”

    • All the cougars checking me out are using walkers. :(

    • I woke up on my 30th birthday and realized, very suddenly, so many of the things that I cared about between, say, 23-29, just didn’t seem to matter anymore. I wear hiking pants and comfortable shoes pretty much every day now. I met my fiance. I was out at a crowded bar getting shoved from behind and was like “I can make a better cocktail at home.” and 6 of us left and had a great night at the apartment. Things like that keep happening, and man I love being 31.

      • You’re lucky, I guess. I went on a coffee date a few weeks back with a mutual friend of a friend, who intended well, but the entire time — well, I won’t bore you all with the dets out of respect to keeping on topic about the song here — but I felt like I was just being expected to “settle,” and I can hear a lot of that existential tug and pull here from Damian.

  2. Picked up right where they left off. Can’t wait for this album.

  3. i don’t give a shit about the lyrics on this one, i can dig the new direction on this record and the song FUCKING ROCKS

    not to mention damian is looking a lot better these days weight-wise

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