Fucked Up – “Raise Your Voice Joyce” & “Two I’s Closed”

Fucked Up have been supplying us with ambitious, insurgent hardcore for well over a decade. Today the Toronto punks are announcing their latest screaming opus Dose Your Dreams, their first full-length since 2014’s Glass Boys and their first for Merge Records. Along with the announcement comes lead single “Raise Your Voice Joyce.”

Hardcore sometimes sounds like it’s coming out of the mouth of zombies. “Raise Your Voice Joyce” is full of these deliciously monstrous moments. Frontman Damian Abraham’s voice lurches toward you. The song carries an intense energy, yet the chorus is light, almost silly with a childish pleasure. Abraham is doing his dark howling thing, but then the word “Joyce” bounces out. It’s a playful rhyme. There’s also this awesomely bright and winding sax solo that slips into the end.

According to the press release, the song “marks a return to the group’s perennial hero David as he encounters the revolutionary sorcerer Joyce Tops, who lives in a garbage bin behind his work.” If that description and the title Dose Your Dreams come across as a little psychedelic, apparently that’s a strain that runs through the album as a whole. In the words of Owen Pallett, who contributes strings to Dose Your Dreams and who wrote its official bio, “My God, Fucked Up have made their Screamadelica.”

Below, check out the lyric video for “Raise Your Voice Joyce.” Make sure to stick around for the second half, where it segues into the more surprising “Two I’s Closed,” an airy hymn-like passage almost reminiscent of the Beach Boys, as Fucked Up member Jonah Falco rows a boat while wearing a suit.

01 “None Of Your Business Man”
02 “Raise Your Voice Joyce”
03 “Tell Me What You See”
04 “Normal People”
05 “Torch To Light”
06 “Talking Pictures”
07 “House Of Keys”
08 “Dose Your Dreams”
09 “Living In A Simulation”
10 “I Don’t Wanna Live In This World Anymore”
11 “How To Die Happy”
12 “Two I’s Closed”
13 “The One I Want Will Come For Me”
14 “Mechanical Bull”
15 “Accelerate”
16 “Came Down Wrong”
17 “Love Is An Island In The Sea”
18 “Joy Stops Time”


08/03 – London, UK @ Hangar (Visions Festival)
08/04 – Málaga, ES @ CanelaParty
09/14 – Victoria, BC @ Rifflandia Festival
10/19 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
11/03 – Ottawa, ON @ The 27 Club
11/04 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa
11/05 – Burlington, VT @ ArtsRiot
11/06 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
11/08 – Brooklyn, NY @ Market Hotel
11/09 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
11/10 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
11/11 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings
11/12 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Purgatory Stage)
11/13 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
12/04 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
12/05 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
12/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
12/07 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
12/08 – Berkeley, CA @ Cornerstone
12/10 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
12/11 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
12/12 – Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret

Dose Your Dreams is out 10/5 via Merge Records. Pre-order it here.

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