As fans feverishly await the new Fucked Up album Dose Your Dreams, which is set to be released this October, the band has released a new single and music video in the form of “Normal People.” Musically speaking the song continues the band’s combination of hardcore punk fury, indie-rock songcraft, and confessional singer-songwriter influenced lyrics.
As usual, lead singer Father Damian’s furious rasp gives the song plenty of power and meshes perfectly with the rolling guitar riffs, and the snazzy saxophone leads that pop up halfway through the track. The music video for “Normal People” is equally eclectic, following three different characters and their wild interactions with city life. The video is set up as a long dialogue between Father Damian and an elderly woman named Joyce Tops, who opens his mind and takes him on a metaphysical journey. Each of the three or so storylines adds up into one coherent whole, a thesis on modern living.
Fucked Up have become one of the most prolific and incredible bands in the hardcore underground, with their most recent release, 2017’s awesome Year of the Snake, which showed that the group is capable of mixing many different musical styles into one intoxicating sonic brew. The band also recently parted ways with their longtime record label Matador, and so Dose Your Dreams will be their first release on Merge Records.
Fucked Up will be taking their overpowering live show on the road this fall and winter as they have a full slate of tour dates lined up in North America and Europe.
You can check out the music video for “Normal People” in the player below.
Fucked Up tour dates:
9/14 Victoria, BC – Rifflandia Festival
10/19 Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
11/02 Quebec, QC – L’Anti
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
1/19 Dublin, IE – Grand Social
1/20 Manchester, UK – Ruby Lounge
1/21 Newcastle, UK – Think Tank
1/22 Glasgow, UK – King Tuts
1/23 Leeds, UK – Belgrave
1/24 Brighton, UK – Patterns
1/25 London, UK – The Garage
1/26 Antwerp, BE – Zappa
1/27 Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg
1/8 Cologne, DE – MTC
1/29 Berlin, DE – Cassiopeia
1/30 Hamburg, DE – Molotow
Photo credit Raymond Flotat