Fucked Up - Couple Tracks
We have often lamented the sad sack state of punk rock today. There are too many dudes with eyeliner singing in whiny voices above music that has all the energy of the crowd at a Toronto Blue Jays home game.
One of the bright lights providing us a glimmer of hope has been Toronto hardcore band Fucked Up. The 2009 Polaris Prize winners have just released a career-spanning compilation of singles entitled Couple Tracks.
Couple Tracks serve as a tremendous survey of the band's output. The power is undeniable with blistering hardcore ("No Parason"), epic buzzsaw guitars ("Triumph of Life"), pulverizing rhythms ("David Christmas"), and all-out blitzkreig bombardments ("Looking Back").
But let's face it. Anyone can play hard and fast. The trick is being able to play a song like "Toronto FC" (which has way more energy than the crappy team does) and making it different enough from every other track you've got to keep it interesting. Fucked Up does this with some highly under-appreciated guitar work. Songs like "Neat Parts" and "No Epiphany" boast head-bopping riffs that come dangerously close to classic rock.
If you are a punk fan, or someone who has heard the mega-buzz about Fucked Up and are looking for a good entry point, then this compilation has your name written all over it.
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