[Album Review] Fucked Up- Glass Boys
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by Tiana Feng

Release Date: June 3rd, 2014
Label: Arts & Crafts/Matador Records

Back in December, I had the pleasure of hanging out with Damian Abraham, Jonah Falco and Sandy Miranda at Candle Recording Studio for a Stereogum feature story. Abraham had discussed with us his internal conflicts, what it’s like to be a dad and also a member of a band with a certain level of fame yet still being accepted in the punk scene. These are all internal conflicts that fuel the energy found in the band’s latest effort Glass Boys.

This is their fourth studio album and it fits right into Fucked Up’s discography sonically. There’s evolution, but they’re not trying to hard to reinvent their sound. This is no rock opera, like David Comes to Life, rather it is a glimpse into the band’s own stories. “Echo Boomer” which begins with xylophone twinkles is about a teen who is curious about music and the fame it can bring. On other songs, they question what they’ve become in “The Great Divide”.

The album itself flows quite fluidly from song to song. Instrumentally, multiple drum tracks can be heard much of the time, the guitars constantly complementing the melody in some way.  In “Sun Glass” a sweeter repetition of the title, is like a release of tension from Abraham’s aggressive vocals. “The Art of Patrons” speaks about selling out stating “We traded our moral high ground so they could sing along” and “Warm Change” talks of the value of art, but also how money can change that. Despite not being a concept album, there’s obviously some sort of theme to Glass Boys. Another thing of note is the album’s length, it’s only 10 songs that clock in at around 43 minutes, half the length of David Comes to Life but listeners can arguably get just as much stuff out of its denseness.

There’s an inherent, “we’ll make the music we want” sort of ideal engrained into their ethos and its audible. It’s amazing that over 10+ years later they keep this alive in Glass Boys. Do yourself a favour, if you like this album, go experience the damn show.