Fucked Up / Chemistry Of Common Life, The
Album: Chemistry Of Common Life, The   Collection:General
Artist:Fucked Up   Added:Oct 2008
Label:Matador Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2008-11-30 Pull Date: 2009-02-01 Charts: Loud
Week Ending: Feb 1 Jan 4 Dec 14 Dec 7
Airplays: 5 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Mar 14, 2010: FLASHBANG RADIO
Days Of Last
4. Jan 31, 2009: On The Warpath
Days Of Last
Crooked Head
5. Jan 31, 2009: Bloodstains Across Atherton - STUPOR SUNDAY
Days Of Last
3. May 05, 2009: Indie Flavored Kool-Aid
Black Albino Bones
6. Jan 28, 2009: Baptism of Bloodstains - sub for Mike
Days Of Last

Album Review
Ragnar of Ravensfjord
Reviewed 2009-01-03
Hard-rock/indie/punk mix from this rather good Toronto band. They’ve moved more into toying with different sounds on this one even using flute and melodic “indie rock” (emphasis on ROCK, not wuss) choruses and even some psych guitar. Now as before, vocalist Pink Eyes is heavily indebted (no pun intended) to Poison Idea’s Jerry A. In all a bunch of catchy songs that pretty much work.

(((1))) Starts with flute (?!), slowly but steadily picks up into garagey/indie punk with screamed out female & male vocals. Catchy but way too much bong-laden wah pedal.
(((2))) Odd percussion and Stooge-like strumming, swaggery and straight ahead loud punkish indie rock. Spotty drumming and structure.
(((3))) Psych-electronic interlude. Closer to M83 or Neu! than anything else. Not a bad thing, just unexpected.
((((4))) Hard hitting drums and some more electronic squals and rockin’ guitars. All leading to a good head noddin’ number that would go over well live.
((((5)))) Another drum-electronic based intro then a tight mix of straight-forward hard sloggin’ rock.
(((6))) Punk-psych focused on the guitar and vocals. Could be a lot shorter though.
((((7)))) Uppity early 90’s indie rock. As if Superchunk was fighting it out with Poison Idea.
(((8))) Melodic duet with one of the women from the Vivian Girls. Some good vocals parts but the instrumentation is just “there” too often.
((((9)))) (FCC “Fuckin’ sung once @ 3:37) Big, bold, rockin’ and struttin’ it’s stuff. Infectious
((10)) Boring interlude with more strums & squalls.
(((11))) Slow build up that fades in after about 45 seconds. More strums and straight-up punkish 90’s indie rawk, goes on a little too long.

Track Listing
1. Son The Father   6. No Epiphany
2. Magic Word   7. Black Albino Bones
3. Golden Seal   8. Royal Swan
4. Days Of Last   9. Twice Born
5. Crooked Head   10. Looking For God
  11. The Chemistry Of Common Life