An eighteen songs epic in four acts, “David Comes to Life”, the third full-length studio album by Canadian hardcore punk band Fucked Up is an over 77 minutes trip into an universe juggling between alternative and post-rock shredding and punk rock energy and the space between is fulfilled with everything from classic hard rock to pop and hardcore punk. It’s like “Tommy” – the 1969’s classic rock opera by The Who – were re-interpreted by a rebellious teenager punk band grown up on Offspring and Green Day diet. And actually, “David Comes to Life” is a rock opera, comparable with Green Day’s “American Idiot” (2004) or “21st Century Breakdown” (2009).
Released on June 7, 2011 in North America and June 6, 2011 elsewhere on Matador Records in CD and double LP formats, “David Comes to Life” became Fucked Up’s first charting album in the United States ranking at number 83 on the Billboard 200.
And that feeling of being caught between The Who and Green Day travels through the whole album like a fired bullet, Fucked Up managed to blend the rage of punk and the musicality of classic rock, the rawness of hardcore with the sweet dissonances of the psychedelic rock and at the bottom line they came up with a dirty, but catchy, noisy, but still harmonious punk rock opera which definitively sounds as Fucked Up. It has a kind of warm, retro feeling, but still is extremely fresh. Let’s just rock and roll!