Fucked Up‘s forthcoming “rock opera,” David Comes to Life, promises to be a relatable and happily attainable punk record.” They weren’t lying: “The Other Shoe” features bouncy guitar hooks and a sing-a-long friendly chorus that hears frontman Damian Abrahams fiery vocals complemented by the pleasantness of a female. The Bouncing Souls come to mind, only that image quickly vanishes when I remember pictures of Abraham’s blood-soaked forehead.
“The Other Shoe” is our first taste of David Comes to Life, which arrives June 7th via Matador. The 18-track effort clocks in at 78 minutes, and three more singles will be revealed in the weeks leading up to the release date. The artwork is posted above, and the aforementioned mp3 is streaming below.
Fucked Up has also revealed a few more details about the opera itself, which appears to go beyond the disc. The newly launched davidcomestolife.com sports a cast list (which includes Fucked Up’s manager David Eliade), as well as Act 1 (also posted below). As previously reported, the opera is set in a fictional British town during Margaret Thatchers administration.
“Sun rises above the factory but the rays don’t make it to the street. Through the gates come the employees, beaten down and dragging their feet. A group of lefties hand out pamphlets to the workers coming in. For two people on the pavement life will never be the same again. When she placed it in his hand, people must have seen the sparks. Neither understands what just happened to their hearts. “Another morning in this place has ripped me out of my dream.” Realizing life’s a waste as the whistle lets off steam. One thing about it all is nothing’s ever going to change. It’s like our progress has just stalled and everyday is the same. “She placed it in my hand.” Co-workers must have seen the sparks. “I couldn’t understand what just happened to my heart.” “Hello, my name is David, your name is Veronica, let’s be together, let’s fall in love. Hello, my name is David, your name is Veronica – let’s be together, until the stars go out.” All we need is for something to give, the dam bursts open, we suddenly live. “The boot off my throat, life is returning, the boot off my throat, let’s all emote.” “Dawn breaks across this town and a new dawn breaks for me. I couldn’t take the pains of the underclass, trying to smile through gritted teeth. We must now all join up and throw off the shackles of shame. United we can’t be defeated, they shall hear us proclaim. I placed it in his hand. Comrades must have seen the sparks. I couldn’t understand what happened to my heart. Hello, your name is David, I am Veronica, let’s be together, until the water swallows us. Hello, you must be David, I am Veronica – let’s be together, until we’re all finally crushed.” All we need is for something to give, the dam bursts open, we suddenly live. “The boot off my throat, life is returning, the boot off my throat, let’s all emote.”