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Friday, March 25, 2011

David Comes To Life


NEW SONG: The Other Shoe

Hey right, so we have a new record coming out June 7th and are really excited about it. It's really long and themed, so if you are really cool you might immediately hate the thought of it, but if you are kind of chill and patient you can probably hang and finish reading the rest of this post, and then wait 2 and a half months doing whatever else you do with your life, and then buy the record. Or you could just download the whole thing right now HERE.

Anyways, the new record. If you've been paying attention to our band for the last few years, you probably are aware that we've been joking/threatening the fact that we were working on a musical/rock opera/themed album/play/whatever. We came up with the idea right after Hidden World came out, which featured a song called, wait for it - "David Comes to Life" (C/O JADE TREE RECORDS). That song was written in about 10 minutes I think at a practice in between 2 recording session for Hidden World, and almost didn't make it onto the record because some of us thought it was too simple sounding. Little did they know that 5 years later, they'd have to be still playing it every show after it became such a "hit". These are the things that punk rock "legends" are made "of". Another true fact about that song was that originally it was going to be called "Ian Comes To Life" and was going to be about our old friend Ian Dickson, who was doing about 5 shows for us a month in New York at the time (the other song that almost didn't make it onto Hidden World was "Manqueller Man", which we haven't played in about two years).

So we decided while we were writing the song (right at the practice space we were renting for $10 an hour) that making it about Ian was kind of weird and awkward, so we invented this character named "David" because that's a pretty generic name but also has a lot of cool connotations (only from the Bible) but mostly because it was not the name "Ian". Also co-incidentally, we'd just met our friend David Eliade (who made us call the song David as a tribute to him). Anyhow, after Hidden World we realized we were out of ideas for full length albums, because we had gotten used to the easy-going pace of putting out 23435494 7" singles a year that we'd been doing for the previous 5 years. We decide the only thing more ridiculous than putting out a 73 minute punk record, was to just say fuck it and do a musical. We honestly came up with this idea in like 2006 and have been meaning to do it since then. Some of the riffs on this new record are from BEFORE that (I can remember practicing with Jonah in the basement of the house I lived in 3 houses ago, and right before we went to Japan for the first time with his other band Career Suicide and writing the riff from the new song "The Truest Road" [sorry, this part won't make a whole lot of sense because you won't be able to hear this song for a while yet] at the same time as we were writing the riff for the song that we eventually gave to the Revelation Records comp we were on back then). Also all the christmas time charity 7" single songs were intended for this record ("Davids Christmas" and "Davids Plan") but we decided to nix them because they aren't really that good (they are both amazing) and because we got on a real roll writing songs for this thing.

So I shit you not, this is the record we started thinking about for our 2nd album. We basically just wrote ChemCom by accident because we weren't ready to deal with David Comes to Life yet. I know that people are into ChemCom and stuff and it one like an award or whatever, but honestly it was like an accident that we even did that record, we just sort of started practicing for David and Chemcom happened instead, without us really meaning to make it. It was like if for your whole life (since 2006) you've been in love with this one girl and try to impress her at school or whatever, your job (what do you people do who read this, anyway?) and like put all your creative energies into this one girl, and then by accident somehow at a party you are making out with her lamer older sister who plays the flute and is REALLY into science (and then later you win an award for it, or whatever, no big deal) and your friends are all kind of like "wtf" and you secretly are too, but you just go with it and pretend like that's what you meant to do all along.

We started writing for it in the early summer of 2010, right after we got home from a short tour through the badlands and then the prairies of Canada ("The Other Badlands"). We would all wake up at 9.30am to watch the early World Cup game, have breakfast, watch the 11.00am World Cup game, go on the internet for 2 hours, watch the 2.30pm World Cup game (sometimes together) and then finally at 5.30pm, start practicing. We did that like 5 days a week for the entire summer when we weren't touring again and wrote about 40 songs. After we got back from Miami in September 2010, me and Jonah got dropped off in New York and recorded bed tracks for 27 of those songs in like 5 days (that's 2 seperate drum takes for most of the songs, done in 3 days) and then spent the next four months bouncing between studios in New York and Toronto, and going on tour until 3 days ago we finally had an approved master (the 4th attempt) and are here right now announcing the record.

There are a lot of different things that are going to be happening over the next few months - lot's of little 7"'s and special shows and things to pay attention to. I will talk about them all, but another place you can check out is this website davidcomestolife.com that will have some cool stuff on it.

Anyways, LATER.

86 Comments:

Blogger Eric said...

Totally excited!!!

9:21 AM  
Blogger sonicmoremusic said...

Thanks

9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sounds like a truly awesome record. I really like that we can rely on FU to keep changing.

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The new track on davidcomestolife.com sounds amazing. Can't wait.

10:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ocatvio St. Laurent. Someone's seemingly been watching Paris is Burning.

11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I liked Manqueller Man.

12:05 PM  
Blogger sonicmoremusic said...

Has anyone tried the phone # yet ?

1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New track is solid, and the idea of you all doing a whole album with a single story/theme has me extremely excited. Keep it up.

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this song is amazing!

2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

in response to the question, I'm a window-fitter in UK. ha.

2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

blaze of glory sucks. holy fuck, don't you even fucking know that? you motherfucking idiot talking about these other songs…..

3:24 PM  
Blogger Timofei said...

The new song is orgasmic. Wasn't sure if stoked, but now stoked.

3:32 PM  
Blogger LSD said...

Ok, I've spotted the artificial theme in all the pictures. Do I win a prize?

5:02 PM  
Blogger LSD said...

Erm that should have read 'Artificial Light'. Now do I win a prize?

5:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad to hear it is nothing like the Time Warp.

Now does anyone know any good Window Fitters?

5:15 PM  
Blogger LSD said...

Oh dear, is this linked to the light bulb factory you didn't work in?

5:23 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

Barbie is fucking cool... I think.

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're the best. I'm thrilled at the idea of this record and respect all of the hard work and creativity that has gone into it. Awesome.

6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This news is the feather to my nipples; the live jumpstarter cables to my testicles; the sounding rod humming in my urethra. You torture me, FU, and I can't resist your discipline. Will you make a 1/1 7" just for me with a super secret and esoteric cover and break it just as I go to grab it and destroy my pitiful existence?

7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we need to talk.

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Make a twitter

8:50 PM  
Blogger sonicmoremusic said...

Davide ?

10:15 PM  
Blogger sonicmoremusic said...

A Fairy Secret ? Love Goooooogle

10:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for not "peace-ing out" creatively after the success of chemcom. you guys keep music interesting

3:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Song sounds good.

4:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i knew the artwork would have photomontage! you guys are pretty "trendy'!
still it looks awesome and i'm stoked to have it 12x12 inches in my hand

7:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I beg to differ:
the cover looks very .. regular while the new song is okay - not really doing anything for me. And the whole idea of a theme album / musical may sound revolutionary to some but if you think about it you may realize that a lot of aspiring indie rock bands did / do the same thing.
Conclusion? While this is a new thing for FU it is very much indie rock band standard i.e. not for me.

...

Unless FU does what FU does and just takes the whole concept / standard / whatnot and turns it into s.th. very much their own. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

8:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liking the new track very much, who's doing the other vocals? And for the naysayers about a changing direction, it's not all Grave New World.

8:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who's doing the other vocals?
Your first time listening to FU?

8:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First time listening to FU?

Oh so it's obviosuly Ben with his balls clamped in a vice

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you guys have so much wit..

3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I only wondered about the vocals because it didn't sound much like Damian.

4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I only wondered about the vocals because it didn't sound much like Damian.

4:22 PM  
Blogger Jackie Vinyl said...

science is cool. so is a girl with good embouchure.

7:06 PM  
Blogger Pier Brito said...

Amazing song!

9:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its ben and the girl from year of the pig says jonah

11:39 AM  
Blogger Bryan said...

The light bulbs make a heart!

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or a pair of nuts

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this song is about how they went from altamont shoes to vans sponsorship

11:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, and the record is about how they went from Punk/ Hardcore to ARCADR FIRE Indie Rock ...

1:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unless it's about coming to life in the biblical sense.

4:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You really can download the album from that link. Thanks!

8:12 AM  
Blogger sonicmoremusic said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYPgqkdwgnY

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"its ben and the girl from year of the pig says jonah"

Cheers. Will check out some of her stuff.

9:02 AM  
Blogger Sappukei said...

i hope you can come to Japan again this year. Many bands are cancelling their tours to Japan now, because of all the shit happening. I stinks to be here now. Please come and cheer us up!!!

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Play Police!

4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

damian sucks

9:34 PM  
Blogger sonicmoremusic said...

damian sucks

The IQ level of the Blogs readership just keeps getting higher and higher

You must be so proud M

11:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You get the audience you deserve ...

1:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You get the audience you deserve ...

1:20 AM  
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1:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just don't know. I just don't know if I trust the gibson headstock angle.

I actually like all of you guys. You guys are a diverse bunch, and that's all right.

Yeah, it does sound different. Different from the first single, which was now nearly ten years ago. This isn't some new radical progression. It sounds exactly as expected.
It doesn't matter I guess; I only come here usually to diss everyone. Here and this stupid danzig message board that I am totally addicted to. Those people take Danzig too seriously.

Like yourselves. You people think too highly of yourselves. And you're stupid. Lamenting the very gradual changes in the bands music when there are more hardcore bands to listen to now than ever (taking into account old reissues and such). Plenty of records/cd's/tapes/digital/ whatever to choose from.

Speaking of fun: Damien is a shithead. sonicmoremusic guy, please put my penis in your mouth. It is dry and my brow is furrowed. I am grunting and wondering what my penis is doing OUTSIDE of your mouth. Don't look down your nose at me, yet aloof and to the side with that greenish background and that poster or plaque or whatever the fuck that stupid thing is behind your punk ass.

I was confused. Confused when I saw that AC 4 were using Ampeg.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous sucks

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I ever have a dog, I will call it MyCouponBasket.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you ever had a single brain cell I would it a wonder ...

2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you ever have a dog brain to sell, get in touch.

6:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can we talk shit abut hardcore dancein cuz its pretty shit

2:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If you ever had a single brain cell I would it a wonder ..."

This means that we've met. Hmm.

5:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If I ever have a dog, I will call it mycouponbasket."

….

…….

Holy fuck, you're the biggest one yet. You, dear sir, are giving the danzig forum a serious run for its money.

You probably mosh linear rather than circular. I hate you.

7:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

About hardcore dancing: What's up with the hand movement? People are moving their hands as if in a rap video - what the fuck is up with that?

7:16 AM  
Blogger sonicmoremusic said...

Speaking of fun: Damien is a shithead. sonicmoremusic guy, please put my penis in your mouth. It is dry and my brow is furrowed. I am grunting and wondering what my penis is doing OUTSIDE of your mouth. Don't look down your nose at me, yet aloof and to the side with that greenish background and that poster or plaque or whatever the fuck that stupid thing is behind your punk ass

Hey I got a mention!!! I'm feeling so hardcore now...Thanks Anonymous

7:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know I've never actually considered whether I mosh linear or circular. Is this like asking which way you hang? I will have to run a short test next time I go to a gig.

8:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of these comments are apeshit insane and I don't get them! Cool story, bros!

9:07 AM  
Anonymous Scream said...

''Sonicmoremusic'' is actually Mike and he has posted everything so far. He just changes his identity to make it look like a conversation.

He's doing this partly to pretend someone other than him is interested in the new record and partly to continue this weird self referential phase he's going through.

Basically this whole set of comments is a 'quirky' reference to:

Start a conversation finish it with a scream
I know all the answers but what do the questions glean?
Not afraid of fiction just the already known
Unlock the future truths from the gilded tones

Insanity breeds discourse conversations cut short
By the ramblings of dilettantes too late to abort
Locked in a rut unable to be swayed
Been in the storm too long lord let me pray

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike didn't post the comment about the cool dog names, that was me. Although coincidentally I am also called Mike.

10:45 AM  
Blogger sonicmoremusic said...

They think I'm you...this is getting kinda weird...even for the interweb world

Joe CornElisse

12:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like how you went from no internet presence to wikipedia to a blog to multiple twitters and a silly website for a silly album... actually I hate that BE HARDCORE -- again please?

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