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Wednesday, November 29, 2006


So the CIUT set happened, but you only heard it if you were in the studio while we recording it, because some wires I guess weren't connected properly and the live segments of the show this morning weren't broadcast.

Here is the file. It's 80 minutes long.,%20November%2028,%202006.mp3

The set was Hidden World/David Comes to Life/Manqueller Man/Vivian Girls/Jacob's Ladder

Here are some updates to the series of Ontario shows we're playing in the next few months:

Fri Dec 15th
Toronto Ontario
@ The Pheonix
*Sold Out*

Sun Dec 17th
Toronto Ontario
@ The Kool Haus

Fri January 19th
St Catherine's Ontario
Benefit for YouthAids
@ The Red Square 241 St. Paul St.
6PM $6 Minors $8 Over 19

Sat January 20th
Guelph Ontario
@ Punkalow House 40 Derry St.
7PM $5

Sat January 27th
Kingston Ontario
@ Venue TBA

Sat February 3rd
Peterborough Ontario
@ Underdog 189 Hunter St
10PM $10 19+

Wed February 7th
Waterloo Ontario
@ Venue TBA

Fri February 9th
Toronto Ontario
@ The Horseshoe
Wavelength Anniversary Party

Monday, November 27, 2006


Hey, just a quick update - tommorow morning you can listen to us be the musical guest on a radio morning news variety show. We're doing 3 short sets between news segments and etc. It will be a little wierd maybe.
People from Ontario can listen at 89.5 FM, everyone else can stream it via We go on around
8.30 AM.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Year of the Dog

Apparently, there is some confusion as to the nature of this record. If you weren't able to pick one up at the Hidden World shows, or you weren't able to catch our merch when it was on tour through the US, don't panic, this isn't a "show-only" record or anything. It's being hand assembled, and the majority of the press isn't ready to be sent out to distributors yet.

In the mean time, here it a complete version for download. There are a few bad rips going around, so here is one to download taken straight from the masters. Feel free to spread this file around as much as possible.

Order the record either from the label, Blocks Recording Co-operative, or just wait a few weeks until they filter into stores and distributors. If you run a distro, get in touch with Blocks to order wholesale copies.

Stay tuned for news about the upcoming Year of the Pig 12".

The Looking for Gold online release is also coming. Again, it will be a high quality free file, we just have to design some art to put in the file before we set it up for release.

Year of the Dog
Following a proven time line the social upheaval starts
The fools Slogan has become an anthem I watch ascend the charts
The powers that be let take hold a movement which they abhor
"They can have this revolution as long as they remember who gets to win the
I'm ready for some hard times
The boredom's beginning to show
We can't possibly lose this one
The answer already known
They give them civil rights to appear on the left
We stay stuck in the maternal gaze suckling the demons breast
But when the stomping of the jack boots starts, all we be crushed under foot
Master horned head turns to see what's on the bottom of his hoof
Marching around the square they are all dead on their feet
Watch the dance as they dance such a pretty dance their legs are worn down to
the knees
The revolution has gone the way of so many before
Circular Nature of Social Evolution: They will never win the war

Last Man Standing
Some kids raped an old woman
Shit happens everyday
They just stood there while she died there bleeding
And it all ends today
I prey to god it was me, here is the way it would go
I’d take one of those fuckers out
It all ends today
All good things must come to an end
And it chills me right down to the bone
That’s just the way it goes
I’m about set to explode
Some old man died on the street
Shit happens everyday
He just stood there while he starved to death
but it all ends today
I prey to god it was me, here is the way it would go
I’d kill you and take your food
It all ends today
I tried to kill myself
Won’t fuck up again
Put my head on the subway tracks
And it all ends
And when that comes alone here’s the way it will go:
I’ll finally get you out of my head
It all ends today
1,2,3 it’s all over

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Euro Dates

Ok here are the confirmed finalized dates for the short European Tour in Dec-Jan. We apologize that we aren't playing Serbia, or Argentina, or Israel, or Alert, or Helsinki, but it's really hard to pay for plane tickets when you have to spend $150 euros a day on petrol. With any luck, we'll be in North Korea soon.

December (all dates with Fleeting Joys)
27.12. London (UK), Old Blue Last (w/ Uffie)
28.12. Manchester (UK), Star and Garter (w/ Electronic)
29.12. Leeds (UK), The Fenton (w/ Le Who)
30.12. Sheffield (UK), DnR Bar (w/ Heaven 17)
31.12. London (UK), The Luminaire (w/ Lily Allen)

January (all dates with Asobi Seksu)
01.01. Den Haag (NL), Hague (w/ Klaus Ule and the Archive Brothers)
02.01. Brugge (B), Bargehuis
03.01. Münster (Ger), Gleis 22
04.01. Hamburg (Ger), Hafenklang (w/ St Pauli Players)
05.01. Kiel (Ger), Alte Meierei
06.01. Leipzig (Ger), Zorro
07.01. Berlin (Ger), Cassopeia (w/ Peaches)
08.01. Prag (CZ), 007
09.01. München (Ger), Kafe Kult
10.01. Saarbrücken (Ger), Kleiner Club Garage
11.01. Mannheim (Ger), JuZ
12.01. Bielefeld (Ger), AJZ
13.01. Barcelona (E), TDN (w/ Eskorbuto)

As an added bonus, since we've been having some trouble with you-know-who, we've scheduled way too many shows in the general Ontario area, which is a province in Canada.
Here are some dates we'll have more info on later.

Nov 25 - Ottawa (Cafe Deckuf - that's "Fucked" spelled backwards btw)
Nov 28 - Toronto (CIUT Radio 730AM) *tentative
Nov 30 - Toronto (MTV)
Dec 2 - Sudbury
Dec 16 - Toronto (Opera House)
Dec 18 - Toronto (Kool Haus)
Dec 9 -Toronto (Kool Haus)
Jan 19 - St Catherines
Jan 20 - Guelph
Jan 27 - Kingston
Feb 3 - Peterborough
Feb 7 - Waterloo
Feb 9 - Toronto (Wavelength Anniversary @ The Horseshoe)

Stay Tuned.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Pug Awards

Photo above and below by Canice Leung

We were all a little suprised to wake up this morning and get the news that Pink Eyes favourite pet Tilly had been nominated for a Pug Award in the "Eat its own shit" category...front running competitor seems can be found at

Here is a recent interview we just did for

Also before you read on or leave, we're in the process of scheduling shows from now to the end of February in Sudbury, Peterborough, Thornhill, Bristol, Kingston, Guelph, Brampton, London, Luke Forsters House, The Kool Haus, The Opera House, Vancouver, etc. More info when I can update this blog on a PC and not my room-mates MAC.

Also Nov 30th we're playing MTV live.

Scene Point Blank: One of my questions was going to be if you had any plans to make Looking For Gold more widely available, but you recently made it available online. Why did you decide to release it online rather than re-pressing it on vinyl or releasing it in some other format?

10,000 Marbles: We didn't release it as a record because we didn't want people to have to pay for it. The original 12" became such an economic fiasco that we just figured fuck it, why put effort and money into releasing a record that people are just going to flip for more cash anyhow. The song fits thematically with Hidden World, so we want it to act as a companion piece, but one you don't have you pay more money for. Regardless, music isn't really about physical objects anymore anyhow, so why waste the petrol if people are going to listen to it on the computer anyhow? I can't tell you i haven't listened to an actually record in a long fucking time. The song is available online here.

Scene Point Blank: Your website takes a different form than most bands. I can't bring myself to say its more than just a blog since it is more engaging than a lot of the band websites that are just boilerplate templates. How self-conscious a choice was this?

10,000 Marbles: People want to give us a lot of credit for being different because we have a blog and not a website, but it's honestly only because I don't know HTML and I wanted to have a website where I could update it whenever I wanted without relying on someone who knows how to program.

Scene Point Blank: I've heard it said that you will pay for any Fucked Up tattoos your fan base gets - is there any truth to this?

10,000 Marbles: Not true. We may have told a few friends that, but we don't have that amount of paper to be paying for so many tattoos.

Scene Point Blank: It seems like a lot of your lyrics use a classic rhetorical strategy where you talk over an audience's head in hopes that they'll educate themselves. This is fairly uncommon in the broad world of punk, which is usually much more didactic; what's the rationale behind this and what kind of responses have you seen?

10,000 Marbles: I just write how I'd like lyrics to appear. We don't want to tell anyone what to think, really, I just like my lyrics to rhyme, use interesting imagery and words, and be about interesting topics. I'm not in this to spread any particular worldview. And yeah, when we do have particularly objective topics, they're usually tucked inside a metaphor, so the song is more interesting and you aren't hit upside the head with rhetoric. I had militarism in mind when I wrote "Triumph of Life," and smoking when I did "Dance of Death," but i like being discreet, you know?

Scene Point Blank: By being called Fucked Up you've sort of precluded a certain level of popular success - how interested is Fucked Up in capturing a broader audience?

10,000 Marbles: We're sort of toying with it now. The record got reviewed in Spin, and our ethos when it comes to mainstream press is "whatever makes my life more interesting". We've been doing some radio and TV interviews, and we think it's fucking hilarious. We're playing on MTV in a few weeks.

Scene Point Blank: One of the most interesting developments I've noticed in hardcore in recent years is a slight relaxation of some of the compartmentalizing that goes on - the boundaries between the different subsets of punk look more blurry. Fucked Up seems to be part of this, since for example at your record release shows you're playing with both Cold World and Dropdead (not to single them out as archetypal). Is this a real phenomenon or am I just making it up?

10,000 Marbles: I think what's going on is that the relaxation is becoming its own compartment. You have bands like Gorilla Angreb and shit, and I think part of why bands like this get attention is because people take real pride in not being pigeonholed into whatever fraction of the culture they've escaped from. What happened of course is that all these people did the same thing and ended up in the same place, and now you have all these middle of the road bands that only created a new niche. I like GA a lot though, don't get me wrong. You can bet that the people watching Dropdead and the fest aren't going to be the same ones watching Cold World. (PS this turned out to be the case, for the most part)

Scene Point Blank: In past interviews, as a band you've expressed mixed feelings about playing live. Has that changed at all?

10,000 Marbles: Nah. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it aint. I always get real curious when I read dudes saying "playing live is a real release for me" - I'm like, are you lying? It definitely is no release for us, it's just more stress. Playing is fun sometimes when I get to fuck with people standing near me, but a lot of times it's just put your head down for half and hour and then go back to reading a book in the van. I'm more into recording shit in the studio.

Scene Point Blank: Some of the recent Fucked Up material seems to be pushing in a bit more of an aestheticized direction in terms of content - with songs like "Teenage Problem" referencing André Gide and "Vivian Girls" with Henry Darger. What kind of artistic traditions do you see yourself engaging with or inhabiting (if any), beyond punk rock?

10,000 Marbles: None. This is what a punk band does - borrow, steal, etc. We're just a patchwork of a million other things. I don't think we have a defined or central aesthetic or ideology, we just know how to pick parts from other ones really well. I don't even read or like poetry, and I didn't really like Dargers book, but I do understand the power the things we use hold to other people. Recently I guess we're into illegalism, but that's not really art, and we can't really get arrested anymore. In fact - fuck art, it's the biggest scam racket going (other than bike locks).

Scene Point Blank: "Neat Parts" seems like an account of being disillusioned with certain varieties of politics ("empty slogans they just fall on my left and deaf ear"). The question of Fucked Up and politics has always been fairly complex and uncomfortable for some; how does this fit in?

10,000 Marbles: Pink Eyes wrote "Neat Parts" about girls, I'm pretty sure. "Neat Parts" and "Reset the Ride" - that shit is about women.

Pink Eyes: "Neat Parts" really is two different songs in one, I guess. The first verse is definetly meant to be an attack on the sloganeering of punk. Where bands talk about being anti-racist only to turn around and have totally misogynistic views (or homophobic and classist) thereby totally ignoring the intersectionality (sic?) of systems of oppression. Or most of the time they do talk about being anti-oppression it is on a very surface level; like I'm anti-Nazi therefore I'm anti-racist, totally ignoring how deep these problems truly go. And it totally boils down to some idiot with a microphone telling us how to live so they can feel that they have somehow had a positive effect on the world. The other half of the song is about people subverting science to re-enforce systems of oppression. For me these two things are linked because they are both examples of people taking things and twisting them to serve their will. Both are totally different but both are equally self-serving.

Scene Point Blank: "Carried Out to the Sea" attacks naïve postmodernism, but it seems to me that an argument could be made that the broad theme of Hidden World is a kind of deconstruction - the way that totalizing, Manichean oppositions are unstable and create a "hidden world" that overcomes them. Is this just a misreading?

10,000 Marbles: Pink Eyes has this lyric cycle going on lately where his songs are about this constant dawning of change that is just a recycling of old parts.

Pink Eyes: "Carried Out to the Sea" is more about being frustrated that we live in an era where nothing is new and every time something comes into existence that looks as though it may turn into something worthwhile it is immediately jumped on before it has a chance to fully develop. There will never be another Seattle because nothing will ever develop to that point going unnoticed.

Scene Point Blank: What's "David Comes to Life" about?

Pink Eyes: David is about a kid who figures out that everyday he lives his life he is just going to commit more sin and thus take him further away from heaven. So instead of waiting in this horrible life like the rest of us to simply die one day riddled with sin and have to then try to get into heaven, he is going to just kill himself, sin free, to get to heaven and plead his case.

(Editors Note: The trickster who did this interview also wrote this: ""David Comes to Life" is one of the band's most accessible songs yet, a tightly wound, almost-power pop tune very much in the vein of the Undertones and even the Ramones. The song's lyrics (penned by Pink Eyes) present an interesting kind of religious dilemma: a boy (the eponymous David) recognizes that every moment he continues to live will only result in commission of further sins, taking him further and further from heaven. David decides to cut out the middleman and commit suicide in order to get to heaven and, in Pink Eyes' words, "plead his case." The song's chorus explains: "Death comes swiftly / To those who wait / But he's like the rest of us / An impatient ingrate." ")

Scene Point Blank: You've made a lot of references to David Eliade; how did you come into contact with him and what kind of effect has he had on Fucked Up?

10,000 Marbles: We met him at a show in NYC once. It's like how they say in the Kabbalah tradition - you can't seek a teacher, but one will appear in your life when you are ready. He showed up at the right time for us. He's like an invisible hand, we don't have much contact with him but he influences us a lot. I chat with him on the phone sometimes, but we only see him in person every six months or so, and we'll do a lot of heavy chatting and planning when we're together. He gives us a lot of influence; I don't really want to say a lot more than that.

Scene Point Blank: Jade Tree seems like an odd but appropriate choice of label for Fucked Up. What was it that made you decide to release Hidden World with them? I could be way off here, but you guys don't really strike me as Lifetime or Promise Ring fans.

10,000 Marbles: Jade Tree is diversifying, you know. They threw a lot of money at the record, more than a smaller label could have afforded. They did it for the ages - if we had of stuck with Deranged, Hidden World would have been ten minutes long. Honestly who gives a shit what bands a label has put out in the past, it's more about how they are able to deal, you know? They are fair dudes and they seem to be into soccer from what I can tell, so what the fuck.

Scene Point Blank: What are you listening to lately, and are there any recent records that have really impressed you?

10,000 Marbles: I like those Uffie 12"'s for some reason. I'm really into the new Cassie record, how they use the synth under her voice, I'm really glad someone finally did that shit. I liked that Lily Allen record a lot until I saw her live. Also that Justice track "Waters of Nazareth" I listen to basically everyday. At work we listened to the new Camera Obscura all day. I like stupid music.

Scene Point Blank: Fucked Up has always seemed to be a band with ambitious plans for the future‹so what's on your agenda in the days to come?

10,000 Marbles: "David Comes to Life" soundtrack LP, "David Comes to Life" musical, Nation 12", another double LP, Army of Goldfaces, "Triumph" movie soundtrack (directed by David Eliade), split 12" with Mind Eraser, Black Sun side project (collaboration with Wyrd Visions), and Cassie remix 12".

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


The first thing we have planned for now is this Ottawa (Canada) show on Nov 25th. Its at Café Dekcuf (221 Rideau St.). It starts at MP7, as you can see from the flyer. We're working on doing a weekend in Vancouver, and some other shit. If you book shows in Southern Ontario and want to book a gig, get in touch with David, because we're looking to fill up some saturdays before and after we go to Europe.

By the way, here are those EU/UK dates

27.12. London UK), Old Blue Last
28.12. Manchester (UK), Star and Garter
29.12. Leeds (UK), The Fenton
30.12. Sheffield (UK), DnR Bar
31.12. London (UK), The Luminaire
01.01. Den Haag (NL), Hague
02.01. Brugge (B), Bargehuis

03.01. Münster (Ger), Gleis 22
04.01. Hamburg (Ger), Hafenklang
05.01. Kiel (Ger), Alte Meierei
06.01. Leipzig (Ger), Zorro
07.01. Berlin (Ger), Cassopeia
08.01. Prag (CZ), 007
09.01. München (Ger), Kafe Kult
10.01. Saarbrücken (Ger), Kleiner Club Garage
11.01. Mannheim (Ger), JuZ
12.01. Bielefeld (Ger), AJZ
13.01. Barcelona (E), TDN

Thursday, November 02, 2006


We're not coming to the States this weekend, they wouldn't let us over the border. See you either in some shitty city in Canada, or elsewhere when we can get working visas. Also in case any border guards are reading this, we'll be doing some shows in Canada and Canada between December 26th and January 14th 2006, and then some shows in Canada and Canada hopefully in the summer.

If you've got some pictures from the Hidden World record release shows, please send links to David at

The "Year of the Dog" 12" is also out. All the regular distros will be getting copies in the next few weeks. If you are impatient, you can go to and bug steve to try and get a copy in the mail a bit sooner, but not really that much sooner.

Pink Eyes is on the show "The Hour" on CBC television this Monday. Not sure the time, but it's channel 26 or 6 if you're in Toronto.

Again, sorry about this weekend, we are fucking really really pissed. Also thanks to this crank or joker:

Don't fucking swear!

It doesn't matter what my name is, I'm never going to pick up your magazine again. To put the word "fucked" on the cover is the most irresponsible thing I've seen in years ("Toronto punk provocateurs Fucked Up rise above," back cover, Oct. 26). And lo and behold what is the article about? A bunch of fat, irrelevant, malignant narcissists who hoover up life force from the world around them - of course nobody's heard of them, they're fucking losers. And you put the work "fucked" on your cover to give them publicity. Let me tell you how cool that is - never again am I going to pick up Eye magazine. How fucking irresponsible!