A few weeks ago we rolled out of bed on a Saturday morning and into the Horseshoe Tavern. We set up in the empty club, and played four songs from the hallowed history of Toronto punk, as written by The Last Pogo back in 1978. With the exception of “Picture My Face,” which at this point has been fully canonized into the Canadian Punk songbook, the songs we chose are from only slightly more shadowy corners of Toronto’s birthing punk scene. You also get a minute of quality PG banter about the Last Pogo from myself and Pink Eyes
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…over here, this is a big weekend. There’s the FU affiliated Long Winter happening on Friday night at the Great Hall and then we play THE ROCKPILE EAST in SCARBOROUGH on Saturday. You should come.
2 shows tonight in Halifax: 8:30pm at the Pavilion and the 12:30am at the Marquee Ballroom as part of Halifax Pop.
5 bucks for this show in Montreal tomorrow cause somebody loves you. don’t sleep on it.
Our show next week in Fresno has been moved to San Luis Obispo. And we’ve got some new shows to announce, this one with the poster below in kind of suburban Toronto and then a one-off gig in Calgary in November. See fuckedup.cc/shows for all the infos.
BLULBZ. We’ll have these for sale at the west coast shows! Poster by Blue Rose Print Lab
Hey all, we’re very happy to say that our friend of many years – Scotty Karate of Tankcrimes – will be putting out Year of the Dragon next April. He booked our first west coast tour. We’ve stayed at his house probably 50 times. He is like a lover who understands us deeply. Dragon is 7/12 in the zodiac series. Hare is #6 and is recorded and coming out sometime in 2014 too.
Damian this cool interview with Stereogum about the Polaris Music Prize, an award in Canada that gets handed out every year to a band that made a record that critics liked. When we won in 2009 we took the majority of the, then, $20k prize and used it to record and produce this record which is still for sale. All proceeds from the sale of the 7″ went to groups in the country working on the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women. Damian sums up pretty well what winning the prize meant/did for us. Cool to see Godpseed You Black Emperor who won it this year using the money in a larger, meaningful way too.
So when we put this website together probably the most painstaking part was trying to put together a complete list of shows that FU has played since 2001. This was something we’ve tried to do before, and Sandy just found one attempt that I think was done on some long drive at one point. So now we’re asking all Fucked Up Freaks to go through this ridiculous list below and see if maybe it lists any shows that aren’t on this other list here. If you find something, write us. If it checks out we’ll send you a prize.
I’m finally posting here. We played two really great shows near our home the past few weeks. The first in this majestic place called the Art Gallery of Ontario along with a skyped-in Ai Weiwei whose exhibit at the AGO is phenomenal, a big honour for us to get on the same billing as him. We played Year of the Dragon for the first time which will come out probably at the same time as Year of the Hare and then we’ll be part way caught up.
Since playing the Toronto Reference Library, we decided we’d like to play all of Toronto’s civic institutions so if you own Mel Lastman Square, Convocation Hall or the Bata Shoe Museum please get in touch.
Then this weekend we were at the Supercrawl in Hamilton which seriously puts all Toronto music festivals to shame. We have a bunch more random stuff upcoming plus the tour with Terror and plus another “Toronto” show in the part of the city that our Mayor is from that we’ll announce soon. Check shows for detailed infos.
And we just got added to this festival in Iceland, the country where torrents are king and they let banks fail: