Artist: Fucked Up
Album: Year of the Tiger
It would be a serious mistake to cast off Fucked Up because of the screaming, hardcore vocals. And too many people have already, or will do, just that. An experimental blend of hardcore, indie, punk and alternative, Fucked Up has worked hard to carve out a very specific place for themselves. Year of the Tiger, the newest release in their Zodiac series of EP’s, is ferocious and triumphant. At 37 minutes and only two songs, it’s a demanding listen that may be too intimidating for some. The title track has more in common with The Hold Steady than it does with contemporary hardcore bands, which isn’t so much of a stretch when one considers The Hold Steady’s roots in 80’s hardcore and alternative bands like Hüsker Dü and The Replacements. The second and final track, “Onno,” is a 22 minute pulsing and weaving instrumental that should absolutely not be ignored if you have the stamina for it.