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Fucked Up Announce New Album “Another Day”- Out August 9th, Share New Single & Video “Stimming” Alongside UK Live Dates

June 11, 2024
Photo credit: Colin Medley 


Announce new album ‘Another Day’
Out August 9th
New single & video “Stimming” 
UK and North American live dates announced

Toronto band Fucked Up announce details of their new album Another Day’, out August 9th on the band’s own imprint Fucked Up Records. Along with the news, they share a first single and video from the album, as well as North American and UK tour dates for later this year.
When you’re alive, every day is exactly the same but also completely different.
One day you’re hibernating inside. On another, you can’t wait to get outside. “Let’s goooo!”
One day your heart’s shattered. On another, it’s full of love and blissful hope. “Do you maybe want to hang out some time?”
One day the body and mind you received from your parents start to fail, and you feel grounded or trapped. On another, it recovers and is strong, flying you and your inventions around the world. “I am free. Finally.”
One day, you’re down but optimistic. On another, you feel the same but altered.
What a difference a day makes.
Like springtime in the Canadian prairies, Another Day’ is fleeting but buzzes with activity—it’s Fucked Up’s shortest album ever and arrives the most quickly after a previous album by the band. ‘One Day’ emerged in the winter of 2023. Each band member separately recorded all their respective parts in a single, presumably rather cold day. It’s a powerful document of a band known for elaborate, dense albums and (over-?) thinking everything through, instead letting go and trusting that they’d made the most of the time they assigned themselves to work with and against.
The news single “Stimming” is a 3-minute joyous Fucked Up-style hymn to letting music carry you through those rough days and into the next. “In making the video for stimming we tried to depict the transcendence of music from within our bodies outward to physical action” the band explain. “Stimming is self-soothing behaviour through repetition, and in the context of music and our band, we overcome, calm, and manifest the best of ourselves through these specific, finely tuned physical movements which create a freeing joyous place from which to bring new ideas into the world.”

Lyrically covering this immense wealth of emotions that we explore daily, moment by moment, the lyrics bring you into this personal journey which comes to life with the explosive instrumentation. The lyrics tap into this extremely affecting ability, to move the listener and alter their vision and mood. The darting direction of the soundscape amps up the importance of those emotions, the tonality and the textures embrace such fierce lashings and wild vigour. Fucked Up have dropped an absolute belter. 

Over the course of 25 years, the Toronto band Fucked Up have altered our time and space through an unlikely combination of having many, many great ideas, and a persistence that sees them through. Damian Abraham writes lyrics and sings, Mike Haliechuk writes lyrics, sings, and plays guitar (primarily), Jonah Falco plays drums, guitar, and sings, Sandy Miranda plays bass and sings, and, though it’s been a decade since he’s been on a record, Josh Zucker has returned to play guitar in a studio (he sings sometimes too). Haliechuk produces the records.

If ‘One Day’ bore any traces of icy unfamiliarity, they’ve thawed for the upbeat, energised and optimistic ‘Another Day’, whose songs were recorded in the spring of 2023. If you compare the track listings and listen to what is being sung, you realise that in sequence and in a thematic sense lyrically, the two albums are absolutely connected in a purposefully contextual and rather brilliant narrative alignment. So, like any parts of a bold series, they’re not the same, but they’re not completely different.

The band learned a lot from making ‘One Day; the way that they did, with an impulsive urgency and accepting elements of chance that a time constraint calls forIf the concept was foreign, it’s now familiar and the fact that the songs are meant to speak to each other between albums gives the players more direction and context and the music, increased coherence. The arrangements and production also feel inclusive and joyful, while the songs maintain the band’s penchant for multi-layered introspection and external contemplation.  

Haliechuk has been using an octave pedal more of late, which has impacted his guitar playing; he can conjure more noise by hitting one string at a time. On occasion, his and Zucker’s guitars sound like outside—ambiently humming or signalling like sirens ringing out from beyond your neighbourhood but carrying through the breeze blowing through the bedroom windows you’ve opened after a long winter.

On drums, Falco’s playing and choices imbue the songs with a certain danceable cheeriness, and he’s really coming into his own as a vocal arranger, using his voice as a multi-layered instrument in the background, as Abraham roars like nobody else. Miranda’s bass interlocks with Falco remarkably given the remote recording process and, while the songs are relatively down tempo, they’re still super charged and, like a lot of recent Fucked Up stuff, explore grooves in uniquely intricate (and punk) ways. Overall, the record explores growth and love and family and life’s subtle and overt transitions.

‘Another Day’ was made in many different studios in Toronto and one in London, England (where Falco resides), but it was primarily engineered and mixed by Alex Gamble and produced by Haliechuk. Guest vocalists include Sam Bielanski, Pretty Matty, Charlie Manning Walker, Holden Abraham, D. Franklan, and Danko Jones.

In a sense, the record’s a meta microcosm of how life tends to function—a series of things happen because we dared to try them, and then they’re done and gone. The sun goes down and is less present for months, and then comes back up, and stays with us longer. This impacts us in profound ways that can be hard to talk about. When we can, we try new and different things, every single day that don’t always go as planned. And this is fine; life isn’t always about accomplishing something, it’s about attempting to accomplish it in the first place. 

One day follows another and, if we’re lucky, there will be more days to come…

Fucked Up live dates:

North America 
Jul 14 – St Catharines – Warehouse *
Jul 15 – Windsor – Meteor *
Jul 16 – London – Palasad Socialbowl *
Jul 17 – Hamilton – Bridgeworks *
Jul 18 – Philadelphia – Ukie Club *
Jul 19 – Hamden – Space Ballroom *
Jul 20 – New York – Le Poisson Rouge (w/OFF!)
Jul 21 – Baltimore – Ottobar *
Jul 22 – Cleveland – Grog Shop *
Jul 23 – Columbus – Ace of Cups *
Jul 24 – Carrboro – Cat’s Cradle for Merge 35
Sept 12 – Oshawa – Biltmore Theater *
Sept 13 – Montreal – Foufounes Electriques *
Sept 14 – Ottawa – 27 Club *
Sept 17 – Winnipeg – Park Theater *
Sept 18 – Saskatoon – The Capitol Music Club *
Sept 19 – Edmonton – The Buckinham *
Sept 20 – Calgary – Modern Love *
Sept 21 – Kelowna – Revelry *
Sept 23 – Victoria – Capital Ballroom *
Sept 24 – Nanaimo – The Queens *
Sept 25 – Vancouver – The Pearl *
Oct 31 – Toronto The Great Hall 

Oct 21 – Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach ^
Oct 22 – Kingston – Fighting Cocks ^
Oct 24 – Milton Keynes – Craufurd Arms ^
Oct 25 – Oxford – O2 Academy Oxford ^
Oct 26 – London – Oslo ^
Oct 28 – Edinburgh – The Caves %
Oct 29 – Newcastle – The Grove %

^ with THE TUBS

‘Another Day’ track list:
1. Face
2. Stimming
3. Tell Yourself You Will
4. Another Day
5. Paternal Instinct
6. Divining Gods
7. The One To Break It
8. More
9. Follow Fine Feeling
10. House Lights


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