Toronto’s Fucked Up return with their 3rd full length album, "David Comes To Life" is an 18-song, 78-minute opus; a rock opera, an album set to a play. Though no less monumental, it is far more melodic than their breakthrough Matador debut, "The Chemistry of Common Life", winner of the 2009 Polaris Prize as the best Canadian album.
There are more female vocals, which work in perfect contrast to Damian Abraham’s highly effective wounded bull growl. Recorded by Shane Stoneback (Sleigh Bells, Magic Kids, Vampire Weekend), guests on the album include Jennifer Castle, Madeline Follin and label mate Kurt Vile. The band sound tighter, with more space for the flourishes and imaginative songwriting that entwine their love of British indie pop with heavy riffing, and some genuinely twisted turns. Perhaps most grippingly, the triple-guitar interplay between Mike Haliechuk, Josh Zucker and Ben Cook has risen to symphonic levels. They channel musicians from Angus Young, Pete Townshend and Noel Gallagher to Bob Stinson and Lyle Preslar with ease and grace.