As Canadian hardcore/punk collective FUCKED UP prepares to release their new EP, Oberon, through Tankcrimes in early October, the band presents a new video created for the record’s volatile title track.
Named for the king of the fairies, as depicted in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Oberon serves as a pummeling curveball from the collective channeling the world of hardcore that birthed them. Oberon seethes with despotic and horrendously sludgy riffs exploding in octaves lower than Hades, crashing against hellish bellowing all while the rhythm section heaves at a pace that only Noothgrush, Crossed Out, Kiss It Goodbye, and Bloodlet would tread upon. Topped off with an absolutely despicable cover of Saint-Saens’ “The Aquarium,” Oberon is the mythologically psychedelic sludge record you never thought FUCKED UP would make. Four tracks of pure audio excretion.
The title track from Oberon opens the EP, delivering FUCKED UP’s sound to bludgeoning sublevels of doom and disgust; harrowing horns, deep octaves of guitar pain, guttural vocal torment, low end from the depths of depravity, and drums like hitting a mossy stump with a dull axe.
The video features FUCKED UP’s own forest sprites Camden and Amir, cranked on sugar, and seizing the day, while the lord of the wood, Oberon, looks on with chaotic malevolence.
FUCKED UP stands among the most prolific hardcore punk bands of our generation. Since their 2001 inception, they’ve challenged listeners with thoughtful artful chaos and a seemingly limitless drive for musical experimentation. Because of this, they’ve also become a record collector’s worst nightmare releasing over eighty recordings and collaborations on countless labels that include Deranged, Havoc, Tankcrimes, Deathwish, Matador, Jade Tree, and more. The band won the 2009 Polaris Music Prize for their second studio album, The Chemistry Of Common Life among countless other accolades over the last two decades.