Fucked Up talk surprise success, follow-up to ‘David Comes to Life’

From Rolling Stone:

Toronto hardcore outfit Fucked Up had one of the most critically successful albums of 2011 with the conceptual David Comes to Life, their first album to crack the charts in any way. On Saturday, playing to a packed audience at L.A.’s FYF Fest, a a two-day event that saw performances from Warpaint, Refused, M83, the Faint, Beirut and dozens more, Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham still seemed shocked anyone came to see his band.

“We’re in a band called Fucked Up, I’m 300 pounds and I’m bald and I scream. I am not meant to be in a position to be traveling around the world having kids sing my music, yet I am,” Abraham told Rolling Stone backstage.

The surprise success of David Comes to Life has created many surreal moments for Abraham and his bandmates. “We were brought to a lot of places we’d never been before, like award shows, the Juno Awards, being on tour with various bands,” he says. “When I saw The Year Punk Broke as a kid I thought, ‘I would love to be able to tour with Dave Grohl. He looks like the coolest person in the world.’ Last year we’re on tour with the Foo Fighters and it’s like, ‘This isn’t meant to happen.’ Somewhere there’s a band with a really handsome singer who sings amazingly who is fucking so pissed at me.”

Besides his wonderfully self-effacing attitude about the band’s rise, Abraham has perspective on Fucked Up’s place in indie pantheon.

“I think the perception is David was a little bigger than it really was. Album sales-wise it was still very modest, which is awesome, because I never wanted to be in a big band – I wanted to be in the Melvins,” he says.

A journalist in Toronto, where he hosts the TV show The Wedge, Abraham is equally pensive about the music world in general and the changes he’s seen in the last decade. “Think about where music is versus where it was 15, 20 years ago. When I got into it, it was a very ‘holier than thou’ time,” he says. “The Nineties was like, you had ‘Free Mumbia’ shows and festivals being done in the name of Tibet, and now they’re being done in the name of just partying.”

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