David Comes To Life is the new album from hardcore punk band Fucked Up, it is based strongly on its concept, which is to narrate the life of a man named David, in which the album depicts David’s life of love, loss and redemption.
The narrative of this album documents the life of David, a depressed man who is constantly unlucky in love, experiences a lot of loss and redemption in his time on Earth. However, I could only discover the story of the album by researching it online, or by reading the lyrics along with their respective songs.
Opener Let Her Rest begins the album with a fairytale, lullaby song which only builds to the confusion as to why a punk band would try to put their audience to sleep with the first track.
The single Queen Of Hearts features a very accessible sound, the guitar and drums bare typical familiarities with any punk song, and it has produced a very catchy opening riff. The vocals are the same throughout though, which is a shame because while they allow for easy lyrics hearing, the aggressive growling from Pink Eyes ruins any emotion that could come from them. The highlight is the female vocals singing halfway through the song because they really create a refreshing change to the song, and they seem to fit in better with the sound of the song too.
The vocals from eccentric frontman Damian “Pink Eyes” Abraham often becomes overwhelming to hear, as every song features constant shouting from Abraham’s very heavy, aggressive voice. They also overwhelm the songs too, as they are always louder than the instruments and ruins the melodies Fucked Up have tried to create. The increased use of female vocals in songs is beneficial to the band and the listener, as they create a huge contrast with the frontman’s voice. Unfortunately, Fucked Up do not produce songs that have moments of calm or silence, which means that all songs are constantly overbearing and this ruins the narrative that the band are attempting to display.
The lack of brevity in any of the tracks on David Comes To Life questions Fucked Up’s roots as a hardcore punk band. Both hardcore and punk genres are well known and loved for their simplicity. However, all songs on this LP are three to six minutes long, and sadly it is hugely noticeable, many songs could easily have been cut short into more respectable punk time-slots, as they fall victim to dragging on and on without adding anything new to the album.
In the end, the album’s concept is lost within the often generic sound and overbearing aggressive of Pink Eyes vocals, used thoroughly in the LP. The songs are too similar to each other and there are no strong riffs that produce any memorable moments or a need to replay the track again and again. If there was a lot of variety and distinction between each song then the narrative would have been projected a lot better.