David Comes to Life
Key Track: Queen of Hearts”
A hardcore punk album intended for a stadium-sized audience, David Comes to Life somehow managed to out-ambition Fucked Up’s last great album, The Chemistry of Common Life. Rather than play it safe, Damian Abraham & the gang went even bigger: it’s a four-act, 18-song, 78-minute punk opera about a factory worker named David who may or may not have killed his true love. Every track (chapter?) pummels you with dense sonic layers from the group’s three anthemic guitarists, and Abraham’s cathartic growls sound equal parts angry and regretful; it’s brutal in the most passionate way possible.