F—ked Up’s Damian Abraham and Mike Haliechuk on growing up, getting personal and finding ‘brotherly love’
Glass Boys, the new album from F—ked Up, is, in the words of singer Damian Abraham, “the most urgent record we’ve made.”
It’s also the hardcore band’s most personal and accessible album to date, which follows up their critically acclaimed 2011 rock opera David Comes to Life and 2008’s Polaris Prize-winning The Chemistry of Common Life.
Glass Boys sees Abraham and guitarist/principal songwriter Mike Haliechuk (who shared lyric-writing duties 50/50 for the first time on the new album) reflecting not just on their life as a band, but life in general, as both an adult and an artist trying to come to terms with the person they’ve become.
In other words, a mid-life crisis album.
“People are getting older and younger at the same time, so it’s almost you get to have two mid-life crises,” says Haliechuk. “You get to have one in your 30s when you’re still a bit of a child, especially our band, some of us are still sort of aimless and some people have families. It’s definitely dealing with that stuff, this existential stuff like, where am I at in my life?”
Abraham and Haliechuk stopped by CBC Music to talk about getting personal, finding brotherly love, Gord Downie and why Glass Boys features four separate drum tracks.
To listen to the entire interview, click here, or read below for a few highlights.