Mike Haliechuk: “We’re still mak­ing weird shit”

UNCUT - - New Al­bums - GREG COChRANE

“This is a record made from our com­mu­nity and our friend­ships,” says Mike Haliechuk, gui­tarist and pri­mary song­writer with Fucked Up. The Toronto punks’ lat­est col­lec­tion is also highly am­bi­tious – an 80-minute rock-opera fea­tur­ing con­tri­bu­tions from Miya Folick, Lido Pimienta, J Mas­cis and string ar­range­ments by Owen Pal­lett. But, four years on from their last ef­fort, it also rep­re­sents a labour of love. Band­mates Haliechuk and Jonah Falco started work on it in 2016, be­fore the for­mer took a year off “to write a 100-page prose poem un­til I thought of an idea for the nar­ra­tive”.

The re­sult, Dose Your Dreams, is never short of en­thralling. It was never meant to be this way. Fif­teen years since their in­cep­tion, Fucked Up – a hard­core band known for their com­bustible dy­namic – are mak­ing their most en­ter­pris­ing mu­sic. “De­spite the stuff we’ve said about not get­ting along, we all have loved each other enough to keep this go­ing,” Haliechuk re­marks. “It started as a re­ac­tion. We’ve al­ways been the un­der­dogs. We’ve all main­tained the grim de­ter­mi­na­tion to make Fucked Up ex­ist for as long as it could. The fact that we’re still mak­ing such weird shit is just a bonus.”

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