We never thought we’d put “rock opera” in the same sentence as “Fucked Up” but here goes: Canadian punk-rock band Fucked Up will follow up 2008’s great (and A.V. Club favorite) The Chemistry Of Common Life with a mammoth new album called David Comes To Life, a nearly 80-minute, yes, rock opera about, well, let’s just quote from singer Damian Abraham’s interview with Pitchfork:
"It's about a guy, David, who works at a light bulb factory. He falls in love with this activist. She subsequently dies during an accident. You never really find out what the accident is because we couldn't think of it [laughs]. Then David's on trial. There's this prosecutor who was secretly in love with the activist but is also aware that he's in a play. Then it gets really heady and drugged-out."
Even if doing a rock opera seems like a total Green Day move, David Comes To Life sounds like the kind of overly ambitious mess that we’re absolute suckers for. The track available for free download, “The Other Shoe,” sounds pretty good, too; it’s the first four of singles that will be released before the album drops June 7. In the meantime, you can see some of the lyrics and the album’s cast of characters on the band’s website.