Toronto's one and only F---ed Up roll into town tonight to destroy Skully's, 1151 N. High St. The band has been beloved by hardcore fans for most of this decade, and in the last couple years they've made themselves known to indie rockers like myself as well. They appeal to so many bases by combining ruthless punk brutality with art-rock ambition, resulting in songs like the six-minute epic that kicks off their new LP, "Son the Father." The track plays out like a hardcore take on Toronto indie collective Broken Social Scene, with a gazillion instruments combining into a wonderfully indulgent clamor and guy-girl vocals pushed to the front of the mix. The rest of The Chemistry of Common Life is never quite as marvelous, but it's all just as exhilarating, and I can't wait to witness this spectacle before my eyes.
I was wondering how the band would react to being booked with purposefully rickety rockers Psychedelic Horseshit (F---ed Up with Horseshit, ha ha), but it seems the Canadians have been palling around with the likes of Vivian Girls, Les Savy Fav and even supreme preps Vampire Weekend, so I don't think they will have any problem with playing with some skuzzy slackers. The real question is how will Horseshit come off between Columbus hardcore staples Reflect and tonight's headliners? We shall see. 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show, $12 at the door.