Five reasons why you should love Damian Abraham

The Fucked Up singer joined RBMA Radio to talk Canadian punk recently – another reason to love him.
Fucked Up.
Damian Abraham and his Fucked Up cohorts © Daniel Boud / www.boudist.com
By Al Horner

The phrase “one of a kind” is bandied around a lot but when it comes to Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham – a brute wrecking ball of a man but for that winning grin, with a personality as loud as his music – it rings true. The Toronto frontman has for the past decade been one of hardcore punk’s more charismatic characters and savage performers, roaring about stages across the globe like an elephant in an exorcism.

Last year, another Canuck punk Sam Sutherland released the book Perfect Youth: The Birth of Canadian Punk to illuminate Canada's role in the punk-rock story. Now RBMA Radio's Northern Lights presents Damian and Sam discussing that oft overlooked homegrown scene of the '70s and playing the songs that tell the story.

If you need some reasons to take what Damian says as gospel, here are five of them…

He’s punk’s Jonathan Franzen...

Look past the histrionics and Damian is in fact a master storyteller. Fucked Up’s 2011 epic David Comes To Life chronicles a lowly British light-bulb factory worker put on trial for the accidental (or was it?) death of his activist girlfriend. Inspired by Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon, it shows the lyricist for the wise, introspective soul he is behind the blood-and sweat-soaked veneer of Fucked Up’s music.
 

He’s like a stuntman...

“Fucked Up has been around for ten years now and we’ve established a fairly consistent amount of money,” Damian said recently. “But I have no way of predicting what’s coming in week to week.” Well, if it ever does go sour for the Toronto bruisers and – heaven forbid – Damian needs to find new work, he could probably make a few bob as a Hollywood stuntman. Case in point? Here’s the man smashing a pint glass into his face at a book launch. Why? Why not. Michael Bay, if you’re reading…

Damian Abraham of Fucked Up.
Crowd sourcing © Matador Records

He’s the anti-Jools Holland...

In addition to having appeared with wife Lauren on a reality TV show called Newly Wed, Nearly Dead, Damian fronts much-loved Canadian music show The Wedge, interviewing everyone from Arcade Fire to Liam Gallagher's Beady Eye. “It was my gateway into alternative music like Dinosaur Jr., Pavement, the Jesus and Mary Chain, and a lot of punk stuff,” says Damian of the show, which was influential in the ‘90s grunge era. “So when they asked me to host it out of nowhere I was just so excited.”
 

He's hardcore’s family man...

“I’d be willing to like techno for them,” rock ‘n’ roll devotee Damian told Noisey last year. “That’s how far I would go for my family.” Damian’s a father of two and has taken eldest son Holden to many of his shows, even introducing him to The Stooges. “When he’s like, 'Dad, you’re not cool! You’re not fun!' I can be like, 'You hung out with Iggy Pop once!'” he told Stereogum.

He’s anti-war...

When Katy Perry released a war-themed video to 2012 single Part Of Me, Damian wasn’t impressed with what he interpreted as marine propaganda. "Seeing Katy Perry as a soldier in Part of Me really makes me think that we need to start a war so she can go die," he tweeted to understandable controversy. ”Yes, I’m aware my last tweet was kinda dumb but so is glamorising war to sell records to idiots."
 

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