Just in time for the end of 2010, Merge Records will release Fucked Up's Year of the Ox on limited-edition 12-inch and digital download on September 28.
Recorded over 6 months by Jon Drew at Giant Studios in Toronto, Year of the Ox is the band's fourth record in a continuing 12 year cycle and adds to its evolving retinue of guest musicians. The patient and building Year of the Ox features Nika Rosa Danilova of Zola Jesus for a guest vocal passage and Toronto's string quartet, New Strings Old Puppets. The b-side "Solomon's Song", a gothic vampire love tribute to Twilight, features a 5 minute saxophone solo from Aerin Fogel of the Bitters and heavy synthing from Trust.
Stream "The Year of the Ox" at Pitchfork and pre-order The Year of the Ox on limited-edition LP now in the Merge store.
Fucked Up will spend the rest of the year recording, touring and "resting" and will join the party in Vegas at the Matador "Lost Weekend" October 1-3.
Fucked Up on tour:
* = w/ Against Me!
24th July – 1234 Festival, London, UK
24th July – The M**b*th, London, UK
25th July – Truck Festival, Oxfordshire, UK
26th July – Klubi, Tampere, Finland
27th July – Klubi, Turku, Finland
28th July – Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland
29th July – Tanci Venue, St Petersburg, Russia
30th July – Aktzal, Moscow, Russia
6th August – Standon Calling, Hertfordshire, UK
7th August – Hevy Festival, Kent, UK
8th August – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool, UK
9th August – Hoxton Bar & Grill, London, UK
11th August – Oya Festival, Oslo, Norway
5th September - Monticello, NY All Tomorrow's Parties
9th September - Washington, DC Rock N Roll Hotel
10th September - Raleigh, NC Hopscotch Festival
11th September - Atlanta, GA The Drunken Unicorn
12th September - Charlotte, NC Amos Southend
22nd October – Southampton, Mo’ Live, UK*
23rd October – Manchester, Academy, UK*
24th October – Cardiff, Solus, UK*
25th October – Bristol, O2 Academy, UK*
26th October – Coventry, Kasbah, UK*
27th October – Glasgow, QMU, UK*
28th October – Nottingham, Rock City, UK*
29th October – Leeds, Met Uni, UK*
30th October – Reading, Sub 89, UK*
31st October – Plymouth, University, UK*
1st November – Cambridge, Junction, UK*
2nd November – Oxford, O2 Academy, UK*
3rd November – London, Electric Ballroom, UK*