Last year, Fucked Up unveiled the latest in their line of songs inspired by the Chinese zodiac via a live rendition of their new tune "Year of the Dragon." Now, they've confirmed the details of the song's impending physical release. It will be out on April 15 through Tankcrimes.
The release includes three tracks, led off by the 17-and-a-half-minute epic "Year of the Dragon," which a press release says is "centred on dreams, expectations, compromise and hypocrisy." The collection is rounded out with a pair of Toronto-centric covers: "I Wanna Be a Yank" by Cardboard Brains and "Disorder" by the Ugly.
Year of the Dragon will be available on 12-inch vinyl, CD or digital download. The first vinyl pressing comes with a six-minute edit of "Year of the Dragon" on a separate seven-inch flexi-disc.
The band said in a statement, "The two B sides are faithful versions of two 'forgotten' historic Toronto punk tunes. So much of Toronto's early punk scene had a strong following and a great reputation, but some things never really made it out in to the world at the time. CBC were commemorating the anniversary of The Last Pogo — a huge, well-known, punk show in the late '70s that was held at the Horseshoe Tavern; populated by almost every band of the day, and was capped off by a near riot — and we helped ring in the occasion by giving two of the bands on the record a little reanimation care of Fucked Up. The Ugly are still active to this day, and the Cardboard Brains are a collector favourite."
This follows past the zodiac releases Year of the Dog (2006), Year of the Pig (2008), Year of the Rat (2009), Year of the Ox (2010) and Year of the Tiger (2012). Revisit that live version of "Year of the Dragon" below.
Year of the Dragon:
1. Year of the Dragon
2. I Wanna Be a Yank (Cardboard Brains cover)
3. Disorder (The Ugly cover)