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Totally Fucked Up

Perhaps the best-named band of all time

And from his vantage point, the singer's seen it all: Blood, broken limbs and general mayhem; crusty-punks fucking on a ratty couch as his band performed; and one of his own bandmates projectile vomiting onstage from the stomach flu, wiping their mouth and keeping on playing.

"The live show is where I feel like I thrive," Abraham says. "The first shows we did were real antagonistic. I'd go into the bathroom before we played and psych myself up by convincing myself that everyone there hated me, and then we'd come out and I'd break bottles on my head and stuff like that. The bands that I was being influenced by at the time around Toronto were very much these violent spectacles live, and it definitely felt like it was part of who I am.

"I think there should be a dangerous element to punk rock," he continues. "I don't want anyone to get hurt, but I think there should be that excitement. But after a while I started to feel like I was playing a character, and it kinda felt dishonest. So now when we play live, nothing is pre-planned, it just happens the way it ­happens.

Fucked Up: Livening up airport security since 2001.
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Fucked Up: Livening up airport security since 2001.

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With Iron Age, the Jonbenét and Black Congress,8 p.m. Friday, January 30, at Walter's on Washington, 4215 Washington, 713-862-2513.

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