New music: Fuck Buttons – “Tarot Sport”

Ooooo, they have a curse word in their name, they must be ‘alt,’ right? Well, yeah. Fuck Buttons make 10-minute, epic electronic/drone jams with just enough melody that the universe doesn’t split open and time bandits come out of another dimension of dark matter to whisk you away to a land where the hills have eyes and flower children wearing clown masks grope for your soul, hoping to extract it from the base of your spine.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that Fuck Buttons’ music is not for the faint of heart. Chances are you’ll get a couple minutes into the opening track, “Surf Solar,” and write it off as either “too weird” or “nothing.” If that happens, may the 9-pound, 3-ounce baby jebus have mercy on your heathen soul. What Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power, two hip brits, do is search out a groove and expand and contract that intensity over the course of a 10-minute musical journey. It’s hella experimental, to be sure, but unlike your shitty 7th-grade science fair project where you grew pea plants and measured their growth in different rooms of your house or whatever, this is an experiment I actually care about.

The only close comparison I can see for FB is Dan Deacon. In fact, the standout track on Tarot Sport, “Olympians,” reminds me quite a bit of Deacon’s “Snookered” off his phenomenal (best-of-2009) album Bromst.

This album is so intense that I strongly caution you to listen to it before you consider playing it on air. It takes courage to play any song over 6 minutes on your show, and even if it’s something non-threatening like Iron & Wine you run the risk of hemorrhaging listeners. Make sure you’re clear about what to expect before you play it. Then, BLAST THAT SHIT.

“Surf Solar,” “The Lisbon Maru,” “Olympians,” and “Space Mountain” are all religious/sexual/aurally exciting experiences.

You can find Tarot Sport at NUMBER 205 (in the basket) in the preview rack.

Oh yeah, and you obv can’t say “fuck” on air, so as far as your audience is concerned, their name is “Eff Buttons.”

-Evan

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