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Inbox: Fuck Buttons

Sure, we're always curious to know about an artist's upcoming release, most recent tour, or arsenal of analog gear, but XLR8R's also got a curiosity for quirk. Thus, each week, we email a different artist and find out what makes them tick, in the studio and in life. Next up: He loves t-shirts and his parents have no idea he plays in a band. Meet Andy Hung of U.K. experimental duo Fuck Buttons.

What are you listening to right now?
I've been listening to a bit of Gravenhurst recently, Fires in Distant Buildings. The entwining of the lyrics and music is beautiful. Perfect for the dark bits of road trips.

What's the weirdest story you’ve ever heard about yourself?
I'm trying to think of a time when I heard a story about myself second-hand.... I tipped a cow whilst in a state of sleep?

What band did you want to be in when you were 15?
I wanted to be a one-man arsenal like Aphex Twin or Squarepusher.

Worst live show experience?

Man.... we played many a shit place before this year. It was always a lottery when you turned up to these venues, where you hoped they might pay you your travel costs and hoped for dear God that you wouldn't get turned off for "not being music," which is what happened to us on our third show. We cleared out rooms regularly back then. And still do in fact... haha.

Favorite city to play in?

Vancouver yesterday was fantastic. Mogwai were incredible as well. They were forced to abandon their no-encore policy, because everyone willed them on. It was a great show of mass peer pressure. Haha.

What do your parents think of your band name?

They love it. Nah, they don't even know I'm in a band, they think I work in a bank. A bank called "Fuck Buttons."

What is your favorite thing you own?

My heritage. Seriously though, material things seem to be temporary in terms of liking. I guess staple favorite things are my computer and my camera.

Name one item of clothing you can't live without.

The first t-shirt I bought from this stall on Portobello Road is still my favorite. Since then, I've been back and probably bought 10 more from that little stall, but the Washington, DC one is still my favorite.

What's cuter: Kittens, penguins, or Scarlett Johansseon?

Scarlet Johansseon in a penguin suit.

What did you always get in trouble for when you were little?

Playing with fire.

Which pop star would you most like to work with?

"Pop star"... There's plenty of people we'd love to work with. But pop star... maybe Björk? I guess she's the closest to what might be perceived as a pop star.

What's the last thing you read?

The Complete Calvin and Hobbes.

Complete this sentence: In the future...

There will be items on menus in restaurants containing Spam.

Stupidest thing you've done in the last 12 months?

A keg stand. So much fun!

What's next?

Writing, recording. General juvenility.


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