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Fuck Buttons Street Horrrsing

  • Words: Dave Segal
  • Label: ATP
  • XLR8R Rating: 8.5/10

Bristol duo Fuck Buttons have created a huge buzz–and not just in the blogosphere. Their debut album, Street Horrrsing, is dominated by a truculent, enveloping buzz, possibly from a Roland 303 or a homemade generator of low-end madness, beneath which heroic melodies struggle for audibility. “Sweet Love for Planet Earth” opens with sprightly music-box tinkles, but they’re quickly overrun by gnarly, fuzz-toned synths and haloed by angelic keyboard drones. Here and elsewhere on Horrrsing, faint yet feral caterwauling, like Trent Reznor on helium, animates the background. But ultimately it’s just another texture in a tsunami of tense oscillations and Brontosaurus-colonic tones. To keep stasis at bay, sporadic fits of tribal drumming (recalling Cro-Magnon) and 4/4 kicks puncture the barbed din. Fuck Buttons follow Throbbing Gristle’s lead on “Discipline,” and their buzz-laden bombs are more powerful for it.

1 comments Street Horrrsing

onlycodes (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 04/16/2008 - 19:11

Once again deciding to give some feedback, I'll comment on all the albums I've listened to just to make XLR8R feel better (haha sorry guys.) But seriously is everyone too lazy or just not paying attention? Anyways, Fuck Buttons isn't any of those things and listening to this loud piece of work shows you that. Now I've heard this band was way over-hyped and undeserving of the attention. Personally didn't hear a thing about them until seeing their album of the week spot on warpmart.com. Choosing to pursue my curiosity, took a trip over to emsuic (where they were unfairly reviewed as well) and downloaded the album. What a treat that first listen was. Those sounds roared into my environment with dizzying intensity leaving me submerged in sound. Their approach may be viewed as simple, however the execution and result was not. Immense droning rhythms combined with inaudible vocals shouted into one of those cheap children's microphones made for an overwhelming experience in the best possible way. Still think one of the most accurate quotes to describe them was "Reminds me the sun is going to explode in about 5 million years." That may be a long time but it will come eventually. In the meantime let Fuck Buttons fuck your mind and give it a listen

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