You Can’t Judge a Book By Its Cover….The Electronic Joys of Fuck Buttons


fbuttonsAt least, you could say The Doors, Nirvana, the Velvet Underground, Blue Oyster Cult or Joy Division were band names that had some subtlety, irony and or (black) humor to it. But when you name your act the Sex Pistols, Crass, Slayer, Venom, Hallucinogen, or Killing Joke and so on, you pretty much have an idea of what’s coming. So, you’d think was the case with seemingly controversially named, Fuck Buttons. You might also think that Fuck Buttons would remain a band with a cultish following but influential fans like Underworld and acclaimed film director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), who took the internationally acclaimed UK techno act’s recommendation and included Fuck Buttons’ 2009 track “Olympians” in the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremonies, launched this band into widespread public approval.

Certainly, Fuck Button’s newest number, “The Red Wing,” is  no more confrontational than any of the previously mentioned acts. Its video images of a model dancing, shape-shifting into occasional rorschach tests makes for subtle, artistically fascinating watching. Its musical mashup of Aphex Twin, My Bloody Valentine, Mogwai, Kraftwerk, Chrome, The Prodigy, Suicide and many  other electronic influences make for some forward looking, freshly unique music.  Not your average song and dance routine electronica here. More is to come when Slow Focus, FB’s third album is released on July 23rd in the States on ATP Records.  With US dates coming in September, expect FB to help redefine the leftfield one more time and shake up the increasingly cliched electronica field.

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