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Fuck Buttons-Slow Focus

This one jumped out at me because the name, Fuck Buttons. I thought to myself, “What’s wrong with buttons? Do they like clasps better or something? Maybe switches are their thing?” I was intrigued as to why this was the name they choose. In my quick research they apparently wanted it to be “fun and abrasive”. Nailed it. I do tend to gravitate towards groups that have the cojones to swear in their name. It shows they don’t give a shit about being “mainstream”. At least to me. Though, they were used by Danny Boyle for his opening of the 2012 Olympics. So I guess they slipped in the mainstream just a tad. I honestly don’t remember the opening ceremony so I’m still not sure what to expect from their music yet. I’m guessing it won’t be as brash and hard hitting as Fucked Up (another band with an abrasive name). I see a couple tracks are quite lengthy so maybe a bit experimental…

Released July 23, 2013 on ATP Recordings

Tracklisting:

1. “Brainfreeze” 8:33
2. “Year of the Dog” 4:38
3. “The Red Wing” 7:48
4. “Sentients” 6:24
5. “Prince’s Prize” 4:22
6. “Stalker” 10:08
7. “Hidden Xs” 10:12

“Brainfreeze” starts out right away with a sort of heavy electronic feel. Knocking drum beats lead into some electronic drone sounds. Then heavy bass comes in and starts to remind me of some the softer Nine Inch Nails tracks. Three minutes in and still no vocals. Could be a instrumental album. So far this seems like something I would put on during my work for ispiration without distraction. Mid-section of the song slows up a bit adding some organ sounds on the top layer. A melding of sounds that not quite reaches the “industrial” genre. So far I don’t hate it, but not sure I would drive around with it.

The end of “Brainfreeze” goes smoothly into “Year of the Dog”. The beginning reminds me of what Pink Floyd would have sounded like if they were more electronic. Lots of light ethereal┬ásounds. It almost gives you a sense of paranoia. I could see why Danny Boyle picked these guys. These tracks would fit well in one of his films.

“The Red Wing” starts abruptly after “Year of the Dog”. An almost Hip-Hop drum beat meet some distorted guitar sounds and strange bell type sounds. Of the first 3 songs, this is the one that I could envision on the radio. Definitely a little too long at 7:49, but trimmed down and some simple lyrics and there you go. This track adds and builds enough througout to keep your attention. My favorite on the album at this point.

“Sentients” is the most industrial sounding so far. This is what the T-800 would have on his iPod. I might be mistaken, but sounds like the first vocals, even if it’s just “I” distorted over and over.

“Prince’s Prize” starts out and reminds me of the old Friday the 13th Nintendo video game. Then comes in a thumping bass line and clapping. Has a slightly haunting feel to it. Like what a ghost might dance to.

One of the two longer tracks, “Stalker”, is up next. The title is fitting. I get a stalking vibe from it. Reminds me of an 80’s Schwarzenegger or Segal flick where they are tracking down someone that was kidnapped. This track sort of builds tension as you would expect an epically long track to. This just screams “soundtrack” to me.

The closer “Hidden Xs” is the longest track on the album. This one has a very different feel than the last song. Almost hopeful where “Stalker” seemed foreboding. As the song builds I feel as though it’s meant to feel free. It feels open. Kinda hard to explain, but it’s like your running through a field experiencing freedom for the first time in a futuristic world.

My guess seemed to be close. Slightly experimental, not too in-your-face. I had expected lyrics, but was not disappointed it didn’t contain them. I kept going back to films because this seemed perfectly suited for that medium. Overall I’m glad to add this to my collection. It will be a nice addition for days when you want to ignore the lyrics and focus on the music.

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