Fuck Buttons lined up for Glasgow show

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Fuck Buttons lined up for Glasgow show

Stripped back to its raw ingredients, the noise of Fuck Buttons seems as if it should sound a lot more violent and abrasive than it actually does. Screaming death metal vocals, battering drums, monkey howls and warped electronics battered around by techno pulses? They are all in there – often turned up to 11 – but fused together, these elements create a warm, euphoric, pulse-speeding, adrenaline rush of something very beautiful indeed.

‘We always try to embrace the more emotive sounds in what we do,’ says Andy Hung, one half of the noise duo that is Fuck Buttons. He and the other button, Ben Power, met at university in Bristol where they were studying fine art and illustration, and started making music together in 2004. After signing to ATP Recordings, they went on to release their blisteringly good, goosebump-giving debut, Street Horrrsing, one of the year’s stand-out highlights. It included the exhilarating swell and growing roar of ‘Sweet Love for Planet Earth’, and shattering drone of ‘Bright Tomorrow’, and attracted a cult following. Last year’s Andrew Weatherall-produced follow-up, Tarot Sport delivered more of the same blissful riot of tribal, celestial and frantic beats, and momentum has been growing ever since.

Both Hung and Power share a love of experimental electronica – taking in Aphex Twin, Four Tet, releases on Warp and Leaf, and marrying them with the droning, repetitive post-rock squalls of bands like Mogwai and Earth. ‘We’ve both had punk and hardcore phases in the past,’ says Power, ‘but we like to do something more playful with our own stuff.’ Onstage they use drums, synthesisers, lots of buttons, and a toy Fisher Price karaoke microphone (picked up at a car boot sale five years ago) to create throbbing, hypnotic textures layered up into a thundering climax.

‘It’s always good to hear that people find our stuff uplifting, or joyful or melodic,’ says Power. ‘We find the whole process really exciting – making all our own videos and artwork; the moment when we’ve just finished a new song, or playing a very intense live show. We love the whole shebang.’

And what do they listen to when they’re not making music? ‘Eh, actually, I quite like a lot of silence,’ laughs Hung.

The Arches, Glasgow, Sat 24 Apr

Fuck Buttons

Experimental noise duo from Bristol.

Fuck Buttons

The experimental duo play songs from their album Tarot Sport.

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