Fuck Buttons
Street Horrrsing


4.0
excellent

Review

by robertsona STAFF
May 22nd, 2009 | 78 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: On their first album, the two noisemakers from Bristol make it seem like they've been doing it all their life.

The first track from Street Horrrsing, the first album by experimental English duo *** Buttons, starts out innocently enough: its tinkling keyboard sound wanders around for just over a minute before a distorted guitar sound enters without warning, giving the song an exciting intensity. The song’s tendency to repeat itself foreshadows the rest of the album’s musical near-perpetuality. However, when the songs are as interesting and exciting as they are here, repetition isn’t exactly a problem: instead of simply rendering themselves redundant, the songs here add in unexpected turns, full of distorted screaming and bassy, distorted guitar drones.

Bands like *** Buttons that are labeled as “noise music” always have a tendency to alienate the small amount of listeners they have, but Street Horrrsing never feels alien. It’s constantly surprising, especially in transitions like the one between the drone-y opener, “Sweet Love for Planet Earth”, and the tribal chants and drums of “Ribs Out”. However, Street Horrrsing does have the potential to take you to places that seem musically alien to the uninitiated. “Okay, Let’s Talk About Magic”, which opens with a repeating drone loop over distorted screaming vocals, suddenly transitions into a very listenable, almost 8-bit sounding beat (drones still intact) about three and a half minutes in. It slowly builds, adding an organ-esque sound, until the screams return at the end of the track. The album ends on a loud drone, and then continues into the next track, “Race You to My Bedroom/Spirit Rise”.

Street Horrrsing is full of exciting and fervent moments like these, but is also full of moments that may even relax the listener (a rare feat for noise music). Despite its loud volume, “Race You to My Bedroom/Spirit Rise”, with its seemingly endless ocean of drone, has a peculiar calmness to it, where the listener can simply let the noise wash over them. “Bright Tomorrow”, which starts off with a surprisingly simple four-on-the-floor beat backed by a repeating synth, soon adds their now-familiar drones, while the synth slowly drifts away from the beat. The whole album paints its songs in a coat of sonic smog, allowing the listener to turn off their senses and let the music do the work.

Because of this trait, the album works better as a whole piece than as a collection of individual songs. It’s a work showing sonic expertise at the hands of Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power, the duo who make up *** Buttons. It’s never an intentionally challenging album, but the album’s repetition may turn away some listeners looking for a more accessible or “easy” approach to experimental music in Street Horrrsing’s vein. Chances are, by the time "Colours Move" ends, listeners will have either walked away from it or be awe-struck by its immense sensory power, ready to revisit the intense experience.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
devsol
May 22nd 2009


356 Comments


Excellent album.

Chewie
May 23rd 2009


4539 Comments


this really flew under the radar last year, terrific review and I should check this out immediately.

devsol
May 23rd 2009


356 Comments


immediately

CkCk
May 23rd 2009


141 Comments


kind of boring meh

AtavanHalen
May 23rd 2009


17920 Comments


Isn't Fuck Buttons already listed?

CkCk
May 23rd 2009


141 Comments


apparently not

devsol
May 23rd 2009


356 Comments



Isn't Fuck Buttons already listed?

Yes, under this name.

CkCk
May 23rd 2009


141 Comments


more like s_ck buttons

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
May 23rd 2009


16590 Comments


Haha, I had no idea it would turn it into "***". Now I know. Should I change that to something self-filtered? (e.g. "F_ck Buttons"?) This is my first review here so thanks for the feedback.

thejared
May 23rd 2009


229 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review, and awesome, awesome album. At first I thought it was extremely annoying but then I listened to it again and it just blew me away. So good ...

natey
May 23rd 2009


4190 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wtf sputnik this site has Fucked Up pages and Holy Fuck. now when you search Fuck Buttons this doesn't even show up. Plus didn't Breadman have a review of this?



album is the shit, i actually put it on this morning just before seeing this recent discussion

devsol
May 23rd 2009


356 Comments


yeah there was a review but i think it was lost in that database crash and not restored.

i coincidentally listened to this twice the other day and BLAM there was a review. jesus was smiling upon me that day

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
May 23rd 2009


16590 Comments


yeah, why was this changed to "F_ck buttons"? it was "fuck buttons" like yesterday

also i decided to review this because it didnt have a review haha it seemed and i just got it.

devsol
May 23rd 2009


356 Comments


jesus was smiling upon you too apparently. he smiles on everyone from his pedestal up in the sky

natey
May 23rd 2009


4190 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i just got one of those dashboard jesus things from a friend. now i gotta find my little green bay packers football helmet and i'll be all set

movingtomanitoba
September 22nd 2009


5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great live

omnipanzer
January 28th 2011


21823 Comments


Horrible.... album is horrible.
noise-rock may just not be my thing.

hard_rocker89
May 13th 2011


278 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Eww...I tried. I really did. One of my friends listens to this. Too much senseless "white noise" for me.

darnielle
May 14th 2011


221 Comments


This isn't really the first place to start for yr venture into drone or noise

Yotimi
May 14th 2011


7467 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Listen to Tarot Sport, it's better



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