Weekend Prep: Fuck Buttons’ Laser-Epic ‘The Red Wing’

I thankfully do not live with my parents, but if I did, I know exactly which song I’d be playing at top volume to annoy them this weekend. Bristol duo Fuck Buttons who, unlike many collaborative electronica acts, insist on composing together in the same room, have come roaring back with third album Slow Focus. The first single, “The Red Wing,” should kick off a raucous night.

Initially stomping and beeping like a cross between an eight-bit Nintendo game and the drum circle for a human sacrifice, “The Red Wing” morphs into an industrial shoegaze epic for the ages. Why bother with lyrics when you sound this badass without them? And the best news is this: what you’re hearing is a compressed radio edit—on Slow Focus, due out July 23, this track sprawls almost eight minutes, milking the transition from looped, abrasive, idling noise to soaring synth masterpiece.

Equal parts shimmer and menace, Fuck Buttons still have all the elements in place to convince you that you’re rocketing through deep space. Care to blast off? You’ll have to go to Europe to catch them tour this summer, but that only sweetens the deal, I should think. 

5/31/13 – Optimus Primavera Sound Festival, Porto, PT

6/21/13 – Best Kept Secret Festival, Hilvarenbeek, NL

6/22/13 – Body & Soul Festival, Ballinlough Castle, Co Westmeath, IRL

6/29/13 – Glastonbury Festival, Worthy Farm, Pilton UK

8/15-8/18/13 – Greenman Festival, Black Mountains, Wales

8/31/13 – ArcTangent Festival, Fernhill Farm, Compton Martin, Bristol, UK

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