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Bristol-based duo Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power chose their name because it was playful and abrasive: and these two conflicting elements have informed their music ever since. Their music is noisy and epic and best played loud, but it’s also irreverent, melodic and uplifting. Power is also known for his side-project Blanck Mass. 

Hung and Power met at art school in Bristol and formed a band. Hung was into electronica and techno, and Power was into punk and post-rock, but that was no impediment. “I think it’s about our sensibilities being compatible,” Hung told The Skinny in 2010. “We tend to enjoy similar things when they happen regardless of what aesthetic it takes the form of.” 

But those early influences are clear in their sound, particularly given their choices of producer on their first two records. Their first album Street Horrrsing (2008), produced by Mogwai’s John Cummings, earned them lots of good reviews and the chance to tour Europe and play at several festivals. They were also asked by Caribou to support him on his North American tour. 

As might be expected from an album produced by a Mogwai member, Street Horrrsing owed a lot to post-rock. On their second album, the influence of new producer Andrew Weatherall was again clear. Tarot Sport (2009) was more electronic, more hypnotic, and more focused than the debut, and better for it. Shortly afterwards Power released an album under the name Blanck Mass, and songs from both Tarot Sport and Blanck Mass were used in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games, which was estimated to have been watched by almost a billion people. 

In 2013 Fuck Buttons released their third album, Slow Focus, and it was arguably their best yet. Now self-produced after years of learning from experts of both men’s sensibilities, the mix of brilliantly discordant noise with glittering melodies was both intense and uplifting. The Skinny named it the best album of the year, bar none. 

Fuck Buttons band members

  • Andrew Hung
  • Benjamin John Power
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Fuck Buttons discography

We think Slow Focus is their best, but they’re all great. If you’re a post-rock fan, you might prefer the debut, whereas if you prefer electronic music, Tarot Sport might be a better pick.

  • Street Horrrsing (2008)
  • Tarot Sport (2009)
  • Slow Focus (2013) 

Fuck Buttons Past Tours, Awards & Nominations

In 2007 Fuck Buttons performed at ATPs The Nightmare Before Christmas festival at Butlins, Minehead. They went to SXSW in 2008 and supported Caribou on a few more dates in North America, while also debuting at several European festivals, including Primavera Sound and Pukkelpop. They toured the US and Europe more extensively to support Tarot Sport, and made it to Australia, too.

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