Horrrsing Around With Fuck Buttons

Ever since Andy Hung and Benjamin John Power started creating sound together a little pocket of the musical universe has opened up. I say a pocket, but what I really mean is a cosmic worm hole. The pair met at college in Bristol and decided to soundtrack a friend’s film. They have been forming sonic soundscapes and demonic hooks ever since. In 2007 Fuck Buttons were picked up by London based label ATP and their supernova of sound hasn’t stopped since. Continuing their assault on the senses of electronica and indie fans alike, the band released their debut Street Horrrsing in 2008 and followed up with the acclaimed Tarot Sport in October last year. We asked Andy Hung to tell us about getting started, touring and how they came to be called Fuck Buttons (we never saw that reply coming).

Ok, obvious one first… how did you start working together?

We were attending the same college at the time when we decided to try our hand at soundtracking a film. The results (and process) were such that we’ve continued working together to this day.

In past reviews your music has been referred to as “prog” and “freak electro”. Would you say this was accurate and if so, how do you think you fit in to the the progressive electronica scene?

Definitions, genres are things to try and describe/analyse/dissect music after it’s been produced. It’s not something we concern ourselves with at any point in our working process.

Are you looking forward to touring? Do you like the road or see it as a necessary evil?

Love it. It’s the closest you can get to having a wide angle perspective of your world other than getting a rocket and going to the moon.

You’ve got a strong DIY aesthetic. Is this something that occurred naturally or is it a sound you purposefully honed to fit the music you wanted to produce?

We’re very self contained because we like being creative in all aspects of our craft. In terms of the aesthetic, i don’t think we have a DIY aesthetic, at least, not one that recalls the current trend of what is a DIY aesthetic in musical groups.

I think your music manages to be both sinister and euphoric. It’s quite a combo and works amazingly. What inspires you to write music as Fuck Buttons?

Because we can.

Both Street Horrrsing and Tarot Sport play as a sort of linear sound-scape. Did you visualise each album as a whole or do the tracks come first and fit together later to make a whole?

We don’t have a vision of the album until nearly all the pieces are completed. We work on a micro scale and then increase our peripheral vision gradually as the body of work increases (naturally).

There’s a strong lineage of electronic artists hailing from Bristol like Portishead, Massive Attack etc. Is there still a strong music scene in Bristol and what was it like starting out?

We haven’t been in Bristol for the best part of 4/5 years now, but i believe there is still a strong musical background to that place. Starting out was perfect there, it’s an area of creative fertility due to it’s insularity.

ATP must be a big part of your lives, how do you both feel about being involved in such a legendary label and playing the festivals?

Still absolutely thrilled and honoured to be working with a group that will surely go down in history as a mecca of quality.

Anyone in particular you’ve played with that has stuck in your memory?

We’re both looking forward to playing with Factory Floor come April. We were both impressed with their live show when we saw them at Cargo.

You’ve probably been asked this a lot but where did the band name come from?

We used to know a guy in college who was a bit strange and once told us that he had a sexual inclination toward chocolate.  We had vivid imaginations.

What are you doing next?

With regard to Fuck Buttons; continuing our voyage. With regard to now; going to the corner shop and getting some milk for a cup of tea.

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