Fuck Buttons burst back into action with the release of their blistering new album, ‘Tarot Sport’, out October 12th (UK) / 20th (USA) 2009. The album will be preceded by the release of a single, ‘Surf Solar’, on 14th September 2009 (both on ATP Recordings) and by a full UK tour with regional dates in September and a headline London show at Heaven in Charing Cross on 27th October.
Fuck Buttons, the duo of Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power, recorded ‘Tarot Sport’ at Rotters Golf Club Studio in London with the legendary DJ, producer and remixer Andrew Weatherall on production duties. The results of this pairing are astounding. ‘Tarot Sport’ is an album in which Fuck Buttons continue to refine, craft, explore and develop the experimental aesthetic of last year’s critically acclaimed debut album, ‘Street Horrrsing’. However, they also take proceedings to another level through a combination of their own ambitious aims and the application of Weatherall’s clear-sighted, rule-defying precision and attention to sonic detail. The seven tracks on the album reflect a new-found complexity of sound and a more layered depth to the recordings; recordings that pushed everyone to the limit of their abilities. As Power says, “I think it sounds a lot thicker than our previous work….our brains kind of went into meltdown”.
The first single to be taken from the album is ‘Surf Solar’, the powerful but mesmerizing opening track from ‘Tarot Sport’. It displays an attitude of emotional urgency and striving that is prevalent in a lot of Fuck Buttons’ music. Hung puts it like this; “Without a conscious effort, this track acts as a bridge between ‘Street Horrrsing’ and ‘Tarot Sport’….it has an emotion attached to it that is unique to us: one of anxiety. It’s an urgent track”. As always, Fuck Buttons remain faithful to the idea of hope as an inspiration.
TOUR DATES with support from Zun Zun Egui on all dates except Glasgow and London
17th – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
18th – Sheffield, The Corporation
19th – Oxford, The Cellar
20th – Manchester, Deaf Institute
21st – Nottingham, Bodega
22nd – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
23rd – Newcastle, The Other Room
24th – Glasgow, Stereo
25th – Lancaster, The Storey
26th – Bristol, Colston Hall (as part of Geoff Barrow’s Invada Invasion event)
27th – Brighton, Audio
27th – London, Heaven (click here for full info)