FUCK BUTTONS + ZUN ZUN EGUI + BILGE PUMP + MICHAEL FLOWER (Vibra. orchestra + flower corsano duo).
@ Brudenell Social Club, Leeds 17/9/09- Doors 7.30
£7 advance/ M.O.T.D
"adrenaline pumping, ear purging slab of towering, pristine noise" (Time Out)
"Best Underground album of the month" (MOJO)
Immediately after forming, Fuck Buttons started to play live whenever possible, soon amassing a dedicated cult following throughout the UK. Time Out magazine described the band's live sound as "adrenaline pumping, ear purging slab of towering, pristine noise…" The duo signed to All Tomorrow's Parties-affiliated ATP Recordings in 2007, and released a limited-edition 7" single named "Bright Tomorrow", which received complimentary reviews from such sources as Drowned in Sound, Pitchfork Media (who described it as "something like the sun rising over the ocean... then going supernova"), Mojo (it became their #1 Mojo Playlist Single for that month) and Stereogum.
Combined with an upsurge in reviews of their live performances at the Supersonic, Truck and Portishead-curated ATP festivals in the second half of 2007, this attention resulted in Fuck Buttons being included in many end of year newspaper, magazine and online articles predicting them as a 'Hot Tip' for 2008. These included New-Noise, who said that "rarely have two men sounded so much like the end of the world" and British newspaper The Observer, which called their sound "A joyous racket of swirling atmospherics and percussive gunfire" in an article highlighting them in a new wave of intelligent, literate British pop music.
They started the year with a tour of slightly larger UK venues, supported by label-mate Alexander Tucker. This was done to build anticipation for their debut album, Street Horrrsing, which was released on March 17. Recorded by John Cummings of Mogwai and mastered by Bob Weston of Shellac, it was promoted through festival appearances (including a slot at this May's ATP vs Pitchfork festival) and a North American tour with Caribou. The band have also started to receive some airplay from mainstream BBC Radio stations, whose DJs often struggle to think of an alternative moniker to announce in place of the band's full name.
Early reviews of Street Horrrsing were very positive; it was named Underground Album of the Month by Mojo Magazine, who called it "A 50 minute melange of iridescent synths, psychedelic drone, distorted vocals and tribal rhythm." Pitchfork Media awarded it with an 8.6 out of 10 rating and honored it by placing it in with their "best new music" section. Positive reviews also featured in The Times, The Observer, The Wire, NME, Rock Sound, Kerrang!, Uncut, Mojo, The Sydney Morning Herald, and many other music publications and websites. It was also chosen for the shortlist of The Guardian's First Album awards.
In September 2008 the second single from Street Horrrsing was released in the form of a 12"/Digital release of "Colours Move" backed by an Andrew Weatherall remix of "Sweet Love For Planet Earth". The single was launched at London's Rough Trade East where both Fuck Buttons and Weatherall performed on Monday 1 September.
In September and October 2008 they supported Mogwai on tours of the UK, USA and Canada.
In 2009, the band appeared at the Australian All Tomorrow's Parties event, alongside acts such as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, the Necks and Spiritualized.
The band has recently begun work on a new album.
ZUN ZUN EGUI
Zun Zun Egui are a band that the country needs right now. Fresh, fun and - dare I say it - political. With members that originate from all over the world, they make the kind of music we’ve all dreamed of playing but never had the balls or ability to. Guitar lines that are equal parts influenced by 90s math rock, western African desert blues and American alt rock, saxophone blasts and tribal screaming are underpinned by a rhythym section that grooves and rocks at the same time, resulting in a hypnotic, dancing cacophony of joy.
You know who these lads are... The best band in Leeds FOREVER!!!
Bilge Pump have a disturbing ability to be better than any band they play with. Imagine a boiling-over bastard concoction of all the best bits of The Jesus Lizard, Led Zeppelin, The Fall, Blue Cheer, Funkadelic and King Crimson. A thick broth of art-punk fractured progressive noise, condensed into atonal pop songs free of power chords. Nitro-fuelled avant-jazz rhythms create enough structural form amongst the twisted guitar and off-the-cuff witticisms to provide an uncanny ability to incite dancing! It doesn't matter how wired or weird Bilge Pump get; behind the progressive noise there are clear, distinctive, memorable songs: a rare and winning combination!