Fuck Buttons – Barbican Review 25/04/2014

 

Saw the Buttons of Fuck last Friday at the Barbican. Very fine indeed – first gig I’ve seen of theirs and I’d happily see ’em again.

Using the tactics of minimalism they deployed huge blocks of sound endlessly churning over. Despite the repetition it never settled down to a boring groove; the looping segments always yearning for something intangible and always starting afresh with a renewed urgency.

I’ve never seen an electronic act really give the Barbican Hall an atmosphere, but these guys managed it. Even thought it looked absurd in a seated auditorium, about a quarter of the circle rose to their feet and swayed / grooved to the physicality of the sound.

The simple device of projecting their silhouettes on the screen and overlaying it with various psychodelic nonsense also added up to the overall hypnotic effect.

I loved ’em.

Supporting were Mount Kimbie, who I wasn’t so impressed by. All the faff with a metallic (noisy) parachute above the stage and 1960’s era Pink Floyd reflected water ripples didn’t seem to warrant the effort of 15 (count ’em) stage hands to dissassemble the mess. And various other musicians trooping on and off stage during the gig didn’t seem to add much to the generally muddy, bass heavy sound.

And don’t get me started on the self-regarding be-hatted photographer who posed around the place ‘doing art’.

After the gig were noisy noise merchants Fenesz, who seemed quite good, but my chums & I wanted to have a conversation so we hid round the corner where we could hear ourselves speak.

Top evening all round, and top marks to http://bleep.com/ for organising it.

 

 

 

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