Fuck Buttons - Slow Focus

We got the goods on the new Fuck Buttons (new FUCK BUTTONS!) record a couple weeks back, and now, some music: “The Red Wing” is the third track on the duo’s third LP, Slow Focus, and it’s presented here as an edit. The full version will appear on the LP, as well as in single form — to be released digitally, or on limited-to-1000-worldwide gold 12″ vinyl (which you can pre-order here), on June 25. There’s no way you can judge an album four-years-in-the-making based on an edit of its first single, but man, the three-plus minutes we have of “The Red Wing” make it hard not to get excited. Listen.

Slow Focus is out 7/23 via ATP Recordings.

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  1. Michael, you and I are going to have to champion this album. For some reason, Tarot Sport didn’t seem to win EVERYBODY EVER over to their genius. By the sounds of this “edit” …

    SIDE NOTE: FUCK these edits man. First with the “Get Lucky” edit and now FUCK BUTTONS?! Guh. Frustrating, okay. END SIDE NOTE

    … the whole track is going to be a killer. Extra excited since they produced it themselves.

    FUN FACT: They do their own album art, which has ALWAYS kicked ass. They’re badass dudes, I got their autograph in 2008 when they were opening for Mogwai (genius pairing) and I recall asking them, “Hey, what was that last song you played, it was great!” FB: “Flight of the Feathered Serpent” — I remember hearing the name of that song and was like, “Whoa. OK, you two rule. Thank you!” Then they released “Tarot Sport” and BOOOOM that album is so great. “The Lisbon Maru” ? That song gets me.

    MORE FUN FACTS: Andrew actually walked up and stood next to my friends near the end of that Mogwai set. They were coming back for the encore, and everyone was yelling out their favorite tracks. Andrew yelled out, “My Father, My King!” and I remember thinking, “Holy shit, the dude from Fuck Buttons KNOWS his Mogwai.” They didn’t play it… but basically, these guys know what good music is.

    So yeah…. NEW FUCK BUTTONS!!!!

    • i’m right there with you rj, can’t believe tarot sport’s almost four years old now. i think of all the albums from the much vaunted class of 2009, that’s the one i still listen to the most. also, the lisbon maru is perfect.

      but yeah, really liking this track, can’t wait for slow focus.

      • It’s been a looooong four year wait. The Blanck Mass album was sort of helpful (for sleeping) but just left me craving more FB.

        2009 was pretty ridiculous: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, Veckatimest, Wavering Radiant, Tarot Sport, OB4CLpt2, MERRIWEATHER, xx, Fever Ray… yeah that was a good year.

        But I’m starting to get really optimistic about 2013! New Kanye, BoC, Fuck Buttons, now a new No Age and of course the great ones we’ve gotten already… still can’t believe new m b v… new Fuck Buttons announcement has really cemented it for me… and that’s just the halfway mark! (little past… close enough)

        Glad to see more Fuck Buttons fans.

  2. Can’t wait for these guys to assault my earholes again

  3. This news is great, this song sounds great, everything is just great.

    To be fair regarding this being an edit, they did the same thing with Surf Solar 4 years ago, releasing an edit a few months before the album glazed us all in glory. With most bands I would hate an edited single, but with Fuck Buttons it just seems right to take a small taste. Don’t want ta spoil ya suppa

  4. Man, people shit up the entire Pity Sex post complaining about their band name, but nobody bats an eye at Fuck Buttons?

    PS these guys rule

    • I missed that post, but the word Pity is a tricky one. I struggled with it when James Murphy used it as a hook on one of his songs. When I hear the name “Pity Sex” is conjures up images that aren’t exactly pleasant and doesn’t really make me go, FUCK YEAH MY NEW FAVORITE BAND IS PITY SEX.

      As for Fuck Buttons, there were already bands like Holy Fuck and Fucked Up gaining prominence when they dropped Street Horrrrsing. But the name Fuck Buttons is just great because it doesn’t make too much sense, you can’t read into it too much, which makes it a great band name. I mean there is the whole “Fuck Butts” angle you could take, but at the end of the day, it somehow manages to describe their music. I always felt that way with the aforementioned “Fuck” band names, listening to their music that was the first word that always came to my head. A resounding: “fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck.”

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