Fuck Buttons Remix Manic Street Preachers (Stereogum Premiere)

Taking a break from their Tarot Sport(s), Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power offer their distinctively kaleidoscopic crunch to an imploded twisting of Manic Street Preachers’ “Virginia State Epileptic Society,” a song from the seminal Welsh band’s Steve Albini and Dave Eringa produced ninth studio album, Journal For Plague Lovers. Interestingly (and sort of chillingly), all of the new Preachers’ songs include lyrics written by original (and way charismatic, complicated, troubled, literary) rhythm guitarist/lyricist Richey Edwards, who disappeared on February 1, 1995 and was presumed dead a few years later. Jenny Saville’s battered cover art adds to the eeriness. And, yes, considering their thing for flashing pulsations, it’s fitting Fuck Buttons are tackling the track with epilepsy in the title.

Manic Street Preachers – “Virginia State Epileptic Colony (Fuck Buttons Remix)” (MP3)

Fuck Buttons’ tweakis part of a bonus remix album you’ll get if you pre-oder Journal from the band’s website. The tracklist:

01 “Peeled Apples (Andy Weatherall Remix)”
02 “Me & Stephen Hawking (British Sea Power Remix)”
03 “Pretension/Repulsion (Four Tet Remix)”
04 “This Joke Sport Severed (Patrick Wolf’s Love Letter to Richey Remix)”
05 “Journal for Plague Lovers (Optimo [Espacio] Remix)”
06 “Jackie Collins Existential Question Time (Saint Etienne Remix)”
07 “Marlon JD (NYPC’s Wire Up Mix)”
08 “Virginia State Epileptic Society (Fuck Buttons Remix)”
09 “Door Closing Slowly (The Horrors Remix)”
10 “William’s Last Words (Underworld Remix)”

Journal for Plague Lovers is out in the US 9/15 via Columbia. The label has a Journal For Plague Lovers page where you can look at a flip book of Edwards’ journal. At the end of the month, the MSP’s heading out on their first U.S. tour in a decade:

09/21 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
09/22 – Vancouver, Canada @ The Commodore Ballroom
09/24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
09/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Avalon
09/28 – Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theatre
09/30 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Varsity Theatre
10/01 – Chicago,  IL @ The Metro
10/02 – Detroit, MI @ The Majestic Theatre
10/04 – Toronto, Canada @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre
10/06 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live
10/07 – New York City, NY @  Webster Hall
10/08 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club