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The Unholy Child of Post-Rock and Noise Award

By Andre Perry | 16 December 2008

Fuck Buttons
Street Horrrsing
(ATP; 2008)

Thank you, Fuck Buttons, for the unlikely and brilliant marriage of noise and post-rock, two genres that really could have used a boost in 2008. Post-rock, via the diminishing returns of Mogwai, Sigur Rós, and Explosions in the Sky, has become something of a stagnant genre while noise continues to make itself inaccessible to so many less-edgy music fans because that’s what it does. With the arrival of Street Horrrsing we have an album that celebrates both the otherwordly fuzziness of noise and post-rock’s penchant for beautiful, emotional swells. Working efficiently with two little granny suitcases of mini-keyboards, electronic boxes, pedals, and a tom drum off to the side, Fuck Buttons members’ erected a fucking mountain of keyboard fuzz and tribal drum beats on Street Horrrsing, creating one of the most hypnotic, methodical, and gratifying records of the year. In a sense there’s more in common here with mid-era Pink Floyd than with anything really fringe-pushing: Remember the avant-garde stance of songs like “Saucerful of Secrets” and “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun”? It’s all re-imagined through distorted toy-recorder vox and overdriven keyboards that explode like Mack trucks in the middle of songs. In a world where texture, pacing, and pure volume is more important than the perfect pop hook, Fuck Buttons is king and Street Horrrsing is the new scripture.