Mogwai

Everyone Dies In The End - "There Are Bigger Things Happening Here Than Me And You"

Everyone Dies In The End - "There Are Bigger Things Happening Here Than Me And You"

Sounds Like: Mogwai; Godspeed You! Black Emperor; The Besnard Lakes; the view from a glorious sci-fi mountaintop; Coldplay with teeth.

Why You Should Care: Like long walks on the shores of Lake Mordor? Never-ending tracking shots scored by existential dread? Then Everyone Dies In The End may be the band for you. Featuring veterans of Richmond’s hardcore/metal scene (full disclosure: I’ve known/been friends with drummer Jason “Tink” Steed for going on 12-13 years now), EDITE dish out film-score-worthy sonic epics that balance their sense of drama with a clear love of – no make that exaltation of – volume, volume, VOLUME.

The Twitter-bustingly titled lead track “There Are Bigger Things Happening Here Than Me And You” is a slow atmospheric burn that creeps along until exploding into a dark, metal fury at around the six-minute mark. It’s epic. It’s loud. And it tells you everything you need to know about this up-and-coming band from Richmond, VA. So turn it up and get triumphant...that’s sorta the point of rock n’ roll, right?


Interview: Ben Power of Fuck Buttons

Interview: Ben Power of Fuck Buttons

With three albums under their belt, including 2013’s self-produced Slow Focus, the duo of Ben J. Power and Andrew Hung, aka Fuck Buttons, have perfected the art of balancing of noise and melody. In the midst of prepping for their upcoming US tour Power spoke to Chunkyglasses about the production of Slow Focus, being included in the musical score of the London Olympics, and touring in general; all while battling Bronchitis in his Bristol home.


REVIEW: Fuck Buttons - Slow Focus

REVIEW: Fuck Buttons - Slow Focus

It’s a tricky proposition for instrumental music to grab the listener’s attention. Given the absence of lyrics (or vocals in general if the lyrics are unintelligible) there is an increased necessity to draw the audience in with the melody and fill in the gap. Bands like Mogwai and Godspeed You! Black Emperor have had quite a bit of success in the past using instrumentals to craft their own signature sound. One band that has shown that they can keep up with these greats is Bristol, England’s Fuck Buttons.

On Slow Focus, which clocks in at a little over 50 minutes, Fuck Buttons show that they can pull listeners in, get their message across loud (very loud, actually) and clear, and leave in flash. Their message? Genre-hopping electronic music is alive and well in 2013 and Fuck Buttons are proving that they can match the energy of these instrumental masters that came before them. “Year of the Dog” starts out with warped, ripple-like synths (think “In the Grass” by Animal Collective) and moves into a hyper-caffeinated beat not unlike something off the recent TRON soundtrack. The difference between this and “In the Grass” is the presence of screeching violin samples as if something has gone wrong with the message “Year of the Dog” is trying to put across.

“The Red Wing”, Fuck Buttons' lead single off the new album, hops more into the trip-hop side of EDM and electronica. The band has stated that more of live drums were used during Slow Focus (as opposed to a decided lack of them on 2009’s Tarot Sport) and no where is this more apparent on “The Red Wing”. The edited version sent out before the album released saw Fuck Buttons trimming away much of the fat of the original version found on the album. After one listen to the unedited version, it is apparent that the fat is needed to compliment Slow Focus. The angry buzz of the synths, surprisingly enough, blends well with the hip-hop beat that would make Portishead proud.


EPISODE 22: Assatarian


In which the gang breaks in the new rock basement, finds out about some truly epic BBQ sauce just in time for SXSW and special guest James Hetfield* stops by with his indispensible words of wisdom. PLUS!! New music from super group Atoms For Peace, Scottish noise rockers Mogwai, England’s Kontiki Suite and a gorgeous new record from North Carolina’s Mount Moriah!!
*not actually James Hetfield

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    SHOW NOTES

    1. Slow Jam Of The Week: Richard Marx - "Hold On To The Nights"

    2. Songs For Slim

    3. Prince is a dick.

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