Their much talked about inclusion in the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony was the stuff of goose-pimples and legend. But, t'was true - F**k Buttons' superb epic electronic throbber "Olympians" fittingly sound-tracked a portion of Danny Boyle's memorable piece of sporting theatre, causing a sizeable ripple of approval amongst fans throughout Twitterland and a few blushes when the less-informed looked up 'who wrote the music for the ceremony' on Google.
However, two albums in and eight years in existence, didn't make the duo a new thing. Formed by Worcester musicians Andrew Hung and Benjamin Power in 2004, Fuck Buttons weave a tapestry of pretty melodies soaked in mind-mashing electronica - imagine Orbital, Mogwai and My Bloody Valentine forming a supergroup and you're a tiny way there.
The aforementioned "Olympians" formed part of their sprawling double album "Tarot Sport". Issued in 2009, it set the band up for a Top 100 album and loads of plaudits. Album number three, due later this year, is hugely anticipated, it must be said.
Entitled "Slow Focus" and due for release on 22nd July, it too will be a double-vinyl package and will feature the full length-version of sonic-shredder "The Red Wing". Crikey, it's loud - have a listen to it by clicking on the player.
As well as the album, the duo will be back on the road to plug it. Shows begin in Birmingham on 8th September, followed by Manchester, Glasgow and more until hitting Camden on the 17th.
Tickets are on sale [05/6/2013 10:00], priced from around £12.50. Expect these dates to sell out sharpish.
If festivals are your bag, you could do much much worse than head to the excellent Brecon Beacons-based Green Man Festival 2013 in August to see the FBs melt the surrounding mountains with a transcending headlining set on the Far Out stage on the Friday - tickets are still available, priced at £145 for an adult weekender (less for kids etc). Other artists appearing include Band of Horses, Kings of Convenience, Ben Howard, Edwyn Collins, Darkstar, Swans, British Sea Power and more...