When Fuck Buttons supported Mogwai a couple of years ago they were unashamedly loud and experimental even by Mogwai fans’ standards. Now encapsulate the room-bursting mood felt by a minority of that crowd, and place it into the hollow ambiance of a packed out headline show at The Arches, back last October for show at Stereo tonight is by far the biggest show they have played in Glasgow so far.
The Worcester duo stormed onto the stage with lead single ‘Surf Solar’ from recent second album ‘Tarot Sport’, merging the original version with even more Fuck Buttons-esque drone. What followed was an hour long orgy of dark yet euphoric noise music from only the best. Striking out tunes from the aforementioned ‘TS’ as well as 2008’s critical success of a debut ‘Street Horrrsing’, the duo fused their songs together in a craftsman-like yet almost messy way. ‘Rough Steez’ stood out as being one of the few songs where you could quite plainly tell what song it actually was, alongside the unforgettable rhythm in ‘Surf Solar’ and the opening fuzzy tuneage of ‘Bright Tomorrow’. The entire gig was just plain dreamlike, an ordinary room where you were literally breathing the euphoria. Even the most sober person in the room could fail to lose themselves inside the worldly trance-like features of ‘Olympians’ (a set highlight) or ‘The Lisbon Maru’.
The definite peak came at around three quarters of the way into the set, when subtley crawled its way into the set, we were treated to a delicacy in ‘Flight of the Feathered Serpent’, which at points nearly even reached the levels of conventional electro beats (if you don’t know FB’s music, trust me, conventional is not them).
This is a band which two years ago broke the boundaries of the already alternative-sounding ambient scene to create a drone-sound which ganged up on post-rock and dream-music to bully them into submission. I didn’t even notice how loud they were until I went into a shop after the gig, only to not be able to hear a word the shopkeepers were saying!