There have been stirrings in camp Fuck Buttons these last few weeks. Stirrings that provoked one intrepid Louder Than War reporter to speculate on his twitter timeline “wouldn’t it be rad if a new Fuck Buttons album were to be released this year”. Well, today we found out that we’ll have a chance to decide for ourselves whether or not having a new Fuck Buttons album released this year will will be “rad” or not, because the boys Buttons have just announced the release of their third album, Slow Focus. The album will be come out via ATP Recordings  on 22nd July 2013.

We’re going to have to wait to hear music off it unfortunately but the news alone is enough to cause much in the way of the eagerist of anticipation. It’s been four years since their last release, the astonishingly accomplished Tarot Sport, & much water & many side projects for the band’s Benjamin John Power and Andrew Hung have passed under the bridge since then, not to mention of course their show stealing performance at t’Olympics (The Queen in a helicuhchopter with James Bond? Pah! Fuck Buttons was what it was all about).

The press release promises that the pair are set to “re-shape the landscape of the leftfield all over again”, something one would perhaps dismiss as hyperbole if it were being said about most bands – but not Fuck Buttons.

In time honoured fashion here’s a quote from the press release:

Once again abiding by their fundamental rule that “we must always be in the same room when writing,” what Fuck Buttons have created on Slow Focus is something that feels more close-up than ever before, a first-person view through winding pathways set against a frequently aggressive and constantly evolving terrain. It’s an ominously shimmering mirage that could only have come from their own volition. “Slow Focus seemed like a very apt title when considering the sentiment of the music,” comments Benjamin John Power, “It almost feels like the moment your eyes take to readjust when waking, and realising you’re in a very unusual and not a particularly welcoming place. We like to think that we create our own new landscapes, and with this it’s a very alien one.”

You could argue this is the first album where the pair have really gone all in, taking control right down to producing it at their own Space Mountain studio. “We’ve used producers as safety nets in the past,” says Andrew Hung, “but we’ve always had a very specific idea of what our music should sound like and so it became about following the logical path.”

Tracklisting:

Brainfreeze
Year Of The Dog
The Red Wing
Sentients
Prince’s Prize
Stalker
Hidden XS

Summer 2013 UK and European Festival Dates (No doubt showcasing their new sounds):Summer 2013 UK and European Festival Dates.
23.05.13 – Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona, ES. http://www.primaverasound.es/
31.05.13 – Optimus Primavera Sound Festival, Porto, PT. http://www.optimusprimaverasound.com/
21.06.13 – Best Kept Secret Festival, Hilvarenbeek, NL. http://www.bestkeptsecret.nl/en/
22.06.13 – Body & Soul Festival, Ballinlough Castle, Co Westmeath, IRL. http://bodyandsoul.ie/
28-30.06.13 – Glastonbury Festival, Worthy Farm, Pilton UK. http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/
15-18.08.13 – Greenman Festival, Black Mountains, Wales. http://www.greenman.net/lineup
31.08.13 – ArcTangent Festival, Fernhill Farm, Compton Martin, Bristol, UK. http://arctangent.co.uk/
26.10.13 – Release The Bats, Melbourne, AU.http://www.atpfestival.com/events/releasethebatsmelbourne.php

Oh, and here’s Olympians, from Tarot Sport:

All words Guy Manchester. More writing by Guy on Louder Than War can be found at his authors archive here. Guy tweets as @guid0man & uses Tumblr.

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