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since 2001

june 2010

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Tender Buttons

"You've Got it Now, You've Done it Now" clear-rimmed CD single

Deathbomb Arc

Genres: experimental, experimental rock

Deathbomb Arc
1067 E. Cypress Ave
Burbank, CA 91501 USA

June 21 - 27 2004

They call it "No Romantic."  I call it pure experimentalism.  This three-track disc, aesthetically a very beautiful release, is something that will only be appreciated by the true avant-garde enthusiast.  Tender Buttons, though not complete strangers to melody, spend the majority of this disc working with noise and avant-garde sounds.  The title-track layers ridiculous vocals over a weird, bassy electronic background.  It has the remarkable distinction of using a verse that is (arguably) catchier than its "chorus."

Track number two is a cover version of Van Halen's "Jump," made so low and bassy that it's barely recognizable.  In true Tender Buttons tradition, the melody is only vaguely performed.  The final track is the noisiest - it's a remix of the first track, as done by Xiu Xiu.  As can be expected, it is nothing like the original; instead, it's just a couple of audio interludes.  The first part is a bit of noisy wackiness, while the second part is an unusually calming piano solo that just cuts off clumsily in the end.

Tender Buttons' debut is certainly an unusual thing.  You'll either love it, or you'll hate it, or you won't get it at all.  The risk is up to you.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 3 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]