The electronic DJ/producer/remixer threesome Depressed Buttons is relatively quiet about its musical pedigree. But dance-happy hipsters north of 25 will likely perk up at mention of the rising trio's old act: the Faint. Yup, all of the guys are also members of the Omaha dance-rock band, including Todd Fink, the ominous voice behind onetime hits like "Worked Up So Sexual."
Though the Faint never technically broke up, it's been three years since the group's last record, Fasciinatiion. In the meantime, Fink, drummer Clark Baechle, and keyboardist Jacob Thiele have kept themselves busy with little "members-of" fanfare preceding any Depressed Buttons billing.
It makes sense, in a way. The Faint's old '80s-tinged, dance-punk sound sounds almost quaint in 2011 and bears little resemblance to Depressed Buttons' purely electronic sound. Now signed to Mad Decent, their latest tracks bear the influential label's penchant for bass-heavy sounds from around the world.
Better yet, they seem to be changing with the times, though because of that, it's hard to pin down a defined Depressed Buttons sound. Songs like "Mighty Putty" and "Superstructure" veer more toward four-four, hard-edged tech-house, while recent DJ mixes range wider, incorporating hip-hop samples and stuttering, low-end beats bordering on two-step. Well, if there's one common thread among all of this, it's that a Depressed Buttons track or mix is always unrelenting and goes hard from start to finish.
Check it out for yourself tonight at Green Room, when the trio plays a DJ set at the weekly "Digital Love" party. And get pumped by downloading these two recent free mixes below!
Depressed Buttons. With DJs Andie Sweetswirl and Mig. 9 p.m. Thursday, May 12. Green Room, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Admission is $12 in advance, $14 at the door; age 21 and up. Visit greenroomlive.com, or call 954-727-0950.