Hello My Name Is…with Yip Yip, Caribou, and Fuck Buttons

Kicking off this week’s installment of “Hello, My Name” Is is the pair of Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power, otherwise known as Fuck Buttons. Currently on tour with Caribou, this British band makes a mash of sound that is somewhat hard to define. Take noise music, throw in some seriously long in the tooth drone evolutions, melodic synthesizers, a bit of tribal drum beating, screamed vocals filtered through a toy karaoke machine, and an overall approach to music that hinges upon the long run graduating to a massive payoff.

For some folks, this strain of music might take some patience to digest, but the end result is a fat and happy pair of cochleas.

But back to the reasoning behind their name. Indeed it grabs the eye, does it not?

When asked where they came up with Fuck Buttons, on the porch at the Common Grounds in Gainesville, Florida, after a show, Hung said:

“We find it amusing, quite cutesy cutesy.”

“Buttons are cute,” added Power.

When asked again, for a bit of clarification, Hung said:

“Because buttons are cute!”

And there you have it.

From just outside of Orlando, in Winter Park, Florida, dwells a band by the name of Yip-Yip. Master crafters of thick synths, crisp bleeps, neck-checking beats and somewhat 8 Bit-ish tones, the duo of Jason Temple and Brian Esser have been mixing their flavor of high-intensity electronic music since the dawn of the new millennium. With a solid slate of releases, a live show that shocks the eyes as well as the ears, hundreds of cables and two straight up awesome toy electronic saxophones, Yip-Yip have established themselves as one of the most entertaining electronic acts afoot.

Of course, the question is, how did they get their name?

“After much arguing over the years, mostly later in interviews, I think the story goes like this,” says Esser.

“Jason came up with the name a long time ago, when we were trying to come up with a different band name than the terrible one we started out with. We both would write down a bunch of different things at work and look at them later, when we would work on music. At some point Jason wrote “yip-yip”, and we both said that sounded like what we were looking for.

“We wanted to have something that would go with our early ideas of having a band with two members that looked the same – like clones or twins or something. This way we could ba called “Yip-Yip,” and have the names “Yip 1″ and Yip 2”.

“Years later in interviews we have been asked a lot if Yip-Yip came from the show Sesame Street. On the show, there were these alien creatures named Bob and Joe Martian that said “yip” all the time. I thought that’s where Jason got it from back then, I just never asked, and Jason swears that he didn’t get it from that, and he didn’t even know about it, and that it was just come nonsense thing he thought of.”

“So that’s the story.”

As for the Canadian band Caribou, the story behind the title is a bit more complex. Longtime fans of Dan Snaith know that he used to record under the name Manitoba, until a musician by the name of Handsome Dick Manitoba (former frontman of the late 70’s band The Dictators) sued Snaith for trademark infringement, in 2004.

So, as Snaith didn’t want to deal with the lawsuit, or pay for it, he decided to change the name of his band.

“We were driving across the Canada, and, having found out I was being sued, we decided we needed a day off,” said Snaith, while winding up cables after a recent show in Gainesville, Florida. “We all took acid, and the name came to me in a flash.”

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