All the music we've used in the Pipemasters series is by the Beat Buttons, who are buddies of mine from Gainesvillle Florida. I spent about five years there after I finished school and there are a ton of amazing house parties with the best bands you'll ever see. Unfortunately most of the bands break up right when everyone decides to know their songs. These guys have managed to hang out long enough to put out a full length, do a couple tours, and at least start thinking about another record. I gave them a call yesterday with some questions (just kidding: It was Monday).
Jake Burghart: What are beat buttons?
Micah (drums): Alex wanted to name the band the Blood Buttons and James wanted the Beat Outro. There was only one thing to do at that point. But I asked the same thing when I heard this story (I am not the original drummer.) Alex says he was trying to suggest that the human heart is an instrument—the heartbeat being a rhythm and that beat drives our music, lives, and whatever else. He could probably stand to make it a little more clear but I think that was an important idea for him. The rhythm of the heart or the breath as music.
Do you guys have some sort of plan to get famous?
We plan to reduce the supply in hopes that the demand will go up. People will say, "Yeah, they rarely play shows." Recordings will also be hard to find. We'll starve them. Rumors will circulate all over the net. After a while we'll have a comeback tour.
Are you doing a new record?
Yes. All projects are on hold for a little while though. One of us is preparing for fatherhood.
Is Gainesville still fun?
Sure. Today it is sunny and nice. Lastnight I saw some heavy bands play down the street. Afterwards there was a 3AM house party. Good times.
What's the deal with this song?
It's called "Stay Up, Stay Honest." We recorded it at Kyle Spor's house here in Gainesville. We'll say that it is a demo for our next full length. That sounds nice.
Listen: The Beat Buttons - "Stay Up, Stay Honest"