Hit Play – February 2017

Remember the simpler days when you would sit in your room making mixtapes of cool songs and bands for your friends to hear?  Well this is kinda like that but with the power of Hit the B Button’s ultra modern personal computer…

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Now we are able to share our mixtapes with all you guys, not just our buddies down the street.

It has been a while since we’ve put together a Hit Play for you guys, some of you probably know we have been laying low sorting out some new B Button music that will be coming your way soon.  There will be more news on those developments in the coming weeks.  Until then we thought we’d throw up some cool tunes for you to have a listen to.  Bear in mind this playlist started to get compiled some time in October last year so although all the tracks aren’t brand spanking new they are still worth a listen!  Everyone stumbles across stuff they love at completely different times anyways right?  You can find a small summary below the playlist if that’s your thing. Now get listening, sharing and playlisting those tracks!

This months playlist has some awesome Math Rock from Delta Sleep and TTNG.  Drive-By Truckers released their politically charged track “What it Means” a while back.  Some great Rap and Hip Hop releases from Chance, Cudi, Gambino and J Cole.  Young Fathers have some new music to look forward to after completing the movie soundtrack for the amazing sequel that was Trainspotting 2.  Cloud Nothings have brought out an absolute beast of a new album which has been constantly on repeat in my car, new releases from favourites Los Campesinos, White Reaper and the mighty Maximo Park and cool new finds in the form of Brandon Can’t Dance and Jay Som.  Finally some of our favourite local bands including Bad Fit, Robocobra Quartet, Orby ChasePaper Dogs and Dahlia have released super cool tunes in the last couple of months.

Unfortunately the Dahlia dudes aren’t available on Spotify so couldn’t include them in the playlist but check out their new EP available on Soundcloud below.

If you like our playlists then why not subscribe to our Spotify and be notified of new playlists as soon as they’re up!


Mike
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Hit The B Button @ The Empire

It couldn’t be helped we just needed to throw a Star Wars reference in there.  You should know us by now and we apologise profusely for being such dorks!  Anyways we are very pleased to announce that we will be playing our first show in The Empire next Thursday 17th November.  This is a pretty big deal for us as it was only 2 weeks ago we watched one of our favourite bands Alien Ant Farm play the exact same venue and put on one hell of a show.  This has got us really pumped to bring the best of B Button to the unique surroundings of the Empire Music Hall.  Most of you know this is a big venue so we need all of you beautiful, liquored up, crazy hooligans down supporting us and helping us bring the party vibes.

The lineup for the night sees us play alongside some pretty awesome bands doing the rounds on the local scene including the high energy punk fuelled Pandora Ills, the Indie Folk strummings of Dandelion Tea and the straight up massive Rock noise of Alpha Twin.

We’ve had the pleasure of playing alongside Pandora Ills and Dandelion Tea before and can vouch for their awesomeness and we are very much looking forward to meeting the Alpha Twin dudes as their tunes sound killer over on their FB page.

As a little taster of the upcoming madness check out this clip from last year when we played The Pavilion with Pandora Ills.  Frontman King Pin is something you will want to experience up close and in person, those dudes definitely know how to put on a show!

As always we would love to see as many of you guys down as possible not just to support us but also doing your bit to support the Belfast music scene and all the other awesome bands.  You’re pretty much guaranteed a memorable night at an Empire gig so don’t even bother thinking about it follow the jump over to the Facebook Events page and hit that going button,
The B Button
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Hit Play – October 2016 [Halloween Edition]

SpOoKy GrEeTiNgS KiDs! SEARCHING FOR A CHILLING PLAYLIST THIS HALLOWEEN? LOOK NO FURTHER!

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HIT PLAY HALLOWEEN EDITION:

Remember the simpler days when you would sit in your room making mixtapes of the coolest songs and bands for your friends to hear?  Well this is kinda like that!

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Now we are able to share our mixtapes with all you guys, not just our buddies down the street.

What follows is a collection of creepily cool jams perfect for your Halloween party this weekend or just a collection of songs if your generally just a creepy person.  This Spotify playlist features the likes of Queens Of The Stone Age, Kid Cudi, David Bowie, The Amazing Snakeheads, Bahaus and Tears For Fears providing a wide variety in genre and avoiding those cliche Halloween songs that we have heard a million times….Have a listen and make sure there is no Monster Mash at your Halloween party this year.  You can find the playlist at the bottom of the page!

Have a good one!

Stuart

 

 

 

Clash of The New Breeds

Hey guys

The B Button have found ourselves in the final 20 shortlisted bands to play Clash of The New Breeds, a Battle of The Bands gig taking place in The Oh Yeah Centre on Saturday 5th November.  To get through to the gig we need a quick vote from you to keep us in the top 8, its really easy to vote simply follow the link below select Hit The B Button and submit.  If you really want to get behind us and help see us through to the final you can vote once a day until the closing date this Friday 21st.

Click Here To Vote!

 

We admit it’s not a great setup, these multi day vote competitions are something we hate hassling people about but please know we hugely appreciate any time you take to throw a vote our way.  The support from you guys has always been absolutely amazing and it’s why we keep pushing to play more shows and write more music for everyone who likes what we do and with that in mind here’s some usual B Button foolery for all those who are as childish as us…

Also Stuarty done a cover of Movies by Alien Ant Farm for everyone as well to say thanks for voting.  Remember to come back once a day to get those votes in before the Friday deadline!

Peace
The B Button
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B Button To The Rescue!

We received a call to B Button HQ the other day requesting urgent assistance.  The commissioner of Rock, the main man over at SONI Phil McCarroll was in trouble and needed our help…. he needed a band but not just any band, he needed a band who could bring happiness to the masses with their musical wizardry and wow crowds of adoring fans with showmanship the likes of which had never been seen before… alas it was not to be as Paper Dogs were unfortunately not available that night so instead he asked us, yep that’s right Hit The B Button will be dancing our way into this Saturdays lineup at Pavilion Belfast with the grace and absurdity of 60’s Batman…

We will have the pleasure of playing alongside Daydream Nation, Dahlia and Orby Chase expect the usual B Button nonsense in the form of crazy interludes, questionable dance moves, plenty of booze and possibly some live music.  Once again that’s this Saturday 15th October last minute show at the Pavilion Belfast jump over to the Facebook Event Page and pop yourself down for going, we know it’s kind of last minute but we hope to see as many of The B Button crew down as possible and if you can spare an extra mouse click please share this around and lets try and get this show filled up!

Quick to the B mobile!

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New Show With Orby Chase

We just wanted to let you all know we are playing a rockshow in McHughes on Friday 11th November with those handsome devils Orby Chase in celebration of the release of their new single “Kicks From You”.  This is going to be an awesome gig in a great venue with insane bands and a straight up party atmosphere, you will not want to miss this one!  Time to play some Rock musics…

Also playing on the night will be Kevin Downey supplying some lovely acoustic songs to pull at your heartstrings and Blumehaus bringing their crazy Prog/Kraut/Experimental influences.  There will be something to suit everyone as far as genre is concerned and we can guarantee from previous experience that the Orby Chase dudes know how to throw a party so expect them to be on top form for their set just check out the clip below from their last launch show!

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November can be a tough month with the stresses of the dreaded Crimbo shopping and those cold, dark nights so make some time for yourself.  Have a great night out, come down and hang with us, get the pints in, rock out and get those warm and happy feelings that only music and copious amounts of alcohol can provide!  Tickets are available now from Eventbrite and the Facebook events page has more details we hope to see you all there with your crew!

Big Love
The B Button
-B!

Time to howl with the Paper Dogs

Hey everyone just a quick update to let you all know that The B Button will be playing a live show in The Ivy Bar, Newtownards this Saturday 24th September with our good buddies and handsome devils the Paper Dogs.   With The Dogs having just released a new single in the form of the monstrous “Social Animals” this proves a great time for any noobs out there to get down and see these guys for the first time because their live show just keeps getting stronger and stronger!

You can check out the video for Paper Dogs new single below which was recorded at Start Together Studios in Belfast which is the same studio where we recorded our latest EP To Water On Mars.

Support on the night comes from Salad Boyz who were Guinness Verses Battle of The Bands finalists just last year and these dudes can bring the noise not only that but they are a healthy option for any of you who are watching your figures!  Read more on the history and folklore surrounding the Salad Boyz over on their Facebook about page and check out the tunes while your there!

Finally if the promise of all this awesome rock is in anyway tempting you over to the dark side then hit the jump to the FB event page and stick yourself down so we know who’s coming along!  Would be great to see some new faces so bring as many friends as possible and we will bring the noise, the pints and the almighty craic!

See you on Saturday 😉

Mike
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World Tour Update

Hey everyone just thought we’d bring you a quick update from the road as we have been playing our last couple of shows in some exotic locations.  First off was our show up in the attic of Victoria Bar in Armagh where we played to a small but amazingly enthusiastic group of fellow music lovers who made the night absolutely amazing by headbanging, moshing and dancing along to every single band on the lineup which was quite the feat considering the polar opposite nature of the bands involved.

The night had everything from Dylan covers by the lovely Sarah and The Sandcastles with an awesome brass section to a full on mosh of the Heaviest Metal from Thunderwolf and as always our bros Thieves of Ennui brought the catchy Alt Rock vibes.  Check out the first two videos below for some craic from our night in Armagh, thanks to everyone who came down and we hope to come back and play for you guys soon!  Finally thanks to S.M Audio for inviting us down to play.

 

 

Next up we traveled down to Dublin again via Armagh because Adam accidentally left his snare behind after playing Victoria Bar (but realistically he just wanted an excuse to visit Armagh again because he loved it so much).  After our 3 and a half hour trip down we finally arrived at Whelans bar where we had so much fun playing to a packed house of easily 100 hardcore music fans.  The night was so well organised that they managed to get a staggering 9 bands on stage without a hitch!  Every single band was so tight and awesome in their respective genres it was an absolute credit to the strength and enthusiasm of the Dublin music scene.  We absolutely can’t wait to get back down to hopefully play a longer set for everyone and give you guys the full Hit The B Button experience.

We normally like to link back to every band on the bill but that is a lot of research and Facebook hunting for this particular gig so we will give a mention to our highlights for the night along with a link to the event page for the rest of the bands, as I mentioned above not one band put on a bad performance so there is definitely something for everyone in that list of bands and we recommend checking them all out to see what you think.

When it came down to it Tobi Kaye really struck a chord with all of us in Hit The B Button as we tend to gravitate towards the strange and different.  With a weird blend of Rock meets R & B TK were a truly original prospect and we hope things go well for them in the future.  With any luck we will run into them again soon and get to play a longer set together next time!  Finally hats off to the winners on the night Kevyn who completely smashed their set and rained down a barrage of glitter indie-rock from the heavens to an unsuspecting crowd who almost blew up the clap-o-meter at the end of the night!

Unfortunately we don’t have a road crew (voluteers willing to be paid in junk food welcome) so weren’t able to capture any video footage of our own set but you can check out the videos below to see Phil throwing some shapes to LCD Soundsystem and some of what we got up to in the build up to our performance.

 

 

Next up for us is a show at Pavilion Belfast on 26th August we’ve played with all but one of these bands before and we can safely say this is a killer lineup guaranteed to be a great night so jump over to the events page and stick yourself down for going because you will not be disappointed!

Mike
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Hit The Evolve Button!

Hey guys just a quick post gig message to share some of the pics and vids from our past couple of shows for anyone who wasn’t able to make it down.  For those of you that did, you will know first hand that our live show has evolved somewhat from the early days of Hit The B Button and so far you guys have seemed to enjoy the new additions to our set so we are going to continue to throw some surprises your way at future shows.

First up we had our show at the Pavilion Belfast for SONI where we played alongside Mugged by a Ghost, Orby Chase and The Left Backs all great bands full of laid back awesome dudes.  All that we have at the minute from that night is some footage from The Left Backs set which was awesome check it out below.  As usual if anybody has any pics or videos from any shows that they want to share you can fire them onto us at info@hitthebbutton.com and we will get them up on the site as they come in.

Next up we had our gig at The Goat’s Toe Bangor with Dahlia and Dandelion Tea on the bill.  Again another awesome night full of top local talent and a great turnout for The B Button crew so thank you for that.  Below you can check out the vid taken by Sara of the last two songs from our set “It’s Starting To Get Dark Andy” and “Raw Meat”.

Also we had a celebrity guest in the crowd in the form of Neil and Paul from Slick District which is the exciting new project still in it’s infancy comprising of members from Hit The B Button and Thieves of Ennui so make sure to get in on the ground floor with that one and give their FB page a follow because it’s gonna be big when they start unleashing some tunes!

#hitthebbutton nd #slickdistrict hanging @GoatstoeBangor we're on stage at 11.30ish

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Finally we would just like to take a minute to thank everyone who keeps coming down to our gigs and getting right up to the front during our sets to have some craic and a bit of a dance.  Please don’t under estimate how important it is to us and how grateful we are that you guys keep coming down to every show and bringing all your buddies with you.  You are helping us grow as a band and we are working hard to make every live show bigger, better and more fun for all you guys so here’s to the next one which as it stands should be down in Dublin at Whelans bar on the 9th of August but we should be back in Belfast at the end of August playing a gig for Bright Green Octopus who always put on stellar lineups of awesome local bands.

Big Love

Mike
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Gig Updates

Hey everyone just a quick post to say we have a couple of shows added to the calendar over on our gig listings page so we hope to see you and your crew down at one of our upcoming shows soon rocking out to our new jams!

First up is next Friday 8th July at our home away from home the Pavilion Belfast where we are playing a show for SONI with an awesome lineup which all but guarantees a great night full of rad tunes.  On the night we will be playing alongside Mugged By A Ghost, Orby Chase and The Left Backs.

On August 9th we will be playing The King Kong Club down in Dublin at Whelan’s Bar and in September we have another show planned at an as yet undisclosed location.  More details on that will be revealed in the upcoming weeks.  We are continuing to work hard to fill up our tour calendar for this year so if we haven’t came to your town yet and you want to see us live then hit us up and we will try our best to work something out.

In the meantime get some of our new EP “To Water On Mars” into your ears and get practising belting your little hearts out so you can all serenade us at our next rockshow.  You can listen for free on Spotify below and for extra XP we would be forever grateful if you followed us on Spotify too.  If you already have a Spotify account all you have to do is hit the follow button and if you don’t yet have an account it only takes about 5 minutes to set one up for free.

Big Love

Mike and The B Button Dudes
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