Terrible Buttons

Terrible Buttons

 Spokane, Washington, USA
BandBluesFolk

Horror-folk and Blues from Seattle's step sister - Spokane, WA

Biography


Terrible Buttons adds a little darkness to their
blues/folk roots. Their sound combines the blunt
lyricism of David Bazan with the Fleet Foxes’
indie/folk instrumentation. Formed nearly two
three ago on the streets of Portland by vocalists
Sarah Berentson and Kent Ueland, Terrible Buttons,
located in Spokane, WA, now consists of 7
members who utilize an array of acoustic folk instruments,
from trumpet to accordion, adding an intimate edge to
their wall of sound style. Although Terrible Buttons uses
complex instrumentation, they pride themselves in the
bare simplicity of their music in an attempt to accent
their heartfelt lyrics. Their lyrics approach topics
ranging from the evils of marriage to loneliness and
the absence of god.
Their ceaseless work ethic and urgent sound have
garnered them attention from som eof the biggest names
in independent music production, including “iTunes Top 100”
artists Ryan Lewis & Macklemore, as well as Grammy Award
winning producer and composer Pete Stewart. Keep an eye
out for Terrible Buttons as the tour bus continues to roll,
and they continue to challenge the bounds of today's
often-tired folk paradigm.

Lyrics

Mother's Medicine

Written By: Kent Ueland

Lydia Sherman is plagued with rats
Lydia has no faith in cats
So Lydia buys some arsenic
And Lydia's husband, he gets sick
And Lydia's husband he does die
And Lydia's neighbors wonder why

Lydia moves but still has rats
Lydia still lacks faith in cats
So Lydia buys more arsenic
And this time Lydia's children, they get sick
And Lydia's children, they do die
And Lydia's neighbors wonder why

Lydia sits in Wethersfield jail
Loudly she moans and she does wail
She blames her fate on a plague of rats
She blames the idleness of cats
But the neighbors asked why one too many times
So Lydia's neighbors had to die

Smoke Around the Lamps

Written By: Kent Ueland

There's a snake in my ear
Growing fingernails and hair
There's a fairytale
Going off the rails

The smoke around the lamps
Performs a slow suppressing dance
Stifling the lights advance
So hungry dogs will lead my way
I'll feed them only if they stay
And keep me safe until the light of day

There's a snake in my ear
Growing fingernails and hair
There's a fairytale
Going off the rails

Stumbling through the haze
I come upon an empty grave
And it meets my empty gaze
That grave one question asks:
"Which one will the other outlast,
The body or the lash?"

Black-blue eyes
(Yeah I've seen the light)
Black-blue eyes
(And it's no tunnel bright)

You said that death was gunna come
And that it comes for everyone
So I stopped listening to your album
Because I'm afraid of all that dark
That end impending from the start
My enemy cannot be fought

There's a snake in my ear

Divorce Papers

Written By: Kent Ueland

I was young but I was certain
That a year was long enough, and that she was still a virgin
So I sold some things, and bought a ring while she whispered to her friends
And they were all so happy that she'd found a wholesome man

And sure, we married in a rush
But Jesus Christ said we couldnt touch
Until the state declares us legitimate
so it's off to the taylor to make mamma's dress fit

My smiling bride learned to cry,
As we grew older and learned how to die
And I swallowed all my pride,
As unequally yoked i died, she died, we died

Elizabeth read my palm last week
She told my future, and robbed me of my sleep
She said that we'd be married, and I wept that she was wrong
Because she read your palm too and said that you'd die, you'd die alone (but maybe neither were wrong)

My smiling bride learned to cry,
As we grew older and learned how to die
And I swallowed all my pride,
As unequally yoked i died, she died, we died

I got famous and impatient and signed divorce papers
My wife caught me at the neighbors and signed divorce papers
I got famous and impatient and signed divorce papers
I am coming home, and you had better be alone
Because I am prone to jealousy, and have never taken kindly to being decieved

My smiling bride learned to cry,
As we grew older and learned how to die
And I swallowed all my pride,
As unequally yoked i died, she died, we died

Teams

Written By: Kent Ueland

I say I don't know
But still curse holy ghosts
So I guess that I've made up my mind

She said it took seven days
But it seems either way
We're both breathing just to pass the time

'Til that spiral unwinds
And we see just who's right
(Mamma) I hope it's you and not I

I'll take that fiery lake
If you get the pearly gates
And we'll both get just what we deserve

Oh, let justice be served
To the kingdoms we served
(Mamma) We ought to leave in different directions

When the levy's overflowing
Why not let the dirt wash away

I say I don't know
But still curse holy ghosts
But when she says different,
I think of changing my mind

Discography

1. Brute Neighbors EP (2010)
2. Plates of Ether (2011)
3. RUNT (forthcoming)

Set List

SHORT SETS:
1. Pioneer Williams & His Studio String Band
2. Mother's Medicine
3. Bought For a Song
4. Singapore
5. Divorce Papers
6. Smoke Around the Lamps
7. Charles Darwin's Corn Crop Blues
8. Pigpen
9. Weed and Whiskey

LONG SETS:
1. Pioneer Williams & His Studio String Band
2. Mother's Medicine
3. Brute Neighbors
4. Bought For a Song
5. Singapore
6. Divorce Papers
7. Smoke Around The Lamps
8. Teams
9. Everybody Knows Everybody
10. God Knows My Name
11. Charles Darwin's Corn Crop Blues
12. I Will Wake
13. Pigpen
14. Weed & Whiskey