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Ben Butler & Mouse Pad is Joe Gay vs You/Germlin’s new project. Anyone exposed to the furious shake & pop of pixelated DIY dance fury from either act should expect excellence. Excellence as in a cloud of pink TV static spreading over psychedelic gradient skies outside the window of your commuter train, analogical lighting bolts blasting in a rainbow coloured Sabbath which burns into the circuitry of your brain like the soundtrack of an old coin-op beat-em-up designed by a crazed cabal of progressive wizards and bearded Sci-Fi


Yep, that kind of excellence, like Golden Axe’s red dragons invading the hallucinatory dreamscapes of a Philip K. Dick pulp which was never published because it was too weird, and too close to the bone. There is, in Ben Butler’s music, a bristling and expansive melodic madness inherited from the baroque experiments of 1970s studio megalomaniacs such as Vangelis, Alan Parsons, Triumvirat or even ELO, devoured, digested, sent back in time and thrown up over some bizarrely funky rhythmic backdrops that one would perhaps define as nerdxploitation, hadn’t this term been spiritually trademarked by the evil ghouls of the MTV.

This philosophical stance should perhaps make you think of Ben Butler & Mouse Pad as the shy hyper-intelligent cousin of a couple of popular French dance acts also raised on unhealthy doses of weirdo synth music, experimental disco and coffee black like sin, or the one true genius who will compose the jingle for Firefly, if this series ever comes back to the screens under Paper Rad’s direction.

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  • esm41

    fooled me, i thought it was a real ms-10 until i saw the USB connection :((((

    13 Feb 2011 Reply
  • takenaccount

    i also saw them with deerhoof @ the gamh. super energy, super fun!

    1 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Faux_Sonata

    Saw them live at the Deerhoof show in SF last weekend and hot damn! It was freakin' amazing and quite a sight not just to behold (as most concertgoers there were doing) but also MUSIC TO MOVE TO!! Come on peoples, dance!

    31 Jan 2011 Reply
  • bry_elephante

    wow this is great! =D

    4 Jan 2011 Reply
  • richardhomless

    I love it, its like prince and stevie wonder on your favourite arcade machine great to dance to

    8 Jan 2010 Reply
  • wildenull

    Ben Butler & Mousepad live 19.09.09 at Who The Fuck Is Dj Wild Zero??? too many djs too many bands at Lovelite (Berlin-Friedichshain)

    10 Sep 2009 Reply
  • RifRafRafiRaf

    great gig at OFF FESTIVAL

    11 Aug 2009 Reply
  • pascalschneider

    really enjoyed your show at NBI. thanks a lot!

    19 Jun 2009 Reply
  • poplarsandrocks

    this friday mouse pad, not mousepad.

    1 Apr 2009 Reply
  • tom_dissonance

    please don't tag him "nerdcore" - for one thing, his music's actually good

    23 Mar 2009 Reply
  • EskimoPenguin

    Excellent shoooooooo in leeds! Hope you like my cd too; Jacob x

    12 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Phonophobe

    Come on folks, tag this guy "nerdcore". Big up the UK nerds.

    10 Feb 2009 Reply
  • i0i

    Must say, I really did enjoy your gig in Cambridge with Max Tundra and Um. Very pleased with the bargain £3 CD as well, listening to that right now. Looking forward to more tunes soon.

    4 Feb 2009 Reply
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  • julietippex

    woohoo - MUSIC !

    21 Oct 2008 Reply
  • tom_dissonance

    upload some music you silly man

    19 Oct 2008 Reply