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I really love this band. If you like Giorgio Moroder and Suicide and PC&L era New Order, you probably will too.

Here's an Optimo remix of their forthcoming thing


Doctor Madame Frances Experimento LLC (SNM), Friday, 25 February 2011 05:47 (ten years ago) link

do we have to?

racing up the fuck charts (electricsound), Friday, 25 February 2011 05:47 (ten years ago) link


Doctor Madame Frances Experimento LLC (SNM), Friday, 25 February 2011 05:48 (ten years ago) link

well anyway i have personal and not nec. entirely rational reasons for really, really disliking them but i should probably keep that to myself

racing up the fuck charts (electricsound), Friday, 25 February 2011 05:49 (ten years ago) link

my eternal undying jocking of all things optimo is going to make it tough for me to appreciate them objectively

but do spill, electricsound

Thee Macallan 18 Year, Friday, 25 February 2011 06:29 (ten years ago) link

well anyway i have personal and not nec. entirely rational reasons for really, really disliking them

Enigmatic isn't the word for it.

Anyway, fwiw, they're my favourite live band of the last three years and in the 30 odd times I've seen them, I've seen them do at least four of the best gigs I've ever been to. I was at that Offset Festival show, which was one of the harshest they played with strobes going all the way through a fearsome version of Lying. There were people hitting the floor through it... people being led out of the tent literally frothing at the mouth.

Even if you end up hating them, I'd take a punt on watching them if you can. I'd put their best shows up there with seeing PE in the 80s, seeing the Chemical Brothers at the Hacienda, watching a good Slayer show... I totally get why people don't like them but for me, live, it's currently the perfect synthesis of acid house, noise and (old school) industrial.

Chap With Wings... Five Rounds Rapid (Doran), Friday, 25 February 2011 20:15 (ten years ago) link

Scroll down to the factory floor bit of this supersonic review and there's a player with a live set of theirs on it.

It wasn't even a blinding gig by their standards but it should give you more of an idea than the odds and sods that they've released on vinyl.

Chap With Wings... Five Rounds Rapid (Doran), Friday, 25 February 2011 20:22 (ten years ago) link

Why don't people like them?

What I've heard so far has been excellent.

puff pastry hangman (admrl), Sunday, 27 February 2011 21:50 (ten years ago) link

one month passes...

(R E a L L O V E) single is out now on vinyl and apparently has been out digitally for like a month. It's weird -- if you were to play me the two tracks blind and ask me which is the original and which is the remix, I wouldn't be sure. Anyway, both are v.v. good.

Doctor Madame Frances Experimento LLC (SNM), Monday, 4 April 2011 06:13 (ten years ago) link

If you acquired it where I did, be careful of the remix. There's a version floating around with two identical tracks. The Quietus had a proper version of the remix posted a month or two ago, and it's really quite different (slower tempo, more noise).

Great single, anyway!

Millsner, Monday, 4 April 2011 09:10 (ten years ago) link

Both sides are up on Spotify btw

ka£ka (NickB), Monday, 4 April 2011 09:22 (ten years ago) link

there was a cock up by the people who distributed the digital version and they put the original version on twice instead of the remix. the remix IS very different.


stirmonster, Monday, 4 April 2011 14:34 (ten years ago) link

four months pass...

Any more? I like this band

Jung Danjah (admrl), Thursday, 18 August 2011 01:05 (ten years ago) link

Yes, I will put my hand up as to liking them. Saw them live by accident, too, supporting Chris Cunningham. (Which was actually an awful show, it was way overcrowded and I had a panic attack and had to leave two songs into CC's set, but FF were very good, very very early New Order in the best possible way.)

Aphex Twin … in my vagina? (Karen D. Tregaskin), Thursday, 18 August 2011 09:13 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

what happened to these guys?

Aceveda (admrl), Saturday, 18 August 2012 05:16 (nine years ago) link

woah a year to the day that I last posted about them. crazy coinc

Aceveda (admrl), Saturday, 18 August 2012 05:16 (nine years ago) link

They've been playing a lot of festivals. I think they're recording with DFA maybe?

Legendary General Cypher Raige (Gukbe), Saturday, 18 August 2012 05:26 (nine years ago) link

okay, i've never heard of these guys, but that optimo remix is badass. had to turn off the lights for that, instant favorite. live vid in the OP is maybe even better. moar.

contenderizer, Saturday, 18 August 2012 06:43 (nine years ago) link

can't really hear anything in the live vid but the loop, vocals and ride cymbal - with interruptions by guitar (if that really is the guitar). amazing anyway. like the noisy electro shit more than the goth/postpunk moves.

contenderizer, Saturday, 18 August 2012 06:51 (nine years ago) link

the 'two different ways' 12" was really fantastic. remises soon from richard h kirk and perc, iirc.

wank lloyd fright (haitch), Saturday, 18 August 2012 07:06 (nine years ago) link

so good live, think they're touring america soon

jabba hands, Saturday, 18 August 2012 09:34 (nine years ago) link

Make an album.

kraudive, Saturday, 18 August 2012 09:42 (nine years ago) link

Make an album.

― kraudive, Saturday, August 18, 2012 9:42 AM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink


Shepton Mullet (White Chocolate Cheesecake), Saturday, 18 August 2012 10:09 (nine years ago) link

I remember seeing them two years ago at Field Day and pronouncing my exasperation at the lack of an album. What are they up to?

(The Carter Tutti Void album is awesome btw.)

kraudive, Saturday, 18 August 2012 10:44 (nine years ago) link

Last I heard they have an album coming out on DFA early next year.

muus lääv? :D muus dut :( (Telephone thing), Saturday, 18 August 2012 17:14 (nine years ago) link

Yeah, that was mentioned in this Quietus story last month:


mod night at the oasis (NickB), Saturday, 18 August 2012 17:48 (nine years ago) link

There's also a new tour 12" of Two Different Ways with remixes from Perc and Richard H. Kirk.

muus lääv? :D muus dut :( (Telephone thing), Saturday, 18 August 2012 19:33 (nine years ago) link

good look at what the drummer's up to


contenderizer, Saturday, 18 August 2012 21:51 (nine years ago) link

so is their name supposed to be a reference to New Order?

Poliopolice, Sunday, 19 August 2012 02:05 (nine years ago) link

the perc remix just took my head off:

jabba hands, Monday, 20 August 2012 22:19 (nine years ago) link

like the remixes, but miss the head-shearing harshness of the live stuff

contenderizer, Monday, 20 August 2012 22:22 (nine years ago) link

two weeks pass...

digging this collab between FF and...peter gordon!


coming out on optimo later this year. FF & PG also performing together at this ICA event next week: http://www.ica.org.uk/?lid=34383&bid=101

jabba hands, Thursday, 6 September 2012 17:50 (nine years ago) link

That was really lovely!

I do wish they'd stop eking stuff out slowly and put out some proper releases though.

my god it's full of straw (White Chocolate Cheesecake), Thursday, 6 September 2012 19:27 (nine years ago) link

nice moment of synchronicity - was playing Time of the Last Persecution by Bill Fay when I opened this thread, and then these lyrics from 'I Hear You Calling' came on:

I hear you calling from the riverbank
I will be coming when the air is black
All my time is lying on the factory floor
And all my time is lying on the factory floor

Some say messiah coming got to get it right
Some say messiah coming give me back my time
All my time is lying on the factory floor
And all my time is lying on the factory floor

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 6 September 2012 20:31 (nine years ago) link

nik void did a pretty great album with chris & cosey this year

sisilafami, Friday, 7 September 2012 01:19 (nine years ago) link

I do wish they'd stop eking stuff out slowly and put out some proper releases though.

Kinda think they're doing it the right way! Big release will just attract loads of nonsense. They're working with some great people and getting attention from all the places I'd imagine they'd want attention from. They keep putting out good things. As mentioned upthread that recent Perc remix is woahhh

Crackle Box, Friday, 7 September 2012 10:05 (nine years ago) link

They keep putting good things out that are so scattered it's really difficult to get enough of a chunk of their material to listen to them, when I'm in the mood to listen to them. Which would be a lot more often if there were, because they are great.

my god it's full of straw (White Chocolate Cheesecake), Friday, 7 September 2012 13:38 (nine years ago) link


^^^ This is the most Quietus thing ever written and is so pompous its made me want to hate them. Maybe it shows FF up for the nostalgia they are, but most of what I've heard has been pretty good, if hardly earth shattering.

Matt DC, Friday, 7 September 2012 13:42 (nine years ago) link

Jesus christ that review was just straight up bullshit - or at least the little I managed to wade through. Did they come to a point eventually? My eyeballs gave up in disgust. If I wanted to read yet another "Americans drive like this, Britishers drive like this..." ramble I'd reread the tipping thread, thanks.

Atomow dhe Kres? MY A VYNN, mar pleg! (White Chocolate Cheesecake), Friday, 7 September 2012 18:45 (nine years ago) link

three months pass...



I still listen to Two Different Ways constantly

dmr, Friday, 4 January 2013 20:55 (nine years ago) link


Gukbe, Saturday, 12 January 2013 03:41 (nine years ago) link

three months pass...

fall back is probably my fav song of 2013 so far

flopson, Monday, 22 April 2013 16:00 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

album in september!!


jabba hands, Thursday, 20 June 2013 17:16 (eight years ago) link

super psyched. these guys are great.

dmr, Thursday, 20 June 2013 17:17 (eight years ago) link


their earlier stuff is pretty hot too, all basically sounds the same

flopson, Thursday, 20 June 2013 17:18 (eight years ago) link

two months pass...

album in september!!

now October ... digital in September if you pre-order. why are records $28 a pop now though. ugh.


dmr, Thursday, 22 August 2013 18:05 (eight years ago) link

this is cool too. Daniel Avery - Drone Logic (Factory Floor Gabe Gurnsey Remix)


dmr, Thursday, 22 August 2013 18:06 (eight years ago) link

the other week I found a copy of their debut single for 50p. http://www.discogs.com/sell/list?release_id=1612344&ev=rb It'd probably be worth quite a bit if someone hadn't written in all of the numbered boxes on the sleeve.

Clyde One DJ Diane “Knoxy” Knox-Campbell (Merdeyeux), Thursday, 22 August 2013 18:08 (eight years ago) link

to be fair the packaging on the new LP looks pretty elaborate and cool

dmr, Thursday, 22 August 2013 18:09 (eight years ago) link

Probably an obvious point but: the bass on Two Different ways

cardamon, Thursday, 22 August 2013 18:26 (eight years ago) link

So I can't really get my head round this band, but feel like I might not be listening to the right stuff or something... I'd certainly like to give em another go. Can anyone recommend a top 10 tracks?

Pingu Unchained (dog latin), Friday, 1 November 2013 15:07 (eight years ago) link

I'd say listen to the album. They are harsh and industrial, the DFA thing but more experimental. I never not find "fall back" to be exhilarating tbh.

subaltern 8 (Michael B), Friday, 1 November 2013 16:19 (eight years ago) link

What I've heard so far sounds like late-80s/early-90s industrial rave, a bit like Cabaret Voltaires but I wasn't sure what it was supposed to be much beyond that.

Pingu Unchained (dog latin), Friday, 1 November 2013 16:40 (eight years ago) link

Go and see them live. They're probably pound for pound the best consistently good live band I've ever seen. Certainly at the dancier end of things that's true... it's impossible to make a reasonable comparison to, say, Public Enemy or SunnO))) for example.

Doran, Friday, 1 November 2013 22:30 (eight years ago) link

I like the FF record ok, but MAN I like the Carter Tutti Void one a bit more. What a classic.

mr.raffles, Saturday, 2 November 2013 04:32 (eight years ago) link

I agree with that.

Doran, Saturday, 2 November 2013 10:42 (eight years ago) link

Can anyone recommend a top 10 tracks?

― Pingu Unchained (dog latin), Friday, November 1, 2013 11:07 AM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

their entire discography is like tops 25 tracks and they just released an album...

flopson, Sunday, 3 November 2013 02:15 (eight years ago) link

someone had to say it

mh, Sunday, 3 November 2013 03:19 (eight years ago) link

This is certainly a difficult record but it's winning me over. The singer was in KaitO, a real good guitar band from about 10 years ago.

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 3 November 2013 14:27 (eight years ago) link

I don't know, I tried with this but I think they're really boring. Just flat, one dimensional, seemingly using a lot of presets. To say it quickly runs out of steam would be an understatement. They barely seem to be trying by the end of the album.

Position Position, Sunday, 3 November 2013 14:30 (eight years ago) link

this album is probably good in some way

pervilege as a meme (contenderizer), Sunday, 3 November 2013 16:12 (eight years ago) link

obviously a little biased here as i put it out but "beachcombing" with peter gordon never ceases to take me to strange and bewitching places. i really hope they do another collaboration with him.

i'm still undecided about the album but that's partly because i don't really engage with albums very much. however, "how you say" blows me away and sounds monolithically great on a dancefloor.

stirmonster, Sunday, 3 November 2013 16:21 (eight years ago) link

"how you say" is the highlight for me too by some distance.

i lost my shoes on acid (jed_), Sunday, 3 November 2013 18:58 (eight years ago) link

Doran, I was at the quietus show but had to leave just as they started cos of the last train. Really regret it

Pingu Unchained (dog latin), Sunday, 3 November 2013 19:05 (eight years ago) link

Not sure what "presets" you get on drum kits, guitars and home built modular synths tbh.

I found the album a bit of a bummer at first. Having been a cheerleader of theirs for a few years, I was pretty underwhelmed initially but I've got to say I love it now. I get the impression that a lot of people I've seen moaning about this album on tQ or DiS or wherever (not here) seem to be disappointed because they didn't turn in some indie friendly dance thing that sounded like F*** Bvttons meets Cut Copy or whatever. This album is pretty severe and works in the same way that a lot of minimal music works... loud, on drugs, on the stereo when you're not doing anything else, in a club, driving... I can't think of a worse album to have on shitty PC speakers at work or in the background while you're doing something else.

However, out of all of my favourite albums of this year so far, this is the one where I have most sympathy with people who hate it. I totally get why they do.

Doran, Monday, 4 November 2013 18:28 (eight years ago) link

man i pound this album, listen to it all the time

to the point that my bf is like "again? really?"

the tune was space, Monday, 4 November 2013 18:31 (eight years ago) link

That should say "works well in the same settings under the same conditions that a lot of minimal music works well in/under..."

XP: Ha ha ha. Suck it up The Tune's BF.

Doran, Monday, 4 November 2013 18:34 (eight years ago) link

Can anyone recommend a top 10 tracks?

All of their stuff sounds good to me but

Two Different Ways
Fall Back
How You Say

If you don't like those, give up, imo.

dmr, Monday, 4 November 2013 18:39 (eight years ago) link

I think maybe a lot of the vaguely confused handwringing about this album has come about from like 18 months of weird awestruck hype from a certain kind of rock hack. Maybe you have to see them live to appreciate that kind of fervour but it always struck me as over the top. But as a result a lot of people were disappointed with this when it turned out to be "just" a collection of really good Carl Craig rips.

Matt DC, Friday, 15 November 2013 16:42 (eight years ago) link

BTW anyone who was hoping this would turn out to be rockier/more EBM might get a lot out of the Gesaffelstein record, which I've been caning alongside this all week.

Matt DC, Friday, 15 November 2013 16:45 (eight years ago) link

loved the live clips at the top of the thread. feral, chaotic, hypnotic and cool as hell. disappointed to hear them box it up in such a timid fashion.

CANONICAL artists, etc., etc. (contenderizer), Friday, 15 November 2013 16:46 (eight years ago) link

I'm looking forward to seeing them live again soon when I guess they may let the noise rip a bit more, but I am not at all disappointed by the album. If you can't hear how it is hard (and clean) I just don't know. Turn it up. Hard and clean. Yum.

kraudive, Saturday, 16 November 2013 00:27 (eight years ago) link

this is much better than i gave it credit for. thx kraudive for the listening instructions (LOUD def helps).

CANONICAL artists, etc., etc. (contenderizer), Sunday, 17 November 2013 02:03 (eight years ago) link

if u had to have some suggest u play this loud i don't even know

flopson, Sunday, 17 November 2013 04:30 (eight years ago) link

it was less loud before

CANONICAL artists, etc., etc. (contenderizer), Sunday, 17 November 2013 05:09 (eight years ago) link

Carl Craig and Laurel Halo remixes in two weeks!

CAROUSEL! CAROUSEL! (Telephone thing), Tuesday, 26 November 2013 02:14 (eight years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Okay seriously they just played a 70+ minute set in support of a 53 minute album. Holy shit.

A New Bey Has Come (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 15 December 2013 08:06 (eight years ago) link

17 min cover of Louie Louie?

it's going to be a http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1D5PtyrewSs (latebloomer), Sunday, 15 December 2013 08:11 (eight years ago) link

I swear they played "Fall Back" for like at least 12

A New Bey Has Come (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 15 December 2013 08:15 (eight years ago) link

That song rules

it's going to be a http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1D5PtyrewSs (latebloomer), Sunday, 15 December 2013 08:24 (eight years ago) link

Wow, what. There are people who don't like this album. There are, in fact, Factory Floor fans who don't like this album? Huh.

Branwell Bell, Sunday, 15 December 2013 09:19 (eight years ago) link

That 'Drone Logic' remix upthread – well, someone else already said 'loud and clean' so I'll just restate that

cardamon, Sunday, 15 December 2013 23:10 (eight years ago) link

I've often wanted something with the intensity of Ministry's The Land of Rape and Honey that wasn't quite so try hard as that (by try-hard I mean, look at the title of the album); something like that, but that just went forward without huffling about in leather jackets and biker beards.

And also I wanted something avoided another pole, that boringness you get in a lot of generic techno and house these days. I mean, I'm sure plenty of things that hit this point exist and it's just me not knowing about them by Factory Floor just hit me as being the perfect improvement of both of these things.

cardamon, Sunday, 15 December 2013 23:14 (eight years ago) link

Came to this band because I like Peter Gordon, but totally blindsided to learn that Nikki Colk wound up there. Always thought KaitO were severely underrated, and in no small part due to her vocals, so glad to see she ended up not disappearing.

dlp9001, Monday, 16 December 2013 15:44 (eight years ago) link

Yes. KaitO were real good.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 16 December 2013 15:55 (eight years ago) link

The tracks don't seem to shine individually but the album as a whole is a great listen.

skip, Monday, 16 December 2013 16:51 (eight years ago) link

ten months pass...



This has basically nothing to do with Interpol at all and sounds like Factory Floor hitting their Technique period slightly early? It's amazing, tho.

Jacques Lacan let me rock u; let me rock u, Jacques Lacan (Branwell with an N), Thursday, 23 October 2014 16:03 (seven years ago) link

playing here in two weeks! Has anyone seen them recently?

poop will eat itself (S-), Sunday, 2 November 2014 18:25 (seven years ago) link

Five weeks :( - you got my hopes up

Starland Vocal Gland (sic), Sunday, 2 November 2014 21:54 (seven years ago) link

you coming to BCN sic?

If you're in europe already there's this bespoke little festival


poop will eat itself (S-), Monday, 3 November 2014 13:24 (seven years ago) link

oh derp I thought you meant Melbourne

Starland Vocal Gland (sic), Monday, 3 November 2014 14:54 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

So I got the new one, 25 25. Reminds me of a lot of stuff on the Acid: Can You Jack comp, minimal as fuck (even compared to the first album).

Hamilton, Joe Frank & Two-Thirds of Asphyx (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Friday, 19 August 2016 13:10 (five years ago) link

Really loving this new album, relentless tracky and squelchy.



phuturephase, Thursday, 25 August 2016 17:41 (five years ago) link

Well this is fucking fantastic.

kraudive, Monday, 29 August 2016 18:03 (five years ago) link

one month passes...


who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Tuesday, 4 October 2016 16:03 (five years ago) link

it's banging & only banging

ogmor, Wednesday, 5 October 2016 13:23 (five years ago) link

one year passes...


nxd, Friday, 2 February 2018 19:19 (three years ago) link

seven months pass...

I'm listening to Gabe Gurnsey's solo lp right now and it's extremely satisfying.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 3 September 2018 04:07 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

First Nik Void solo album, Bucked Up Space, to be released in April on Editions Mego.

willem, Wednesday, 12 January 2022 14:05 (one week ago) link

not sure. need to hear more.

stirmonster, Wednesday, 12 January 2022 15:35 (one week ago) link

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