Tuesday, 21 November 2017

MOOR MOTHER to play London this January, roll on 2018!



Upset The Rhythm presents…

MOOR MOTHER
Wednesday 10 January
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT

MOOR MOTHER is the viscerally charged output of Philadelphia based interdisciplinary artist, Camae Ayewa. Her music is often harsh and strange, projecting both the cathartic anger of punk and the expansive improvisatory spirit of Sun Ra. Using a variety of machines, field recordings, and analog noisemakers, Ayewa constructs fractured, cacophonous waves for her words of punishing pertinence to ride. As a musician performing under the name she has toured in Europe and the U.S. at numerous festivals, colleges and universities sharing the stage with King Britt, Islam Chipsy, Claudia Rankine and Bell Hooks. As a soundscape artist she has had work featured at Samek Art Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art Chicago, and Everson Museum of Art.

Her latest album, Fetish Bones, was released through Don Giovanni Records in September 2016. The album features 13 songs conceived and recorded in Camae’s home studio and it is an album intended as a form of protest and as form of time travel — a collection of sounds that are events themselves, telling stories rich in history about the journey that brings us to today and the future we are creating. Fetish Bones is not an album meant to help you forget. It is made so that you will remember the injustices that we bear witness to and participate in.


“Fetish Bones is her masterclass on creating a sensory experience that interrogates your complicity, pushing you through a door that sends you hurtling through time.” – PITCHFORK

Moor Mother might be the most radical – even the most useful – Afrofuturist artist to emerge for years. Fetish Bones works not just as an atlas and an archive but as a mausoleum, housing the bones of those who have fallen along a bloody trail stretching all the way back to 1886.” – WIRE

“Her music is deliberately raw and unfiltered, like human feelings” – FADER


Monday, 20 November 2017

Future Islands and Roy Montgomery in London this week! Plus this Saturday's Independent Label Market


Hello there!
Huge thanks for coming out to see Shopping, Protomartyr, Mount Eerie and Escape-ism these last few weeks. You’ve been as much night owls as we have, was brilliant to see you all. This week we have the indispensible Future Islands back in the big smoke for three nights at the O2 Academy Brixton. True DIY synth pop heart-breakers made good, Future Islands have been making our lives better since we released their debut album back in 2008. These three shows at Brixton represent the bands biggest shows to date, I hope you can join us to celebrate their most vintage year yet. Tickets are now only available for Wednesday’s event so with that in mind it’s well worth buying in advance to avoid missing out on this unprecedented moment in their career. Read on for all ticket links and show info.


This Thursday we’re also very lucky to have the one and only Roy Montgomery touchdown at Café OTO to play an incredibly rare set for us. Joined by Alexander Tucker in support, this promises to be a very special evening of pastoral guitar ambience and cartographical drone par excellence. Again, we’re almost totally out of tickets for this one too, so please do snap some of the last ones up if you can, it’ll be too good to miss, see below for details.

In terms of newly confirmed UTR shows this week, we confirmed a concert for Chain And The Gang for next February, plus Richard Dawson chose Normil Hawaiians to open for him at our Xmas show at Islington Assembly Hall on December 20th too. We’ll be announcing a lot of new 2018 shows in the coming weeks too, watch this space.

Upset The Rhythm will be taking part in this Saturday's Independent Label Market at Spitalfields Market, it’s always a blast. We'll have lots of new releases (from The World, Darlene Shrugg, Gen Pop and Normil Hawaiians), back catalogue bargains, t-shirts, stickers and badges all on offer, plus we might even wear Santa hats and ply you with mulled wine! We’ll be looking forward to meeting you and looking decidedly merry from 11am this Saturday. Here’s the poster so you can see all the other excellent labels and breweries joining the knees up too.



Talking of new releases, we wanted to share with you the brand new mesmeric video for ‘Inherit The Wind’ by Darlene Shrugg. Featuring some blazing live footage of the band, the video (made by Meg Remy herself) practically brims with coming of age visuals seemingly dug up from after-school specials. ‘Inherit The Wind’ is taken from Darlene Shrugg’s self-titled debut album that we released a few weeks ago. Enjoy!







\ \ \ \ \     MONDAY, TUESDAY &  WEDNESDAY     / / / / /


Upset The Rhythm presents…

FUTURE ISLANDS
ZACK MEXICO
Monday 20 November – SOLD OUT
Tuesday 21 November – SOLD OUT
Wednesday 22 November
In collaboration with Parallel Lines
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Rd, Brixton, London SW9 9SL
7pm I Tickets: http://future-islands.com/?cs- event=74572#shows

The years since the release of Singles have been transformative for Future Islands, catapulting the Baltimore-based band from cult favorites to synthpop icons. As addictive songs like breakout 'Seasons (Waiting on You)' turned the world on to sublime pleasures a loyal fan base already knew, this hard-touring band ploughed forward, playing their 1000th show in July 2015 and celebrating their 10th anniversary in February 2016. This year Future Islands returned at the top of their game with new album The Far Field, delivering twelve chest-pounding love songs and odes to the road as only they can. 

The Far Field refines and builds on the breakthroughs of Singles, bursting with undeniable hooks and disarmingly honest lyrics written by Samuel T. Herring (vocals, lyrics), William Cashion (bass, guitars), and Gerrit Welmers (keyboards, programming). The band began writing new material in January 2016 on the coast of North Carolina, and continued throughout the year in Baltimore before road-testing these songs with a series of secret shows under fake names. In November 2016, they settled in with Grammy Award-winning producer John Congleton at Los Angeles’ legendary Sunset Sound, where everyone from The Beach Boys to Prince have laid down masterpieces.

The result is Future Islands’ best set of songs yet, both an emotional summation of the themes they’ve explored over the past decade and a further distillation of their signature art-pop sound. It’s the first Future Islands record featuring live drums by Michael Lowry, who joined the band prior to their viral performance of ‘Seasons’ on Letterman, and whose energy propels the band’s sound to new heights. With Congleton’s production and string and horn arrangements by Patrick McMinn, The Far Field finds Future Islands crafting soundscapes larger and more opulent than ever before, as sonically lush and expansive as they are lyrically raw and direct. These three epic shows at  the O2 Brixton Academy this week represent the largest shows the band have played to date, we hope you can join us to celebrate such a terrific year!




\ \ \ \ \     THURSDAY     / / / / /


Upset The Rhythm presents…

ROY MONTGOMERY
ALEXANDER TUCKER

Thursday 23 November
In collaboration with Café OTO
Cafe OTO, 22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £10 |
https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/roy-montgomery/

ROY MONTGOMERY is a guitarist and academic from New Zealand. Across an array of peerless solo and collaborative releases on labels like Kranky, Siltbreeze and VHF he is the architect of a widescreen drone aesthetic exploring psychedelic abstraction and pastoral minimalism that has proved to be highly influential. A key protagonist in the Christchurch 80s noise rock scene, his minimalist post-punk band The Pin Group were the first act to release on Flying Nun and lead to other explorations in short-lived drone project The Shallows and the gloriously open-ended freedoms of noise pop outfit Dadamah.

After a quiet spell, Montgomery returned in the late 90s, producing towering spires of guitar lines that exposed fragility between the strums. With his solo releases and in collaboration with Flying Saucer Attack, Bardo Pond (Hash Jar Tempo), and Chris Heaphy (Dissolve), his focus shifted from the truth-mining of rock music to epic celestialism. His ambitious yet humble tracks outstrip their origins, and Montgomery toured the world sitting cross-legged on the floor, playing twenty-plus-minute compositions. A long period of silence followed, marked only with a split album with Grouper (who lists Montgomery as a primary influence), involvement in Torlesse Super Group, and a couple of thematic variations serving as soundtracks for films. He unexpectedly re-emerged in 2016 with R M H Q (also know as Roy Montgomery's Headquarters) on Grapefruit/Ba Da Bing, four albums of new material released simultaneously that marked a return to his distinctive pastoral guitar style but added the rare sound of his singing voice. Like all of his catalogue listening to his work is a visceral experience with repeating phrases swelling and decaying, immersing the listener in the cyclical narrative of his compositions.

ALEXANDER TUCKER is a British avant-pop chamber drone artist who has released solo albums on ATP and Thrill Jockey, he's also the cosmic guitarist in Grumbling Fur. His live shows fuse self-harmonizing vocal performances with tone generators and looped instrumentation to create a bewildering feast for the senses that seems to tap the wyrd canon of English psychedelia as much as the melodic reverie of contemporary electronic and drone music.



See you all soon I hope, thanks again for reading!
UPSET THE RHYTHM
x




\\\\\  UPSET THE RHYTHM   /////
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FUTURE ISLANDS
ZACK MEXICO
Monday 20 November – SOLD OUT
Tuesday 21 November – SOLD OUT
Wednesday 22 November
In collaboration with Parallel Lines
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Rd, Brixton, London SW9 9SL
7pm I Tickets: http://future-islands.com/?cs- event=74572#shows

ROY MONTGOMERY
ALEXANDER TUCKER

Thursday 23 November
In collaboration with Café OTO
Cafe OTO, 22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £10 |
https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/roy-montgomery/

SPIRIT FEST
(Tenniscoats & members of The Notwist, Joasihno and Jam Money)
DEVON LOCH
Thursday 7 December
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT

RICHARD DAWSON
(Live band show)
NORMIL HAWAIIANS
Wednesday 20 December
Islington Assembly Hall, Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 2UD
7pm | £15 | https://www.wegottickets.com/event/412137 

DAVID NANCE
Monday 5 February
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT

GUN OUTFIT
Tuesday 20 February
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, E9 6NU
7.30pm | £10 |
https://www.wegottickets.com/event/420213

CHAIN AND THE GANG
Monday 26 February
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, E8 1LL

PROTOMARTYR
Thursday 10 May
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King´s Cross, London, N1 9NL

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Darlene Shrugg - 'Inherit The Wind' [VIDEO]



Watch this truly mesmerising new video from Darlene Shrugg, one of our favourite tracks from their self-titled album out now through Upset The Rhythm! Thanks to Pop Matters for premiering.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Chain And The Gang - back in London next Feb!


Upset The Rhythm presents…

CHAIN AND THE GANG
Monday 26 February
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, E8 1LL
7.30pm | £10 | http://www.wegottickets.com/event/422746

CHAIN & THE GANG are a dynamic and irresistible live combo that pens provocative, unforgettable odes to obedience and total destruction. They are led by the remarkable Ian Svenonius; the prime mover behind two of the most essential bands of our time, Nation Of Ulysses and The Make-Up, and author of several books, including The Psychic Soviet and Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock 'n' Roll Group. Ian is also an online talk show host and auteur filmmaker. Chain And The Gang deal in a radical rock n roll that updates rock, blues, and gospel music or vocal quartets from the late 50s /early 60s for the discerning few. After nodding off to the washed-out zzzounds of the latest five-star folly critic’s catastrophe, Chain & the Gang decided to respond with their patented perversity; they reached to the farther corner of the lab and came up with an immortal classic in the hard-to-hear genre of “EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC”. Its a foot-tapping, head scratching, torso tornado that will crinkle the connossieur’s temple in a tantrum of cerebral delight. ”EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC” is due for release through Radical Elite Record soon.
http://chainandthegang.bandcamp.com/



Thursday, 9 November 2017

Shopping, Gauche & The World tomorrow in London, Mount Eerie and Escape-ism next week!

Alright there!
 
We’re getting ready for a marathon week of incredible live music in London; sharpening pencils, tying shoelaces, drawing up playlists...
 
This very busy epoch for Upset The Rhythm kicks off tomorrow night at Kamio in Old Street, where we’re lucky enough to have a mind-blowing trio of now-bands playing! Luminous post-punks Shopping are headlining in support of their feverish new single ‘The Hype’, whilst Gauche (members of Priests and Downtown Boys) and The World will also turning in disarming performances guaranteed to quicken pulses.
 
Upset The Rhythm will be DJ-ing long into the night too, so prepare for dance off. Tickets are £9 on the door from 8pm, imagine amps switched on from 9pm. See you there!
 
 
 
 
On Monday & Tuesday we return to St John on Bethnal Green church for two special evenings in the company of Mount Eerie. It’s a 100% privilege to witness Phil Elverum perform, it is a minimal, perfectly judged exercise in less is more, always vastly personal, always intensely honest.
 
This rare concert will feature Phil playing an extra-long set of recent material on acoustic guitar and vocals alone. Mount Eerie will commence from 8.30pm each day. Monday’s concert is now sold out, but some last tickets remain for Tuesday here.
 
Also on Tuesday we’re excited to have Protomartyr headline a sold out show at The Dome. There will be no tickets on the door for this one unfortunately and due to a eardrum-related medical issue Sauna Youth have been replaced on the bill with Ireland’s Oh Boland. Bomber Jackets are still primed to open proceedings.
 
If you missed out on tickets for this one, I’d advise getting some tickets for Protomartyr’s next London appearance on May 10th next year at The Scala. Tickets selling fast already.
 
 
 
 
To draw our exceptionally lively week to a close, next Friday 17th and Saturday 18th November we are beside ourselves to welcome back to London the vital force of mind and music that is Ian Svenonius!
 
Ian is hosting two nights of music for us at The Islington with support from The Plan and Mystic Business. Escape-ism is the name under which Ian will be performing his crucial sonic exposés of the self via vocal, guitar, drum machine and cassette tapes. Tickets have been flying out the door for this too, so with only Friday 17 November still on sale, we’d strongly urge you to pick some up in advance to avoid disappointment on the door.
 
Listings and ticket links to all these shows can be found below. I hope you can join us for such an epic discourse in staying out late at night and listening to the best of sounds.
 
 

 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…

SHOPPING
GAUCHE
THE WORLD
Friday 10 November
Kamio, 3 Rivington Street , London, EC2A 3JL
8pm - 2am | £9 | TICKETS 

SHOPPING are propulsive bass lines, primitive disco-not-disco drums and guitar lines sharp as broken glass. The band was formed in 2012 by members Rachel Aggs (guitar), Billy Easter (bass) and Andrew Milk (drums), who've all done time in a plethora of notable UK DIY bands including Trash Kit and Wet Dog. They pull from a well of 70's post-punk with a voraciousness seldom seen these days, bringing to mind the jagged aggression of Gang of Four, the voracious yelp of The Slits and the dance inducing thrust of Delta 5 . Their debut LP 'Consumer Complaints' was released November 2013 in the UK via MILK records and quickly sold out its first pressing. A US re-issue of 'Consumer Complaints' came out in 2015 via Fat Cat records, followed up by their excellent second album 'Why Choose?' The band are tirelessly committed to taking their sound to new audiences and spreading the Shopping gospel, securing impressive gigs along the way including main support for ESG and Gang Of Four as well as a BBC 6 Music session for Marc Riley. They have toured in the UK and throughout Europe numerous times over the last few years and last year toured the USA with also awesome Gauche, look out for a new album imminently!

GAUCHE are made up of Daniele Yandel of Priests and Mary Regalado & Adrienne Berry of Downtown Boys, plus a cast of friends. Gauche bring a funked groove to scratchy, minimal post-punk on their debut Get Away With.... Originally released on cassette via Sister Polygon Records, it is now also available on LP through Danger Records. Taking elements of Young Marble Giants, ESG (who they have played with) and Grass Widow, the DC band inject an explosive energy into songs about fraught relationships, a dependency on technology and social media and unfair working conditions.
https://g-a-u-c-h-e.bandcamp.com/releases

THE WORLD are from Oakland, California. The year is 2017 and The World offer the only glimmers of hope in a city rapidly transforming into a wasteland of artisanal toast and succulent shops right before our very eyes. They've awed all those who have seen them play in San Francisco basements, beach town bars, crowded East Bay lofts - who knew the sight of bongos could be so titillating? And now The World is ready for the world. Their debut LP is all double sax attack, the tremolo of dub guitar, and those spare and sturdy drums, anchored by the gravitational pull of Amber's propulsive bass. Every member of this band feels like the secret weapon, and together, the combination is deadly, the particular alchemy of musicians who voraciously consume music of all kinds. Members have done time in Andy Human and the Reptoids, Rays, Pang, and Penny Machine - devotees of all those will find much to like here. The World's a post-punk band, sure, but they're also a dance group, a wild and revolutionary art collective, sounds from the past catapulted to the future. 'First World Record' is due out October 6th through Upset The Rhythm.
 
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
 
MOUNT EERIE
Monday 13 November – SOLD OUT
Tuesday 14 November
St John on Bethnal Green
200 Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PA
7.30pm | £15 | TICKETS
 
MOUNT EERIE is the current project of Phil Elverum. In high school in Anacortes Washington in 1996 Elverum started calling his tapes of self-recorded noise and songs 'The Microphones'. Since then he's produced two decades worth of records that span a wide spectrum from studio heavy atmospheric landscaping to simple raw songs. The Microphones project was nourished by and located within the community of artists around K Records in Olympia in the late 90s/early 2000s, and Phil Elverum's musical ideas were clearly the product of the flood of independent music in the NW during those years.
 
After five albums the project was renamed Mount Eerie just as the Microphones were getting some unexpected attention from the widespread acclaim of 'the Glow pt. 2' (2001). The Mount Eerie recordings got weirder and broader, and Elverum left K Records and began releasing everything himself, ultimately building a self-contained small town operation in Anacortes called P.W. Elverum & Sun. Radical self-sufficiency has been a theme and obsession; all all ages shows and never though a manager or booking agent, always self-recorded, hands on in all details. Mount Eerie's albums have always aimed to push into new territory, both in sound and idea, but the thread of Elverum's voice has remained constant throughout, soft and human amid the wide range of textures and worlds. Often the lyrics have attempted to grapple with big questions, the briefness and the smallness of human life being a running theme. On occasion the music has been called "black metal" (Wind's Poem, 2009), "dream landscape" (Clear Moon, 2012), and "raw and direct" (Lost Wisdom, 2008).
 
The new album, 'A Crow Looked At Me', sounds closer to the latter; minimal instrumentation, no production, clear and heavy words right up front. The difference here is the subject matter. In 2015 Elverum's wife, the French Canadian cartoonist and musician Genevieve Castree, was diagnosed with a bad cancer just after giving birth to their first child. She died a year later. Elverum wrote and recored the album throughout the fall of 2016 in the same room where Genevieve died, using mostly her instruments; her guitar, her bass, her pick, her amp, her old family accordion, writing the words on her paper. The songs are about the brutal details of that experience, from the hospitalisations to the grieving, the specific domestic banalities that become existential in the context of such huge and abrupt loss. These songs are not fun. They are pretty and they are deep, and they find a love that prevails beneath the overwhelming and real sorrow. It is unlike anything else in the Mount Eerie catalog in its unvarnished expressions of personal grief, metaphor-free.
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
 
ESCAPE-ISM
(Ian Svenonius)
THE PLAN (Nov 17)
MYSTIC BUSINESS (Nov 18)
Friday 17 November
Saturday 18 November – SOLD OUT
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £9 | TICKETS
 
ESCAPE-ISM is a solo project from Ian Svenonius. Svenonius is known for his work in groups The Make-Up, Chain & the Gang, XYZ, Weird War and author of underground bestsellers such as The Psychic Soviet, Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock 'n' Roll Group, and Censorship Now! Recognised by Performer Magazine as the "greatest performer on the planet", Svenonius is profound, prophetic, perverse, and poetic. His debut solo album an 'Introduction to Escape-ism' is released through Merge soon, teaming up a drum machine, guitar, cassette player, and a single voice singing out... for a way out. Svenonius' songs cry out for love, justice, redemption and insurrection, they stomp on convention and clobber notions of what music can be. Live, Escape-ism a new paradigm of performance: raw, gestural, idiotic, sublime, revolutionary, poetic, faux naif, unknowing, a drainage pipe that leads to who knows where. 'Introduction to Escape-ism' isn't just the soundtrack for a late-night drive on a lonely interstate, or a platter played to incite abandon at a pajama party with one's pals. It's also a tunnel to tomorrow. It's a mineshaft to the motherlode. It's 100% unadulterated Ian Svenonius.
 
THE PLAN are an evolving post-punk outfit including members who have previously appeared in bands like Wetdog, Private Trousers, Vic Godard and The Subway Sect & The Ghosts. The Plan harness unruly beats with discordant keyboards and guitars then stamp sweet vocal harmonies over the result. Continually celebrating the release of their debut album 'Nervous Energy' on Southend Records they currently play songs from this record alongside the new ones lined up for No 2. (Nov 17th only)
 
MYSTIC BUSINESS are an anarchic beats choir with punk ethos led by artist, composer, and drummer Jenny Moore - bent on inciting progressive politics with spontaneous joy. Jenny Moore (Bas Jan, Charismatic Megafauna) brings the statement, the groove and directed mayhem. Rapture and rage are distilled out of thin air by this 10-piece orchestra of chaos, using drums, tuned percussion and voices. (Nov 18th only)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Huge thanks for your valuable time, see you soon I’m sure!
Upset The Rhythm
 
 
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UPSET THE RHYTHM
UPCOMING SHOWS 
SHOPPING
GAUCHE
THE WORLD
 Friday 10 November
Kamio, 3 Rivington Street , London, EC2A 3JL
8pm - 2am | £9 | TICKETS
 
MOUNT EERIE
Monday 13 November - SOLD OUT
Tuesday 14 November
St John on Bethnal Green
200 Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PA
7.30pm | £15 | TICKETS
 
PROTOMARTYR
SAUNA YOUTH
BOMBER JACKETS
Tuesday 14 November
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, London, N19 5QQ
7.30pm | £12 | SOLD OUT
 
ESCAPE-ISM
(Ian Svenonius)
THE PLAN (Nov 17)
MYSTIC BUSINESS (Nov 18)
Friday 17 November
Saturday 18 November – SOLD OUT
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £9 | TICKETS
 
FUTURE ISLANDS
ZACK MEXICO
Monday 20 November - SOLD OUT
Tuesday 21 November - SOLD OUT
Wednesday 22 November
In collaboration with Parallel Lines
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Rd, Brixton, London SW9 9SL
7pm | TICKETS 
 
ROY MONTGOMERY
ALEXANDER TUCKER

Thursday 23 November
In collaboration with Café OTO
Cafe OTO, 22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
SPIRIT FEST
(Tenniscoats & members of The Notwist, Joasihno and Jam Money)
Thursday 7 December
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
RICHARD DAWSON
(Live band show)
Wednesday 20 December
Islington Assembly Hall, Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 2UD
7pm | £15 | TICKETS
 
DAVID NANCE
Monday 5 February
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £6 | TICKETS
 
GUN OUTFIT
Tuesday 20 February
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, E9 6NU
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
PROTOMARTYR
Thursday 10 May
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King´s Cross, London, N1 9NL
7pm | £12.50 | TICKETS
 
 

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Darlene Shrugg LP/CD out now, plus Shopping, Gauche and The World play London next Friday!

Hello there!
 
We’re delighted to share with you our new album from glammed-up, high-intensity rock group Darlene Shrugg. Out now, the band’s self-titled debut album is a concise blast of the sublime. Absorbing then inverting classic rock, this record brims with imaginative production, brash theatricality and uninhibited energy.
 
 
Darlene Shrugg represents a collaborative convergence, featuring Maximilian Turnbull (formerly Slim Twig), Meg Remy (U.S. Girls), Simone TB and Carlyn Bezic & Amanda Crist, also known for their electro-pop project, Ice Cream. This certain alchemy has helped to establish the unique force found on this debut album: four women, one man; four Canadians and an American; collaborations stretching back to nascent high school years; punk exuberance meeting studio finesse.
 
Formed in Toronto in 2013, Darlene Shrugg is a local enigma; Darlene more or less abstains from an internet presence, and its public performances are sporadic at best. This reticent progress continued for a couple of years until last year when Young Guv, of Fucked Up fame, cajoled the band into a studio with engineer-producer Steve Chahley to finally record some of their unabashedly electrifying songs.
 
 
 
These tracks profane, as much as pay tribute to a lineage of foundational bands, arguably stemming from Black Sabbath and Alice Cooper through Thin Lizzy. All of this unfolds in less than half an hour, leaving time for a detour into the sublime with album centrepiece, Strawberry Milk, an interstellar power ballad turned meditation on Eve. ‘Darlene Shrugg’ is available now on LP and CD through Upset The Rhythm, our web shop is primed and ready here: http://upsettherhythm.bigcartel.com/
 
 
 
 
 
OK, let’s step into the live arena. In terms of shows, this past week Upset The Rhythm have been confirming shows left, right and centre.
 
We confirmed a second show for Escape-ism (Ian Svenonius) later this November, plus have new events for Gun Outfit and David Nance booked for February and a newly announced and on sale concert for Protomartyr at The Scala next May. So pleased to have them booked to come back, even before they play for us later this month!
 
 
Our next live show will take place next week on Friday night at Kamio in Old Street. We’re very lucky to have an incredible trio of bands playing! Dazzling post-punks Shopping are headlining in support of their new single ‘The Hype’, whilst Gauche (members of Priests and Downtown Boys) and The World also join the bill.
 
Now that’s one serious lineup, read on for the full tantalising tale. To whet your appetite further why not listen to The World in session recently with Marc Riley, they are beyond brilliant.
 
 
 
 
 

 
If you need further soundtrack suggestions for your life, we returned to the virtual airwaves this week with our second two-hour radio show for CAMP Radio.
 
It’s 120 minutes of our favourite songs (from The Walking Floors to Dip In The Pool), and also features maximal chat and some live recordings from our recent shows for The World, Downtown Boys and John Maus too! Listen here
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…

SHOPPING
GAUCHE
THE WORLD
Friday 10 November
Kamio, 3 Rivington Street , London, EC2A 3JL
8pm - 2am | £9 | TICKETS 

SHOPPING are propulsive bass lines, primitive disco-not-disco drums and guitar lines sharp as broken glass. The band was formed in 2012 by members Rachel Aggs (guitar), Billy Easter (bass) and Andrew Milk (drums), who've all done time in a plethora of notable UK DIY bands including Trash Kit and Wet Dog. They pull from a well of 70's post-punk with a voraciousness seldom seen these days, bringing to mind the jagged aggression of Gang of Four, the voracious yelp of The Slits and the dance inducing thrust of Delta 5 . Their debut LP 'Consumer Complaints' was released November 2013 in the UK via MILK records and quickly sold out its first pressing. A US re-issue of 'Consumer Complaints' came out in 2015 via Fat Cat records, followed up by their excellent second album 'Why Choose?' The band are tirelessly committed to taking their sound to new audiences and spreading the Shopping gospel, securing impressive gigs along the way including main support for ESG and Gang Of Four as well as a BBC 6 Music session for Marc Riley. They have toured in the UK and throughout Europe numerous times over the last few years and last year toured the USA with also awesome Gauche, look out for a new album imminently!

GAUCHE are made up of Daniele Yandel of Priests and Mary Regalado & Adrienne Berry of Downtown Boys, plus a cast of friends. Gauche bring a funked groove to scratchy, minimal post-punk on their debut Get Away With.... Originally released on cassette via Sister Polygon Records, it is now also available on LP through Danger Records. Taking elements of Young Marble Giants, ESG (who they have played with) and Grass Widow, the DC band inject an explosive energy into songs about fraught relationships, a dependency on technology and social media and unfair working conditions.
https://g-a-u-c-h-e.bandcamp.com/releases

THE WORLD are from Oakland, California. The year is 2017 and The World offer the only glimmers of hope in a city rapidly transforming into a wasteland of artisanal toast and succulent shops right before our very eyes. They've awed all those who have seen them play in San Francisco basements, beach town bars, crowded East Bay lofts - who knew the sight of bongos could be so titillating? And now The World is ready for the world. Their debut LP is all double sax attack, the tremolo of dub guitar, and those spare and sturdy drums, anchored by the gravitational pull of Amber's propulsive bass. Every member of this band feels like the secret weapon, and together, the combination is deadly, the particular alchemy of musicians who voraciously consume music of all kinds. Members have done time in Andy Human and the Reptoids, Rays, Pang, and Penny Machine - devotees of all those will find much to like here. The World's a post-punk band, sure, but they're also a dance group, a wild and revolutionary art collective, sounds from the past catapulted to the future. 'First World Record' is due out October 6th through Upset The Rhythm.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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