Monday, 19 February 2018

Busy week for London: Gun Outfit, Greg Ashley and Chain And The Gang!

Morning everyone!
 
We’re appearing in a cloud of smoke this morning heralding three upcoming London shows. Here’s a quick reminder for you. Tomorrow at Moth Club we have the breezy, cosmic country punk of Gun Outfit, the questing avant-folk of Dead Rat Orchestra and the acoustic reverie of Calming River all lining up for your entertainment. This show is in full ascendance, read on for a thorough description of all that promise.
 
 

 
 
 
Then this Saturday, Trouble In Mind’s Greg Ashley, well known for his work with blazing psych outfit The Gris Gris, will be treating us to a suite of his self-deprecating solo work. Greg’s honest, personal lyrics and stunningly bold delivery are often cited as chief credits, but there’s also a perfectly pitched poetic insularity that runs through his songs, all in all it’ll be super impressive.
 
We’re really pleased to have Mass Datura building up a dizzy tower of progged-out space pop at this event at The Islington too.
 
Lastly, you’ll also find below the full listing for next weeks’ Chain And The Gang show at Oslo, Hackney. With Chain And The Gang, Ian Svenonius has sharpened his ascerbic persona, allowing the minimalist groove and retro-fitted experimentalism to whip to a frenzy. Simply put, Chain And The Gang are a phenomenon live, a revelation, an outpouring!
 
Support for this show, one week today, takes shape in the polemic majesty of Milky Wimpshake in solo mode too. So much to look forward to, let’s leave you with the words…
 
 
 
 

 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
 
GUN OUTFIT
DEAD RAT ORCHESTRA
CALMING RIVER
Tuesday 20 February
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, E9 6NU
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
GUN OUTFIT's enveloping 'Western Expanse' aesthetic of guitar levitations and honky-tonk hexes are like the stones eroded by years in the arroyo, they've become gradually smoother over time. Their fifth LP (Out of Range on Paradise of Bachelors) ranks as their most brutally beautiful statement yet. Drawing from mythologies both classical and postmodern, Out of Range builds a world in which Brueghel, St. Augustine, and the goddess Cybele ride with John Ford, Samuel Beckett, and Wallace Stevens on a Orphic-Gnostic suicide drive towards the hallucinatory vanishing points of the Southwestern desert, debating the denouement of the decaying American dream.
https://gunoutfit.bandcamp.com/

DEAD RAT ORCHESTRA see themselves as adrift in a sea of sound and possibility, plucking textures and melodies to craft their idiosyncratic vision of what music can be. Raw, elemental and poignant with a love of idiosyncratic folk traditions and antiquated technology. Their performances have featured flailing axes, salt and sawdust, throbbing harmonium, grinding fiddle and 2000 shards of micro-tuned steel cast to the floor in cascading, shimmering joy.
http://www.deadratorchestra.co.uk/

CALMING RIVER is the pseudonym of songwriter Joshua Malcolm, who has recently relocated from Denmark back to his native Britain. The name Calming River may conjure tranquility but there has always been a latent, opposing flow of tension and strife to be found—a fragility that emanates within delicate and darkened confines. Joshua has so far released two singles last year to critical acclaim and will be releasing more material in the coming months.
https://soundcloud.com/calming-river
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
 
GREG ASHLEY
MASS DATURA
Saturday 24 February
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £7 | TICKETS
 
GREG ASHLEY has been a fixture on the underground music scene since the late Nineties while strafing eardrums as a teenager in Houston in garage- punk band The Strate-Coats. Since then he’s proven himself not only as a songwriter, singer and guitar player in bands like The Mirrors & The Gris-Gris, but also as a producer/sound engineer via his Oakland-based Creamery Studio. His career as a solo artist is vast and varied, spanning the gamut between fried-n-beautiful psychedelia, gorgeous & cathartic symphonic suites and gentle, damaged folk music, beginning with 2003’s debut and last leaving us with 2017’s ‘Pictures of Saint Paul Street’ (Trouble In Mind). This recent record carries forward Ashley’s musical palette (a rootsy amalgam of tortured, Cohen-esque folk tinged with the beer soaked recklessness of a West Texas honky-tonk). The songs on ‘Pictures of Saint Paul Street’ are lush & beautiful autopsies of society’s underbelly, with stark and brutally honest ruminations on humanity. Songs like “A Sea of Suckers” & “Pursue The Nightlife” pull no punches, while “Jailbirds & Vagabonds” and “Blues For A Pecan Tree” carouse on a more abstract, human (almost romantic) level. The protagonist in many of Ashley’s songs may be Ashley himself - a true artist willing to admit he’s nowhere near perfect, and honest enough to document his sunrises & sunsets no matter if they occur in his own backyard, or on a barroom floor.
 https://gregashley.bandcamp.com/ 

MASS DATURA have spent the last three years earning a well-deserved reputation for their mesmerising, raw and unpredictable live performances. Mass Datura was initially formed by singer, writer and artist Thomas Rowe (with best friend Joseph Colkett), as an outlet to channel his own strange childhood experiences. Born and raised in the rural ghettos of Western Canada, frontman Rowe discovered at an early age what a powerful form of escapism music could be for him. Landing as an alien in London eight years ago, Rowe gathered a group of like-minded East London misfits around him and from this, Mass Datura formed. Mass Datura take their name from 16th century occult mythology, the Datura flower when ingested was said to give you the ability to levitate, flying through bleak night skies around the world snatching up little children. The band’s debut album was released last year alongside a performance at Liverpool Psych Fest. Mass Datura have managed to support some very exciting bands around the country including L.A. Witch, The Black Angels, A Place to Bury Strangers, Holy Drug Couple, Dark Horses and Black Mountain.
 
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
 
CHAIN AND THE GANG
MILKY WIMPSHAKE (SOLO)
Monday 26 February
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, E8 1LL
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
CHAIN AND 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.
https://chainandthegang.bandcamp.com/

MILKY WIMPSHAKE are a passionate punk band from Newcastle Upon Tyne. The band formed in the early 1990s as part of the Slampt Underground organisation, a label and arts umbrella that supported many of the best UK DIY acts including The Yummy Fur, Pussycat Trash, Red Monkey and personal favourites Bette Davis & The Balconettes. Milky Wimpshake play love songs for punk rockers, protest tunes, covers of Northern Soul classics, and some new classics of their own. Characterised by Pete Dale’s wry lyrics and playful, direct guitar riffs, Milky Wimpshake are true stalwarts and legends of the underground and have recorded several ‘personal vs political’ albums in recent times for the mighty Fortuna Pop imprint. This show sees Pete Dale fly solo, performing his own favourite Wimpshake songs for this select audience on guitar and vocal.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks for your time and consideration!
Upset The Rhythm
 
 
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UPSET THE RHYTHM
UPCOMING SHOWS 
GUN OUTFIT
DEAD RAT ORCHESTRA
CALMING RIVER
Tuesday 20 February
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, London, E9 6NU
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
GREG ASHLEY
MASS DATURA
Saturday 24 February
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £7 | TICKETS
 
CHAIN AND THE GANG
MILKY WIMPSHAKE (SOLO)
Monday 26 February
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
KA BAIRD
DIANA POLICARPO / JEJUNO
HACK MYSTIC
Tuesday 6 March
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £7 | TICKETS
 
SHANNON LAY
WILLIAM PATRICK OWEN
Wednesday 7 March
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £6 | TICKETS
 
ALAN LICHT
JAMES SEDWARDS
Sunday 11 March
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
6.30pm | £7 | TICKETS
 
BILL ORCUTT & CHRIS CORSANO:
* DUO PERFORMANCE
RATTLE
Saturday 17 March
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
* SOLO PERFORMANCES
Sunday 18 March
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
BRIGID MAE POWER
DANIEL O'SULLIVAN
Tuesday 27 March
Servant Jazz Quarters, 10A Bradbury Street, Dalston, London N16 8JN
7.30pm | £8 | TICKETS
 
JOSHUA ABRAMS - NATURAL INFORMATION SOCIETY
Monday 2 April
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
8pm | £11 | TICKETS
 
NO AGE
MIAUX
VITAL IDLES
Wednesday 4 April
Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, 44 Pollard Row, London, E2 6NB
7:30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
JAMIE STEWART (Xiu Xiu)
ERIC CHENAUX
Monday 9 April
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
ED SCHRADER’S MUSIC BEAT
Monday 7 May
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, London, E9 6NU
7.30pm | £7.50 | TICKETS
 
NAP EYES
Tuesday 8 May
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
MATANA ROBERTS & KELLY-JAYNE JONES
Wednesday 9 May
Ghost Notes, Peckham Levels, 95A Rye Lane, Peckham, London, SE15 4ST
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
PROTOMARTYR
ANA DA SILVA
RATTLE
Thursday 10 May
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King´s Cross, London, N1 9NL
7pm | £12.50 | TICKETS
 
SCREAMING FEMALES
Wednesday 23 May
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
JOHN MAUS
Thursday 14 June
Electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High St, London, NW1 8QP
7.30pm | £15.00 | TICKETS
 

Monday, 12 February 2018

No Babies new album announced, plus upcoming shows for Greg Ashley and Gun Outfit!

Hello there!
Brilliant news… Oakland, CA’s No Babies are back in business with a brand new album entitled ‘Someone To Watch Over Me’. Upset The Rhythm will be releasing the LP next month on March 9th on red/blue marbled vinyl.
 
‘Someone To Watch Over Me’ follows on from the band’s 2011 debut and its fleet of successive empowering/imploding 7”s. Here’s an exclusive track to check out called ‘The Weight’, featuring Victoria M. Ruiz (of Downtown Boys) on backing vocals.
 

 
 
"Oakland, CA’s No Babies return with their second LP, another furiously ecstatic exploration of the overlapping margins of punk, hardcore, and no wave. The pieces we’ve come to expect are all here: Jasmine Watson’s invectives against capitalism, binaries, police; Ricky Martyr’s inimitable and always surprising stop-start guitar; horns of all stripes breaking through the noise (Misha Poleschuck on tenor sax, clarinet); a nimble and powerful jazz-influenced rhythm section (Laura DeVeber on bass, Sean Nieves on drums). Their particular brand of composed/improvised noise/music has never been chaos at all (they’ve always known exactly what they’re doing), and this time around the band seems more at one than ever, aided by the crispness and brightness of Jack Shirley’s able production. These are walls of sound, something like a runaway train, or a writhing sea serpent, and we are along for the ride. This is music that feels necessary. These are songs that sound vital to survival." - Grace Ambrose 
 
‘Someone To Watch Over Me’ is available to pre-order here now!
 
 
 
 
In terms of Upset The Rhythm live show news, this last few days has seen us confirm new London concerts for Matana Roberts in collaboration with Kelly-Jayne Jones (this May at new venue Ghost Notes), and for John Maus and his electrifying live band (this June at the Electric Ballroom). Check our listings section for full details and ticket links.
 
We’re also outlining below our two upcoming shows on the horizon aka next week! On Tuesday 20th Feb, we’re hosting an evening of western expansion, honkytonk hex and elemental folk texture at Moth Club with Gun Outfit, Dead Rat Orchestra and Calming River. Whilst the following Saturday night  (Feb 24th) we’re extremely lucky to have Greg Ashley (of The Gris-Gris) and Mass Datura both playing for us at The Islington. If psychedelic suites of raw catharsis and headswoon abandon are up your street then his show will tick those boxes with a huge marker pen. Read on for all the particulars.
 
 
 
In case you need a soundtrack for this modest memo, I’d like to draw your attention to Gideon Coe’s excellent BBC 6Music radio show last week that featured Upset The Rhythm as its ‘label of love’.
 
Top tracks from Normil Hawaiians, The Green Child, Terry, Sauna Youth and Robert Sotelo all feature from 2hr 15 mins in! Enjoy.
 
 

 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
 
GUN OUTFIT
DEAD RAT ORCHESTRA
CALMING RIVER
Tuesday 20 February
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, E9 6NU
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
GUN OUTFIT's enveloping 'Western Expanse' aesthetic of guitar levitations and honky-tonk hexes are like the stones eroded by years in the arroyo, they've become gradually smoother over time. Their fifth LP (Out of Range on Paradise of Bachelors) ranks as their most brutally beautiful statement yet. Drawing from mythologies both classical and postmodern, Out of Range builds a world in which Brueghel, St. Augustine, and the goddess Cybele ride with John Ford, Samuel Beckett, and Wallace Stevens on a Orphic-Gnostic suicide drive towards the hallucinatory vanishing points of the Southwestern desert, debating the denouement of the decaying American dream.
https://gunoutfit.bandcamp.com/

DEAD RAT ORCHESTRA see themselves as adrift in a sea of sound and possibility, plucking textures and melodies to craft their idiosyncratic vision of what music can be. Raw, elemental and poignant with a love of idiosyncratic folk traditions and antiquated technology. Their performances have featured flailing axes, salt and sawdust, throbbing harmonium, grinding fiddle and 2000 shards of micro-tuned steel cast to the floor in cascading, shimmering joy.
http://www.deadratorchestra.co.uk/

CALMING RIVER is the pseudonym of songwriter Joshua Malcolm, who has recently relocated from Denmark back to his native Britain. The name Calming River may conjure tranquility but there has always been a latent, opposing flow of tension and strife to be found—a fragility that emanates within delicate and darkened confines. Joshua has so far released two singles last year to critical acclaim and will be releasing more material in the coming months.
https://soundcloud.com/calming-river
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
 
GREG ASHLEY
MASS DATURA
Saturday 24 February
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £7 | TICKETS
 
GREG ASHLEY has been a fixture on the underground music scene since the late Nineties while strafing eardrums as a teenager in Houston in garage- punk band The Strate-Coats. Since then he’s proven himself not only as a songwriter, singer and guitar player in bands like The Mirrors & The Gris-Gris, but also as a producer/sound engineer via his Oakland-based Creamery Studio. His career as a solo artist is vast and varied, spanning the gamut between fried-n-beautiful psychedelia, gorgeous & cathartic symphonic suites and gentle, damaged folk music, beginning with 2003’s debut and last leaving us with 2017’s ‘Pictures of Saint Paul Street’ (Trouble In Mind). This recent record carries forward Ashley’s musical palette (a rootsy amalgam of tortured, Cohen-esque folk tinged with the beer soaked recklessness of a West Texas honky-tonk). The songs on ‘Pictures of Saint Paul Street’ are lush & beautiful autopsies of society’s underbelly, with stark and brutally honest ruminations on humanity. Songs like “A Sea of Suckers” & “Pursue The Nightlife” pull no punches, while “Jailbirds & Vagabonds” and “Blues For A Pecan Tree” carouse on a more abstract, human (almost romantic) level. The protagonist in many of Ashley’s songs may be Ashley himself - a true artist willing to admit he’s nowhere near perfect, and honest enough to document his sunrises & sunsets no matter if they occur in his own backyard, or on a barroom floor.
 https://gregashley.bandcamp.com/ 

MASS DATURA have spent the last three years earning a well-deserved reputation for their mesmerising, raw and unpredictable live performances. Mass Datura was initially formed by singer, writer and artist Thomas Rowe (with best friend Joseph Colkett), as an outlet to channel his own strange childhood experiences. Born and raised in the rural ghettos of Western Canada, frontman Rowe discovered at an early age what a powerful form of escapism music could be for him. Landing as an alien in London eight years ago, Rowe gathered a group of like-minded East London misfits around him and from this, Mass Datura formed. Mass Datura take their name from 16th century occult mythology, the Datura flower when ingested was said to give you the ability to levitate, flying through bleak night skies around the world snatching up little children. The band’s debut album was released last year alongside a performance at Liverpool Psych Fest. Mass Datura have managed to support some very exciting bands around the country including L.A. Witch, The Black Angels, A Place to Bury Strangers, Holy Drug Couple, Dark Horses and Black Mountain.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thank you all for reading and for coming out to see David Nance
and Shopping in your hordes recently, have a great week!
Upset The Rhythm
 
 
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UPSET THE RHYTHM
UPCOMING SHOWS 
GUN OUTFIT
DEAD RAT ORCHESTRA
CALMING RIVER
Tuesday 20 February
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, London, E9 6NU
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
GREG ASHLEY
MASS DATURA
Saturday 24 February
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £7 | TICKETS
 
CHAIN AND THE GANG
MILKY WIMPSHAKE (SOLO)
Monday 26 February
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
KA BAIRD
DIANA POLICARPO / JEJUNO
HACK MYSTIC
Tuesday 6 March
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £7 | TICKETS
 
SHANNON LAY
WILLIAM PATRICK OWEN
Wednesday 7 March
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £6 | TICKETS
 
ALAN LICHT
JAMES SEDWARDS
Sunday 11 March
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
6.30pm | £7 | TICKETS
 
BILL ORCUTT & CHRIS CORSANO:
* DUO PERFORMANCE
RATTLE
Saturday 17 March
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
* SOLO PERFORMANCES
Sunday 18 March
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
BRIGID MAE POWER
DANIEL O'SULLIVAN
Tuesday 27 March
Servant Jazz Quarters, 10A Bradbury Street, Dalston, London N16 8JN
7.30pm | £8 | TICKETS
 
JOSHUA ABRAMS - NATURAL INFORMATION SOCIETY
Monday 2 April
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
8pm | £11 | TICKETS
 
NO AGE
MIAUX
VITAL IDLES
Wednesday 4 April
Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, 44 Pollard Row, London, E2 6NB
7:30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
JAMIE STEWART (Xiu Xiu)
ERIC CHENAUX
Monday 9 April
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
ED SCHRADER’S MUSIC BEAT
Monday 7 May
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, London, E9 6NU
7.30pm | £7.50 | TICKETS
 
NAP EYES
Tuesday 8 May
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
MATANA ROBERTS & KELLY-JAYNE JONES
Wednesday 9 May
Ghost Notes, Peckham Levels, 95A Rye Lane, Peckham, London, SE15 4ST
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
PROTOMARTYR
ANA DA SILVA
RATTLE
Thursday 10 May
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King´s Cross, London, N1 9NL
7pm | £12.50 | TICKETS
 
SCREAMING FEMALES
Wednesday 23 May
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
JOHN MAUS
Thursday 14 June
Electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High St, London, NW1 8QP
7.30pm | £15.00 | TICKETS
 
 

No Babies - 'Someone To Watch Over Me' released next month!


Hello there!
Brilliant news… Oakland, CA’s No Babies are back in business with a brand new album entitled ‘Someone To Watch Over Me’. Upset The Rhythm will be releasing the LP next month on March 9th on red/blue marbled vinyl. ‘Someone To Watch Over Me’ follows on from the band’s 2011 debut and its fleet of successive empowering/imploding 7”s. Here’s an exclusive track to check out called ‘The Weight’, featuring Victoria M. Ruiz (of Downtown Boys) on backing vocals.



"Oakland, CA’s No Babies return with their second LP, another furiously ecstatic exploration of the overlapping margins of punk, hardcore, and no wave. The pieces we’ve come to expect are all here: Jasmine Watson’s invectives against capitalism, binaries, police; Ricky Martyr’s inimitable and always surprising stop-start guitar; horns of all stripes breaking through the noise (Misha Poleschuck on tenor sax, clarinet); a nimble and powerful jazz-influenced rhythm section (Laura DeVeber on bass, Sean Nieves on drums). Their particular brand of composed/improvised noise/music has never been chaos at all (they’ve always known exactly what they’re doing), and this time around the band seems more at one than ever, aided by the crispness and brightness of Jack Shirley’s able production. These are walls of sound, something like a runaway train, or a writhing sea serpent, and we are along for the ride. This is music that feels necessary. These are songs that sound vital to survival. We must play them or we will explode. We must play them in order to explode. California in 2018 is a place that feels difficult to survive in. Our friends and neighbours are murdered by the state and its negligence; our homes could crumble or be stolen from us at a moment’s notice; capital is bearing down in new and even more unimaginably cruel ways. The land itself is telling us that we shouldn’t be here: fire, mudslides, earthquakes. ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’ is a reminder of the twin powers of sorrow and strength, noise and melody, anger and joy. “Joy / Joy / Joy / Joy / Joy / Joy / Joy / Joy” Watson screams at the end of the album-closing titular song. Joy may be the only way out of this fresh hell—No Babies make joyful noise and for that we should all be grateful." - Grace Ambrose 

‘Someone to Watch Over Me’ is released through Upset The Rhythm on March 9th, available on 180g blue/red marbled vinyl and digitally. ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’ follows on from the band’s debut LP of 2011 and its successive fleet of empowering/impoding 7”s and EPs. Victoria M. Ruiz (of Downtown Boys) provides backup vocals on ‘The Weight’ and ‘Internalized’, whilst ‘Hazia’ features a quote from Ursula K. Le Guin’s ‘The Farthest Shore’.

Available to pre-order here: http://upsettherhythm.bigcartel.com/ 


John Maus returns to London this June!




Upset The Rhythm presents…

JOHN MAUS
Thursday 14 June
Electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High St, London, NW1 8QP
7.30pm | £15.00 | http://www.wegottickets.com/event/431296

JOHN MAUS is a truly enigmatic musician. Broadly cut from the synth pop cloth, he's fashioned the frosty minimalism of its fabric into a cloak of infinite meaning, genuine grace and absurdist humor over the course of three defining albums since 2006. His music is a highly mutable affair, whilst often described as retro-futurist on behalf of the 80's drum machines and synth sounds employed, John's music is more personal than the nostalgic re-tread implied. There's a cinematic quality to his songs, with pathos conjured through propelling bass-lines, trailing arpeggios and of course his deeply resonant vocal. Moroder helped map out the territory but Maus is more interested in seeking cadence through his love of Renaissance polyphony and the experimentation behind post punk. It's an amalgamation of musical ideas as radical as its intent.

Maus is a 'man out of time' trying to make sense of the inhumanity of our world through his mobilisation of the language of punk rock. His aim is true as he reaches for the seemingly impossible. It's a want to emerge as part of greater multiplicity, to appear, to become, to connect that powers his songs and the man himself. It's now been six years since the widely lauded album 'We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves' appeared like a thunderbolt of maniacal energy and turned everyone's heads. Last October his fourth album proper entitled 'Screen Memories' came out like a clarion call through Ribbon/Domino, this April sees the release of his career defining boxset and new album ‘Addendum’. John Maus has returned to save us all from the apocalypse, now he is accompanied by his electrifying live band the triumph of the human is nigh!
http://www.johnma.us/

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Matana Roberts and Kelly-Jayne Jones in collaboration, in London, in May! Count me in!


Upset The Rhythm presents…

MATANA ROBERTS & KELLY-JAYNE JONES
Wednesday 9 May
Ghost Notes, Peckham Levels, 95A Rye Lane, Peckham, London, SE15 4ST
7.30pm | £12 | http://www.wegottickets.com/event/431001

Internationally renowned US composer, saxophonist, mixed-media practitioner, and sonic voyager Matana Roberts (perhaps best known for her acclaimed Coin Coin project, ongoing and unfolding via Constellation Records) and British sound artist/improviser Kelly Jayne Jones. Roberts and Jones will weave their own approaches into live collaborative works informed by deeply expressive playing, tactile electro-acoustic interplay and a broader shared politics of resistance/defiance. This Upset The Rhythm show is part of the first in a series of special live shows commissioned by OUTLANDS, a new national experimental music touring network.

MATANA ROBERTS is an internationally renowned composer, band leader, saxophonist, sound experimentalist and mixed-media practitioner. Roberts works in many contexts and mediums, including improvisation, dance, poetry, and theatre, and has released a diverse body of solo and ensemble work under her own name on Constellation Records and Central Control over the past decade. She is perhaps best known for her acclaimed Coin Coin project, a multi-chapter work of “panoramic sound quilting” that aims to expose the mystical roots and channel the intuitive spirit-raising traditions of American creative expression while maintaining a deep and substantive engagement with narrativity, history, community and political expression within improvisatory musical structures. Constellation began documenting the Coin Coin project in 2011 and has released the first three of a projected twelve album-length chapters to date.
http://www.matanaroberts.com/





KELLY-JAYNE JONES makes use of varying combinations of prepared recordings, text, rocks, found sounds and flute. Her work beckons a tussle with uncertainty, inviting exposure and vulnerability in performance, chasing experiences that open our chasms within, without restraint. Searching for humble principles of growth; physics; sound, connecting with others in the same space/moment, customary experimental play, with threads and beads of improvisation and interactivity. KJJ has had residencies at Arnolfini in Bristol UK and Kunstalle Bergen, Norway, and has produced commissioned works for Haris Epaminonda at dOCUMENTA13, Tate Modern, ICA London, Schirn Frankfurt, Point Centre Nicosia. She has performed, solo and with part wild horses mane on both sides, at CCA Glasgow, Trieze Gallery Paris, Borealis Festival, Tectonics Reykjavik, Hangar Bicocca in Milan and at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
https://www.kellyjaynejones.org/


Upset The Rhythm: Gideon Coe's Label Of Love!


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09q3ktp


Last night Upset The Rhythm were Gideon Coe's LABEL OF LOVE on his ever excellent 6Music show, listen again here. Tracks from Normil Hawaiians, The Green Child, Terry, Sauna Youth and Robert Sotelo from 2hr 15 mins in!
 

Friday, 2 February 2018

Shopping and David Nance London show this coming week!

Alright there!
 
We’ve got two winning shows coming up next week for you. On Monday we’re heading to The Islington to welcome David Nance and his electrifying live band to make their live debut in London!
 
Nance is a master of the jagged riff, damaged howl and low-end rumble. His contagious boogie pop sings with noise as his recent album on Ba Da Bing attests. Joining the Omaha crew on the bill are Negative Space with their mysterious punk miasma and improv cluster-jammers Midnight Mines! See you there!
 
 
 
The second show we wanted to crow in your ear about takes place on Tuesday at Moth Club and features the London date of Shopping’s tour in support of their new sprightly album ‘The Official Body’. Shopping redefine post-punk, making it personal and polemic, it’s second nature and they achieve all this without forgetting to take the dance floor with them. With Dog Chocolate and Big Joanie playing too, all looks set to go off like a firework.
 
Read on for everything you need to know, including listings for our other shows this month… Gun Outfit, Dead Rat Orchestra, Greg Ashley, Mass Datura and Chain And The Gang.
 
You’ll also find below hot-off-the-presses concert listings for avant-guitarist Alan Licht and haunting troubadour Brigid Mae Power both coming up this March. Ana Da Silva (from The Raincoats) and Rattle have been announced today as the supports for our upcoming Protomartyr show. Plus, we’re delighted to welcome back Ed Schrader’s Music Beat to London also this May.
 
 
 
 
 
OK, last things last, here’s the latest fix of our Upset The Rhythm radio show, episode number five for arts hub CAMP. Please enjoy two terrific hours that’ll speed by in the company of Minimal Man, No Babies, Yeah You and Dancing Did.  We’ve even included some hits from David Nance and Shopping in the show to get your motor running, listen up and listen loud.
 
 

 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents...
 
DAVID NANCE
NEGATIVE SPACE
MIDNIGHT MINES
Monday 5 February
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £6 | TICKETS
 
DAVID NANCE, Omaha veteran of warble and hiss, returns with ‘Negative Boogie’ (Ba Da Bing Records), his new concoction of chug, throb and greasy swagger. For ‘Boogie’, Nance trades in his beaten up Tascam 488 for the bulletproof, glass walls of A.R.C. Studios. Where else can you brew the negative boogie? It’s a bit like Canned Heat but with Pere Ubu’s queasy rhythms and someone playing five-finger fillet with Swell Maps. Ensconced in his ivory tower and soundproof rooms, Nance reached for unlikely weapons to tear down his own lofty experiment. He had his pick of rare guitars, cowbells, steel drums, vintage amps, Crazy Horse microphones, mellotron, and the restless but indefatigable rhythm section of Kevin Donahue and Tom May. They started at sunrise and recorded 15 songs by midnight. Maybe it’s his Midwestern work ethic, maybe he’s a sonic cheapskate. Maybe it’s just the sound of negative boogie. These songs stab and flow into one other like a perfectly orchestrated classic. They’re drenched with Nance’s most biting and comic lyrics to date, peaking on “D.L.A.T.U.M.F. Blues”. And ripping through the entire thing is the cracked power he yanks out of the guitar, a veritable The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of riffage. This is a departure for Nance. It’s bigger and grander but it’s far from easy music. It’s his Plastic Ono Band, his For Your Pleasure, his fever dream of Rocket from the Tombs. Shredders sit with jangling rockers, manic energy spills into depressive torpor, providing the ultimate record experience: one of power, nuance and emotion.
 
NEGATIVE SPACE play mysterious gay hardcore. Negative Space released their debut album 'Gestalt' through new London-based queer label Always Restrictions and Drunken Sailor late last year. The record focuses almost exclusively on the miasma of larger inner-city living and the effects of gender dysphoria on the self, 'Gestalt' pushes an overbearing aural disquiet that expands on the band's established tense minimalism while upping the ire, recalling post-punk forefathers like Wire or a peppier Gang of Four while simultaneously feeling wonderfully, urgently now.
 
MIDNIGHT MINES are a self-styled ‘spontaneous music ensemble’ eschewing formal songwriting for laying down improvised bursts of music during their recording sessions. The resulting live jams are subsequently chopped, screwed and assembled into tracks, filtered through their love of obscure 60s garage no-hopers, outsider folk, The Fall, fried dub, early industrial and other esoteric concerns. Baron Saturday and Private Sorrow swap instruments and splice together tracks built out of old drum machines, feedback, 2-note riffs, atonal harmonies, transistor organs and repetitive mantras.  Check out their recent LP on Mystery Plane and the duo’s ‘We Are The Primitives of a New Era’ cassette.
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
 
SHOPPING
DOG CHOCOLATE
BIG JOANIE
Tuesday 6 February
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, E9 6NU
7.30pm | £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, Sacred Paws 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 ‘The Official Body’ through FatCat imminently!
 
DOG CHOCOLATE sound like a crowded room but are actually four individuals from London. Having played in many other bands including Yeborobo, Limn and Gasp! Cracking Eggs, united they recognise Dog Chocolate as their one true love. Abandoning notions of elegance, cred and professionalism they embrace the ramshackle, instant and fun, capturing a vivid spontaneity with their music. Their sound is a shabby, fast, over-excited ball of wet fur falling down the stairs, knocking over plant pots along the way and staining the carpet. With an average song time of 2 minutes, Dog Chocolate are on to the next treat before fully digesting the last. Chewing up bits of punk, post-punk, noise and pop, Matthew and Robert's guitars race around each other like wasps, pitch-shifting and phasing all over the place while Jono's rolled-up-newspaper drums chase them round the room. The band's new album ‘Moody Balloon Baby’ is readying for release through Upset The Rhythm, who also released their debut 'Snack Fans' in 2016.
 
BIG JOANIE are a black feminist punk band based in London, UK. They formed in July 2013 to play First Timers in November that year - a gig where every band played their first set. Big Joanie are Chardine Taylor-Stone (drums & vocals), Stephanie Phillips (guitar & vocals) and Estella Adeyeri (bass & vocals). Big Joanie are influenced by Nirvana, Throwing Muses, X-Ray Spex, The Bags, My Bloody Valentine, Darlene Love, Tina Turner, Jesus and the Mary Chain, Breeders, PJ Harvey, Shop Assistants... They're like The Ronettes filtered through 80s DIY and riot grrrl with a sprinkling of dashikis. Big Joanie formed to make powerful music but also to create a continuum for black punks by presenting a strong, powerful vision of black womanhood and discussing the black punks who came before them. By making black punks more visible, they believe they can inspire young black punks to start the bands they always wanted to hear.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks for reading, have the best weekend!
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UPSET THE RHYTHM
UPCOMING SHOWS 
DAVID NANCE
NEGATIVE SPACE
MIDNIGHT MINES
Monday 5 February
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £6 | TICKETS
 
SHOPPING
DOG CHOCOLATE
BIG JOANIE
Tuesday 6 February
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, London, E9 6NU
7.30pm | £9 | TICKETS
 
GUN OUTFIT
DEAD RAT ORCHESTRA
CALMING RIVER
Tuesday 20 February
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, London, E9 6NU
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
GREG ASHLEY
MASS DATURA
Saturday 24 February
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £7 | TICKETS
 
CHAIN AND THE GANG
MILKY WIMPSHAKE (SOLO)
Monday 26 February
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
KA BAIRD
DIANA POLICARPO / JEJUNO
HACK MYSTIC
Tuesday 6 March
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £7 | TICKETS
 
SHANNON LAY
Wednesday 7 March
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £6 | TICKETS
 
ALAN LICHT
Sunday 11 March
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
6.30pm | £7 | TICKETS
 
BILL ORCUTT & CHRIS CORSANO:
* DUO PERFORMANCE
RATTLE
Saturday 17 March
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
* SOLO PERFORMANCES
Sunday 18 March
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
BRIGID MAE POWER
Tuesday 27 March
Servant Jazz Quarters, 10A Bradbury Street, Dalston, London N16 8JN
7.30pm | £8 | TICKETS
 
JOSHUA ABRAMS - NATURAL INFORMATION SOCIETY
Monday 2 April
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
8pm | £11 | TICKETS
 
NO AGE
MIAUX
VITAL IDLES
Wednesday 4 April
Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, 44 Pollard Row, London, E2 6NB
7:30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
JAMIE STEWART (Xiu Xiu)
ERIC CHENAUX
Monday 9 April
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
ED SCHRADER’S MUSIC BEAT
Monday 7 May
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, London, E9 6NU
7.30pm | £7.50 | TICKETS
 
NAP EYES
Tuesday 8 May
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
PROTOMARTYR
ANA DA SILVA
RATTLE
Thursday 10 May
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King´s Cross, London, N1 9NL
7pm | £12.50 | TICKETS
 
SCREAMING FEMALES
Wednesday 23 May
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS