Saturday, 19 February 2011


UPSET THE RHYTHM presents...


Saturday 5 March
The Luminaire, 311 Kilburn High Road, Kilburn, NW6 7JR
5pm | 4.00 !!! |

ZOUNDS are an English anarchist band formed in 1977 by Steve Lake. Originally part of the cassette culture movement they were also involved in the squatting and free festival scene. The name of the band is derived from the old English minced oath coined by William Shakespeare: "zounds", which is a contraction of "God's wounds", referring to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ. Their first EP, Can't Cheat Karma, was released on the Crass Records label and features possibly their most well known track "Subvert", a call to arms against the grind of daily life. The release of this EP and association with Crass led to an increase in the bands profile in the embryonic Anarcho Punk scene, touring with both Crass and the Poison Girls as well as performing several squat gigs in West Berlin. The band released their first album ‘The Curse of Zounds’ on Rough Trade Records in 1981, followed by a further three singles on the same label before splitting up in late 1982 disaffected with the Anarchist music scene in general and worn out from touring. Zounds have recently warmed to playing live shows again, so it’s a real pleasure to have them on board for this special show.

COLD PUMAS specialise in pounding, motorik repetition that grabs the groove for dear life. Running rings around themselves with exultant abandon, these three spirited men from Brighton are haunted by grand visions, combining cyclical, harmonised guitar riffs, impressionistic vocals and interwoven rhythms to great effect. At times recalling the metronomic tendencies of Abe Vigoda and the extended, mesmerising pulse of NEU or Boredoms, Cold Pumas echo in a cave very much of their own, with the last year seeing a split record with Male Bonding through Faux Discx, a RMX EP with Hungry For Power and a 7” on Upset The Rhythm. Look out for a recent split 7” with Women, Friendo and Fair Ohs, as well as an new single on Volar Records too.

THE STICKS are a stripped down garage party band from Brighton. They bash drums, sway on the bass and claw at guitar - often swapping over instruments between songs live - and yelp with melodic abandon and delight. The Sticks were recently dubbed as 'semi-amateur', this may be true. With cheap, unreliable equipment they manage to tease out a cacophony of crashing drums and raucous guitar melodies. The key elements of the trio's sound are undoubtedly drawn from the rudimentary ideas found in the more inept efforts of mid-sixties teen bands such as The Chimney Sweeps and The Keggs, as well as more modern day equivalents The Black Lips, The Coachwhips or The Hospitals, say. The Sticks have a double 7” album available through Upset The Rhythm and a brand new 7” on M’lady’s Records.

THE LOWEST FORM like it loud and play it fast. Featuring members of Please, The Human Race, Birds Of Delay and Army Of Flying Robots, this relatively new heavy gang are quickly becoming master craftsmen of the sex/vid-styled school of noise punk.

WARM BRAINS is the newest project from DIY producer extraordinaire, Rory Attwell. With a distinctive lo-fi feel that has become a trademark of the acts that Rory has produced (Robin from Male Bonding now also plays in the band), Warm Brains hurl wiry woven guitars and winter-tinged vocals into a colourful storm of urgent noise and on-the-spot dynamic rawk. Marshall Teller will be releasing a 7” soon and the follow up album ‘Old Volcanoes’ in April.

WAY THROUGH are a duo from Shropshire, phasing in and out with guitar, tapes, damaged drums and vocals. Haunted by a wrong-footed pastoral punk the band write ragged intuitive songs, shot through with technicolour noise. Using repetition, swift interplay and happenstance they have a sound that is both fun and testing, a sound that can do anything and can go anywhere.

LEFT LEG are Aaron, Ed and Vicki from London, previously of Bloody Knees and Sad Shields. This new band have a driving polemic slant like much early Dischord punk, only with that particularly British awkward twist, see Huggy Bear, Slampt et al.

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