Wednesday, 15 May 2013

FUZZBOX and 500th SHOW

Once more unto the breach!
Firstly, we just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone for coming to our DIRTY BEACHES and DANIEL HIGGS shows already this week, both were truly brilliant, endgame synth punk vs banjo shamanism, we hope you had as much fun as we did! That's not us done for the week though as show 499!!! raises it's head tomorrow at Tufnell Park's Dome with an incomparable lineup of garage rock freakdom and punk psychedelics we've cobbled together under the title of FUZZBOX. Personally I think this could be our biggest, boldest and brightest lineup yet with PURLING HISS, WHITE FENCE, MIKAL CRONIN and JACCO GARDNER all performing alongside (a newly announced) KING TUFF too! Tickets are just £10 (bargainous), and we will have some saved to buy on the door, which opens from 6.30pm, here's tomorrow's show times, how useful…

8.20pm - KING TUFF
11.30pm - PURLING HISS

Read on for loads more blurb about FUZZBOX and about Monday's 500th Upset The Rhythm show with DOPE BODY and TONSTARTSSBANDHT too!!!!!! More than 1 show every week for 10 years!!! In other news, we've just confirmed new events in September for SHANNON AND THE CLAMS and an awesome double-headed beast of a party with BLACK PUS (Chippendale from Lighting Bolt's solo warp) and DAN FRIEL (of Parts & Labor), check those listings…

\\\\\\  TOMORROW  /////

Upset The Rhythm & Le Guess Who? present FUZZBOX
Thursday 16 May
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, N19 5QQ
Doors 6.30pm / Live music from 7.20pm | £10.00 |

PURLING HISS is an umbrella moniker for guitarist Mike Polizze's home recorded overdriven maximal rock excess. He's been stockpiling solo tapes for years, and since 2009, a steady stream of Purling Hiss material has appeared on labels like Woodsist and Permanent. Polizze's recordings don't have the flow of typical home-recorded lo-fi music. Songs stop and start haphazardly; sequencing seems arbitrary, with the albums unfolding more like candid snapshots than cohesive statements. This casual, tossed-off quality is part of the band's charm. Last year's 'Lounge Lizards' on Mexican Summer showcased six songs that stick around like sedan carpet matted with spilled Pepsi and Pat’s wrappers, a hard drill that penetrates historical musical hits, like the Cars through Dinosaur Jr through Monoshock and into the cold, acrid air of present times. Polizze has recently struck gold, recruiting a live band consisting of fellow Philadelphia rock veterans Mike Sneeringer, on drums, and Kiel Everett, on bass. The trio expands the tinny sound of Purling Hiss' records considerably, resulting in workmanlike, head-bopping anthems that set Polizze's guitar pyrotechnics front and center. New album 'Water On Mars' (Drag City) is barely contained, ready to flow through your streets of rage and fire and ruin. Purling Hiss cares, and they've stacked up the guitars, bass and drums to stand tall above the alienated masses.Car-wrecking anthems, for all the right reasons.

WHITE FENCE is a solo project gone band, this time with the inimitable Tim Presley from San Francisco as the man in control. Since 2010, White Fence have released 4 full-length albums and several EPs, a live cassette and the terrific 'Hair' collaboration LP with Ty Segall on Drag City. Presley's albums are all nearly overcrowded by sonic ideas and psychedelic twists. Even one of his simpler songs, the acoustic track 'Balance Yr Heart' off 'Family Perfume Vol. 1', gives the impression that he spliced together two different-but-similar songs that were floating in his head. In just three years, he's managed to poise himself as a prolific artist in a town that runneth over with prolific artists. Presley tempers the softer acoustic moments of his sound with songs slathered in acid-burnt fuzz, stretching it out with echoing psych guitar solos after hammering out a simple, solid power chord hook. Last month, Castle Face released 'Cyclops Reap', a collection of orphan tracks that slipped the noose of previous releases. 'Make Them Dinner at Our Shoes', like every other track on the album, it's masked under a thin layer of hiss. It's hard to tell exactly what he's singing in places - his vocals are occasionally swallowed by his guitar or another sound - but one phrase is always clear: "clear open sky." Those words are backed by bright major chords on an electric guitar and the soft, steady ambiance of a shaker. Like most of White Fence's lyrics, it's unclear what those words are trying to communicate in a literal sense, but packaged the way they are, the emotional connection is clear.

MIKAL CRONIN was raised in Laguna Beach, California, where as a teenager he developed a passion for both surfing and rock & roll. While attending Laguna Beach High School, he fell in with a handful of like-minded music fans, and formed a band that played local parties. After a spell as bassist in surf-punk Charlie & The Moonhearts, Mikal began working on his own garage-accented pop tapping into his love of 80's indie rock. Around the same time, Mikal also befriended kindred spirit Ty Segall, joined his live band and also collaborated on an album together called 'Reverse Shark Attack'. Mikal Cronin's self-titled album was released by Trouble in Mind Records in September 2011. Conceived and recorded as a sort of therapy to help cope with adjusting to life post-college, an ensuing break-up and geographic isolation, Mikal’s solo debut is fully realized, cohesive and beautiful, with themes as personal as they are universal; questioning your future, accepting your past and living in the moment. Taking influences such as late sixties Del Shannon and The Everly Brothers and filtering them through his own mutant California fuzz, Mikal deftly explores his singer/songwriter side that at moments feels like a punk Harry Nilsson or Curt Boettcher that balances sweet melodies and chords with chunky, psychedelic guitar freak-outs. Cronin's brand new album 'MCII', and his first disc for Merge Records, is all about new beginnings, looking at new relationships and growing up in the 21st century. Other than a few guest appearances from Charles Moonhart, Petey Dammit and Ty Segall, Cronin recorded all the instruments / parts himself, lending the record a unique personal pop focus, it's so good! Total must hear for 2013 territory!

KING TUFF aka Kyle Thomas is one of the best guys going in the good-time rock 'n' roll department. He was in a folk collective called Feathers, is the frontman in a stoner-metal band with J Mascis called Witch, and also plays in a great rock band called Happy Birthday. A more enigmatic nomad of a furioso frontman/artist/guitar legend could not be imagined. You can’t make this up. Grinning gold teeth behind blonde shades, in black, skeletal denim, with a studded “KING TUFF” across the shoulders where feral locks fall. His charisma is magnetic, his shows are akin to cheap-beer-soaked tent revivals, he combines the stadium-sized guitar licks of Erik Cartwright with the bratty whine of Eric Cartman, and his solo debut, 2008's 'Was Dead', was the sort of album most scuzz-loving musicians would incinerate their garages to make. Back last May, Sub Pop released King Tuff's self-titled new album. Irreverence is paramount to being in a garage-rock band and Thomas has this in spades. In "Keep on Movin'", he shouts out arcane dance moves and, in his own words, lets his guitar (whose name is Jazijoo) drool. He lets out a comically puny bark in "Stranger". He gives his songs titles like "Loser's Wall" and "Swamp of Love", which sound like landmarks where misfits in the Deep South meet to make out. The album art bears the image of a cartoon bat holding a Gibson guitar and a magic wand. Clich├ęs frowning upon judging a book by its cover need not apply here. There's the too-appropriately-titled opener "Anthem", carried by a double-neck lead begging to be greeted with devil horn gestures. There's the Lynyrd Skynyrd-esque boogie of "Stranger", the freewheeling and fun "Baby Just Break", and climactic closer "Hit & Run". Album highlight 'Bad Thing' is Hunx's 'Hairdresser Blues' spiked with brown liquor and loaded with a supercharged chorus. Completely free of abstraction, King Tuff goes for maximum impact and that's exactly what he achieves!

JACCO GARDNER is a baroque pop multi instrumentalist. He creates a unique sound by combining the sounds of harpsichord, strings, flutes and other classical instruments with raw psychedelic effects. Gardner recorded and engineered new album 'Cabinet of Curiosities' at his Shadow Shoppe Studio in Holland, playing every instrument himself save the drums, having mastered recorder, clarinet, bass, guitar, keyboards and violin as a child. As an adult he also appears to have got to grips with the harpsichord, mellotron, flute and organ, because they're all part of his chamber-pop palette. Expect charmed chord sequences and unexpected key changes, and don't be surprised when things take a turn for the melancholy, even sinister. 'Watching the Moon' has the same creepily Old English air that pervades Syd Barrett's work. 'Lullaby' is the eeriest of all: "I will bury you where the sun goes down," sings Gardner, "deep within the night, sleep when stars are bright." There's something horribly lovely about that image, and something freakily intriguing about Gardner's Cabinet.

\\\\\\  MONDAY  /////

"Upset The Rhythm's 500th show!"
Monday 20 May
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £7.00 |

DOPE BODY are a brutally primal hardcore beast from Baltimore. Born in 2008 out of the dance-friendly confines of the city’s Wham City scene, this unclassifiable, heavy group ventured out into the night to find more like-minds, and came back boasting a spasm of styles and directions. Evolving from blasting three-piece to blistering four-piece, Dope Body enjoy writing their own songs, touring endlessly and pummeling basement parties with a gleeful, wide-eyed fanaticism that the more reasonable among us might mistake for insanity (it ain’t entirely so). Dope Body writhe under their own experiments, swinging from gutterish sludge-punk to snake charmer-on-fire within the confines of a single tune. Rather than comparing their ferocity to other contender, just know that Dope Body is punk spelled upsidedown and standing on its hands. Debut LP 'Nupping' was released on Hit Dat/Hoss a year or so back, whilst stunning new album 'Natural History' came out on Drag City last year and refuses to leave our turntable! Dope Body's new 7" also through Drag City is called 'Saturday' and is available now, it's really, very, very good!

TONSTARTSSBANDHT, pronounced "TAHN-starts-bandit", are a band of brothers; Andy White and Edwin M. White, with a passion for psychedelic pop and something special they like to call "boogie rock". Hailing from Orlando via Montreal and NYC, they are currently to be seen wandering the streets in a hazy stupor. Using samples like a slowed down Big Country the duo first put together a self-released debut LP in 2009 of melodic wonder called 'An When'. Since then, Tonstartssbandht have released a further seven records, they're latest being released through Arbutus Records, who also work with Grimes and Sean Nicholas Savage. Part country, part unhinged psych soup, part Of Montreal synth-pop group, Tonstartssbandht have been busy gathering a loyal following indebted to their heavy drummed soundscapes, freaked swamps of effects and ecstatic vocal float, which they're now bringing to the UK for the first time. Last month saw Tonstartssbandht touring Russia and the Ukraine alongside Dirty Beaches, their split tour cassette from said event is essential, check out the link below to hear it!

LAB COAST have that sort of breezy layered subtle guitar pop sound that's easy to like. Invoking a bit of unpretentious retro sound reminiscent in the catalogs of labels like Slumberland and Sarah. Lab Coast keep it really catchy in that loose but tight way good bands of this variety hit on just right. The flip finds them getting a bit more psyched out and showing some of their more experimental impulses that are subtly at play in all of their songs. Look out for their recent cassette album on Night People and 7" release through Faux Discx.

See you sooner than soon!

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Wednesday 22 May
Corsica Studios, 4/5 Elephant Road, Elephant & Castle, SE17 1LB
8pm | £8.00 |

(Multiple vocal, guitar, two basses, percussion set)
Friday 24 May
St Giles In The Fields, 60 St Giles High Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 8LG
8pm | £13.00 |

Monday 3 June
Dalston Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Road, Dalston, E8 3AS
8pm | £7.00 |

Wednesday 5 June
The Garage, 22 Highbury Corner, Highbury & Islington, N5 1RD
7.30pm | £11.00 |

Thursday 13 June
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, N1 9JB
8pm | £8.00 |

Thursday 20 June
Corsica Studios, 4/5 Elephant Road, Elephant & Castle, SE17 1LB
8pm | £10.00 | Tickets only available on the door on the night!

Wednesday 3 July
SPACE, 129-131 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 3RH
8pm | £7.00 |

Thursday 4 July
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, N1 9JB
8pm | £7.00 |

Saturday 6 July
Dalston Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Road, Dalston, E8 3AS
8pm | £6.00 |

Wednesday 17 July
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, N19 5QQ
8pm | £11.00 |

Friday 19 July
Dalston Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Road, Dalston, E8 3AS
8pm | £6.00 |

Sunday 28th July
Dalston Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Road, Dalston, E8 3AS
3pm-9pm | £6.00 |

Thursday 12 September
Shacklewell Arms, 71 Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, E8 2EB
8pm | £7.00 |

Monday 23 September
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, N19 5QQ
8pm | £8.00 |

(Sacred Bones)
Friday 4 October
Dalston Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Road, Dalston, E8 3AS
8pm | £6.00 |

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