Monday, 15 June 2015

DAN DEACON, YEAH YOU and WUME playing London tomorrow, REIGNING SOUND next week!

Hey there!
Tomorrow Upset The Rhythm will be heading over to Oval Space for an extraordinary show with DAN DEACON, YEAH YOU and WUME. For tomorrow’s party Dan will be joined by the one and only Jeremy Hyman on drums (Ponytail, Avery Tare’s Slasher Flicks, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat), helping to make things even more frenzied, radiant and skyward! There’s a full description on everything taking place below, followed by our listing for next week’s REIGNING SOUND concert at the 100 Club too. Two unmissable shows, I’m sure you’ll agree, thanks for reading…

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Tuesday 16 June
Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, Cambridge Heath, E2 9DT
DAN DEACON is an absurdist composer and electronic musician based in Baltimore, Maryland. Musically influenced by Devo, Talking Heads, Scratch Orchestra, People Like Us, Raymond Scott and Conlon Nancarrow, Dan's music strives to take modern experimental composition and electronic music out of the circle of the esoteric intellectual gangs and hipster communities, placing it into the more informal "fun time". Dan's music is about community and how to organise and inspire it. With the success of Deacon’s 2007 album ‘Spiderman of the Rings’, came an opportunity for the electronic-music iconoclast to increase the breadth and depth of his entire musical project. Deacon moved from self-contained computer music to orchestral epics. His interactive live show, honed in DIY spaces, was taken to museums and concert halls. He frequently expanded his performances to include a horde of side musicians. After a string of large ensemble projects (including 2009’s ‘Bromst’ and 2012’s ‘America’) Deacon started longing for the simplicity of the days when he did nearly everything himself. Now he’s back touring in support of a new album entitled ’Gliss Riffer’, an entirely self-produced record of almost all electronic sounds, which was “easily the most fun [he’s] ever had making a record.”

While ‘Gliss Riffer’ contains all the instrumental layering we’ve come to expect, the vocals are mixed with a prominence and, at times, a clarity that have never been heard on a Dan Deacon record before. Lyrical images of lightning, oceans, lakes, and roads crop up frequently as stand-ins for freedom and self-realisation. The tracks were started on the ever-changing landscapes that greet a touring musician. This new record also marks the first time Deacon replaced his digitally realised parts with analog synthesisers, giving Deacon the opportunity to experiment in the same way he did with strings and wind instruments on ‘America’. What makes Dan Deacon such an impressive musician has always been his aesthetic directness and ecstatic energy, all of this along with the heightened ‘focus on fun’ of his absorbing live shows has finally been translated onto an album. It’s a euphoria tempered by yearning and set in defiance of life’s nagging anxiety. “Happiness takes time,” we are reminded by tremolo vocals in the middle of the supremely danceable “Mind on Fire.” The ecstasy achieved on this new album and throughout Deacon’s live shows is always well-earned.

YEAH YOU make full improv / full pop music - everything is made up on the spot, songs are composed as they are performed, all struggles negotiated at the point of production. Hailing from Newcastle, Yeah You are an edgy electronics duo consisting of Ekasilikon (voice) & MYKL JAXN (beats). Each rehearsal and live performance is documented, and as such they have a back catalogue of (literally) hundreds of songs, from which six have been cherry-picked for their very first release called ‘Yantra’ (via Good Food) coming hot on the heels of a host of recent, beyond brilliant live performances.  

WUME is a project from Baltimore consisting of Al Schatz (who was a member of Bird Names) along with Wham City transplant April Camlin. On their first 12-inch, called ‘Distance’ out now on Rotted Tooth records, they traverse the well-worn tundra of ambient minimalism and stone cold Kraut-crafted beats. ‘Ciesla Swing’ is a refreshing sub-three minute slice of undulating tones and trippy, buried utterances. Wume also feel at home in long-form 15 minute track terrain, allowing them to display the full power latent in their controlled morsels, allowing the vocals to glide and dive throughout.  

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Monday 22 June
100 Club, 100 Oxford St, Oxford Street, W1D 1LL

REIGNING SOUND revolves around principal songwriter/member Greg Cartwright, who’s been leading a shifting cast of characters since 2001. Greg has had a guiding hand in an almost unreasonable number of great garage-rock acts over the last couple of decades, among them The Oblivians, The Compulsive Gamblers, The Parting Gifts, Detroit Cobras and perhaps greatest of all, Reigning Sound – whose early-noughties albums ‘Time Bomb High School’ and ‘Too Much Guitar’ both stand up as truly unimpeachable rock'n'roll-soul classics. The all-out blazing fuzz of that era is understandably less in evidence these days, but Cartwright's extraordinary ear for heartbreaking melodies and artful arrangements is as keen as ever. Indeed, the exquisite, string-laden likes of ‘Never Coming Home’ and the almost Bacharachesque ‘Once More’ (taken from the band’s recent ‘Shattered’ album on Merge) must be among the most swooningly gorgeous songs he's ever written. He's got a terrifically spry and skilful band at his back, too, who give the more uptempo songs a snap and swing too often missing from this kind of endeavour. ‘Shattered’ is a grown-up, repeat-listen rock record of rare quality, and a great addition to an already astoundingly good back catalogue. This is Reigning Sound’s only UK show on this trip!

THE NUMBER ONES will take you to power pop heaven with their razor sharp songs. They are a Dublin based four-piece featuring members of Cian Nugent and The Cosmos (Matador / No Quarter), Cheap Freaks (Big Neck), Strong Boys (Milk Run), and The Pacifics (Bachelor). Even though they are based in Dublin, they sound like a classic Good Vibrations band from 1979. The Number Ones have energy, passion and tunes so good, it makes you think you've heard them already. Each track is a golden nugget of power pop fun that never outlasts it's welcome as every track is under three minutes. Although this sort of music seems to have been done a million times before, it sounds fresh in the hands of The Number Ones. This is pure summer fun for fans of Rudi, Protex, Exploding Hearts, Buzzcocks and The Tranzmitors. Check out their self-titled album on Static Shock immediately if you haven’t already.

THE CASTILLIANS were once described as “pop losing it's virginity all over again.” Imagine a glue sniffing buzz saw with a wonderful sense of melody. These guys mix all that's great with sixties pop, garage punk and add dash of menace just for good measure. They have released the E.P. ‘Sunny Wycombe’ on PNKSLM, a 7” with Eruption, whilst a full length album titled ’Show Your Teeth’ has just come out.

See you tomorrow, keep out of trouble!

\\\\\  UPSET THE RHYTHM   /////
/////  UPCOMING    SHOWS   \\\\\

Tuesday 16 June
Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, Cambridge Heath, E2 9DT

Wednesday 17 June
Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, 44-46 Pollard Row, E2 6NB
8pm | SOLD OUT

Monday 22 June
100 Club, 100 Oxford St, Oxford Street, W1D 1LL

Wednesday 1 July
Montague Arms, 289 Queen's Rd, New Cross Gate, SE14 2PA

Wednesday 29 July
Café OTO, 22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL
8pm | £10 |

Saturday 15 August
The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Rd, Dalston, E8 3AS
8pm | £6 |

Tuesday 25 August
Tufnell Park Dome, 2A Dartmouth Park Hill, Tufnell Park, NW5 1HL
7.30pm | £12 |

Friday 4 September
Heaven, The Arches, Villiers Street, Charing Cross, WC2N 6NG
7pm - 10pm | £14 |


Thursday 10 September
St Pancras Old Church, Pancras Road, King's Cross, NW1 1UL
7.30pm | £8 |  

Monday 14 September
Tufnell Park Dome, 2A Dartmouth Park Hill, Tufnell Park, NW5 1HL
7.30pm | £15 |

Wednesday 16 September
Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern St, Shoreditch, EC2A 3ES
8pm | £8 |

Saturday 19 September
St Giles In The Fields, 60 St Giles High Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 8LG

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Tuesday 6 October
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney Central, E8 1LL

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