Monday, 8 June 2015

NO BABIES, AUSMUTEANTS and LITURGY all playing London this week, SAUNA YOUTH's new album released today too!

Hello again!
Massive thanks to everyone who played at or attended our Sauna Youth album launch last Friday night, what an unforgettable night! ‘Distractions’ is released into shops on LP/CD around the world as of today, so get down your local store this week if you can, not only does it sound colossal, it turned out to be a handsome release as these photos testify!

This week is another busy one for Upset The Rhythm, not only do we have a new album out but we’ve announced some rousing new shows for MATANA ROBERTS, RICHARD DAWSON and ASIQ NARGILE. If that wasn’t enough we have three shows taking place in London this week in as many days.

Tomorrow we’re embracing some super-energetic freedom punk with NO BABIES, MARGY PEPPER and COMMISERATIONS at The Victoria. Whilst Wednesday we have Australia’s synth thumpers AUSMUTEANTS playing a one off UK show for us at The Shacklewell Arms, with TENSE MEN and CONNECTORS in support. Thursday evening sees us head to Electrowerkz for a special double bill from LITURGY and CIRCUIT DES YEUX, covering much colourful ground between transcendental black metal and ecstatic noise spells. Full write-ups for all three of these staggering shows can be found below, tickets are available for all of them, we hope you can join us…

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Tuesday 9 June
The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Rd, Dalston, E8 3AS

NO BABIES are a free-punk five piece from Oakland, California. Since forming in 2008, they've worked tirelessly to develop a unique 'new punk' sound influenced by jazz, art music and hardcore, not unlike Old Skull playing Schoenberg, while Magma heckles from the audience. In 2011, Upset The Rhythm released their debut self-titled album to rabid acclaim, they have since followed that up with a number of tours and singles released through Isolated Now Waves, Gilgongo and Folktale. Last year the band returned with their "Yo No Soy Como Tú" EP, featuring new members and new instrumentation, but with the same joyous and chaotic intensity that has long been the band's signature. This new five song record for Upset The Rhythm (and Gilgongo in the US) rapidly shifts between catchy melodies and jarring atonality, creating a sound that is simultaneously chaotic and controlled. Happy and angry, beautiful and abrasive.

MARGY PEPPER are one of the most winsome slash awesome slash rocking slash slash bands out there. Margy Pepper comes from Olympia - a fact that should be easily identifiable when confronted with their brazen confrontation of the seriousness usually laid upon the idea of DIY punk. Add onto their musical prowess its affection for stories of childhood embarrassments and triumphs, and you have a band that never ceases to delight. Mary Pepper have heavy dreams and ghosts in the garage. There is light in the summer and water in our mouths.

COMMISERATIONS are a trio of Leeds post-punks responsible for a string of noisy skronk-pop hits. Members of Pifco, Beards, Sissy Hex etc. Loud as a helicopter, jagged as a bread knife, fresh as a daisy!

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Wednesday 10 June
Shacklewell Arms, 71 Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, London, E8 2EB

AUSMUTEANTS are four twenty-nothings from Geelong, Victoria (Australia), raised on a diet of seminal avant punk like Chrome and the Screamers. Letʼs not mention Devo—as a two-piece, Jake Robertson (synth, guitar) and Billy Gardener (drums) flushed that obsession with the release of their ‘Split Personalities’ album in 2012. They’ve since added Marc Dean and Shaun Connor on bass and guitar, respectively, and worked ’60s songwriting ideas, disco rhythms and a subtler brand of heft into finely crafted pop songs, recording 22 in early 2013. Aarght! Records picked the best twelve for ‘Amusements’, reissued on vinyl by Goner. It's 12 tracks of ripping, captivating, fun synth-punk. As they shift from a deep buzzing synth to a trembling high end, Ausmuteants consistently veer far away from anything resembling ‘Computer World’. Instead, they invoke the kinetic, trashy attack of the essential Killed By Death punk compilations. "Bad Day" has a persistent synth churn that's bolstered by Gardener's primitive, hi-hat led stomp. Then there's "Daylight Robbery", which features a melody that seems appropriately urgent for a song about breaking a window in order to commit a crime in plain view of the afternoon sun. Ausmuteants create a specific, slovenly universe with their music, and while they don't move too far past the couch, they create an exciting synth barrage from where they sit.

TENSE MEN live in a claustrophobic, miasmic world of scuttling shapes, deformed shadows and rigid, repetitive rhythms. The world of Tense Men has a low ceiling, the walls are wooden, rotting in places and badly varnished. The world of Tense Men is clammy to the touch. Eyes twitch, ears ring. Ears burn, eyes sting. The world of Tense Men is dripping all over your mouldy living room carpet. Reptilian tongues darting in and out tasting the dank air. Human forms jerking awkwardly to a record skipping in a locked, sweaty room. Shrieking voices. Murmuring whispers. Telling you things you don’t want to know over and over again, you listen because you aren’t sure if you’re really hearing it or not. You are! Aren't you? These men also exist within other entities, namely Sauna Youth, Cold Pumas and Omi Palone, amongst others. It began in the bleak Autumn of 2010 and has henceforth been peddling its suspect wares back and forth, here and there. Check out their recent album 'Where Dull Care is Forgotten' on Faux Discx, as well as their cassette on Casenove Tapes.

THE CONNECTORS are a London based duo with a sound that fuses 70’s punk with rock and roll. They are two modest guys, Andy (Guitar, Vocals) and Danny (Drums), and they’ve come to fill your ears with everything they could expunge out of their heads. Punk swagger weaved through a solid, skank-worthy drumbeat, blasted through with a drone of non-beauty. The Connectors make the most out of their minimalist set-up. Translation: they are as loud as hell, turn it up!

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Thursday 11 June
Electrowerkz, 7 Torrens Street, Angel, EC1V 1NQ

LITURGY is a Brooklyn-based, self-styled “Transcendental Black Metal” band whose yearning, energetic music exists in an uncanny space between avant rock, black metal, fine art and shamanic ritual. Led by songwriter and conceptual architect Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, who is joined by guitarist Bernard Gann, bassist Tyler Dusenbury and drummer Greg Fox, the band exists as a 21st century total work of art (gesamtkunstwerk): activating divine potencies by means of music and culture even as it underscores the contradictions inherent in such a project during the internet era. Their third full length, ‘The Ark Work’ (Thrill Jockey), is a quantum leap forward, a radical change in sound that paradoxically sounds more like Liturgy than ever. The album hums and churns with Hunt-Hendrix’s inventive arrangements - drenched with glockenspiels, bagpipes, strings, ritual chanting, and MIDI horns. It supplements its metal energy with motifs from unlikely, disparate genres; cross-fertilizing hardstyle beats, occult-oriented rap, and the glitched re-sampling of IDM and with structures from Medieval sacred music, Romantic classical music, and minimalism. The result is a rich, seething cyber-fantasia that is improbably listenable, conveying the disarming, authentic emotion that is Liturgy’s hallmark - a blend of startling invention, high caliber musicianship, raw energy, and profound, cosmic sadness.

CIRCUIT DES YEUX is the solo project of Chicago-based artist Haley Fohr. Named for the nerve in the eye that supplies power to the act of seeing, Circuit des Yeux launched in 2008 following a stint with the autodidactic duo Cromagnon. A combination of folk chanteuse and noise maven, Fohr’s sound vacillates seamlessly between lo-fi and effortless-sounding songwriting sophistication. As Circuit des Yeux she creates music that embodies the complexity of human emotions, juxtaposing tenderness and grief, ecstasy and horror, using sounds as representations of the emotional spectrum that we all experience. Fohr’s striking voice, an impassioned baritone, is the music’s centerpiece and guiding force. Between 2009-13 Fohr released three solo records and a series of EP’s and 7-inches with De Stijl and Ba Da Bing, gaining international momentum with literally hundreds of live appearances around the world. On new album, ‘In Plain Speech’ (Thrill Jockey), Fohr is joined by some of the most progressive musicians in the Chicago music community; Cooper Crain (Cave, Bitchin Bajas), Whitney Johnson (Verma), Rob Frye (Bitchin Bajas), Adam Luksetich (Little Scream), and Kathleen Baird (Spires That In The Sunset Rise). Fohr cements her reputation as a fearless songwriter and inventive arranger with this stirring collection of songs that are both gorgeous and emotionally potent.

Thank you for all your support, see you soon!

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/////  UPCOMING    SHOWS   \\\\\

Tuesday 9 June
The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Rd, Dalston, E8 3AS

Wednesday 10 June
Shacklewell Arms, 71 Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, London, E8 2EB

Thursday 11 June
Electrowerkz, 7 Torrens Street, Angel, EC1V 1NQ

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

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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