Friday, 15 January 2016

Sauna Youth 7" released today, plus upcoming shows!

Hello everyone!
The ice has thawed around the cave entrance and Upset The Rhythm has stirred once more from hibernation. Today we’re very happy to release our first record of 2016, Sauna Youth's new 7" 'The Bridge / Blurry Images'. Both tracks are as brisk as they are smart as a whip, and are available on transparent vinyl from all good record shops as of… now. We also have copies available through our webshop if that’s helpful and a launch party coming up at The Forge next month (diaries at the ready)!

Check out their brilliant video for ‘The Bridge’, it’s moody, choreographed, brought to you by six different letters of the alphabet and makes for much compulsive viewing, enjoy…

Our first show of the year is coming up soon too, falling on Saturday 6th February at Moth Club we’re very excited to have Portuguese dream-punk sisters Pega Monstro return to London. Joining them will be Rattle and Es, so it promises to be a great night. This brand new video for ‘Estrada’ by Pega Monstro sets the scene well, commemorating Julia and Maria’s dual birthday (sisters, but not twins, hmm, gives you something to think about), uncanny depths.

Both Pega Monstro and Sauna Youth start counterpart European tours on January 27th and you can check if they’re coming to your town here.

Will they meet up in Antwerp? We can only cross our fingers and order in some amber beers. Thank you very much for reading, here’s the lowdown on what’s next…

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Saturday 6 February
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, E8 1EL

PEGA MONSTRO are sisters Júlia Reis (drums) and Maria Reis (guitar, keyboard), both sing! Born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal, Maria and Júlia have been playing music together since they were 15 and 17 respectively, in other groups first before resolving on becoming a duo. Back in 2010, both sisters started a record label, along with some of their musician friends, called Cafetra Records to document Portugal’s garage punk scene. Cafetra represents a community of like-minded musicians who all help each other, making music that they’d want to hear, powered by enthusiasm. 2012 saw Pega Monstro release their self-titled debut album, making for a raucous record that met with critical national acclaim. Last summer, Pega Monstro released their new album entitled ‘Alfarroba’ on Upset The Rhythm. The songs on ‘Alfarroba’ deal with many themes, some universal topics like love and growing up, others focusing on the nature of writing songs themselves, whilst some try to make sense of the world from a female perspective. Returning to London after their spectacular performance with Deerhoof last August, expect torrents of energy from Pega Monstro; snare rolls triggering flights of guitar, and fogs of cymbal shimmer that form steps for their vocals to climb.

RATTLE are a drumming duo based in Nottingham. Rattle focus almost exclusively on drums and more drums, beneath a delicate overlay of vocal harmonies and percussive effects. Formed by Katharine Eira Brown (also of Kogumaza) and Theresa Wrigley (also of Fists); Rattle began as an experiment in crafting rich songs and melody using drums and voice alone. Their music weaves and intertwines post-punk, minimalism and experimental rock, through off-kilter rhythms, patterns and counter melodies. Their live performances are at once hypnotic, monastic and danceable, entrancing audiences at Supersonic Festival, Dot to Dot and throughout the UK during December’s recent tour with Witching Waves.

ES are a brand new band featuring Maria, Flora, Tamsin and Katy, who you may know from their other excellent bands Primetime, Gloss Rejection, The Worms and Black Fungus. Weaving sinewy keyboard lines and a direct vocal around the bass and drums they write stark songs that are as hard to pin down as they are inventive. It's still early doors so no music online yet, you'll have to come and see them play to know more!

If you’re interested, we have some videos of performances from our last shows at Powerlunches from December available for your viewing pleasure hither:

We’re also very keen to point out that Bamboo, who played at both of those events, have an album launch at the Total Refreshment Centre approaching on January 23rd. We released their massively-mesmeric album ‘Prince Pansori Priestess’ in the dying light of 2015 and like a torch of a thousand flames it is blinding, transporting all who hear it to another, better world. Here’s the poster, Mat Riviere and Bas Jan will both be appearing too, plus Trash Kit will be DJing, sounds perfect.

Talk again soon, have the best imaginable weekend!

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

Saturday 6 February
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, E8 1EL

Saturday 13 February
The Forge, 3-7 Delancey Street, Camden, NW1 7NL

Wednesday 17 February
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, N1 9JB

Monday 4th April
100 Club, 100 Oxford St, Oxford Street, W1D 1LL
7.30pm | £10 |

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