Friday, 8 July 2016

Sonic Boom & Happy Meals tomorrow in London, Protomartyr next Thursday!

Hello everyone!

Upset The Rhythm have a couple of shows coming up in the next week for you! Tomorrow we’re lucky enough to have Sonic Boom (of Spacemen 3, Spectrum, E.A.R.) and Happy Meals in town for a show at Hackney’s OSLO club. If you love all sounds multidimensional, spaced-out and psychedelically radiant then we’ve got you covered! The show will run early, taking place between 6.30pm – 10pm, with Happy Meals starting from 7.30pm, take heed! Early! Early! Plus we will have some tickets on the door for £10 too.

Our second upcoming concert will take place next Thursday with both Protomartyr and The Pheromoans performing at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. All looks set for an evening of top-drawer idiosyncratic post-punk sprawl. Full details on both events can be found below, enjoy…

Also, this week we’ve been busy newly confirming two more shows, this time both by artists on our label! The first takes place on August 11th and sees percussion aces Rattle launch their debut album at St Pancras Old Church. In support we have the illustrious Charles Hayward performing both his 30-minute snare roll and bell agency sets, alongside Ex-Easter Island Head in solo mode, not one to miss! We’re also thrilled to welcome back Pega Monstro to London at the end of September for a special show at the 100 club. Time better get flying! Both events have been added with ticket links to our full schedule of events below.

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Saturday 9 July
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, E8 1LL

SONIC BOOM is the alias on Pete Kember, who since the early 1980’s has been exploring his unique vision of music and sound through different outputs, working with some crucial musicians (Eddie Prévost, Kevin Shields, Delia Derbyshire, Stereolab, just to name a few) and, mostly in the last few years, applying his touch to amazing pop/rock records from MGMT (“Congratulations”) to Panda Bear (“Tomboy”). His career started in 1983 with Spacemen 3 alongside Jason Pierce, a band that helped define space-rock, shoegaze and drone-rock, recording albums that influenced an incalculable amount of bands up to the present day (and going). American Primitive music, Brian Wilson, Suicide, kraut rock, the British rave scene (the Kember half of “Recurring”) were decisive pieces of artistic information in what regards the band’s sound and Kember was the man behind some of the most iconic songs of the unit, like “Suicide”, “Losing Touch With My Mind” or “Big City (Everybody I Know Can Be Found Here)”.

When they disbanded, Pete Kember started new projects that he's kept progressing in to this day. Spectrum, which is a continuation of the more rock-based work he did in Spacemen 3, and E.A.R. (Experimental Audio Research), as the names suggests, is his vehicle for working in more abstract domains, making beautiful and mindblowing mostly-synth-based pieces. In the last two decades he’s also played and collaborated outside of his monikers with a number of artists, including Stereolab, Yo La Tengo, My Bloody Valentine (during their reformation tour in 2009), Britta Philips & Dean Wareham and Sun Araw and most recently worked on Peaking Lights’s remix album (“Lucifer In Dub”). For this show Pete will perform as a duo with guitarist Jason Holt to bring the Sonic Boom hurtling through our ears.

HAPPY MEALS make sensual, spellbinding lo-fi pop. Sounding like the work of Saada Bonaire's long-lost slacker offspring, debut album ’Apéro' is actually the produce of two Glasgow-based artists, Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook, who originally hail from the Scottish borders. Suzanne sings in a unique mix of French and Scottish, occasionally sharing the mic with Lewis over the course of six songs taking the 100% Silk/NNF pop aesthetic and psych-dub freedom of Peaking Lights to a more ambiguous, enchanted headspace. It's all top notch stuff, from the nine minute celestial sashay of 'Crystal Salutation' through the chiming boogie of 'Altered Images' to the blown-out dub-pop of 'The Age Of Love', and the Balearic acid of 'Le Voyage’. Brand new EP, ‘Fruit Juice’ sees Happy Meals sharpened and expanded, taking their tender experimental beginnings and unabashed pop moments into undiscovered realms glowing with possibility, check it out now through Night School Records.

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Thursday 14 July
Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, 44 Pollard Row, Bethnal Green, E2 6NB

PROTOMARTYR play a taut, austere rock that's been incubated in a freezing Detroit warehouse littered with beer cans and cigarette butts and warmed occasionally by space heaters. Short songs made for short practices, and the band learned quickly not to waste time. Despite the cold, Protomartyr emerged with a sound that is idiosyncratic but relatable, hooky but off-kilter. With respect to the local predecessors, this isn't the primitive stomp of The Dirtbombs or The Stooges' greasy roar. Punk works, kind of, even if it leaves the hardcore kids confused. Post-punk suggests something too retro; indie rock, something too precious. What Protomartyr is, is "stuck between the cracks." If that's the case, though, they aren't alone. Protomartyr's economical rock elicits comparisons to possible antecedents like Pere Ubu or The Fall as well as local contemporaries like Frustrations or Tyvek (whose frontman Kevin Boyer played bass in an early iteration of Protomartyr). Singer Joe Casey's dry declarative snarl serves as a reliable anchor, granting his bandmates (guitarist Greg Ahee, drummer Alex Leonard and bassist Scott Davidson) the opportunity to explore textures and reinforce the rhythm section. This is never more apparent than on the band's excellent new LP on Hardly Art, 'The Agent Intellect'.

THE PHEROMOANS are a six-piece experimental rock band from the South East of England who deal in a deadpan DIY music. Married to the mundane yet surreal reportage of our lives, their music manages to address the truly restless boredom and absurdity of everyday life. The Pheromoans write songs for the end of the queue, songs that prowl the periphery, songs that stand up on the bus and stare out through the window, blasted through with brilliant sprawling sunshine. Over the last nine years the band have released a slew of records, including numerous EPs, 7"s, mini-albums and LPs through labels as diverse as Night People, Convulsive, Sweet Rot, Monofonus Press, Clan Destine and Upset The Rhythm. These recordings largely focused on a ramshackle, wayward rock ethic, underpinned by lyricist Russell Walker's dry, observational musings that tread an almost diary-like path throughout the songs. Brand new album ‘I’m On Nights’ was just released through Alter and features the band stalking into a world of drum machine clicks, spaced-out keyboard ditties and ennui-soaked rhymes.

Thanks as always for reading, see you tomorrow!

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/////  UPCOMING    SHOWS   \\\\\
Saturday 9 July
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, E8 1LL

Thursday 14 July
Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, 44 Pollard Row, Bethnal Green, E2 6NB

In collaboration with Constant Flux…
Saturday 23 July
DIY Space For London, 96-101 Ormside St, South Bermondsey, SE15 1TF
NB. DIYSFL is a members club, become a member here:   (Carers may attend for free)

Wednesday 27 July
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, N19 5QQ

Thursday 4 August
The Forge, 3-7 Delancey Street, Camden, NW1 7NL
7pm | £10 |

RATTLE - Album launch!
CHARLES HAYWARD (Performing 30 Minute Snare Roll / Bell Agency)
Thursday 11 August
St Pancras Old Church, Pancras Road, King's Cross, NW1 1UL

Monday 5 September
Cafe OTO, 22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL
8pm | £8 |  

Monday 12 September
The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Rd, Dalston, E8 3AS

Wednesday 21 September
100 Club, 100 Oxford St, Oxford Street, W1D 1LL

In collaboration with Caught by the River…
Thursday 22 September
Cafe OTO, 22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL

Tuesday 27 September
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, E8 1LL

Tuesday 4 October
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, N1 9JB

Friday 7 October
Cafe OTO, 22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL

In collaboration with Caught by the River…
Tuesday 25 October
The Forge, 3-7 Delancey Street, Camden, NW1 7NL

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