Friday, 20 October 2017

Second Escape-ism show added!



Due to POP DEMAND we've added a second show for Ian next month!

Upset The Rhythm presents...

ESCAPE-ISM
(Ian Svenonius)
Friday 17 November
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £9 | http://www.wegottickets.com/event/420224


TERRY's new song joins the Thirty Days Of Yes mixtape!

Terry have a brand new song called 'Hold On Harry' that's just joined the cast of winning comp Thirty Days Of Yes. You know what you've gotta do!

 
Thirty Days of Yes is a subscription mixtape that will release a song a day over 30 days. Developed in response to the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey, to drive the 'Yes' message and show support for the LGBTQI+ community, particularly the youth community who don't have a voice in this public debate. 100% of the profits will go to LGBTQI+ youth organisations, Minus18 and Twenty10. 

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Priests & Downtown Boys tomorrow, Carla dal Forno next week, plus news on The World's LP!

Afternoon everyone!
 
We have two top Upset The Rhythm shows coming up this following week for you. Tomorrow we pitch up at The Dome for nothing short of an extravaganza with Priests, Downtown Boys and Big Joanie all performing!
 
If you like your rock music to be truly radical and harness the personal politic like a force of nature then this is the show to end all shows, it’s going to be nothing short of an electric whirlwind. Think amps on from 8.15pm, tickets available on the door from 7.30pm.
 
 
 
Then next Tuesday we find ourselves in high spirits at The Shacklewell Arms for an evening of dub-damaged bedsit pop ambience and spooked imagism from Carla dal Forno and Protection Spells too.
 
Please read on for the whole scoop on both of those ventures, plus our show programme concludes this message too.
 
 
 
Donning our jubilant record label hat for one moment, The World’s debut album ‘First World Record’ is now shipping from our webstore and will be hitting the shops this Friday.
 
Here’s a photo of the LP in all its transparent glory taken during the glowering skies of yesterday’s storm, hence the apples on the ground too!
 
 
 
The World are five people from Oakland, California who write rowdy dance music with a post punk tool kit and an insightful yet short attention span. Their songs typically clock in around two minutes long and are a wild head-rush of Amber Sermeno’s funk-minded bass lines and shuddering guitar courtesy of Andy Jordan. Amber also sings alongside Elyse Schrock, who anchors their propulsive songs with some supremely robust drumming. The steady beat is bolstered by Stanley Martinez’s flurrying saxophone melodies and Alexa Pantalone’s expansive bongo rhythms. Alexa also plays sax on half of the songs too, contributing further to the complex interplay of instruments that make The World’s music so immediate, compelling and groove conscious.
 
Here’s the yogic crustacean-centric video for recent single ‘Namaste’ and a peak at their European tour dates too!
 
 
 

 
Upset The Rhythm presents...
 
PRIESTS
DOWNTOWN BOYS
BIG JOANIE
Wednesday 18 October
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, London, N19 5QQ
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS

PRIESTS are Daniele Daniele (drums), Katie Alice Greer (vocals), G.L. Jaguar (guitar), and Taylor Mulitz (bass). Formed in 2011 in Washington DC, the band has proven a valuable force for strangeness in a city that is increasingly terraformed by norms. At a time when few groups were making serious moves beyond the Beltway, Priests toured throughout North America and Europe. More significantly, they've helped to raise the general standard of show-going at home through cassettes and singles released on Sister Polygon, including music by bands like Sneaks, Snail Mail, Pinkwash, Cigarette, Downtown Boys, and numerous Priests-affiliated groups like Gauche and Flasher. Still, even amidst thriving hometown creativity, Priests possess a singular gravity. They are physical and combustible, urgent and visceral. This January, Nothing Feels Natural, the band's first full length LP was released on their own label Sister Polygon Records. It's the bands most stylistically diverse set of songs to date, expanding on their lo-fi post-punk bona-fides with ideas drawn from pop, R&B, and industrial noise. Thematically, Nothing can be understood as a series of vignettes - nine stories that crystallize into a bigger picture about the economics of human relationships, the invisibility of feminized labor, and the dual purpose of art for both the group and the individual. It's a record that thrives amid the tension between that what is valued and what is dismissed; between what is desired and what is presented.
 
DOWNTOWN BOYS use their ferocious energy and powerhouse live shows to unite crowds in the struggle to smash racism, queerphobia, capitalism, fascism, boredom, and all things people use to try to close our minds, eyes and hearts. The Providence, RI band have just announced their third album, Cost of Living, to be released August 11th on Sub Pop. The new album - the follow-up to their critically-acclaimed sophomore album, 2015's Full Communism - is at once incendiary, cathartic, and fun, melding the band's revolutionary ideals with boundless energy. Produced by Fugazi's Guy Picciotto, one of indie-rock's most mythological figures (he also produced Blonde Redhead, The Gossip, and others), Cost of Living shows a sense of maturity without compromising the band's righteous assault and captivating presence. The position of Downtown Boys has been clear since they started storming through basements and DIY spaces with their radically-minded, indefatigable rock music: they are here to topple the white-cis-het hegemony and draft a new history. This is how Downtown Boys began, and their resolve has only strengthened as both their sound and audience have grown. Like the socially conscious groups of years past, from Public Enemy to Rage Against the Machine, Downtown Boys harness powerful sloganeering, repetitive grooves, and earworm hooks to create one of the most necessary musical statements of today.
 
BIG JOANIE are like The Ronettes filtered through 80s DIY and riot grrrl with a sprinkling of dashikis.
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents...
 
CARLA DAL FORNO
PROTECTION SPELLS
Tuesday 24 October
The Shacklewell Arms, 71 Shacklewell Lane, London, E8 2EB
8pm | £8 | TICKETS
 
CARLA DAL FORNO specialises in obliquely confessional dispatches from the edge zones of feeling. Her new EP 'The Garden' marks both a refinement of the dub-damaged, inward-looking bedsit pop essayed on her 2016 debut album 'You Know What It's Like', and an evolutionary leap. More than anything, it represents the full flowering of an effortlessly brilliant and uniquely resourceful songwriter, singer and producer - one with the uncanny gift of creating music which feels immediately as though you've known it, or it's known you, all your life. While there is warmth and intimacy to come, The Garden opens with a cold hard stare: 'We Shouldn't Have To Wait', an unexpectedly confrontational companion piece, or response, to her own first single and calling card, 'Fast Moving Cars'. This is not a dazed reverie, but forceful, fatalistic, void-chasing drone-rock led by a stalking, venus-in-furs bassline that levels everything in its path. No longer gazing from afar at fast moving cars, but behind the wheel of one, driving pretty recklessly. No particular destination in mind, but impatient to get there. New EP The Garden (out Oct 6th on Blackest Ever Black) is a compact masterpiece from a remarkable artist who - frighteningly, excitingly - has only just begun to hit her stride.
 
PROTECTION SPELLS are a London based band making minimalist pop music. Brought together in 2016 by their mutual love of each other, they spend their time bleaching runes into t-shirts and trying to figure out if Imagism can be applied to music. Their music has been described as "a witch in an echo chamber" and "like a shrine maiden with the irritability of a kitten".
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks for reading, see you tomorrow!
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UPSET THE RHYTHM
UPCOMING SHOWS 
PRIESTS
DOWNTOWN BOYS
BIG JOANIE
Wednesday 18 October
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, London, N19 5QQ
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
CARLA DAL FORNO
PROTECTIVE SPELLS
Tuesday 24 October
The Shacklewell Arms, 71 Shacklewell Lane, London, E8 2EB
8pm | £8 | TICKETS
 
JOHN MAUS
GARY WAR
Thursday 26 October
The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Rd, Dalston, London, E8 3AS
7.30pm | SOLD OUT

JOHN MAUS
THE WORLD
GARY WAR
 Friday 27 October
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, London, N19 5QQ
7.30pm | £12 | SOLD OUT
 
SHOPPING
GAUCHE
THE WORLD
 Friday 10 November
Kamio, 3 Rivington Street , London, EC2A 3JL
8pm - 2am | £9 | TICKETS
 
MOUNT EERIE
Monday 13 November
Tuesday 14 November
St John on Bethnal Green
200 Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PA
7.30pm | £15 | TICKETS
 
PROTOMARTYR
SAUNA YOUTH
BOMBER JACKETS
Tuesday 14 November
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, London, N19 5QQ
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
ESCAPE-ISM
(Ian Svenonius)
Saturday 18 November
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £9 | TICKETS
 
FUTURE ISLANDS
Monday 20 November - SOLD OUT
Tuesday 21 November - SOLD OUT
Wednesday 22 November
In collaboration with Parallel Lines
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Rd, Brixton, London SW9 9SL
7pm | TICKETS 
 
ROY MONTGOMERY
ALEXANDER TUCKER

Thursday 23 November
In collaboration with Café OTO
Cafe OTO, 22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
RICHARD DAWSON
(Live band show)
Wednesday 20 December
Islington Assembly Hall, Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 2UD
7pm | £15 | TICKETS

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Normil Hawaiians album, plus upcoming London shows!

Good morning!
 
Normil Hawaiians released their debut album 'More Wealth Than Money' in 1982, 35 years ago. This week we’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be helping this record stride out into its unique field of sound again. Upset The Rhythm will be reissuing a re-mastered version of ‘More Wealth Than Money’ alongside a further full-length collection of demos and unreleased tracks from the album’s overlooked corners this December.
 
This ambitious debut album takes the listener on a quest over its four sides of vinyl as the group’s communal take on post punk starts sprouting leaves from its mouth, beginning to carve out a new furrow of dark psychedelia, industrial folk and a peculiarly British kosmische.
 
 
 
Tape loops, echo boxes, extended percussive sessions and duteous faith in the tones emanating from a particular old wah-wah pedal were all employed by Normil Hawaiians to stretch their sonic fabric into wild and redolent new dimensions for this record. As a result ‘More Wealth Than Money’ still feels truly expansive, brave, cinematic even as it documents the band’s travels into a plaintive pastoralism awash with waking dreams.
 
On December 1st ‘More Wealth Than Money’ will sing anew, getting its first proper UK release ever. Both the 2xCD and DLP versions come with a booklet contextualizing the release, full of anecdotes and photos from all band members. It is truly a thing of beauty! Our pre-order link has just gone live too: http://upsettherhythm.bigcartel.com/
 
 
 
 
This week Upset The Rhythm also sailed out on the digital airwaves (not convinced they exist, but let’s extend the metaphor) with our brand new radio show for the French arts-hub CAMP.
 
Over the course of 120 minutes we played lots of our favourite songs from the outer limits of out. If you need two hours of your life soundtracking by yours truly then you can listen to the archived show now on mixcloud here, enjoy!
 
 
 
 
In terms of upcoming shows in London, this coming Monday we’ll be heading to Tufnell Park Dome for a special one-off UK concert from Shannon And The Clams and TV Crime. It’s been two whole years since SATC were last here with their powerful, lovelorn garage punk, so expect lots of new songs in the set from their forthcoming new record.
 
You can find the full write up for that event below, along with our listing for the imminent Priests, Downtown Boys and Big Joanie extravaganza too.
 
 

 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents...
 
SHANNON AND THE CLAMS
TV CRIME
UTR DJs
Monday 9 October
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, London, N19 5QQ
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
SHANNON & THE CLAMS are from Oakland, California and comprise of Shannon Shaw (vocals, bass), Cody Blanchard (vocals, guitar), and Ian Amberson (drums, vocals). Sounding like a prom band from 1964 getting dosed with acid and having the sweetest lovelorn freak out, Shannon And The Clams defy expectations. Imagine a brawling Etta James, backed up by the 13th Floor Elevators singing Shangri La's tunes. Shannon has a voice that can go from a sweet girl group croon to a bluesy ballsy growl before you realize you're headed for the (dance) floor. It's total punk rock bop, brimming with doo-wop glory delivered to your door by the Homecoming Queen and Kings of weirdo rock 'n' roll. What started as an open mic project for a shy, young Shannon to try out some tunes ended with the Clams meeting and forming a band. Many have said to have been possessed by thee (eerily similar at times) haunted howls and beautiful growls of their two lead vocalists, hypnotized by their heavy heartbeats, and mesmerized by their magical music. Your ears may become infested with a real Buddy Holly jolly kinda joy (oh boy) while you stutter along to a hiccupy song. Take a scratch and a sniff at these stickers and get bit by their bad-brained snarls. It's always Christmas (if you want it). It's your party time, and it's excellent. Cry-yi-yi if you want to, but be sure to surf a splish-splash with a laugh later. Recent album, 'Gone by the Dawn' (Hardly Art) is monumental; immense, magnificent, and unforgettable. Shannon and the Clams have pioneered their way into a lonesome land where the past still lives in the long shadows of a hot afternoon, where whispering spirits follow high along canyon walls, and if you sink your fingers into the dusty hard-packed earth you pull out hands smeared with blood.

TV CRIME are a new garage punk / power pop band from Nottingham who come fully formed. Their debut single 'Hooligans' (out of Satic Shock) is a total stomper of a power pop song that starts like a classic Good Vibrations Records 7" with The Moondogs-esque guitar work and the energy of 90's legends New Bomb Turks or Gaunt. Flip 'Wild One' is another pounder but with a more rock 'n' roll twist.
https://tvcrime.bandcamp.com/
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents...
 
PRIESTS
DOWNTOWN BOYS
BIG JOANIE
Wednesday 18 October
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, London, N19 5QQ
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS

PRIESTS are Daniele Daniele (drums), Katie Alice Greer (vocals), G.L. Jaguar (guitar), and Taylor Mulitz (bass). Formed in 2011 in Washington DC, the band has proven a valuable force for strangeness in a city that is increasingly terraformed by norms. At a time when few groups were making serious moves beyond the Beltway, Priests toured throughout North America and Europe. More significantly, they've helped to raise the general standard of show-going at home through cassettes and singles released on Sister Polygon, including music by bands like Sneaks, Snail Mail, Pinkwash, Cigarette, Downtown Boys, and numerous Priests-affiliated groups like Gauche and Flasher. Still, even amidst thriving hometown creativity, Priests possess a singular gravity. They are physical and combustible, urgent and visceral. This January, Nothing Feels Natural, the band's first full length LP was released on their own label Sister Polygon Records. It's the bands most stylistically diverse set of songs to date, expanding on their lo-fi post-punk bona-fides with ideas drawn from pop, R&B, and industrial noise. Thematically, Nothing can be understood as a series of vignettes - nine stories that crystallize into a bigger picture about the economics of human relationships, the invisibility of feminized labor, and the dual purpose of art for both the group and the individual. It's a record that thrives amid the tension between that what is valued and what is dismissed; between what is desired and what is presented.
 
DOWNTOWN BOYS use their ferocious energy and powerhouse live shows to unite crowds in the struggle to smash racism, queerphobia, capitalism, fascism, boredom, and all things people use to try to close our minds, eyes and hearts. The Providence, RI band have just announced their third album, Cost of Living, to be released August 11th on Sub Pop. The new album - the follow-up to their critically-acclaimed sophomore album, 2015's Full Communism - is at once incendiary, cathartic, and fun, melding the band's revolutionary ideals with boundless energy. Produced by Fugazi's Guy Picciotto, one of indie-rock's most mythological figures (he also produced Blonde Redhead, The Gossip, and others), Cost of Living shows a sense of maturity without compromising the band's righteous assault and captivating presence. The position of Downtown Boys has been clear since they started storming through basements and DIY spaces with their radically-minded, indefatigable rock music: they are here to topple the white-cis-het hegemony and draft a new history. This is how Downtown Boys began, and their resolve has only strengthened as both their sound and audience have grown. Like the socially conscious groups of years past, from Public Enemy to Rage Against the Machine, Downtown Boys harness powerful sloganeering, repetitive grooves, and earworm hooks to create one of the most necessary musical statements of today.
 
BIG JOANIE are like The Ronettes filtered through 80s DIY and riot grrrl with a sprinkling of dashikis.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Have a great weekend, see you on Monday!
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UPSET THE RHYTHM
UPCOMING SHOWS 
SHANNON AND THE CLAMS
TV CRIME
UTR DJS
Monday 9 October
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, London, N19 5QQ
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
PRIESTS
DOWNTOWN BOYS
BIG JOANIE
Wednesday 18 October
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, London, N19 5QQ
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
CARLA DAL FORNO
PROTECTIVE SPELLS
Tuesday 24 October
The Shacklewell Arms, 71 Shacklewell Lane, London, E8 2EB
8pm | £8 | TICKETS
 
JOHN MAUS
THE WORLD
GARY WAR
 Friday 27 October
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, London, N19 5QQ
7.30pm | £12 | SOLD OUT
 
SHOPPING
GAUCHE
THE WORLD
 Friday 10 November
Kamio, 3 Rivington Street , London, EC2A 3JL
8pm - 2am | £9 | TICKETS
 
MOUNT EERIE
Monday 13 November
Tuesday 14 November
St John on Bethnal Green
200 Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PA
7.30pm | £15 | TICKETS
 
PROTOMARTYR
SAUNA YOUTH
BOMBER JACKETS
Tuesday 14 November
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, London, N19 5QQ
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
ESCAPE-ISM
(Ian Svenonius)
Saturday 18 November
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £9 | TICKETS
 
FUTURE ISLANDS
Monday 20 November - SOLD OUT
Tuesday 21 November - SOLD OUT
Wednesday 22 November
In collaboration with Parallel Lines
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Rd, Brixton, London SW9 9SL
7pm | TICKETS 
 
ROY MONTGOMERY
ALEXANDER TUCKER

Thursday 23 November
In collaboration with Café OTO
Cafe OTO, 22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
RICHARD DAWSON
(Live band show)
Wednesday 20 December
Islington Assembly Hall, Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 2UD
7pm | £15 | TICKETS
 

Get your yoga on - it's The World's new video!



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Thursday, 5 October 2017

Upset The Rhythm - Episode 1 (CAMP radio)


We've just started working with CAMP Radio on a brand new radio show as Upset The Rhythm, here is Episode 1, hope you enjoy it! Our next show will go live to air on November 1st at 10pm.



Upset The Rhythm - Episode 1
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01. Alternative TV - Life
02. Orange Disaster - Out Of The Room
03. The World - Hot Shopper
04. Grow Up - The Best Thing
05. Betty Davis - Hanging Out
06. Mandy Morton & Spriguns - Little In-between
07. Michael White - John Coltrane Was Here
08. Virginia Astley - From Gardens Where We Feel Secure
09. Laraaji - Live at Upset The Rhythm
10. Loren Mazzacane Connors & Kath Bloom - The Breeze, My Baby Cries
11. Vital Idles - My Sentiments
12. Gen Pop - Easy
13. Hubble Bubble - I Don’t Mind
14. Sheer Mag - Live at Upset The Rhythm
15. Ceramic Hello - Ringing In The Sane
16. Aura O’Neill - Witchery Woods
17. Steve Beresford - Mr & Mrs Wu
18. The Willies - Midnight
19. Bron Area - Green Avenue
20. Darlene Shrugg - Inherit The Wind
21. Flesh World - To Hell With Your Purity
22. Escape-ism - Lonely At The Top
23. The Faraway Stars - Sex & Violence
24. Gong Show - Ötzi
25. Art Bears - First Things First
26. The League Of Gentlemen - Eye Needles
27. Limelight - Metal Man
28. Pikacyu-Makoto - Live at Upset The Rhythm
29. Moritz Von Oswald Trio - Sounding Line 5 (Spectre)
30. Occult Chemistry - Air
31. Yo La Tengo - Private Doberman

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Normil Hawaiians - More Wealth Than Money


Listen deep! Normil Hawaiians released their debut album 'More Wealth Than Money' in 1982, 35 years ago! We're so seriously thrilled to be helping this record stride out into its unique field of sound again.

December 1st sees Upset The Rhythm reissue the re-mastered version of MWTM alongside a further full-length collection of demos and unreleased tracks from the album’s overlooked corners. Both the 2xCD and DLP versions also come with a booklet contextualizing the release, full of anecdotes and photos from all band members. It is truly a thing of beauty!




Available to pre-order now!






Artist:  Normil Hawaiians
Title: More Wealth Than Money

Catalogue Number:  UTR096
Formats: CD x 2 / DLP / DIGITAL
Release Date:  Friday 1 December

Track listing:

1. Red Harvest
2. British Warm
3. Homeless
4. Yellow Rain
5. New Standard
6. An Old Standard
7. Other Ways Of Knowing
8. Words Are Not Enough
9. Return Of Hollow Lands
10. Ha Ha The Story Of A Sunken Fence
11. Sally IV
12. Left Alone With Her Pipe
13. Travelling West

Normil Hawaiians had a transformative 1982. With two 7” singles and a 12” EP under their belts they suddenly found themselves disillusioned with the increasingly generic sounds surrounding them, so they forced the hand of change and began reaching out with that very hand. The band’s true constant in Guy Smith soon found himself with a new crew of musicians, Simon Marchant, Noel Blanden and Mark Tyler. Normil Hawaiians’ communal take on post punk quickly sprouted leaves from its mouth, and began carving out a new furrow. Greater emphasis was awarded to improvisation within the group and as a result their songs embarked on longer, freer journeys towards the beaten bounds. They wanted these new songs to bear the weight of their new collective spirit so comfort zones had to be left behind. Tape loops, echo boxes, extended percussive sessions and duteous faith in the tones emanating from a particular old wah-wah pedal were all employed by Normil Hawaiians to stretch their sonic fabric into wild and redolent new dimensions.

With Illuminated Records interested in the band’s new visionary approach, Normil Hawaiians relocated from their South London dystopia to a rural idyll in the Welsh hills, determined to develop further this raw language for themselves. They booked into Foel Studios near Llanfair Caereinion for an extended period of time, set the tapes rolling and didn’t look back. They were somewhere they knew they could experiment; at a studio that understood the results would be uncertain. Dave Anderson, who managed and engineered at Foel was exactly the right person to work with them. Anderson had come from an experimental background himself, having played in Hawkwind and Amon Duul II. Normil Hawaiians were encouraged to explore their ideas beyond limitations with Anderson happy to leave the tape recording to capture their embryonic improvisations taking shape. Anderson even joined in on bass for several of those sessions as the ensemble strove to find its authentic voice, supplemented further when their cellist friend Klaus dropped by to spend a spell with them.

At this very moment Normil Hawaiians existed solely for the music, living together in a small cottage in the studio’s shadow, sharing everything together and working long days to nurture and then burnish the music they had discovered between them. This is how the band’s debut album ‘More Wealth Than Money’ was formed, through trial and close listening, through cultivation and patient growth. Of course there were significant amounts of mushrooms involved too and several UFO sightings, but when the sheep began to march in time to the music Normil Hawaiians knew they were creating something unique.

‘More Wealth Than Money’ proved a vastly ambitious debut album, sprawling across four sides of vinyl in a way that still feels truly expansive, brave, cinematic even. From the plaintive pastoralism of ‘British Warm’ to the transcendental vistas of ‘Other Ways Of Knowing’, the album constantly surprises with its ringing trails of guitar, motorik pulse and synth rambles. From the striving incursion of ‘Sally IV’ to the softly spoken disbelief of ‘Yellow Rain’ the album is nothing short of a waking dream. Guy Smith’s vocal floats through the album in a haunting manner, at times heartfelt at others overcome. He’s on a quest to his own celestial city and we can stay for the whole journey if we only listen.

Described by the press upon its release in 1982 as an "absolutely mesmerising double album travelling through progressive rock, via industrial folk to freaky art-punk whilst sounding delightfully coherent" and “a huge slab of mindblowing dark psychedelia” the album was critically acknowledged for its peculiarly British kosmische. However for an album so indebted to the fertile soil from which it sprang, it’s curious that ‘More Wealth Than Money’ never came out officially in the UK. The band’s label Illuminated were temporarily blacklisted by their distributor because of unpaid debts and so the album was only available from the band at concerts within the UK. The bulk of the record’s sales went to mainland Europe on export.

Upset The Rhythm are now very proud to finally give ‘More Wealth Than Money’ the release it’s always deserved. On December 1st, 35 years since the album first appeared, Upset The Rhythm will be reissuing the newly re-mastered ‘More Wealth Than Money’ album, alongside a further full-length collection of demos and unreleased tracks from the album’s overlooked corners. Both the 2xCD and DLP versions also come with a booklet contextualizing the release, full of anecdotes and photos from all band members. This release follows on from 2015’s ‘Return Of The Ranters’, Normil Hawaiians’ lost final album from 1985, which ultimately saw the light of day in a different age through Upset The Rhythm too.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Shannon And The Clams in London next Monday, Priests & Downtown Boys on October 18th

Afternoon everyone!
 
We have two shows looming large so here we are with a timely reminder. Next Monday we’re very pleased to welcome Shannon And The Clams back to London. It’s been two whole years since they were last here with their powerful, lovelorn garage punk, so expect lots of new songs in the set from their forthcoming new record.
 
This Tufnell Park Dome show will also be Shannon And The Clams’ only UK show during this quick trip to Europe, so looks set to be a very special indeed. To cap all this off we will have the fantastic TV Crime joining them on the bill too. Counting the days!
 
 
 
You can find full details on next Monday’s show below, along with our outline for the 18th of October’s colossal humdinger of a concert for Priests, Downtown Boys and Big Joanie. I know right? What a crushing lineup, probably worth taking the rest of that week off.
 
You can find our full upcoming programme of live events at the conclusion of this message, including (rather excitingly) a freshly added evening spent in the company of Ian Svenonius with his solo project Escape-ism. Read on for more on all of that.
 
 
 
 
 
In record label news with our sensational new album for The World fast approaching its release date, the band have just done an interview for Noisey all about the debut album, global warming and despicable landlords.
 
They have also premiered the dangerously catchy song ‘Some Like It Hot’ from the LP too!

"Bono WAS looking for some more funk so he contacted me!"
 
 
 
One final thing, this Wednesday at 10pm we’ll be getting our chat on whilst spinning crackly vinyl throughout Upset The Rhythm’s inaugural two-hour radio show for CAMP Radio.
 
CAMP are highly interesting arts-hub in the French Pyrenees and they’ve put together an eclectic lineup of shows for their newly launched radio platform that are all well worth a listen. Check that emergent world of sound out here.
 

 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents...
 
SHANNON AND THE CLAMS
TV CRIME
UTR DJs
Monday 9 October
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, London, N19 5QQ
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
SHANNON & THE CLAMS are from Oakland, California and comprise of Shannon Shaw (vocals, bass), Cody Blanchard (vocals, guitar), and Ian Amberson (drums, vocals). Sounding like a prom band from 1964 getting dosed with acid and having the sweetest lovelorn freak out, Shannon And The Clams defy expectations. Imagine a brawling Etta James, backed up by the 13th Floor Elevators singing Shangri La's tunes. Shannon has a voice that can go from a sweet girl group croon to a bluesy ballsy growl before you realize you're headed for the (dance) floor. It's total punk rock bop, brimming with doo-wop glory delivered to your door by the Homecoming Queen and Kings of weirdo rock 'n' roll. What started as an open mic project for a shy, young Shannon to try out some tunes ended with the Clams meeting and forming a band. Many have said to have been possessed by thee (eerily similar at times) haunted howls and beautiful growls of their two lead vocalists, hypnotized by their heavy heartbeats, and mesmerized by their magical music. Your ears may become infested with a real Buddy Holly jolly kinda joy (oh boy) while you stutter along to a hiccupy song. Take a scratch and a sniff at these stickers and get bit by their bad-brained snarls. It's always Christmas (if you want it). It's your party time, and it's excellent. Cry-yi-yi if you want to, but be sure to surf a splish-splash with a laugh later. Recent album, 'Gone by the Dawn' (Hardly Art) is monumental; immense, magnificent, and unforgettable. Shannon and the Clams have pioneered their way into a lonesome land where the past still lives in the long shadows of a hot afternoon, where whispering spirits follow high along canyon walls, and if you sink your fingers into the dusty hard-packed earth you pull out hands smeared with blood.

TV CRIME are a new garage punk / power pop band from Nottingham who come fully formed. Their debut single 'Hooligans' (out of Satic Shock) is a total stomper of a power pop song that starts like a classic Good Vibrations Records 7" with The Moondogs-esque guitar work and the energy of 90's legends New Bomb Turks or Gaunt. Flip 'Wild One' is another pounder but with a more rock 'n' roll twist.
https://tvcrime.bandcamp.com/
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents...
 
PRIESTS
DOWNTOWN BOYS
BIG JOANIE
Wednesday 18 October
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, London, N19 5QQ
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS

PRIESTS are Daniele Daniele (drums), Katie Alice Greer (vocals), G.L. Jaguar (guitar), and Taylor Mulitz (bass). Formed in 2011 in Washington DC, the band has proven a valuable force for strangeness in a city that is increasingly terraformed by norms. At a time when few groups were making serious moves beyond the Beltway, Priests toured throughout North America and Europe. More significantly, they've helped to raise the general standard of show-going at home through cassettes and singles released on Sister Polygon, including music by bands like Sneaks, Snail Mail, Pinkwash, Cigarette, Downtown Boys, and numerous Priests-affiliated groups like Gauche and Flasher. Still, even amidst thriving hometown creativity, Priests possess a singular gravity. They are physical and combustible, urgent and visceral. This January, Nothing Feels Natural, the band's first full length LP was released on their own label Sister Polygon Records. It's the bands most stylistically diverse set of songs to date, expanding on their lo-fi post-punk bona-fides with ideas drawn from pop, R&B, and industrial noise. Thematically, Nothing can be understood as a series of vignettes - nine stories that crystallize into a bigger picture about the economics of human relationships, the invisibility of feminized labor, and the dual purpose of art for both the group and the individual. It's a record that thrives amid the tension between that what is valued and what is dismissed; between what is desired and what is presented.
 
DOWNTOWN BOYS use their ferocious energy and powerhouse live shows to unite crowds in the struggle to smash racism, queerphobia, capitalism, fascism, boredom, and all things people use to try to close our minds, eyes and hearts. The Providence, RI band have just announced their third album, Cost of Living, to be released August 11th on Sub Pop. The new album - the follow-up to their critically-acclaimed sophomore album, 2015's Full Communism - is at once incendiary, cathartic, and fun, melding the band's revolutionary ideals with boundless energy. Produced by Fugazi's Guy Picciotto, one of indie-rock's most mythological figures (he also produced Blonde Redhead, The Gossip, and others), Cost of Living shows a sense of maturity without compromising the band's righteous assault and captivating presence. The position of Downtown Boys has been clear since they started storming through basements and DIY spaces with their radically-minded, indefatigable rock music: they are here to topple the white-cis-het hegemony and draft a new history. This is how Downtown Boys began, and their resolve has only strengthened as both their sound and audience have grown. Like the socially conscious groups of years past, from Public Enemy to Rage Against the Machine, Downtown Boys harness powerful sloganeering, repetitive grooves, and earworm hooks to create one of the most necessary musical statements of today.
 
BIG JOANIE are like The Ronettes filtered through 80s DIY and riot grrrl with a sprinkling of dashikis.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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UPSET THE RHYTHM
UPCOMING SHOWS 
SHANNON AND THE CLAMS
TV CRIME
UTR DJS
Monday 9 October
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, London, N19 5QQ
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
PRIESTS
DOWNTOWN BOYS
BIG JOANIE
Wednesday 18 October
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, London, N19 5QQ
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
CARLA DAL FORNO
PROTECTIVE SPELLS
Tuesday 24 October
The Shacklewell Arms, 71 Shacklewell Lane, London, E8 2EB
8pm | £8 | TICKETS
 
JOHN MAUS
THE WORLD
GARY WAR
 Friday 27 October
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, London, N19 5QQ
7.30pm | £12 | SOLD OUT
 
SHOPPING
GAUCHE
THE WORLD
 Friday 10 November
Kamio, 3 Rivington Street , London, EC2A 3JL
8pm - 2am | £9 | TICKETS
 
MOUNT EERIE
Monday 13 November
Tuesday 14 November
St John on Bethnal Green
200 Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PA
7.30pm | £15 | TICKETS
 
PROTOMARTYR
SAUNA YOUTH
BOMBER JACKETS
Tuesday 14 November
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, London, N19 5QQ
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
ESCAPE-ISM
(Ian Svenonius)
Saturday 18 November
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £9 | TICKETS
 
FUTURE ISLANDS
Monday 20 November - SOLD OUT
Tuesday 21 November - SOLD OUT
Wednesday 22 November
In collaboration with Parallel Lines
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Rd, Brixton, London SW9 9SL
7pm | TICKETS 
 
ROY MONTGOMERY
ALEXANDER TUCKER

Thursday 23 November
In collaboration with Café OTO
Cafe OTO, 22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
RICHARD DAWSON
(Live band show)
Wednesday 20 December
Islington Assembly Hall, Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 2UD
7pm | £15 | TICKETS