Friday, 24 March 2017

SHOW SPOTLIGHT - Rat Columns, Honey Joy & Slushy Guts in London this April!

Upset The Rhythm presents…

Wednesday 19 April
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Road, Islington, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £6 | 

RAT COLUMNS is the mutable musical project of David West, an artist as prolific as he is diverse in his output. West is the driving force behind the groups Rank/Xerox, Liberation and Lace Curtain, he was also a member of Total Control, and most recently debuted a solo album proper. Whether its forward-facing punk or turning his hand to crafting sleek prisms of pop, West's credentials check out. Rat Columns is no exception, always central to his vision and returned to many times since its inception in Perth almost a decade ago. Over the years the band has morphed and continued with an array of different friends from the USA and Australia, always finding David West dancing through the long shadows at its core. Working with many distinguished underground imprints including Blackest Ever Black, Adagio 830, Smart Guy Records and RIP Society, Rat Columns have left in their wake a trail of 7"s, EPs and two full length albums. Now a third album, entitled 'Candle Power' is cued for release through Upset The Rhythm this April. 'Candle Power' is packed full of chiming guitar pop, cutting in with moments of soul, disco and experimental plots.

HONEY JOY are five mates who came together through a mutual love of curry, Mean Girls and Paul McCartney’s hand gestures. They play indie punk music and have been compared to The Thermals and Xray Spex. They released two brilliant EPs last year and have just finished recording their first full length with MJ from Hookworms, which is soon to be released in the US through Infinity Cat records. 

SLUSHY GUTS is more of a group then a band (M.E.S distinction), having revolved around founding member Steve Keane since it's inception in 2009. Originally a solo bedroom project (B. White definition) Slushy Guts has mutated (H.P Lovecraft style) over the course of 4 albums and a "shit-load" (Slim Pickens) of tape and cdr releases. Evolving organically (according to Jean-Baptiste  Lamarck), it's presentation facilitated by whoever's around, Steve's songs exist in the spaces between genres, at once melodic and discordant (Engelbert Humperdinck definition), concerned with deconstructing 'it all' (definition unknown) and gluing it back together again. With current members Sam and Luke Walsh on bass and drums and James Rowland on guitar, Slushy Guts is currently something closely resembling a rock 'n' roll quartet (Rev. David A. Noebel definition.) Bobby Davro, 2017.

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