We’re getting ready for a marathon week of incredible live music in London; sharpening pencils, tying shoelaces, drawing up playlists...
Upset The Rhythm presents…
Friday 10 November
Kamio, 3 Rivington Street , London, EC2A 3JL
8pm - 2am | £9 | TICKETS
SHOPPING are propulsive bass lines, primitive disco-not-disco drums and guitar lines sharp as broken glass. The band was formed in 2012 by members Rachel Aggs (guitar), Billy Easter (bass) and Andrew Milk (drums), who've all done time in a plethora of notable UK DIY bands including Trash Kit and Wet Dog. They pull from a well of 70's post-punk with a voraciousness seldom seen these days, bringing to mind the jagged aggression of Gang of Four, the voracious yelp of The Slits and the dance inducing thrust of Delta 5 . Their debut LP 'Consumer Complaints' was released November 2013 in the UK via MILK records and quickly sold out its first pressing. A US re-issue of 'Consumer Complaints' came out in 2015 via Fat Cat records, followed up by their excellent second album 'Why Choose?' The band are tirelessly committed to taking their sound to new audiences and spreading the Shopping gospel, securing impressive gigs along the way including main support for ESG and Gang Of Four as well as a BBC 6 Music session for Marc Riley. They have toured in the UK and throughout Europe numerous times over the last few years and last year toured the USA with also awesome Gauche, look out for a new album imminently!
GAUCHE are made up of Daniele Yandel of Priests and Mary Regalado & Adrienne Berry of Downtown Boys, plus a cast of friends. Gauche bring a funked groove to scratchy, minimal post-punk on their debut Get Away With.... Originally released on cassette via Sister Polygon Records, it is now also available on LP through Danger Records. Taking elements of Young Marble Giants, ESG (who they have played with) and Grass Widow, the DC band inject an explosive energy into songs about fraught relationships, a dependency on technology and social media and unfair working conditions.
THE WORLD are from Oakland, California. The year is 2017 and The World offer the only glimmers of hope in a city rapidly transforming into a wasteland of artisanal toast and succulent shops right before our very eyes. They've awed all those who have seen them play in San Francisco basements, beach town bars, crowded East Bay lofts - who knew the sight of bongos could be so titillating? And now The World is ready for the world. Their debut LP is all double sax attack, the tremolo of dub guitar, and those spare and sturdy drums, anchored by the gravitational pull of Amber's propulsive bass. Every member of this band feels like the secret weapon, and together, the combination is deadly, the particular alchemy of musicians who voraciously consume music of all kinds. Members have done time in Andy Human and the Reptoids, Rays, Pang, and Penny Machine - devotees of all those will find much to like here. The World's a post-punk band, sure, but they're also a dance group, a wild and revolutionary art collective, sounds from the past catapulted to the future. 'First World Record' is due out October 6th through Upset The Rhythm.
Upset The Rhythm presents…
Monday 13 November – SOLD OUT
Tuesday 14 November
St John on Bethnal Green
200 Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PA
7.30pm | £15 | TICKETS
MOUNT EERIE is the current project of Phil Elverum. In high school in Anacortes Washington in 1996 Elverum started calling his tapes of self-recorded noise and songs 'The Microphones'. Since then he's produced two decades worth of records that span a wide spectrum from studio heavy atmospheric landscaping to simple raw songs. The Microphones project was nourished by and located within the community of artists around K Records in Olympia in the late 90s/early 2000s, and Phil Elverum's musical ideas were clearly the product of the flood of independent music in the NW during those years.
After five albums the project was renamed Mount Eerie just as the Microphones were getting some unexpected attention from the widespread acclaim of 'the Glow pt. 2' (2001). The Mount Eerie recordings got weirder and broader, and Elverum left K Records and began releasing everything himself, ultimately building a self-contained small town operation in Anacortes called P.W. Elverum & Sun. Radical self-sufficiency has been a theme and obsession; all all ages shows and never though a manager or booking agent, always self-recorded, hands on in all details. Mount Eerie's albums have always aimed to push into new territory, both in sound and idea, but the thread of Elverum's voice has remained constant throughout, soft and human amid the wide range of textures and worlds. Often the lyrics have attempted to grapple with big questions, the briefness and the smallness of human life being a running theme. On occasion the music has been called "black metal" (Wind's Poem, 2009), "dream landscape" (Clear Moon, 2012), and "raw and direct" (Lost Wisdom, 2008).
The new album, 'A Crow Looked At Me', sounds closer to the latter; minimal instrumentation, no production, clear and heavy words right up front. The difference here is the subject matter. In 2015 Elverum's wife, the French Canadian cartoonist and musician Genevieve Castree, was diagnosed with a bad cancer just after giving birth to their first child. She died a year later. Elverum wrote and recored the album throughout the fall of 2016 in the same room where Genevieve died, using mostly her instruments; her guitar, her bass, her pick, her amp, her old family accordion, writing the words on her paper. The songs are about the brutal details of that experience, from the hospitalisations to the grieving, the specific domestic banalities that become existential in the context of such huge and abrupt loss. These songs are not fun. They are pretty and they are deep, and they find a love that prevails beneath the overwhelming and real sorrow. It is unlike anything else in the Mount Eerie catalog in its unvarnished expressions of personal grief, metaphor-free.
Upset The Rhythm presents…
THE PLAN (Nov 17)
MYSTIC BUSINESS (Nov 18)
Friday 17 November
Saturday 18 November – SOLD OUT
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £9 | TICKETS
ESCAPE-ISM is a solo project from Ian Svenonius. Svenonius is known for his work in groups The Make-Up, Chain & the Gang, XYZ, Weird War and author of underground bestsellers such as The Psychic Soviet, Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock 'n' Roll Group, and Censorship Now! Recognised by Performer Magazine as the "greatest performer on the planet", Svenonius is profound, prophetic, perverse, and poetic. His debut solo album an 'Introduction to Escape-ism' is released through Merge soon, teaming up a drum machine, guitar, cassette player, and a single voice singing out... for a way out. Svenonius' songs cry out for love, justice, redemption and insurrection, they stomp on convention and clobber notions of what music can be. Live, Escape-ism a new paradigm of performance: raw, gestural, idiotic, sublime, revolutionary, poetic, faux naif, unknowing, a drainage pipe that leads to who knows where. 'Introduction to Escape-ism' isn't just the soundtrack for a late-night drive on a lonely interstate, or a platter played to incite abandon at a pajama party with one's pals. It's also a tunnel to tomorrow. It's a mineshaft to the motherlode. It's 100% unadulterated Ian Svenonius.
THE PLAN are an evolving post-punk outfit including members who have previously appeared in bands like Wetdog, Private Trousers, Vic Godard and The Subway Sect & The Ghosts. The Plan harness unruly beats with discordant keyboards and guitars then stamp sweet vocal harmonies over the result. Continually celebrating the release of their debut album 'Nervous Energy' on Southend Records they currently play songs from this record alongside the new ones lined up for No 2. (Nov 17th only)
MYSTIC BUSINESS are an anarchic beats choir with punk ethos led by artist, composer, and drummer Jenny Moore - bent on inciting progressive politics with spontaneous joy. Jenny Moore (Bas Jan, Charismatic Megafauna) brings the statement, the groove and directed mayhem. Rapture and rage are distilled out of thin air by this 10-piece orchestra of chaos, using drums, tuned percussion and voices. (Nov 18th only)
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