Thursday, 19 July 2018

TERRY confirm London show for this September!




Upset The Rhythm presents…

TERRY
THE HOMOSEXUALS
RUSSELL WALKER
Tuesday 18th September
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, E9 6NU

TERRY is getting ready, combing his hair, buttoning his jacket, turning the key in the door. "I'm doing fine," sings Terry out loud, he knows. Divide him into four and you get Al Montfort (UV Race, Total Control, Dick Diver etc.), Amy Hill (Constant Mongrel, Primo, School Of Radiant Living), Xanthe Waite (Primo, Mick Harvey Band) and Zephyr Pavey (Eastlink, Total Control, Russell Street Bombings). Inevitably, Terry likes to make a noise. Drums, guitars and all his voices come into play, making a solid raft for Terry's inner musings to navigate the languid rapids. This all unravels at its own pace, sometimes drifting into glam punk and country backwaters, always conducting a conversation with the commonplace. Terry also make us a bit queasy at times, singing about police beatings and nationalism and all that. But they’re not out to hurt you. They’re like the kindly bearer of bad news. There’s some awful stuff going on around the world. Terry puts it in terms that speak to all. It’s a tragicomedy. I’m pretty certain Terry isn’t perverse, they’re just the harbinger of the encroaching perverse world. I’m pretty certain Terry wants to be my friend, and your friend. Our friend, Terry. ‘I’m Terry’, the band’s third album in three years, is out this summer through Upset The Rhythm.

THE HOMOSEXUALS are the inspired focus of Bruno Wizard! Bruno Wizard is an underground music luminary, an iconoclast, an evangelist for DIY practice, who formed The Homosexuals out of the ashes of The Rejects in 1976. The Homosexuals were a strange prospect. Seemingly, their music should fit into a similar spot as that of angry young men like Wire and Magazine who carried their penchants for art-school angst in the midst of proto-thug posturing, like badges of authentic alienation. And of course, in many ways, these bands were alienated at least from what had been passing for British rock prior to 1976. However, L'Voag (aka Jim, Amos, and now, Xentos), Anton (aka George Harassment) and Bruno were also part of a different scene, where more "progressive" notions of artistic protest were at stake: This Heat, Family Fodder and Chris Cutler's bands Henry Cow and the Art Bears were some of the names going at it in these circles. Their music was a sprawling bag of angular power-pop, quasi-dub, garage-punk and other stuff I'd liken to Faust or some such lunatic mob. Releasing a few 7”s, a tape and a posthumous LP by 1984, the band then called it a day. Bruno continues though, having reformed the band since 2003 with a variety of new lineups. 2016 saw The Homosexuals release their ‘Important If True’ record collecting new and unreleased recordings from the band committed to tape in NYC. Bruno also starred in ‘The Heart Of Bruno Wizard’ documentary about his creative life that premiered at Cannes in 2014.

RUSSELL WALKER, known as the uncanny lyricist/vocalist for The Pheromoans, Bomber Jackets etc, treats us to an exceedingly rare solo live appearance. Walker released his solo album proper in 2016 through Vitrine, contributed to a recent compilation on Kye and has a spoken album due out on Chocolate Monk soon called ‘Half Time 1916’.  Walker also published his latest book ‘When New Towns Act Tough’ in 2016, well worth tracking down on Larching Books!

FIRST LISTEN: Sauna Youth - 'Percentages' %%%

The first track from Sauna Youth's forthcoming album 'Deaths' just premiered on DIY!
Check out 'Percentages' now, turn it up!



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Friday, 13 July 2018

Primo's debut album out today! Plus full details of next month's Shopping concert in London!

 
 
 
 
Lucky world!
 
The weekend is fast upon us and with it comes the release of our fantastic debut album by Primo! Primo are a Melbourne trio specialising in breezy, up-tempo chorus and verse. Double guitar, drums, sound effects and a group vocal sensibility all help adorn their discourses into deconstruction.
 
Entitled ‘Amici’, Primo’s debut album is available now on LP and CD in all the best stores and our own webshop here.
 
The edified Jaden Gallagher best sums up the album for 4ZZZ:
 
‘Amici’ is a surprisingly unique record. There's an unexpected amount of sonic variance from the trio, and a sense of undivided unity throughout. The diverse content is dutifully and subtly managed within familiar forms and comprising a modestly long, concise record. Though it finds its basis in the mundane routines of daily life, it elevates to unexpected heights, inspiring a new appreciation for one's foundational habits and observational faculties.

You can also read an interview with Suzanne from Primo introducing the band’s debut record here!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sticking with Xanthe from Primo, her other group Terry returned this week with the first track from their new album ‘I’m Terry’.
 
Raven Sings The Blues premiered The Whip for us, describing it precisely.
 
The Whip kicks the jangles aside, clips a driving punk guitar line to a curdled coif of organ squeal and gives this track an off the rails quality that’s biting harder than usual for the laid-back bunch. While I love the band’s cowpunk preening and clang-hearted dirges its good to see them go for the pop pounce – albeit with enough squirm to make it pure Terry.
 
 
 
Remember to read on for news of our next live event. This one will detonate on August 11th with party-starters Shopping, Es and Katy & Nick at OSLO, Hackney. You’ll find our full programme of concerts concluding this missive, now boasting a newly-on sale show for Ian Svenonius’ solo venture Escape-ism in September. This show sees Ian support of his forthcoming ‘lost’ record, already a classic, more unloved than forgotten on Merge Records. Enjoy…
 

 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…

SHOPPING
ES
KATY & NICK
Saturday 11th August
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
6.30pm - 10pm | £10 | 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. Shopping’s brand new album ‘The Official Body’ (FatCat) has met with glowing reviews proclaiming it as exhilarating as it is mesmerising, we can’t agree enough!
https://soundcloud.com/shoppingband

ES are four women based between London and Glasgow making 'mutant synth-punk for our dystopian present’ (Jes Skolnik). Tense, bass driven and synth heavy with frantic drumming and cold, direct vocals, their debut 12”, ’Object Relations’, delivers 4 tracks of gelid guitar-less post punk that is equal parts sparse and cosmic. Think of a mix of KUKL with No Defences jamming with X-mal Deutschland and you may be getting there.
https://esband.bandcamp.com/releases

KATY & NICK is Katy Cotterell of Gloss Rejection & ES and Nick Carlisle of Bamboo. This is their very British haunted take on synth wave. An abrasive synth punk, not the icy distance of some of the finest continental practitioners. This is the ennui of a damp bedsit in a bad Victorian conversion, not the existentialism of a brutalist estate. There’s a little bit of YMO to the hyper-simple melodies that loop throughout their songs too. An appropriate counterpoint are the arpeggiated synth bursts that thread their way through too.
https://katyandnick.bandcamp.com/releases
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Have a great weekend, make it count!
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UPSET THE RHYTHM
UPCOMING SHOWS 
SHOPPING
ES
KATY & NICK
Saturday 11th August
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
6.30pm - 10pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
SAUNA YOUTH – ‘Deaths’ Album Release Party!
CURRENT AFFAIRS
PINK GRIP
Saturday 25 August
Redon, Railway Arches, 289 Cambridge Heath Rd, London, E2 9HA
7.30pm - 1.30pm | £8 | TICKETS
 
PRIMO
Wednesday 29 August
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £6 | TICKETS
 
SHANNON AND THE CLAMS
TERRY
Tuesday 4 September
The Garage, 20-22 Highbury Corner, London, N5 1RD
7.30pm | £12.50 | TICKETS
 
PROLAPSE
FIVEHEAD

Thursday 6 September
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, E9 6NU
7.30pm | £11 | TICKETS
 
LITHICS
ES
Friday 7 September
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £6 | TICKETS
 
PATSY
Saturday 8 September
New River Studios, 199 Eade Rd, Harringay Warehouse District, London, N4 1DN
7.30pm | £6 | TICKETS
 
SCREAMING FEMALES
SCRAP BRAIN
Tuesday 11 September
100 Club, 100 Oxford St, Oxford Street, London, W1D 1LL
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
ESCAPE-ISM (Ian Svenonius)
Thursday 13 September
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, E9 6NU
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
WOLF EYES MUSIC: THREE DAY RESIDENCY
Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd September
In collaboration with Cafe OTO, 22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £12 per day | TICKETS
 
21 SEPT:
WOLF EYES with YEAH YOU
WOLF EYES (short set)
AARON DILLOWAY / VICKY LANGAN (Duo)
 
22 SEPT:
UNIVERSAL EYES
(Nate Young, John Olson, Aaron Dilloway, Gretchen Davidson)
TRIPLE NEGATIVE
VICKY LANGAN (DJ set)
 
23 SEPT:
WOLF EYES with BEATRICE DILLON
AARON DILLOWAY (solo)
SHARON GAL (solo)
 
VIRGINIA WING
Thursday 11 October
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
7.30pm | £8 | TICKETS
 
JO PASSED
Thursday 25 October
The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Rd, Dalston, London, E8 3AS
7.30pm | £7 | TICKETS
 
GROUPER
Monday 29 October
Hackney Arts Centre, 13 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 8BH
7pm | £16.50 | TICKETS
 

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

ESCAPE-ISM London show announced for Ian Svenonius!


Upset The Rhythm presents…

ESCAPE-ISM (Ian Svenonius)
Thursday 13 September
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, E9 6NU
7.30pm | £10 | http://www.wegottickets.com/event/444726

ESCAPE-ISM is the nom de guerre of mythic rock ’n’ roll provocateur / theorist / revolutionary Ian Svenonius (performer, author, filmmaker, etc). Svenonius is known for his work in the music 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' was released through Merge last year and teamed 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.

‘The Lost Record’ is Escape-ism’s new album on Merge and is already a classic, destined to bewitch the minds, hearts, and dancing shoes of any rock ’n’ roll fan who happens to discover it, for as long as such creatures exist. Without the high-octane hype machine of the mind-control minstrels who hypnotize the hapless through the mass media, ‘The Lost Record’ is bound for inevitable obscurity, but—with its timeless tunes, poignant message, and innovative sound—rediscovery and immortal status is equally assured! Music enthusiasts will be thrilled to be the ones clever and kind enough to have rescued this platter from oblivion.
https://escape-ism.bandcamp.com/


Tuesday, 10 July 2018

LISTEN: Terry - 'The Whip'!


It's fine, it's fine, it's fine! Check out 'The Whip', Terry's first track taken from their forthcoming head bop of a long-player 'I'm Terry' (out Aug 31st, through Upset The Rhythm). Poppermost!



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Vital Idles UK tour starts today! Plus London concert on Thursday with Dog Chocolate & The Plan.

 
 
 
 
Morning everyone!
 
Glasgow’s sublime word-punks Vital Idles kick off their UK tour today in Manchester. Vital Idles make music that is as wonderfully acute as it is astute, smart and minimal in measures. This tour is in support of their fantastic debut album ‘Left Hand’, out recently on Upset The Rhythm. Look out below for the full dates, they are getting around!
 
We’ll be hosting the London leg of this on Thursday at The Islington in Angel where Vital Idles will be joined by Dog Chocolate and The Plan too, now that’s actually a case for New Weird Britain.
 
Dog Chocolate are the most fun imaginable refined into kinetic performance, curious banter and wax disc. The Plan are from Southend-on-Sea and bring that seaside surrealism to the fore in their excellent odes from the underground. This is our last Upset The Rhythm show in July, so let’s take the roof off (air-con permitting)!
 
VITAL IDLES – UK TOUR
July 10 - Manchester @ 57 Thomas Street
July 11 - Birmingham @ Sunflower Lounge
July 12 - London @ The Islington
July 13 - Brighton @ Sticky Mike's Frog Bar
July 14 - Cardiff @ The Moon
July 15 - Bristol @ Hy Brazil Music Club
July 16 - Oxford @ The Library
July 17 - Leeds @ Chunk
July 19 - Nottingham @ JT Soar
July 20 - Newcastle @ Star and Shadow Cinema
 
+ Resonance FM session too on the morning of the 14th with the esteemed Dexter Bentley!
 
 
 
 
 
In other news this week we just unveiled two new singles by Melbourne trio Primo. Primo are Xanthe Waite, Violetta DelConte Race and Suzanne Walker who specialise in buoyant up-tempo, terse chorus and verse. Two guitars, drums, sound effects and a group vocal sensibility all help to ornament their enquiries into deconstruction. Raven Sings The Blues just premiered this scorcher of a new track, ‘A City Stair’.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Both these new tracks are taken from the band’s debut album ‘Amici’ out this Friday through Upset The Rhythm. The band will be coming over in late August to play some selected European dates too, happy to say London will take place on Wednesday 29th August.
 
We’ve also newly announced a show for New Orleans punks Patsy too, this concert is slated for Saturday 8th September at New River Studios, get scribbling in those diaries, tickets for both on sale now.
 
 

 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…

VITAL IDLES
DOG CHOCOLATE
THE PLAN
Thursday 12 July
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £6 | TICKETS
 
VITAL IDLES are primitive and whimsically brutal prospect for the conglomerate of art outsiders and aesthetes. Sculpting a skeleton from a body already lean, there’s a thrilling minimalism that runs through every beat and strum, a sparseness that feeds Jessica Higgins’s surreal, oblique vocal delivery all the nourishment it needs. Playing their first shows in Glasgow in 2015 during a summer that never threatened to show up, Vital Idles’ origins are closely tied with a tireless underground culture, a culture that informs the band’s refusal to take it easy. Matthew Walkerdine, Nick Lynch and Higgins are responsible for Glasgow DIY publishing institution Good Press - an independent volunteer-staffed zine and art book shop - while Guitarist Ruari MacLean’s pedigree stretches back to breakneck-indie-pop group Golden Grrrls and the Rose McDowall band. Following two self-released demos and a sold out debut 7”, Vital Idles arrive on Upset The Rhythm with ‘Left Hand’, a bare manifesto layered with meaning and non-meaning. The group can conceivably be called artists, or Artists, but in approaching their debut album Vital Idles have stripped away all extraneous ornamentation to evoke an incredibly life-like, vibrant pop music completely détourned and re-thought. These are pop songs unwilling to bend to convention, chart hits in the alternative timeline where Messthetics compilations are Now That's What I Call Music, peppered with endlessly inventive linguistics that reveal emotional depth, a dry, punk minimalism able to turn on a dime into a mouldy, witty kitchen sink story narrated by Samuel Beckett. It’s a tension that threatens to fall apart into dissonance or resolve into sweetness but thankfully does neither, rather it keeps Vital Idles moving forward, never standing still, never taking it easy.
https://vitalidles.bandcamp.com/  

DOG CHOCOLATE sound like a crowded room but are actually four individuals from London. Abandoning notions of elegance, cred and professionalism they embrace the ramshackle, instant and fun, capturing a vivid spontaneity with their music. Their sound is a shabby, fast, over-excited ball of wet fur falling down the stairs, knocking over plant pots along the way and staining the carpet. With an average song time of 2 minutes, Dog Chocolate are on to the next treat before fully digesting the last. Chewing up bits of punk, post-punk, noise and pop, Matthew and Robert's guitars race around each other like wasps, pitch-shifting and phasing all over the place while Jono's rolled-up-newspaper drums chase them round the room. The band's new album ‘Moody Balloon Baby’ (out now) was released through Upset The Rhythm, in just under 25 minutes the band manage to cram in bucket-loads of ideas, mess, confusion and fun.
http://dogchocolate.tumblr.com/

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. The Plan celebrate their debut album 'Nervous Energy' on Southend Records by currently playing songs from this record alongside the new ones lined up for No 2. The Plan all live in Southend-on-Sea, flourishing on its beach life and doing their bit to secure its reputation as the ‘cultural capital’ of Essex.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks as ever for reading, we really appreciate it.
See you this Thursday!
Upset The Rhythm
 
 
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UPSET THE RHYTHM
UPCOMING SHOWS 
VITAL IDLES
DOG CHOCOLATE
THE PLAN
Thursday 12 July
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £6 | TICKETS
 
SHOPPING
ES
KATY & NICK
Saturday 11th August
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
6.30pm - 10pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
SAUNA YOUTH – ‘Deaths’ Album Release Party!
CURRENT AFFAIRS
PINK GRIP
Saturday 25 August
Redon, Railway Arches, 289 Cambridge Heath Rd, London, E2 9HA
7.30pm - 1.30pm | £8 | TICKETS
 
PRIMO
Wednesday 29 August
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £6 | TICKETS
 
SHANNON AND THE CLAMS
Tuesday 4 September
The Garage, 20-22 Highbury Corner, London, N5 1RD
7.30pm | £12.50 | TICKETS
 
PROLAPSE
FIVEHEAD

Thursday 6 September
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, E9 6NU
7.30pm | £11 | TICKETS
 
LITHICS
ES
Friday 7 September
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £6 | TICKETS
 
PATSY
Saturday 8 September
New River Studios, 199 Eade Rd, Harringay Warehouse District, London, N4 1DN
7.30pm | £6 | TICKETS
 
SCREAMING FEMALES
SCRAP BRAIN
Tuesday 11 September
100 Club, 100 Oxford St, Oxford Street, London, W1D 1LL
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
WOLF EYES MUSIC: THREE DAY RESIDENCY
Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd September
In collaboration with Cafe OTO, 22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £12 per day | TICKETS
 
21 SEPT:
WOLF EYES with YEAH YOU
WOLF EYES (short set)
AARON DILLOWAY / VICKY LANGAN (Duo)
 
22 SEPT:
UNIVERSAL EYES
(Nate Young, John Olson, Aaron Dilloway, Gretchen Davidson)
TRIPLE NEGATIVE
VICKY LANGAN (DJ set)
 
23 SEPT:
WOLF EYES with BEATRICE DILLON
AARON DILLOWAY (solo)
SHARON GAL (solo)
 
VIRGINIA WING
Thursday 11 October
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
7.30pm | £8 | TICKETS
 
JO PASSED
Thursday 25 October
The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Rd, Dalston, London, E8 3AS
7.30pm | £7 | TICKETS
 
GROUPER
Monday 29 October
Hackney Arts Centre, 13 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 8BH
7pm | £16.50 | TICKETS
 

Thursday, 5 July 2018

PRIMO are coming to London next month!



Upset The Rhythm presents…

PRIMO
Wednesday 29 August
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT


Primo are Xanthe Waite, Violetta DelConte Race and Suzanne Walker. As a trio from Melbourne writing up-tempo, terse chorus and verse, Primo make use of two guitars, drums, sound effects and a group vocal sensibility to ornament their enquiries into deconstructed punk and indie rock. Their songs chime and charm, sounding at times bountiful, at others brittle, always buoyant with attention to detail. Primo songs are alive and inquisitive, chasing down questions for answers long sped-away, amidst minimalist shuffle beats and ringing-out chords. The group’s debut album ‘Amici’ is a triumph of the underplayed, its small details pull focus, allowing the album to treat us to unexpected truths in plain sight.

Primo's newest member since 2018 is Amy Hill, who also plays in Terry and Constant Mongrel, on bass. Outside of Primo, Xanthe and Violetta both have lent their guitar skills to Terry and The Shifters respectively, whilst Suzanne works in film too. The band’s debut album ‘Amici’ will be released as LP and CD on Upset The Rhythm on July 13th and followed up in August with a European tour.
http://www.upsettherhythm.co.uk/primo.shtml



Wednesday, 4 July 2018

VITAL IDLES: UK TOUR starts next week!



VITAL IDLES are taking to the road next week!
Their music is as wonderfully acute as it is astute, smart and minimal in measures. This UK tour is in support of their fantastic debut album ‘Left Hand’, out now on Upset The Rhythm.
Look out!

July 10 - Manchester @ 57 Thomas Street (FB)
July 11 - Birmingham @ Sunflower Lounge w/ Bodega (FB)
July 12 - London @ The Islington (FB)
July 13 - Brighton @ Sticky Mike's Frog Bar (FB)
July 14 - Cardiff @ The Moon (FB)
July 15 - Bristol @ Hy Brazil Music Club (FB)
July 16 - Oxford @ The Library (FB)
July 17 - Leeds @ Chunk (FB)
July 19 - Nottingham @ JT Soar (FB)
July 20 - Newcastle @ Star and Shadow Cinema (FB)

+ Resonance FM session too on the morning of the 14th with Dexter Bentley!

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

New show for PATSY announced this September!


Upset The Rhythm presents…

PATSY
Saturday 8 September
New River Studios
199 Eade Rd, Harringay Warehouse District, London, N4 1DN
7.30pm | £6 | http://www.wegottickets.com/event/444227

PATSY are a New Orleans band who make fast, slashing, catchy-as-hell punk rock. The band is led by one Candice, also a member of the band Mystic Inane, and their schoolyard-taunt snarl is one of the coolest things we’ve ever heard. After a series of excellent singles over the past couple of years, the band recently released their debut ‘mini’-LP ‘LA Women’ (La Vida Es Un Mus Discos), which you can stream below. Where prior singles tended to stay firmly in the hardcore lane, ‘LA Women’ finds Patsy blending an inspired mix of surf, garage, 80s hardcore, skewed 80s new wave, and garage.  Their straight ahead hardcore jams – including a re-recorded version of “Nazis are so Plain” from their 2015 demo – bear a slippery quality that reminds of DKs, particularly in the woozy guitar work (see, in particular, album highlight “Society Ape”).  Elsewhere, tracks like the excellent “Heathen” and opener “Count it Down” bristle with a-go-go worthy garage energy. This will be the band’s first time in London on their debut European tour!
https://itspatsy.bandcamp.com/






Friday, 29 June 2018

Apostille album out now! Plus upcoming London shows for Gwenifer Raymond & Vital Idles!

 

 
 
Hello again!

Thanks for coming out to see Yunohana Variations this week, what an rapturous collaboration that was, true alien sounds abound! Since we last talked Upset The Rhythm have been typically active, in our listings you’ll now find a newly confirmed London show for Grouper approaching Hallows eve. We’ve also popped on sale an album release party for Sauna Youth. Yes you heard correctly, there is a new album on the way. In fact we've got two top records planned for the dog days of summer, 'I'm Terry' by, yes you guessed it, Terry (out August 31st) and ‘Deaths’ by Sauna Youth (out September 7th). Both band's third albums coincidentally! Both brimming with wild impulse! Pre-order links now up here.
 
 
 
Whilst you’re in our webshop, take heed that Apostille’s hefty bounce of a new album 'Choose Life' is out now in all its vibrant red wax glory! Apostille is an artist who’s torn through enough sound-systems to know the difference between gesture and meaning. Alongside running his own DIY record label, Glasgow native, Michael Kasparis has spent the last few years making forays into the realm of hardcore punk with his groups Anxiety and The Lowest Form. Throughout all this, his solo electronic venture, Apostille has continued to evolve with each twist and turn of the world. What started off as a quest to whip up a mood and force that into a song has steadily become more of a mission in communication.  
 
Recorded with Lewis Cook (of Happy Meals, The Cosmic Dead) at his home studio Full Ashram, ‘Choose Life’ came together in serial fashion through 2017 with Kasparis calling in when each new song was ready to commit to tape. Cook in turn engineered the recordings and in some instances helped produce the material.
 
 
‘Fly With The Dolphin’ opens the album like a cork rocketing from a bottle, dashing to the horizon with a rampant beat, synth pop throttle and acidic edge. Kasparis implores us to swim, walk, drive and fly away, even resorting to pressing the ejector seat on everything he wants to leave behind. Melody and purpose is pushed to the fore, backed to the hilt by some brutish rhythmic production. ‘Feel Bad’ is similarly equipped, with Kasparis sounding more himself than ever. Nothing is cloaked in reverb, obscured or distorted, this is Apostille in the broad daylight, ambitious, open-armed and vulnerable. “If there’s something I know, it’s that I’ll see you again, I’m losing everything I know, I would walk into the ocean just to give you a rest” confesses Kasparis in his sleek setting of glossy drum programming and buoyant refrains in the melancholic key. This is pop music as redemption, the drawing of a line, songs that step anew unto the dawn.
 
 
 
 
 
This July Upset The Rhythm have two fine shows cued up for you. Next Thursday we’re hosting a release party for Gwenifer Raymond’s new record on Tompkins Square. Gwenifer, a Welsh guitarist living in Brighton, writes primitive instrumentals drawn from the roots music of Mississippi and Appalachia. Influenced by the likes of Skip James, John Fahey and Roscoe Holcomb, Gwenifer’s new album is a revelation of rhythmic patterns mimicking the swift dynamics of a fiddle with a country twang.
 
Experimental Irish guitarist John McGrath will open this concert with his questing drones and fingerpicking too. Tickets are £6 and are available in advance from the link below.
 
 
Our other July concert will also take place at The Islington, this time featuring a plethora of the best DIY punk talents in the UK right now. Vital Idles and Dog Chocolate have both released phenomenal albums through Upset The Rhythm this last month, so it’s a great pleasure to present them at this live show on July 12th. Southend-on-Sea’s The Plan will also perform at this show in a full on attempt to gild the lily.
 
It’s going to be beyond the best, read on for all you need to know and more on both of these shows.
 
 
 

 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents...
 
GWENIFER RAYMOND
JOHN MCGRATH
Thursday 5 July
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £6 | TICKETS

GWENIFER RAYMOND is a Welsh multi-instrumentalist, originally from Cardiff but now residing in Brighton, England. Gwenifer began playing guitar at the age of eight shortly after having been first exposed to punk and grunge. After years of playing around the Welsh valleys in various punk outfits she began listening more to pre-war blues musicians as well as Appalachian folk players, eventually leading into the guitar players of the American Primitive genre. She has since been playing her own moody and often-times manic original American Primitive styled compositions on guitar and banjo around the UK. In 2017 Gwenifer signed to the esteemed label Tompkins Square, who released her first single ‘Sometimes There’s Blood’ in October of that year.  Her debut album ‘You Never Were Much of a Dancer’ is out in June 29th, 2018.
https://gweniferraymond.com/

JOHN MCGRATH is an Irish guitarist, composer and author based in London. His music explores the boundaries of the ancient and modern as traditional elements meet improvisation and experimental tendencies. Rich harmonics, intricate finger-picking, static drones and glitches combine to glorious effect. John has performed the UK premiere of Rhys Chatham's "Die Donnergotter", he’s also performed with Dustin Wong, Sharon Gal, Cavalier Song, Howard Skempton and the aPAtT Orchestra. He currently lectures at ICMP and Goldsmiths.
www.johnmcgrathmusic.com
 
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…

VITAL IDLES
DOG CHOCOLATE
THE PLAN
Thursday 12 July
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £6 | TICKETS
 
VITAL IDLES are primitive and whimsically brutal prospect for the conglomerate of art outsiders and aesthetes. Sculpting a skeleton from a body already lean, there’s a thrilling minimalism that runs through every beat and strum, a sparseness that feeds Jessica Higgins’s surreal, oblique vocal delivery all the nourishment it needs. Playing their first shows in Glasgow in 2015 during a summer that never threatened to show up, Vital Idles’ origins are closely tied with a tireless underground culture, a culture that informs the band’s refusal to take it easy. Matthew Walkerdine, Nick Lynch and Higgins are responsible for Glasgow DIY publishing institution Good Press - an independent volunteer-staffed zine and art book shop - while Guitarist Ruari MacLean’s pedigree stretches back to breakneck-indie-pop group Golden Grrrls and the Rose McDowall band. Following two self-released demos and a sold out debut 7”, Vital Idles arrive on Upset The Rhythm with ‘Left Hand’, a bare manifesto layered with meaning and non-meaning. The group can conceivably be called artists, or Artists, but in approaching their debut album Vital Idles have stripped away all extraneous ornamentation to evoke an incredibly life-like, vibrant pop music completely détourned and re-thought. These are pop songs unwilling to bend to convention, chart hits in the alternative timeline where Messthetics compilations are Now That's What I Call Music, peppered with endlessly inventive linguistics that reveal emotional depth, a dry, punk minimalism able to turn on a dime into a mouldy, witty kitchen sink story narrated by Samuel Beckett. It’s a tension that threatens to fall apart into dissonance or resolve into sweetness but thankfully does neither, rather it keeps Vital Idles moving forward, never standing still, never taking it easy.
https://vitalidles.bandcamp.com/  

DOG CHOCOLATE sound like a crowded room but are actually four individuals from London. Abandoning notions of elegance, cred and professionalism they embrace the ramshackle, instant and fun, capturing a vivid spontaneity with their music. Their sound is a shabby, fast, over-excited ball of wet fur falling down the stairs, knocking over plant pots along the way and staining the carpet. With an average song time of 2 minutes, Dog Chocolate are on to the next treat before fully digesting the last. Chewing up bits of punk, post-punk, noise and pop, Matthew and Robert's guitars race around each other like wasps, pitch-shifting and phasing all over the place while Jono's rolled-up-newspaper drums chase them round the room. The band's new album ‘Moody Balloon Baby’ (out now) was released through Upset The Rhythm, in just under 25 minutes the band manage to cram in bucket-loads of ideas, mess, confusion and fun.
http://dogchocolate.tumblr.com/

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. The Plan celebrate their debut album 'Nervous Energy' on Southend Records by currently playing songs from this record alongside the new ones lined up for No 2. The Plan all live in Southend-on-Sea, flourishing on its beach life and doing their bit to secure its reputation as the ‘cultural capital’ of Essex.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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UPSET THE RHYTHM
UPCOMING SHOWS 
GWENIFER RAYMOND
JOHN MCGRATH
Thursday 5 July
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £6 | TICKETS
 
VITAL IDLES
DOG CHOCOLATE
THE PLAN
Thursday 12 July
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £6 | TICKETS
 
SHOPPING
ES
KATY & NICK
Saturday 11th August
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
6.30pm - 10pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
SAUNA YOUTH – ‘Deaths’ Album Release Party!
CURRENT AFFAIRS
PINK GRIP
Saturday 25 August
Redon, Railway Arches, 289 Cambridge Heath Rd, London, E2 9HA
7.30pm - 1.30pm | £8 | TICKETS
 
SHANNON AND THE CLAMS
Tuesday 4 September
The Garage, 20-22 Highbury Corner, London, N5 1RD
7.30pm | £12.50 | TICKETS
 
PROLAPSE
FIVEHEAD

Thursday 6 September
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, E9 6NU
7.30pm | £11 | TICKETS
 
LITHICS
Friday 7 September
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £6 | TICKETS
 
SCREAMING FEMALES
SCRAP BRAIN
Tuesday 11 September
100 Club, 100 Oxford St, Oxford Street, London, W1D 1LL
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
WOLF EYES MUSIC: THREE DAY RESIDENCY
Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd September
In collaboration with Cafe OTO, 22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £12 per day, £30 3-day pass | TICKETS
 
21 SEPT:
WOLF EYES with YEAH YOU
WOLF EYES (short set)
AARON DILLOWAY / VICKY LANGAN (Duo)
 
22 SEPT:
UNIVERSAL EYES
(Nate Young, John Olson, Aaron Dilloway, Gretchen Davidson)
TRIPLE NEGATIVE
VICKY LANGAN (DJ set)
 
23 SEPT:
WOLF EYES with BEATRICE DILLON
AARON DILLOWAY (solo)
SHARON GAL (solo)
 
VIRGINIA WING
Thursday 11 October
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
7.30pm | £8 | TICKETS
 
JO PASSED
Thursday 25 October
The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Rd, Dalston, London, E8 3AS
7.30pm | £7 | TICKETS
 
GROUPER
Monday 29 October
Hackney Arts Centre, 13 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 8BH
7pm | £16.50 | TICKETS