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...
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.

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.
Upset The Rhythm presents…

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.  

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.

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 for your time, enjoy the sun and the weekend!
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Thursday 5 July
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £6 | TICKETS
Thursday 12 July
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £6 | TICKETS
Saturday 11th August
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
6.30pm - 10pm | £10 | TICKETS
SAUNA YOUTH – ‘Deaths’ Album Release Party!
Saturday 25 August
Redon, Railway Arches, 289 Cambridge Heath Rd, London, E2 9HA
7.30pm - 1.30pm | £8 | TICKETS
Tuesday 4 September
The Garage, 20-22 Highbury Corner, London, N5 1RD
7.30pm | £12.50 | TICKETS

Thursday 6 September
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, E9 6NU
7.30pm | £11 | TICKETS
Friday 7 September
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £6 | TICKETS
Tuesday 11 September
100 Club, 100 Oxford St, Oxford Street, London, W1D 1LL
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
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 (short set)
22 SEPT:
(Nate Young, John Olson, Aaron Dilloway, Gretchen Davidson)
23 SEPT:
Thursday 11 October
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
7.30pm | £8 | TICKETS
Thursday 25 October
The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Rd, Dalston, London, E8 3AS
7.30pm | £7 | TICKETS
Monday 29 October
Hackney Arts Centre, 13 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 8BH
7pm | £16.50 | TICKETS

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