Friday, 20 December 2019

2019 over and out!


 
 
Festive times to all!
 
Here’s our final UTR newsletter of the decade, we’ll return in 2020 all fresh-faced and renewed, we promise! 2019 has been one of our best and busiest years so far. We’ve had many live highlights this last year, from The Stallion warping all minds in January, to Xiu Xiu at Islington Assembly Hall, Coolies and their stunner of short, sharp set, Prison Religion, Daniel Higgs, White Fence, Mary Lattimore, Exek, Deerhoof at EartH, Lankum quaking The Dome with collective audience stomping too! The list is long, but our 15th anniversary label tour in March comes at the very top, dream realised and now reserved in a special place in our hearts. Really was the best of times, thank you all for sharing your time with us throughout these last 365!
 
Talking of Upset The Rhythm in label guise, 2019 has seen us continue our brisk release schedule too, with so many bona fide high points. We’ve released some absurdly great albums from Kaputt, Robert Sotelo, Lunch Lady, Normil Hawaiians, Trash Kit, Bamboo, Hygiene, Nots, Hash Redactor and Xiu Xiu. A host of essential 7” EPs from Vital Idles, Red Channel, Terry and Constant Mongrel rolled out into the world also! What an honour to be associated with these class acts one and all!
 
All of those vinyl documents from our class of 2019 are available in our webshop here.
 
 
 
 
You’ll also find in our shop the pre-order link for our first new album of 2020, Handle’s debut album ‘In Threes’! Incorporating a diverse range of influences, from samba to no wave, Handle, a three-piece from Manchester (now based between Manchester/ London/ Brussels) make a uniquely minimal sound, buoyed by a startling poetic tenacity.
 
Handle are made up of Giulio Erasmus and Nirvana Heire (former members of D.U.D.S) and Leo Hermitt, a genderqueer multidisciplinary artist. With this project they’ve trained their focus on looping, hypnotic synth lines, flexes of bass, clangorous percussion and expeditious vocals that cordially sprint.
 
 
Handle is just the first of many releases we have lined up already!
 
We’ve also been busy plotting out a host of exciting new live shows for 2020 too. Check out our listings section for newly confirmed concerts from Limpe Fuchs (concert and workshop), Old Time Relijun, The Silver Field, Massicot & Slagheap, Shopping, Pan American, Islet, En Attendant Ana, Trash Kit & Handle! Read on for more info on our first three shows of the year too, see you on the other side of yuletide.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…

DAN DEACON
Thursday 6 February
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9NL
7.30pm | £15 | TICKETS

DAN DEACON returns in February 2020 with ‘Mystic Familiar’, his first album in five years and the stunning result of years of obsessive work, play, and self-discovery. It’s not only his most emotionally open record but also his most transcendent! Eleven kaleidoscopic tracks of majestic synth-pop that exponentially expand Deacon’s sound with unfettered imagination and newfound vulnerability. Since 2015’s ‘Gliss Riffer’, Deacon has branched out from his core body of work into a dizzying array of collaborative projects: scoring eight films, collaborating with the New York City Ballet’s resident choreographer Justin Peck on the dance piece The Times Are Racing; performing expanded arrangements of his music with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; and for the first time producing and co-writing an album with friends Ed Schrader’s Music Beat. Throughout all this Deacon was also working on a new suite of songs that wield the profundity of a philosopher and the absurdity of a jester. These songs make up his forthcoming ‘Mystic Familiar’ album, painting life as a psychedelic journey brimming with bliss and disruption, darkness and light.

Opening track “Become a Mountain” immediately announces itself as something new, for the first time ever on record presenting Dan’s natural singing voice, unprocessed and with only minimal accompaniment. When Deacon proclaims “I rose up” here, it is Dan Deacon singing in the first person as Dan Deacon—a startlingly vulnerable shift in a songbook abundant with characters, metaphors, and distorted vocals. “Hypnagogic” takes us deeper into Deacon’s mind, a synth swirl similar to those which have begun his recent performances, absorbing the pulse of the room and extending that abstract moment in which a journey begins. From there, ‘Mystic Familiar’ then takes a propulsive leap with the robotic drums and soaring melodies of “Sat By a Tree” and the four-part “Arp” suite offering up a dialectic view of life. It’s an album that captures an artist mindfully evolving his music from playful beginnings to encompass a prismatic cosmos of addictive ideas, melody and purpose! This special Scala show celebrates the release of ‘Mystic Familiar’ and Dan’s long-awaited return to his spiritual kingdom of London!
https://dandeacon.com/
 
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…

TRASH KIT
HANDLE

Friday 14 February
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £9 | TICKETS

TRASH KIT are Rachel Aggs (guitar, vocals), Rachel Horwood (drums, vocals) and Gill Partington (bass). Three deeply creative individuals who play in a multitude of other groups including Bas Jan, Sacred Paws, Shopping and Bamboo, united by a shared decade of spry musicality that surges through their bodies, hearts and heads with Trash Kit. Their songs once succinct, patchwork post-punk numbers of an honest diary-like nature now tussle more with long-form songwriting, expeditious polyphony and cascades of sung-spoke vocals. This new focus began with their second album ‘Confidence’ (2014) and has now grown into something exhilarating and rapturous. New songs like ‘Disco’ have had their very fabric stretched into smart new shapes, allowing the band to run away with refrains and unlock the dancefloor.

Although Trash Kit have their forebears in bands like Sleater Kinney, The Ex and The Raincoats, their sound is still very much their own take on facing forwards and relies as much on the naturalism of an internalised folk music as on their sincerity of vision. Since forming in 2009, Trash Kit have released three albums for Upset The Rhythm and a selection of singles, last July however they made their most majestic move yet with their resoundingly huge ‘Horizon’ album. Garnering countless glowing reviews and featuring in many end of year lists for 2019 ‘Horizon’ is an album that forever listens for the next moment and will meet you once more at the vanishing point.
https://www.facebook.com/TRASH-KIT-329766302806/

HANDLE incorporate a diverse range of influences from samba to no wave. The three-piece from Manchester (now based between Manchester/London/Brussels) make a uniquely minimal sound, buoyed by poetic, urgent vocals. Each instrument (bass, drums, keyboard and voice) is permitted its own space, yet somehow the result is a brilliantly unified yet understated sonic experience that demands then commands your attention. Handle is made up of Giulio Erasmus and Nirvana Heire (former members of D.U.D.S) and Leo Hermitt, a genderqueer multidisciplinary artist, renowned for their challenging, thought-provoking work on the city’s arts and literary scenes. The group mesh politics with a trans experience of time and a vibrant, avant-garde freedom of approach. Powered by looping, hypnotic synth lines, quaking flexes of bass, clattering tribal percussion and expeditious, often agitated vocals that cordially sprint, Handle's songs - all of which clock in around the two minute mark - owe as much to performance poetry as they do to the vibrancy of post-punk. Handle's debut album ‘In Threes’ will be released March 6th by Upset The Rhythm and Maternal Voice and is a collection of frenetic sounds for frenzied forms.
https://soundcloud.com/upset-the-rhythm/handle-punctured-time
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…

EN ATTENDANT ANA
Saturday 15 February
PinUps (formerly The Islington), 1 Tolpuddle Street, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £6 | TICKETS

EN ATTENDANT ANA are a Parisian quintet who diligently craft songs that shimmer, glide and sway with sophistication. Trouble In Mind recently released the group’s second album ‘Juillet’. Many of the songs on ‘Juillet’ feel hopeful, despite their melancholic tone, lacing a lilting melody or triumphant trumpet swell (courtesy of multi-instrumentalist Camille Fr茅chou) or charging guitar riffs from Tomasso or Bouchaudon. Whereas the tunes on their debut ‘Lost and Found’ felt wild & reckless, the songs on ‘Juillet’ feel focused, a set of songs that feel bonded together by the magnetic pull of each other; viewed as a whole, they dazzle. Songs like "Do You Understand?" and the first single "Words" point toward a new frontier for the group, effortlessly sharpening their razor-sharp hooks to such a fine point, you almost don't realise their complexity. Elsewhere, songs like "Flesh or Blood" and opener "Down The Hill" revel in a push/pull dynamic. Finally, songs like "From My Bruise To An Island" and the sparse "When It Burns" bridge a confessional narrative atop an amorphous ambient float. They feel important, and hint at an exciting future for a band letting go of its past and entrusting fate with its future.
https://enattendantana.bandcamp.com/
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks for all your support this year as always! Onwards into the ‘20s!
Have a wonderful Xmas and we’ll see you next year.
Upset The Rhythm
 
 
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UPSET THE RHYTHM
UPCOMING SHOWS 
DAN DEACON
Thursday 6 February
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9NL
7.30pm | £15 | TICKETS
 
TRASH KIT
HANDLE

Friday 14 February
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £9 | TICKETS
 
EN ATTENDANT ANA
Saturday 15 February
PinUps (formerly The Islington), 1 Tolpuddle Street, Angel, London, N1 0XT

7.30pm | £6 | TICKETS
 
MASSICOT
SLAGHEAP
Monday 24 February
New River Studios, 199 Eade Rd, Harringay, London, N4 1DN
7.30pm | £7.50 | TICKETS
 
ISLET
Thursday 5 March
Space 289, Railway Arches, 289 Cambridge Heath Rd, London, E2 9HA
7.30pm | £9 | TICKETS
 
THE SILVER FIELD
Friday 6th March
SET, 27A Dalston Ln, Dalston, London, E8 3DF
7.30pm-2.30am | £6 | TICKETS
 
LIMPE FUCHS
Saturday 14 March
IKLECTIK, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, London, SE1 7LG
7.30pm |£10 | TICKETS
 
LIMPE FUCHS - Workshop
Sunday 15 March
IKLECTIK, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, London, SE1 7LG
1pm-3pm |£15 | Very limited places: TICKETS 
 
SPINNING COIN
Wednesday 18 March
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £8 | TICKETS
 
Upset The Rhythm & The Barbican present…
RICHARD DAWSON: Delight is Right
Barbican Hall, Silk St, Barbican, London, EC2Y 8DS
Saturday 28 March
3pm - 11pm | £17.50-£25 | TICKETS
 
PAN AMERICAN
MIYAGI-LAMMARDO DUO
Tuesday 21 April
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin St, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS 
 
OLD TIME RELIJUN
Wednesday 29 April
PinUps (formerly The Islington), 1 Tolpuddle Street, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £8.50 | TICKETS
 
SHOPPING
Tuesday 5 May
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
 

Limpe Fuchs in London this March!



Upset The Rhythm presents…

LIMPE FUCHS - Concert
Saturday 14 March
IKLECTIK, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, London, SE1 7LG
7.30pm |£10 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/BgGxIHumz2

LIMPE FUCHS - Workshop
Sunday 15 March
IKLECTIK, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, London, SE1 7LG
1pm-3pm |£15 | Very limited places: https://link.dice.fm/o1ZmS8Umz2

LIMPE FUCHS is a German sound artist and instrument builder whose vibrant performances develop from a real time engagement with the ecology of the space at hand. Using wood and granite stone rows, ringing bronze within pendulum string instruments and employing the percussion, viola and voice she studied at the Munich Conservatory she sensitises the process of hearing through an exploration of music-making as a part of everyday life. An original member of ‘70s Krautrock duo Anima Sound, Limpe and then husband sculptor Paul Fuchs embodied a radical form of free living, farming and building instruments like the Fuchshorn, Fuchszither and Fuchsbass at a professional metal workshop in their Pfarrhof—a thousand-year-old former priest house—in rural Bavaria. Anima Musica' epitomised the ingenious marginal freak scene of the sixties and seventies and are often cited as a key influence on Krautrock. In 1971 they hitched a handmade mobile home and stage to an old Hanomag tractor and toured Europe bringing their anarchic, uncompromising improvisations to an impromptu public at 19 kilometers per hour. A champion of egalitarian performance, Limpe quit the group in the ‘80s when new experimental theatre work demanded agreement with more members and she felt that her voice was being compromised. Ever since she has devoted herself to “making music while listening to the streaming of time…with simplicity and emotion”, following the influence of soundscape artists. Whether improvising solo or with other players, Limpe unfailingly coaxes an otherworldly atmosphere from the sounds and silence of her surroundings with a childlike wonder, always open to surprise. Her engaging performances require attention from the audience as she moves freely in space evoking her natural sound-scapes while playing her viola woodhorn, bamboo flute, pendulumstring, a four-meter- steel constructed lithophone, sheet metal, pieces of wood and singing in her unique ephemeral bird-like style.






We follow up the Saturday night concert with a Sunday afternoon workshop based around a sound installation of Limpe Fuchs. Limpe invites participants to play her instruments in the sound installation and they can bring their own instruments too. Only three are playing, the others are listening. When all have played in different combinations, we decide how to go on. It is important to stay simple, so that the instruments are treated with love and the skill of ones hands is not overstrained. The sound of the ensemble has to be in balance between chaos and order. When the handling of the tools and precision of listening is growing starts nonverbal communication with music.

http://www.limpefuchs.de/en/


Monday, 16 December 2019

ISLET in MARCH



Upset The Rhythm presents…

ISLET
Thursday 5 March

Space 289, Railway Arches, 289 Cambridge Heath Rd, London, E2 9HA


ISLET are a Powys trio whose free-spirited invention and exuberant intensity flows through experimental pop: hypnotic, exhilarating and defiantly unique. They began in Cardiff in 2009 when Emma Daman and brothers Mark and John ‘JT’ Thomas resolved to form a band with one rule: that anything was possible. Soon after, they were joined by Alex Williams. The band had no lead singer or set roles, switching instruments from song to song, melding psych rock, ethereal atmospherics and jagged post punk, with most gigs seeing the walls and spectators played as instruments. They were soon surrounded by a buzz of excitement and mystique, cherished locally, then globally. They wrote about their philosophy in their own zine, started a festival, helped other bands; they are stalwarts of the Welsh DIY community. Two albums (‘Illuminated People’, 2012 – shortlisted for the Welsh Music Prize – and ‘Released By The Movement’, 2013) and a handful of EPs followed, released on their own label, Shape Records. Now Islet have signed to Fire Records, with Emma Daman Thomas moving into focus with her unleashed, mesmerising vocals against a synth-driven sound, unexpected shifts of rhythm, playful inventive lyrics; an exhilarating, electronic purr that provokes thought and feeling. They have matured, are more tender and composed, but still eclectic, mysterious and intriguingly themselves. Brand new album ‘Eyelet’ will be released on March 6th!
https://islet.bandcamp.com/





Saturday, 14 December 2019

Handle - 'In Threes' debut album announced for 2020!


Time for some good news then! Our first release of 2020 will be Handle’s debut album ‘In Threes’! Incorporating a diverse range of influences, from samba to no wave, Handle, a three-piece from Manchester (now based between Manchester/London/Brussels) make a uniquely minimal sound, buoyed by a startling poetic tenacity. Handle are made up of Giulio Erasmus and Nirvana Heire (former members of D.U.D.S) and Leo Hermitt, a genderqueer multidisciplinary artist. With this project they’ve trained their focus on looping, hypnotic synth lines, flexes of bass, clangorous percussion and expeditious vocals that cordially sprint.

Handle's debut album ‘In Threes’ is a collection of frenetic sounds for frenzied forms, occupied by dark shapes that move beneath a roiling surface. Jolting, shattering, cracking, smoothed, bounded, buckled.  'In Threes' will be released on LP/CD and digitally through Upset The Rhythm and Maternal Voice on March 6th. Absolute Fiction will also press up a cassette version.

Check this! ’Punctured Time’ just premiered by Brooklyn Vegan!



‘In Threes’ is available to pre-order now from our webstore: http://upsettherhythm.bigcartel.com/


Wednesday, 11 December 2019

EN ATTENDANT ANA coming to London next Feb!


Upset The Rhythm presents…

EN ATTENDANT ANA
Saturday 15 February

The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle Street, Angel, London, N1 0XT

7.30pm | £6 | https://link.dice.fm/WgVotAH8i2

EN ATTENDANT ANA are a Parisian quintet who diligently craft songs that shimmer, glide and sway with sophistication. Trouble In Mind recently released the group’s second album ‘Juillet’. Many of the songs on ‘Juillet’ feel hopeful, despite their melancholic tone, lacing a lilting melody or triumphant trumpet swell (courtesy of multi-instrumentalist Camille Fr茅chou) or charging guitar riffs from Tomasso or Bouchaudon. Whereas the tunes on their debut ‘Lost and Found’ felt wild & reckless, the songs on ‘Juillet’ feel focused, a set of songs that feel bonded together by the magnetic pull of each other; viewed as a whole, they dazzle. Songs like "Do You Understand?" and the first single "Words" point toward a new frontier for the group, effortlessly sharpening their razor-sharp hooks to such a fine point, you almost don't realise their complexity. Elsewhere, songs like "Flesh or Blood" and opener "Down The Hill" revel in a push/pull dynamic. Finally, songs like "From My Bruise To An Island" and the sparse "When It Burns" bridge a confessional narrative atop an amorphous ambient float. They feel important, and hint at an exciting future for a band letting go of its past and entrusting fate with its future.
https://enattendantana.bandcamp.com/





Friday, 6 December 2019

Massicot and Slagheap heading to London next Feb!


Upset The Rhythm presents…

MASSICOT
SLAGHEAP

Monday 24 February
New River Studios, 199 Eade Rd, Harringay, London, N4 1DN
7.30pm | £7.50 | https://link.dice.fm/6T5vkTccc2

MASSICOT are a Geneva trio that sound as if they can hardly contain their own energy. The no-frills bone-dry guitar sounds oscillates between hypnotically repetitive passages and noisy outbursts. Simone Aubert plays her rhythm guitar with a manic relentless energy. Drummer Colline Grosjean works her way from funk to krautrock to tropical beats and back again. Then over all that, in addition to her vocals, Mara Krastina plays her charming bright red mini-bass with a velocity that is guaranteed to ensure bodies start moving. Their new album is due out about now on the Harbinger Sound / Spurge Recordings label.
https://massicot.bandcamp.com/

SLAGHEAP are pure unfiltered energetic post-punk nonsense from four women in their pants. In turns melodic, na茂ve and raucous. The debut album from this Bristol quartet has been winning over fans everywhere and picking up plenty of airplay and shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. The 12" was the first release from Spurge Recordings and is a must if you're attuned to the attitude and tunes of The Raincoats or Au Pairs amongst others. But be assured this isn't a simply retrospective sound.
https://slagheapband.bandcamp.com






Thursday, 5 December 2019

SHOPPING in 2020! New show announced!



Upset The Rhythm presents…

SHOPPING
Tuesday 5 May
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £10 | https://link.dice.fm/43JnT6NN71

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, Sacred Paws, Current Affairs 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 Official Body’ followed in 2017, produced by Edwyn Collins and meeting with reviews proclaiming it as exhilarating as it was mesmerising! Now Shopping return on Feb 7th with their new record ‘All Or Nothing’.

Written across an intense 10-day period back in February, with sessions spent in London and Glasgow. The songs that emerged are some of Shopping’s boldest yet:  confident, elastic, streamlined grooves that crackle with energy and intention. Uniting these ten new songs is an expression of tenacity: commitment, leaps of faith and tests of courage. Four albums in, Shopping are as committed and focused as ever, regardless of any distance. As critics have noted, the trio’s vision – groove-centered; deeply queer; political by default – place them in a radical lineage of dance, a continuum connecting disco and post-punk to Chicago house and EDM. That spirit of liberation through rhythm is very much present on ‘All Or Nothing’, says Aggs. “We found ourselves singing about being true to yourself, in an often binary and belligerent digital age, and reclaiming agency when it feels like our personal freedom and privacy is constantly eroding.”  In an era dominated by spin and surveillance, ‘All Or Nothing’ invites us to remember what really moves us, in dance and in life.
https://shoppingfc.bandcamp.com/





Wednesday, 4 December 2019

TRASH KIT in London this Feb 14th!


Upset The Rhythm presents…

TRASH KIT
Friday 14 February
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £9 | https://link.dice.fm/Cv6zywCg91

TRASH KIT are Rachel Aggs (guitar, vocals), Rachel Horwood (drums, vocals) and Gill Partington (bass). Three deeply creative individuals who play in a multitude of other groups including Bas Jan, Sacred Paws, Shopping and Bamboo, united by a shared decade of spry musicality that surges through their bodies, hearts and heads with Trash Kit. Their songs once succinct, patchwork post-punk numbers of an honest diary-like nature now tussle more with long-form songwriting, expeditious polyphony and cascades of sung-spoke vocals. This new focus began with their last album ‘Confidence’ (2014) and has now grown into something exhilarating and rapturous. New songs like ‘Disco’ have had their very fabric stretched into smart new shapes, allowing the band to run away with refrains and unlock the dancefloor. Although Trash Kit have their forebears in bands like Sleater Kinney, The Ex and The Raincoats, their sound is still very much their own take on facing forwards and relies as much on the naturalism of an internalised folk music as on their sincerity of vision. Since forming in 2009, Trash Kit have released three albums for Upset The Rhythm and a selection of singles, last July however they made their most majestic move yet with their resoundingly huge ‘Horizon’ album. Garnering countless glowing reviews and featuring in many end of year lists for 2019 ‘Horizon’ is an album that forever listens for the next moment and will meet you once more at the vanishing point.


https://www.facebook.com/TRASH-KIT-329766302806/
 


Saturday, 23 November 2019

UTR at ILM next Saturday!

Upset The Rhythm are heading to Coal Drops Yard next Saturday (Nov 30th) for the Independent Label Market's annual winter market 馃巹

Join us from 11am until 6.30pm for some amazing Xmas deals, some UTR back catalogue rarities, all our new releases from Kaputt, Robert Sotelo, Lunch Lady, Normil Hawaiians, Trash Kit, Terry, Bamboo and Hygiene too! Plus we'll have some long out of print Future Islands 7" back in stock on very limited coloured vinyl repress!

See you next week!
x

Friday, 22 November 2019

Thor & Friends tonight in London, The Gotobeds next Tuesday!

Hello there!
Huge thanks for coming out in droves this last few days to see Lankum and Richard Dawson, a pair of shows that pole-vaulted clear of everyone’s expectations, still reeling! There’s no let up for Upset The Rhythm either, tonight we’re kicking off the weekend at Moth Club with an evening of hugely inclusive vibes and jaw-dropping musicianship.
 
 
Tonight we have the truly great Thor & Friends in town. Thor Harris is a force of nature; a musician, painter, writer, plumber, carpenter (he built his own house) and of course the percussionist in Swans from 2010 to 2016. Harris has also performed with Xiu Xiu, Shearwater, Bill Callahan, Ben Frost, and many others. With Thor & Friends he’s put together an avant-chamber ensemble focused on minimalism and a sumptuous exploration of percussive, phasing melody, cannot wait to witness how amazing this will be! Word-roping new faces Marcel Wave (members of Sauna Youth and Cold Pumas) and Simon Goff will both play tonight too, looking forward to this maximally! Tickets will be £10 on the door from 7.15pm and these are the times as the show will run slightly early:
 
THOR & FRIENDS: 9.30pm
MARCEL WAVE: 8.45pm
SIMON GOFF: 8pm
 
 
Read on for all you need to know, along with our full listing for next Tuesday’s essential knees-up with Pittsburgh post-punks The Gotobeds, Hygiene and The Tubs at The Islington. This full-on bash is our last show of 2019, so let’s go out in style. Mince pies will be very much in abundance on the door, skip dinner.
 
One last quick reminder! Upset The Rhythm will be taking part in the Xmas edition of the Independent Label Market at Coal Drop’s Yard on Saturday 30th November. We’ve been getting all our stock in order and will have all of 2019’s key UTR releases, some great back catalogue rarities, plus brand new reissues of our two standalone Future Islands 7” EPs, diaries at the ready.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
 
THOR & FRIENDS
MARCEL WAVE
SIMON GOFF
Friday 22 November
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, E9 6NU
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
THOR & FRIENDS are an avant-chamber ensemble formed by polymath percussionist and all-round force of nature Thor Harris, following his tenure as a touring member of monolithic rock ensemble Swans. The project is intended as a vehicle for experimentation, with the conceptual vocabulary of American Minimalism explored and expanded on by a rotating cast of musicians from around the globe. The resultant music is an elongated greeting and ode to Thor's community, his woodworking shop, and the instruments his hands shape and bring to life. From the core trio of Harris (sundry percussion and wind instruments including some of his own devising), Peggy Ghorbani (marimba) and Sarah “Goat” Gautier (marimba, vibraphone, xylophone, organ, voice, mellotron, piano), the line-up of Thor & Friends expands and contracts with the flux of compositional and improvisational contexts. The range of tonal color depends on what instrumentalists are present or absent from the process at any given time.

Thor has been announced as the artist-in-residence for Joyful Noise Recordings in 2019. Throughout the year he will release 6 records via the label, including the third full Thor & Friends album in Autumn as well as collaborative material with artists including Bill Callahan, Margaret Chardiet (Pharmakon), Lawrence English and many more. A limited run of 666 boxsets, handcrafted by Thor and containing coloured vinyl editions of all the releases, will then be released at the end of the year.
http://www.thorharris.org/

MARCEL WAVE write eulogies for tragic actresses, ancient riverbeds and concrete obscenity. Meades meets Pat-E-Smith meets Kirklees Borough Council. Featuring members of Cold Pumas and Sauna Youth.
https://marcel-wave.bandcamp.com/releases
 
SIMON GOFF is a musician working in the fields of classical, experimental and alternative music. Originally from Yorkshire, UK, he now resides in Berlin, where he can be found working with a diverse range of artists and ensembles as a composer, performer and sound engineer/producer. He has worked with Federico Albanese, Beirut, J贸hann J贸hannsson, Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka, Hildur Gu冒nad贸ttir, Andrea Belfi, Thor Harris, Aidan Baker and many more.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fz6-iwf5Fps
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
 
THE GOTOBEDS
HYGIENE
THE TUBS
Tuesday 26 November
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle Street, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £7.50 | TICKETS
 
THE GOTOBEDS are a modern rock and roll sensation that has always sounded like they have to play. The group's angular tunes and buzzy guitar-fuelled attack took the sound and vision of post-punk and indie rock and put the nervy snarl of punk back into the formula. Never maligned by having the world’s weight on their backs, The Gotobeds - Cary, TFP, Eli and Gavin - returned this May with their third full lengther, 'Debt Begins at 30' (Sub Pop). The esprit de corps and anxiety-free joy that permeates their other LPs and EPs remains intact. The octane is high-test, the engine still has knocks and pings and the battery is overcharged. The Gotobeds - as Pittsburgh as it gets, the folk music of the Steel City - have more tar for us to swallow. The Gotobeds jump between exuberant jangle, brooding romps with tribal beats and slash-and-burn guitar and wrecking ball anthems much like their partners-in-rock-crime Protomartyr.
https://thegotobeds.bandcamp.com/

HYGIENE released a slew of singles and an LP on various DIY labels in the US and the UK at the turn of the decade, now the London post-punk stalwarts return from hiatus with their sophomore effort, 'Private Sector'. Where their debut LP 'Public Sector' (2011, La Vida Es Un Mus) reflected a nostalgic longing for an unrealised socialist modernist utopia, 'Private Sector' finds them confronting the grim realities of the present. Hygiene rail against the neoliberal madness of utility cartels, tax havens and privatised railways, seizing the moment as the current period of interregnum sees the old ideological certainties come into question. Proving nostalgia to be an inescapable trap, the band continue to hearken back to the kind of post-punk that existed before anybody knew to affix the 'post' prefix. New album 'Private Sector' has the signature Hygiene sound, mixing brooding melodies with a choppy, aggressive approach and a restricted pop sensibility. However, this ever-so-slightly-more mature record finds the band taking advantage of the musicianship of their friends, mixing in the odd viola, glockenspiel, piano and keyboard. Recommended for fans of Real Ale, British Rail Class 55 Deltics, Euston station and Jeremy Corbyn.
https://www.facebook.com/Hygiene-126660907380779/

THE TUBS aim to channel "The Tubullar Sound"; a thick soup of influences ranging from antipodean jangle, to needling Post Punk, to traditional British Folk music. The Tubs feature former and current members of Joanna Gruesome, The Estate Agents, Garden Centre and Keel Her, music coming soon!
https://the-tubs.bandcamp.com/releases
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks a lot for reading, catch you at Moth Club later!
Upset The Rhythm
 
 
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UPSET THE RHYTHM
UPCOMING SHOWS 
THOR & FRIENDS
MARCEL WAVE
SIMON GOFF
Friday 22 November
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, E9 6NU
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
THE GOTOBEDS
HYGIENE
THE TUBS
Tuesday 26 November
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle Street, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £7.50 | TICKETS
 
DAN DEACON
Thursday 6 February
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9NL
7.30pm | £15 | TICKETS
 
SPINNING COIN
Wednesday 18 March
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £8 | TICKETS
 
Upset The Rhythm & The Barbican present…
 
RICHARD DAWSON: Delight is Right
Barbican Hall, Silk St, Barbican, London, EC2Y 8DS
Saturday 28 March
3pm - 11pm | £17.50-£25 | TICKETS
 

Friday, 15 November 2019

Robert Sotelo in London tonight, Thor & Friends next week, plus Bamboo's new digital single released!

 
 
Morning world!
 
Thanks to everyone for coming out to see Carla dal Forno this week, it was brilliant to see you all there! We’re not finished with the week though, as tonight we’re heading to New River Studios and teaming up with Incredible Society for a vital evening in the company of cosmic pop melodist Robert Sotelo and his live band! Touring in support of his new album on Upset The Rhythm entitled ‘Infinite Sprawling’ Sotelo will be getting his sprawl on with Barry and Life Drawings in support also, now that’s what I call a Friday night! Tickets available on the door from 7.30pm, live music starting around 8.15pm, see you in a few.
 
 
 
 
You can read all about tonight’s party below along with the full write-up for next Friday’s mind-expanding Moth Club concert courtesy of Thor & Friends. Thor Harris is a force of nature; a musician, painter, writer, plumber, carpenter (he built his own house) and of course the percussionist in Swans from 2010 to 2016. Harris has also performed with Xiu Xiu, Shearwater, Bill Callahan, Ben Frost, and many others. With Thor & Friends he’s put together an avant-chamber ensemble focused on minimalism and a sumptuous exploration of percussive, phasing melody, i.e. next level wonder!
 
Word-roping new faces Marcel Wave and Simon Goff will both play this show too, see you very much down the front.
 
We also detail below our last show of the year: Nov 26th’s Islington knees-up with The Gotobeds, Hygiene and The Tubs, talk about going out with a bang!
 
Please note our Richard Dawson and Lankum shows next week are both now 100% sold out, apols if you missed out on tickets. We have however just added a new event entitled 'Delight is Right' for Richard Dawson next March at The Barbican, so be sure to check out our listings section for the ticket link, flying out the door already FYI.
 
One last show to holler in your direction about, this Saturday our good friends Red River Dialect have an evening planned at Servant Jazz Quarters that’s well worth your attendance. If experimental free-form folk ticks the boxes you’ll find more info hither.
 
 
 
 
 
 
OK, let’s soundtrack your weekend too! Hot from their UK tour Bamboo release a brand new digital single through Upset The Rhythm today. Their new single ‘Daughters Of The Sky’ astounds with its affecting synth-pop swirl.
 
The title track from their recent album on UTR, this single is accompanied by a earth-shifting Emma Gatrill remix and exclusive live track too, available to listen to on all digital platforms now, check it out, volume up!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm & Incredible Society present…
 
ROBERT SOTELO
BARRY
LIFE DRAWINGS
New River Studios, 199 Eade Rd, Harringay, London N4 1DN
Friday 15 November
7.30pm | £6 | TICKETS
 
ROBERT SOTELO is a cosmic pop melodist; a heartfelt multi-instrumentalist whose direct songs are curiously affecting. His debut album ‘Cusp’ from 2017 was packed with miniature psych overtures and earnest musings, he then followed this up in 2018 with an album called ‘Botanical’, more keyboard-minded and playful with its near-absurdist palette of sound and reflective mood. This September Upset The Rhythm released Sotelo’s third album ‘Infinite Sprawling’, his first record since relocating from London to Glasgow and partly inspired by his new city’s inclusive and collaborative musical world. Recorded with Ruari MacLean (of Vital Idles, Golden Grrrls) and Edwin Stevens (Irma Vep, Yerba Mansa) at their home studio Namaste Sound, ‘Infinite Sprawling’ grew out of Sotelo’s sketchbook of skeletal songs, with MacLean and Stevens developing their own drum, guitar and keyboard parts. These songs pulled together like a wakeful stretch on a Sunday morning, flowering with a lightness of touch, sounding both carefree and brisk.
 
BARRY are South London’s quintessential queer guitar pop band and they are here to make you dance your socks off. Members Bart, Helen, Kathy and Mark made the leap from spectators to creators in mid 2018, as an extension of their life long collective obsessions with music. Inspired by a similarly named antipodean band, Barry take a multi vocal approach to classic jangle pop and make it their own with tales of public urination, gentrification and not giving up! Delve into the world of four gay ‘grown ups’ living in a city that’s becoming increasingly difficult to inhabit freely. Tape out on Permanent Slump now!
 
LIFE DRAWINGS are an un-googleable band of tip-top punks using lo-fi vocals, low key guitars, catchy bass bits, cheap keyboards, drums and advanced admin for songs almost exclusively inspired by Country Teasers and The Fall.
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
 
THOR & FRIENDS
MARCEL WAVE
SIMON GOFF
Friday 22 November
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, E9 6NU
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
THOR & FRIENDS are an avant-chamber ensemble formed by polymath percussionist and all-round force of nature Thor Harris, following his tenure as a touring member of monolithic rock ensemble Swans. The project is intended as a vehicle for experimentation, with the conceptual vocabulary of American Minimalism explored and expanded on by a rotating cast of musicians from around the globe. The resultant music is an elongated greeting and ode to Thor's community, his woodworking shop, and the instruments his hands shape and bring to life. From the core trio of Harris (sundry percussion and wind instruments including some of his own devising), Peggy Ghorbani (marimba) and Sarah “Goat” Gautier (marimba, vibraphone, xylophone, organ, voice, mellotron, piano), the line-up of Thor & Friends expands and contracts with the flux of compositional and improvisational contexts. The range of tonal color depends on what instrumentalists are present or absent from the process at any given time.

Thor has been announced as the artist-in-residence for Joyful Noise Recordings in 2019. Throughout the year he will release 6 records via the label, including the third full Thor & Friends album in Autumn as well as collaborative material with artists including Bill Callahan, Margaret Chardiet (Pharmakon), Lawrence English and many more. A limited run of 666 boxsets, handcrafted by Thor and containing coloured vinyl editions of all the releases, will then be released at the end of the year.
http://www.thorharris.org/

MARCEL WAVE write eulogies for tragic actresses, ancient riverbeds and concrete obscenity. Meades meets Pat-E-Smith meets Kirklees Borough Council. Featuring members of Cold Pumas and Sauna Youth.
https://marcel-wave.bandcamp.com/releases
 
SIMON GOFF is a musician working in the fields of classical, experimental and alternative music. Originally from Yorkshire, UK, he now resides in Berlin, where he can be found working with a diverse range of artists and ensembles as a composer, performer and sound engineer/producer. He has worked with Federico Albanese, Beirut, J贸hann J贸hannsson, Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka, Hildur Gu冒nad贸ttir, Andrea Belfi, Thor Harris, Aidan Baker and many more.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fz6-iwf5Fps
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
 
THE GOTOBEDS
HYGIENE
THE TUBS
Tuesday 26 November
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle Street, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £7.50 | TICKETS
 
THE GOTOBEDS are a modern rock and roll sensation that has always sounded like they have to play. The group's angular tunes and buzzy guitar-fuelled attack took the sound and vision of post-punk and indie rock and put the nervy snarl of punk back into the formula. Never maligned by having the world’s weight on their backs, The Gotobeds - Cary, TFP, Eli and Gavin - returned this May with their third full lengther, 'Debt Begins at 30' (Sub Pop). The esprit de corps and anxiety-free joy that permeates their other LPs and EPs remains intact. The octane is high-test, the engine still has knocks and pings and the battery is overcharged. The Gotobeds - as Pittsburgh as it gets, the folk music of the Steel City - have more tar for us to swallow. The Gotobeds jump between exuberant jangle, brooding romps with tribal beats and slash-and-burn guitar and wrecking ball anthems much like their partners-in-rock-crime Protomartyr.
https://thegotobeds.bandcamp.com/

HYGIENE released a slew of singles and an LP on various DIY labels in the US and the UK at the turn of the decade, now the London post-punk stalwarts return from hiatus with their sophomore effort, 'Private Sector'. Where their debut LP 'Public Sector' (2011, La Vida Es Un Mus) reflected a nostalgic longing for an unrealised socialist modernist utopia, 'Private Sector' finds them confronting the grim realities of the present. Hygiene rail against the neoliberal madness of utility cartels, tax havens and privatised railways, seizing the moment as the current period of interregnum sees the old ideological certainties come into question. Proving nostalgia to be an inescapable trap, the band continue to hearken back to the kind of post-punk that existed before anybody knew to affix the 'post' prefix. New album 'Private Sector' has the signature Hygiene sound, mixing brooding melodies with a choppy, aggressive approach and a restricted pop sensibility. However, this ever-so-slightly-more mature record finds the band taking advantage of the musicianship of their friends, mixing in the odd viola, glockenspiel, piano and keyboard. Recommended for fans of Real Ale, British Rail Class 55 Deltics, Euston station and Jeremy Corbyn.
https://www.facebook.com/Hygiene-126660907380779/

THE TUBS aim to channel "The Tubullar Sound"; a thick soup of influences ranging from antipodean jangle, to needling Post Punk, to traditional British Folk music. The Tubs feature former and current members of Joanna Gruesome, The Estate Agents, Garden Centre and Keel Her, music coming soon!
https://the-tubs.bandcamp.com/releases
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks for reading, see you all later, have the best weekend!
Upset The Rhythm
 
 
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UPSET THE RHYTHM
UPCOMING SHOWS 
ROBERT SOTELO
BARRY
LIFE DRAWINGS
Friday 15 November
New River Studios, 199 Eade Rd, Harringay, London N4 1DN
7.30pm | £6 | TICKETS
 
RICHARD DAWSON
THE SILVER FIELD
Tuesday 19 November
MOTH Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, E9 6NU
7.30pm | £16 | SOLD OUT
 
LANKUM
JOHN FRANCIS FLYNN
Thursday 21 November
Tufnell Park Dome, 2A Dartmouth Park Hill, London, NW5 1HL
7.30pm | £16.50 | SOLD OUT
 
THOR & FRIENDS
MARCEL WAVE
SIMON GOFF
Friday 22 November
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, E9 6NU
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
THE GOTOBEDS
HYGIENE
THE TUBS
Tuesday 26 November
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle Street, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £7.50 | TICKETS
 
DAN DEACON
Thursday 6 February
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9NL
7.30pm | £15 | TICKETS
 
SPINNING COIN
Wednesday 18 March
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £8 | TICKETS
 
Upset The Rhythm & The Barbican present…
RICHARD DAWSON: Delight is Right
Barbican Hall, Silk St, Barbican, London, EC2Y 8DS
Saturday 28 March
3pm - 11pm | £17.50-£25 | TICKETS