Friday, 28 February 2020

Ian William Craig - London show announced!



Upset The Rhythm presents…

IAN WILLIAM CRAIG
Friday 1 May
EartH Kitchen, 11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, Dalston, London, N16 8BH
7.30pm | £12 | https://link.dice.fm/D0BQfqRMN3

IAN WILLIAM CRAIG moves you over shifting tectonic plates of operatic improvisations, fields of tape hiss, haunting pastoral melodies and billowing clouds of becoming. Drawing out analogies between his dual practices of music and print-making, Ian’s work is deeply informed by a narrative of impermanence, “notions of life as an act of becoming, and beauty within degradation and deterioration – these have been kernels that I’ve been really drawn to … When I listen back to my compositions and I look at the art I create, there’s some kind of aesthetic drive or core that I seem to constantly orbit…these becoming forms and notions of decay and circling.” Blending choral, ambient and noise influences together into this customised array of tape decks, Craig focuses on a combination of classical vocal training and process-based uncertainty, His music delivers an elegant balance between theatrical and ambient sentiments, by combining the essence of a choral album from Angel Records or Deutsche Grammophon with the distorted spontaneity of experimental home-recording and the likes of Fennesz or William Basinski.

Signing to FatCat’s post-classical imprint 130701 in 2016, Ian’s debut album for the label, ‘Centres’, was released to widespread critical acclaim, and was followed by his debut UK/European tour. The album made numerous end of year lists, and in 2017 was followed by another EU tour and the release of the ‘Slow Vessels’ EP, a collection of six tracks from ‘Centres’ re-recorded as acoustic versions. 2018 saw the release of ‘Thresholder’ a brilliant collection of material collected together to form a between-albums release. Craig’s new album ‘Red Sun Through Smoke’ is due out this March. Forged from an intense, bewildering slew of emotions, the album is embedded with incredible beauty, sadness and depth. ‘Red Sun Through Smoke’ is a profoundly moving album, a standout record in a prolific body of work that shows no sign of faltering.
https://ianwilliamcraig.bandcamp.com/



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Thursday, 27 February 2020

Brigid Mae Power - June 10th show announced!



Upset The Rhythm presents…

BRIGID MAE POWER
Wednesday 10 June
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, London, N1 9JB
£10 | 7.30pm | https://link.dice.fm/RtH8QH5df4

BRIGID MAE POWER
paints expansive songs that are effortless, hypnotic and folk-oriented like Judee Sill, Bill Callahan and Sharon Van Etten. The third album from the celebrated singer/songwriter, ‘Head Above The Water’ is a coming of age opus featuring a ground-breaking amalgamation of traditional folk and country - an engaging blend of strings, bouzouki, piano and Power’s distinctive vocal make this an achingly beautiful body of work. Recorded in analogue studio The Green Door in Glasgow with Alasdair Roberts co-producing alongside Brigid and Peter Broderick. It’s a continuing tale of everyday survival; more diverse, different, a bigger canvas, with broader brushstrokes. Country and traditional folk rub shoulders, making for a juxtaposition of threads, with added instrumentation from five musicians lured into the studio to provide larger dynamics. After two lauded albums for Tompkins Square, Brigid Mae Power releases her new album on 5th June via Fire Records.

www.brigidmaepower.com

Lungbutter are coming to London in April!


Upset The Rhythm presents…

LUNGBUTTER (Constellation Records)
Thursday 30 April
The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Rd, Dalston, London, E8 3AS

7.30pm | £7 | https://link.dice.fm/ufH9LqqZp4

LUNGBUTTER is the Montréal-based trio of Ky Brooks, Kaity Zozula, and Joni Sadler. The three friends have been mainstays of the vibrant experimental noise/rock community in the city for several years, having put in time as members of numerous bands including Femmaggots, Harsh Reality, Caymans, Nennen, Wreckage With Stick and Nag. Lungbutter’s minimal guitar-drums-voice configuration is rooted in a visceral, ascetic punk idiom, refracted variously by free-noise, sludge rock and slowcore. Zozula marshals chaotic motifs of full-spectrum distorto-guitar, occupying a huge tonal space from low-end bass to paint-peeling treble, redolent of blown-out Melvins/Flipper fuzz and equally indebted to the frenetic dissonance of Keiji Haino or Merzbow. Song structures coalesce around guitar riffs of shifting tempos and the backbone of Sadler’s muscular, deliberate drums, while Brooks’ voice – at once mantric and declarative – deconstructs one brilliant lyrical theme after another, dancing along the knife-edge of dispassionate acerbic examination and wide-eyed cathartic revelation.
https://lungbuttermtl.bandcamp.com/





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Wednesday, 26 February 2020

NEW TRACK: Handle - 'Rubber Necks'


“Handle are pushing at the boundaries of accessibility with ‘Rubber Necks,’ creating deranged punk that is essentially pop at heart, and yet world’s away from anything we’d classify as such. It’s brilliant!”


Post Trash just premiered a new Handle track!


'In Threes' is out on LP/CD and digitally on March 6th!



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Monday, 24 February 2020

Lea Bertucci concert announced in Mile End Ecology Pavilion this April!



Upset The Rhythm & SA Recordings present…

LEA BERTUCCI - ‘Acoustic Shadows’ release party!
RHODRI DAVIES
Tuesday 14 April
Ecology Pavilion, Mile End Park, off Haverfield Rd, Grove Rd, Mile End, London, E3 5TW

LEA BERTUCCI is an American composer and performer whose work describes relationships between acoustic phenomena and biological resonance. In addition to her instrumental practice, (alto saxophone and bass clarinet), her work often incorporates multi-channel speaker arrays, electroacoustic feedback, extended instrumental technique and tape collage. Deeply experimental, her work is unafraid to subvert musical expectation. Her discography includes a number of solo and collaborative releases on independent labels and last year she released the critically acclaimed 'Metal Aether' on NNA tapes, as well as a commission for percussion ensemble Tigue and a second edition of her much anticipated graphic score book, 'The Tonebook', on Inpatient Press. She has performed extensively across the US and Europe with presenters such as The Kitchen, PS1 MoMA, Blank Forms, The Walker Museum, Roulette, ESS Chicago, Sound of Stockholm Festival, and the Le Guess Who Festival. She is a 2016 MacDowell Fellow in composition and a 2015 ISSUE Project Room Artist-in-Residence.

To celebrate the release of Lea Bertucci’s forthcoming LP and Sample Library 'Acoustic Shadows’, London label SA Recordings are teaming up with Upset the Rhythm to host a record release party at The Ecology Pavilion - a curved, glass-walled space set amid lakes and reed beds in Mile End Park. ’Acoustic Shadows I-III’ was a series of site-specific musical performances and a sound installation that took place in the enclosed hollow body of the Deutzer bridge in Koln, Germany, 2018. Spanning approximately 440 meters across the Rhine river, the extraordinary acoustics and rich existing aural architecture of this site became crucial components of the installation and musical compositions. ’Acoustic Shadows’ the album utilises the “natural processing of sound”, direct audio sources provided by Bertucci and percussionists, tram noise from the bridge and voices of visitors to the installation coalesce with the space’s own reverberations and resonances, creating two sonically opulent compositions. “The LP is best listened to at loud volumes and on good speakers in order to feel the mesmeric power of sound in space”, suggests Bertucci.

RHODRI DAVIES was born in 1971 and lives in Swansea, South Wales. He plays harp, electric harp, live-electronics and builds wind, water, ice, dry ice and fire harp installations. He has released four solo albums: Trem, Over Shadows, Wound Response and An Air Swept Clean of All Distance. His regular groups include: HEN OGLEDD, Cranc, a duo with John Butcher, The Sealed Knot, Common Objects and a trio with John Tilbury and Michael Duch. He has worked with the following artists: David Sylvian, Jenny Hval, Derek Bailey, Mark Fell, Kahimi Karie, Laura Cannell, Lina Lapelyte, Sachiko M, Bill Orcutt, Jim O’Rourke, Christian Marclay and David Toop. In 2008 he collaborated with the visual artist Gustav Metzger on ‘Self-cancellation’, a large-scale audio-visual collaboration in London and Glasgow. New pieces for solo harp have been composed for him by: Eliane Radigue, Philip Corner, Phill Niblock, Ben Patterson, Christian Wolff, Alison Knowles, Mieko Shiomi and Yasunao Tone. In 2012 he was the recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Grants to Artists Award, since 2016 he is a Chapter Associate Artist and in 2017 he received a Creative Wales Award.

Friday, 21 February 2020

Massicot concert on Monday, Islet, The Silver Field and Limpe Fuchs coming up in London!

 
 
Hello there!
 
Firstly huge thanks to all of you for making our Trash Kit and En Attendant Ana such ecstatic affairs last week, two incredible performances and turn outs! Today we wanted to bend your ear about an epic show next Monday with Swiss motoric no-wavers Massicot! Massicot are equal parts hypnosis and raw noise workouts, chanted vocals and meandering hooks, invention and emotion. This concert sees the trio from Geneva return to London in support of their forthcoming record ‘Kratt’ out in March on Harbinger Sound and sister label Spurge Recordings. Deliriously fun label-mates Slagheap and improv punk wrecking team Shake Chain are down to play at New River Studios on Monday too, see you there!
 
Read on for the full show listings, including detailed looks at our March concerts from Welsh pop-deconstructors Islet and Despicable Zee (Space 289, March 5th) and The Silver Field and Clémentine March accompanied by their lush cloaks of sound too (SET, March 6th).
 
 
 
You’ll also find below an outline of our special events planned with Limpe Fuchs at Iklectik on March 14th (concert) / 15th (workshop)!
 
Limpe Fuchs is a German composer of acoustic and visual happenings who creates sound with unusual instruments. Born in 1941, Fuchs came of age in the hedonistic, politically charged sixties. After studying piano and violin in the early sixties at the school of music in Munich she started Anima Sound, a collective name for twenty years of ‘sound research’ with her partner, sculptor Paul Fuchs. They epitomised the ingenious marginal freak scene of the sixties and seventies and are often cited as a major influence on Krautrock, her subsequent solo work has proved equally fascinating!
 
No shortage of fascination and charisma with this next show announcement too. We’ve just added a concert for Ian Svenonius’ Escape-ism project for May 7th at Space 289 in Bethnal Green. Watching Ian wow the audience always makes for a rewarding time, tickets now on sale for that!
 
 
 
 
OK, a little record label bizniz for you now! This week Upset The Rhythm unveiled a second, much anticipated album from Melbourne song-weavers Primo! Featuring Xanthe and Amy from Terry, Primo! specialise in a lightness of touch and thoughtful lyrical lilt rarely contemplated in their world of jangling punk.
 
'Sogni' (from the Italian for ‘dreams’) will be released digitally and on LP (including a limited orange pressing) on April 17th, whilst new track 'Best and Fairest' has just been shared, pre-order up too, yo!
 
Turn it up!
 
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
 
MASSICOT
SLAGHEAP
SHAKE CHAIN
Monday 24 February
New River Studios, 199 Eade Rd, Harringay, London, N4 1DN
7.30pm | £7.50 | TICKETS
 
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, naïve 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

SHAKE CHAIN formed through a love of thought provoking performance art and a yearning for disruption so they were never going to be your average run of the mill project and the band have delivered unpredictable live shows across London and Oxford since their recent inception. Having recorded their debut EP ‘Neil Yonge and Bob Doylan Live at Hyde Park’ (on the day of Neil Young & Bob Dylan Live at Hyde Park) last Summer, with sound artist David Carugo and released by Permanent Slump, the group enter 2020 with a fresh heap of material to take into the studio and on the road around the UK in April. Catch them in the field with their not-to-be-missed fusion of post-punk grooves and chaotic lamenting on the current state of things.
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
 
ISLET
DESPICABLE ZEE
Thursday 5 March
Space 289, Railway Arches, 289 Cambridge Heath Rd, London, E2 9HA
7.30pm | £9 | TICKETS
 
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/

DESPICABLE ZEE is the solo project of Zahra Haji Fath Ali Tehrani, who has been writing and performing for more than 15 years. She is the director of the Young Women’s Music Project, which continues to inspire her. Zahra specialises in leftfield, electronic lo-fi-pop – wonky yet meditative tunes, punctuated by biting rhythms. With echoes of The Knife, Tirzah, CocoRosie and Madame Gandhi, her recent EP sounds like longing, like searching, like hacking away at old vines to reach what’s behind them.
https://despicablezee.bandcamp.com/
 
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
 
THE SILVER FIELD
CLEMENTINE MARCH
LOOSE JOINTS (DJ Set)
KATAYOUN JALILI (DJ Set)
Friday 6 March
SET, 27A Dalston Ln, Dalston, London, E8 3DF
7.30pm-2.30am | £6 | TICKETS
 
THE SILVER FIELD is a sound world of Coral Rose & friends. Voice, tapes, bass, strings, reeds, drums, small sounds, big sounds, sunlight, moonlight, a lot of water. March 2020 sees multi-instrumentalist Coral and drummer Kiran Bhatt (Red River Dialect) take to the road across the UK, sharing songs from their forthcoming second album, to be announced early 2020, as well as selections from The Silver Field's debut Rooms. Recorded by Coral at home in south London, Rooms was brought to the world in January 2019 by Tim Burgess' O Genesis Recordings and received high praise for its dreamlike tapestries of tape loops, reverb and folk instrumentation, including plays on BBC 6 Music, BBC 3's Late Junction, NTS and Soho Radio, as well as print and online love from The Quietus, Electronic Sound, God Is In The TV and many more.
https://thesilverfield.bandcamp.com/

CLÉMENTINE MARCH is a London-based chanteuse, composer and filmmaker, her musical forays portray a very personal approach to the pop song, playing with languages and textures, with a Brazilian savoir-faire and a post-punk edge.
 
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
 
LIMPE FUCHS - Concert
WATERLESS HILLS
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
 
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/

WATERLESS HILLS is a new project put together by drummer Andrew Cheetham (now playing with Richard Dawson, Kiran Leonard, Irma Vep, Yerba Mansa, Desmadrados Soldados de Ventura etc). The group consists of Andrew and two further members of the Manchester Underground wrecking crew - dbh (Kiran Leonard band, Irma Vep band, Jim Ghedi band, his own bad self) on violin; Gavin Clarke (DSDV) on bass – and augmented by Cambridge-based avant-folk musician C Joynes on electric guitar. Their debut album 'The Great Mountain' (out 29th Feb on Cardinal Fuzz/Feeding Tube Records) was recorded in one day direct to 1/4” tape at Hallé St Michaels, Manchester. All tracks were wholly improvised, and the tapes document a slowly-evolving interplay and, at times, ‘on-the-edge’ exchange between the players. The results were eventually shaped into an imaginary soundtrack to an orientalist western loosely themed around Freya Stark's 1935 travelogue 'The Valleys Of The Assassins' and the surrealist occult art of Ithel Colquohoun.
https://waterlesshills.bandcamp.com/
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks for your time, see you on Monday!
Have a brilliant weekend!
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UPSET THE RHYTHM
UPCOMING SHOWS 
MASSICOT
SLAGHEAP
SHAKE CHAIN
Monday 24 February
New River Studios, 199 Eade Rd, Harringay, London, N4 1DN
7.30pm | £7.50 | TICKETS
 
ISLET
DESPICABLE ZEE
Thursday 5 March
Space 289, Railway Arches, 289 Cambridge Heath Rd, London, E2 9HA
7.30pm | £9 | TICKETS
 
THE SILVER FIELD
CLEMENTINE MARCH
LOOSE JOINTS (DJ Set)
KATAYOUN JALILI (DJ Set)
Friday 6th March
SET, 27A Dalston Ln, Dalston, London, E8 3DF
7.30pm-2.30am | £6 | TICKETS
 
LIMPE FUCHS
WATERLESS HILLS
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
BAS JAN
ROBERT SOTELO
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 | SOLD OUT
 
IRMA VEP
SOFT WALLS

Friday 3 April
New River Studios, 199 Eade Rd, Harringay, London, N4 1DN
7.30pm | £7 | TICKETS
 
Upset The Rhythm & The Barbican present…
LANKUM
Wednesday 15 April
Barbican Hall, Silk St, Barbican, London, EC2Y 8DS
7.30pm | £17.50-£22.50 | TICKETS
 
NAP EYES
Wednesday 15 April
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, E9 6NU
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
PAN AMERICAN
MIYAGI-LAMMARDO DUO
Tuesday 21 April
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin St, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS 
 
BONNIESONGS
YUMI AND THE WEATHER
GARRET MOORE

Wednesday 22 April
Shacklewell Arms, 71 Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, London, E8 2EB
7.30pm | £6.50 | TICKETS
 
PROTOMARTYR
Monday 27 April
Peckham Audio,133 Rye Ln, Peckham, London, SE15 4ST
7.30pm | £15 | SOLD OUT
PROTOMARTYR
Tuesday 28 April
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £15 |  SOLD OUT
 
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
 
ESCAPE-ISM
(Ian Svenonius of Chain & The Gang, The Make-Up)
Thursday 7 May
Space 289, Railway Arches, 289 Cambridge Heath Rd, London, E2 9HA
7.30pm | £11 | TICKETS
 

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Escape-ism returns to London this May!


Upset The Rhythm presents…

ESCAPE-ISM
(Ian Svenonius of Chain & The Gang, The Make-Up)
Thursday 7 May
Space 289, Railway Arches, 289 Cambridge Heath Rd, London, E2 9HA

7.30pm | £11.00 | https://link.dice.fm/e0mh37PUc4

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 latest 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/

Friday, 14 February 2020

PRIMO announce new album 'Sogni'! (out April 17th)

Primo's incredible second album 'Sogni' is dreamy ('Sognante')! LP release announced for April 17th, new track 'Best & Fairest' shared by the awesome folks at Raven Sings The Blues: ravensingstheblues.com/primo-best-and 

Pre-order (including a special orange limited vinyl version) up here, yo: upsettherhythm.bigcartel.com

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Trash Kit & Handle kick off European tours today!


Handle and Trash Kit both kick off European tours today with us in London at The Lexington tonight! See you there!

 HANDLE
14/02 - London, UK @ The Lexington
21/02 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ OCCII
22/02 - Den Haag, Netherlands @ West
23/02 - Groningen, Netherlands @ Vera
26/02 - Strasbourg, France @ Le Diamant d'Or
27/02 - Bienne, Switzerland @ Le Salopard
28/02 - Geneva, Switzerland @ Cave12
29/02 - Lyon, France @ Grnndzero
01/03 - Dijon, France @ Deep Inside
02/03 - Rennes, France @ Le Terminus
03/03 - Paris, France @ Espace B
04/03 - Amiens, France @Accueil Froid
07/03 - Bruxelles, Belgium @ Rumsteek


TRASH KIT
14/02 - London, UK @ The Lexington
15/02 - Brussels, Belgium @ Les Ateliers Claus
16/02 - Strasbourg, France @ Stimultania
17/02 - Freiburg, Germany @ Stimultania
18/02 - Dudingen, Switzerland @ Bad Bonn
20/02 - Saint Gallen, Switzerland @ Palace St. Gallen
21/02 - Jena, Germany @ Trafo
22/02 - Offenbach, Germany @ Hafen 2
24/02 - Brighton, UK @ The Prince Albert
3-6/09 - Larmer Tree Gardens (Dorset), UK @ End Of The Road

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Thursday, 13 February 2020

Trash Kit and Handle play London tomorrow, En Attendant Ana this Saturday!

 
 
Hello again!
 
It was wonderful to see so many of you out for Dan Deacon last week, what a full-on headspin of sound that proved to be. Best times! Upset The Rhythm have two further shows on the immediate horizon for you this week. Tomorrow at The Lexington we’re hosting a real meeting of post-punk minds with Trash Kit and Handle both playing. Label party vibes hanging heavy in the air! No room for chocolate hearts and flowers at this Valentine’s day event, but love will certainly be present in the room at transcendent levels! Trash Kit have locked in a choir, harpist and violinist to augment their sound too, so all set to amaze! Both Handle and Trash Kit start their European tours tomorrow with us in London, check out these dates!
 
On Saturday night at PinUps (formerly The Islington) we’re very pleased to have Parisian jangle punks En Attendant Ana in concert for the first time. En Attendant Ana’s incredible new album ‘Julliet’ just came out on Trouble In Mind and is a palpitating chase of a record; all staccato guitars, sweeping arpeggios, blasts of trumpet and vivid fever-dream lyrics. It’s going to be superb, plus new faves Marcel Wave will be crimping some impressionist punk of their own prescription too.
 
Tickets for both events are still available in advance and on the door, plus full write-ups on both follow below, along with blurbs for our upcoming events for Swiss detonators Massicot (New River Studios, Feb 24th), Welsh pop-deconstructors Islet (Space 289, March 5th) and The Silver Field accompanied by their verdant realm of music too (SET, March 6th). Bring it!
 
 
Upset The Rhythm also confirmed this week new shows for April from the harmonically inventive Bonniesongs (Shacklewell Arms, April 22nd), plus two extremely intimate fan-shows for Detroit class acts Protomartyr (Peckham Audio, April 27th / The Lexington, April 28th) showcasing their explosive new songs! Both of those go onsale this Friday at 10am, don’t say we didn’t warn you, tickets will fly!
 
 
 
 
Our record label wing of UTR also outdid itself again this last week by announcing our release of Es’ debut album ‘Less Of Everything’ on April 3rd! Shaping into quite the month of months right? The London quartet have coined an uncanny sound over the last few years, sort of an icy DIY punk creeping with gothic influence and nuanced intensity. ‘Less Of Everything’ revels in pointed anarcho tension and sub-zero twists of almost aquatic melody, its wondrously impactful and eldritch in equal measure.
 
Here’s the video for lead track ‘Chemical’ to set the scene further!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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
MARCEL WAVE
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 Fréchou) 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/
 
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
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
 
MASSICOT
SLAGHEAP
SHAKE CHAIN
Monday 24 February
New River Studios, 199 Eade Rd, Harringay, London, N4 1DN
 
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, naïve 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

SHAKE CHAIN formed through a love of thought provoking performance art and a yearning for disruption so they were never going to be your average run of the mill project and the band have delivered unpredictable live shows across London and Oxford since their recent inception. Having recorded their debut EP ‘Neil Yonge and Bob Doylan Live at Hyde Park’ (on the day of Neil Young & Bob Dylan Live at Hyde Park) last Summer, with sound artist David Carugo and released by Permanent Slump, the group enter 2020 with a fresh heap of material to take into the studio and on the road around the UK in April. Catch them in the field with their not-to-be-missed fusion of post-punk grooves and chaotic lamenting on the current state of things.
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
 
ISLET
DESPICABLE ZEE
Thursday 5 March
Space 289, Railway Arches, 289 Cambridge Heath Rd, London, E2 9HA
7.30pm | £9 | TICKETS
 
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/

DESPICABLE ZEE is the solo project of Zahra Haji Fath Ali Tehrani, who has been writing and performing for more than 15 years. She is the director of the Young Women’s Music Project, which continues to inspire her. Zahra specialises in leftfield, electronic lo-fi-pop – wonky yet meditative tunes, punctuated by biting rhythms. With echoes of The Knife, Tirzah, CocoRosie and Madame Gandhi, her recent EP sounds like longing, like searching, like hacking away at old vines to reach what’s behind them.
https://despicablezee.bandcamp.com/
 
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
 
THE SILVER FIELD
CLEMENTINE MARCH
LOOSE JOINTS (DJ Set)
KATAYOUN JALILI (DJ Set)
Friday 6 March
SET, 27A Dalston Ln, Dalston, London, E8 3DF
7.30pm-2.30am | £6 | TICKETS
 
THE SILVER FIELD is a sound world of Coral Rose & friends. Voice, tapes, bass, strings, reeds, drums, small sounds, big sounds, sunlight, moonlight, a lot of water. March 2020 sees multi-instrumentalist Coral and drummer Kiran Bhatt (Red River Dialect) take to the road across the UK, sharing songs from their forthcoming second album, to be announced early 2020, as well as selections from The Silver Field's debut Rooms. Recorded by Coral at home in south London, Rooms was brought to the world in January 2019 by Tim Burgess' O Genesis Recordings and received high praise for its dreamlike tapestries of tape loops, reverb and folk instrumentation, including plays on BBC 6 Music, BBC 3's Late Junction, NTS and Soho Radio, as well as print and online love from The Quietus, Electronic Sound, God Is In The TV and many more.
https://thesilverfield.bandcamp.com/

CLÉMENTINE MARCH is a London-based chanteuse, composer and filmmaker, her musical forays portray a very personal approach to the pop song, playing with languages and textures, with a Brazilian savoir-faire and a post-punk edge.
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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UPSET THE RHYTHM
UPCOMING SHOWS 
TRASH KIT
HANDLE
Friday 14 February
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £9 | TICKETS
 
EN ATTENDANT ANA
MARCEL WAVE
Saturday 15 February
PinUps (formerly The Islington), 1 Tolpuddle Street, Angel, London, N1 0XT

7.30pm | £6 | TICKETS
 
MASSICOT
SLAGHEAP
SHAKE CHAIN
Monday 24 February
New River Studios, 199 Eade Rd, Harringay, London, N4 1DN
7.30pm | £7.50 | TICKETS
 
ISLET
DESPICABLE ZEE
Thursday 5 March
Space 289, Railway Arches, 289 Cambridge Heath Rd, London, E2 9HA
7.30pm | £9 | TICKETS
 
THE SILVER FIELD
CLEMENTINE MARCH
LOOSE JOINTS (DJ Set)
KATAYOUN JALILI (DJ Set)
Friday 6th March
SET, 27A Dalston Ln, Dalston, London, E8 3DF
7.30pm-2.30am | £6 | TICKETS
 
LIMPE FUCHS
WATERLESS HILLS
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
BAS JAN
ROBERT SOTELO
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 | SOLD OUT
 
IRMA VEP
SOFT WALLS

Friday 3 April
New River Studios, 199 Eade Rd, Harringay, London, N4 1DN
7.30pm | £7 | TICKETS
 
Upset The Rhythm & The Barbican present…
LANKUM
Wednesday 15 April
Barbican Hall, Silk St, Barbican, London, EC2Y 8DS
7.30pm | £17.50-£22.50 | TICKETS
 
NAP EYES
Wednesday 15 April
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, E9 6NU
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
PAN AMERICAN
MIYAGI-LAMMARDO DUO
Tuesday 21 April
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin St, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS 
 
BONNIESONGS
YUMI AND THE WEATHER
GARRET MOORE

Wednesday 22 April
Shacklewell Arms, 71 Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, London, E8 2EB
7.30pm | £6.50 | TICKETS
 
PROTOMARTYR
Monday 27 April
Peckham Audio,133 Rye Ln, Peckham, London, SE15 4ST
7.30pm | £15 | TICKETS
(Tickets on sale this Friday at 10am)
PROTOMARTYR
Tuesday 28 April
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £15 | TICKETS
(Tickets on sale this Friday at 10am)
 
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
 

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Protomartyr announce two fan shows in London this April!


Upset The Rhythm presents…

PROTOMARTYR
Monday 27 April
Peckham Audio,133 Rye Ln, Peckham, London, SE15 4ST
£15 | 7.30pm | https://link.dice.fm/FhKPbaWfT3 (Tickets on sale this Friday at 10am)

Tuesday 28 April
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
£15 | 7.30pm | https://link.dice.fm/73tJ0jX0S3 (Tickets on sale this Friday at 10am)

PROTOMARTYR return to London this April for two intimate shows showcasing their forthcoming new album! Protomartyr play a taut, austere rock that's been incubated in a freezing Detroit warehouse littered with beer cans and cigarette butts and warmed occasionally by space heaters. Short songs made for short practices, as the band learned quickly not to waste time. Despite the cold, Protomartyr emerged with a sound that is idiosyncratic but relatable, hooky but off-kilter. With respect to the local predecessors, this isn't the primitive stomp of The Dirtbombs or The Stooges' greasy roar. Punk works, kind of, even if it leaves the hardcore kids confused. Post-punk suggests something too retro; indie rock, something too precious. What Protomartyr is, is "stuck between the cracks." If that's the case, though, they aren't alone. Protomartyr's economical rock elicits comparisons to possible antecedents like Pere Ubu or The Fall as well as local contemporaries like Frustrations or Tyvek. Singer Joe Casey's dry declarative snarl serves as a reliable anchor, granting his bandmates (guitarist Greg Ahee, drummer Alex Leonard and bassist Scott Davidson) the opportunity to explore textures and reinforce the rhythm section. This is never more apparent than on the band's last record entitled 'Relatives In Descent', out through Domino. 12 tracks dealing with the unknowable nature of truth and the existential dread that often accompanies that unknowing, an album as sinuous as it is allusive, dense and dizzyingly on the mark.
http://www.protomartyrband.com/ 


Friday, 7 February 2020

Bonniesongs heading to London this April!


Upset The Rhythm presents…

BONNIESONGS
YUMI AND THE WEATHER
GARRET MOORE

Wednesday 22 April
Shacklewell Arms, 71 Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, London, E8 2EB
7.30pm | £6.50 | https://link.dice.fm/jrl99dh7Q3

BONNIESONGS, aka art-folk virtuoso Bonnie Stewart, released her debut album Energetic Mind in September 2019 via Small Pond and Art As Catharsis. For a peck of audiences in Australia over the past couple of years, Stewart has been one of those subtly transcendent artists. Described as “dreamy experimental indie folk”, she’s steadily been creating an ever-broadening platform for her unique sound amongst the Sydney songwriting scene. On much of her earlier material, Stewart’s sweet, ghostly vocals sail over the polyrhythmic backgrounds created between her mandolin, percussion and vocal loops, while her imaginative lyrics tell diverse and dreamlike stories of treehouses, mice, birds, flying and video games. Her four track debut EP Strings (2018) was released on Art Is Catharsis, a bold collaboration with friends Sascha Bota and Freya Schack-Arnott. Six days after a one-off performance as a trio, they made a recording of their experimental, textural and improvised variations on Bonnie's songs. The record was influenced by Jim Black’s improvised jazz record AlasNoAxis, drawing comparisons to Joanna Newsom, Cat Power, and Bjork, and was widely praised for challenging conventions of modern Australian music.
https://bonniesongs.com/

YUMI AND THE WEATHER first emerged in 2013 with her critically acclaimed 'All We Can' EP, since then she has spent the past few years perfecting a unique blend of electrifying technicolour psych-pop, finally emerging with their long-awaited full length offering (released via the MIOHMI RECORDS imprint). Armed with this new arsenal of unrelentingly catchy and stirring pieces of music, Yumi are ready to continue their path of destruction (which has included a stint supporting British Sea Power, a slot at Secret Garden Party, Bad Pond Festival and heavy radio support from BBC 6 Music's Shaun Keaveny, Nemone and Radio X's John Kennedy.
https://www.yumiandtheweather.net/

GARRET MOORE
https://garretmooremusic.bandcamp.com