Make an exhibition of yourself!
Bertie Marshall is best known as a punk memoirist, his book ‘Berlin Bromley’ is celebrated as an insider’s take on the lurid origins of punk. Bertie wasn’t just a face on the scene though, he also made music. Uncanny, mesmerising, affirming music!
From 1980-83, Bertie was the frontman for post-punk boundary-pushers Behaviour Red - they released one single (favourably played by John Peel), did a mini-tour and promptly broke up. Their sound was characterised by experimentation and drama, boasting at times tribal drumming, searing vocals, dazed guitars and feedback. Bertie continued sketching out atmospheric compositions afterwards too, walking a tightrope between bewildered pop and gothic folk. Central to everything is Bertie’s commanding voice; heartfelt, at times strident, always truthful, masterfully leading you through the story.
This Halloween, Upset The Rhythm will release the fruits of Bertie Marshall’s resolute labour. Entitled ‘Exhibit’, this debut album gathers Bertie’s exuberant songs together for the first time. ‘Exhibit’ will be released on limited 180g black vinyl, CD and digitally too, all formats accompanied by a booklet of exclusive images, drawings and texts. Today we’re releasing the single ‘Shaking Johnny’ to whet your appetite!