Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Max Tundra - London date announced!


Max Tundra is back in the zone!
About time too, whoop!
x





Upset The Rhythm presents…

MAX TUNDRA
GUS BONITO (DJ Set)

Friday 2 September
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £12 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/Ka0f9869d209

MAX TUNDRA, aka Ben Jacobs, is a master of delightfully inscrutable, slyly tuneful electronic pop. His three albums recorded for Domino Records between 2000-2008 echo throughout much contemporary pop music. The first of the trilogy, Some Best Friend You Turned Out To Be, is more or less the most experimental; the second, Mastered By Guy At The Exchange, perhaps the most joyful; and the third, Parallax Error Beheads You, the most riotous. All three albums remain essential and three are being reissued by Domino this summer! A remix mixtape entitled Remixtape featuring the likes of Julia Holter and Kero Kero Bonito will also arrive alongside the reissues on August 12th. The hyperpop pioneer has collaborated with the likes of Arca, Daphne & Celeste and A. G. Cook. The natural musical predecessor to the likes of PC Music, Max Tundra also boasts a remix roster which includes Pet Shop Boys, The Strokes and Franz Ferdinand. Join us for a very special concert from Max Tundra to celebrate these reissues on September 2nd, to the very day the exact 20th anniversary of landmark album release ‘Mastered By Guy At The Exchange’.
https://www.maxtundra.com/





Friday, 24 June 2022

Vintage Crop's new album! Plus... The Space Lady's final visitation to London next week!

  

Kibitzer!
 
It’s a word that certainly packs a punch, it’s also Vintage Crop’s thrill-ride of a new album, available to check out now via all the usual digital depots.
 
Ten tracks of snappy as elastic Australian punk, packed with witty refrains of everyman curiosity. It’s sardonic, harmonic and more than just the tonic! Here’s a fun snap of the band celebrating this joint release between Upset The Rhythm and our power-pals Anti-Fade!
 
Remember you can still order this lavish Dinked version of the album from all participating retailers in the UK: White vinyl, live-flexi, lyric/photo zine and bookmark (for the win)! Also, look out for the band on their European tour that kicks off next week too, SO MUCH!



 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
OK, London show promoter hat on now!
 
Our next event takes place one week today, Friday 1st July at OSLO, Hackney and will feature the very last performance of The Space Lady in London. Oh no! Say it ain't so, I'm afraid it is, but cheer up, it's not too late. Let's celebrate with Susan as she bids us an intergalactic goodbye on her farewell tour. Sensational diy-pop star Robert Sotelo will also be performing at this special knees-up, read on for all you need to know and more.
 
You'll also find below our upcoming London show listings for Richard Dawson & Circle, June of 44 and Vintage Crop! The snake bites its tail once again, enjoy!
 
New shows for Prolapse and Jenny Moore have just materialised in our upcoming programme too, lucky London!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…

THE SPACE LADY
ROBERT SOTELO
Friday 1 July
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney Central, E8 1LL
7pm-10pm | £12.50 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/J68e0e40746a

THE SPACE LADY began her odyssey on the streets of San Francisco in the late 70s, playing versions of contemporary pop music an accordion and dressed flamboyantly, transmitting messages of peace and harmony. Following the theft of her accordion, The Space Lady invested in a then-new Casio keyboard, birthing an otherworldly new dimension to popular song that has captured the imaginations of the underground and its lead exponents ever since, with the likes of John Maus, Erol Alkan and Kutmah being devotees. Of her early street sets, only one recording was made, self-released originally on cassette and then transferred to a homemade CD. 'The Space Lady's Greatest Hits' released in 2014 through Night School features the best of these recordings - mostly covers but with some originals - pressed on vinyl for the first time and features archival photographs and liner notes from The Space Lady herself. 'Greatest Hits' contains The Space Lady's personal favourites; her haunting take on The Electric Prunes' 'I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night),' a frantic 'Ballroom Blitz' amidst other reconstructed pop music. Following on from this wonderful record, The Space Lady released a split LP in 2015 with the Burnt Ones on Castle Face records which included her spectral take of 'Across The Universe' and a recent LP from 2018 through Mississippi entitled 'On The Street Of Dreams'. This show will be The Space Lady's final performance in London as part of her farewell tour!
https://daily.bandcamp.com/features/exploring-the-intergalactic-wonders-of-the-space-lady

ROBERT SOTELO is a mercurial melodist building a resplendent world of pristine DIY pop from the ground up. The Glasgow-based artist’s songs are meticulously crafted, patchworked together with eclectic arrangements and ardent vocal performances. Last year Upset The Rhythm released Robert Sotelo’s vivid new album ‘Celebrant’. ‘Celebrant’ was intended to be and still is to some extent a joyous wedding album (Sotelo is recently married), but in his own words “the pandemic and the death of my aunt Carmen intersected with the original concept so the album is darker than intended in places.” More cinematic and measured than prior albums, Sotelo expounds that “it is purposefully a bigger sounding attempt at my keyboard songs and I felt more ambitious about it in general.” That’s certainly reflected in these twelve sophisticated loops of song, all curiously affecting and catchy, sprinkled with Sotelo’s offbeat musings and keenly accurate observations. Guitars are rarely employed on this record with Sotelo recruiting Iain Mccall, Ross Blake, Celia Morgan and David Maxwell to contribute brass, woodwind, spoken word and acoustic drums respectively. All of these additions blend well with the album’s synthetic core, softening and subtly shaping its pop-first nature into something more nuanced, vulnerable and human.
https://robertsotelo.bandcamp.com/album/celebrant
 
 
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…

RICHARD DAWSON & CIRCLE
MICROCORPS

Wednesday 6 July
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9NL
7pm | £18 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/o9f9fe82d517

RICHARD DAWSON & CIRCLE teamed up to record an epic album together recently called ‘Henki’. Richard Dawson is the Geordie troubadour whose moving songs have been described as state-of-the-nation addresses, even - or perhaps especially - when he’s singing about pre-medieval peasants. Circle are the genre-straddling pioneers of The New Wave Of Finnish Heavy Metal, known for wearing spandex and singing in a made-up language. Together they are… Richard Dawson & Circle! Their epic joint record might seem a departure to those who are most familiar with Dawson from recent solo albums like 2017’s Peasant and 2020. In fact, ‘Henki’ fits comfortably into the bigger picture of two acts who have always strived for uninhibited originality. Inspired by Circle’s guitarist Janne Westerlund instructing the group during recording to be less straightforward and more “like a plant”, ‘Henki’s seven tracks deal with special plants throughout history. The result is a towering flora-themed hypno-folk-metal record of gargantuan proportions.

Dawson & Circle have intricately crafted their sound, with imaginative, constantly evolving arrangements that highlight Circle’s prog credentials. There are also unexpectedly euphoric choruses too: the instrumental mid-section of Silphium makes like a more dissonant take on Xanadu-era Rush, then gradually builds momentum before exploding back to life again just before the 11-minute mark. Methuselah gallops along like a flora-fixated Iron Maiden as it tells the cautionary tale of Donald Currey, a researcher trying to find the oldest tree on Earth who only realised he’d found it after he’d cut it down in 1964. Throughout, there is so much going on that it takes many listens to absorb everything. A tour de force of botanical rock!
https://richardmichaeldawson.bandcamp.com/album/henki

MICROCORPS is the new project by artist and musician Alex Tucker (Grumbling Fur, Alexander Tucker, Imbogodom) exploring electronics, cello and voice. The debut release XMIT, an eight-track album featuring collaborations with Gazelle Twin, Nik Void, Simon Fisher Turner and Astrud Steehouder, was released on Alter in 2021. In a move away from previous projects Tucker investigates erasing the self, removing obvious traits of the hand and voice, and allowing a focus on the humanoid rather than the human. Instead of recognisable lyrics and coherent imagery, MICROCORPS evolved synthesised voices to generate alternate characters.
https://microcorps.bandcamp.com/album/xmit



 
 
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm & Supersonic present…

JUNE OF 44
RATTLE

Friday 8 July
229, 229 Great Portland St, London, W1W 5PN, UK
7pm | £20 (16+ show) | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/ae216c453036

JUNE OF 44 formed in the fall of 1994. They are a super-group collective with a rich underground lineage of members from beloved bands - Rodan, Lungfish, Codeine, Rex, Hoover and Shipping News. Truly a who’s who of the indie rock world, together they have often been referred to as the punk rock pirates of the math rock world. The band are cited for their artistic hand-crafted record packaging for music that ranges from experimental jazz to ambient dub to angular post punk. June of 44 released their four totemic albums on Quarterstick in the 90s, but in 2020 they announced their first studio album in 21 years. ‘Revisionist: Adaptations & Future Histories in the Time of Love and Survival’ came out recently on Broken Clover. “It will have been 23 years since performing in the United Kingdom… so much life, too many wars, so much music, a few extraordinary babies, heart-breaking loss, real struggle, epic success, total failure – for all of us.”
https://juneof44.bandcamp.com/

RATTLE are a Nottingham based duo, Rattle focus almost exclusively on drums and more drums, beneath a delicate overlay of vocal harmonies and percussive effects. Formed by Katharine Eira Brown and Theresa Wrigley, Rattle began as an experiment in crafting rich songs and melody using drums and voice alone. Their music weaves and intertwines post-punk, minimalism and experimental rock, through off-kilter rhythms, patterns and counter melodies. Rattle effortlessly blend the avant-garde with irresistible melodies and hypnotic drum beats, using rhythm and harmony to create a refreshing sound that is utterly new - a pretty rare feat these days when we're saturated with so much music. Rattle's impressive ‘Sequence’ album came out through Upset The Rhythm.
https://rattleon.bandcamp.com



 
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…

VINTAGE CROP
MARCEL WAVE
PUBLIC BODY

Saturday 9 July
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £8 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/A73a9f0863c6

VINTAGE CROP are Geelong’s favourite sons, returning this summer with their much-anticipated fourth album, ‘Kibitzer’. Running with the ball that 2020’s “Serve To Serve Again” punted forward, this album marks another energetic break towards the goal for Vintage Crop. ‘Kibitzer’ sees the band define their field of play, more melodic at times, still bruising, forever droll. These ten tracks of ‘snappy as elastic’ Australian punk are packed with tensile riffage, hefty beats and witty refrains of everyman curiosity. ‘Kibitzer’ delves into themes of identity, resilience and acceptance; some of the more upbeat notions that the band have dealt with to date. ‘Casting Calls’ opens the record, slamming through the speakers with gusto and setting the tone for the following 30 minutes. These themes hit home with the album’s title too, with Cherry feeling that ‘Kibitzer’ is an apt way to describe a lot of the band’s focus. “I feel like a lot of our lyrics over the years have been our unsolicited opinions on other people’s situations, the very definition of the word Kibitzer. So for this record we wanted to lean into that tendency by acknowledging it and even go as far as stamping it on the album cover.”
https://vintagecrop.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

PUBLIC BODY have from the cradle to a 9-5 job been buried in unread emails and PMQ youtube alerts, tackling issues such as Question Time Bias and Workplace Etiquette. Public Body formed in Brighton in late 2018 with a clear aim to write the perfect soundtrack to whatever you do whilst procrastinating at your day job.
https://publicbody.bandcamp.com/


 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Have the best weekend, thanks for reading!
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UPSET THE RHYTHM
UPCOMING SHOWS 
THE SPACE LADY
ROBERT SOTELO
Friday 1 July
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney Central, E8 1LL
7pm-10pm | £12.50 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/J68e0e40746a
 
RICHARD DAWSON & CIRCLE
MICROCORPS
Wednesday 6 July
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9NL
7pm | £18 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/o9f9fe82d517
 
JUNE OF 44
RATTLE

Friday 8 July
229, 229 Great Portland St, London, W1W 5PN, UK
7pm | £20 (16+ show) | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/ae216c453036
 
VINTAGE CROP
MARCEL WAVE
PUBLIC BODY
Saturday 9 July
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £8 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/A73a9f0863c6

RACHEL AGGS
ELECTRIC FIRE

Monday 11 July
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin St, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £8 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/H8123dbd413f

QUINTRON & MISS PUSSYCAT
BRUNO AND THE OUTRAGEOUS METHODS OF PRESENTATION

Tuesday 12 July
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £12 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/x2ade9b7daea
 
HG20 : ‘A three-day fundraiser celebrating 20 years of Hello Goodbye and Resonance FM’
 
WRECKLESS ERIC
MEATRAFFLE
LILITH AI

Saturday 30 July
MOTH Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, London, E9 6NU
7.30pm - 10.30pm | £10 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/N6957a30c1ea


THE MONOCHROME SET
THE MINDREADERS
DEE BYRNE & CATH ROBERTS

Sunday 31 July
MOTH Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, London, E9 6NU
7.30pm - 10.30pm | £10 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/g033d19f7eeb


VERY SPECIAL GUEST
GINA BIRCH
BAS JAN
ROZI PLAIN (DJ set)

Monday 1 August
MOTH Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, London, E9 6NU
7.30pm - 11pm | £10 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/Rab47aa5d2fa
£25 Three day tickets: https://link.dice.fm/j66637a0c823
 
DEERHOOF
Wednesday 31 August
Electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High St, Camden, London, NW1 8QP, UK
7pm | £17 | Tickets:  https://link.dice.fm/pc5188b40f90
 
JENNY MOORE
Tuesday 13 September & Wednesday 14 September
Servant Jazz Quarters, 10A Bradbury Street, Dalston, London, N16 8JN
7.30pm | £8 | Tickets: https://dice.fm/bundles/jenny-moore-in-london-3orl
 
MIDWIFE
Tuesday 18 October
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £12 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/Zfe30c79959f
 
PROLAPSE
Saturday 29 October
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney Central, E8 1LL
7.30pm | £12 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/Zaa6a254b9b3
 
FUZZ
(Charles Moothart, Ty Segall, Chad Ubovich)
Friday 17 March 2023
Electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High St, Camden Town, London, NW1 8QP
6pm - 9.45pm | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/mhxLeUrBL4
(This show is rescheduled from March 18th 2022, original tickets valid, refunds available too)
 

Monday, 20 June 2022

Prolapse back in London this October!

 


 

Upset The Rhythm presents...

PROLAPSE
Saturday 29 October
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney Central, E8 1LL
7.30pm | £12 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/Zaa6a254b9b3

PROLAPSE originally formed in Leicester in the early 1990s and earned a cult following for their chaotic live sets, and tense and repetitious songs like Flex and Tina This Is Matthew Stone. They feature duelling vocalists Mick Derrick and Linda Steelyard, who play out an intense soap opera over a ferocious triple guitar assault and pummelling rhythm section.


Their releases have included numerous singles and four albums on various labels, including Cherry Red and Radar, as well as recording four Peel sessions. The band has received critical acclaim, including singles of the week on the Radio 1 evening session and NME. They have also toured and shared bills with a diverse array of bands, including Stereolab, Sebadoh, Arab Strap and Sonic Youth. Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus described Prolapse as the best band of the weekend at Reading Festival.  


After a long hiatus, the band reformed in 2015 and occasionally play live dates. This short UK tour offers a rare chance to experience the Prolapse live show. Two of the band’s Peel sessions have recently been released on the Precious Recordings of London label and Pointless Walks to Dismal Places is re-issued as a double gatefold LP on Optic Nerve Records in July.
https://prolapse2.bandcamp.com/

Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Pet Shimmers in London this Thursday!

 

 
 
Hello everyone!
 
Huge thanks to you all for coming out to see Model Home over the weekend, what an absolute fever dream that proved to be!
 
Upset The Rhythm returns this coming Thursday, this time materialising in Brixton at The Windmill for a very special concert with Pet Shimmers.
 
Pet Shimmers are an extrememly active whirlwind of a band, bringing together the great and good of Bristol’s music scene. Led by singer-songwriter Oliver Wilde, the group boast members who have been involved with the likes of Portishead, Herbal Tea and Scarlet Rascal.
 
Pet Shimmers make extremely online music for extremely online people. Their vision of the digital age takes form as an eccentric form of warped psychedelia. It’s like they took all your favorite music subreddits and bitcrushed them together into one beautifully weird indie-rock pocket symphony.
 
They’ve already released two excellent full-length albums since 2020 and just shared new single 'Sonder' with us too, check it out below.
 
Tickets for Thursday's show cost £7 and will be available on the door from 7.30pm, we're also very pleased to have fellow Bristol bedroom-pop purveyors Hamburger opening proceedings too!
 
Read on for everything you need to know, plus listings for our upcoming London events for The Space Lady, Richard Dawson & Circle and June of 44, wah! So much greatness is imminent.




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
 
PET SHIMMERS
HAMBURGER
Thursday 16 June
Windmill Brixton, 22 Blenheim Gardens, Brixton Hill, London SW2 5BZ
7.30pm | £7 | Tickets:  https://link.dice.fm/yb5e14d00eb4

PET SHIMMERS is an eclectic ensemble made of a collaborative core; solo artist (and recent Katy J Pearson collaborator) Oliver Wilde helms songwriting alongside William Carkeet, emerging producer and one half of London duo Robbie & Mona. Newest recruit Jonny Allan once took center stage duties for the influential Happyness, drummer Mig Schillace spent earlier years drumming for Portishead, and bedroom solo project Soft Den sits with Florrie AL. Melody extraordinaire Lexie Jennings and guitarist Rich Clarke complete the ensemble.

The “Sonder” b/w “Edgelord” 7” is the first piece of new music to come from Pet Shimmers since 2020. It’s a moving mass of technicolor instrumentation - sparkling guitar, taut percussion, and crashes of noise. Songwriter Oliver Wilde’s poetic paranoia climbs towards a victorious chorus. It was the first track the group wrote following COVID restrictions, and was recorded at The Louisiana, a crucial grassroots venue in England that acts as a basement studio by night and a rehearsal space during the day. “Sonder” b/w “Edgelord” 7-inch, is due out June 17th via Brokers Tip, the label of Bob Nastanovich.
https://petshimmers.bandcamp.com/
 
HAMBURGER are Tom, Katie, Liv, Fearghall, Mike and Doug; six goofs from Bristol playing “stupid songs about their stupid feelings”. Shimmery, wistful bedroom pop with a 12” EP out now on Specialist Subject. The six tracks on ‘Teenage Terrified’ are highly crafted and reflective, focusing on personal themes and emotions, but often twisted through a semi-fantastical lens.
https://hamburger.bandcamp.com/
 
 
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…

THE SPACE LADY
ROBERT SOTELO
Friday 1 July
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney Central, E8 1LL
7pm-10pm | £12.50 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/J68e0e40746a

THE SPACE LADY began her odyssey on the streets of San Francisco in the late 70s, playing versions of contemporary pop music an accordion and dressed flamboyantly, transmitting messages of peace and harmony. Following the theft of her accordion, The Space Lady invested in a then-new Casio keyboard, birthing an otherworldly new dimension to popular song that has captured the imaginations of the underground and its lead exponents ever since, with the likes of John Maus, Erol Alkan and Kutmah being devotees. Of her early street sets, only one recording was made, self-released originally on cassette and then transferred to a homemade CD. 'The Space Lady's Greatest Hits' released in 2014 through Night School features the best of these recordings - mostly covers but with some originals - pressed on vinyl for the first time and features archival photographs and liner notes from The Space Lady herself. 'Greatest Hits' contains The Space Lady's personal favourites; her haunting take on The Electric Prunes' 'I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night),' a frantic 'Ballroom Blitz' amidst other reconstructed pop music. Following on from this wonderful record, The Space Lady released a split LP in 2015 with the Burnt Ones on Castle Face records which included her spectral take of 'Across The Universe' and a recent LP from 2018 through Mississippi entitled 'On The Street Of Dreams'.
https://daily.bandcamp.com/features/exploring-the-intergalactic-wonders-of-the-space-lady

ROBERT SOTELO is a mercurial melodist building a resplendent world of pristine DIY pop from the ground up. The Glasgow-based artist’s songs are meticulously crafted, patchworked together with eclectic arrangements and ardent vocal performances. Last year Upset The Rhythm released Robert Sotelo’s vivid new album ‘Celebrant’. ‘Celebrant’ was intended to be and still is to some extent a joyous wedding album (Sotelo is recently married), but in his own words “the pandemic and the death of my aunt Carmen intersected with the original concept so the album is darker than intended in places.” More cinematic and measured than prior albums, Sotelo expounds that “it is purposefully a bigger sounding attempt at my keyboard songs and I felt more ambitious about it in general.” That’s certainly reflected in these twelve sophisticated loops of song, all curiously affecting and catchy, sprinkled with Sotelo’s offbeat musings and keenly accurate observations. Guitars are rarely employed on this record with Sotelo recruiting Iain Mccall, Ross Blake, Celia Morgan and David Maxwell to contribute brass, woodwind, spoken word and acoustic drums respectively. All of these additions blend well with the album’s synthetic core, softening and subtly shaping its pop-first nature into something more nuanced, vulnerable and human.
https://robertsotelo.bandcamp.com/album/celebrant
 
 
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…

RICHARD DAWSON & CIRCLE
MICROCORPS

Wednesday 6 July
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9NL
7pm | £18 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/o9f9fe82d517

RICHARD DAWSON & CIRCLE teamed up to record an epic album together recently called ‘Henki’. Richard Dawson is the Geordie troubadour whose moving songs have been described as state-of-the-nation addresses, even - or perhaps especially - when he’s singing about pre-medieval peasants. Circle are the genre-straddling pioneers of The New Wave Of Finnish Heavy Metal, known for wearing spandex and singing in a made-up language. Together they are… Richard Dawson & Circle! Their epic joint record might seem a departure to those who are most familiar with Dawson from recent solo albums like 2017’s Peasant and 2020. In fact, ‘Henki’ fits comfortably into the bigger picture of two acts who have always strived for uninhibited originality. Inspired by Circle’s guitarist Janne Westerlund instructing the group during recording to be less straightforward and more “like a plant”, ‘Henki’s seven tracks deal with special plants throughout history. The result is a towering flora-themed hypno-folk-metal record of gargantuan proportions.

Dawson & Circle have intricately crafted their sound, with imaginative, constantly evolving arrangements that highlight Circle’s prog credentials. There are also unexpectedly euphoric choruses too: the instrumental mid-section of Silphium makes like a more dissonant take on Xanadu-era Rush, then gradually builds momentum before exploding back to life again just before the 11-minute mark. Methuselah gallops along like a flora-fixated Iron Maiden as it tells the cautionary tale of Donald Currey, a researcher trying to find the oldest tree on Earth who only realised he’d found it after he’d cut it down in 1964. Throughout, there is so much going on that it takes many listens to absorb everything. A tour de force of botanical rock!
https://richardmichaeldawson.bandcamp.com/album/henki

MICROCORPS is the new project by artist and musician Alex Tucker (Grumbling Fur, Alexander Tucker, Imbogodom) exploring electronics, cello and voice. The debut release XMIT, an eight-track album featuring collaborations with Gazelle Twin, Nik Void, Simon Fisher Turner and Astrud Steehouder, was released on Alter in 2021. In a move away from previous projects Tucker investigates erasing the self, removing obvious traits of the hand and voice, and allowing a focus on the humanoid rather than the human. Instead of recognisable lyrics and coherent imagery, MICROCORPS evolved synthesised voices to generate alternate characters.
https://microcorps.bandcamp.com/album/xmit



 
 
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm & Supersonic present…

JUNE OF 44
RATTLE

Friday 8 July
229, 229 Great Portland St, London, W1W 5PN, UK
7pm | £20 (16+ show) | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/ae216c453036

JUNE OF 44 formed in the fall of 1994. They are a super-group collective with a rich underground lineage of members from beloved bands - Rodan, Lungfish, Codeine, Rex, Hoover and Shipping News. Truly a who’s who of the indie rock world, together they have often been referred to as the punk rock pirates of the math rock world. The band are cited for their artistic hand-crafted record packaging for music that ranges from experimental jazz to ambient dub to angular post punk. June of 44 released their four totemic albums on Quarterstick in the 90s, but in 2020 they announced their first studio album in 21 years. ‘Revisionist: Adaptations & Future Histories in the Time of Love and Survival’ came out recently on Broken Clover. “It will have been 23 years since performing in the United Kingdom… so much life, too many wars, so much music, a few extraordinary babies, heart-breaking loss, real struggle, epic success, total failure – for all of us.”
https://juneof44.bandcamp.com/

RATTLE are a Nottingham based duo, Rattle focus almost exclusively on drums and more drums, beneath a delicate overlay of vocal harmonies and percussive effects. Formed by Katharine Eira Brown and Theresa Wrigley, Rattle began as an experiment in crafting rich songs and melody using drums and voice alone. Their music weaves and intertwines post-punk, minimalism and experimental rock, through off-kilter rhythms, patterns and counter melodies. Rattle effortlessly blend the avant-garde with irresistible melodies and hypnotic drum beats, using rhythm and harmony to create a refreshing sound that is utterly new - a pretty rare feat these days when we're saturated with so much music. Rattle's impressive ‘Sequence’ album came out through Upset The Rhythm.
https://rattleon.bandcamp.com



 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Thanks as always for your support, see you down the front on Thursday!
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UPSET THE RHYTHM
UPCOMING SHOWS 
PET SHIMMERS
HAMBURGER
Thursday 16 June
Windmill Brixton, 22 Blenheim Gardens, Brixton Hill, London SW2 5BZ
7.30pm | £7 | Tickets:  https://link.dice.fm/yb5e14d00eb4

THE SPACE LADY
ROBERT SOTELO
Friday 1 July
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney Central, E8 1LL
7pm-10pm | £12.50 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/J68e0e40746a
 
RICHARD DAWSON & CIRCLE
MICROCORPS
Wednesday 6 July
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9NL
7pm | £18 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/o9f9fe82d517
 
JUNE OF 44
RATTLE

Friday 8 July
229, 229 Great Portland St, London, W1W 5PN, UK
7pm | £20 (16+ show) | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/ae216c453036
 
VINTAGE CROP
MARCEL WAVE
PUBLIC BODY
Saturday 9 July
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £8 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/A73a9f0863c6

RACHEL AGGS
ELECTRIC FIRE

Monday 11 July
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin St, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £8 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/H8123dbd413f

QUINTRON & MISS PUSSYCAT
BRUNO AND THE OUTRAGEOUS METHODS OF PRESENTATION

Tuesday 12 July
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £12 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/x2ade9b7daea
 
HG20 : ‘A three-day fundraiser celebrating 20 years of Hello Goodbye and Resonance FM’
 
WRECKLESS ERIC
MEATRAFFLE
LILITH AI

Saturday 30 July
MOTH Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, London, E9 6NU
7.30pm - 10.30pm | £10 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/N6957a30c1ea


THE MONOCHROME SET
THE MINDREADERS
DEE BYRNE & CATH ROBERTS

Sunday 31 July
MOTH Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, London, E9 6NU
7.30pm - 10.30pm | £10 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/g033d19f7eeb


VERY SPECIAL GUEST
GINA BIRCH
BAS JAN
ROZI PLAIN (DJ set)

Monday 1 August
MOTH Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, London, E9 6NU
7.30pm - 11pm | £10 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/Rab47aa5d2fa
£25 Three day tickets: https://link.dice.fm/j66637a0c823
 
DEERHOOF
Wednesday 31 August
Electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High St, Camden, London, NW1 8QP, UK
7pm | £17 | Tickets:  https://link.dice.fm/pc5188b40f90
 
MIDWIFE
Tuesday 18 October
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £12 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/Zfe30c79959f
 
FUZZ
(Charles Moothart, Ty Segall, Chad Ubovich)
Friday 17 March 2023
Electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High St, Camden Town, London, NW1 8QP
6pm - 9.45pm | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/mhxLeUrBL4
(This show is rescheduled from March 18th 2022, original tickets valid, refunds available too)
 

Monday, 30 May 2022

Model Home in London next week! (twice)



 
 
 

 
Our next Upset The Rhythm event is a two-day residency at Café OTO with incredible duo Model Home. This will take place next week (Fri 10th & Sat 11th June)! Washington DC-based experimental hiphop meets glitched noise. Most notably described by Louder Than War as "Throbbing Gristle producing an MF Doom beat", Model Home are so much more than that, fearlessly out-there, boundlessly creative and deliriously queasy. Check out their brand new visionary album of left-leaning headbangers on Disciples, it is 🔥!
 
If getting to see Model Home twice in two days wasn't already enough, Horacio Pollard + Gaute Granli + Robin Stewart (of Giant Swan) and Dee Byrne will all performing too. Interesting much? Model Home will also be selling an exclusive new mixtape at this show with accompanying 24-page zine too, look out!
 
“DC avant-rap/free electronix duo Model Home impress with new album 'Saturn in the Basement', a jerky compilation of high moments from their self-released mixtape run, ranging from high-BPM psychedelic footwork to vocoded screwed 'n chopped funk.”  Boomkat
 
Read on for all the particulars on this two-day concert, along with our forthcoming events for Pet Shimmers, The Space Lady and Richard Dawson & Circle in July too. Really pleased to say we have Microcorps in support for that last show, so that'll spin your head.
 
UTR have also confirmed new shows for Midwife (gauzy, ambient pop creepiness) and Quintron & Miss Pussycat (life-affirming swamp-dance-punk with added puppetry, ahem) in our upcoming events programme, so keep your eyes peeled for those dates below.
 
 
 
 
 
Talking of future commitments IRL... we had a lot of fun at the Leeds edit of the Independent Label Market and now Upset The Rhythm are confirmed as taking part in this huuuuuuuge ILM at Coal Drops Yard in London on July 16th, so many labels so little time! Can’t wait to see you all down amongst the stalls, let the bartering begin, where's my shopping bag?
 
Diaries out please!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…

MODEL HOME - Two day residency
HORACIO POLLARD + GAUTE GRANLI (June 10)
ROBIN STEWART + DEE BYRNE (June 11)
Friday 10 & Saturday 11 June
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £12 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/D89677f3b3be

MODEL HOME is a hyperprolific experimental hip-hop formation from Washington D.C., instigated by rapper NappyNappa and producer Pat Cain. The duo recruits an ever-changing cast of collaborators to give each record a new feel: Model Home can sound like post-modern take on old school hip-hop, glitchy noise or even improvised exploration. The gist of Model Home is that the music pours out like from a faucet, faithfully channeling the chaos of the everyday thought. Model Home’s music would blend right in with a dystopia. The deteriorating sounds of Patrick Cain’s electronics would be impossible to distinguish from the constant construction that is the score of any contemporary city; NappyNappa’s enigmatic missives would be lost in the roar of public service announcements, personalized advertisements, and omnipresent sirens. Built on the edifice of dub sound systems and DIY basement clatter, their sound is made up of slabs of textured noise and decayed vocals. Releases on Disciples, Don Giovanni Records and Future Times.
https://modelhomedc.bandcamp.com/

HORACIO POLLARD as ever manages to be absurd, entertaining and challenging all at the same time – it’s frequently hard to position yourself as a listener in the face of this much great / ridiculous music, and you won’t know whether to guffaw or groan. Who can resist the fun-charged pull of these primitive patterns and primitive, near-ugly sounds? Pollard is one of the few creative people on the globe (Romain Perrot is another) who understands that “good taste” is the very death of art, and as such he needs to be cherished like a Siberian Tiger, albeit one whose pelt is made from artificial dayglo blue fur.
https://bandcamp.com/tag/horacio-pollard

GAUTE GRANLI channels the churning and grating of unknown presences in a field of indeterminacy into the bulk of his disorienting one-man choir, where moans distorted by their own reverberation are sustained by the trickling and pounding of unseen forces. A new state of presence, welcoming heightened sensory lashings that leave a strange, indelible mark.
https://soundcloud.com/verletzte-kreature

ROBIN STEWART is one half of energetic techno-noise duo Giant Swan with Harry Wright. Recent solo EPs ‘Time Travel' (Trilogy Tapes), ‘Marsupial’ (No Corner) and ‘Albatross’ (ipaadai) showcase Stewart stepping out on his own with bursts of mutated techno, cavernous dub, industrial pulses and echoed vocals.
https://soundcloud.com/djmag/premiere-robin-stewart-triffid

DEE BYRNE is a London-based saxophonist, composer and improviser. Dee collaborates with artists from the UK and Europe who occupy the area of contemporary jazz, avant-garde and free improvisation. Fuelled by a love of improvisation and a growing obsession for effects pedals, Dee’s solo project blends acoustic sounds with interweaving electronic textures and moody soundscapes. WIRE magazine described Byrne’s music as a collection of  “smudged, sultry alto lines that conjure a Fourth Wolrld ambience.”
https://deebyrnemusic.com/
 
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
 
PET SHIMMERS
HAMBURGER
Thursday 16 June
Windmill Brixton, 22 Blenheim Gardens, Brixton Hill, London SW2 5BZ
7.30pm | £7 | Tickets:  https://link.dice.fm/yb5e14d00eb4

PET SHIMMERS is an eclectic ensemble made of a collaborative core; solo artist (and recent Katy J Pearson collaborator) Oliver Wilde helms songwriting alongside William Carkeet, emerging producer and one half of London duo Robbie & Mona. Newest recruit Jonny Allan once took center stage duties for the influential Happyness, drummer Mig Schillace spent earlier years drumming for Portishead, and bedroom solo project Soft Den sits with Florrie AL. Melody extraordinaire Lexie Jennings and guitarist Rich Clarke complete the ensemble.

The “Sonder” b/w “Edgelord” 7” is the first piece of new music to come from Pet Shimmers since 2020. It’s a moving mass of technicolor instrumentation - sparkling guitar, taut percussion, and crashes of noise. Songwriter Oliver Wilde’s poetic paranoia climbs towards a victorious chorus. It was the first track the group wrote following COVID restrictions, and was recorded at The Louisiana, a crucial grassroots venue in England that acts as a basement studio by night and a rehearsal space during the day. “Sonder” b/w “Edgelord” 7-inch, is due out June 17th via Brokers Tip, the label of Bob Nastanovich.
https://petshimmers.bandcamp.com/
 
HAMBURGER are Tom, Katie, Liv, Fearghall, Mike and Doug; six goofs from Bristol playing “stupid songs about their stupid feelings”. Shimmery, wistful bedroom pop with a 12” EP out now on Specialist Subject. The six tracks on ‘Teenage Terrified’ are highly crafted and reflective, focusing on personal themes and emotions, but often twisted through a semi-fantastical lens.
https://hamburger.bandcamp.com/
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…

THE SPACE LADY
ROBERT SOTELO
Friday 1 July
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney Central, E8 1LL
7pm-10pm | £12.50 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/J68e0e40746a

THE SPACE LADY began her odyssey on the streets of San Francisco in the late 70s, playing versions of contemporary pop music an accordion and dressed flamboyantly, transmitting messages of peace and harmony. Following the theft of her accordion, The Space Lady invested in a then-new Casio keyboard, birthing an otherworldly new dimension to popular song that has captured the imaginations of the underground and its lead exponents ever since, with the likes of John Maus, Erol Alkan and Kutmah being devotees. Of her early street sets, only one recording was made, self-released originally on cassette and then transferred to a homemade CD. 'The Space Lady's Greatest Hits' released in 2014 through Night School features the best of these recordings - mostly covers but with some originals - pressed on vinyl for the first time and features archival photographs and liner notes from The Space Lady herself. 'Greatest Hits' contains The Space Lady's personal favourites; her haunting take on The Electric Prunes' 'I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night),' a frantic 'Ballroom Blitz' amidst other reconstructed pop music. Following on from this wonderful record, The Space Lady released a split LP in 2015 with the Burnt Ones on Castle Face records which included her spectral take of 'Across The Universe' and a recent LP from 2018 through Mississippi entitled 'On The Street Of Dreams'.
https://daily.bandcamp.com/features/exploring-the-intergalactic-wonders-of-the-space-lady

ROBERT SOTELO is a mercurial melodist building a resplendent world of pristine DIY pop from the ground up. The Glasgow-based artist’s songs are meticulously crafted, patchworked together with eclectic arrangements and ardent vocal performances. Last year Upset The Rhythm released Robert Sotelo’s vivid new album ‘Celebrant’. ‘Celebrant’ was intended to be and still is to some extent a joyous wedding album (Sotelo is recently married), but in his own words “the pandemic and the death of my aunt Carmen intersected with the original concept so the album is darker than intended in places.” More cinematic and measured than prior albums, Sotelo expounds that “it is purposefully a bigger sounding attempt at my keyboard songs and I felt more ambitious about it in general.” That’s certainly reflected in these twelve sophisticated loops of song, all curiously affecting and catchy, sprinkled with Sotelo’s offbeat musings and keenly accurate observations. Guitars are rarely employed on this record with Sotelo recruiting Iain Mccall, Ross Blake, Celia Morgan and David Maxwell to contribute brass, woodwind, spoken word and acoustic drums respectively. All of these additions blend well with the album’s synthetic core, softening and subtly shaping its pop-first nature into something more nuanced, vulnerable and human.
https://robertsotelo.bandcamp.com/album/celebrant
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…

RICHARD DAWSON & CIRCLE
MICROCORPS

Wednesday 6 July
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9NL
7pm | £18 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/o9f9fe82d517

RICHARD DAWSON & CIRCLE teamed up to record an epic album together recently called ‘Henki’. Richard Dawson is the Geordie troubadour whose moving songs have been described as state-of-the-nation addresses, even - or perhaps especially - when he’s singing about pre-medieval peasants. Circle are the genre-straddling pioneers of The New Wave Of Finnish Heavy Metal, known for wearing spandex and singing in a made-up language. Together they are… Richard Dawson & Circle! Their epic joint record might seem a departure to those who are most familiar with Dawson from recent solo albums like 2017’s Peasant and 2020. In fact, ‘Henki’ fits comfortably into the bigger picture of two acts who have always strived for uninhibited originality. Inspired by Circle’s guitarist Janne Westerlund instructing the group during recording to be less straightforward and more “like a plant”, ‘Henki’s seven tracks deal with special plants throughout history. The result is a towering flora-themed hypno-folk-metal record of gargantuan proportions.

Dawson & Circle have intricately crafted their sound, with imaginative, constantly evolving arrangements that highlight Circle’s prog credentials. There are also unexpectedly euphoric choruses too: the instrumental mid-section of Silphium makes like a more dissonant take on Xanadu-era Rush, then gradually builds momentum before exploding back to life again just before the 11-minute mark. Methuselah gallops along like a flora-fixated Iron Maiden as it tells the cautionary tale of Donald Currey, a researcher trying to find the oldest tree on Earth who only realised he’d found it after he’d cut it down in 1964. Throughout, there is so much going on that it takes many listens to absorb everything. A tour de force of botanical rock!
https://richardmichaeldawson.bandcamp.com/album/henki

MICROCORPS is the new project by artist and musician Alex Tucker (Grumbling Fur, Alexander Tucker, Imbogodom) exploring electronics, cello and voice. The debut release XMIT, an eight-track album featuring collaborations with Gazelle Twin, Nik Void, Simon Fisher Turner and Astrud Steehouder, was released on Alter in 2021. In a move away from previous projects Tucker investigates erasing the self, removing obvious traits of the hand and voice, and allowing a focus on the humanoid rather than the human. Instead of recognisable lyrics and coherent imagery, MICROCORPS evolved synthesised voices to generate alternate characters.
https://microcorps.bandcamp.com/album/xmit



 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Thanks for spending this time with us, see you on the other side of the Jubilee ma'am!
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UPSET THE RHYTHM
UPCOMING SHOWS 
MODEL HOME - Two day residency
w/ HORACIO POLLARD + GAUTE GRANLI (June 10)
w/ ROBIN STEWART + DEE BYRNE (June 11)

Friday 10 & Saturday 11 June
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £12 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/D89677f3b3be
 
PET SHIMMERS
HAMBURGER
Thursday 16 June
Windmill Brixton, 22 Blenheim Gardens, Brixton Hill, London SW2 5BZ
7.30pm | £7 | Tickets:  https://link.dice.fm/yb5e14d00eb4

THE SPACE LADY
ROBERT SOTELO
Friday 1 July
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney Central, E8 1LL
7pm-10pm | £12.50 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/J68e0e40746a
 
RICHARD DAWSON & CIRCLE
MICROCORPS
Wednesday 6 July
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9NL
7pm | £18 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/o9f9fe82d517
 
JUNE OF 44
RATTLE

Friday 8 July
229, 229 Great Portland St, London, W1W 5PN, UK
7pm | £20 (16+ show) | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/ae216c453036
 
VINTAGE CROP
MARCEL WAVE

Saturday 9 July
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £8 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/A73a9f0863c6

RACHEL AGGS
ELECTRIC FIRE

Monday 11 July
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin St, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £8 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/H8123dbd413f

QUINTRON & MISS PUSSYCAT
BRUNO AND THE OUTRAGEOUS METHODS OF PRESENTATION

Tuesday 12 July
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £12 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/x2ade9b7daea
 
HG20 : ‘A three-day fundraiser celebrating 20 years of Hello Goodbye and Resonance FM’
 
WRECKLESS ERIC
MEATRAFFLE
LILITH AI

Saturday 30 July
MOTH Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, London, E9 6NU
7.30pm - 10.30pm | £10 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/N6957a30c1ea


THE MONOCHROME SET
THE MINDREADERS
DEE BYRNE & CATH ROBERTS

Sunday 31 July
MOTH Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, London, E9 6NU
7.30pm - 10.30pm | £10 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/g033d19f7eeb


VERY SPECIAL GUEST
GINA BIRCH
BAS JAN
ROZI PLAIN (DJ set)

Monday 1 August
MOTH Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, London, E9 6NU
7.30pm - 11pm | £10 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/Rab47aa5d2fa
£25 Three day tickets: https://link.dice.fm/j66637a0c823
 
DEERHOOF
Wednesday 31 August
Electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High St, Camden, London, NW1 8QP, UK
7pm | £17 | Tickets:  https://link.dice.fm/pc5188b40f90
 
MIDWIFE
Tuesday 18 October
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £12 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/Zfe30c79959f
 
FUZZ
(Charles Moothart, Ty Segall, Chad Ubovich)
Friday 17 March 2023
Electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High St, Camden Town, London, NW1 8QP
6pm - 9.45pm | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/mhxLeUrBL4
(This show is rescheduled from March 18th 2022, original tickets valid, refunds available too)
Hello there!
 
Our long-awaited Normil Hawaiians' Dark World compilation has finally arrived back from the plant on LP, only took 14 months to press up!
 
‘Dark World’ collects together choice material from Normil Hawaiians’ formative early years of 1979-1981. Tagging along with the band from their peppy post-punk origins (so brilliantly debuted on ‘The Beat Goes On’) into the looser, dubbier territories that laid the foundations for the group’s landmark album ‘More Wealth Than Money’.
 
LP comes in a handsome gatefold with photo booklet, interviews with the band, show flyer/download card featuring loads of bonus material (demos, Peel session etc) and of course the stunning music is imprinted  on a heavyweight slab of black vinyl too.
 
'Dark World' is available to buy from all top shops now and from our webstore here also. Good things come to those who wait, anyone for a Guinness?