Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Bertie Marshall - 'Exhibit' unveiled!

 


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!

* Pre-order 'Exhibit' now here *



Friday, 23 July 2021

Buffet Lunch - London show announced!

 



Upset The Rhythm presents…

BUFFET LUNCH
ME LOST ME
SHAKE CHAIN

Saturday 6 November
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin St, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £7 | https://link.dice.fm/v9oNFWFE7hb

BUFFET LUNCH are a Scottish group who make it their mission to craft satisfyingly imperfect pop songs filled with imagery and humour. The group's elementary parts are Perry O'Bray (Vocals/Keys/Guitar), Neil Robinson (Bass), John Muir (Lead Guitar) & Luke Moran (Drums), united by a shared love of music on the ABBA-to-Beefheart axis. These four ricochet between Glasgow and Edinburgh, creating music that bristles with DIY spirit and upbeat wonkiness. Their tracks are vigorous excursions, meandering into clattersome terrain as often as hiking up into the breezy, melodious foothills. The desire to lead the listener along a curious tale helps tie things together, showcasing a lyrical playfulness that pins down their puzzle of sound. Following on from their excellent ‘The Power of Rocks’ album (Upset The Rhythm), the band return this November with a vigorous new 7” EP featuring the tracks ‘Mild Weather’ and ‘Cheeks’.
https://buffetlunchband.tumblr.com/

ME LOST ME is the electronic music project of Newcastle based musician Jayne Dent. Described by BBC Radio 6's Tom Robinson as a "brilliant peculiar noise", Me Lost Me delights in experimenting with genre, taking influence from folk, electronica, art pop, ambient and noise music to create a beguiling mix of soaring vocals, synth, field recordings and hypnotic rhythms. Her live shows are atmospheric, dark and playful, with a repertoire that explores storytelling through original songs, improvisations and reworkings of traditional ballads. She recently released her second album 'The Good Noise’, out November 2020, was described as 'stunning' and 'remarkable' by NARC Magazine demonstrates a maturing of her sound and a deepening of her exploration of site and experiments with genre.
https://www.melostme.com/

SHAKE CHAIN are a 4-piece experimental group formed of Artists Kate Mahony (Vocals), Jenna Finch (Drums), Robert Eyres (Guitar/Synth) and Chris Hopkins (Bass Synth) hailing from Goldsmiths College, Nottingham Trent and Wimbledon, University of the Arts. Formed through a love of thought-provoking performance art and a yearning for disruption, they recorded their debut EP ‘Neil Yonge and Bob Doylan Live at Hyde Park’ in 2019 with sound artist David Carugo at Oxford Brookes University, released by Permanent Slump. Shake Chain provide a fusion of post-punk experimental sampled noise grooves and chaotic lamenting on the current state of things.
https://katemahony.com/Shake-Chain

Rattle featured on Perfect Sounds!

 
James Acaster invited Isy Suttie onto his Perfect Sounds show to discuss Rattle’s “totally engulfing” debut album ‘Rattle’! Find out how “drumming is like snowboarding” and how Rattle made a “refreshing change” of an album by “serving their songs first by using percussion as a voice”. Total proof that 2016 was the greatest year for music ever!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p09q0vcl

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

The Microphones in 2021 (in London)!

 

Upset The Rhythm presents…

THE MICROPHONES
Tuesday 16 November
EartH, 11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, Dalston, London N16 8BH


6pm - 10pm | £17 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/wqbAwjtt1hb

“THE MICROPHONES” are planning to play a few shows in Europe in November 2021. This will be the first tour by “the Microphones” in 18 years, but as listeners to our last record (Microphones In 2020) will have hopefully heard, that distinction doesn’t mean much. This has always been a project steering toward present-moment raw wound engagement, disappointing the nostalgics, splashing into the unfamiliar. It’s not a reunion (nothing to reunite) and it’s not commemorative. It’s a living thing. We’re playing our one long song, F#m and D for a super long time, and inviting everyone to come get thumped by it. Who knows what else will happen?

Phil Elverum is an artist and human being from the Pacific Northwest town of Anacortes. His recordings, released variously as The Microphones and Mount Eerie, represent just a portion of his artistic output, which has ranged from running a label and co-organizing festivals to self-publishing books, photography, and painting. But it is for his stunningly original music that he is known best, from the earliest tape experiments of the ’90s to the immersive sound-diary of Microphones in 2020. Elverum has never shied from exploring the high mountain passes, finding new ways to sculpt with sound, and trying to communicate the momentary experience of being human as clearly as the water from freshly melted snow.

https://pwelverumandsun.bandcamp.com/album/microphones-in-2020

 



 

Philip Frobos - debut album revealed!

 


Send those parcels flying!
Today we’re sharing the exciting news that Philip Frobos will release his debut solo album ‘Vague Enough to Satisfy’ with Upset The Rhythm on October 1st. This exquisite, lounge-inspired punk album acts as an original soundtrack to his debut novel of the same name (published by Hex Enduction Books). This album is the musical bedrock for the story of a young man who revels in the day to day details (both romantic and mundane) of his experiences in Leipzig and Atlanta. The tone of the record reflects the tides of the protagonist’s confidence and self-doubt throughout the novel.

‘No Packages Today’ is the sprightly first single from the album, proceeding with a hooky bassline, the cryptic sort that Frobos is known for as a member of Atlanta post-punks Omni. Sounding like the Au Pairs and Suicide refining an obsession with Bowie’s ‘Lodger’, Frobos opines “I’m afraid that you need more than I can offer”, bedecked by shuffling beats and burgeoning waves of saxophone.

‘Vague Enough to Satisfy’ is available or order now from our webshop: https://upsettherhythm.bigcartel.com/

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Tuesday, 13 July 2021

'Dark World' by Normil Hawaiians announced!

 

Best news!
This September we’re releasing ‘Dark World’ by Normil Hawaiians, a compilation documenting the group’s formative years of 79-81. Covering acres of ground from peppy post-punk origins into the progressively wayward, dubbier territories, ‘Dark World’ gathers the group’s energetic 7” singles on Dining Out and Illuminated Records, their metamorphic ‘Gala Failed’ EP (Red Rhino) and a lively last-minute Peel session from 1980, alongside outtakes, rarities and demos.

‘Dark World’ is a snapshot of Normil Hawaiians in flux, finding their feet, stretching their limbs. These 22 tracks display all the glittering debris from their magpie’s nest of sound. Emergent, hopeful and resistant in both music and ethic.

Upset The Rhythm will release ‘Dark World’ on LP, CD and digitally on September 24th. It is available to pre-order in our webshop as of… now!

LISTEN to STILL OBEDIENT



Monday, 12 July 2021

Tools of the Trade t-shirt and new badges added to our webshop!

 


Our brand new 'Tools of the Trade' Upset The Rhythm t-shirt and 'Foggy eye/ Foggy moon' badges are now available to purchase in our webshop, oooooooh: https://upsettherhythm.bigcartel.com/





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Monday, 5 July 2021

Independent Label Market this Saturday, new shirts, badges + shows!



 
 
 

 
Hello once more!
 
Sorry for the radio silence, but no news has been good news, Upset The Rhythm has been busy lining up releases & shows for later this year and now we’re returning to your inbox to inform you about things afoot.
 
This coming Saturday Upset The Rhythm will be pitching up at the summer edition of the Independent Label Market in Coal Drop’s Yard. We’ll be helping ILM celebrate their 10th birthday of operation by setting up our stall of DIY provisions featuring recent releases from Kaputt, Buffet Lunch and The Green Child. We’ll have as much back catalogue with us as we can carry across the concourse, including some rarities, hidden gems and ‘warehouse find’ first pressings too.
 
 
 
We’ll also be previewing forthcoming releases from our busy schedule for the rest of 2021 (crank that speaker to the max) and selling for the first time newly designed UTR badges and t-shirts. The badges come in two colourways ‘foggy eye’ and ‘foggy moon’, whilst our ‘tools of the trade’ t-shirt will be available in S, M, L and XL.
 
The label market runs from 11am-6.30pm this Saturday in King’s Cross and features many, many great other labels too (Gringo, 4AD, Bella Union, Heavenly, Matador, Hyperdub, Drag City, Cherry Red, Rough Trade, Erased Tapes, Fire etc), plus some of London’s most vigorous breweries will be keeping all and sundry well looked after in the drinks department. Looking forward to seeing all your faces!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our live programme kicks off again in September, so we’re also taking this opportunity to share with you listings for our Jake Xerxes Fussell show at OSLO, Trash Kit at the 100 Club and Gad Whip at PinUps. You’ll also find new dates for Fuzz, Future Islands, Nightshift, Bertie Marshall and Old Time Relijun detailed below. Slowly but surely!
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
 
JAKE XERXES FUSSELL
Wednesday 1 September
OSLO Hackney, 1A Amhurst Rd, Hackney Central, London, E8 1LL
(This show is rescheduled from May 12th and Sep 8th 2020 & May 7th 2021, original tickets valid, refunds available too)
 
JAKE XERXES FUSSELL is a singer and guitarist from Durham, North Carolina. Jake's 2015 self-titled debut record, produced by and featuring William Tyler, transmutes ten arcane folk and blues tunes into vibey cosmic laments and crooked riverine rambles. Collaborating with Tyler and engineer Mark Nevers in Nashville was a conscious decision to depart cloistered trad scenes and sonics for broader, more oblique horizons. In 2017 Fussell followed his debut with a moving new album of Natural Questions in the form of transmogrified folk/blues koans. This time these radiant ancient tunes tone several shades darker while amplifying their absurdist humour, illuminating our national, and psychic, predicaments. What in the Natural World features art by iconic painter Roger Brown and contributions from three notable Nathans: Nathan Bowles (Steve Gunn), Nathan Salsburg (Alan Lomax Archive), and Nathan Golub (Mountain Goats). On his most recent album for Paradise Of Bachelors 'Out of Sight', his most finely wrought album yet, Fussell ushers up an utterly transporting selection of traditional narrative folksongs addressing the troubles and delights of love, work, and wine (i.e. the things that matter), collected from a myriad of obscure sources and deftly metamorphosed, Out of Sight contains, among other moving curiosities, a fishmonger’s cry that sounds like an astral lament; a cotton mill tune that humorously explores the unknown terrain of death and memory; and a shanty/gospel song equally concerned with terrestrial boozing and heavenly transcendence. Always compelling and deftly impressive, Jake’s live shows have become must attend events, so it’s with great honour that we welcome him back this September to London.
 
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
 
TRASH KIT
ES
NO HOME
Thursday 2nd September
100 Club, 100 Oxford St, Oxford Street, W1D 1LL
 
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. Recent tracks 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 two albums for Upset The Rhythm and a selection of singles, 2019 however saw them make their most majestic move yet with their resoundingly huge ‘Horizon’ album. For this album, carefully crafted through years of playing out live, the band have chased down the distance between what they wanted the record to sound like and its realisation. They've augmented these songs with choral arrangements, piano, saxophone, harp, viola and cello. Pulling ideas from everywhere between the earth and sky, to push themselves further, to go beyond. Aggs' guitar playing for this album was informed by her love of guitar music from Zimbabwe, her cyclical motifs billow with lean Mbira rhythms. Horwood has similarly approached her drumkit with an untamable freedom, allowing it to breathe as a vivid lead instrument. Trash Kit's music is woven with silence and punctuation, and this is where the resonant, driving bass of Partington fits in. The bass has become now central to shaping the melody of this new collection of songs. Trash Kit's approach to life as with music is one of openness, inclusion and potential and Horizon is an album with that in dutiful abundance. It is an album that forever listens for the next moment and will meet you once more at the vanishing point.
 
ES is Maria Cecilia Tedemalm (vocals), Katy Cotterell (bass), Tamsin M. Leach (drums) and Flora Watters (keyboards). Their 2016 debut EP, Object Relations, released on influential London punk label La Vida Es Un Mus, was described as "mutant synth-punk for our dystopian present" (Jess Skolnik, Bandcamp, Pitchfork). The band has since become a vital presence in London's underground DIY music scene, as well as having toured the UK with the Thurston Moore Group in 2017. ‘Less of Everything’. The title of Es' first full length LP could be interpreted as a manifesto pledge, an outright demand or a purely literal sonic descriptor of the London quartet's glacial form of punk rock music. This tension between intent and interpretation has been a fundamental element of the group's output from their formation. The dynamic between Cotterell's bass and Watters' keyboard is at the heart of Es’ sound: intertwining sub-zero melodies, gothic anarcho-punk influences and some kind of entirely unlocatable aquatic component. When combined with Leach's precise drumming, the outcome is original and immediately recognisable. This provides the perfect backdrop for Tedemalm's relentless, pointed vocal style. While comparable 'cold' sounding groups might affect an impersonal, safer mode of lyrical or vocal detachment, Tedemalm's strategy is to "push the lyrics as far as I can thematically until they become absurd … overly dramatic ... while still being sincere in the feeling they're trying to invoke. ‘Less of Everything’ was released last year by Upset The Rhythm.
 
NO HOME is the lo-fi rock solo project of Charlotte Valentine, who fuses the grunge and ambient songs of early 00s new york rock, with an urgent, captivating call to self preservation. Having enthralled audiences at Decolonise Fest and support slots with Downtown Boys, Moor Mother and Big Joanie, No Home's recordings are full of unease and disorientation, modal melodies interwoven with rolling rhythmic noise. Valentine’s powerful voice and experimental song structures dilate and expand time, pushing against the boundaries of genre and resisting enclosure. Surviving under capitalism is a drag—it’s the oldest story in rock’n’roll—but No Home captures the weight of its dehumanization in a uniquely visceral way.
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…

GAD WHIP
FATHERFIGURES
SEAN SMITH (DJ)
Friday 15 October
PinUps, 1 Tolpuddle Street, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £7.00 | https://link.dice.fm/zoP2qXE2Agb   
 
GAD WHIP formed in 2014 and blend avant-garde sensibilities with a contemporary take on the place where DIY culture meets post-punk. Hints of deconstructed garage rock and interstellar voyaging through sweat drenched waking dreams. Immediate, powerful, confounding and kept in place by wry, sometimes observational, semi-spoken vocals. This is music primed perfect for any 21st century meltdown in a suburban sprawl. Their music has been released by a range of labels, from NYC’s Ever/Never Records, Germany’s X-Mist Records, Canada’s Arachnidiscs Recordings and UK/Poland based Fourth Dimension Records.
 
FATHERFIGURES released their debut album “Any Time Now…And High Time Too” in spring 2021. What do they sound like? Post-punk; exhaust fumes seeping from a neighbour's garage after nightfall; the gnawing of unresolved disputes with real and imagined foes; the inner voices arguing amongst themselves until one walks off in disgust. That sort of thing.  https://fatherfiguresuk.bandcamp.com/   
 
SEAN SMITH (DJ set)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Thanks as ever for all your support and for listening/reading,
have the best week and we’ll hopefully catch up with you on Saturday.
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UPSET THE RHYTHM
UPCOMING SHOWS 

JAKE XERXES FUSSELL
Wednesday 1 September
OSLO Hackney, 1A Amhurst Rd, Hackney Central, London, E8 1LL
7.30pm | £9 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/fUuBdCfJD3
(This show is rescheduled from May 12th and Sep 8th 2020 & May 7th 2021, original tickets valid, refunds available too)
 
TRASH KIT
ES
NO HOME
Thursday 2nd September
100 Club, 100 Oxford St, Oxford Street, W1D 1LL
7.30pm | £12 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/orNKF57yWgb
 
GAD WHIP
FATHERFIGURES
SEAN SMITH (DJ)
Friday 15 October
PinUps, 1 Tolpuddle Street, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £7.00 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/zoP2qXE2Agb   
 
NIGHTSHIFT
Friday 29 October
New River Studios, 199 Eade Rd, Harringay, London, N4 1DN
7.30pm | £7 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/ZGB7YNg89gb
 
BERTIE MARSHALL - ‘Exhibit’ album launch
Saturday 30 October
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin St, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £10 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/xRG9evauYgb
 
PAN AMERICAN
Tuesday 9 November
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin St, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £10 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/ffafb77V81  
(This show is rescheduled from April 21st and Aug 10th 2020 & Feb 17th 2021, original tickets valid, refunds available too, awaiting postponement)
 
OLD TIME RELIJUN
Thursday 11 November
PinUps, 1 Tolpuddle Street, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £8.50 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/GNBlGK80Kgb
 
BRIGID MAE POWER (full band)
Tuesday 23 November
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, London, N1 9JB
£10 | 7.30pm | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/RtH8QH5df4
(This show is rescheduled from June 10th and Sept 15th 2020 & April 22nd 2021, original tickets valid, refunds available too)
 
SHOPPING 
Monday 14 February 2022
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £10 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/43JnT6NN71
(This show is rescheduled from May 5th and Sep 2nd 2020 & May 5th 2021, original tickets valid, refunds available too)
 
FUZZ
(Charles Moothart, Ty Segall, Chad Ubovich)
Friday 18 March 2022
Electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High St, Camden Town, London, NW1 8QP
6pm - 9.45pm | £17.50 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/mhxLeUrBL4
(This show is rescheduled from July 22nd 2020 & March 31st 2021, original tickets valid, refunds available too)
 
FUTURE ISLANDS
Friday 25 March 2022
Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY
6.30pm | £30.00 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/g3KQl6bmpgb
(Promoted in collaboration with our friends Parallel Lines)
 

Thursday, 17 June 2021

Working the Nightshift!

 

 

Upset The Rhythm presents…

NIGHTSHIFT
Friday 29 October
New River Studios, 199 Eade Rd, Harringay, London, N4 1DN
7.30pm | £7 | https://link.dice.fm/ZGB7YNg89gb

NIGHTSHIFT formed in 2019 in the ecosystem of Glasgow's current indie scene. The city's fertile & creative group of musicians have been committed to pushing the boundaries of and blurring the lines between DIY, punk, experimentalism and indie pop for decades now. Nightshift fit right in, featuring members from current indie stalwarts Spinning Coin, 2 Ply and Robert Sotelo. The band was formed by David Campbell (guitar), Andrew Doig (bass), Eothen Stearn (keyboards/vocals) & Chris White (drums) as a "No Wave/No New York/early Sonic Youth/This Heat-esque" group, but their sound quickly evolved once guitarist/vocalist/clarinetist Georgia Harris joined (as the band was writing ‘Zöe’). Nightshift self-released a full-length cassette on CUSP Recordings in early 2020, laying the foundation of their sound; hypnotic, melodic, understated indie post-punk with hooks that stick around long after you've heard them.

Unlike the band's previous album, the songs on ‘Zöe’ weren't conceived live in the band's practice space, but rather pieced together and recorded remotely during quarantine lockdown. The isolation actually allowed for an openness and creativity to flow and many of the songs took on radically different forms from when they were originally envisioned. Vocalist & primary lyricist Eothen Stearn says "The process of writing these songs separately during lockdown was a kind of exquisite corpse - I liked this gesticulation of reaching out to one another and responding. Building up the next layer and passing it on." Stearn says "poetic restraints" to writing & Eno & Schmidt’s Oblique Strategies concepts were on their mind when composing the words to the songs, and highlights the influence of author Rosi Bradiotti's book ‘The Posthuman’. ‘Zöe’ kicks off with ‘Piece Together’, a mesmeric song anchored by the band's chanted vocals and serpentine guitar licks. ‘Spraypaint the Bridge’ showcases Harris' clarinet in an unexpected & delightful melodic shift during the song's anti-chorus. Elsewhere tunes like the swooning ‘Infinity Winner’ and  ‘Outta Space’s minimalist, slinky rhythm swirl in a late-night vibe, while ‘Make Kin’ ruminates on "Looking to kinship as a way of engaging with entangled environmental and reproductive issues... how a band is a bond" and lurches forward with kinetic guitar strangling & staccato rhythmic percussion from White & Doig. ‘Power Cut’ is the album's centerpiece, luring the listener into involuntary movement with its waves of harmonies, synth drones and metronomic pulse, until they all come crashing down in the song's dissonant midsection. 



 The band acknowledges the whiffs of nostalgia prevalent in ‘Zöe’s songs, and the nature of writing & recording the album is soaked in the self-work, reflection & reevaluations involved not only personally but creatively in each member's lives. Consequently, ‘Zöe’ has become a collection of sketches of hope, growth, awareness of the power of the world & the power of self and possibility.
https://nightshiftgroup.bandcamp.com/ 

 


 

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Bertie Marshall - halloween album launch announced!


 

Upset The Rhythm presents…

BERTIE MARSHALL
- ‘Exhibit’ album launch
Saturday 30 October
Cafe OTO, 18-22 Ashwin St, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £10 | https://link.dice.fm/xRG9evauYgb

BERTIE MARSHALL is a writer/ performer. He is also an acclaimed memoirist, most well known for his book ‘Berlin Bromley’ (2006) about his transformation from Bertie, an anxious, androgynous, depressed teenager, into Berlin, a teenager who would reject suburban values and become a founding member of punk’s “Bromley Contingent”, alongside Siouxsie Sioux, Steven Severin, and Billy Idol. He’s currently working on ‘Looking: Backwards To Go Forwards’, picking up from where ‘Berlin Bromley’ left off. His other books include the debut novel ‘Psychoboys’ (1997), ‘Nowhere Slow’ (2014), ‘From Sleepwalking to Sleepwalking’ (2016), ‘Wild - re write’ (2017), ‘The Peeler’ (2018) and ‘Pete’s Underpants’ (2019). In 2015 the British Library purchased his writing archive.



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 broke up. At various times Behaviour Red featured Noel Blanden of Normil Hawaiians and fine artist Nicola Tyson. Their sound was characterised by looseness and freedom, boasting at times tribal drumming, streams of 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, impassioned and eagerly leading you through the story.


Bertie became interested in spoken word and performance poetry in the 90s, which then led him into writing and performing in his own plays and devised theatre pieces. He did regular readings and performances in NYC and began writing books inspired by the visceral talents of Acker & Burroughs. Having lived in Berlin, San Francisco, and Brittany, Bertie now lives in London. 


October 29th sees Upset The Rhythm release ‘Exhibit’ by Bertie Marshall, collecting for the first time his songs and spoken word tracks from this fertile period of the 80s-90s. This show will be its timely album launch featuring Bertie reunited with many original musical collaborators.