Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Downtown Boys back in London this October, new album too!

 Upset The Rhythm presents…

Wednesday 18 October
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, London, N19 5QQ
7.30pm | £12 | http://www.wegottickets.com/event/405435

DOWNTOWN BOYS use their ferocious energy and powerhouse live shows to unite crowds in the struggle to smash racism, queerphobia, capitalism, fascism, boredom, and all things people use to try to close our minds, eyes and hearts. The Providence, RI band have just announced their third album, Cost of Living, to be released August 11th on Sub Pop. The new album - the follow-up to their critically-acclaimed sophomore album, 2015’s Full Communism - is at once incendiary, cathartic, and fun, melding the band’s revolutionary ideals with boundless energy. Produced by Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto, one of indie-rock’s most mythological figures (he also produced Blonde Redhead, The Gossip, and others), Cost of Living shows a sense of maturity without compromising the band’s righteous assault and captivating presence.

The position of Downtown Boys has been clear since they started storming through basements and DIY spaces with their radically-minded, indefatigable rock music: they are here to topple the white-cis-het hegemony and draft a new history. This is how Downtown Boys began, and their resolve has only strengthened as both their sound and audience have grown. Like the socially conscious groups of years past, from Public Enemy to Rage Against the Machine, Downtown Boys harness powerful sloganeering, repetitive grooves, and earworm hooks to create one of the most necessary musical statements of today.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Upcoming London concerts for Priests & OOIOO, plus Terry's new album!

Evening everyone!
Thank you for coming out recently to see Ian William Craig and Ducktails & Co play live, it was great to see so many of you! Our next concert takes place on Monday with Xiu Xiu, that one has just sold out, so look out below for details of our other two shows in May that are still onsale.
Washington DC’s Priests will be performing for us next Thursday at OSLO in Hackney, along with some very special guests and The Snivellers too!
Rarely has a show felt so hotly anticipated, counting down the days now. Heads up – there are only a handful of tickets left for this one so please do book in advance to avoid missing out, details below.
Our second upcoming show this month falls on May 30th, this time at Kamio in Old Street. Featuring an extremely scarce live performance from Yoshimi from The Boredoms’ joyous quartet OOIOO, this concert will showcase their primitivist rhythms, psychedelic tones and joyous abandon.
Bamboo will be providing an equally otherworldly set to open proceedings too. Bamboo have a new album out through Upset The Rhythm around this date too, check out their brand new single Wake Up Your Heart for a flavour!
In terms of other future live shows this week we also announced a further Future Islands performance at Brixton for November 21st. November 20th sold out surprising fast so Baltimore’s finest will be gracing us with a second show. Lucky London!
Donning our record label hat for a minute now, I’m happy to say that we’re looking forward to a very fruitful 2017.
With new releases planned from Bamboo, Pega Monstro, Robert Sotelo, Pikacyu-Makoto, Normil Hawaiians, Gen Pop, The World and Terry we’re going to be rushed off our feet.
Here’s an edifying playlist we made for Beautiful Freaks of lots of these new songs to help set the scene, drink deep
Remember Terry is the newest album that we’ve recently announced, just today in fact.
Following on from the Melbourne glam-pop country-bop punks superb Terry HQ album of 2016, this record is full of wish fulfilment, critiqued characters, memorial muscle and historical hustle. New ideas are pursued and new ground explored.
Throughout this expansion of sound and subject-matter though, Terry remain committed to telling it you straight, reporting from the frontline of the political made personal. Terry’s new album is available to pre-order now!
I’ll leave you now with a collection of three amazing videos from the UTR stable that dropped since we last chatted, so much spectacle, enjoy!
Terry – ‘Take Me To The City’
Rattle – ‘True Picture’
Rat Columns – ‘Blinded By The Shadow’

Upset The Rhythm presents…
Thursday 25 May
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
7.30pm | £8 | TICKETS
PRIESTS are Daniele Daniele (drums), Katie Alice Greer (vocals), G.L. Jaguar (guitar), and Taylor Mulitz (bass). Formed in 2011 in Washington DC, the band has proven a valuable force for strangeness in a city that is increasingly terraformed by norms. At a time when few groups were making serious moves beyond the Beltway, Priests toured throughout North America and Europe. More significantly, they've helped to raise the general standard of show-going at home through cassettes and singles released on Sister Polygon, including music by bands like Sneaks, Snail Mail, Pinkwash, Cigarette, Downtown Boys, and numerous Priests-affiliated groups like Gauche and Flasher. Still, even amidst thriving hometown creativity, Priests possess a singular gravity. They are physical and combustible, urgent and visceral. This January, Nothing Feels Natural, the band's first full length LP was released on their own label Sister Polygon Records. It's the bands most stylistically diverse set of songs to date, expanding on their lo-fi post-punk bona-fides with ideas drawn from pop, R&B, and industrial noise. Thematically, Nothing can be understood as a series of vignettes - nine stories that crystallize into a bigger picture about the economics of human relationships, the invisibility of feminized labor, and the dual purpose of art for both the group and the individual. It's a record that thrives amid the tension between that what is valued and what is dismissed; between what is desired and what is presented.
THE SNIVELLERS are prime purveyors of groveling punk music from Brighton, featuring members of Joanna Gruesome, Garden Centre & Shecket.
Upset The Rhythm presents…
Tuesday 30 May
Kamio, 3 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3JL
8pm | £12 | TICKETS
NB. New date for April’s postponed event, original tickets remain valid.
OOIOO has always created a musical language all its own. Under the leadership of Yoshimi, also a founding member of Boredoms, the group has recorded six albums that have subverted expectations and warped perceptions of what constitutes pop and experimental music. Four years of work went into to making Gamel, their bold new album inspired by the Javanese style of gamelan and the first new music from Yoshimi in over five years. Gamelan is an ancient form that has inspired a great many composers and musicians over the past century, from Erik Satie and Claude Debussy to Mouse on Mars and Sun City Girls. The introduction of this traditional form transformed the group into a super tribe, side-stepping the road between the past and the future. Their focus is not to replicate these ancient styles, but to incorporate them into their consistently inventive, constantly shifting musical frameworks. They take their love of indigenous music into an entirely new dimension by freely weaving organic and electric tones into a vivid tapestry, employing their keen sense of color and texture.
Yoshimi began her music career in 1986 playing drums in UFO or Die with vocalist Eye, and later joined him in the revolutionary noise-pop group Boredoms. Her explosive drum performances captivated audiences and even inspired Wayne Coyne to name a now-famous Flaming Lips album in her honor. While the band's tours of the United States are infrequent, they are as the New York Times has stated, transcendent.
BAMBOO is the sublime project from Nick Carlisle (of Peepholes, Don't Argue) and Rachel Horwood (of Trash Kit, Halo Halo). Their music is vivid and deeply poignant, locking into a magnetic attraction between Rachel's flawlessly resonant folk cadence and Nick's pristine synth pop production. Bamboo's second studio album, The Dragon Flies Away, is due 26th May on Upset The Rhythm on LP, CD and digitally. Initially released last winter on a limited run of 50 cassettes with an accompanying zine designed by Horwood, The Dragon Flies Away tells a story loosely associated with the Hannya demon mask of Noh theatre plays such as Dojoji, and reflects the range of emotion the Hannya mask is capable of displaying: obsession, jealousy, sorrow and rage. 'The Dragon Flies Away' presents its story in two acts and is now presented newly re-mastered with a gatefold sleeve and lyric / artwork sheet. Horwood's evocative paintings are given centre stage with the packaging, allowing the album's story to grow beyond sound, making the journey all the more immersive.
Thanks as always for your time!
Upset The Rhythm
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Monday 22 May
Kamio, 3 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3JL
8pm | £12 | SOLD OUT 
Thursday 25 May
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
7.30pm | £8 | TICKETS
Tuesday 30 May
Kamio, 3 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3JL
8pm | £12 | TICKETS
NB. This is the new date for April’s postponed event, original tickets valid.
Wednesday 7 June
Cafe OTO, 22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
8pm | £8 | TICKETS
Tuesday 20 June
Cafe OTO, 22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
8pm | £10 | TICKETS
RICHARD DAWSON (Full band show)
Thursday 22 June
St John on Bethnal Green
200 Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PA
7pm | £15 | TICKETS
Friday 30 June
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Road, Islington, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £8.00 | TICKETS
Thursday 20 July
Islington Assembly Hall, Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 2UD
7pm | £10 | TICKETS   
Saturday 12 August
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £7.50 | TICKETS
Tuesday 15 August
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Road, Islington, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £7 | TICKETS
Thursday 31 August
Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, 44 Pollard Row, Bethnal Green, London, E2 6NB
7:30pm | £8.00 | TICKETS
Monday 4 September
Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3PQ
7.30pm |  £14 | TICKETS
NB. This is the new date for February’s postponed event, original tickets remain valid.
Tuesday 5 September
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £5.00 | TICKETS
Monday 20 November - SOLD OUT
Tuesday 21 November
In collaboration with Parallel Lines
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Rd, Brixton, London SW9 9SL
7pm | TICKETS 

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

LISTEN - Pega Monstro - 'Cachupa'

Wonderland have just premiered this excellent brand new track by Pega Monstro about a traditional stew called 'Cachupa' that's as hard to digest as a lot of modern life, check it out! 'Cachupa' is taken from the band's forthcoming album 'Casa de Cima', out June 2nd on Upset The Rhythm.

Nots and The Worms playing London next month!

Upset The Rhythm presents…

Wednesday 7 June
Cafe OTO, 22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL

NOTS are a 4 piece, all XX, "nuevo no wavo" band from Memphis, TN. Unpredictable guitars, celestial synths, and punctuated vocals swirl around the repetition of a powerful rhythm section to form a sound and a live show not easily classifiable but entirely addictive. Drummer Charlotte Watson and guitarist Natalie Hoffmann are the band's two constants throughout a handful of roster changes. NOTS' current lineup also includes Alexandra Eastburn on synth, an instrument she picked up to join NOTS and to record on their first full-length LP ‘We Are Nots’, and bassist Meredith Lones, another new Memphis musician, and the most recent addition to the band. NOTS' newest punk-noise-psych-collision LP, ‘Cosmetic’, aggressively follows on the heels of their debut LP, foreshadowing an ever expanding experiment in direction of things to come for the band. NOTS have releases on Heavenly & Goner Records, plus a brand new live 7" on Third Man.

THE WORMS is a stripped-down, future-primitive negative-capability trio making politely furious snotty punk minimalism. A snarling update on Messthetics culture with even more of the fat boiled off and the anger dialed up.


Monday, 15 May 2017

WATCH - Rattle's brand new video for 'True Picture'

Watch Rattle's magnificent video for 'True Picture' premiering now on Tom Tom Mag! Features significant cameos from Park Hill housing estate in Sheffield.

Here's the tour poster for their upcoming tour of Spain too!

Friday, 12 May 2017

Future Islands - second show at Brixton just announced!

Second show announced for Future Islands at Brixton later this November! 
London is lucky! Looking forward! 

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

'Wake Up Your Heart' by BAMBOO

'Wake Up Your Heart' by Bamboo will be released as a digital single on Friday 12th May along with a Nico Marcel remix of 'Always Running'. 'Wake Up My Heart' is taken from Bamboo's forthcoming album 'The Dragon Flies Away' out May 26th on Upset The Rhythm.


Richard Dawson London concert poster!