Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Wolf Eyes solo sets in London tomorrow, Warm Digits next week!


Hey everyone!

Huge thanks to all of you for coming out this last week to see Pikacyu-Makoto and Spray Paint & The Rebel. We’re not through with you yet though, tomorrow (yes, Thursday night) we’ll be pitching up at The Islington in Angel for an evening of Psycho-Jazz excess from Wolf Eyes in their solo guises. We’ll have John R. Olson, Regression and Crazy Jim all performing in the name of weird yet powerful times. Tickets cost £10 and will be available on the door from 7.30pm, imagine sonic eruptions commencing 8.30pm. Read on for all the specifics.

Also, whilst we have your attention, please find below the full scoop on our upcoming Warm Digits and Comfort concert next week on Friday 25th August. If you’re into "machine funk kraut-a-delia" (and who isn’t?) this show is about to take the roof off. Really excited to have Glasgow’s Comfort joining the lineup for this one too, along with our excellent Upset The Rhythm DJs. Enjoy…


\ \ \ \ \     TOMORROW     / / / / /


Wolf Eyes in solo mode featuring sets from…

JOHN R. OLSON
NATE YOUNG’S REGRESSION
CRAZY JIM

Thursday 17 August
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £10.00 |
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/409977

JOHN R. OLSON aka Inzane Johnny of Wolf Eyes and American Tapes will be treating us to a solo slice from his mind platter, featuring reeds and modulations galore. As a part of Wolf Eyes, Olson is responsible for augmenting the USA's longest-running homemade, primitive, electronic, poetry & radical vibes trio. They don't just release albums they launch scotched, taped nuclear audio fronts on humanity. Earlier this year saw them release their new album ‘Undertow’ packed full of what Olson does best; unnerving dread meets genuine freedom vibes that shiver their way through the dark ambience of it all.
http://www.wolfeyes.net/main.html

REGRESSION is the solo project of Nate Young, a founding member of seminal Detroit noise band Wolf Eyes. More recently he's been honing an equally distinctive solo sound that blends myriad sources from musique concrète, vintage film atmospherics, layered synths and archive library recordings into something thrillingly intense. Summoning up crushingly ominous crepuscular soundscapes and synth-washed phantasmagoria, Young undercuts the brutalism of Wolf Eyes with the kind of ambient dread that conjures images of lost horror soundtracks from the 70's. Minimal analogue synth violence is punctuated by thunder cracks of metal percussion ala the early Akita/Null Merzbow duets, massively doomy beat hypnotics and an atmosphere that's somewhere between the most apocalyptic Throbbing Gristle recordings, Coil's Musick To Play In The Dark, The Conet Project and your favourite Kraut kosmonaut. Young's most recent album 'Blinding Confusion' (out on NNA Tapes) has the feel of a kind of post-synth electro-acoustic ritual, albeit tied-in with a visionary compositional aesthetic that is a couple of miles beyond your average weird-beard in a basement non-vibe.
   


CRAZY JIM aka James ‘Crazy Jim’ Baljo, is proof that not every side-project of Wolf Eyes results in noise. Veering towards the sweet and ambient, Crazy Jim uses only guitars to build huge waves of tonic abstraction. Nate Young credits Crazy Jim as "the first person to coin the term INZANE and plays and lives accordingly", look out for some sweet folk-tuned bliss and tape delay guitar gloop.




\ \ \ \ \     FRIDAY 25 AUGUST     / / / / /

WARM DIGITS
COMFORT
UTR DJs
Friday 25 August
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Road, Islington, London, N1 9JB

WARM DIGITS are Steve Jefferis and Andrew Hodson; a trans-pennine, krautophonic blizzard-wave duo that emerged from Newcastle upon Tyne's underground scene with a sound like Neu and Cluster forming a supergroup with Giorgio Moroder, Kevin Shields, Eno and Keith Levene. Their first album, 'Keep Warm... with the Warm Digits', came out in 2011 on Newcastle's Distraction Records; Andrew Weatherall described them as producing some fine "machine funk kraut-a-delia" and the duo were soon went on to headline one of his Live From Outer Space events. Live, Warm Digits are a motoric epiphany of drums, guitar and pulsing hardware, complete with mesmeric kosmische visuals; all that on-stage multi-tasking making their live sets a dynamic kraut-disco experience. The last few years have seen Warm Digits release a second album entitled 'Interchange', tour with British Sea Power and support the legendary Goblin, St Etienne, Future Islands and ESG. Warm Digits now have a new album out now on Memphis Industries, featuring vocal contributions from Field Music, Sarah Cracknell (of Saint Etienne), Devon Sproule and Mia La Metta (of Beards). Look out for some special vocal guests on the night of the show too!

COMFORT are a queer punk two piece from Glasgow that make music that trades out guitar and bass for a more electronic/sample based approach. Pulsating bass, glitchy synths, crushed drums and vocal rhetoric all feature in their contagiously brilliant dialogue. Check out their first collection of songs titled ‘Built to Waste’ on their bandcamp now.


Thanks for spending your time with us, see you tomorrow!
UPSET THE RHYTHM
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JOHN R. OLSON
NATE YOUNG’S REGRESSION
CRAZY JIM
Thursday 17 August
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £10 | http://www.wegottickets.com/event/409977

WARM DIGITS
COMFORT
UTR DJs
Friday 25 August
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Road, Islington, London, N1 9JB

NAP EYES
H. GRIMACE
GARDEN CENTRE
Thursday 31 August
Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, 44 Pollard Row, Bethnal Green, E2 6NB

LARAAJI
(Performing two sets with an interval)
Saturday 2 September
The Tin Tabernacle
12-16 Cambridge Avenue, Kilburn, London, NW6 5BA UK | Map

DEERHOOF
LE TON MITÉ
ROBERT SOTELO
Monday 4 September
Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3PQ
NB. This is the new date for February’s postponed event, original tickets remain valid.

LOWTIDE
ICE BATHS
Tuesday 5 September
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT

ROBERT SOTELO - ‘Cusp’ album launch!
CLEMENTINE MARCH
POZI
Friday 8 September
New River Studios, 199 Eade Rd, Manor House, London, N4 1DN
7.30pm | £5.00 | http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410124

AMOR
BAMBOO
MIDDEX
UPSET THE RHYTHM DJs
Sunday 17 September
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT

SHANNON AND THE CLAMS
TV CRIME
Monday 9 October
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, London, N19 5QQ

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

SHOPPING
GAUCHE
THE WORLD
Friday 10 November
Kamio, 3 Rivington Street , London, EC2A 3JL
8pm - 2am | £9 | http://www.wegottickets.com/event/411836

MOUNT EERIE
Monday 13 November
Tuesday 14 November
St John on Bethnal Green
200 Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PA
7.30pm | £15 |
http://www.wegottickets.com/upset-the-rhythm-presents-mount-eerie

PROTOMARTYR
SAUNA YOUTH
BOMBER JACKETS
Tuesday 14 November
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, London, N19 5QQ
7.30pm | £12 | http://www.wegottickets.com/event/410129

FUTURE ISLANDS
Monday 20 November – SOLD OUT
Tuesday 21 November – SOLD OUT
Wednesday 22 November
In collaboration with Parallel Lines
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Rd, Brixton, London SW9 9SL
7pm I Tickets: http://future-islands.com/?cs- event=74572#shows

RICHARD DAWSON
(Live band show)
Wednesday 20 December
Islington Assembly Hall, Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 2UD
7pm | £15 | https://www.wegottickets.com/event/412137 

Friday, 11 August 2017

Pikacyu-Makoto tomorrow, Spray Paint & Wolf Eyes solo sets next week!

Evening everyone!
Upset The Rhythm have three choice concerts coming up in the next week for you. Tomorrow we disembark at The Islington for an evening of top-drawer soundwaves courtesy of Japanese cosmic peace/love duo Pikacyu-Makoto. With their respective bands (Afrirampo and Acid Mother’s Temple), Pikacyu and Makoto are well versed in climbing out of chaos and noise into blissful space tones, united as one they harness such extremes and press further towards the walls. We released their stunning new album ‘Galaxilympics’ this week so it’s wonderful to have them play London around the same time.
Joining Pikacyu-Makoto on stage tomorrow we are also lucky to have Teleplasmiste; masters of the horizon drone and radiant tonal acre. Tickets for this show will cost £7.50 on the door from 7.30pm, see you there!
Onwards to Tuesday night this time at The Lexington we’re besides ourselves to welcome back Spray Paint, a band with so much intent that you can almost see sparks flying out between the guitars and drums as they pile into each other.
The Rebel and Home Entertainment provide suitably sardonic support performances too, let’s the modern mordant. Tickets will be £7 on the door for that one too, please do come early.
Last but far from least, next Thursday we find ourselves back at The Islington on Tolpuddle St in Angel with Wolf Eyes throwing down some decisive solo sets. Expect tumbling tape delay, vigorous reeds and some harmonized dread from John R. Olson, Nate Young’s Regression and Crazy Jim.
Read on for further info and ticket links to all three of those epic events.
 
This week Upset The Rhythm also announced our 100th release. To mark this unimaginable milestone we’ll be releasing on September 15th the debut 7” EP from Olympia, WA’s Gen Pop, a new band erupting from the frenetic bedrock of Vexx. Have a listen now to caustic closing track ‘Dear Jackie’, you won’t be disappointed! Gen Pop’s debut 7” is available to pre-order now.
 
Our full programme of events follows, including our newly added concert for AMOR next month. Zoning into a collective hive-mind of telepathic disco extravagance this Glasgow-orbiting quartet comprise Richard Youngs, Luke Fowler, Paul Thompson and Michael Francis Duch. One for the diary then!
Let’s leave you with this mysterious transmission from the enigmatic John Maus, we’ll be announcing some live actions from John and his live band (yes, live band!) very soon.

 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
PIKACYU-MAKOTO
TELEPLASMISTE
Saturday 12 August
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £7.50 |TICKETS
PIKACYU-MAKOTO is an alliance between two figureheads of underground Japanese psych/pop, the musically promiscuous Kawabata Makoto (most famous for his leadership of the legendary Acid Mothers Temple), and Afrirampo's Pikacyu. Pikacyu's drums pummel, jitter, crash and stumble, but steadfastly refuse to groove. She layers her voice several times, competing with pitch-shifted versions of herself whilst Makoto attacks his guitar, cloaking himself in reverb to produce a wall-of-sound, alternating between melody and noise. No strangers to one another, the pair have not only gigged together with their respective bands but also recorded together, when these two outfits temporarily fused in 2005 to become Acid Mothers Afrirampo (releasing an album of the same name). Now they have distilled their collaboration, all other players being stripped away to leave the core of Pikacyu's manic drums and pop vocal, and Makoto's schizoid guitar conjurings. Brand new album 'Galaxilympics' is out now on Upset The Rhythm on LP and CD.
TELEPLASMISTE is Mark O Pilkington (Raagnagrok, Urthona) and Michael J York (Coil, Cyclobe). The duo blur vintage synthesis and contemporary electronics with acoustic pipes to create a transcendent reverie that exists on a wavelength beyond both retro fetishism and modern-day machinations. Heavy ambience and otherworldly atmospherics marry here amidst an aura of epiphanic radiance. Previous performances have taken place in churches and crypts, and at Farnborough Wind Tunnel, in which the resonant frequencies of the space were combined with frequencies believed to have certain physiological effects.
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
SPRAY PAINT
THE REBEL
HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Tuesday 15 August
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Road, Islington, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £7 | TICKETS
SPRAY PAINT are a no wave punk outfit from Austin, Texas. Spray Paint's buzz-sawing guitars run headlong through labyrinthine tunnels of reverb, chased down by some wildly brain-bashing drums. All three members of Spray Paint sing too, helping create an uncontrollable sense of fervour as they jostle for the words. They work up a tone of paranoia amid the jagged rhythms, locking into a motoric groove that's impossible to escape from, offset with stormy blasts of distortion. Since forming in 2012, Spray Paint have released six LPs and 7"s through SS-Records, Goner, Upset The Rhythm and Monofonus Press. They've wasted no time with hitting the road either, touring the US many times, with their friends Protomartyr and The Rebel.
 https://spraypaint.bandcamp.com/

THE REBEL is prolific London outsider Ben Wallers; a charismatic lone wolf in a cowboy hat or trilby and a tie whose electrified howls are too idiosyncratic to be broken down into market-oriented terms. It is difficult to sketch a thumbnail summary of a musician who has amassed a vast and unwieldy discography under a variety of names and genres: the most widely acclaimed is probably the Country Teasers, but he also moonlights as, or in, the Rebel, the Company, the Male Nurse, the Beale, the Stallion, the Black Poodle and Skills on Ampex, across folk, country, garage, post-punk, no wave and electronic pop. In the main part The Rebel is centred around twisted Casio drones, clanging guitar and some defiantly deadpan vocals, all thrown in the pan and pressure-cooked in Wallers' mind. Wallers has amassed a near-unquantifiable discography over the past 20 years, from scores of more or less "official" LPs, EPs and 7"s to seemingly endless self-released cassettes.
 https://vimeo.com/113318818

HOME ENTERTAINMENT find themselves at the intersection where avant garde experimentalism meets garage rock music. Drawing upon a palate of literary, artistic and sonic influences, Home Entertainment create primal, unrefined walls of sound adorned with jagged shards of English low life lyricism. Their debut, cassette garnered praise from The Quietus describing them as "a weird mix of Sebadoh's crumbling charm, Les Rallizes Denudes' noisy squall, and the blues pop grooves of ZZ Top".
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
Wolf Eyes in solo mode...
JOHN R. OLSON
NATE YOUNG’S REGRESSION
CRAZY JIM
Thursday 17 August
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS

JOHN R. OLSON aka Inzane Johnny of Wolf Eyes and American Tapes will be treating us to a solo slice from his mind platter, featuring reeds and modulations galore. As a part of Wolf Eyes, Olson is responsible for augmenting the USA's longest-running homemade, primitive, electronic, poetry & radical vibes trio. They don't just release albums they launch scotched, taped nuclear audio fronts on humanity. Earlier this year saw them release their new album ‘Undertow’ packed full of what Olson does best; unnerving dread meets genuine freedom vibes that shiver their way through the dark ambience of it all.
http://www.wolfeyes.net/main.html

REGRESSION is the solo project of Nate Young, a founding member of seminal Detroit noise band Wolf Eyes. More recently he's been honing an equally distinctive solo sound that blends myriad sources from musique concrète, vintage film atmospherics, layered synths and archive library recordings into something thrillingly intense. Summoning up crushingly ominous crepuscular soundscapes and synth-washed phantasmagoria, Young undercuts the brutalism of Wolf Eyes with the kind of ambient dread that conjures images of lost horror soundtracks from the 70's. Minimal analogue synth violence is punctuated by thunder cracks of metal percussion ala the early Akita/Null Merzbow duets, massively doomy beat hypnotics and an atmosphere that's somewhere between the most apocalyptic Throbbing Gristle recordings, Coil's Musick To Play In The Dark, The Conet Project and your favourite Kraut kosmonaut. Young's most recent album 'Blinding Confusion' (out on NNA Tapes) has the feel of a kind of post-synth electro-acoustic ritual, albeit tied-in with a visionary compositional aesthetic that is a couple of miles beyond your average weird-beard in a basement non-vibe.
CRAZY JIM aka James ‘Crazy Jim’ Baljo, is proof that not every side-project of Wolf Eyes results in noise. Veering towards the sweet and ambient, Crazy Jim uses only guitars to build huge waves of tonic abstraction. Nate Young credits Crazy Jim as "the first person to coin the term INZANE and plays and lives accordingly", look out for some sweet folk-tuned bliss and tape delay guitar gloop.
 
Catch you tomorrow, thanks for reading!
Upset The Rhythm
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UPSET THE RHYTHM
UPCOMING SHOWS 
PIKACYU-MAKOTO
TELEPLASMISTE
Saturday 12 August
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £7.50 | TICKETS
SPRAY PAINT
THE REBEL
HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Tuesday 15 August
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Road, Islington, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £7 | TICKETS
Wolf Eyes in solo mode...
JOHN R. OLSON
NATE YOUNG’S REGRESSION
CRAZY JIM
Thursday 17 August
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
WARM DIGITS
Friday 25 August
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Road, Islington, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £8 | TICKETS
NAP EYES
H. GRIMACE
GARDEN CENTRE
Thursday 31 August
Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, 44 Pollard Row, Bethnal Green, London, E2 6NB
7:30pm | £8 | TICKETS
LARAAJI
(Performing two sets with an interval)
Saturday 2 September
The Tin Tabernacle
12-16 Cambridge Avenue, Kilburn, London, NW6 5BA UK | Map
7pm | £12.50 | TICKETS
DEERHOOF
LE TON MITÉ
ROBERT SOTELO
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.
LOWTIDE
Tuesday 5 September
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £5 | TICKETS
ROBERT SOTELO - ‘Cusp’ album launch!
CLEMENTINE MARCH
POZI
Friday 8 September
New River Studios, 199 Eade Rd, Manor House, London, N4 1DN
7.30pm | £5.00 | TICKETS
AMOR
MIDDEX
UPSET THE RHYTHM DJs
Sunday 17 September
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £6 | TICKETS
SHANNON AND THE CLAMS
TV CRIME
Monday 9 October
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, London, N19 5QQ
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
PRIESTS
DOWNTOWN BOYS
BIG JOANIE
Wednesday 18 October
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, London, N19 5QQ
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
SHOPPING
GAUCHE
Friday 10 November
Kamio, 3 Rivington Street , London, EC2A 3JL
8pm - 2am | £9 | TICKETS
MOUNT EERIE
Monday 13 November
Tuesday 14 November
St John on Bethnal Green
200 Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PA
7.30pm | £15 | TICKETS
PROTOMARTYR
SAUNA YOUTH
BOMBER JACKETS
Tuesday 14 November
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, London, N19 5QQ
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
FUTURE ISLANDS
Monday 20 November - SOLD OUT
Tuesday 21 November - SOLD OUT
Wednesday 22 November
In collaboration with Parallel Lines
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Rd, Brixton, London SW9 9SL
7pm | TICKETS 
RICHARD DAWSON
(Live band show)
Wednesday 20 December
Islington Assembly Hall, Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 2UD
7pm | £15 | TICKETS

Robert Sotelo's album launch in September!


Robert Sotelo's album launch for his debut LP 'Cusp' is coming up in September, here's a poster!




New show! AMOR & Middex in London this September!


 
Upset The Rhythm presents…

AMOR
MIDDEX
UPSET THE RHYTHM DJs
Sunday 17 September
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT

AMOR, a new quartet based largely in Glasgow, consisting of Richard Youngs, Luke Fowler, Michael Francis Duch and Paul Thomson. AMOR is a master-class in blissful, searching, avant-disco fuelled by telepathic ensemble playing and an untouchable, higher joy. With a life-giving force that's found in the balance between hefty, bass-thick kicks and crisp percussion, an elastic double bass that lends a bounce to proceedings and floating piano chords that recall a warped take on Philadelphia International Records, a live AMOR performance is a ritual of dance, of togetherness. Fowler’s subtle electronic touches set up some of the most open-hearted, love-infected vocals Richard Youngs has ever set to tape. Guided through various drops and ecstatic highs by ceaselessly inventive rhythm composition, the listener is elevated to several plains, to different levels and spirits. Richard Youngs has a 140+ long discography covering any number of musics often invented by Youngs himself, while Luke Fowler is an award winning film-maker and visual artist, as well as an electronic musician in his own right. Paul Thomson is a drummer and percussionist with Franz Ferdinand and The Yummy Fur and Michael Francis Duch is a double bassist based in Norway with deep roots in the world of improvisation and minimalist composition. AMOR's debut 12" Paradise / In Love An Arc surfaced earlier this year to rapturous acclaim on Night School, but the merging of minds in a space, locked in to the collective sound is where this music really breathes. This is a rare chance to be part of it.

MIDDEX
 trades in suburban deliberation and galactic musings. This is outer space hidden in the outer boroughs plastered over the flat thump of frosted Perspex hearts. Check out his lathe cut 7”s out now on Polytechnic Youth.
http://polytechnicyouth.com/              

      

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Gen Pop's debut 7" will also be our 100th release!



'Dear Jackie' by Gen Pop is taken from the band's debut 7" out on Upset The Rhythm this September 15th! This is also Upset The Rhythm's 100th release!

Available to pre-order now: http://upsettherhythm.bigcartel.com/

Four voices tousle loudly as they leave the soft realm of the body, venturing out into the world. Reproduction and traditional instruments (guitars, drums, samplers, digital, voices) allow the human generation to play right now. Playing is intersubjective, we appeal to consciousness. Here in the human era we dialog, reference, and reproduce with traditional reference and frustration. Kissing lightly decided harmonies, Gen Pop plays in the human generation and is from the human era. Playing used in its most remedial sense, an occasion to slap together a narrative and generate trust between each other.

Gen Pop produced a small run of tapes featuring 3 tracks from their debut 7” on Upset the Rhythm earlier this year.  This 7” brings to totality the sinews and olfactory system of the Gen Pop promo tape. The essence of what they are doing and not the end of it. The first track ‘On Screen’ whinges lackaday about screen oriented living. “I’ll be chained and beaten, in a motel room its our first time meeting” shoots the moon for the loneliness of access and an end to curiosity (good riddance). Honestly though, a screen can and will be held by all.

The product of exposure can be found in ‘Easy’, the ballad of confused ability. The lacing of MaryJane Dunphe’s noise guitar, brought back to life from her days in Polly Darton, meld with David Strother and Theo Maughan’s air tight rhythm section. Ian Corrigan, playing 2nd guitar, and Dunphe vocalise together in frustration, this all should be quicker, easier. Corrigan and Dunphe played together previously in Olympia, WA’s maelstrom of punk and passion known as Vexx (also released through Upset The Rhythm).


‘Teach Me How To’ peaks in winding energy, standing tall as a pinnacle of frustration and excess. “The poor need lessons, they’re far too crude, but what about your life? Have you known rot tooth” Dunphe cries in resistance to plutocracy and vapid hegemony. Access will be had by all, but not until the human era is over and the internet is a human right. In ‘Dear Jackie’ simple harmonies on the guitar lap lightly at the toes of a bulky thick rhythm section that is strolling late night on the beach. Each note that Dunphe and Corrigan hit are planned to harmonise, intention over expression. Strother’s voice digs deep into choosing, choosing an ending, his pummelling drums and margin walking sense of genre helps the band approach a more lighter sound.

Finally, closer ‘The Wall’ can speak for itself. “I know, we’re guilty, these eyes so milky,” the powerless individual’s eyes cataract while watching an indigenous land be divided by a white contingency. And if its called white supremacy they might as well “ take my head and turn it clockwise”. Needling guitar parts crescendo into a furious finale, reminding all that Gen Pop as one of the last human bands are trying twice as hard to keep ahead of the future.





Friday, 4 August 2017

Pikacyu-Makoto: Brand new album released and UK tour dates!

Morning all!
Today we’re releasing our new album from Pikacyu-Makoto entitled rather suitably Galaxilympics. Pikacyu-Makoto are a self-proclaimed “intergalactic love and peace duo”, featuring two figureheads of Japan’s ever-fertile music underground; Pika from Afrirampo and Makoto Kawabata of legendary psychedelic avatars Acid Mother’s Temple.
As a duo Pika and Makoto embrace both sides of the coin, drums and guitar, chaos and order, male and female, ying and yang, the angel and the devil. They are more than the sum of both counterparts though, making for a maximalist auditory experience. Pika brings her skills of mystifying performance to the table, all free-drum bluster and vocals veering between shrine maiden and wild spirit.
Kawabata's guitar-work moves from a roar to a whisper, a yell to a sob, he’s working on the same canvas of extremes. The aim of their unity is to write truly celestial hymns for the outer world and odes of love for the inner cosmic context. Hymns and odes to one side, Galaxilympics is a giant album of future-facing song and noise, where better to find harmony enthroned? Buy Galaxilympics now from our webshop!
We’re celebrating the release of their colossal new record with a live performance from the pair next week at The Islington, look out below for the full show listing, plus here are the band’s current tour dates too:
PIKACYU-MAKOTO TOUR DATES

04/08 - Braziers Park, UK @ Supernormal
06/08 - Haute, Switzerland @ Sorne Aum Ritual
09/08 - Preston, UK @ Continental
10/08 - Todmorden, UK @ Golden Lion
11/08 - Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
12/08 - London, UK @ The Islington
 
Through this last week Upset The Rhythm have also confirmed new concerts for Shopping, Gauche, Future Islands, Laraaji and a special Xmas performance from Richard Dawson & his live band, merry times guaranteed! Details on all of these fine new ventures can be found in our programme which concludes this missive.
We’ve also included here the full blurb to our other show fast approaching the horizon for Spray Paint, The Rebel and Home Entertainment, enjoy!

 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
PIKACYU-MAKOTO
TELEPLASMISTE
Saturday 12 August
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £7.50 |TICKETS
PIKACYU-MAKOTO is an alliance between two figureheads of underground Japanese psych/pop, the musically promiscuous Kawabata Makoto (most famous for his leadership of the legendary Acid Mothers Temple), and Afrirampo's Pikacyu. Pikacyu's drums pummel, jitter, crash and stumble, but steadfastly refuse to groove. She layers her voice several times, competing with pitch-shifted versions of herself whilst Makoto attacks his guitar, cloaking himself in reverb to produce a wall-of-sound, alternating between melody and noise. No strangers to one another, the pair have not only gigged together with their respective bands but also recorded together, when these two outfits temporarily fused in 2005 to become Acid Mothers Afrirampo (releasing an album of the same name). Now they have distilled their collaboration, all other players being stripped away to leave the core of Pikacyu's manic drums and pop vocal, and Makoto's schizoid guitar conjurings. Brand new album 'Galaxilympics' is out now on Upset The Rhythm on LP and CD.
TELEPLASMISTE is Mark O Pilkington (Raagnagrok, Urthona) and Michael J York (Coil, Cyclobe). The duo blur vintage synthesis and contemporary electronics with acoustic pipes to create a transcendent reverie that exists on a wavelength beyond both retro fetishism and modern-day machinations. Heavy ambience and otherworldly atmospherics marry here amidst an aura of epiphanic radiance. Previous performances have taken place in churches and crypts, and at Farnborough Wind Tunnel, in which the resonant frequencies of the space were combined with frequencies believed to have certain physiological effects.
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
SPRAY PAINT
THE REBEL
HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Tuesday 15 August
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Road, Islington, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £7 | TICKETS
SPRAY PAINT are a no wave punk outfit from Austin, Texas. Spray Paint's buzz-sawing guitars run headlong through labyrinthine tunnels of reverb, chased down by some wildly brain-bashing drums. All three members of Spray Paint sing too, helping create an uncontrollable sense of fervour as they jostle for the words. They work up a tone of paranoia amid the jagged rhythms, locking into a motoric groove that's impossible to escape from, offset with stormy blasts of distortion. Since forming in 2012, Spray Paint have released six LPs and 7"s through SS-Records, Goner, Upset The Rhythm and Monofonus Press. They've wasted no time with hitting the road either, touring the US many times, with their friends Protomartyr and The Rebel.
 https://spraypaint.bandcamp.com/

THE REBEL is prolific London outsider Ben Wallers; a charismatic lone wolf in a cowboy hat or trilby and a tie whose electrified howls are too idiosyncratic to be broken down into market-oriented terms. It is difficult to sketch a thumbnail summary of a musician who has amassed a vast and unwieldy discography under a variety of names and genres: the most widely acclaimed is probably the Country Teasers, but he also moonlights as, or in, the Rebel, the Company, the Male Nurse, the Beale, the Stallion, the Black Poodle and Skills on Ampex, across folk, country, garage, post-punk, no wave and electronic pop. In the main part The Rebel is centred around twisted Casio drones, clanging guitar and some defiantly deadpan vocals, all thrown in the pan and pressure-cooked in Wallers' mind. Wallers has amassed a near-unquantifiable discography over the past 20 years, from scores of more or less "official" LPs, EPs and 7"s to seemingly endless self-released cassettes.
 https://vimeo.com/113318818

HOME ENTERTAINMENT find themselves at the intersection where avant garde experimentalism meets garage rock music. Drawing upon a palate of literary, artistic and sonic influences, Home Entertainment create primal, unrefined walls of sound adorned with jagged shards of English low life lyricism. Their debut, cassette garnered praise from The Quietus describing them as "a weird mix of Sebadoh's crumbling charm, Les Rallizes Denudes' noisy squall, and the blues pop grooves of ZZ Top".
 
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Have a particularly brilliant weekend,
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UPSET THE RHYTHM
UPCOMING SHOWS 
PIKACYU-MAKOTO
TELEPLASMISTE
Saturday 12 August
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £7.50 | TICKETS
SPRAY PAINT
THE REBEL
HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Tuesday 15 August
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Road, Islington, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £7 | TICKETS
Wolf Eyes in solo mode...
JOHN R. OLSON
NATE YOUNG’S REGRESSION
CRAZY JIM
Thursday 17 August
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
WARM DIGITS
Friday 25 August
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Road, Islington, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £8 | TICKETS
NAP EYES
H. GRIMACE
GARDEN CENTRE
Thursday 31 August
Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, 44 Pollard Row, Bethnal Green, London, E2 6NB
7:30pm | £8 | TICKETS
LARAAJI
(Performing two sets with an interval)
Saturday 2 September
The Tin Tabernacle
12-16 Cambridge Avenue, Kilburn, London, NW6 5BA UK | Map
7pm | £12.50 | TICKETS
DEERHOOF
LE TON MITÉ
ROBERT SOTELO
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.
LOWTIDE
Tuesday 5 September
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £5 | TICKETS
ROBERT SOTELO - ‘Cusp’ album launch!
CLEMENTINE MARCH
POZI
Friday 8 September
New River Studios, 199 Eade Rd, Manor House, London, N4 1DN
7.30pm | £5.00 | TICKETS
SHANNON AND THE CLAMS
TV CRIME
Monday 9 October
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, London, N19 5QQ
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
PRIESTS
DOWNTOWN BOYS
BIG JOANIE
Wednesday 18 October
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, London, N19 5QQ
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
SHOPPING
GAUCHE
Friday 10 November
Kamio, 3 Rivington Street , London, EC2A 3JL
8pm - 2am | £9 | TICKETS
MOUNT EERIE
Monday 13 November
Tuesday 14 November
St John on Bethnal Green
200 Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PA
7.30pm | £15 | TICKETS
PROTOMARTYR
SAUNA YOUTH
BOMBER JACKETS
Tuesday 14 November
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, London, N19 5QQ
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
FUTURE ISLANDS
Monday 20 November - SOLD OUT
Tuesday 21 November - SOLD OUT
Wednesday 22 November
In collaboration with Parallel Lines
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Rd, Brixton, London SW9 9SL
7pm | TICKETS 
RICHARD DAWSON
(Live band show)
Wednesday 20 December
Islington Assembly Hall, Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 2UD
7pm | £15 | TICKETS