Friday, 19 January 2018

The Green Child's debut album is released today! Plus news on upcoming shows for David Nance & Shopping!

Hello there!
 
Today our new release from The Green Child sprints into a world of future sound. Taking their name from Herbert Read’s 1935 utopian, communist, sci-fi novel, it is no surprise The Green Child draw their sound from an illusory past as much as they stalk into pastures new.
 
Broadly retro-futuristic in scope, verdant acres of lushly evocative synthesizers and blippy drum machines underpin most of their upbeat yet decidedly uncanny songs. Whilst, Raven’s measured vocal flits like a will-o’-the-wisp through the tracks, proffering a guiding hand as she walks us through the often eerie, electronic concoctions.
 
 
Mikey Young and Raven Mahon began collaborating on The Green Child, after meeting in 2013 when their bands, Total Control and Grass Widow played a show in Oakland, California. They started writing songs together in Australia in 2014 and the project has been on a slow burn since. Their self-titled debut album is the culmination of a several years of putting ideas together internationally and periodically recording in Mikey's home studio.
 
 
 
‘Traveler’ opens the record all redolent, beat-minded and labyrinthine. Twisting melody lines swirl and envelop like a sandstorm, whilst Raven coolly projects on a “solitary man” lost to “green oblivion”. Similarly, ‘Her Majesty II’ glistens with its playful yet plaintive vocal and iridescent arpeggios, whilst ‘Bertha’ slows things down with tumbling chimes and stately use of space.
 
The Green Child are adept at atmosphere, their songs are refined from gently unfolding ideas that never fail to realise and build to their potential. Tracks like ‘Walking Distance’ (featuring Al Montfort on saxophone) and ‘New Years Eve’ are exercises in evolved composition with ideas budding off and blossoming into truly resonant dimensions. The band’s cover of ‘Marie Elene’ (by Keith Pearson) and closing track ‘Destroyer’ are further crowning achievements, both pieces subtly handled with poise and ample melancholic grandeur.
 
 
‘The Green Child’ is released today through Upset The Rhythm on 180g black vinyl, accompanied by some suitably spirited sleeve design by James Vinciguerra. It is available in all good shops and directly through our webshop here.
 
 
 
With that new record well introduced, let’s now turn our attentions to our upcoming concerts. Through this last week we’ve confirmed new events in London for Nap Eyes, Rattle, Drag City’s Ka Baird, Greg Ashley (of The Gris Gris), Mass Datura, Screaming Females, Vital Idles, Dead Rat Orchestra, Ana Da Silva (from The Raincoats) and Milky Wimpshake. Not too shabby!
 
Our next two live events will take place in early February and are outlined below in all their glory. Firstly on Feb 5th, we’re very pleased to have the excellent David Nance, Negative Space and Midnight Mines all playing at The Islington. Then one day later, on Feb 6thShopping, Dog Chocolate and Big Joanie look set to shake up Moth Club in support of Shopping’s brand new album ‘The Official Body’. So yes, plenty to look forward to, check out our listings for a full run down of our plans for the first half of 2018. Enjoy…
 
 

 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents...
 
DAVID NANCE
NEGATIVE SPACE
MIDNIGHT MINES
Monday 5 February
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £6 | TICKETS
 
DAVID NANCE, Omaha veteran of warble and hiss, returns with ‘Negative Boogie’ (Ba Da Bing Records), his new concoction of chug, throb and greasy swagger. For ‘Boogie’, Nance trades in his beaten up Tascam 488 for the bulletproof, glass walls of A.R.C. Studios. Where else can you brew the negative boogie? It’s a bit like Canned Heat but with Pere Ubu’s queasy rhythms and someone playing five-finger fillet with Swell Maps. Ensconced in his ivory tower and soundproof rooms, Nance reached for unlikely weapons to tear down his own lofty experiment. He had his pick of rare guitars, cowbells, steel drums, vintage amps, Crazy Horse microphones, mellotron, and the restless but indefatigable rhythm section of Kevin Donahue and Tom May. They started at sunrise and recorded 15 songs by midnight. Maybe it’s his Midwestern work ethic, maybe he’s a sonic cheapskate. Maybe it’s just the sound of negative boogie. These songs stab and flow into one other like a perfectly orchestrated classic. They’re drenched with Nance’s most biting and comic lyrics to date, peaking on “D.L.A.T.U.M.F. Blues”. And ripping through the entire thing is the cracked power he yanks out of the guitar, a veritable The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of riffage. This is a departure for Nance. It’s bigger and grander but it’s far from easy music. It’s his Plastic Ono Band, his For Your Pleasure, his fever dream of Rocket from the Tombs. Shredders sit with jangling rockers, manic energy spills into depressive torpor, providing the ultimate record experience: one of power, nuance and emotion.
 
NEGATIVE SPACE play mysterious gay hardcore. Negative Space released their debut album 'Gestalt' through new London-based queer label Always Restrictions and Drunken Sailor late last year. The record focuses almost exclusively on the miasma of larger inner-city living and the effects of gender dysphoria on the self, 'Gestalt' pushes an overbearing aural disquiet that expands on the band's established tense minimalism while upping the ire, recalling post-punk forefathers like Wire or a peppier Gang of Four while simultaneously feeling wonderfully, urgently now.
 
MIDNIGHT MINES are a self-styled ‘spontaneous music ensemble’ eschewing formal songwriting for laying down improvised bursts of music during their recording sessions. The resulting live jams are subsequently chopped, screwed and assembled into tracks, filtered through their love of obscure 60s garage no-hopers, outsider folk, The Fall, fried dub, early industrial and other esoteric concerns. Baron Saturday and Private Sorrow swap instruments and splice together tracks built out of old drum machines, feedback, 2-note riffs, atonal harmonies, transistor organs and repetitive mantras.  Check out their recent LP on Mystery Plane and the duo’s ‘We Are The Primitives of a New Era’ cassette.
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
 
SHOPPING
DOG CHOCOLATE
BIG JOANIE
Tuesday 6 February
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, E9 6NU
7.30pm | £9 | TICKETS
 
SHOPPING are propulsive bass lines, primitive disco-not-disco drums and guitar lines sharp as broken glass. The band was formed in 2012 by members Rachel Aggs (guitar), Billy Easter (bass) and Andrew Milk (drums), who've all done time in a plethora of notable UK DIY bands including Trash Kit, Sacred Paws and Wet Dog. They pull from a well of 70's post-punk with a voraciousness seldom seen these days, bringing to mind the jagged aggression of Gang of Four, the voracious yelp of The Slits and the dance inducing thrust of Delta 5 . Their debut LP 'Consumer Complaints' was released November 2013 in the UK via MILK records and quickly sold out its first pressing. A US re-issue of 'Consumer Complaints' came out in 2015 via Fat Cat records, followed up by their excellent second album 'Why Choose?' The band are tirelessly committed to taking their sound to new audiences and spreading the Shopping gospel, securing impressive gigs along the way including main support for ESG and Gang Of Four as well as a BBC 6 Music session for Marc Riley. They have toured in the UK and throughout Europe numerous times over the last few years and last year toured the USA with also awesome Gauche, look out for a new album ‘The Official Body’ through FatCat imminently!
 
DOG CHOCOLATE sound like a crowded room but are actually four individuals from London. Having played in many other bands including Yeborobo, Limn and Gasp! Cracking Eggs, united they recognise Dog Chocolate as their one true love. Abandoning notions of elegance, cred and professionalism they embrace the ramshackle, instant and fun, capturing a vivid spontaneity with their music. Their sound is a shabby, fast, over-excited ball of wet fur falling down the stairs, knocking over plant pots along the way and staining the carpet. With an average song time of 2 minutes, Dog Chocolate are on to the next treat before fully digesting the last. Chewing up bits of punk, post-punk, noise and pop, Matthew and Robert's guitars race around each other like wasps, pitch-shifting and phasing all over the place while Jono's rolled-up-newspaper drums chase them round the room. The band's new album ‘Moody Balloon Baby’ is readying for release through Upset The Rhythm, who also released their debut 'Snack Fans' in 2016.
 
BIG JOANIE are a black feminist punk band based in London, UK. They formed in July 2013 to play First Timers in November that year - a gig where every band played their first set. Big Joanie are Chardine Taylor-Stone (drums & vocals), Stephanie Phillips (guitar & vocals) and Estella Adeyeri (bass & vocals). Big Joanie are influenced by Nirvana, Throwing Muses, X-Ray Spex, The Bags, My Bloody Valentine, Darlene Love, Tina Turner, Jesus and the Mary Chain, Breeders, PJ Harvey, Shop Assistants... They're like The Ronettes filtered through 80s DIY and riot grrrl with a sprinkling of dashikis. Big Joanie formed to make powerful music but also to create a continuum for black punks by presenting a strong, powerful vision of black womanhood and discussing the black punks who came before them. By making black punks more visible, they believe they can inspire young black punks to start the bands they always wanted to hear.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hoping you have a fantastic weekend,
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UPSET THE RHYTHM
UPCOMING SHOWS 
 
DAVID NANCE
NEGATIVE SPACE
MIDNIGHT MINES
Monday 5 February
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £6 | TICKETS
 
SHOPPING
DOG CHOCOLATE
BIG JOANIE
Tuesday 6 February
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, London, E9 6NU
7.30pm | £9 | TICKETS
 
GUN OUTFIT
DEAD RAT ORCHESTRA
Tuesday 20 February
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, London, E9 6NU
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
GREG ASHLEY
MASS DATURA
Saturday 24 February
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £7 | TICKETS
 
CHAIN AND THE GANG
MILKY WIMPSHAKE (SOLO)
Monday 26 February
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
KA BAIRD
HACK MYSTIC
Tuesday 6 March
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £7 | TICKETS
 
SHANNON LAY
Wednesday 7 March
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £6 | TICKETS
 
BILL ORCUTT & CHRIS CORSANO:
* DUO PERFORMANCE
RATTLE
Saturday 17 March
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
* SOLO PERFORMANCES
Sunday 18 March
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
JOSHUA ABRAMS - NATURAL INFORMATION SOCIETY
Monday 2 April
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, E8 1LL
8pm | £11 | TICKETS
 
NO AGE
VITAL IDLES
Wednesday 4 April
Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, 44 Pollard Row, London, E2 6NB
7:30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
JAMIE STEWART (Xiu Xiu)
ERIC CHENAUX
Monday 9 April
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
NAP EYES
Tuesday 8 May
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, E8 1LL
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
PROTOMARTYR
ANA DA SILVA
Thursday 10 May
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King´s Cross, London, N1 9NL
7pm | £12.50 | TICKETS
 
SCREAMING FEMALES
Wednesday 23 May
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, E8 1LL
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
 

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Screaming Females are heading to London on May 23rd! Best news!

Hurrah! So excited to welcome Screaming Females back to London this May! Tickets onsale now!



Upset The Rhythm presents…

SCREAMING FEMALES
Wednesday 23 May
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, E8 1LL
7.30pm | £10 | http://www.wegottickets.com/event/427471

SCREAMING FEMALES are one of those force-of-nature bands that only comes around once in a blue moon. Their story starts in New Brunswick in 2005, with Marissa on guitar and vocals, Jarrett on drums and Michael on bass. 'Power Move' was the band's first full-length with any label (or any outside help) and was released by their hometown label, Don Giovanni Records, in 2008. They've gradually sneaked into a wider mainstream consciousness, gaining attention for their punk rock sensibilities and their raucous live shows driven by Marissa's famed guitar heroics. Now Screaming Females are DIY-punk luminaries, on the cusp of celebrating 13 years as a band by releasing this February’s new album, entitled ‘All At Once’ on Don Giovanni Records. The band collaborated with producer Matt Bayles, setting out to make an album in the spirit of a salon-style gallery show, where larger pieces provide an eye-level focal point to a galaxy of smaller works. Concision took a back seat to experimentation, with arrangements meant to evoke the energy and spontaneity of their live performances. ‘All At Once’ is a reminder there's a hopeful and joyful energy to underground music-making. Patience, perseverance, and long term dedication still work.
http://screamingfemales.com/


Dog Chocolate and Big Joanie will be playing at our Shopping concert next month! Counting the days! BTW... it's 21 days!




Upset The Rhythm presents…

SHOPPING
DOG CHOCOLATE
BIG JOANIE
Tuesday 6 February
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, E9 6NU

SHOPPING are propulsive bass lines, primitive disco-not-disco drums and guitar lines sharp as broken glass. The band was formed in 2012 by members Rachel Aggs (guitar), Billy Easter (bass) and Andrew Milk (drums), who've all done time in a plethora of notable UK DIY bands including Trash Kit and Wet Dog. They pull from a well of 70's post-punk with a voraciousness seldom seen these days, bringing to mind the jagged aggression of Gang of Four, the voracious yelp of The Slits and the dance inducing thrust of Delta 5 . Their debut LP 'Consumer Complaints' was released November 2013 in the UK via MILK records and quickly sold out its first pressing. A US re-issue of 'Consumer Complaints' came out in 2015 via Fat Cat records, followed up by their excellent second album 'Why Choose?' The band are tirelessly committed to taking their sound to new audiences and spreading the Shopping gospel, securing impressive gigs along the way including main support for ESG and Gang Of Four as well as a BBC 6 Music session for Marc Riley. They have toured in the UK and throughout Europe numerous times over the last few years and last year toured the USA with also awesome Gauche, look out for a new album ‘The Official Body’ through FatCat imminently!

DOG CHOCOLATE sound like a crowded room but are actually four individuals from London. Having played in many other bands including Yeborobo, Limn and Gasp! Cracking Eggs, united they recognise Dog Chocolate as their one true love. Abandoning notions of elegance, cred and professionalism they embrace the ramshackle, instant and fun, capturing a vivid spontaneity with their music. Their sound is a shabby, fast, over-excited ball of wet fur falling down the stairs, knocking over plant pots along the way and staining the carpet. With an average song time of 2 minutes, Dog Chocolate are on to the next treat before fully digesting the last. Chewing up bits of punk, post-punk, noise and pop, Matthew and Robert's guitars race around each other like wasps, pitch-shifting and phasing all over the place while Jono's rolled-up-newspaper drums chase them round the room. The band's new album ‘Moody Balloon Baby’ is readying for release through Upset The Rhythm, who also released their debut 'Snack Fans' in 2016.

BIG JOANIE are a black feminist punk band based in London, UK. They formed in July 2013 to play First Timers in November that year - a gig where every band played their first set. Big Joanie are Chardine Taylor-Stone (drums & vocals), Stephanie Phillips (guitar & vocals) and Estella Adeyeri (bass & vocals). Big Joanie are influenced by Nirvana, Throwing Muses, X-Ray Spex, The Bags, My Bloody Valentine, Darlene Love, Tina Turner, Jesus and the Mary Chain, Breeders, PJ Harvey, Shop Assistants... They're like The Ronettes filtered through 80s DIY and riot grrrl with a sprinkling of dashikis. Big Joanie formed to make powerful music but also to create a continuum for black punks by presenting a strong, powerful vision of black womanhood and discussing the black punks who came before them. By making black punks more visible, they believe they can inspire young black punks to start the bands they always wanted to hear.

Monday, 15 January 2018

David Nance, Negative Space, Midnight Mines all playing Feb 5th in London!

Here's the lowdown on our next London concert, Feb 5th at The Islington with... David Nance, Negative Space and Midnight Mines! 100% AMAZE!


Upset The Rhythm presents…

DAVID NANCE
NEGATIVE SPACE
MIDNIGHT MINES

Monday 5 February
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £6 | http://www.wegottickets.com/event/421393

DAVID NANCE, Omaha veteran of warble and hiss, returns with ‘Negative Boogie’ (Ba Da Bing Records), his new concoction of chug, throb and greasy swagger. For ‘Boogie’, Nance trades in his beaten up Tascam 488 for the bullet-proof, glass walls of A.R.C. Studios. Where else can you brew the negative boogie? It’s a bit like Canned Heat but with Pere Ubu’s queasy rhythms and someone playing five finger fillet with Swell Maps. Ensconced in his ivory tower and soundproof rooms, Nance reached for unlikely weapons to tear down his own lofty experiment. He had his pick of rare guitars, cowbells, steel drums, vintage amps, Crazy Horse microphones, mellotron, and the restless but indefatigable rhythm section of Kevin Donahue and Tom May. They started at sunrise and recorded 15 songs by midnight. Maybe it’s his Midwestern work ethic, maybe he’s a sonic cheapskate. Maybe it’s just the sound of negative boogie. These songs stab and flow into one other like a perfectly orchestrated classic. They’re drenched with Nance’s most biting and comic lyrics to date, peaking on “D.L.A.T.U.M.F. Blues”. And ripping through the entire thing is the cracked power he yanks out of the guitar, a veritable The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of riffage. This is a departure for Nance. It’s bigger and grander but it’s far from easy music. It’s his Plastic Ono Band, his For Your Pleasure, his fever dream of Rocket from the Tombs. Shredders sit with jangling rockers, manic energy spills into depressive torpor, providing the ultimate record experience: one of power, nuance and emotion.
https://davidnance.bandcamp.com

NEGATIVE SPACE
play mysterious gay hardcore. Negative Space released their debut album 'Gestalt' through new London-based queer label Always Restrictions and Drunken Sailor late last year. The record focuses almost exclusively on the miasma of larger inner-city living and the effects of gender dysphoria on the self, 'Gestalt' pushes an overbearing aural disquiet that expands on the band's established tense minimalism while upping the ire, recalling post-punk forefathers like Wire or a peppier Gang of Four while simultaneously feeling wonderfully, urgently now.
https://spacenegative.bandcamp.com/

MIDNIGHT MINES are a self-styled ‘spontaneous music ensemble’ eschewing formal song-writing for laying down improvised bursts of music during their recording sessions. The resulting live jams are subsequently chopped, screwed and assembled into tracks, filtered through their love of obscure 60s garage no-hopers, outsider folk, The Fall, fried dub, early industrial and other esoteric concerns. Baron Saturday and Private Sorrow swap instruments and splice together tracks built out of old drum machines, feedback, 2-note riffs, atonal harmonies, transistor organs and repetitive mantras.  Check out their recent LP on Mystery Plane and the duo’s ‘We Are The Primitives of a New Era’ cassette.
https://midnightmines.bandcamp.com/



Friday, 12 January 2018

The brilliant KA BAIRD is heading to London in March!

Upset The Rhythm presents…




KA BAIRD
Tuesday 6 March
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £7 | http://www.wegottickets.com/event/427919

KA BAIRD is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist living and working in NYC. She is one of the founding and continuing members of the long running avant-psych project Spires That In The Sunset Rise. Described by Jack Rose as a "female Sun City Girls," STITSR have contributed a different slant to the New Folk movement by incorporating various avant-garde and world music influences into their music. Their sound has been compared to the Raincoats, Meredith Monk, Comus and Harry Partch. Their most recent album "Beasts In The Garden" was described by Marc Masters  as "some kind of long-lost Terry Riley/Angus MacLise collaboration, equally devoted to divine repetition and center-seeking ritual."  Since 2001, they have released eight full length records and several side releases.

Since relocating to NYC in November 2014, Baird has set off in numerous directions apart from Spires with new collaborations as well as honing in on her own solo work. Her current work explores piano improvisation, electroacoustic interventions, extended vocal techniques, physical movement, and her unusual electronic manipulation of the flute. She released an album of piano improvisations through Brooklyn label Perfect Wave "See Sun Think Shadow" in November of 2015 and a tribute record "A Love Supreme" dedicated to John Coltrane through Chicago label No Index in January of 2016. Most recently Baird released ’Sapropelic Pycnic’ through Drag City described as a possession, a catharsis, a transformation; an act of physical consumption, a much needed sacred gesture.
https://www.kabaird.com/





Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Nap Eyes return with a new album and a London show at OSLO this May!

 
Excellent news! Nap Eyes are releasing a brand new album in March and are heading back to London this May 8th. Tickets onsale this Friday.


Upset The Rhythm presents…

NAP EYES
Tuesday 8 May
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, E8 1LL
7.30pm | £10 | http://www.wegottickets.com/event/425318
* Tickets go onside at 10am this Friday!

NAP EYES hail from Nova Scotia and Montreal and make crooked, literate guitar pop refracted through the gray Halifax rain. Recorded live to tape with no overdubs, their songs are equal parts shambling and sophisticated, with one eye on the dirt and one trained on the starry firmament, inhabiting a skewed world where odes to NASA and the Earth's magnetic field coexist easily with lyrics about insomnia and drinking too much. In the world of Nap Eyes, workaday details punctuate (and puncture) cosmic concerns, as songwriter, singer, and rhythm guitarist Nigel Chapman wrestles with air and angels, struggling (and often failing) to reconcile the Romantic rifts, both real and imagined, that define our lives: between chaos and order; solipsism and fellowship; the anxiety of social (dis)orders both big and small; and the various intersections and oppositions of religion, art, and science. It's the sound of being young and alive in the city, a tenuous and impermanent counterpoise of recklessness and anxiety, archness and earnestness. Following on from their 2014 debut 'Whine of the Mystic' and ;last year’s ‘Thought Rock Fish Scale’ on Paradise of Bachelors, Nap Eyes will release their third album ‘I’m Bad Now’ on Jagjaguwar. ‘Im Bad Now’ achieves a new sonic clarity, depth, and range to match the group’s effortless melodies and extraordinary writing. It’s the band’s most transparent and personal set of songs to date, in which singer Nigel Chapman interrogates social, psychological, and spiritual milieus for clues about the elusive nature of knowledge.


Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Greg Ashley is coming to London next month!



Upset The Rhythm presents…

GREG ASHLEY
MASS DATURA
Saturday 24 February
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £7 | http://www.wegottickets.com/event/427382

GREG ASHLEY has been a fixture on the underground music scene since the late Nineties while strafing eardrums as a teenager in Houston in garage- punk band The Strate-Coats. Since then he’s proven himself not only as a songwriter, singer and guitar player in bands like The Mirrors & The Gris-Gris, but also as a producer/sound engineer via his Oakland-based Creamery Studio. His career as a solo artist is vast and varied, spanning the gamut between fried-n-beautiful psychedelia, gorgeous & cathartic symphonic suites and gentle, damaged folk music, beginning with 2003’s debut and last leaving us with 2017’s ‘Pictures of Saint Paul Street’ (Trouble In Mind). This recent record carries forward Ashley’s musical palette (a rootsy amalgam of tortured, Cohen-esque folk tinged with the beer soaked recklessness of a West Texas honky-tonk). The songs on ‘Pictures of Saint Paul Street’ are lush & beautiful autopsies of society’s underbelly, with stark and brutally honest ruminations on humanity. Songs like “A Sea of Suckers” & “Pursue The Nightlife” pull no punches, while “Jailbirds & Vagabonds” and “Blues For A Pecan Tree” carouse on a more abstract, human (almost romantic) level. The protagonist in many of Ashley’s songs may be Ashley himself - a true artist willing to admit he’s nowhere near perfect, and honest enough to document his sunrises & sunsets no matter if they occur in his own backyard, or on a barroom floor.
https://gregashley.bandcamp.com/

MASS DATURA have spent the last three years earning a well-deserved reputation for their mesmerising, raw and unpredictable live performances. Mass Datura was initially formed by singer, writer and artist Thomas Rowe (with best friend Joseph Colkett), as an outlet to channel his own strange childhood experiences. Born and raised in the rural ghettos of Western Canada, frontman Rowe discovered at an early age what a powerful form of escapism music could be for him. Landing as an alien in London eight years ago, Rowe gathered a group of like-minded East London misfits around him and from this, Mass Datura formed. Mass Datura take their name from 16th century occult mythology, the Datura flower when ingested was said to give you the ability to levitate, flying through bleak night skies around the world snatching up little children. The band’s debut album was released last year alongside a performance at Liverpool Psych Fest. Mass Datura have managed to support some very exciting bands around the country including L.A. Witch, The Black Angels, A Place to Bury Strangers, Holy Drug Couple, Dark Horses and Black Mountain.


'Her Majesty II' by The Green Child


Check out this lead single by The Green Child, ahead of their debut album released this Friday!

 

x




Friday, 5 January 2018

Moor Mother - Live in London next week!


Hello 2018!

I very much hope you had a great break over Xmas, how quickly the festivities fly by! I’m still taking off my paper crown. Thank you all (so much) for making our seasonal Richard Dawson concert such a success, what a perfect way to finish the year. Moving onto to this year, this month Upset The Rhythm have just the one show booked in. Next Wednesday we’re thrilled to have Moor Mother and No Home both performing at The Islington. All looks set for a stunning evening of purifying noise and extrapolated electronics. Tickets have almost sold out, so please do book in advance to avoid missing out. Read on for all the show detail and more.




This first week back to work we proudly announced two new events in March with superlative, avant-guitarist Bill Orcutt and percussion godhead Chris Corsano. The first show on March 17th sees them team up in their impressive, quake-worthy duo formation. Whilst March 18th witnesses both exploring more electronic solo modes. Great news, I’m sure you’ll agree. Tickets links for both have now been added to our live programme that concludes this message. Can’t look more forward to that, I’ve event asked my optician! Those two stellar shows join a cavalcade of other live events we have booked for the first quarter of 2018, including…David Nance, Shopping, Gun Outfit, Chain And The Gang, Shannon Lay, Joshua Abrams, No Age, Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu), Eric Chenaux and Protomartyr. What a list, that’ll keep us busy.

During the festive doldrums we also found some time to record the fourth installment of our new radio show for French arts hub CAMP. If you’d like to listen to 120 minutes of our favourite music from Arthur Lee Harper to Yura Yura Teikoku, including a few live highlights from our recent shows, then consider yourself in luck, here you go.




\ \ \ \ \     NEXT WEDNESDAY     / / / / /



MOOR MOTHER
NO HOME
Wednesday 10 January
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT

MOOR MOTHER is the viscerally charged output of Philadelphia based interdisciplinary artist, Camae Ayewa. Her music is often harsh and strange, projecting both the cathartic anger of punk and the expansive improvisatory spirit of Sun Ra. Using a variety of machines, field recordings, and analog noisemakers, Ayewa constructs fractured, cacophonous waves for her words of punishing pertinence to ride. As a musician performing under the name she has toured in Europe and the U.S. at numerous festivals, colleges and universities sharing the stage with King Britt, Islam Chipsy, Claudia Rankine and Bell Hooks. As a soundscape artist she has had work featured at Samek Art Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art Chicago, and Everson Museum of Art. Her latest album, Fetish Bones, was released through Don Giovanni Records in September 2016. The album features 13 songs conceived and recorded in Camae's home studio and it is an album intended as a form of protest and as form of time travel - a collection of sounds that are events themselves, telling stories rich in history about the journey that brings us to today and the future we are creating. Fetish Bones is not an album meant to help you forget. It is made so that you will remember the injustices that we bear witness to and participate in.

NO HOME is the musical project of Charlie Joseph. Her most recent EP, Self Preservation, was written over the summer of 2017. On the EP, No Home tackles the toxicity of masculine power, realisations through Tinder dates, and how to preserve yourself. The project takes inspiration from Bon Iver, Frank Ocean and Mitski.


Thanks for listening, here’s to a great 2018!
See you all next Wednesday.
UPSET THE RHYTHM
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MOOR MOTHER
NO HOME
Wednesday 10 January
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT

DAVID NANCE
Monday 5 February
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT

SHOPPING

Tuesday 6 February

Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, E9 6NU

GUN OUTFIT
Tuesday 20 February
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, E9 6NU
7.30pm | £10 |
https://www.wegottickets.com/event/420213

CHAIN AND THE GANG
Monday 26 February
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, E8 1LL

SHANNON LAY
Wednesday 7 March
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT

BILL ORCUTT & CHRIS CORSANO
* DUO PERFORMANCE
Saturday 17 March
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, N1 9JB

* SOLO PERFORMANCES
Sunday 18 March
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT

JOSHUA ABRAMS - NATURAL INFORMATION SOCIETY
Monday 2 April
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, E8 1LL

NO AGE
Wednesday 4 April
Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, 44 Pollard Row, London, E2 6NB

JAMIE STEWART (Xiu Xiu)
ERIC CHENAUX
Monday 9 April
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, N1 9JB

PROTOMARTYR
Thursday 10 May
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King´s Cross, London, N1 9NL