Monday, 21 May 2018

Apostille - UK tour starts this Wednesday!

This Wednesday, Apostille will begin to tear around the UK in support of their forthcoming album, 'Choose Life', out June 8th. Check them out at the following dates:

May

23/05 - Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen with Virginia Wing
24/05 - Nottingham, UK @ The Chameleon with Father Murphy
25/05 - Bristol, UK @ Stag And Hounds with Hounds Schwet x Dance Party
26/05 - London, UK @ The Victoria with Sauna Youth + Static Palm
27/05 - Brighton, UK @ The Pipeline
28/05 - Cardiff, UK @ The Undertone
31/05 - Leeds, UK @ The Fenton

June

01/06 - Newcastle, UK @ Star & Shadow
02/06 - Glasgow, UK @ The Art School with Happy Meals + Sacred Paws


'Choose Life' is available to pre-order now on LP and CD here.

Radio show - episode 8!

Hey there!
We’ve got some staggering tracks from Apostille, Vital Idles and School Damage all featured in our new two hour mix for CAMP radio. Listen up, listen loud, listen now!



Upset The Rhythm - Episode 8
+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*

01. Vital Idles - Blue, Black & White
02. School Damage - Secret Beauty
03. Emmanuelle Parrenin - Les Douze Mois De L’Année
04. Wubeshet Fisseha - Abesha Nat
05. Hardware - Rainy Taxi
06. Art Lande; David Samuels; Paul McCandless - Duck In A Colourful Blanket (For Here)
07. Brigid Mae Power - Live at Upset The Rhythm
08. Daevid Allen & Euterpe - Wise Man In Your Heart
09. Leon Lowman - Eclipse
10. Blaue Reiter - Where He Stands
11. Anna Thorvaldsdottir - Ró
12. Jamie Stewart - Live at Upset The Rhythm
13. Crass - Berkertex Bribe
14. No Age - Live at Upset The Rhythm
15. Apostille - Without Me
16. Glass - Sweet Entropy
17. Art Yard - The Law
18. Leah Owen - Leah
19. The Open Mind - Try Another Day
20. Jordan De La Sierra - Temple of Aesthetic Action
21. Sun Ra - Love In Outer Space
www.upsettherhythm.co.uk

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Mary Ocher show tomorrow in London, Apostille, Sauna Youth & Dog Chocolate next week!

Hey there!
It was great to see so many of you at the label market last Saturday, thanks for keeping us entertained throughout the day with your top chat! Upset The Rhythm have got three shows coming up over the next week or so, here’s our resulting heads up!
Tomorrow, we’re heading to Café OTO for a night of fantastical pop and melody warping galore from the incomparable Mary Ocher. Mary is a multi-media artist whose songs jump around from synth pop to folk to ambient soundscapes. Uniting this eccentric approach to song is her incredible vocal and attention to detail that wins over all when fervidly performed live with a quickened pulse. We have Coldnose providing some improv electronics and Stal Kingsley upping the outsider songwriter stakes too, so there’s no better place to be! Tickets are £8 on the door from 7.30pm, with live music kicking off from 8.15pm.
You can read all about tomorrow’s show plus next week’s two concerts for Apostille, Sauna Youth, Static Palm, Dog Chocolate, Witching Waves and Molejoy all below in expansive detail. Our upcoming programme boasts a newly announced event for Shopping in August at OSLO too. We’ve just announced supports for John Maus and Kristin Hersh today too. Check that all out at the very end of this humble missive, enjoy!

 
Upset The Rhythm presents...
MARY OCHER
COLDNOSE
STAL KINGSLEY
Friday 18 May

Cafe OTO, 22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £8 | TICKETS
MARY OCHER is back, following last year's UK dates with 'The West Against The People', Ocher returns with a new 10"/tape of 'Faust Studio Sessions'. Mary has been persistently creating passionate, uncompromising work, raw, thought provoking, socially and creatively pushing against the current, dealing with subjects of authority, identity and conflict. Her work is as enchanting as it is polarizing, ranging from traditional folk to raw 60s garage, ambient with ethereal vocals and abstract synths, to experimental pop with African and South American rhythms, when accompanied by her drummers. 'The West Against The People' was released on the German label Klangbad in spring 2017 and recorded with Hans Joachim Irmler of Krautrock pioneers Faust. It features solo tracks, as well as tracks with her two drummers Your Government, and elusive cult legends Die Todliche Doris and Felix Kubin. 'Faust Studio Sessions' showcases additional collaborations with cello player Julia Kent and German experimental artist Hans Unstern. Her previous solo release was produced by Canadian Psych Rock&Roll guru King Khan.
https://maryocher.bandcamp.com/

COLDNOSE is Jin Botani’s project that blends her Kurdish heritage with partly improvised dance music. Incorporating elements of acid, electro and industrial alongside her vocal. Check out her two tape releases on the Swedish labels Zeon Light and Funeral Fog and a track on the French label Hylé for her only released material so far. Four new tracks were recorded at Goldsmiths Studio with Francine Perry (La Leif/Orka) last year and will be out later this year on vinyl.
https://coldnose.bandcamp.com/

STAL KINGSLEY is a London-based artist who released 2 EPs last year entitled ‘Useless Boy’ and ‘Odaxelagnia’. His songs are inventive and catchy yet melodically experimental, something akin to Ariel Pink and Cleaners From Venus in his love of the lo-fi pop swirl and head spin.
https://soundcloud.com/stal-kingsley
 
DOG CHOCOLATE
WITCHING WAVES
MOLEJOY
Friday 25 May
The Macbeth, 70 Hoxton St, Hoxton, London, N1 6LP
7pm-10.30pm | £3 | Tickets on the door!
DOG CHOCOLATE sound like a crowded room but are actually four individuals from London. 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. This party is a celebration in honour of the band's new album ‘Moody Balloon Baby’ (out May 15th) through Upset The Rhythm, who also released their debut 'Snack Fans' in 2016.
WITCHING WAVES are a post-punk trio from London, writing songs that are a satisfying mix of pop sensibility and tumult. Emma and Mark’s dual vocals juxtapose brilliantly – from calm composure to world-weary petulance; their aptitude for combining melody with belligerence being the most triumphant facet. Check out both their brilliant albums to date on Soft Power.
MOLEJOY is a band, undermining with joyous anger pangs. On their own terms. non-heroic beats for anyone who wants them. Songs/sounds about microwaves, banging yourself and radicalising your children. Kind of like .... we don't really know. Sometimes there's a flute. Molejoy is Gyles Brunch, Sophie Chapman and Kerri Jefferis.
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
APOSTILLE
SAUNA YOUTH
STATIC PALM
Saturday 26 May
The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Rd, Dalston, London, E8 3AS

7.30pm | £7 |TICKETS
APOSTILLE is a man who's torn through enough sound-systems to know the difference between gesture and meaning. Alongside running his own DIY record label, Glasgow native, Michael Kasparis has spent the last few years making forays into the realm of hardcore punk with his groups Anxiety and The Lowest Form. Throughout all this, his solo electronic venture, Apostille has continued to evolve with each twist and turn of the world. What started off as a quest to whip up a mood and force that into a song has steadily become more of a mission in communication. His audacious 2015 debut album 'Powerless' self-released through Night School set the template by hooking up his honest delivery to some manic expositions in electronic pop. At once minimal and courageous with intent to connect, Apostille songs race off with unchecked abandon, skittering drum machines, thick walls of sequenced synth and decidedly elastic basslines. 'Choose Life' (out June 8th on Upset The Rhythm) is both the album Apostille chose to make and had to make. He dialled down the clown, built up a new-found confidence in his voice and melody in general and began to feel more at home in the refuge of pop music (with a capital P). All the truest pop music speaks to us of escape and through this new album Apostille allows its transformative power to fully manifest. It's an album full of life and energy, and like his live show as disobedient as it is heroic in its pursuit of liberation.
https://apostille.bandcamp.com/ 

SAUNA YOUTH are an evolving band of future humans making truly irregular punk, not quite comparable to anything else. "Weird" is a meaningless platitude and "art punk" is a classifier that shouldn't be required. Consisting of Boon (drums, vocals), Pines (guitar), Ecke (vocals, sampler) and Mince (bass), Sauna Youth are a punk band that's happy to embrace all of the contradictions that go along with that notion. On paper, Sauna Youth sound considered - live, they can barely be contained. They are at times furious, unstoppable and severe, with the sampler wailing like an alarm coming from a parallel universe - then chugging, poppy, harmonious and fun. Forever loud. 2015's totemic 'Distractions' album (Upset The Rhythm) is a record that feels instinctive and natural, flowing freely from a band that have come to terms with the sum of its parts.
http://lostinidea.blogspot.co.uk/

STATIC PALM is the solo project of James Burgess, featuring his synth & drum-machine led brooding post-punk. Fans of John Maus, Total Control, Tuxedomoon and other practitioners of ice-cold music will enjoy.
 
Thanks as always for reading, see you tomorrow!
Upset The Rhythm
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UPSET THE RHYTHM
UPCOMING SHOWS  
MARY OCHER
COLDNOSE
STAL KINGSLEY
Friday 18 May
Cafe OTO, 22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £8 | TICKETS
SCREAMING FEMALES
WITCHING WAVES
PORRIDGE RADIO
Wednesday 23 May
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
7.30pm | SOLD OUT
DOG CHOCOLATE
WITCHING WAVES
MOLEJOY
Friday 25 May
The Macbeth, 70 Hoxton St, Hoxton, London, N1 6LP
7pm-10.30pm | £3 | Tickets on the door!
APOSTILLE
SAUNA YOUTH
STATIC PALM
Saturday 26 May
The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Rd, Dalston, London, E8 3AS
7.30pm | £7 | TICKETS
JOHN MAUS
NICK NICELY
COLIN POTTER
Thursday 14 June
Electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High St, London, NW1 8QP
7.30pm | £15.00 | TICKETS
KRISTIN HERSH
FRED ABONG
Monday 18 June
Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, Camden, London, NW1 7AY
7.30pm | £24 | TICKETS
YUNOHANA VARIATIONS:
YOSHIMIO & ROBERT AIKI AUBREY LOWE & SUSIE IBARRA

Tuesday 26 June
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
SHOPPING
ES
KATY & NICK
Saturday 11th August
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
6.30pm - 10pm | £10 | TICKETS
SHANNON AND THE CLAMS
Tuesday 4 September
The Garage, 20-22 Highbury Corner, London, N5 1RD
7.30pm | £12.50 | TICKETS
SCREAMING FEMALES
Tuesday 11 September
100 Club, 100 Oxford St, Oxford Street, London, W1D 1LL
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS

John Maus in London next month!


Very pleased to announce that Nick Nicely and Colin Potter will be performing at our John Maus show next month at the Electric Ballroom, here's the poster!

Tickets on sale here: www.upsettherhythm.co.uk

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Shopping to play London this August 11th!



Shopping + Es + Katy & Nick all playing in London at Oslo (Hackney) this August 11th! Turning up the heat on August!! Tickets now onsale!


Upset The Rhythm presents…

SHOPPING
ES
KATY & NICK

Saturday 11th August
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
6.30pm - 10pm | £10 | http://www.wegottickets.com/event/440432

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. Shopping’s brand new album ‘The Official Body’ (FatCat) has met with glowing reviews proclaiming it as exhilarating as it is mesmerising, we can’t agree enough!
https://soundcloud.com/shoppingband 

ES are four women based between London and Glasgow making 'mutant synth-punk for our dystopian present’ (Jes Skolnik). Tense, bass driven and synth heavy with frantic drumming and cold, direct vocals, their debut 12”, ’Object Relations’, delivers 4 tracks of gelid guitar-less post punk that is equal parts sparse and cosmic. Think of a mix of KUKL with No Defences jamming with Xmal Deutschland and you may be getting there.
https://esband.bandcamp.com/releases

KATY & NICK is Katy Cotterell of Gloss Rejection & ES and Nick Carlisle of Bamboo. This is their very British haunted take on synth wave. An abrasive synth punk, not the icy distance of some of the finest continental practitioners. This is the ennui of a damp bedsit in a bad Victorian conversion, not the existentialism of a brutalist estate. There’s a little bit of YMO to the hyper-simple melodies that loop throughout their songs too. An appropriate counterpoint are the arpeggiated synth bursts that thread their way through too.
https://katyandnick.bandcamp.com/releases

Friday, 11 May 2018

'Moody Balloon Baby' out today, plus upcoming London shows for Mary Ocher and Apostille!

 
 
Hello again!
What a wild week it’s been with our four shows in a row, thanks to all of you for making it out. Today we’re overjoyed to share Dog Chocolate's stunning new album, ‘Moody Balloon Baby’, with you in all its fervour! Released today through Upset The Rhythm it is 180 grams of black plastic serving up all the rabble-rousing energy & eye-watering absurdity of the human condition in 2018, plus its got a big, green, scowling balloon baby on the cover, bonus!
 
‘Moody Balloon Baby’ is available in all the best shops worldwide & directly from our webshop here.
 
Why not celebrate all things non-professional and listen to the very first song that kicks off this cavalcade of thought & song? Here’s ‘Amateurs Forever’:
 
 
Textures that come to mind when listening to 'Moody Balloon Baby':

* A plastic broom that has been used to sweep up glowing embers and the bristles have melted.
 
* A pink chalk that got stepped on.
 
* A green beam from a laser-pen scuttling around on a pebbledash façade.
 
* A biro shoved through a custard doughnut.
 
 
 
Dog Chocolate are four people:

* Jonathan hits 2 drums and a cymbal with force and conviction. Matthew plays his guitar through an array of confounding soundhouses. Robert has no soundhouses but his guitar fingers are deft. Andrew tends to a pocket menagerie of homemade percussion, keyboard and harmonica.
 
* Andrew could be said to be singer number 1, with Robert and Matthew singers 2 and 3 respectively. On this album Andrew and Robert often trade verses, like the Beastie Boys.
 
* The band members love each other very much.
 
Emotionally the lyrics veer from whimsical, to angry, to silly, to sad, often in the same song.
 
Some of the subjects addressed include:
 
* Subconscious inspiration.
 
* English nationalism.
 
* The post-colonial discomfort surrounding museum displays.
 
* The enigma of rocks.
 
* Wanting to be tiny and free of responsibilities in the face of the massive world.
 
* Environmental concern/internet guilt.
 
* Cosmic aligned co-incidences and why to trust them.
 
 
 
A recurring theme on the album is an investigation of the creative act itself. What does it mean to make things? Does it matter if those things are ignored or forgotten? Why be in a band at all? What are the problems with the Genius narrative? Is it ever ok to use animals in your art? In the face of a weird world getting ever weirder what role does art play, if any at all?
 
The Jury is out on whether Dog Chocolate is a self-help band or an ideologically foggy protest band, but in just under 25 minutes the band manage to cram in bucket-loads of ideas, mess, confusion and fun.
 
 
 

 
We’re throwing a ‘Moody Balloon Baby’ album launch party on Friday 25th May at The Macbeth, read on for more details on that, along with the full write-up for next week’s concert by the always fantastical Mary Ocher at Café OTO. Coldnose and Stal Kingsley are set to support Mary at this event too. We also detail below our Apostille, Sauna Youth and Static Palm event coming up fast at the end of this month (May 26th)!
 
In our concluding list of upcoming engagements you’ll also find a brand new live show for Shannon And The Clams on September 4th at The Garage too, that’ll be a grand occasion, tickets are on sale now.
 
Tomorrow, we’re rounding off our busy week by taking part in the Independent Label Market at Spitalfields Market. We’ll be selling lots of new Upset The Rhythm wares (including this new Dog Chocolate LP) and most of our back catalogue at some great prices too, so please pop down (from 11am til 6.30pm) and call out in our general direction if you find yourselves in the neighbourhood. There are so many other great labels involved with this event (including Bella Union, Erased Tapes, Fire, 4AD, Gringo, Mexican Summer), plus you’ll find our stall next to Matador in the northern quarter, have a gander at the plan to orientate yourselves and we’ll see you tomorrow.
 
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents...
 
MARY OCHER
COLDNOSE
STAL KINGSLEY
Friday 18 May

Cafe OTO, 22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £8 | TICKETS
 
MARY OCHER is back, following last year's UK dates with 'The West Against The People', Ocher returns with a new 10"/tape of 'Faust Studio Sessions'. Mary has been persistently creating passionate, uncompromising work, raw, thought provoking, socially and creatively pushing against the current, dealing with subjects of authority, identity and conflict. Her work is as enchanting as it is polarizing, ranging from traditional folk to raw 60s garage, ambient with ethereal vocals and abstract synths, to experimental pop with African and South American rhythms, when accompanied by her drummers. 'The West Against The People' was released on the German label Klangbad in spring 2017 and recorded with Hans Joachim Irmler of Krautrock pioneers Faust. It features solo tracks, as well as tracks with her two drummers Your Government, and elusive cult legends Die Todliche Doris and Felix Kubin. 'Faust Studio Sessions' showcases additional collaborations with cello player Julia Kent and German experimental artist Hans Unstern. Her previous solo release was produced by Canadian Psych Rock&Roll guru King Khan.
https://maryocher.bandcamp.com/

COLDNOSE is Jin Botani’s project that blends her Kurdish heritage with partly improvised dance music. Incorporating elements of acid, electro and industrial alongside her vocal. Check out her two tape releases on the Swedish labels Zeon Light and Funeral Fog and a track on the French label Hylé for her only released material so far. Four new tracks were recorded at Goldsmiths Studio with Francine Perry (La Leif/Orka) last year and will be out later this year on vinyl.
https://coldnose.bandcamp.com/

STAL KINGSLEY is a London-based artist who released 2 EPs last year entitled ‘Useless Boy’ and ‘Odaxelagnia’. His songs are inventive and catchy yet melodically experimental, something akin to Ariel Pink and Cleaners From Venus in his love of the lo-fi pop swirl and head spin.
https://soundcloud.com/stal-kingsley
 
 
 
 
DOG CHOCOLATE
WITCHING WAVES
MOLEJOY
Friday 25 May
The Macbeth, 70 Hoxton St, Hoxton, London, N1 6LP
7pm-10.30pm | £3 | Tickets on the door!
 
DOG CHOCOLATE sound like a crowded room but are actually four individuals from London. 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. This party is a celebration in honour of the band's new album ‘Moody Balloon Baby’ (out May 15th) through Upset The Rhythm, who also released their debut 'Snack Fans' in 2016.
 
WITCHING WAVES are a post-punk trio from London, writing songs that are a satisfying mix of pop sensibility and tumult. Emma and Mark’s dual vocals juxtapose brilliantly – from calm composure to world-weary petulance; their aptitude for combining melody with belligerence being the most triumphant facet. Check out both their brilliant albums to date on Soft Power.
 
MOLEJOY is a band, undermining with joyous anger pangs. On their own terms. non-heroic beats for anyone who wants them. Songs/sounds about microwaves, banging yourself and radicalising your children. Kind of like .... we don't really know. Sometimes there's a flute. Molejoy is Gyles Brunch, Sophie Chapman and Kerri Jefferis.
 
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
 
APOSTILLE
SAUNA YOUTH
STATIC PALM
Saturday 26 May
The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Rd, Dalston, London, E8 3AS

7.30pm | £7 |TICKETS
 
APOSTILLE is a man who's torn through enough sound-systems to know the difference between gesture and meaning. Alongside running his own DIY record label, Glasgow native, Michael Kasparis has spent the last few years making forays into the realm of hardcore punk with his groups Anxiety and The Lowest Form. Throughout all this, his solo electronic venture, Apostille has continued to evolve with each twist and turn of the world. What started off as a quest to whip up a mood and force that into a song has steadily become more of a mission in communication. His audacious 2015 debut album 'Powerless' self-released through Night School set the template by hooking up his honest delivery to some manic expositions in electronic pop. At once minimal and courageous with intent to connect, Apostille songs race off with unchecked abandon, skittering drum machines, thick walls of sequenced synth and decidedly elastic basslines. 'Choose Life' (out June 8th on Upset The Rhythm) is both the album Apostille chose to make and had to make. He dialled down the clown, built up a new-found confidence in his voice and melody in general and began to feel more at home in the refuge of pop music (with a capital P). All the truest pop music speaks to us of escape and through this new album Apostille allows its transformative power to fully manifest. It's an album full of life and energy, and like his live show as disobedient as it is heroic in its pursuit of liberation.
https://apostille.bandcamp.com/ 

SAUNA YOUTH are an evolving band of future humans making truly irregular punk, not quite comparable to anything else. "Weird" is a meaningless platitude and "art punk" is a classifier that shouldn't be required. Consisting of Boon (drums, vocals), Pines (guitar), Ecke (vocals, sampler) and Mince (bass), Sauna Youth are a punk band that's happy to embrace all of the contradictions that go along with that notion. On paper, Sauna Youth sound considered - live, they can barely be contained. They are at times furious, unstoppable and severe, with the sampler wailing like an alarm coming from a parallel universe - then chugging, poppy, harmonious and fun. Forever loud. 2015's totemic 'Distractions' album (Upset The Rhythm) is a record that feels instinctive and natural, flowing freely from a band that have come to terms with the sum of its parts.
http://lostinidea.blogspot.co.uk/

STATIC PALM is the solo project of James Burgess, featuring his synth & drum-machine led brooding post-punk. Fans of John Maus, Total Control, Tuxedomoon and other practitioners of ice-cold music will enjoy.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks for spending your time with us! Catch you tomorrow down the market!
Upset The Rhythm
 
 
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UPSET THE RHYTHM
UPCOMING SHOWS 
MARY OCHER
COLDNOSE
STAL KINGSLEY
Friday 18 May
Cafe OTO, 22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £8 | TICKETS
 
SCREAMING FEMALES
WITCHING WAVES
PORRIDGE RADIO
Wednesday 23 May
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
DOG CHOCOLATE
WITCHING WAVES
MOLEJOY
Friday 25 May
The Macbeth, 70 Hoxton St, Hoxton, London, N1 6LP
7pm-10.30pm | £3 | Tickets on the door!
 
APOSTILLE
SAUNA YOUTH
STATIC PALM
Saturday 26 May
The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Rd, Dalston, London, E8 3AS
7.30pm | £7 | TICKETS
 
JOHN MAUS
Thursday 14 June
Electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High St, London, NW1 8QP
7.30pm | £15.00 | TICKETS
 
An evening with…
KRISTIN HERSH
Monday 18 June
Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, Camden, London, NW1 7AY
7.30pm | £24 | TICKETS
 
YUNOHANA VARIATIONS:
YOSHIMIO & ROBERT AIKI AUBREY LOWE & SUSIE IBARRA

Tuesday 26 June
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
SHANNON AND THE CLAMS
Tuesday 4 September
The Garage, 20-22 Highbury Corner, London, N5 1RD
7.30pm | £12.50 | TICKETS
 
SCREAMING FEMALES
Tuesday 11 September
100 Club, 100 Oxford St, Oxford Street, London, W1D 1LL
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 




Dog Chocolate's 'Moody Balloon Baby' released today!



Dog Chocolate's stunning new album, Moody Balloon Baby, is released today in all its fervour! 180 grams of black plastic serving up all the rabble-rousing energy & eye-watering absurdity of the human condition in 2018, plus its got a big, green, scowling balloon baby on the cover, bonus!

Available in all the best shops worldwide and directly from us here now: http://upsettherhythm.bigcartel.com/
 
Have a listen to the very first song kicking off this cavalcade of thought & song:
 
 

Here's the band's poster for the album launch later this month too!


 

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Shannon And The Clams are back in London this September!


Upset The Rhythm presents…

SHANNON AND THE CLAMS
Tuesday 4 September
The Garage, 20-22 Highbury Corner, Islington, London, N5 1RD
7.30pm | £12.50 | http://www.wegottickets.com/event/438091 

* Tickets go onsale this Friday at 10am!

SHANNON AND THE CLAMS are from Oakland, California and comprise of Shannon Shaw (vocals, bass), Cody Blanchard (vocals, guitar), and Ian Amberson (drums, vocals). Sounding like a prom band from 1964 getting dosed with acid and having the sweetest lovelorn freak out, Shannon And The Clams defy expectations. Imagine a brawling Etta James, backed up by the 13th Floor Elevators singing Shangri La's tunes. Shannon has a voice that can go from a sweet girl group croon to a bluesy ballsy growl before you realize you're headed for the (dance) floor. It's total punk rock bop, brimming with doo-wop glory delivered to your door by the Homecoming Queen and Kings of weirdo rock 'n' roll. What started as an open mic project for a shy, young Shannon to try out some tunes ended with the Clams meeting and forming a band. Many have said to have been possessed by thee (eerily similar at times) haunted howls and beautiful growls of their two lead vocalists, hypnotized by their heavy heartbeats, and mesmerized by their magical music.

Your ears may become infested with a real Buddy Holly jolly kinda joy (oh boy) while you stutter along to a hiccupy song. Take a scratch and a sniff at these stickers and get bit by their bad-brained snarls. It's always Christmas (if you want it). It's your party time, and it's excellent. Cry-yi-yi if you want to, but be sure to surf a splish-splash with a laugh later. New album, ‘Onion’ (Easy Eye Sound) is monumental; immense, magnificent, and unforgettable. Shannon and the Clams have pioneered their way into a lonesome land where the past still lives in the long shadows of a hot afternoon, where whispering spirits follow high along canyon walls, and if you sink your fingers into the dusty hard-packed earth you pull out hands smeared with blood.
http://shannonandtheclams.com/


Friday, 4 May 2018

Next week: Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Nap Eyes, Matana Roberts and Protomartyr in London!

 
 
Afternoon all!
 
We’ve got a potent week planned for you over the next seven days so wanted to share the details. On bank holiday Monday at Moth Club we’re very lucky to have a trio of our favourite bands performing including Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, Dog Chocolate and Charismatic Megafauna. Collectively they all strive towards perfecting the surreal humour that unlocks the power of pop. It’s been an age since Ed & Devlin were last over here with Future Islands, so we can’t wait to see them again in majestic form with their opulent new record.
 
 
 
 
Then next Tuesday Nap Eyes will bring their peerless indie rock narratives to OSLO, also in Hackney. They just get better with every step taken and their new album has been glued to our turntable in UTR headquarters, so it’s fantastic to have them back in London so soon. Support comes from the resplendent Haley Heynderickx too, so that can’t any more vital!
 
 
 
Wednesday sees us go south of the river and pitch up in Peckham at Ghost Notes in the Peckham Levels. For this special show we welcome saxophonist and experimentalist Matana Roberts in an all-encompassing collaboration with British sound artist Kelly-Jayne Jones (prepared tapes, rocks, text, flute).
 
We also have some oblique, cranky textured ambience from Coby Sey planned too.
 
Protomartyr are in town at The Scala on Thursday night and they’ve chosen Ana Da Silva (of The Raincoats) and Rattle to perform alongside them on the bill. What a formidable way to round off this run of four shows in a row!
 
Tickets for all four of these are still available but advisably bought in advance from the links below.
 
 
 
 

 
Since we last caught up we’ve also announced a special new live concert from Kristin Hersh of Throwing Muses and 50FOOTWAVE. This will take place at Cecil Sharp House on June 18th, with tickets on sale now. Anyone who’s seen Kristin’s incredible show before can attest to how inspiring the whole performance proves.
 
Our live programme that concludes this message includes full details and ticket links for this exciting prospect.
 
We’d also like to mention that Upset The Rhythm will be taking part in next Saturday’s Independent Label Market at Spitalfields too, where we’ll be selling lots of new wares (including Dog Chocolate's brand new album) and most of our back catalogue at some great prices too, so please pop down (from 10am til 6pm) and say hello if you’re in the neighbourhood, so many other great labels involved with us, not to mention breweries too, here’s the poster:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
 
ED SCHRADER’S MUSIC BEAT
DOG CHOCOLATE
CHARISMATIC MEGAFAUNA
Monday 7 May
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney, London, E9 6NU
7.30pm | £7.50 | TICKETS
 
ED SCHRADER’S MUSIC BEAT are Ed Schrader and Devlin Rice - a minimalist punk duo from the fair city of Baltimore, Maryland. In the beginning there was only Ed: a man unhinged, channeling to the world a sacred message in the form of song. His only divining instruments: a single floor tom, one light, and a commanding baritone. He's a master songsmith who has reduced pop and punk to their most basic building blocks. Ed was soon joined by Devlin on bass, who proved to be an acute match for encapsulating the space-time from whence they came. Their union quickly brought about the release of their 2012 debut album 'Jazz Mind' and 2014's 'Party Jail' through Upset The Rhythm which The Wire said recalled "the percussion-heavy chants of Liars", with Ed "affecting a mournful Arthur Russell tone on the a cappella songs" whilst "roaring like Rollins" on the album's faster numbers. Since then, Ed Schrader's Music Beat have toured frequently in North America and Europe, notably alongside their friends Future Islands.
 
New album, 'Riddles' begins their new life. In search of a fresh direction, Ed and Devlin invited their close friend, electronic-pop maestro Dan Deacon, to expand their sound and experiment with them as the album's producer, arranger, and co-writer. Working steadily in Dan's studio for two years in total collaboration, three evolving musicians pushed through an intense period of personal tumult and found purpose in the sounds they were committing to record. The result: a polished and passionate masterpiece of nuanced alt-rock. From driving opening track 'Dunce' and the soaring single 'Riddles' to the disarmingly gorgeous closer 'Culebra', Ed and Devlin unapologetically channel a personal pantheon of pop and rock gods while growing into the band and people they'd previously kept caged inside. 'Riddles' is out now through Carpark Records.
 
DOG CHOCOLATE sound like a crowded room but are actually four individuals from London. 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’ (out May 15th) is readying for release through Upset The Rhythm, who also released their debut 'Snack Fans' in 2016.
 
CHARISMATIC MEGAFAUNA are a trio from London making party punk for the politically minded. They are a thunderous tribe on the brink of total collapse, intelligent, shouty, the whole she-bang. Check out their debut album ‘Semi-Regular’ out now, you won’t regret it!
 
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
 
NAP EYES
HALEY HEYNDERICKX
Tuesday 8 May
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
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.
 
HALEY HEYNDERICKX is an emphatic singer/songwriter from Portland. Through soft acoustic guitar picking and deftly accented trombone sighs, Heynderickx's music immediately recalls folk music of the '60s and '70s mixed with a love of jazz radio. But Heynderickx's singing, her vocals that range from sultry to operatic, belie a tenacity in her soul. Her debut album, named 'I Need to Start a Garden' is due out March 2nd via Mama Bird Recording Co.
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
 
MATANA ROBERTS & KELLY-JAYNE JONES
COBY SEY
Wednesday 9 May
Ghost Notes, Peckham Levels, 95A Rye Lane, Peckham, London, SE15 4ST
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
Internationally renowned US composer, saxophonist, mixed-media practitioner, and sonic voyager Matana Roberts (perhaps best known for her acclaimed Coin Coin project, ongoing and unfolding via Constellation Records) and British sound artist/improviser Kelly Jayne Jones. Roberts and Jones will weave their own approaches into live collaborative works informed by deeply expressive playing, tactile electro-acoustic interplay and a broader shared politics of resistance/defiance. This Upset The Rhythm show is part of the first in a series of special live shows commissioned by OUTLANDS, a new national experimental music touring network.
 
MATANA ROBERTS is an internationally renowned composer, band leader, saxophonist, sound experimentalist and mixed-media practitioner. Roberts works in many contexts and mediums, including improvisation, dance, poetry, and theatre, and has released a diverse body of solo and ensemble work under her own name on Constellation Records and Central Control over the past decade. She is perhaps best known for her acclaimed Coin Coin project, a multi-chapter work of "panoramic sound quilting" that aims to expose the mystical roots and channel the intuitive spirit-raising traditions of American creative expression while maintaining a deep and substantive engagement with narrativity, history, community and political expression within improvisatory musical structures. Constellation began documenting the Coin Coin project in 2011 and has released the first three of a projected twelve album-length chapters to date.
 
KELLY-JAYNE JONES makes use of varying combinations of prepared recordings, text, rocks, found sounds and flute. Her work beckons a tussle with uncertainty, inviting exposure and vulnerability in performance, chasing experiences that open our chasms within, without restraint. Searching for humble principles of growth; physics; sound, connecting with others in the same space/moment, customary experimental play, with threads and beads of improvisation and interactivity. KJJ has had residencies at Arnolfini in Bristol UK and Kunstalle Bergen, Norway, and has produced commissioned works for Haris Epaminonda at dOCUMENTA13, Tate Modern, ICA London, Schirn Frankfurt, Point Centre Nicosia. She has performed, solo and with part wild horses mane on both sides, at CCA Glasgow, Trieze Gallery Paris, Borealis Festival, Tectonics Reykjavik, Hangar Bicocca in Milan and at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
 
COBY SEY is a vocalist, musician and DJ, who, after years spent buzzing around the DIY artist circuitry of South East London, has developed a distinctive presence as a performer and producer offering a shifting, disorienting vision of club music. A long-time collaborator with Mica Levi, Tirzah, Babyfather, Klein and Kwes, Coby's recorded work - as best evidenced on the 'Whities 010: Transport for Lewisham' 10" - spans the realms of live instrumentation, sample-based productions and experimental music, melding recognisable motifs of hip hop, drone, jazz, grime and more into a dubbed-out anaesthesia. Live, these dreamlike compositions are imbued with a heavy, uneasy dancefloor energy, often abetted by live vocals as well as saxophone interjections c/o regular cohorts Ben Vince and Calderwood. Coby's open-door approach to sharing and making music stretches to his work with London collective Curl, who release records and host events with a collaborative, improvisatory approach, as well as a regular slot on NTS which offers a portal into his appealingly murky musical world.
https://soundcloud.com/cobysey            
 
 
 
 
 
Upset The Rhythm presents…
 
PROTOMARTYR
ANA DA SILVA
RATTLE
Thursday 10 May
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King´s Cross, London, N1 9NL
7.30pm | £12.50 | TICKETS
 
PROTOMARTYR return to London next May for their biggest show yet! Protomartyr play a taut, austere rock that's been incubated in a freezing Detroit warehouse littered with beer cans and cigarette butts and warmed occasionally by space heaters. Short songs made for short practices, and the band learned quickly not to waste time. Despite the cold, Protomartyr emerged with a sound that is idiosyncratic but relatable, hooky but off-kilter. With respect to the local predecessors, this isn't the primitive stomp of The Dirtbombs or The Stooges' greasy roar. Punk works, kind of, even if it leaves the hardcore kids confused. Post-punk suggests something too retro; indie rock, something too precious. What Protomartyr is, is "stuck between the cracks." If that's the case, though, they aren't alone. Protomartyr's economical rock elicits comparisons to possible antecedents like Pere Ubu or The Fall as well as local contemporaries like Frustrations or Tyvek (whose frontman Kevin Boyer played bass in an early iteration of Protomartyr). Singer Joe Casey's dry declarative snarl serves as a reliable anchor, granting his bandmates (guitarist Greg Ahee, drummer Alex Leonard and bassist Scott Davidson) the opportunity to explore textures and reinforce the rhythm section. This is never more apparent than on the band's brand new album entitled 'Relatives In Descent', out now through Domino. This show follows on from the band's long sold out Tufnell Park Dome show planned for next month.
 
ANA DA SILVA is a founding member of the pioneering female punk band The Raincoats. Ana has continually worked on music, in some shape or form, since the group disbanded in 1984. Soon after the release of The Raincoats' final album album, 'Moving', Da Silva collaborated with This Heat drummer Charles Hayward on a project called Roseland; they recorded a few demos together, but the duo faltered after that. She also wrote music for choreographer Gaby Agis' productions, but spent much of the '80s and early '90s painting and working in an antique shop. The Raincoats' reunion spurred Da Silva and the rest of the group to write new songs, resulting in the band's fifth album, 1996's 'Looking in the Shadows'. Da Silva resurfaced in 2005 with her solo record 'Lighthouse', a largely electronic collection of songs that she wrote, recorded, and produced herself for Chicks On Speed records.
 
RATTLE are a Nottingham based duo, Rattle focus almost exclusively on drums and more drums, beneath a delicate overlay of vocal harmonies and percussive effects. Formed by Katharine Eira Brown (also of Kogumaza) and Theresa Wrigley (also of Fists), Rattle began as an experiment in crafting rich songs and melody using drums and voice alone. Their music weaves and intertwines post-punk, minimalism and experimental rock, through off-kilter rhythms, patterns and counter melodies. Often starting by picking out the ghost notes from the drums to develop a melody, the song then reveals itself in rounds and harmonies with layer upon layer of rhythm and vocal, lending a choral feel to some of the tracks. Rattle effortlessly blend the avant-garde with irresistible melodies and hypnotic drum beats, using rhythm and harmony to create a refreshing sound that is utterly new - a pretty rare feat these days when we're saturated with so much music. Rattle's debut self-titled album will be released on Upset The Rhythm and I Own You, look out this Summer for it's follow up.
 

    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Have a great weekend, see you a lot next week!
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UPSET THE RHYTHM
UPCOMING SHOWS 
ED SCHRADER’S MUSIC BEAT
DOG CHOCOLATE
CHARISMATIC MEGAFAUNA
Monday 7 May
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, London, E9 6NU
7.30pm | £7.50 | TICKETS
 
NAP EYES
HALEY HEYNDERICKX
Tuesday 8 May
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
MATANA ROBERTS & KELLY-JAYNE JONES
COBY SEY
Wednesday 9 May
Ghost Notes, Peckham Levels, 95A Rye Lane, Peckham, London, SE15 4ST
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
PROTOMARTYR
ANA DA SILVA
RATTLE
Thursday 10 May
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King´s Cross, London, N1 9NL
7pm | £12.50 | TICKETS
 
MARY OCHER
COLDNOSE
STAL KINGSLEY
Friday 18 May
Cafe OTO, 22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £8 | TICKETS
 
SCREAMING FEMALES
WITCHING WAVES
PORRIDGE RADIO
Wednesday 23 May
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
7.30pm | £10 | TICKETS
 
APOSTILLE
SAUNA YOUTH
STATIC PALM
Saturday 26 May
The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Rd, Dalston, London, E8 3AS
7.30pm | £6 | TICKETS
 
JOHN MAUS
Thursday 14 June
Electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High St, London, NW1 8QP
7.30pm | £15.00 | TICKETS
 
An evening with…
KRISTIN HERSH
Monday 18 June
Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, Camden, London, NW1 7AY
7.30pm | £24 | TICKETS
 
YUNOHANA VARIATIONS:
YOSHIMIO & ROBERT AIKI AUBREY LOWE & SUSIE IBARRA

Tuesday 26 June
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
SCREAMING FEMALES
Tuesday 11 September
100 Club, 100 Oxford St, Oxford Street, London, W1D 1LL
7.30pm | £12 | TICKETS
 
 
Afternoon all!
 
We’ve got a potent week planned for you over the next seven days so wanted to share the details. On bank holiday Monday at Moth Club we’re very lucky to have a trio of our favourite bands performing including Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, Dog Chocolate and Charismatic Megafauna. Collectively they all strive towards perfecting the surreal humour that unlocks the power of pop. It’s been an age since Ed & Devlin were last over here with Future Islands, so we can’t wait to see them again in majestic form with their opulent new record.