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RATTLE RELEASED

5 August 2016

Today sees the release of Rattle's debut album, so from this moment you can now pick it up from all the best shops around the world or directly through our mail order shop here. Often starting by picking out the ghost notes from the drums to develop a melody, their songs reveal themselves in rounds and harmonies with layer upon layer of rhythm and vocal, lending a choral feel to some of the tracks on their self-titled debut album.

The fantastic 'The Girls Are' blog have just premiered the whole stream of the album too, here's the link, happy listening!

DEERHOOF DISPOSSESSED

25 July 2016

Thank yous go out to Clash Magazine for hosting our new Deerhoof video for their 'Dispossessor' track from new album 'The Magic'. Looking at actual, real, tangible magic in mathematics via The Banach-Tarski paradox and friend of the band Professor Appleblossom, the video is a whirlwind of mutations and replications with hula hoops, toothpaste and chalked equations all featuring! 'The Magic' is out now on Upset The Rhythm.

RATTLE - 'STRINGER BELL' VIDEO

14 July 2016

The good people at Gold Flake Paint have just premiered Rattle's first video from their forthcoming debut album. Whoever thought you could use a misted spray of water as a piece of percussion? Watch Rattle get to work with drums, vibraslap, bells and vocals galore now. 'Rattle' on LP and CD will be released on August 5th, pre-order available now!

TERRY - 'HOT HEADS' VIDEO

12 July 2016

Clash Magazine have just premiered the first video from TERRY's new album 'Terry HQ'! Loosen your wristwatch, don a Stetson and get your boots on, it's time for 'Hot Heads' to begin towing the line...

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UPCOMING SHOWS

SAUNA YOUTH

DAVID WEST

SCORE

MIDDEX

GENERAL ECHO SOUNDSYSTEM

Saturday 1 October

Kamio

1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, E8 1LL | Map
8pm | £7 | Buy tickets

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. Last year'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. This jam-packed show welcomes back Sauna Youth to their hometown following on from their debut US tour this month.

DAVID WEST draws inspiration from free-thinking artists of the past and present on his new polyphonic platter ('Peace or Love'), from soft indie strumming and free soundscapes, to disco and soul-pop. West currently plays in the guitar pop band Rat Columns, synth-pop project Liberation and post-punk trio Rank/Xerox, and has been in varied acts such as Lace Curtain, Burning Sensation, Total Control and Whalehammer. Peace or Love (out now on Tough Love) is a collection of songs stemming from wild and free bedroom four-track cassette recordings and personal hard drive sample raiding, with contributions from various musical friends in Perth, Western Australia and SF/LA, California.

SCORE make blown-out energetic no wave/anarcho noise; all the right amounts of harsh, sassy structure, bile and beauty. Members of Woolf, Dregs and Cop come together in a gritty torrent of rawboned hardcore bratpunk, primitive and pounding, searing and surging. Demo imminent, no link yet!

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 two lathe cut 7"s out now on Polytechnic Youth.

GENERAL ECHO SOUNDSYSTEM (Black Time / DJ Set)

STEPHEN STEINBRINK

SAMARA LUBELSKI

LC PUMPKIN

Tuesday 4 October

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Road, Islington, N1 9JB | Map
7:30pm | £7.50 | Buy tickets

STEPHEN STEINBRINK is an American songwriter, born in Phoenix, AZ and currently residing in Oakland, CA. After more than ten years of touring and secluded home recording, Stephen Steinbrink has cataloged several albums worth of gorgeous melody, quotidian dread and desert blight in his stark, minimal pop. Yet the songs on his latest record 'Anagrams', beautiful yet unflinching portraits of addiction and mental illness are captured in his most meticulous and high-fidelity production to date. While one might expect the record to be a final destination, a tidy hi-res culmination of all this journeying, the album's particularly varied styles and sincere lyrical uncertainty portray a search that still continues. Stephen's artistic trajectory can be considered nomadic in the obvious sense: when not incessantly touring Europe and the U.S. in the last two years, he spent his stationary moments on his beloved, spaced-out west coast, writing in Olympia, Washington; Oakland, California and Phoenix, Arizona. But as a self-taught producer, audio fidelity itself proves to be an equally accurate gauge of his craft. Like many songwriters, he cut his teeth in the tape hiss and bedroom hum of lo-fi 4-track endeavors. Then in 2014, he released an unabashedly digital tableaux of subdued, heartbreaking pop, aptly titled Arranged Waves. Now, Anagrams (out now on Melodic) finds him chasing melodies in the polished largesse of a proper studio.

SAMARA LUBELSKI is a songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist, improviser, and engineer. With a voluminous musical pedigree, the list of artists (individually and collectively) that Lubelski has played, performed or recorded with, reads out like a best-of the who's who of the art, noise, free, improve scenes. Hall of Fame, The Tower Recordings, MV and EE, and Thurston Moore are just the beginning of what can be mentioned here. Her first solo outing, 1997's 'In the Valley', was a major installment in the recorded legacy of experimental string music, a dense exploration of drones and resonance. This was followed in 2004 with a full-band recording of lush psychedelic folk-rock for 'The Fleeting Skies'. Since then, Lubelski has released a wonderfully colorful series of albums: 'Spectacular Of Passages' (2005), 'Parallel Suns' (2007), 'Future Slip' (2009) and 'Wavelength' (2012). Her current projects include an improvisational duo with Marcia Bassett and a long-standing collaboration with German collective Metabolismus. Additionally, Ms. Lubelski has worked with the prolific Thurston Moore on a variety of outings, including playing violin on Mr. Moore's solo records 'Trees Outside the Academy' and 'Demolished Thoughts' and recording and touring with his band Chelsea Light Moving. Her most recent solo violin record, 'String Cycle', was released in 2014, and 'Augenmusik', a Metabolismus improvised collaboration, issued a cassette in 2015. Released in 2016 by Drawing Room Records, new album 'The Gilded Age' represents Lubelski's most current offering; a highly refined pop record displaying all her baroque genius.

LC PUMPKIN is the low-fidelity solo offshoot from shambolic, cod-garage rockers Les Cactus & the Rumpy Pumpkins. Warping keyboards, fuzz-banjo, blown-out drum machine beats and extremely catchy songwriting.

UPSILON ACRUX

GUAPO

HONEY RIDE ME A GOAT

Friday 7 October

Cafe Oto

22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL | Map
7:30pm | £7.50 | Buy tickets

UPSILON ACRUX iis an instrumental quintet (dual guitars, keyboards, bass and drums). Their music is generally very intense, loud, hard-hitting and unbelievably virtuosic. Upsilon Acrux's music is demanding on many levels, but mostly it demands that you listen to it a number of times before forming an opinion, because only after you've gotten familiar with it can you get past the sheer complexity and onslaught of it all and hear the amazing musicality of what they are doing. This combination of blazingly fast, interwoven musical lines delivered at blinding speed mixed with their unique melodic sense makes Upsilon's music instantly recognisable.

GUAPO is a British trio that plays an intense music that straddles the boundaries of progressive, noise, minimalism and avant-rock. Their sound has been compared to such artists as Magma, Boredoms, King Crimson, Univers Zero, This Heat, Ruins, Sun Ra and Terry Riley. As Sound Projector put it, "Guapo come on like all the hellhounds of Magma, Eskaton and Ruins were after them...on a par with Magma's 'Kohntarkosz or Univers Zero's Ceux Du Dehors'. The group started their life as a heavy bass/drums duo playing post-hardcore, noisy rock, but in the two decades since, they have expanded their instrumentation and their stylistic references to become one of Europe's most highly respected 'muscular and modern' experimental/progressive rock bands.

HONEY RIDE ME A GOAT come from Kent and seem obsessed with Indian Cuisine and hyper-complex rollercoaster jazz punk. Guitar, bass and drums freak out into a confounding and extremely tight onslaught which bursts with freedom, chaos, fun and nonsense all at the same time. HRMAG have a number of vinyl and CD releases available now on their band camp below.

CALVIN JOHNSON

CATENARY WIRES

SIDNEY

Monday 17 October

Bethnal Green Working Men's Club

44-46 Pollard Row, Bethnal Green, E2 6NB | Map
7:30pm | £9 | Buy tickets

MARISA ANDERSON

LAURA CANNELL

In collaboration with Caught by the River

Tuesday 25 October

The Forge

3-7 Delancey Street, Camden, NW1 7NL | Map
7pm | £8.00 | Buy tickets

SICK LLAMA & THURSTON MOORE

POREST

Wednesday 26 October

The Islington

96-98 Pentonville Road, Islington, N1 9JB | Map
7.30pm | £7.00 | Buy tickets

NAP EYES

ROBERT SOTELO

LADS

Monday 7 November

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Road, Islington, N1 9JB | Map
7.30pm | £9.00 | Buy tickets

NAP EYES hail from Nova Scotia 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 last year's reissue of their 2014 debut 'Whine of the Mystic' on Paradise of Bachelors, Nap Eyes released an album of all-new material entitled 'Thought Rock Fish Scale' earlier this year.

KARA-LIS COVERDALE

HAPPY MEALS

Wednesday 9 November

The Islington

96-98 Pentonville Road, Islington, N1 9JB | Map
7.30pm | £7.00 | Buy tickets

KARA-LIS COVERDALE works in both acoustic and electronic media to create works that "blur the boundary between the human and the electronic machine" (Weird Canada). A classically trained keyboardist who studied composition and musicology, she has held several organist and music director positions across Canada since age 13, most recently as a notable and controversial organist, composer in residence, and director of the MES mixed choir in Montreal. In 2015, her solo debut 'Aftertouches' was named a top album of the year by The Wire, The Quietus, NPR, Adhoc, and others. Coverdale's work has explored music's sacred histories while forging its new, technologically mediated and culturally saturated frontiers: extended harmonic resolutions typical of Baroque keyboard music frame her approach to part writing, which she voices with hybrid keyboards, fractured samples and digitally rendered vocals. Her music appears in films, provocative plays, commercials, and disturbing historical documentaries. She is active in the studio and live as a composer, performer, and collaborator (Tim Hecker, LXV).

HAPPY MEALSmake spellbinding experimental pop music. Sounding like the work of Saada Bonaire's long-lost slacker offspring, debut album 'Apero' is actually the produce of two Glasgow-based artists, Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook, who originally hail from the Scottish borders. Suzanne sings in a unique mix of French and Scottish, occasionally sharing the mic with Lewis over the course of six songs taking the 100% Silk/NNF pop aesthetic and psych-dub freedom of Peaking Lights to a more ambiguous, enchanted headspace. It's all top notch stuff, from the nine minute celestial sashay of 'Crystal Salutation' through the chiming boogie of 'Altered Images' to the blown-out dub-pop of 'The Age Of Love', and the Balearic acid of 'Le Voyage'. Brand new EP, 'Fruit Juice' sees Happy Meals sharpened and expanded, taking their tender experimental beginnings and unabashed pop moments into undiscovered realms glowing with possibility, check it out now through Night School Records.

SHOPPING

SCRAP BRAIN

SQUEAKEASY

MOLAR

Thursday 10 November

Bethnal Green Working Men's Club

44-46 Pollard Row, Bethnal Green, E2 6NB | Map
7.30pm | £8.00 | Buy tickets

NEGATIVE SCANNER

Saturday 12 November

The Victoria

451 Queensbridge Rd, Dalston, E8 3AS | Map
7.30pm | £6.50 | Buy tickets

HORSE LORDS

Monday 14 November

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Road, Islington, N1 9JB | Map
7.30pm | £6.00 | Buy tickets

TIM PRESLEY

Saturday 19 November

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Road, Islington, N1 9JB | Map
7.30pm | £10.00 | Buy tickets

TIM PRESLEY is a man in a glass booth, grabbing at scraps of paper blown at his windscreen as if they were of the greatest value. They're actually of the only value. And we grin in delight in his twist and tumult; in this process, he's assembling his tunes in essential fashion, rolling around in the dust of his Id-bowl, then reordering the scrambled head-events into a barrage of phrases and stages, flickering through disembodied and re-embodied moments, held together by Tim's inviolable belief in the song progression underneath. The tension is unbreakable, a thin plastic slip, as he intones upon a maze of high wild mercury stings. On the cover of his new album on Drag City, you see a bare chest and bits of bodies sketched in ragged lines of black and white. Inside, in full calor, we find Tim Presley. The dark force behind White Fence, Drinks, Hair and Darker My Love stepping into the solo light with 'The WiNK'. When you tune in to 'The WiNK', it takes a couple minutes for you to hear a word. But then it takes only one line until "and then you die," uttered in a voice of mottled, throaty horror, as if ghosts that haven't yet shown themselves are advancing through walls. Working with the creative team of producer Cate Le Bon, drummer Stella Mozgawa, and engineer Samur Khouja, Tim's located the corners of a perfect square, with their creativity and truth crafting unique parts to function as songs within songs, giving the tunes double-jointed features that extend their original intentions. The Presley guitar hand has a powerful, yet quicksilver touch, with metallic brilliance always, especially in rhythm figurations, where it wrings chords out like panic signals, highlighting 'Can You Blame', 'Long Bow', 'Underwater Rain' and 'Clue' (to name a few), and a cover version of Willie "Loco" Alexander's 'Kerouac' (nod and a wink!), where a smooth and steadfast lyric melody is supplanted by a throw of broken guitar and shards of keys. Throughout 'The WiNK', Tim's tone is thin and princely, connecting the dots sideways and backwards to align and make the image emerge.

An evening with...

KRISTIN HERSH

Second date added due to popular demand!

Wednesdayday 23 November

St John on Bethnal Green

200 Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green, E2 9PA | Map
7.30pm | £20.00 | Buy tickets

KRISTIN HERSH returns again to the UK for a rare solo tour in support of her critically-acclaimed new double CD and book, 'Wyatt At The Coyote Palace' (Omnibus Press) due out October 4th. From life as the reluctant front person for 4AD's Throwing Muses through the 80's and 90's, to the solo career that began with 1994's 'Hips and Makers', to her power trio 50FootWave and her new career as an author of memoirs 'Paradoxical Undressing' and 'Don't Suck, Don't Die', Kristin never stops creating. 'Wyatt' is the third release in the groundbreaking book/CD format that Kristin began with her most recent solo album 'Crooked' and the Throwing Muses' 2013 release 'Purgatory/Paradise'. "An Evening with Kristin Hersh" includes readings and songs from her works spanning her entire career.

An evening with...

KRISTIN HERSH

Thursday 24 November

St John on Bethnal Green

200 Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green, E2 9PA | Map
7.30pm | £20.00 | Buy tickets

KRISTIN HERSH returns again to the UK for a rare solo tour in support of her critically-acclaimed new double CD and book, 'Wyatt At The Coyote Palace' (Omnibus Press) due out October 4th. From life as the reluctant front person for 4AD's Throwing Muses through the 80's and 90's, to the solo career that began with 1994's 'Hips and Makers', to her power trio 50FootWave and her new career as an author of memoirs 'Paradoxical Undressing' and 'Don't Suck, Don't Die', Kristin never stops creating. 'Wyatt' is the third release in the groundbreaking book/CD format that Kristin began with her most recent solo album 'Crooked' and the Throwing Muses' 2013 release 'Purgatory/Paradise'. "An Evening with Kristin Hersh" includes readings and songs from her works spanning her entire career.

UPCOMING RELEASES

VEXX

'Wild Hunt'

UTR086 | CD/LP | Pre-order

LATEST RELEASES

RATTLE

'Rattle'

UTR082 | CD/LP | Buy

TERRY

'TERRY HQ'

UTR084 | CD/LP | Buy

DEERHOOF

'The Magic'

UTR085 | CD/LP | Buy

THE WORLD

'Managerial Material' EP

UTR080 | 7" | Buy

DOG CHOCOLATE

'Snack Fans'

UTR077 | LP | Buy

BAMBOO

'Hexagonal / Diamond Springs'

UTR083 | Digital single | Buy

BAMBOO

'Be Brothers'

UTR081 | Digital single | Buy

SAUNA YOUTH

'The Bridge'

UTR079 | 7" | Buy

THE WHARVES

'Naz / My Will'

UTR078 | 7" | Buy

NORMIL HAWAIIANS

'Return Of The Ranters'

UTR076 | CD / LP | Buy

BAMBOO

'Prince Pansori Priestess'

UTR075 | LP | Buy

TERRY

'Talk About Terry'

UTR074 | 7" | Buy

SAUNA YOUTH / MONOTONY

'Split'

UTR073 | 7" | Buy

PEGA MONSTRO

'Alfarroba'

UTR072 | CD / LP | Buy

SAUNA YOUTH

'Distractions'

UTR071 | CD / LP | Buy

WETDOG

'Divine Times'

UTR070 | CD / LP | Buy

DEERHOOF

'La Isla Bonita'

UTR069 | CD / LP | Buy

VEXX

'Vexx'

UTR068 | CD / LP | Buy