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NEW RAT COLUMNS & FEATURE ALBUMS COMING OUT SOON!

19 January 2017

Upset The Rhythm are ecstatic to announce two new albums that we'll be releasing over the coming months! Rat Columns have a new album called 'Candle Power' due out in March, whilst Feature's debut record 'Banishing Ritual' will be released in early April! You can listen to tracks from both records and pre-order both titles in our webshop, as of now!

TERRY - '8 GIRLS'

5 January 2017

Our first release of the year has arrived at Upset The Rhythm HQ! Terry's '8 Girls' 7" on transparent vinyl, reverse-board sleeve with new artwork, after the 7"s initial Australian run! In shops from January 13th and available to pre-order now from our webshop here!

BAMBOO ON CD

9 December 2016

Our Bamboo 'Prince Pansori Priestess' CDs are now in stock with their amazing 'Live at Cafe OTO' bonus track album. Bamboo make music that's extremely vivid and poignant, locking into a magnetic attraction between a flawlessly resonant folk cadence and some decidedly pristine synth pop production. Their wonderful debut album is available from today for the first time on CD accompanied by a live album of their performance from our UTR label showcase earlier this year. Check out our webshop for more details!

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CARLA DAL FORNO

GROSS NET

UTR DJs

Saturday 4 February

The Islington

1 Tolpuddle Street, Angel, London, N1 0XT | Map
7.30pm | £6.00 | Buy tickets

CARLA DAL FORNO is an Australian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, currently based in Berlin. She is a member of the groups F ingers and Tarcar, and formerly cult Melbourne outfit Mole House. Autumn 2016 saw the release of her debut solo album, 'You Know What It's Like', on Blackest Ever Black. 'You Know What It's Like' is an album for inbetween days, and occupies inbetween states: plain-speaking pop, disorientated by dub. Psychedelic folk delivered with (post-)punk economy. Drifting in space while still tethered to the ground. Astral tones blurred with earth sounds: wood, bone, breath, skin, dirt. Ending and beginning, dying and becoming. Longing for adventure and an unquiet life. Struggling to get out of bed.

GROSS NET is the solo project of Philip Quinn (Girls Names) from Northern Ireland, who serves up industrial, noisy post-punk on Gross Net's 3 track debut EP on Art For Blind. In just 11 minutes distorted guitars, ambient synths and reverbed vocals lay the foundations for lyrical themes of living through the recession and elitism in the arts channeling influences such as Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle, and Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft.

DEERHOOF

LE TON MITE

Monday 6 February

Village Underground

54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3PQ | Map
7.30pm | £14.00 | Buy tickets

DEERHOOF are an alchemy of '77 punk, pop, glam, hair metal, doo-wop, hip hop, and R&B, late-night car rides, long days, spandex, shadows, and attitude. Poetry into noise, volume knobs into pleasure, friendship into rock band.Twenty years deep into their career it's safe to describe them as legends of the American underground, releasing 14 albums and treating the world to their never-the-same-twice thrill-ride of a live show. Recent album 'The Magic' is out now on Upset The Rhythm, it is a mixtape imbued with Deerhoof's sorcery; boldness, wonder, technical know-how, risk. A mixtape by the kid with the biggest music collection you've ever seen, who will take you camping and show you how to pull a rabbit out of a hat. Are Deerhoof the greatest live band in the world? If you shake the Magic 8-ball, "all signs point to yes"!

LE TON MITE is a band led by McCloud Zicmuse, translated into English the project's name equates "the moth tone". After many years of activity in the American independent music scene from Olympia, Washington, Mr. Zicmuse lived a clandestine life in France and abroad before finding roots in Belgium. A frequent collaborator with groups such as Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Mt Eerie & Tenniscoats, he is also known for his home made instruments and as a guest bassoonist for Chris Cohen, Deerhoof & Konono No. 1. This last year McCloud Zicmuse has been traveling, touring, writing, playing, transforming his solo project into a group & recording a collection of songs to be released next month called "Passe Compose Futur Conditionnel". Le Ton Mite write songs that are a microcosm of adventure, packed with curious sounds and mini compositions, yet resolutely pop!

CIAN NUGENT

MEGA BOG

SPECIAL GUEST

Saturday 11 February

The Islington

1 Tolpuddle Street, Angel, London, N1 0XT | Map
7.30pm | £7.00 | Buy tickets

CIAN NUGENT is a mercurial guitar player and composer from Dublin, Ireland. Cian combines personal passions, such as suburban/coastal blues, traditional musics, late 1960s-'70s singer-songwriters, jazz ambitions, 20th century composition and the Takoma school into a deeply personal style. New album, 'Night Fiction' is Cian Nugent's third album but his first taking on the role of singer-songwriter. Where his previous two albums: 2013's 'Born With The Caul' and 2011's 'Doubles' saw him exploring extended guitar based instrumentals with his band, The Cosmos, here he has reigned things in and focused his songwriting skills. Guitar fans, do not fear, there is still plenty of soloing and fingerpicking here. With 7 songs both solo and with his band, this album amalgamates everything Cian has done up to this point and reveals a more broad palate of influences, including The Velvet Underground, Richard Thompson, Television, Neil Young, John Lennon, Fred Neil, etc. Cian will perform this show as a trio showcasing lots of songs from his recent album,'Night Fiction', out now on Woodsist.

MEGA BOG is the moniker of song-dribbler Erin Birgy, a Pacific Northwest rodeo child with an unmistakable laugh who was allegedly cursed upon conception. Over the past 8 years the band has stretched and wandered in a crescendo towards musical freedom. Now based in New York City, Birgy has adopted a band of wiggly jazz cartoons lifted from bands like Big Theif, iji, Big Eater, Causings, Hand Habits, Heatwarmer and others. Melodies always lush, erotic and free. Chords always dissonant, abstract and evolutionary. On their 2013 album Gone Banana, Bog settled into their homemade cloud of pop and jazz. Spreading the discs around the world over countless tours of dim zones. On their new bug, "Happy Together", Mega Bog leapfrogs further into the storm. Dizzying fusion of lounge, pop and bouncing rocks under poetic tantrums of love gone all the way wrong. Listen closer.

HEXA: FACTORY PHOTOGRAPHS

(Jamie Stewart & Lawrence English's sonic response to David Lynch's photography)

GRAHAM DUNNING

Wednesday 15 February

The Forge

3-7 Delancey St, Camden, London, NW1 7NL | Map
7pm | £14.00 | Buy tickets

HEXA is a project by Australian composer and artist Lawrence English and Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart exploring the physicality of sound and its abilities to infiltrate, abrade and occupy the body. Premiered at the David Lynch: Between Two Worlds retrospective at GOMA museum in Brisbane, Australia in April 2015, HEXA is a sonic response to Lynch's Factory Photographs, a collection of images Lynch took of disused factories and the ruins of industry in the USA, Poland, Germany and the UK. Using the factory photographs as both a literal and metaphoric source, their performance draws root from the texture of Lynch's images, the imagined and actual spaces, and the spectral histories contained within them. The effect is like "cascading low frequency pulses and tectonic plates of sound, suspended in cavernous cathedral-like spaces."

When asked recently about his decades' long interest in photographing factories in various states of disuse, David Lynch remarked "I grew up in the north-west of America where there are no factories at all, just woods and farms. But my mother was from Brooklyn, so when I was little we used to go there and I got a taste for a certain kind of architecture and a feeling for machines and smoke and fear. To me, the ideal factory location has no real nature, except winter-dead black trees and oil-soaked earth. Time disappears when I'm shooting in a factory, it's really beautiful." HEXA's album is out now on the Room40 label.

GRAHAM DUNNING is self-taught as an artist and musician having studied neither discipline academically. His live work explores sound as texture, timbre and something tactile, drawing on bedroom production, tinkering and recycling found objects. He also creates visual work, video and installations drawing on these themes. Graham has performed solo and in ensembles across the UK, and Europe, and exhibited installations in the UK, New Zealand and USA. He teaches Experimental Sound Art at the Mary Ward Centre in London and also gives various independent workshops. He has released through Entr'acte, Seagrave, Tombed Visions and more. For this show Graham will be performing a live set based around his recent solo composition 'Aggregate', based on a visual score, using the resonances of rooms within now-empty brutalist towerblock, Balfron Tower, alongside record crackle and analogue synth.

SPINNING COIN

SACRED PAWS

LIFE DRAWINGS

Friday 17 February

The Islington

1 Tolpuddle Street, Angel, London, N1 0XT | Map
7.30pm | £6.00 | Buy tickets

SPINNING COIN are a fiercely independent rock group from Glasgow, something you could probably guess by listening to any of their songs. Their roots are all over the place but a simple love of playing together in their rehearsal space, and almost never turning down shows, has seen them coalesce a winning group sound in almost no time at all. Drummer Chris White is part of the Winning Sperm Party collective, who document of a world of shadowy Glasgow music running all the way from the Glasgow Music Collective to Fuzzkill Records today. Where Spinning Coin branch out from things is in their cascading melodicism topped with some amazing shredding. This connects into a slightly different Glasgow music scene more associated with Orange Juice, Teenage Fanclub, and of course The Pastels, who released their debut 7" through their Geographic Music imprint. Both songs are home-recorded but show off the group's easy flair for getting things to sound right without trying too hard, both are bittersweet, both are beautiful.

SACRED PAWS are a fantastic, intuitive dream punk duo, comprising Eilidh of Golden Grrls and Skeleton Bob on drums, and Rachel from Trash Kit and Shopping on guitar. Raw Soweto high-life riffs and rolling Afrobeat grooves are filtered through post-punk sass and ramshackle K Records charm. It's an utterly joyous sound, the duo trading giddy melodies and righteous chants over febrile rhythms and chunky, infectious riffage. Rock Action are releasing the band's debut album 'Strike A Match' on January 27th! This record follows their wonderful EP, and was produced by Tony Doogan and Sacred Paws at Castle Doom, Glasgow before being mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios.

LIFE DRAWINGS are an ungoogleable band of tip-top artrockers using lo-fi vocals, low key guitars, catchy bass bits, cheap keyboards, a drums and advanced admin for songs almost exclusively inspired by Country Teasers and The Fall.

MILKY WIMPSHAKE

20th Anniversary Show!

ROBERT SOTELO

THE PLAN

Saturday 4 March

The Islington

1 Tolpuddle Street, Angel, London, N1 0XT | Map
7.30pm | £8.00 | Buy tickets

MILKY WIMPSHAKE are a punk band from Newcastle Upon Tyne. The band was formed in the early 1990s as part of the Slampt Underground Organisation scene. They play love songs for punk rockers, protest tunes, covers of Northern Soul classics, and some new classics of their own. This show celebrates the 20th anniversary of their 100% brilliant debut album 'Bus Route To Your Heart', times flies!

MARY OCHER

Wednesday 5 April

The Islington

1 Tolpuddle Street, Angel, London, N1 0XT | Map
7.30pm | £6.00 | Buy tickets

MARY OCHER was born Mariya Ocheretianskaya in Moscow in 1986, she moved to Israel with her family at age four, then to Berlin at 20. In 2011 she caught the attention of the inimitable King Khan at a karaoke bar (he also lives in Berlin), and she recorded what's still her most recent full-length of new material, 2013's Eden, at his Moon Studios. He's not her only famous fan either: Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs contributed a quote to Ocher's press kit. "Mary Ocher gives me the chills," she says. "She frightens me with her feral soul. Her sound is of a true outsider artist, immaculately self-possessed". Her DIY roots and anything-goes aesthetic notwithstanding, Ocher is obviously too well-connected to qualify as an outsider. Ocher's songs are a diverse bunch ranging from ghostly noise, sad but jaunty piano ballads, frisky strumming, echoing ersatz funk to chintzy drum machine workouts with vacuum-cleaner synth. Ocher herself seems to have as many faces as a vaudeville performer: her multifarious singing leaps without warning from unhinged keening to warped drawling or from wobbly muttering to blustery declaiming. Forthcoming album, 'The West Against The People' has been produced with Faust's Hans Joachim Irmler and also features tracks with Ocher's drummers (duo Your Government) as well as collaborations with avant-garde legends Die Todliche Doris, Felix Kubin and Julia Kent of Rasputina/Antony and The Johnsons. It's out March 10 on krautrock label Klangbad.

UPCOMING RELEASES

FEATURE

'Banishing Ritual'

UTR093 | LP | Pre-order

RAT COLUMNS

'Candle Power'

UTR089 | CD/LP | Pre-order

XIU XIU

'FORGET'

UTR091 | CD/LP | Pre-order

VEXX

'Wild Hunt'

UTR086 | CD/LP | Pre-order

LATEST RELEASES

TERRY

'8 Girls'

UTR092 | 7" | Buy

RAVIOLI ME AWAY

'Living Is A Myth'

UTR087 | LP | Buy

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 | CD / 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