19 July 2018

The first track from Sauna Youth's forthcoming album 'Deaths' just premiered on DIY. Check out 'Percentages' now, turn it up! 'Deaths' is out September 7th through Upset The Rhythm (yours truly) on LP, CD and digitally!


13 July 2018

Lucky world! The weekend is fast upon us and with it comes the release of our fantastic debut album by Primo! Primo are a Melbourne trio specialising in breezy, up-tempo chorus and verse. Double guitar, drums, sound effects and a group vocal sensibility all help adorn their discourses into deconstruction. Entitled 'Amici', Primo's debut album is available now on LP and CD in all the best stores and our own webshop!


10 July 2018

It's fine, it's fine, it's fine! Check out 'The Whip', Terry's first track taken from their forthcoming head bop of a long-player 'I'm Terry' (out Aug 31st, through Upset The Rhythm). Poppermost!


4 July 2018

VITAL IDLES are taking to the road next week! Their music is as wonderfully acute as it is astute, smart and minimal in measures. This UK tour is in support of their fantastic debut album 'Left Hand', out now on Upset The Rhythm. Look out!


10/07 - Manchester, UK @ 57 Thomas Street Marble Beers

11/07 - Birmingham, UK @ Sunflower Lounge

12/07 - London, UK @ The Islington

13/07 - Brighton, UK @ Sticky Mike's Frog Bar

14/07 - Cardiff, UK @ The Moon

15/07 - Bristol, UK @ Hy Brazil Music Club

16/07 - Oxford, UK @ Common Ground Workspace

17/07 - Leeds, UK @ Wharf Chambers

19/07 - Nottingham, UK @ JT Soar

20/07 - Newcastle, UK @ Star & Shadow

+ Resonance FM session too on the morning of the 14th with Dexter Bentley.


29 June 2018

Take heed that Apostille's hefty bounce of a new album 'Choose Life' is out now in all its vibrant red wax glory! Apostille is an artist 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!


28 June 2018

Extremely happy to say the Summer is going to get even hotter! We've got TWO top releases planned for the dog days: TERRY - 'I'm Terry' (out August 31st) and SAUNA YOUTH - 'Deaths' (out September 7th) through Upset The Rhythm. Both each band's third albums coincidentally! Both brimming with wild impulse! Pre-order links now up here!


15 June 2018

Here's episode 9 of our Upset The Rhythm radio show, lots of new tracks from Primo, Terry and John Maus, lots of old songs from Nauta, Alphonso Johnson and Trevor Wishart, lots of recent live recordings from Dog Chocolate, Rattle and Ed Schrader's Music Beat. Start the weekend early, tune in here now!


5 June 2018

The wonderful Gorilla Vs Bear just helped us announce our debut album by PRIMO! by posting the band's first video from the album, check out 'Mirage' now! Primo are Xanthe Waite (also of Terry), Violetta DelConte Race (also of The Shifters) and Suzanne Walker (also of amazing film projects). As a trio from Melbourne writing up-tempo, terse chorus and verse, Primo make use of two guitars, drums, sound effects and a group vocal sensibility to ornament their enquiries into deconstructed post-punk.

Debut album 'Amici' is released on LP and CD this July 13th through Upset The Rhythm. Available to pre-order now too!

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SAUNA YOUTH - Album Release Party!



Saturday 25 August


Railway Arches, 289 Cambridge Heath Rd, E2 9HA | Map
7.30pm - 1.30am | £8 | Buy tickets

SAUNA YOUTH are a London-based punk band featuring Boon, Mince, Ecke and Pines. They played together in the band Monotony, and between them have played or do play in other bands and music projects including Primitive Parts, Feature, Child's Pose, Lilac, Cold Pumas, Oblate, Teufelskreis, Mind Jail, Gold Foil, Tense Men as well as being involved with the organisations Good Night Out, The Positive Press, Constant Flux & Heart n Soul. Sauna Youth are releasing their third album this September under the thrilling and fatal moniker 'Deaths'. This album will once again be released by Upset the Rhythm. The final part in a trilogy of LPs that started with Dreamlands in 2012 (wide-eyed, naive beginnings introducing listeners to the world the records inhabit), followed by Distractions three years ago (what happens while you're heading towards a destination, the unknowns, the unexpected outcomes), the songs that comprise Deaths are collectively about the act of finishing, an ode to 'the ending'. The 12 tracks touch on political rhetoric, artistic legacy, action and passivity, work and leisure, and, of course, distraction, referencing many musical genres in the process while never leaving punk's orbit. This show will act as their album release party!

CURRENT AFFAIRS are pure new wave excitement from Glasgow. Joan, Josh, Andrew & Seb are a sassy, thumping, 'tune after tune' post-punk party hit-machine. Their queer, goth punk is laden with addictive bass hooks, frantic guitar screeches, bullet punch drum hits, whirring keyboards and commanding calls. Sharing members with Anxiety, Rose McDowall and Shopping.

PINKGRIP make loud, pummelsome hardcore punk in London. Their songs are sludgy, pointed and thrash in an oddly addictive way. Check out their demo on Far So Far below!




Wednesday 29 August

The Islington

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

PRIMO are Xanthe Waite, Violetta DelConte Race and Suzanne Walker. As a trio from Melbourne writing up-tempo, terse chorus and verse, Primo make use of two guitars, drums, sound effects and a group vocal sensibility to ornament their enquiries into deconstructed punk and indie rock. Their songs chime and charm, sounding at times bountiful, at others brittle, always buoyant with attention to detail. Primo songs are alive and inquisitive, chasing down questions for answers long sped-away, amidst minimalist shuffle beats and ringing-out chords. The group's debut album 'Amici' is a triumph of the underplayed, its small details pull focus, allowing the album to treat us to unexpected truths in plain sight. Primo's newest member since 2018 is Amy Hill, who also plays in Terry and Constant Mongrel, on bass. Outside of Primo, Xanthe and Violetta both have lent their guitar skills to Terry and The Shifters respectively, whilst Suzanne works in film too. The band's debut album 'Amici' will be released as LP and CD on Upset The Rhythm on July 13th and followed up in August with a European tour.

RAINHAM SHEDS is Post-punk, all female maximum art-core on a primitive tip. Conceptual skronk noise. They sing about theorists, Art stars, bad jobs, sex with furniture and reminding themselves that he's not her dad. Their new EP is available on Permanent Slump now!

SLUSHY GUTS started life in late 2009 as the one man project of London artist Steve Keane. Initially a bare bones solo endeavour, over the course of a number of CDR and tape releases the recordings gradually became more textured and layered, necessitating the recruitment of additional players for (sporadic) live appearances, of which by this point there have been a rotating cast of many. The current group is formed of Steve along with good friends Sam and Luke Walsh, Ben Goodwin, The Spirit of James Rowland and the mysterious Paddy O'Furniture, resulting in a more traditional Rock n' Roll set up (see Velvet Underground/Wedding Present/The Fall) without the loss of any of the awkward experimentalism of previous incarnations. Brand new album, 'The Blasted Stump' is Slushy Guts fourth album proper and the first on which the production duties have been shared with someone else, (Sam Walsh) resulting in a comparatively polished sounding record, parting the hiss and allowing the songs to shine through.




Tuesday 4 September

The Garage

20-22 Highbury Corner, Islington, London, N5 1RD | Map
7.30pm | £12.50 | Buy tickets

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.

TERRY is getting ready, combing his hair, buttoning his jacket, turning the key in the door. "I'm doing fine," sings Terry out loud, he knows. Divide him into four and you get Al Montfort (UV Race, Total Control, Dick Diver etc.), Amy Hill (Constant Mongrel, Primo, School Of Radiant Living), Xanthe Waite (Primo, Mick Harvey Band) and Zephyr Pavey (Eastlink, Total Control, Russell Street Bombings). Inevitably, Terry likes to make a noise. Drums, guitars and all his voices come into play, making a solid raft for Terry's inner musings to navigate the languid rapids. This all unravels at its own pace, sometimes drifting into glam punk and country backwaters, always conducting a conversation with the commonplace. Terry also make us a bit queasy at times, singing about police beatings and nationalism and all that. But they're not out to hurt you. They're like the kindly bearer of bad news. There's some awful stuff going on around the world. Terry puts it in terms that speak to all. It's a tragicomedy. I'm pretty certain Terry isn't perverse, they're just the harbinger of the encroaching perverse world. I'm pretty certain Terry wants to be my friend, and your friend. Our friend, Terry. 'I'm Terry', the band's third album in three years, is out this summer through Upset The Rhythm.

HOLIDAY GHOSTS are a four-piece Rock 'n' Roll group, from the small town of Falmouth, UK. Starting as a solo project of Sam Stacpoole, of the The Black Tambourines, it has existed and evolved in the space between that band and running his studio since 2012. It is now a full collaboration between Sam, his partner Katja Rackin, Ryan Cleave and Charlie Fairbairn. Not just another product of the burgeoning DIY and garage rock scene in Falmouth, Holiday Ghosts have self recorded all their own material, set up gigs and developed a sound of their own rooted in their love of bands such as The Velvet Underground, Modern Lovers, The Clean etc. Their debut album was released by the Swedish label PNKSLM records in September 2017 and another is in the works already.



Thursday 6 September

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney, London, E9 6NU | Map
7.30pm | £11.00 | Buy tickets

PROLAPSE originally formed in Leicester in the early 1990s and earned a cult following for their chaotic live sets, and tense and repetitious songs like 'Flex' and 'Tina This Is Matthew Stone'. They feature duelling vocalists Mick Derrick and Linda Steelyard, who play out an intense soap opera over a ferocious triple guitar assault and pummelling rhythm section. Their music is a heady brew of hacking guitars, Krautrock references, non sequitur lyrics and caustic narrative; messy and shambolic for sure, but a self-professed mess! The band released four albums between '94 and '99 (Pointless Walks To Dismal Places; backsaturday; The Italian Flag; The Ghost of Dead Aeroplanes), and each still manages to sound not only fresh and relevant, but also urgent, and very, very necessary. The band has received much critical acclaim, recorded four Peel sessions and toured with the likes of Stereolab and Sebadoh.

It has been said that no Prolapse experience can be deemed complete without having seen them live, when every gig felt as if it had been scripted by a quorum involving Samuel Beckett, Hunter S Thompson, Marjorie Proops and Mark E Smith. After a long hiatus, following a request from Mogwai, they reformed in 2015 to play live UK dates and have since begun work on new material. This rare outing will be Prolapse's first live performance in over three years.

FiveHead formed from necessity in mid-2017 Leicester. Since then they haven't wasted a second painting their world as they see it, operating incessantly, gaining a reputation for fanatic, confrontational and sometimes destructive live performances, in tow with an incessant output before unleashing "the first pages of the cosmonaut manifesto" in the form of their cataclysmic debut EP: How to Bombproof Your Horse. The band's "Post-Space" music draws from a plethora of influences that claw at your heart as they orbit from mind-bending psychedelia, dizzying grandiose post-rock heights, tragic post-punk, hypnotic Kosmische Musik, electronica or punishing walls-of-noise, or whatever else they were listening to as they ingested their vegan nails for breakfast. Their fanatic live shows are renowned for being a cathartic sonic rollercoaster of excessive volume levels, dazzling energy and glorious mayhem.




Friday 7 September

The Islington

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

LITHICS exist in a nervous fragmented world, a propulsive future where anything can be consumed at any time, where any sound from any era can be conjured and reproduced and yet most of what we are stuck with seems like a trite reproduction of a sentiment long lost. Lithics fight this impossible dreary reality with a bold minimalist vision, "Can I be myself?" A stern danceable sound that summons cut up snapshots of Su Tissue and Mark E Smith, an imagined landscape where Captain Beefheart hits that Bush Tetras' beat. Aubrey Hornor's stark stilted vocal intones over the wired guitar parts, like lightbulb flashes and the whir of insects unspooled and playing off each other. Bob Desaulniers' basslines give both structure and dissonance to the endeavor, and along with Wiley Hickson on drums, this is a rhythm section recalling art damaged yet danceable noise made in the detritus of failing cities in the late 70s/early 80s (The Lower East Side, Cleveland, Manchester). Except Lithics is happening now, a continuing part of the vital art punk DIY underground in Portland, Oregon. Lithics' new album 'Mating Surfaces' is out now on Kill Rock Stars.

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.

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.




Saturday 8 September

New River Studios

199 Eade Rd, Harringay, London, N4 1DN | Map
7.30pm | £6.00 | Buy tickets

PATSY are a New Orleans band who make fast, slashing, catchy-as-hell punk rock. The band is led by one Candice, also a member of the band Mystic Inane, and their schoolyard-taunt snarl is one of the coolest things we've ever heard. After a series of excellent singles over the past couple of years, the band recently released their debut mini-LP 'LA Women' (La Vida Es Un Mus Discos), which you can stream below. Where prior singles tended to stay firmly in the hardcore lane, 'LA Women' finds Patsy blending an inspired mix of surf, garage, 80s hardcore, skewed 80s new wave, and garage. Their straight ahead hardcore jams - including a re-recorded version of 'Nazis are so Plain' from their 2015 demo - bear a slippery quality that reminds of DKs, particularly in the woozy guitar work (see, in particular, album highlight 'Society Ape'). Elsewhere, tracks like the excellent 'Heathen' and opener 'Count it Down' bristle with a-go-go worthy garage energy. This will be the band's first time in London on their debut European tour!

NEKRA have riffs as wide as the Old Kent Rd, big drum rhythms falling on and off the rails and a pure velocity that could tear the roof off. Nekra sounds confrontational, like a fight you don't know you've started yet. Nekra find themselves somewhere between the weight of Life's Blood and a solid continuation from the moves of punchy hardcore punk of recent years. Moshy, loud, aggressive, uncaring, vicious, London. Check out their demo tape from last year available on La Vida Es Un Mus.

BAMYA are a feast of dark rhythms dug up from the ground. The trio plays a music that is highly controlled, yet a liberated mix of krautrock, afrobeat, and eastern european tinged melodies. Undefinable, loose, post-punk/world influenced music touching on The Ex, Mars, Can and The Raincoats.




Tuesday 11 September

100 Club

100 Oxford St, Oxford Street, London, W1D 1LL | Map
7.30pm | £12.00 | Buy tickets

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.

SCRAP BRAIN play primitive hardcore punk, kind of almost whacked-out Flipper style with a real noisy/no wave dissonant tone. The lyrics are fantastically sarcastic and barbed, a particular favourite being the couplet "M'lady me, I'll murder you", which may provoke a smirk or wry smile, but is absolutely not a joke. Their recent 7" 'Unhappy Hardcore' is available through all good stockists of composed cacophony, desperate dirges and pieces of the punk puzzle. This is brute force music, the sound of the claustrophobia of London, the claustrophobia of being a human being trapped inside of your own brain.

RODENTS was started by the prolific Robert Eyres a fair few years back. Hailing from an underground basement in Chigwell, next door to Alan Sugar's gaff, Rodents run a tight but scuzzy ship of rock, sailing through the waters of a broken and tired system. We're talking discordant stoner, garage pop of the highest order here. Check them out through the Permanent Slump imprint.




Thursday 13 September

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney, London, E9 6NU | Map
7.30pm | £10.00 | Buy tickets

ESCAPE-ISM is the nom de guerre of mythic rock 'n' roll provocateur / theorist / revolutionary Ian Svenonius (performer, author, filmmaker, etc). Svenonius is known for his work in the music groups The Make-Up, Chain & The Gang, XYZ, Weird War and author of underground bestsellers such as The Psychic Soviet, Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock 'n' Roll Group, and Censorship Now! Recognised by Performer Magazine as the "greatest performer on the planet", Svenonius is profound, prophetic, perverse, and poetic. His debut solo album an 'Introduction to Escape-ism' was released through Merge last year and teamed up a drum machine, guitar, cassette player, and a single voice singing out... for a way out. Svenonius' songs cry out for love, justice, redemption and insurrection, they stomp on convention and clobber notions of what music can be. Live, Escape-ism a new paradigm of performance: raw, gestural, idiotic, sublime, revolutionary, poetic, faux naif, unknowing, a drainage pipe that leads to who knows where. 'The Lost Record' is Escape-ism's new album on Merge and is already a classic, destined to bewitch the minds, hearts, and dancing shoes of any rock 'n' roll fan who happens to discover it, for as long as such creatures exist. Without the high-octane hype machine of the mind-control minstrels who hypnotize the hapless through the mass media, 'The Lost Record' is bound for inevitable obscurity, but (with its timeless tunes, poignant message, and innovative sound) rediscovery and immortal status is equally assured! Music enthusiasts will be thrilled to be the ones clever and kind enough to have rescued this platter from oblivion.

JEUCE are a fun and fast duo from Manchester. Jen (vocals) is primarily the pre-eminent broadside balladeer of the Manchester region, she was also in a band called the Booglies with Giulio from Duds. Bruce (drums) is also in the Hipshakes. They only have demos at the moment, here you go!

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 now) was released through Upset The Rhythm, in just under 25 minutes the band manage to cram in bucket-loads of ideas, mess, confusion and fun..




Tuesday 18 September

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney, London, E9 6NU | Map
7.30pm | £9.00 | Buy tickets

TERRY is getting ready, combing his hair, buttoning his jacket, turning the key in the door. "I'm doing fine," sings Terry out loud, he knows. Divide him into four and you get Al Montfort (UV Race, Total Control, Dick Diver etc.), Amy Hill (Constant Mongrel, Primo, School Of Radiant Living), Xanthe Waite (Primo, Mick Harvey Band) and Zephyr Pavey (Eastlink, Total Control, Russell Street Bombings). Inevitably, Terry likes to make a noise. Drums, guitars and all his voices come into play, making a solid raft for Terry's inner musings to navigate the languid rapids. This all unravels at its own pace, sometimes drifting into glam punk and country backwaters, always conducting a conversation with the commonplace. Terry also make us a bit queasy at times, singing about police beatings and nationalism and all that. But they're not out to hurt you. They're like the kindly bearer of bad news. There's some awful stuff going on around the world. Terry puts it in terms that speak to all. It's a tragicomedy. I'm pretty certain Terry isn't perverse, they're just the harbinger of the encroaching perverse world. I'm pretty certain Terry wants to be my friend, and your friend. Our friend, Terry. 'I'm Terry', the band's third album in three years, is out this summer through Upset The Rhythm.

THE HOMOSEXUALS are the inspired focus of Bruno Wizard! Bruno Wizard is an underground music luminary, an iconoclast, an evangelist for DIY practice, who formed The Homosexuals out of the ashes of The Rejects in 1976. The Homosexuals were a strange prospect. Seemingly, their music should fit into a similar spot as that of angry young men like Wire and Magazine who carried their penchants for art-school angst in the midst of proto-thug posturing, like badges of authentic alienation. And of course, in many ways, these bands were alienated at least from what had been passing for British rock prior to 1976. However, L'Voag (aka Jim, Amos, and now, Xentos), Anton (aka George Harassment) and Bruno were also part of a different scene, where more "progressive" notions of artistic protest were at stake: This Heat, Family Fodder and Chris Cutler's bands Henry Cow and the Art Bears were some of the names going at it in these circles. Their music was a sprawling bag of angular power-pop, quasi-dub, garage-punk and other stuff I'd liken to Faust or some such lunatic mob. Releasing a few 7"s, a tape and a posthumous LP by 1984, the band then called it a day. Bruno continues though, having reformed the band since 2003 with a variety of new lineups. 2016 saw The Homosexuals release their 'Important If True' record collecting new and unreleased recordings from the band committed to tape in NYC. Bruno also starred in 'The Heart Of Bruno Wizard' documentary about his creative life that premiered at Cannes in 2014.

RUSSELL WALKER, known as the uncanny lyricist/vocalist for The Pheromoans, Bomber Jackets etc, treats us to an exceedingly rare solo live appearance. Walker released his solo album proper in 2016 through Vitrine, contributed to a recent compilation on Kye and has a spoken album due out on Chocolate Monk soon called 'Half Time 1916'. Walker also published his latest book 'When New Towns Act Tough' in 2016, well worth tracking down on Larching Books!


Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd September

In collaboration with Cafe OTO

22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL | Map
7.30pm | £12.00 per day | Buy tickets

21 SEPT:


WOLF EYES (short set)


22 SEPT:


(Nate Young, John Olson, Aaron Dilloway, Gretchen Davidson)



23 SEPT:




WOLF EYES are pitching up for a special three-day residency for us at Cafe OTO, following on from the reissue of their seminal 'Dread' LP as well as new double LP from Universal Eyes, 'Four Variations On Artificial Society', that brings together Wolf Eyes and the reborn Universal Indians project which first emerged in 1993.

Born in the dead, dread-filled haunted hills of Michigan, Wolf Eyes are the rabid beasts of Trip Metal & have been ploughing through new tunnels of the underworld since 1997. Pure audio stun, homemade post-nuclear terror & claustrophobic atmospheres, the most shattered and confusing horrorvision since Bo Diddley dropped the duct taped warhead on all humans in 2024.

Universal Eyes started as Universal Indians in Lansing Michigan in the early shadows of the 90's with Gretchen Gonzales (now Gonzales - Davidson), Bryan "Rammer" Ramirez, & Johnny "Inzane" Olson. The trio started as a Jesse Harper cover band and managed to play every single basement that had a power outlet in the Tri-county area. After moving to the Detroit area in the late 90's, Rammer was replaced by Aaron Dilloway and also joined by Nathan Young / a duo that were already in the throes of primitive electronic global domination that is WOLF EYES. The collective quartet played every basement, art space, record store, and club in the metro area that had a power outlet and could also handle the Michigan Progressive Underground audio sprawl. Around the dawn of the 2000's / Gretchen went full time with the moody & cold stylings of Slumber Party and after a wild Bowling Green Ohio gig, Olson joined Wolf Eyes full time. After some drama that would make even Fleetwood Mac disappear into the shadows of suburbia and tossing their EQ into a lonely fire, Universal Indians appeared to have faded into the packed history book pages of Michigan musical lore.

As age and time seem to dust over wounds while magically healing them, the quartet met again in the northern suburbs of metro Detroit on a brisk spring Sunday in 2018, hauled modern and ancient instruments into a home studio and just like that: the dream / nightmare had hot blood pumping thru its' duct-taped sound body once again, as if the missing years were nothing but a minute hurdle.

Wolf Eyes Music 2018 Residency Series is the the musical duo of Nate Young and John Olson in collaboration with performance artists and unique musicians. For this special three day event at Cafe OTO, Wolf Eyes welcome Yeah You, Vicky Langan and Beatrice Dillon as collaborators.


Monday 1 October

St Pancras Old Church

Pancras Road, King's Cross, NW1 1UL | Map
7.30pm | £10.00 | Buy tickets

ROSE MCDOWALL's trajectory from punk provocateur to chart-subverting pop star to underground neo-folk musician has been one peppered with unknowns and adventure. McDowall began her career in her hometown of Glasgow, operating within the nascent punk scene with her first group The Poems. After a meteoric rise to pop stardom with Strawberry Switchblade (along with friend Jill Bryson), McDowall submerged herself in the post-industrial landscape, becoming a member of Current 93 during their purple patch and a guest on records by artists as diverse as Psychic TV, Felt, Coil and Nurse with Wound, McDowall's status as the unofficial queen and muse of the underground is well deserved. After the recording of several demos which resulted in the 'Cut With The Cake Knife' album (Night School/Sacred Bones, 2015), McDowall formed Sorrow to further explore her interest in psychedelic, folk music. Considerably darker in tone than Strawberry Switchblade, but still resplendent in McDowall's angelic, heartfelt vocal, 'Under the Yew Possessed' is a cult album that belies a classic pop song writing sensibility. Issued in a limited gold vinyl edition for Record Store Day 2018, 'Under the Yew Possessed' enjoys a full Night School reissue later this summer, followed swiftly by 'Gem'( in October) a new album of recordings with Canadian musician Shawn Pinchbeck. This Oct 1st concert will be a rare performance from Rose with her new live band, comprising of several members of Scotland's ever burgeoning music scene featuring Russel Burn ex of Fire Engines/WIN/Spectorbullets and Jeremy Thoms ex-Revillos/Strawberry Tarts and currently The Cathode Ray amongst them.


Thursday 11 October


1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL | Map
7.30pm | £8.00 | Buy tickets

VIRGINIA WING are an inventive psych-pop duo based in Manchester, who take their name from Grace Slick's mother. Consisting of Alice Merida Richards (Vocals, Synths, Organ) and Samuel Pillay (Synths, guitar, noises, bass), their music is a sprawling amalgamation of experimental pop songs with texture, depth and nuance; daring, progressive and forever bold. After two previous stunning albums, Virginia Wing return on June 8th with renewed strength, optimism and clarity for their new album 'Ecstatic Arrow' (Fire Records).

'Ecstatic Arrow' borrows from the heterogeneous terrain of The Flying Lizard's 'Fourth Wall', the exuberant technology assisted pop of Yellow Magic Orchestra and the playful sophistication of Lizzy Mercier Descloux, arriving at the evergreen intersection of pop music and conceptual art. The voice of Alice Merida Richards is more compelling and expressive than ever. The glacial deadpan of previous records has given way to a more candid, self-possessed delivery, showing an appreciation for the humour and tragedy innate in the downtown Arcadia of Laurie Anderson, Robert Ashley or even Lynn Goldsmith's Will Powers. It's with this voice that Richards outlines a simple ideality that fortifies the entirety of the album - inequality pervades, destructive behaviours are inherited and each subsequent generation has to reconcile the debts of its precursor - yet a space exists within ourselves and each other that houses a fact we must be reminded of - we have the ability to choose.



Tuesday 23 October

Moth Club

Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney, London, E9 6NU | Map
7.30pm | £10.00 | Buy tickets

THE SPACE LADY began her odyssey on the streets of San Francisco in the late 70s, playing versions of contemporary pop music an accordion and dressed flamboyantly, transmitting messages of peace and harmony. Following the theft of her accordion, The Space Lady invested in a then-new Casio keyboard, birthing an otherworldly new dimension to popular song that has captured the imaginations of the underground and its lead exponents ever since, with the likes of John Maus, Erol Alkan and Kutmah being devotees. Of her early street sets, only one recording was made, self-released originally on cassette and then transferred to a homemade CD. 'The Space Lady's Greatest Hits' released in 2014 through Night School features the best of these recordings - mostly covers but with some originals - pressed on vinyl for the first time and features archival photographs and liner notes from The Space Lady herself. 'Greatest Hits' contains The Space Lady's personal favourites; her haunting take on The Electric Prunes' 'I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night),' a frantic 'Ballroom Blitz' amidst other reconstructed pop music. Following on from this wonderful record, The Space Lady released a split LP in 2015 with the Burnt Ones on Castle Face records which included her spectral take on 'Across The Universe' and a brand new LP this year through Mississippi entitled 'On The Street Of Dreams'.

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 album through their Geographic Music imprint. Their music is beautifully rough-hewn guitar pop that takes in frustration, but also gracefulness and splendour, in equal measure. The fourteen songs on debut 'Permo' trace all kinds of terrain, though the overarching story might be that of a group looking for escapism, somehow and anyhow, in the midst of a social and cultural climate that's closing down possibilities for difference and community.


Thursday 25 October

The Courtyard Theatre

40 Pitfield Street, Shoreditch, N1 6EU | Map
8pm | £10.00 | Buy tickets

EARTHEATER (aka Queens based artist Alexandra Drewchin) distills foley-filled digital production, a three-octave vocal range, and classical composition into works suspended between obsessively detailed sonic tapestries and almost recklessly romantic and gestural electronica. A body of viscerally emotive live performance stands alongside her recorded output, realized by her fearless physical investment and gut-wrenching vocal sincerity.

'IRISIRI', Eartheater's third full-length record (out now on Pan), lays out a shifting network of abstract song craft, laced with sudden structural upheavals and collisions of mutated tropes from numerous sonic vocabularies. Modular synth staccato plucks hammer out in arrhythmic spirals over a carefully muzzled grid of pumping kicks - unleashed in unpredictable disruptions. Technoid stabs mingle with crushed black metal. An icy OS reads poetry against a bed of granular synth swells. Drewchin's sirening whistle-tone vocals drape over relentless live harp arpeggios. Drewchin's lyrics, strewn with flourishes of wordplay and symbolism, explore themes of her autodidactic experience - playing with the tutelage of the 'pupil' within the 'iris' mirrored in the palindrome IRISIRI. Eartheater confounds expectations of structure and resolution before deciding to thread in a sugary melody that snaps us back into some conception, however hazy, of pop songwriting. Drewchin performs and collaborates with art duo and close friends FLUCT. In February 2017, she starred in Raul de Nieves and Colin Self's opera The Fool at the Kitchen. In April 2017, featured on two tracks from Show Me The Body's Corpus I mixtape alongside Denzel Curry and Moor Mother. She's currently composing work for the contemporary chamber orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, that will debut in May 2018. Her new live set sees her accompanied by the concert harpist Marilu Donivan.



Thursday 25 October

The Victoria

451 Queensbridge Rd, Dalston, London, E8 3AS | Map
7.30pm | £7.00 | Buy tickets

JO PASSED sound like a messed-up Beatles, one where Lennon & McCartney reunite in a parallel 1980's having discovered Can, Neu! and Sonic Youth. The band's new album on Sub Pop, 'Their Prime', demonstrates the band's timeless knack for dreamy melodies – chord progressions that sound like they were created in a land far, far away. Lyrically, however, it's imbued with a philosophical longing for answers to questions that have resurfaced for the first time since the explosion of counterculture. Frontman Jo Hirabayashi is crucially aware of the world around him crumbling, yet he's not lost sight of his sense of fun. His approach to the album was to create a collage record of everything he's inspired by. The last track 'Places Please' is his attempt to make Grouper dine out with Frank Ocean, whereas 'Undemo' enquires about Leonard Cohen joining This Heat. Jo, along with his friend and drummer Mac Lawrie, moved across the country from Vancouver to Montreal and back again. The two would play shows in Montreal and eventually tour the far right corner of North America. Upon Jo's return to the west coast, multi-instrumentalist Bella Bebe officially joined the band in January of 2016, expanding Jo Passed from trio to a full quartet. Multimedia artist Megan-Magdalena Bourne began working with Jo Passed on a video project for the song 'Rage' (from the Out EP). This creative partnership would eventually lead to her taking on the role of bassist for the band.

'Their Prime' is a record about identity and the loss of time that happens as a direct consequence of being in the city with nowhere to rent, no time outside of employment and no realistic expectations to live up to. It encompasses that fear of being beyond the glory years, the most creatively fruitful period of one's life. Those years were lost to contemporary struggles for working relationships, home, identity and space. "It's me owning my worst nightmare," Jo admits. "A lot of the Jo Passed project has been about confronting fears. I was afraid to move away from Vancouver to Montreal on my own. Afraid to leave musical relationships I had. Afraid to bare the full responsibility of a project. I've been putting out records and not ones anyone's necessarily heard. Being open about those fears is a good way of dealing with them." You can hear the frustrations and the jitters in the crashing loud-and-quiet motifs throughout the album's twelve tracks, which offer up a patchwork quilt of sound, similar to Faust's 'IV' or 'Red Medicine' by Fugazi.


Monday 29 October

Hackney Arts Centre

13 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 8BH | Map
7pm | £16.50 | Buy tickets

GROUPER is a recording and performing project by Liz Harris. She lives and works in Astoria, OR. Grouper's astonishing new album Grid of Points was recently been released on Kranky. This London show will be part of Grouper's last European tour for some time.




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'I'm Terry'

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'Choose Life'

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'Left Hand'

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'Sings... Four Songs About One Cat'

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'Moody Balloon Baby'

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'Someone To Watch Over Me'

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'The Green Child'

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'More Wealth Than Money'

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'Darlene Shrugg'

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'Remember Terry'

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'8 Girls'

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