What a day! Serious congrats to Vintage Crop on their new album 'Serve To Serve Again'! Out today on Upset The Rhythm. Totemic bruisers of songs, fervent, rangy at times yet always assured in their intent to make sense of futility, criticise the chain of command and question privilege. A total long-legged leap for Vintage Crop into the delirious now, jump in!
SLEEPER & SNAKE RELEASE!
28 July 2020
Here's the catchiest song about corrupt, deregulated housing development you'll hear all year! Sleeper & Snake unveil their first single 'Flats Falling'! Sleeper & Snake are Amy Hill and Al Montfort, staunch champions of the Aus-underground, writing homespun, mordant watercolour pop. Warbled keys, fizzy sax interludes and pointed lyrical pep all at hand.
'Flats Falling' is a crystalline assembly of cello, drum machine and plucky bass which freewheels around, curlicues of sax sparking off amid the duo's matter-of fact vocal parade: "Disclaimer, disclaimer, disclaimer. The place has a curse."
Forthcoming album 'Fresco Shed' is out on Sept 25th, a total triumph of substance over style from an endlessly creative duo determined on surprising all (themselves included) with each new song. Pre-order up now, including a highly limited baby-blue vinyl option.
VINTAGE CROP - THE NORTH
16 July 2020
Vintage Crop share their chilly vision of 'The North' here in this brand new vid! Try and get this icy blast of an anthem out of your head I dare you.
Thanks to Post-Trash for premiering the single. Vintage Crop's forthcoming belter of an LP, 'Serve To Serve Again', is out August 7th through Upset The Rhythm, enjoy!
ES GET SEVERED
9 July 2020
ES' new video 'Severed' just premiered on Post-Trash: "a quarantine video done right, full of kitchen, garden, and shower performances that are defiantly goofy but as deadpan as can be"! Now is the time to learn to drum using utensils! 'Severed' is taken from Es' phantastic debut album 'Less Of Everything', out now aptly, Nostradamus much?
NAKED ROOMMATE RECORD
25 June 2020
Roll on September 4th! We’ll be releasing ‘Do The Duvet’, the debut album from Naked Roommate. The Oakland quartet evoke the playful spirit of Vivien Goldman, Vanity Records and Liquid Liquid, whilst sparking with originality, all frazzled beats, devolved guitar work and minced electronic compost. The resultant congealed grooves are heaven-sent concoctions for Amber Sermeńo’s vocal to ride high atop, making for an alluring yet switchblade-dangerous performance in terms of wit and gaze.
Take a listen to wondrous first single 'Mad Love’. All proceeds from the track (this month and next) will be donated between People’s Breakfast Oakland and the Anti Police-Terror Project FYI.
‘Do The Duvet’ is available to pre-order on lemon-yellow vinyl now! Our friends at Trouble in Mind are releasing a version in the US too.
Look out August 7th! We'll be releasing 'Serve To Serve Again' by Vintage Crop! A crusher of an album from the Geelong Aus-punks, their full-pelt bounce tempered with flailing guitar lines and sardonic commentary.
Have a listen to first track 'Gridlock' now, a timely nod to frustration - “the hustle and bustle of inner-city traffic is driving me nuts because the radios on static”. The most vigorous, glorious racket imaginable!
NAP EYES, after eight years and four albums deep, find their artistic arc tracing a line alongside frontman Nigel Chapman's daily tai chi practice. Those first years and albums are the cold mornings in the park: the measured movements, the joint aches, the self-doubt. With each new release, an incremental and invigorating step forward. And with the end of each album and tour, a return to the beginner's practice. And now, 'Snapshot of a Beginner', Nap Eyes's boldest, most concentrated and most hi-fi album to date, a study of that repeated return and all that it can teach you. The music still brings to mind the bucolic ennui of the Silver Jews and Daniel Johnston's jittery naivete. But the new sheen and maturity also now brings to mind the wide-angle appeal of The Jayhawks and the addictive brightness of Green Day’s Kerplunk!Which brings us to the new album's lead single, 'Mark Zuckerberg.' Against crunchy and echo-laden guitars seasoned with pedal steel, Chapman begins by inquiring, "Is Mark Zuckerberg a ghost? Maybe, maybe, Where are his hands and why don't you ever see them in public?" By the end, it's morphed into a Belle And Sebastian song and Chapman has found his way to a mantra: "Transcendence is all around us." The journey from point A to point B is both short and rewarding. 'Snapshot of a Beginner' is released by Jagjaguwar on March 27th!
JAKE XERXES FUSSELL
Tuesday 8 September
This show is rescheduled from May 12th, original tickets valid, refunds available too.
JAKE XERXES FUSSELL is a singer and guitarist from Durham, North Carolina. Jake's 2015 self-titled debut record, produced by and featuring William Tyler, transmutes ten arcane folk and blues tunes into vibey cosmic laments and crooked riverine rambles. Collaborating with Tyler and engineer Mark Nevers in Nashville was a conscious decision to depart cloistered trad scenes and sonics for broader, more oblique horizons. In 2017 Fussell followed his debut with a moving new album of Natural Questions in the form of transmogrified folk/blues koans. This time these radiant ancient tunes tone several shades darker while amplifying their absurdist humour, illuminating our national, and psychic, predicaments. What in the Natural World features art by iconic painter Roger Brown and contributions from three notable Nathans: Nathan Bowles (Steve Gunn), Nathan Salsburg (Alan Lomax Archive), and Nathan Golub (Mountain Goats). On his most recent album for Paradise Of Bachelors 'Out of Sight', his most finely wrought album yet, Fussell ushers up an utterly transporting selection of traditional narrative folksongs addressing the troubles and delights of love, work, and wine (i.e., the things that matter), collected from a myriad of obscure sources and deftly metamorphosed, Out of Sight contains, among other moving curiosities, a fishmonger’s cry that sounds like an astral lament; a cotton mill tune that humorously explores the unknown terrain of death and memory; and a shanty/gospel song equally concerned with terrestrial boozing and heavenly transcendence. Always compelling and deftly impressive, Jake’s live shows have become must attend events, so its with great honour that we welcome him back this May to London.
Wednesday 9 September (CANCELLED)
This show is cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, refunds available.
PROTOMARTYR return to London this April for two intimate shows showcasing their forthcoming new album! 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, as 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. 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 last record entitled 'Relatives In Descent', out through Domino. 12 tracks dealing with the unknowable nature of truth and the existential dread that often accompanies that unknowing, an album as sinuous as it is allusive, dense and dizzyingly on the mark.
OLD TIME RELIJUN
Wednesday 28 October
This show is rescheduled from April 29th, original tickets valid, refunds available too.
OLD TIME RELIJUN are the rarest breed of band. Insatiable, living raw, always on the margins and consistent as hell. You know what to expect and yet never have any clue what's going to come next. Old Time Relijun give sweaty, compulsively danceable performances that never fail to inflame their audience. Their loose swagger belies years of practice, fastidious arrangements and gut-level understanding of how music hits you. Old Time Relijun was born on January 1st, 1995 in a dark and moldy basement in Olympia, Washington. The band stole some popcorn bags, talked a friend out of his inheritance and self-released 'Songbook Vol. I' in 1997. They then began their long association with Calvin Johnson's K Records. Between 1999 and 2007, Old Time Relijun toured like monsters, averaging 150 shows a year in the U.S. and Europe, releasing 'Uterus and Fire', 'La Sirena De Pecera', 'Witchcraft Rebellion', 'Lost Light', '2012' and 'Catharsis in Crisis'. The last three albums are known collectively as The Lost Light Trilogy; a conceptual triptych integrating poetry, painting, and myth through multiple lyrical and musical threads. The band toured through 2008 and then quietly parted ways. 2020 reunites Old Time Relijun with newfound level of passionate indignation and a deeper musical vocabulary. Old Time Relijun continue to make music for the revolution from a restless energy that has never settled down.
PROTO IDIOT is a garage pop band starring Callum Darley, Michael Seal and Andrew Anderson. Since 2007 they've released half a dozen LPs on labels like Slovenly, Third Uncle and Bad Paintings, with their latest album Find Out For Themselves hitting the shelves in 2019. Originally the band was a solo side project for Hipshakes/Freak Genes guitarist Andrew, who was accompanied by members of CoCoComa and Negative Scanner for various recordings and gigs. Records out on Trouble in Mind, Slovenly, OddBox and Red Lounge.
SHAKE CHAIN formed through a love of thought provoking performance art and a yearning for disruption so they were never going to be your average run of the mill project and the band have delivered unpredictable live shows across London and Oxford since their recent inception. Having recorded their debut EP ‘Neil Yonge and Bob Doylan Live at Hyde Park’ (on the day of Neil Young & Bob Dylan Live at Hyde Park) last Summer, with sound artist David Carugo and released by Permanent Slump, the group enter 2020 with a fresh heap of material to take into the studio and on the road around the UK in April. Catch them in the field with their not-to-be-missed fusion of post-punk grooves and chaotic lamenting on the current state of things.
Wednesday 17 February 2021
This show is rescheduled from April 21st & August 10th 2020, original tickets valid, refunds available too.
PAN AMERICAN began during the summer of 1997, when Mark Nelson, guitar player and singer of the legendary Labradford, wanted to explore the possibilities of sampling and computer technology as well as his interests in dub and techno. Mark started recording a full-length album for Kranky at home and at Sound of Music Studios in Richmond, Virginia. The self-titled, debut Pan American album came out on Kranky in early 1998. Nelson continued to work on Pan American material as he worked with Labradford, learning to play pedal steel guitar, releasing singles on European labels and getting some studio time in with engineer Casey Rice. Rob Mazurek from Chicago Underground Trio and Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker of Low contributed cornet and vocals, respectively. The resulting album, 360 Business / 360 Bypass, was released by Kranky in North America (and Blast First in Europe) in early 2000.
More singles and album followed, along with the occasional live performance. Nelson's placement behind a synthesizer and mixing desk belied the improvisational nature of the live mix. Between sternum-rattling bass rhythms and Nelson's willingness to challenge an audience of with outbursts of static, Pan American shows were more than the usual knob-twiddling and smooth noodle maps, traded dub undertow for percussive points, field recordings and an ominous drone.
Nelson's latest offering as Pan American, 'A Son' (Kranky 2019), is a return his musical and spiritual beginnings. Spare, subdued, and largely acoustic, A Son unfurls like late summer dusk on the edge of town, expansive but intimate. Motivated by notions of "moving backward" and tracing roots - as well as a couple years of hammered dulcimer lessons - the album's nine songs were written and recorded in his home in Evanston, Illinois, and honed during a solo tour in Europe in 2018. The emphasis on uncluttered arrangements and the centrality of the guitar and vocals reveal these songs as the most direct and emotional statement of his career. Nelson cites everything from June Tabor, The Carter Family, Suicide, and Jimmy Reed as oblique inspirations, though his truest muse was creative self-inquiry: "What does music do, Where does music start? How simple can it be? How honest can it be?"
SOFIA PORTANET works in a cool, measured fashion, allowing the Berlin-based pop auteur to sketch out a vivid, enticing sonic universe. Born on the 9th November 1989, Portanet entered the world as the wall was brought down - now she's kicking new walls and barriers by re-inventing Neue Deutsche Welle for a new generation. Singing in English, French and German, Portanet has been taking their sound international with performance in USA and Europe since signing to Berlin label Duchess Box Records. Since releasing her debut single in 2018, she has become one of the most interesting newcomer artists in Germany with praise garnered including "Best newcomer for 2019" from Klaus Fiehe and "Germany's next big international popstar" from Lauren Laverne. Brand new album 'Freier Geist' is a record that proudly wears its influences of German music from 70s and 80s with inspirations from Ingrid Caven, Hildegard Kneef, Ideal as well as international artist such as Yma Sumac and John Maus. The album was written by Sofia Portanet and her collaborating producer Steffen Kahles at their Berlin studio. Reminiscent of 'Heroes' era Bowie and Kate Bush, Portanet's music shines bright with an austere glamour.
(Charles Moothart, Ty Segall, Chad Ubovich)
Wednesday 31 March 2021
This show is rescheduled from July 22nd, original tickets valid, refunds available too.
FUZZ are back! Ty Segall, Charles Moothart and Chad Ubovich's electrifying trio return to London this summer! Fuzz have released two studio albums to date on In The Red, their self-titled release debuting back in 2013, and the more heavy metal influenced II dropping in 2015. Moothart and Segall originally formed the group, as Moothart was a touring member and guitarist for the Ty Segall backing band, and later became the drummer of Segall's current touring group The Freedom Band. Regarding their sophomore album Ubovich stated in an interview with La Weekly: "We all kind of did something we've never done before, which was write together as a band. That was a first for all of us. Usually in our respective projects it’s all about writing on our own, and that process. This time we tried something definitely new." Look out for a new release entitled this summer too! It will be heavy, chaotically controlled, softly serpentine, and blindingly barbaric. To translate the auditory from ethereal to saliva soaked semantics is to shatter a promise as it’s made. In the meantime, Ty, Charles, and Chad walk on. It is what it is. Just like everything else.
BRIGID MAE POWER (full band show)
Thursday 22 April
This show is rescheduled from June 10th and Sept 15th, original tickets valid, refunds available too.
BRIGID MAE POWER paints expansive songs that are effortless, hypnotic and folk-oriented like Judee Sill, Bill Callahan and Sharon Van Etten. The third album from the celebrated singer/songwriter, 'Head Above The Water' is a coming of age opus featuring a ground-breaking amalgamation of traditional folk and country - an engaging blend of strings, bouzouki, piano and Power’s distinctive vocal make this an achingly beautiful body of work. Recorded in analogue studio The Green Door in Glasgow with Alasdair Roberts co-producing alongside Brigid and Peter Broderick. It's a continuing tale of everyday survival; more diverse, different, a bigger canvas, with broader brushstrokes. Country and traditional folk rub shoulders, making for a juxtaposition of threads, with added instrumentation from five musicians lured into the studio to provide larger dynamics. After two lauded albums for Tompkins Square, Brigid Mae Power releases her new album on 5th June via Fire Records.
Wednesday 5 May 2021
This show is rescheduled from May 5th & Sep 2nd 2020, original tickets valid, refunds available too.
SHOPPING are propulsive bass lines, primitive disco-not-disco drums and guitar lines sharp as broken glass. The band was formed in 2012 by members Rachel Aggs (guitar), Billy Easter (bass) and Andrew Milk (drums), who've all done time in a plethora of notable UK DIY bands including Trash Kit, Sacred Paws, Current Affairs 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 Official Body' followed in 2017, produced by Edwyn Collins and meeting with reviews proclaiming it as exhilarating as it was mesmerising! Now Shopping return on Feb 7th with their new record 'All Or Nothing'.
Written across an intense 10-day period back in February, with sessions spent in London and Glasgow. The songs that emerged are some of Shopping's boldest yet: confident, elastic, streamlined grooves that crackle with energy and intention. Uniting these ten new songs is an expression of tenacity: commitment, leaps of faith and tests of courage. Four albums in, Shopping are as committed and focused as ever, regardless of any distance. As critics have noted, the trio's vision - groove-centered; deeply queer; political by default - place them in a radical lineage of dance, a continuum connecting disco and post-punk to Chicago house and EDM. That spirit of liberation through rhythm is very much present on 'All Or Nothing', says Aggs. "We found ourselves singing about being true to yourself, in an often binary and belligerent digital age, and reclaiming agency when it feels like our personal freedom and privacy is constantly eroding." In an era dominated by spin and surveillance, 'All Or Nothing' invites us to remember what really moves us, in dance and in life.