Sleeper & Snake invite you through the door of their ‘Fresco Shed’! Upset The Rhythm released the Melbourne duo’s new album today on popping blue vinyl and a sturdy black version too. Homespun vignettes of warbled keyboards, fizzed improv interludes, shifting layers of skewed harmony and wistful yet pointed lyrical pep is their measure. There’s a delicacy at play here too with cello, harmonica and even sarangi being employed in the foundation of these frothy concoctions of outsider folk and post punk hodgepodge.
Available to stream everywhere now + buy from all the best shops and our webstore!
SOHO RADIO SPECIAL
10 October 2020
Hold on to your party hats! Upset The Rhythm has a Soho Radio special available for your ears. Lots of crucial tracks from the past/present/future, plus insightful chat with Sleeper & Snake about Tudor buildings and Guy Smith from Normil Hawaiians on performing in Switzerland in the 80s. Also, we have The Green Child booked in to discuss extreme horticulture and their fave band Hot Chocolate, whilst Naked Roommate just do their own loopy dada cut and paste interview thing! Listen up!
7 October 2020
The 'Double Lines' video from The Green Child has just been unveiled courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan! 'Double Lines' is the dreamlike closing track from the Australian band's forthcoming second album 'Shimmering Basset', out this month on Upset the Rhythm!
LIVE FROM THE FRESCO SHED
6 October 2020
Sleeper & Snake treat us to a new video today, recorded live in lockdown from the Fresco Shed, here's 'Shoot Through'! The trains were filmed between Richmond and Flinders Street stations and the layering fx in the video were inspired by those gracing the Granada TV footage of Joy Division performing Shadowplay in 1978. 'Shoot Through' is taken from the band's forthcoming 'Fresco Shed' album, out soon on Upset The Rhythm.
THE GREEN CHILD IN THE 'FASHION LIGHT'
17 September 2020
Thanks to Gorilla Vs Bear for helping us announce The Green Child's new single 'Fashion Light'! Available to stream everywhere now, taken from the avant-pop duo's incredible, forthcoming ‘Shimmering Basset’ album, out in October.
IN THE STONE 7"
11 September 2020
What a day! The first new music from Normil Hawaiians for 35 years has arrived in the form of a 7". Today we released 'In The Stone / Where Is Living?', the fruitful upshot of a recording session in a windswept, coastal house on the Kintyre peninsula.
'In The Stone' is a motorik thrill of distorted guitars, locked rhythms and morphic resonance. Guy Smith is joined by Zinta Egle on vocals, skilfully sharing lyrics informed by place, meaning and recurrent memory. In keeping with the context of the song, sounds from several previous live recordings of the track were woven into its present being. Flipside 'Where is Living?' is a decidedly more diaphanous affair of questioning lyrics and eerie traces, droning strings and impressions smudged. Progressive, wordly and imbued with a cosmic uncanny this pair of songs is a tantalising glimpse of Normil Hawaiians now, an echo from the past, an echo from the future.
Available as a limited edition 7" from all the best shops and our webstore here
DO THE DUVET
4 September 2020
Naked Roommate's knockout of a debut album is released today! 'Do The Duvet', reminds us of Vivien Goldman meets Liquid Liquid, with some frazzled electronics worthy of Vanity Records thrown in for good measure.
The quartet from Oakland, California are time capsule brilliant, with the album sounding like it was unearthed from a biscuit tin planted in the ground circa 1981, boasting just the right amount of water-damage warble. 'Do the Duvet' sparks with originality though, whipping up twitchy, congealed grooves for Amber Sermeno's vocal to ride high atop, making for an alluring yet switchblade-dangerous performance in terms of wit and gaze.
Available in all the best shops and our webstore here too
THE GREEN CHILD RETURNS
27 August 2020
Spectral pop o'clock! The Green Child return with an epic new album in October called 'Shimmering Basset'. The Green Child is the once long-distance, now based in the same house recording project of Raven Mahon (furniture maker and former member of Grass Widow) and Mikey Young (recording engineer and band member of Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring). The band's self-titled album was a highlight of 2018 for us!
Here's the video for first single 'Low Desk : High Shelf' a classy slice of avant pop with Mikey’s synths criss-crossing through the straight-up beat, allowing Raven’s collected vocal to stitch its haunted path: “see the face and feel your body sway, in voluntary walk, intoxicating view, take it home, a photograph, a file final form, a token for the shelf or wait…”
Special thanks to Raven Sings The Blues for premiering the single, now available of all digital platforms. ‘Shimmering Basset’ is available to pre-order now in our webshop as a special eco-minded edition of the LP.
THE NEW NORMIL
17 August 2020
We're ecstatic to share with you today the news that Normil Hawaiians will be releasing their first new music since 1985 with Upset The Rhythm next month. Choosing the form of a 7" in which to appear, September 11th will witness the release of 'In The Stone / Where Is Living?'. The band encamped to Tayinloan, a small village on the west coast of the Kintyre peninsula in Scotland to set up their own studio in an isolated, windswept house overlooking the sea and started the tape rolling. The resultant 'In The Stone' 7” is a tantalising glimpse of Normil Hawaiians now, an echo from the past, an echo from the future.
In the twelve years since we shared Future Islands' magnificent debut album with the world, the Baltimore lords of synth pop have grown into one of the most successful acts out there, icons of indie no less. Back at the start of 2020 we were working on our largest concert to date for Future Islands in London, but then the pandemic came along with other ideas, so this October 9th (8pm British Summer Time) we're supporting Future Islands launch their new album 'As Long As You Are' (4AD) with a special livestream one-off performance from their hometown. This will be the band's only show of 2020 and your only chance to see the band on stage this year playing tracks from the new record alongside that back catalogue of classic epics. Tickets available here.
VINTAGE CROP OUT NOW!
7 August 2020
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!
FUTURE ISLANDS return this autumn, when we need them most! In the twelve years since we shared Future Islands' magnificent debut album with the world, the Baltimore lords of synth pop have grown into one of the most successful acts out there, icons of indie no less. Back at the start of 2020 we were working on our largest concert to date for Future Islands in London, but then the pandemic came along with other ideas, so this October 9th we're supporting Future Islands launch their new album 'As Long As You Are' (4AD) with a special livestream one-off performance from their hometown. This will be the band's only show of 2020 and your only chance to see the band on stage this year playing tracks from the new record alongside that back catalogue of classic epics.
'A Stream of You and Me' will be filmed in Maryland and feature a bespoke one-off light show created by light artist Pierre Claude (The Strokes, Phoenix, Gesaffelstein). The broadcast will be directed by Michael Garber (Phoenix, Bon Iver, Kamasi Washington).
BAS JAN will be live streaming a concert from Cafe Oto on October 27th. The performance is a culmination of making the band’s second album (working title… 'In The Mood for Bas Jan') at Cafe Oto, recorded as live over a period of 3 days which have generously been facilitated by Arts Council England Lottery Grant and Lost Map Records. The record will be released in 2021.
Bas Jan are Rachel Horwood- drums & vocals, Emma Smith- bass guitar, violin & vocals, Serafina Steer- kbd, bass guitar & vocals, Charlotte Stock- electric violin & vocals.
This live show will be streamed on the ticket webpage from 8:15pm on the day and the concert will begin at 8:30pm sharp. Please note that it will be only be viewable to those who are logged in and have purchased a ticket.
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 2020, 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 2021
This show is rescheduled from June 10th & Sept 15th 2020, 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.
JAKE XERXES FUSSELL
Friday 7 May 2021
This show is rescheduled from May 12th & Sep 8th 2020, 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.