21 February 2017

Our forthcoming Xiu Xiu album entitled 'Forget' is available to stream through Noisey now. 'Forget' will be released this Friday!


30 January 2017

Unfortunately our upcoming Deerhoof show at Village Underground has been postponed from February 6th to September 4th due to illness. September 4th's show will also take place at Village Underground. All tickets already purchased will remain valid for the new date and any ticket holders who would prefer a refund are welcome to one too. Our thoughts go out to the band and wish them a speedy recovery. Here is the band's official statement: "We are terribly sorry to announce that because of serious pneumonia, we are not going to be able to travel to Europe, nor rock once we arrive. Prognosis is good, but for now please accept our apologies for not being able to make this tour that we were so looking forward to."


26 January 2017

Very pleased to shout from the rooftops that VEXX's 'Wild Hunt' mini-album is now in stock. All pre-orders have been posted out this morning! Looks great, sounds great! Life is great! The album is housed in a sturdy sleeve, with lyric sheet to accompany the black vinyl LP, available to purchase now from our webshop!


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!


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!


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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20th Anniversary Show!



Saturday 4 March

The Islington

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

MILKY WIMPSHAKE are a passionate punk band from Newcastle Upon Tyne. The band formed in the early 1990s as part of the Slampt Underground organisation, a label and arts umbrella that supported many of the best UK DIY acts including The Yummy Fur, Pussycat Trash, Red Monkey and personal favourites Bette Davis & The Balconettes. Milky Wimpshake play love songs for punk rockers, protest tunes, covers of Northern Soul classics, and some new classics of their own. Characterised by Pete Dale's wry lyrics and playful, direct guitar riffs, Milky Wimpshake are true stalwarts and legends of the underground and have recorded several 'personal vs political' albums in recent times for the mighty Fortuna Pop imprint. This show celebrates the 20th anniversary of their 100% brilliant debut album 'Bus Route To Your Heart', times flies!

ROBERT SOTELO intends to channel 'Ram'-era McCartney without the chops, at once intimate and ambitiously layered pop music garnished in naive sincerity. Attempting to push beyond limited means, towards the absurd and abundant idea that recreating the feel and sound of The Beatles remains paramount an objective, the entire project rests on the uncertainty and confusion of mid-thirties existentialism and the exploration of the individual post-social life. Accompanied by a host of friends this initial performance will use the recorded compositions as a template on which Sotelo may attempt to draw out and utilise the individual merits of each musician to reconfigure and sensualise the jams. Sotelo's astonishing debut album 'Cusp' will be released through Upset The Rhythm later this year.

THE PLAN harness unruly beats and stamp sweet vocal harmonies all over them. Post-punk in origins but evolving and revolving, its members have previously appeared in bands like Wetdog, Private Trousers and Vic Goddard's Subway Sect, and all live by the sea in sunny Southend.


'Undertow' Album launch



Friday 24 March


Unit 4, 199 Eade Road, Manor House, London, N4 1DN | Map
8pm | £12.00 | Buy tickets

WOLF EYES are the USA's longest-running homemade, primitive, electronic, poetry & radical vibes trio. They don't just release albums they launch scotched, taped nuclear audio fronts on humanity. Wolf Eyes dropped a behemoth of a record last year with 'I Am A Problem: Mind In Pieces' on Jack White's Third Man Records, but this time they are switching things up in more ways than one for their forthcoming 'Undertow' album. The Detroit dark ambient sculptors are launching a new imprint called Lower Floor Music, and the album will be the first release on the label. The first foray into the new album is the title track, which is self-described as a "sea-bottom R&B sound lurch" featuring ambient synth and haunting spoken vocals. This show acts as an official album launch, celebrating the release of 'Undertow' into the world.


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.


Wednesday 19 April

The Lexington

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

RAT COLUMNS is the mutable musical project of David West, an artist as prolific as he is diverse in his output. West is the driving force behind the groups Rank/Xerox, Liberation and Lace Curtain, he was also a member of Total Control, and most recently debuted a solo album proper. Whether its forward-facing punk or turning his hand to crafting sleek prisms of pop, West's credentials check out. Rat Columns is no exception, always central to his vision and returned to many times since its inception in Perth almost a decade ago. Over the years the band has morphed and continued with an array of different friends from the USA and Australia, always finding David West dancing through the long shadows at its core. Working with many distinguished underground imprints including Blackest Ever Black, Adagio 830, Smart Guy Records and RIP Society, Rat Columns have left in their wake a trail of 7"s, EPs and two full length albums. Now a third album, entitled 'Candle Power' is cued for release through Upset The Rhythm. 'Candle Power' is packed full of chiming guitar pop, cutting in with moments of soul, disco and experimental plots.


Thursday 20 April


3 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3JL | Map
8pm | £12.00 | Buy tickets

OOIOO has always created a musical language all its own. Under the leadership of Yoshimi, also a founding member of Boredoms, the group has recorded six albums that have subverted expectations and warped perceptions of what constitutes pop and experimental music. Four years of work went into to making Gamel, their bold new album inspired by the Javanese style of gamelan and the first new music from Yoshimi in over five years. Gamelan is an ancient form that has inspired a great many composers and musicians over the past century, from Erik Satie and Claude Debussy to Mouse on Mars and Sun City Girls. The introduction of this traditional form transformed the group into a super tribe, side-stepping the road between the past and the future. Their focus is not to replicate these ancient styles, but to incorporate them into their consistently inventive, constantly shifting musical frameworks. They take their love of indigenous music into an entirely new dimension by freely weaving organic and electric tones into a vivid tapestry, employing their keen sense of color and texture.

Yoshimi began her music career in 1986 playing drums in UFO or Die with vocalist Eye, and later joined him in the revolutionary noise-pop group Boredoms. Her explosive drum performances captivated audiences and even inspired Wayne Coyne to name a now-famous Flaming Lips album in her honor. While the band's tours of the United States are infrequent, they are as the New York Times has stated, transcendent.



Monday 1 May

Cafe Oto

22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL | Map
8pm | £7.00 | Buy tickets

DANIEL BACHMAN is a 6-string and lap guitar player from Fredericksburg, Virginia currently living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. From 2008 to present he's been releasing material of almost exclusively an instrumental nature while touring everywhere from Istanbul to Los Angeles. He has been playing what he describes as "psychedelic appalachia" since he was a teenager, releasing small run editions of tapes, CDs and LPs for the past three years, with a sound that evolved from drones and banjos to a now guitar centered focus. Touring off and on since the age of 17, Bachman has managed to cover thorough ground across the US, sharing stages with like-minded folk such as fellow Fredericksburg native Jack Rose, for whom he fashioned the artwork for the posthumous release of 'Luck In The Valley'. His newest effort is himself-titled LP on Three Lobed Recordings, his eighth solo album to date. It's his most thoughtful release to date, filled with mindful reflection and confident patience. Even during his snappiest songs, Bachman takes time to consider where he is and where he's going. When his pace starts to rush, he pulls back, ringing out a long chord or even stopping completely to avoid just going with the flow. Bachman takes the listener on an aural journey through the back roads of the foothills of the blue-ridge to calm coastal waters.

JAKE XERXES FUSSELL is a singer and guitarist from Durham, North Carolina. His self-titled debut record, produced by and featuring William Tyler, transmuted ten arcane folk and blues tunes into vibey cosmic laments and crooked rambles. Jake Xerxes (yes, that's his real middle name, after Georgia potter D.X. Gordy) grew up in Columbus, Georgia, son of Fred C. Fussell, a folklorist, curator, and photographer. Fred's fieldwork took him, often with young Jake in tow, across the Southeast documenting traditional vernacular culture, which included recording blues and old-time musicians with fellow folklorists and recordists George Mitchell and Art Rosenbaum (which led Jake to music, and to some of the songs herein) and collaborating with American Indian artists (which led Jake eventually to his graduate research on Choctaw fiddlers.) Fussell's new album, 'What in the Natural World' on Paradise of Bachelors takes 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.


Wednesday 3 May

The Lexington

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

EX-CULT are a Memphis-based punk cyclone, releasing batches of bruising records and laying waste to everywhere they play. Chris Shaw lends a sneering, spitting toughness to the proceedings while the band flays riffs in loose, hairy mosh inducing menace behind him, touching on post-punk, psych sprawl, and early 80's hardcore while remaining beholden to none. They have the power to convert even the most jaded and bored concertgoer into a sweaty mess in the pit. Having released two albums of adrenal-enhancing sluggers through Goner Records, last year saw Ex-Cult releasing 'Negative Growth' on In The Red. This collection of songs were conceived in Memphis and finalized in Los Angeles, with the help of family doctor Ty Segall. It was created in February 2016, when the band traded Memphis misery for a week of California sunshine. 'Negative Growth' is a nine-track nightmare, a death trip in the crystal ship and dedicated to fear and deception.


Monday 22 May


3 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3JL | Map
8pm | £12.00 | Buy tickets

XIU XIU is Shayna Dunkelman, Angela Seo and Jamie "Butch Jenny" Stewart. Starting in isolation in San Jose, California in 2002, Xiu Xiu has relentlessly toured all over the world since. Over the course of 15 7"s, five EPs, six collaboration albums and ten full lengths Xiu Xiu has never shied away from any topic that is honest and meaningful to them. Their songs are about gender dysphoria, suicide, loneliness, going insane, child soldiers, the tsunami in Indonesia, hideous sex, the Sanrio character Pandapple, abortion politics, incest, cats, queer life and the individual responsibility of U.S. military. Somehow within all of this, cuteness attempts to find a way to embrace death and horrible emotion. The music is drawn from British post punk and synth pop, modern Western classical, noise and experimental musics, Asian percussion musics, American folk, torch singers, house, techno and 1950s rock n roll. Xiu Xiu have been called "self flagellating", "harsh", "brutal", "shocking" and "perverse" but also "genius", "brilliant", "unique", "imaginative" and "luminous."

New album Forget will be released this February through Upset The Rhythm. The album was produced by John Congleton (Blondie, Sigur Ros), Greg Saunier of Deerhoof and Xiu Xiu's own Angela Seo. It features guest appearances by fabled minimalist composer Charlemagne Palestine, L.A. Banjee Ball superstar commentator Enyce Smith, Swans guitar virtuoso Kristof Hahn and legendary drag artist and personal hero of Xiu Xiu, Vaginal Davis.


Thursday 25 May

The Victoria

451 Queensbridge Rd, Dalston, E8 3AS | Map
7.30pm | £8.00 | Buy tickets

PRIESTS are Daniele Daniele (drums), Katie Alice Greer (vocals), G.L. Jaguar (guitar), and Taylor Mulitz (bass). Formed in 2011 in Washington DC, the band has proven a valuable force for strangeness in a city that is increasingly terraformed by norms. At a time when few groups were making serious moves beyond the Beltway, Priests toured throughout North America and Europe. More significantly, they've helped to raise the general standard of show-going at home through cassettes and singles released on Sister Polygon, including music by bands like Sneaks, Snail Mail, Pinkwash, Cigarette, Downtown Boys, and numerous Priests-affiliated groups like Gauche and Flasher. Still, even amidst thriving hometown creativity, Priests possess a singular gravity. They are physical and combustible, urgent and visceral. This January, Nothing Feels Natural, the band's first full length LP was released on their own label Sister Polygon Records. It's the bands most stylistically diverse set of songs to date, expanding on their lo-fi post-punk bona-fides with ideas drawn from pop, R&B, and industrial noise. Thematically, Nothing can be understood as a series of vignettes - nine stories that crystallize into a bigger picture about the economics of human relationships, the invisibility of feminized labor, and the dual purpose of art for both the group and the individual. It's a record that thrives amid the tension between that what is valued and what is dismissed; between what is desired and what is presented.


Wednesday 7 June

Cafe Oto

22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL | Map
8pm | £8.00 | Buy tickets

NOTS are a 4 piece, all XX, "nuevo no wavo" band from Memphis, TN. Unpredictable guitars, celestial synths, and punctuated vocals swirl around the repetition of a powerful rhythm section to form a sound and a live show not easily classifiable but entirely addictive. Drummer Charlotte Watson and guitarist / frontwoman Natalie Hoffmann are the band's two constants throughout a handful of roster changes. NOTS' current lineup also includes Alexandra Eastburn on synth, an instrument she picked up to join NOTS and to record on their first full-length LP We Are Nots, and bassist Meredith Lones, another new Memphis musician, and the most recent addition to the band. NOTS' newest punk-noise-psych-collision LP, Cosmetic, aggressively follows on the heels of their debut LP, foreshadowing an ever expanding experiment in direction of things to come for the band. NOTS have releases on Heavenly & Goner Records, plus a brand new live 7" on Third Man.


Monday 4 September

Village Underground

NB. This is the new date for Deerhoof's postponed Feb 6th show, original tickets remain valid

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"!



'Banishing Ritual'

UTR093 | LP | Pre-order


'Candle Power'

UTR089 | CD/LP | Pre-order



UTR091 | CD/LP | Pre-order



'Wild Hunt'

UTR086 | CD/LP | Buy


'8 Girls'

UTR092 | 7" | Buy


'Living Is A Myth'

UTR087 | LP | Buy



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'The Magic'

UTR085 | CD/LP | Buy


'Managerial Material' EP

UTR080 | 7" | Buy


'Snack Fans'

UTR077 | LP | Buy


'Hexagonal / Diamond Springs'

UTR083 | Digital single | Buy


'Be Brothers'

UTR081 | Digital single | Buy


'The Bridge'

UTR079 | 7" | Buy


'Naz / My Will'

UTR078 | 7" | Buy


'Return Of The Ranters'

UTR076 | CD / LP | Buy


'Prince Pansori Priestess'

UTR075 | CD / LP | Buy


'Talk About Terry'

UTR074 | 7" | Buy



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'Divine Times'

UTR070 | CD / LP | Buy


'La Isla Bonita'

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