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PEGA MONSTRO'S 'ALFARROBA'

7 May 2015

We're excited to announced a new album from Pega Monstro called 'Alfarroba.'

The duo are sisters Julia Reis (drums) and Maria Reis (guitar, keyboard). Both sing!

Born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal, the duo's name translates as 'catch the monster', perfectly countering their striving dream-punk sound.

The first track from the record "Braco de Ferro" was premiered by Panda Bear over at Gorilla vs Bear today.

You can hear it in our mixtape below and pre-order the album right now.

WETDOG'S 'DIVINE TIMES'

4 May 2015

We're really overjoyed to announce today our new album for WETDOG.

Entitled 'Divine Times,' it's available to buy right now on 180g vinyl.

You can listen to the fruits of their labour straight away with the first outstanding track from the album, "Messages," streaming in our mixtape below.

Or check out the video for title track "Divine Times," as premiered over at Impose.

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UPCOMING SHOWS

SIR RICHARD BISHOP

MARKERS

Friday 22 May


The Tin Tabernacle

12-16 Cambridge Avenue, Kilburn, NW6 5BA | Map
7:30 | £10 | Buy tickets

SIR RICHARD BISHOP is an experimental guitarist whose improvisations and compositions often reflect the shadow worlds of India, the Middle East, North Africa, and other points along the Gypsy trail. Bishop is perhaps best known as a founding member (along with brother Alan Bishop) of experimental ethnic-improv pioneers and underground tricksters Sun City Girls, who for nearly 30 years have produced an extensive discography of over 50 full length albums, 20 one-hour cassettes and a dozen 7" records.

Bishop's first official solo record, 'Salvador Kali', was released by John Fahey's esteemed Revenant Records label in 1998. The album showcases Bishop's own particular obsessions and roots, drawing from a variety of worldwide sources. Locust Music issued his widely praised second record, 'Improvika' in 2004. This album consists of nine extemporaneous pieces for solo acoustic guitar and led to Bishop performing live as a solo artist, playing throughout Europe, Australia and the United States, over the successive years touring extensively with Bonnie Prince Billy, Earth, Animal Collective and Bill Callahan, amongst many others. Throughout the previous decade Bishop has excelled himself with numerous self-releases alongside major works on Locust and Drag City, who released Bishop's most recent album, 'Tangier Sessions', earlier this year.

The conceit of Bishop's new album, Tangier Sessions, is based in some serious guitar lore that would make any bedroom noodler salivate. While in Switzerland last year, Bishop stumbled into a hole-in-the-wall luthier's shop. Failing to find anything to suit his purposes, he went to leave, but he was stopped by the owner on his way out, who reached behind a cabinet and pulled out a very old, remarkable guitar of unknown provenance. The only distinguishing mark on the guitar was a tiny sticker inside which read "C. Bruno". Entranced by its sound and mystery, but intimidated by its price, Bishop came and went several times before finally caving and buying the guitar.

Soon after this, he found himself holed up for a week at an apartment in Tangier, Morocco, playing the guitar furiously all day, improvising and recording at night. Tangier Sessions is the result of these frenzied efforts. Stylistically, the album evokes Morocco as a hub of cultural exchange. Bishop often explores the Andalusian flamenco guitar style, infusing it with gestures from across the country's other borders. In the seductive, cyclical crocheting of "Mirage", there's traces of the Mali-centered "desert blues," a style sometimes considered to have inspired the American blues, but which now, in contemporary practice, re-emulates it.

Elsewhere, Bishop's haunting melodies recall the sound of the oud, a popular lute-like instrument in North Africa, as well as in the Middle East and Greece. This rare solo performance sees Bishop performing with his 'C. Bruno' guitar in a wonderful grade II listed Victorian church in the heart of Kilburn. The Tin Tabernacle is constructed out of galvanised corrugated iron and its interior was remodelled in the 1940's to house the Sea Cadets and their cultural centre.

MARKERS are a guitar duo from London comprising of Jason Carty and Jodie Cox. Collectively, their musical history has seen them as founding members and collaborators with the likes of Narrows, Geiger Counter, Foe, Exes, Rohame, Art of Burning Water and Earth. However, this project is something different.

Creating music without voice or rhythm section leaves them very exposed, focusing attention on how each note is wrung or coaxed for optimum emotional expression, and relying heavily on tone, dexterity and structuring. Whilst a review of early guitar influences has bled into their sound, there is an obvious nod to cinema and the effect music has on steering images with sweetness, patience and intensity, both on the screen and in the mind's eye.

MONOTONY - 7" LAUNCH PARTY

THE WORMS

DAS BOOTS THE CHEMIST

Monday 25 May


Power Lunches

446 Kingsland Road, Dalston, E8 4AE | Map
2:00 matinée | £5 | Buy tickets

MONOTONY are an evolving band of future humans making truly irregular punk, not quite comparable to anything else. 'Weird' is a meaningless platitude, and 'art punk' is a classifier that shouldn't be required. Celebrating the release of a split 7" on Upset The Rhythm with their sister band Sauna Youth, Monotony are set to detonate the basement of Power Lunches with their head-first primal punk. "Acquisitions, no ambition. Jumping off the balcony," they intone over the swaggering rhythm over their new song 'Luxury Flats'. In the song, Monotony come face to face with Ballard's high-rise nightmare set upon rapidly gentrifying London out of all reason. The second track on the 7", "Human Troll," is a boldly brash track lodged with sloping riffs and hollered vocals. "Human Troll lives in the river, cement mattress making him shiver!". Monotony also have some forthcoming releases on Faux Discx and 80/81 Records, so keep your ears open for those too!

THE WORMS are a guitar-n-drums London duo consisting of one Cold Puma and one Omi Palone. Describing themselves as "petty prannies proffering pithy punk produce", there's a straight forward, bare-bones immediacy to their solid stop/start missives.

DAS BOOTS THE CHEMIST formed at the end of the crap year of 2014. Approaching their songs as raw statements vs intricately genius jokes, Das Boots throw some conversationally direct lyrics on top of a great pile of spindly guitar lines and bombastic drummage. Their music is a bit like punk, post punk, rockabilly, and classic rock. They often play the bits wrong and then scream because it all gets a bit you know. They write a new song during every rehearsal and then discard it because it sounds too much like a song by one of their friend's bands. Sometimes one song that only vaguely sounds like something else slips through the net and that's how they built their set up.

THE JULIE RUIN

WOOLF

FEATURE

Tuesday 26 May


Electric Ballroom

184 Camden High Street, Camden Town, NW1 8QP | Map
7:30 | Sold out

ROSE MCDOWALL

THE WHARVES

Thursday 28 May


St Pancras Old Church

Pancras Road, King's Cross, NW1 1UL | Map
7:30 | £9 | Buy tickets

PROLAPSE

ART TRIP AND THE STATIC SOUND

Friday 29 May


The Victoria

451 Queensbridge Rd, Dalston, E8 3AS | Map
7:30 | Sold out

PROLAPSE

THE WOLFHOUNDS

Saturday 30 May


The Victoria

451 Queensbridge Rd, Dalston, E8 3AS | Map
7:30 | Sold out

MIKAL CRONIN

Monday 1 June


100 Club

100 Oxford Street, W1D 1LL | Map
7:30 | £10 | Buy tickets

SAUNA YOUTH - ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY

PRIMETIME

RATTLE

Friday 5 June


The Old Baths

80 Eastway, Hackney Wick, E9 5JH | Map
8:00 | £5 | Buy tickets

NO BABIES

MARGY PEPPER

COMMISERATIONS

Tuesday 9 June


The Victoria

451 Queensbridge Rd, Dalston, E8 3AS | Map
8:00 | £6 | Buy tickets

AUSMUTEANTS

Wednesday 10 June


The Shacklewell Arms

71 Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, E8 2EB | Map
8:00 | £6 | Buy tickets

LITURGY

CIRCUIT DES YEUX

Thursday 11 June


Electrowerkz

7 Torrens Street, Angel, EC1V 1NQ | Map
8:00 | £9 | Buy tickets

DAN DEACON

YEAH YOU

WUME

Tuesday 16 June


Oval Space

29-32 The Oval, Cambridge Heath, E2 9DT | Map
7:00 | £15 | Buy tickets

ARIEL PINK

Wednesday 17 June

Bethnal Green Working Men's Club

44-46 Pollard Row, Bethnal Green, E2 6NB | Map
8:00 | Sold out

REIGNING SOUND

THE NUMBER ONES

THE CASTILLIANS

Monday 22 June


100 Club

100 Oxford Street, W1D 1LL | Map
8:00 | £12 | Buy tickets

VEXX

HUMAN FORM

VERTICAL SLUMP

Wednesday 1 July


Montague Arms

289 Queen's Road, New Cross Gate, SE14 2PA | Map
7:30 | £6 | Buy tickets

DEERHOOF

Tuesday 25 August


The Dome

178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, N19 5QQ | Map
7:30 | £12 | Buy tickets

FUZZ

Friday 4 September


Heaven

The Arches, Villiers Street, Charing Cross, WC2N 6NG | Map
7:00 | £14 | Buy tickets

STEPHEN STEINBRINK

JULIE BYRNE

Thursday 10 September


St Pancras Old Church

Pancras Road, King's Cross, NW1 1UL | Map
7:30 | £8 | Buy tickets

DOPE BODY

Wednesday 16 September


The Old Blue Last

38 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3ES | Map
8:00 | £8 | Buy tickets

MARTIN NEWELL - THE GOLDEN AFTERNOON

Saturday 19 September

St Giles-In-The-Fields

60 St Giles High Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 8LG | Map
1:00 - 5:00 | £10 | Buy tickets

UPCOMING RELEASES

PEGA MONSTRO

'Alfarroba'

UTR072 | CD / LP | Pre-order

SAUNA YOUTH

'Distractions'

UTR071 | CD / LP | Pre-order

LATEST RELEASES

SAUNA YOUTH / MONOTONY

'Split'

UTR073 | 7" | Buy

WETDOG

'Distractions'

UTR070 | CD / LP | Buy

DEERHOOF

'La Isla Bonita'

UTR069 | CD / LP | Buy

VEXX

'Vexx'

UTR068 | CD / LP | Buy

SPRAY PAINT

'Cussin'

UTR067 | 7" / Digital | Buy

ED SCHRADER'S MUSIC BEAT

'Party Jail'

UTR066 | CD / LP | Buy

THE PHEROMOANS

'Hearts Of Gold'

UTR065 | LP / Digital | Buy

NO BABIES

'Yo No Soy Como Tu'

UTR064 | 7" / Digital | Buy

DOG CHOCOLATE / RAVIOLI ME AWAY

'Split'

UTR063 | LP | Buy

GARY WAR / PURPLE PILGRIMS

'Split'

UTR062 | LP | Buy

TRASH KIT

'Confidence'

UTR061 | CD / LP | Buy