16 November 2016

We're ecstatic to say that Upset The Rhythm will be releasing Xiu Xiu's next album, out February 24th, entitled FORGET! We've worked with Xiu Xiu ever since our fourth show way back in 2004 (Needles wine bar, oh yeh!) so it's a real dream-come-true scenario for us! Check out the first track from the record called 'Wondering' - it is staggering, a total heart-quake.

Our pre-order for FORGET is now open, including a clear/blue swirl LP version that is strictly limited to our mailorder! The pre-order link also has a close up of the calligraphic cover art and full tracklisting detailed!!


15 November 2016

Upset The Rhythm are over the supermoon this morning to announce a special one-off UK show for Deerhoof next February. 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. Village Underground is our venue of choice and February 6th the date for your diary! Tickets on sale now!

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Saturday 17 December

Bethnal Green Working Men's Club

44-46 Pollard Row, Bethnal Green, London, E2 6NB | Map
7pm | £7.00 | Buy tickets

APOSTILLE is the recording and performing project of Night School honcho Michael Kasparis (of Please and The Lowest Form). Having started as a home-damaged pop music, Apostille has grown into a live-wire synth punk prospect that bridges physicality with emotive bleed. Insistent flickering beats hold down a sturdy framework for Kasparis' clouds of echoed vocals and synth cluster quests. Sometimes Michael's voice soars above the music, hanging their like an apparition, other times the cloaked notes surge forwards, bouncing between distorted handclaps, wonky basslines and oblique incantations to deliriously wondrous effect. Apostille's debut album 'Powerless' was released last year through Night School, look out 2017 as a new album is well on the way!

BLOOD SPORT formed in Sheffield in 2010, and ever since the trio have forged an arresting sound practice from within the city's industrious art/music community. Their blistering guitar dynamics and pointed-yet-pointillist lyrics meshing into rough-house, techno-gilded polyrhythms, with an untrammelled urgency pervading their tightly wound sound and all that surrounds and informs it. Now the band is set to surge and attack. 2016 will see the fruition of a year's work in both the live and recorded realms, with new record Axe Laid To The Root released on Blast First Petite following three EPs and a strong debut LP Life In Units, all released on DIY labels: Tye Die Tapes, the band's own Hybrid Vigour Records and via The Audacious Art Experiment, the record-release wing of the independent arts hub they co-run in Sheffield. Blood Sport have a relentless, heavily structuralist live show, a wall of noise and rhythm delivered with ferocious intensity, girding and grinding the audience into movement. With a background playing squats, raves, art happenings and clubs, the band has increasingly sequenced their set for the dancefloor.

GUTTERSNIPE are a Leeds drums/guitar duo who dive straight into a cauldron of hellish improv-skronk, paint-stripping abstract noise and nightmarishly deconstructed sonic catharsis - imagine the esoteric mayhem of Angel Blood combined with the venue-destroying psychic power of early Boredoms and Naked City, and you ain't even close. Comprising the duo of Xylocopa Violacea and Bdallophytum, if Guttersnipe don't blow away your cobwebs, nothing will.

RAVIOLI ME AWAY are Sian Dorrer, Rosie Ridgway and Alice Theobald and more recently, have recruited Monika Kroll as an intermittent member. Un-defined by genre, Ravioli Me Away's high energy, dangerously ambitious and delusional jazzy-post-pop-punk-hip-funk sound with stylistically schizophrenic motifs span all-known past, present and future human cultures and sub-cultures. This is social realism soaked through with a heady dose of fantasy, idiosyncratic poetics, keyboard flurries and vocal vicissitudes described as "vintage drag-queen Bananarama Youtube footage played with twice the sass and in double time with an incredulous broadband connection reflected in the eyes of a much overworked and downright exhausted Julie Burchill on acid." This November, RMA will release their second album, 'Living is a Myth' with Upset The Rhythm.

RATTLE are a Nottingham based duo, focusing almost exclusively on drums and more drums, beneath a delicate overlay of vocal harmonies and percussive effects. Formed by Katharine Eira Brown (also of Kogumaza) and Theresa Wrigley (also of Fists), Rattle began as an experiment in crafting rich songs and melody using drums and voice alone. Their music weaves and intertwines post-punk, minimalism and experimental rock, through off-kilter rhythms, patterns and counter melodies. Often starting by picking out the ghost notes from the drums to develop a melody, the song then reveals itself in rounds and harmonies with layer upon layer of rhythm and vocal, lending a choral feel to some of the tracks. Rattle effortlessly blend the avant-garde with irresistible melodies and hypnotic drum beats, using rhythm and harmony to create a refreshing sound that is utterly new - a pretty rare feat these days when we're saturated with so much music. Their live performances are at once hypnotic, monastic and danceable, plus their debut self-titled album was released this Summer on Upset The Rhythm and I Own You.



Saturday 4 February

The Islington

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

CARLA DAL FORNO is an Australian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, currently based in Berlin. She is a member of the groups F ingers and Tarcar, and formerly cult Melbourne outfit Mole House. Autumn 2016 saw the release of her debut solo album, 'You Know What It's Like', on Blackest Ever Black. 'You Know What It's Like' is an album for inbetween days, and occupies inbetween states: plain-speaking pop, disorientated by dub. Psychedelic folk delivered with (post-)punk economy. Drifting in space while still tethered to the ground. Astral tones blurred with earth sounds: wood, bone, breath, skin, dirt. Ending and beginning, dying and becoming. Longing for adventure and an unquiet life. Struggling to get out of bed.


Monday 6 February

Village Underground

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.


Saturday 11 February

The Islington

1 Tolpuddle Street, Angel, London, N1 0XT | Map
7.30pm | £7.00 | Buy tickets

CIAN NUGENT is a mercurial guitar player and composer from Dublin, Ireland. Cian combines personal passions, such as suburban/coastal blues, traditional musics, late 1960s-'70s singer-songwriters, jazz ambitions, 20th century composition and the Takoma school into a deeply personal style. New album, 'Night Fiction' is Cian Nugent's third album but his first taking on the role of singer-songwriter. Where his previous two albums: 2013's 'Born With The Caul' and 2011's 'Doubles' saw him exploring extended guitar based instrumentals with his band, The Cosmos, here he has reigned things in and focused his songwriting skills. Guitar fans, do not fear, there is still plenty of soloing and fingerpicking here. With 7 songs both solo and with his band, this album amalgamates everything Cian has done up to this point and reveals a more broad palate of influences, including The Velvet Underground, Richard Thompson, Television, Neil Young, John Lennon, Fred Neil, etc. Cian will perform this show as a trio showcasing lots of songs from his recent album,'Night Fiction', out now on Woodsist.


(Jamie Stewart & Lawrence English's sonic response to David Lynch's photography)

Wednesday 15 February

The Forge

3-7 Delancey St, Camden, London, NW1 7NL | Map
7pm | £14.00 | Buy tickets

HEXA is a project by Australian composer and artist Lawrence English and Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart exploring the physicality of sound and its abilities to infiltrate, abrade and occupy the body. Premiered at the David Lynch: Between Two Worlds retrospective at GOMA museum in Brisbane, Australia in April 2015, HEXA is a sonic response to Lynch's Factory Photographs, a collection of images Lynch took of disused factories and the ruins of industry in the USA, Poland, Germany and the UK. Using the factory photographs as both a literal and metaphoric source, their performance draws root from the texture of Lynch's images, the imagined and actual spaces, and the spectral histories contained within them. The effect is like "cascading low frequency pulses and tectonic plates of sound, suspended in cavernous cathedral-like spaces."

When asked recently about his decades' long interest in photographing factories in various states of disuse, David Lynch remarked "I grew up in the north-west of America where there are no factories at all, just woods and farms. But my mother was from Brooklyn, so when I was little we used to go there and I got a taste for a certain kind of architecture and a feeling for machines and smoke and fear. To me, the ideal factory location has no real nature, except winter-dead black trees and oil-soaked earth. Time disappears when I'm shooting in a factory, it's really beautiful." HEXA's album is out now on the Room40 label.


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 punk band from Newcastle Upon Tyne. The band was formed in the early 1990s as part of the Slampt Underground Organisation scene. They play love songs for punk rockers, protest tunes, covers of Northern Soul classics, and some new classics of their own. This show celebrates the 20th anniversary of their 100% brilliant debut album 'Bus Route To Your Heart', times flies!




UTR091 | CD/LP | Pre-order


'8 Girls'

UTR092 | 7" | Pre-order


'Wild Hunt'

UTR086 | CD/LP | Pre-order



'Living Is A Myth'

UTR087 | LP | Buy



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UTR084 | CD/LP | Buy


'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 | LP | Buy


'Talk About Terry'

UTR074 | 7" | Buy



UTR073 | 7" | Buy



UTR072 | CD / LP | Buy



UTR071 | CD / LP | Buy


'Divine Times'

UTR070 | CD / LP | Buy


'La Isla Bonita'

UTR069 | CD / LP | Buy



UTR068 | CD / LP | Buy