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RATTLE RELEASED

5 August 2016

Today sees the release of Rattle's debut album, so from this moment you can now pick it up from all the best shops around the world or directly through our mail order shop here. Often starting by picking out the ghost notes from the drums to develop a melody, their songs reveal themselves in rounds and harmonies with layer upon layer of rhythm and vocal, lending a choral feel to some of the tracks on their self-titled debut album.

The fantastic 'The Girls Are' blog have just premiered the whole stream of the album too, here's the link, happy listening!

DEERHOOF DISPOSSESSED

25 July 2016

Thank yous go out to Clash Magazine for hosting our new Deerhoof video for their 'Dispossessor' track from new album 'The Magic'. Looking at actual, real, tangible magic in mathematics via The Banach-Tarski paradox and friend of the band Professor Appleblossom, the video is a whirlwind of mutations and replications with hula hoops, toothpaste and chalked equations all featuring! 'The Magic' is out now on Upset The Rhythm.

RATTLE - 'STRINGER BELL' VIDEO

14 July 2016

The good people at Gold Flake Paint have just premiered Rattle's first video from their forthcoming debut album. Whoever thought you could use a misted spray of water as a piece of percussion? Watch Rattle get to work with drums, vibraslap, bells and vocals galore now. 'Rattle' on LP and CD will be released on August 5th, pre-order available now!

TERRY - 'HOT HEADS' VIDEO

12 July 2016

Clash Magazine have just premiered the first video from TERRY's new album 'Terry HQ'! Loosen your wristwatch, don a Stetson and get your boots on, it's time for 'Hot Heads' to begin towing the line...

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CHRIS COHEN

PIKELET

Monday 5 September

Cafe Oto

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

CHRIS COHEN is a native of Los Angeles currently residing in the farmlands of Vermont. He is the child of a former music business executive and a former Broadway actress. His resume of prior musical projects is a long one: as a contributing member of The Curtains, Cryptacize, Deerhoof, and Natural Dreamers, he released 10 full-length albums between 2002 and 2008. Along the way, Cohen was also a touring player with White Magic, Cass McCombs, Haunted Graffiti and Danielson, among others, for stints both short and long. All of this culminated in his first release under his own name, and his first for Captured Tracks, 'Overgrown Path'. A singing drummer who writes psychedelic pop music, Cohen also records his own bass, Casio MT65, piano, and guitar. Tracks like 'Caller No. 99' and 'Monad' follow idiosyncratic forms, but are still melodic in an unconventional and homegrown way; like the best of Robert Wyatt, Mayo Thompson, Syd Barrett, and Jerry Garcia. 'Overgrown Path' unfolded its delicate and unexpected arrangements around Cohen's relaxed baritone, unhurriedly revealing the detailed world wrapped up in each song. 'As If Apart', the long-awaited sequel to Chris Cohen's 2012 soft psych garden of unearthly alter-pop, follows on from its predecessor with another bittersweet ensemble of dreamy, complex songs. Pushing the idiosyncrasies of Cohen's melodic and rhythmic approach into even more fractured, shifting spaces, 'As if Apart' unsettles lazy pop conventions, upending jaded heads and hearts with an expansive, moody psychedelia.

PIKELET is a Melbourne exploratory art-synth performer called Evelyn Morris. Evelyn formed Pikelet in 2007 and has released three full-length albums (on Chapter Records), all of which have received great critical acclaim. Pikelet started out as layered experimental folk music and has traversed many musical territories over the years. Currently the sound is based around experimentation with synth, odd rhythms and found sound, all tied to a core melodic and harmonic focus. Evelyn has also been involved in many collaborations with artists and groups such as The Boredoms, for their Boadrum 10/10/10 performance. She's done soundtracks for short films, art installations and dance performances. As a session musician Evelyn has accompanied many artists such as Ariel Pink, Grand Salvo, Laura Jean and Frida Hyvonen. Evelyn describes her new album, Tronc as featuring "weirder pop than ever before."

TERRY

THE REBEL

SARCASM

Monday 12 September

The Victoria

451 Queensbridge Rd, Dalston, E8 3AS | Map
8pm | £7 | Buy tickets

TERRY is getting ready, combing his hair, buttoning his jacket, turning the key in the door. "I'm doing fine," sings Terry out loud, he knows. Divide him into four and you get Al Montfort (UV Race, Total Control, Dick Diver etc.), Amy Hill (Constant Mongrel, School Of Radiant Living), Xanthe Waite (Primo, Mick Harvey Band) and Zephyr Pavey (Eastlink, Total Control, Russell Street Bombings). Inevitably, Terry likes to make a noise. Drums, guitars and all his voices come into play, making a solid raft for Terry's inner musings to navigate the languid rapids. This all unravels at its own pace, sometimes drifting into glam pop and country backwaters, always conducting a conversation with the commonplace. Love is a highway, but you're not likely to find Terry there anymore. He's on the plane. Terry saw the light, he put on his sunhat and is heading to Europe for the first time. Debut album, 'Terry HQ' was released this summer by Upset The Rhythm.

THE REBEL is prolific London outsider Ben Wallers; a charismatic lone wolf in a cowboy hat or trilby and a tie whose electrified howls are too idiosyncratic to be broken down into market-oriented terms. It is difficult to sketch a thumbnail summary of a musician who has amassed a vast and unwieldy discography under a variety of names and genres: the most widely acclaimed is probably the Country Teasers, but he also moonlights as, or in, the Rebel, the Company, the Male Nurse, the Beale, the Stallion, the Black Poodle and Skills on Ampex, across folk, country, garage, post-punk, no wave and electronic pop. In the main part The Rebel is centred around twisted Casio drones, clanging guitar and some defiantly deadpan vocals, all thrown in the pan and pressure-cooked in Wallers' mind. Wallers has amassed a near-unquantifiable discography over the past 20 years, from scores of more or less "official" LPs, EPs and 7"s to seemingly endless self-released cassettes.

SARCASM provide the dystopian post-punk, featuring members of Efialtis, Semi and Snob. Check out their 'Total Institution' tape that just came out through Far So Far.

PEGA MONSTRO

TERRY

SOOK

Wednesday 21 September

100 Club

100 Oxford St, Oxford Street, W1D 1LL | Map
7.30pm | £8 | Buy tickets

PEGA MONSTRO are sisters Julia Reis (drums) and Maria Reis (guitar, keyboard), both sing! Born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal, Maria and Julia have been playing music together since they were 15 and 17 respectively, in other groups first before resolving on becoming a duo. Back in 2010, both sisters started a record label, along with some of their musician friends, called Cafetra Records to document Portugal's garage punk scene. Cafetra represents a community of like-minded musicians who all help each other, making music that they'd want to hear, powered by enthusiasm. 2012 saw Pega Monstro release their self-titled debut album, making for a raucous record that met with critical national acclaim. Last summer, Pega Monstro released their new album entitled 'Alfarroba' on Upset The Rhythm. The songs on 'Alfarroba' deal with many themes, some universal topics like love and growing up, others focusing on the nature of writing songs themselves, whilst some try to make sense of the world from a female perspective. Returning to London after their spectacular performance with Deerhoof last August and February's sold out headline show at Moth Club, expect torrents of energy from Pega Monstro; snare rolls triggering flights of guitar, and fogs of cymbal shimmer that form steps for their vocals to climb.

TERRY is getting ready, combing his hair, buttoning his jacket, turning the key in the door. "I'm doing fine," sings Terry out loud, he knows. Divide him into four and you get Al Montfort (UV Race, Total Control, Dick Diver etc.), Amy Hill (Constant Mongrel, School Of Radiant Living), Xanthe Waite (Primo, Mick Harvey Band) and Zephyr Pavey (Eastlink, Total Control, Russell Street Bombings). Inevitably, Terry likes to make a noise. Drums, guitars and all his voices come into play, making a solid raft for Terry's inner musings to navigate the languid rapids. This all unravels at its own pace, sometimes drifting into glam pop and country backwaters, always conducting a conversation with the commonplace. Love is a highway, but you're not likely to find Terry there anymore. He's on the plane. Terry saw the light, he put on his sunhat and is heading to Europe for the first time. Debut album, 'Terry HQ' was released this summer by Upset The Rhythm.

SOOK is Al (Bin Bags/Dick Diver), Susan (Totally/Feathers), and Lachlan (ex Die! Die! Die!). Combining a taste for primitive electro and forty-year old wheat harvested from the top paddocks of Australia's post-punk underground, Sook are here to blow the chaff away and shirtfront you with some aggressively un-pastoral themes, ripping guitars and freaky synths.

KATE CARR

THE LONDON SOUND SURVEY

DJ NICK LUSCOMBE

In collaboration with Caught by the River

Thursday 22 September

Cafe Oto

22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL | Map
8pm | £7 | Buy tickets

KATE CARR has been investigating the intersections between sound, place, and emotionality both as an artist and a curator since 2010. Her work has taken her from the Arctic circle to the borderlands of South Africa, with stops in rural Thailand, fishing villages in Iceland, and rainforests in Mexico, along with extensive explorations of western Europe, Ireland and the British Isles. Her music is an eerie symphony of cracking power lines, cries of water birds and the high pitched wine of nuclear towers, Carr's recordings trace the temporary wetlands of Marnay-sur-Seine, situated alongside a large nuclear power plant, just after the flooding of the river. New album, 'I Had Myself A Nuclear Spring' came to fruition last year, when Carr spent a month alone in Marnay, a small town of about 200 people in the champagne district of France, about 120 kilometres east of Paris. The surrounding woodlands provided an astonishing landscape to explore. Full of mud, water, rusting machinery, old boats, logs, and birds, it is a place Carr refers to as "spectacular, eerie and ugly". In the spring, many of the roads into the town were closed, having been flooded with water up to about chest height and the many dirt tracks through the forest were transformed into fast flowing streams. Determined to document each surrounding sound, Carr procured a rusty bike and spent time slipping, sliding, falling and wading through bogs, ponds, surging streams and flooded fields. These muddy marshes filled with buzzing electrical towers, corroded machinery, shrieking birds and canals feeding a nuclear complex were like nothing I had ever seen, she notes. "Water has inundated our language. There is a watery word which can adequately serve for almost every emotional state we can imagine. The happy tinkle of a mountain stream, the drama of stormy seas, murky depths, and turbulent rivers. Water is unknowable and uncontainable, it floods and overflows, forms whirlpools and eddies. It surges, and runs away. Water leaves us to drown, float, sink or swim. It cleanses and redeems; it stagnates and threatens." 'I Had Myself A Nuclear Spring' is released on 26th August via Caught by the River's Rivertones label. You can pre-order the album now here

THE LONDON SOUND SURVEY collects the sounds of everyday public life throughout London and compiles past accounts to show how the sound environment has changed. The idea for the London Sound Survey formed while Ian Rawes was working as a storeman in the British Library Sound Archive. Older members of staff still referred to their workplace by its former title, the National Sound Archive, so the website's name was a hybrid of that and A Survey of London, the book written by John Stow in 1598. The historical aspects of sound can be as interesting as its present-day manifestations, sometimes more so. Ian made his first London recordings in April 2008 and the site went online just over a year later. Since then it's grown from about 200 recordings to 2,000 and progressed from a hobby almost to a full-time project. Alongside his own efforts he's been pleased to feature work by Richard Beard, Andre Louis, Stuart Fisher, Felicity Ford, Jonathan Prior and others. Ian gives regular historical talks under the general title of London's Lost Worlds of Sound, presenting and discussing some of the archival recordings featured in the London Sound Survey, whilst certain recordings have also been featured on BBC Radio London, World Service, Resonance FM, and BBC1 London news. Sounds from the site have also been used on Radio 4 and in audiobooks released by BBC Worldwide.

DJ NICK LUSCOMBE is a British radio DJ, having presented various self-selected new music shows since 1999 for the likes of XFM, BBC 6 Music, Resonance FM and BBC World service. His hugely engaging Flowmotion radio show has been broadcast every week on FM radio since 2000. He has also presented BBC Radio 3's Late Junction since 2010 too.

GRUMBLING FUR

DAN HAYHURST

Tuesday 27 September

OSLO

1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, E8 1LL | Map
7:30pm | £8 | Buy tickets

SAUNA YOUTH

DAVID WEST

SCORE

GENERAL ECHO SOUNDSYSTEM

Saturday 1 October

Kamio

1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, E8 1LL | Map
8pm | £7 | Buy tickets

STEPHEN STEINBRINK

LC PUMPKIN

Tuesday 4 October

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Road, Islington, N1 9JB | Map
7:30pm | £7.50 | Buy tickets

STEPHEN STEINBRINK is a 27 year old songwriter and recording engineer born and raised in the arid desert of Arizona and currently floating around the western USA, dividing his time between the green spaces around Olympia, Washington and the concrete flats of Oakland, California. After more than ten years of touring and secluded home recording, Stephen Steinbrink has cataloged several albums worth of gorgeous melody, quotidian dread and desert blight in his stark, minimal pop. Yet the songs on his latest record Anagrams (Melodic Records), beautiful yet unflinching portraits of addiction and mental illness are captured in his most meticulous and high-fidelity production to date. While one might expect the record to be a final destination, a tidy hi-res culmination of all this journeying, the album's particularly varied styles and sincere lyrical uncertainty portray a search that still continues. Truly engaged with the unintelligible and absurd, Steinbrink is more cultural observer than 21st century busker with his intelligently cool left-of-centre approach to a sincere melody, using pop tropes to convey something deeper. At the same time, it's his lyrics that mark Steinbrink out as a true punk minstrel trying to how to figure out how to be a person in the world.

UPSILON ACRUX

GUAPO

Friday 7 October

Cafe Oto

22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL | Map
7:30pm | £7.50 | Buy tickets

CALVIN JOHNSON

CATENARY WIRES

SIDNEY

Monday 17 October

Bethnal Green Working Men's Club

44-46 Pollard Row, Bethnal Green, E2 6NB | Map
7:30pm | £9 | Buy tickets

MARISA ANDERSON

LAURA CANNELL

In collaboration with Caught by the River

Tuesday 25 October

The Forge

3-7 Delancey Street, Camden, NW1 7NL | Map
7pm | £8.00 | Buy tickets

NAP EYES

LADS

Monday 7 November

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Road, Islington, N1 9JB | Map
7.30pm | £9.00 | Buy tickets

NAP EYES hail from Nova Scotia and make crooked, literate guitar pop refracted through the gray Halifax rain. Recorded live to tape with no overdubs, their songs are equal parts shambling and sophisticated, with one eye on the dirt and one trained on the starry firmament, inhabiting a skewed world where odes to NASA and the Earth's magnetic field coexist easily with lyrics about insomnia and drinking too much. In the world of Nap Eyes, workaday details punctuate (and puncture) cosmic concerns, as songwriter, singer, and rhythm guitarist Nigel Chapman wrestles with air and angels, struggling (and often failing) to reconcile the Romantic rifts, both real and imagined, that define our lives: between chaos and order; solipsism and fellowship; the anxiety of social (dis)orders both big and small; and the various intersections and oppositions of religion, art, and science. It's the sound of being young and alive in the city, a tenuous and impermanent counterpoise of recklessness and anxiety, archness and earnestness. Following last year's reissue of their 2014 debut 'Whine of the Mystic' on Paradise of Bachelors, Nap Eyes released an album of all-new material entitled 'Thought Rock Fish Scale' earlier this year.

NEGATIVE SCANNER

Saturday 12 November

The Victoria

451 Queensbridge Rd, Dalston, E8 3AS | Map
7.30pm | £6.50 | Buy tickets

An evening with...

KRISTIN HERSH

Thursday 24 November

St John on Bethnal Green

200 Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green, E2 9PA | Map
7.30pm | £20.00 | Buy tickets

KRISTIN HERSH returns again to the UK for a rare solo tour in support of her critically-acclaimed new double CD and book, 'Wyatt At The Coyote Palace' (Omnibus Press) due out October 4th. From life as the reluctant front person for 4AD's Throwing Muses through the 80's and 90's, to the solo career that began with 1994's 'Hips and Makers', to her power trio 50FootWave and her new career as an author of memoirs 'Paradoxical Undressing' and 'Don't Suck, Don't Die', Kristin never stops creating. 'Wyatt' is the third release in the groundbreaking book/CD format that Kristin began with her most recent solo album 'Crooked' and the Throwing Muses' 2013 release 'Purgatory/Paradise'. "An Evening with Kristin Hersh" includes readings and songs from her works spanning her entire career.

UPCOMING RELEASES

VEXX

'Wild Hunt'

UTR086 | CD/LP | Pre-order

LATEST RELEASES

RATTLE

'Rattle'

UTR082 | CD/LP | Buy

TERRY

'TERRY HQ'

UTR084 | CD/LP | Buy

DEERHOOF

'The Magic'

UTR085 | CD/LP | Buy

THE WORLD

'Managerial Material' EP

UTR080 | 7" | Buy

DOG CHOCOLATE

'Snack Fans'

UTR077 | LP | Buy

BAMBOO

'Hexagonal / Diamond Springs'

UTR083 | Digital single | Buy

BAMBOO

'Be Brothers'

UTR081 | Digital single | Buy

SAUNA YOUTH

'The Bridge'

UTR079 | 7" | Buy

THE WHARVES

'Naz / My Will'

UTR078 | 7" | Buy

NORMIL HAWAIIANS

'Return Of The Ranters'

UTR076 | CD / LP | Buy

BAMBOO

'Prince Pansori Priestess'

UTR075 | LP | Buy

TERRY

'Talk About Terry'

UTR074 | 7" | Buy

SAUNA YOUTH / MONOTONY

'Split'

UTR073 | 7" | Buy

PEGA MONSTRO

'Alfarroba'

UTR072 | CD / LP | Buy

SAUNA YOUTH

'Distractions'

UTR071 | CD / LP | Buy

WETDOG

'Divine Times'

UTR070 | CD / LP | Buy

DEERHOOF

'La Isla Bonita'

UTR069 | CD / LP | Buy

VEXX

'Vexx'

UTR068 | CD / LP | Buy