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DEERHOOF'S "BLACK PITCH"

1 February 2015

Ahead of their imminent European tour (full dates below), Deerhoof have just released the official video for "Black Pitch" from their recent 'La Isla Bonita' album.

It sees them take a boat journey along the River Thames and explore some lesser known spots on the foreshore.

The album is over in the shop right now and you can see Deerhoof in the following places shortly:

14.02 - Warszawa (PL), Dzik
16.02 - Berlin (DE), Lido
17.02 - Leipzig (DE), Conne Island
18.02 - Frankfurt (DE), Zoom
19.02 - Paris (FR), Petit Bain
20.02 - Mons (BE), Maison Folie
21.02 - Amsterdam (NL), Melkweg
23.02 - Bristol (UK), Marble Factory
24.02 - Glasgow (UK), Stereo
25.02 - Leeds (UK), Brudenell Social Club
26.02 - London (UK), Oval Space
28.02 - Saint Malo (FR), La Route Du Rock

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UPCOMING SHOWS

RICHARD DAWSON

ORCHESTRA ELASTIQUE

Thursday 12 February

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Road, Islington, N1 9JB | Map
8:00 | Sold out

DAN DEACON

Monday 16 February

Islington Assembly Hall

Upper Street, N1 2UD | Map
7:30 | £15 | Buy tickets

DAN DEACON is an absurdist composer and electronic musician based in Baltimore, Maryland. Musically influenced by Devo, Talking Heads, Scratch Orchestra, People Like Us, Raymond Scott and Conlon Nancarrow, Dan's music strives to take modern experimental composition and electronic music out of the circle of the esoteric intellectual gangs and hipster communities, placing it into the more informal "fun time". Dan's music is about community and how to organise and inspire it.

With the success of Deacon's 2007 album 'Spiderman of the Rings', came an opportunity for the electronic-music iconoclast to increase the breadth and depth of his entire musical project. Deacon moved from self-contained computer music to orchestral epics. His interactive live show, honed in DIY spaces, was taken to museums and concert halls. He frequently expanded his performances to include a horde of side musicians. After a string of large ensemble projects (including 2009's 'Bromst' and 2012's 'America') Deacon started longing for the simplicity of the days when he did nearly everything himself. Now he's back touring in support of a new album entitled 'Gliss Riffer', an entirely self-produced record of almost all electronic sounds, which was "easily the most fun [he's] ever had making a record."

While 'Gliss Riffer' contains all the instrumental layering we've come to expect, the vocals are mixed with a prominence and, at times, a clarity that have never been heard on a Dan Deacon record before. Lyrical images of lightning, oceans, lakes, and roads crop up frequently as stand-ins for freedom and self-realisation. The tracks were started on the ever-changing landscapes that greet a touring musician. This new record also marks the first time Deacon replaced his digitally realised parts with analog synthesisers, giving Deacon the opportunity to experiment in the same way he did with strings and wind instruments on 'America'.

What makes Dan Deacon such an impressive musician has always been his aesthetic directness and ecstatic energy, all of this along with the heightened 'focus on fun' of his absorbing live shows has finally been translated onto an album. It's a euphoria tempered by yearning and set in defiance of life's nagging anxiety. "Happiness takes time," we are reminded by tremolo vocals in the middle of the supremely danceable "Mind on Fire." The bliss on this new album is well-earned.

DOPE BODY

WALKER / MELCHIOR

BLACK FUNGUS

LOWER SLAUGHTER

Tuesday 17 February

Montague Arms

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

DOPE BODY are a primordial, psych-addled noise rock beast from Baltimore! Born in 2008 out of the dance-friendly confines of the city's Wham City scene, this unclassifiable, heavy group ventured out into the night to find more like-minds, and came back boasting a spasm of styles and directions. Evolving from blasting three-piece to blistering four-piece, Dope Body enjoy writing their own songs, touring endlessly and pummelling basement parties with a gleeful, wide-eyed fanaticism that the more reasonable among us might mistake for insanity (it ain't entirely so).

Dope Body writhe under their own experiments, swinging from gutterish sludge-punk to snake charmer-on-fire within the confines of a single tune. Rather than comparing their ferocity to other contender, just know that Dope Body is punk spelled upsidedown and standing on its hands. 2012 saw their stunning album 'Natural History' come out on Drag City.

Now, two years later, the Baltimore quartet have returned with new album 'Lifer', which sees Dope Body taking a departure from their past releases. Their raw, off-kilter virility still makes for a ferocious record. Yet gone are the frenetic guitar melodies, being replaced with full-frontal riffing that dynamically ebbs and flows. 'Lifer' is the elder statesman of Dope Body's output thus far, calling for greater structure and direction without losing any of its rough intensity. If anything, they have revved up their raucous energy, with the heavy moments being relentlessly driving, a weighty Cadillac pummelling forward across a fractured tarmac. There is greater focus on progression, building the songs into the bludgeoning thrash they inevitably become.

WALKER / MELCHIOR is a collaboration between two largely prolific artists, Dan Melchior (Dan Melchior und Das Menace, Lloyd Pack) and Russell Walker (The Pheromoans, Bomber Jackets, Lloyd Pack). The duo's sound occupies the groggy morning hours that bleed into the bright sun, as heard on their recent 7" for Kill Shaman. 'Sad Son In-Law' unfolds with a juxtaposing mix of buzzing sounds and glowing synths, progressively detailed by a string of jewel-toned guitar quests. Snaps, pops and perhaps even a harmonica begin to emerge in the sun-filled loop, guiding Walker's sung-spoken-word vocals with a wonky bass line. 'I Could Sit Here Forever' comes off damaged and broken with unpredictable guitar noodling and beams of synth, before blossoming into something exceptionally gospel-like and inside one's head. A debut album is expected soon!

BLACK FUNGUS have released a tape on Milk Records and already have another set of recordings in the works. This three piece feature members of Witching Waves and Gloss Rejection, who work up an impressive mix of hook laden song craft and discordant imbalance. Elements abound of the DIY american noise rock hay day combined with Gordons-esque post-punk.

LOWER SLAUGHTER are a four piece rock band from Brighton, featuring past/present members of King Of Cats, Shudder Pulps, Fat Bicth, who churn out big riff righteous heaviness through volume, drawing comparisons to Pissed Jeans, Karp & Harvey Milk.

DEERHOOF

TRASH KIT

Friday 20 February

Maison Folie

8 Rue des Arbalestriers, Mons, Belgium | Map
8:00 | Free

DEERHOOF

TRASH KIT

COWTOWN

Thursday 26 February

Oval Space

29-32 The Oval, Cambridge Heath, E2 9DT | Map
8:00 | £8 | Buy tickets

CIAN NUGENT

Sunday 22 March

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Road, Islington, N1 9JB | Map
7:00 | £7 | Buy tickets

PURLING HISS

KRISTIAN HARTING

PRIMITIVE PARTS

Wednesday 25 March


Corsica Studios

5 Elephant Street, Elephant & Castle, SE17 1LB | Map
8:00 | £8 | Buy tickets

In collaboration with Parallel Lines

FUTURE ISLANDS

Monday 30 & Tuesday 31 March

The Roundhouse

Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH | Map
7:00 | £20 | Sold out

NEIL MICHAEL HAGERTY - PLAYING TWO SETS

Friday 3 April


Cafe Oto

22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL | Map
8:00 | £10 | Buy tickets

HAPPY MEALS

APOSTILLE

Thursday 9 April

Power Lunches Arts Cafe

446 Kingsland Road, Dalston, E8 4AE | Map
8:00 | £5 | Buy tickets

SCREAMING FEMALES

GLOBELAMP

Friday 24 April

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Road, Islington, N1 9JB | Map
8:00 | £5 | Buy tickets

MOON DUO

Thursday 30 April


Village Underground

54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, EC2A 3PQ | Map
7:30 | £12 | Buy tickets

THE JULIE RUIN

Tuesday 26 May


Electric Ballroom

184 Camden High Street, Camden Town, NW1 8QP | Map
7:30 | £12 | Buy tickets

PROLAPSE

Friday 29 May


The Victoria

451 Queensbridge Rd, Dalston, E8 3AS | Map
7:30 | £10 | Buy tickets

MIKAL CRONIN

Monday 1 June


100 Club

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

UPCOMING RELEASES

VEXX

'Vexx'

UTR068 | CD / LP | Pre-order

LATEST RELEASES

TRASH KIT

'Confidence'

UTR061 | CD / LP | Buy

DEERHOOF

'La Isla Bonita'

UTR069 | CD / LP | Buy

SPRAY PAINT

'Cussin'

UTR067 | 7" / Digital | Buy

ED SCHRADER'S MUSIC BEAT

'Party Jail'

UTR066 | CD / LP | Buy

PREVIOUS RELEASES

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

GARY WAR / PURPLE PILGRIMS

'Split'

UTR062 | LP | Buy

WAY THROUGH

'Clapper Is Still'

UTR060 | CD / LP | Buy

SILVER FOX

'Silver Fox'

UTR059 | CD / LP | Buy

CHESTER ENDERSBY GWAZDA

'Shroud'

UTR058 | LP | Buy

HALO HALO

'Halo Halo'

UTR057 | CD / LP | Buy

PEEPHOLES

'The Overspill'

UTR056 | CD / LP | Buy

FUTURE ISLANDS

'Tomorrow / The Fountain'

UTR055 | 7" | Buy

THE PHEROMOANS

'Does This Guy Stack Up?'

UTR054 | CD / LP | Buy

ED SCHRADER'S MUSIC BEAT

'Jazz Mind'

UTR053 | CD / LP | Buy

WAY THROUGH

'Arrow Shower'

UTR052 | LP / Digital | Buy

GENTLE FRIENDLY

'Rrrrrrr'

UTR051 | LP / Digital | Buy

JOHN MAUS

'We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves'

UTR049 | CD / LP | Buy

PEEPHOLES

'Caligula'

UTR048 | 12" | Buy

NO BABIES

'No Babies'

UTR047 | LP | Buy

FORMER GHOSTS

'New Love.'

UTR045 | CD / LP | Buy

CLECKHUDDERSFAX

'Spen Beck'

UTR044 | CD / LP | Buy

PLEASE / SPIN SPIN THE DOGS

'Split'

UTR043 | 12" | Buy

MUNCH MUNCH

'Double Visions'

UTR042 | CD / LP | Buy

TRASH KIT

'Teenagers / How Do You Do?'

UTR041 | 7" | Buy

PLUG

'Plug'

UTR040 | CD / LP | Buy

COLD PUMAS

'Beat Mystery / Party Drip'

UTR039 | 7" | Buy

KIT

'INVOCATION'

UTR038 | CD / LP | Buy

DRUM EYES

'Gira Gira'

UTR037 | CD / LP | Buy

TRASH KIT

'Trash Kit'

UTR036 | Digipack CD / LP | Buy

FORMER GHOSTS

'Fleurs'

UTR035 | Digipack CD / LP | Buy

XIU XIU / PARENTHETICAL GIRLS

'Morrissey / The Smiths'

UTR034 | 7" | Buy

HANDS ON HEADS

'Tough Fun'

UTR033 | Digipack CD | Buy

FOOT VILLAGE

'Anti Magic'

UTR032 | Digipack CD / LP | Buy

GENTLE FRIENDLY

'Ride Slow'

UTR031 | Digipack CD / LP | Buy

THE STICKS

'The Sticks'

UTR030 | Digipack CD / 2 x 7" | Buy

BIRD NAMES

'Sings the Browns'

UTR029 | Digipack CD / LP | Buy

GAY AGAINST YOU

'Righteous Signals, Sour Dudes'

UTR028 | LP | Buy

FUTURE ISLANDS

'Feathers & Hallways'

UTR027 | 7" | Buy

KIT FEAT. MIKE WATT

'Dreams Are Burned'

UTR026 | 7" | Buy

HIGH PLACES

'High Places'

UTR025 | Gatefold LP | Buy

T.I.T.S

'Second Base'

UTR024 | LP | Buy

FUTURE ISLANDS

'Wave Like Home'

UTR023 | Digipack CD | Buy

DEATH SENTENCE: PANDA!

'Insects Awaken'

UTR022 | Digipack CD / LP | Buy

LUCKY DRAGONS

'Dream Island Laughing Language'

UTR021 | Digipack CD / LP | Buy

SOFTBOILED EGGIES

'Try It Again'

UTR019 | Mini LP | Buy

HIGH PLACES

'Vision's the First... / Namer'

UTR018 | 7" | Buy

SOILED MATTRESS & THE SPRINGS

'Honk Honk Bonk!'

UTR017 | Digipack CD | Buy

GOWNS

'Red State'

UTR016 | Digipack CD | Buy

JOHN MAUS

'Love Is Real'

UTR015 | Digipack CD / LP | Buy

a.P.A.t.T. / PEEPHOLES

'Split'

UTR014 | 12" | Buy

CHOPS / HELHESTEN

'Split'

UTR013 | 12" | Buy

NUMBERS

'Now You Are This'

UTR012 | Double gatefold LP | Buy

NO AGE

'Get Hurt'

UTR011 | 12" | Buy

BARR

'Summary'

UTR010 | CD / LP | Buy

HANDS ON HEADS / THE STICKS

'Split'

UTR009 | 10" | Sold out

KIT

'Broken Voyage'

UTR008 | Digipack CD / LP | Buy

DEATH SENTENCE: PANDA!

'Festival of Ghosts'

UTR007 | 12" | Buy

YIKES!

'Secrets To Superflipping'

UTR006 | Digipack CD / 10" | Buy

BARR

'Beyond Reinforced Jewel Case'

UTR005 | CD / LP | Buy

LEOPARD LEG / T.I.T.S

'Split'

UTR004 | Double gatefold LP | Buy

JOHN MAUS

'Songs'

UTR003 | CD | Buy

ESQUILAX / TRENCHER

'Split'

UTR002 | 10" | Sold out

DEATH SENTENCE: PANDA!

'Puppy, Kitty Or Both'

UTR001 | 10" | Sold out