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...
'TERRY HQ' OUT NOW
1 July 2016
After releasing Deerhoof’s outstanding new album last week, today we’re welcoming Terry into the world. Terry are a quartet from Melbourne specializing in misshapen glam pop, unraveled refrains and personal-made-political (and vice versa) gang vocals. 'Terry HQ' collects ten of the most addictively offbeat songs going and is released worldwide today on LP, CD and digitally. Go hunt this down in your local shop from now or buy it directly from us now!
THE MAGIC OF DEERHOOF
27 June 2016
We’re positively running cartwheels around Upset The Rhythm HQ today as we’re immensely proud to help guide Deerhoof’s new album The Magic out into the world. Released now on Upset The Rhythm, The Magic is an album imbued with Deerhoof's sorcery; boldness, wonder, technical know-how, risk. ‘The Magic’ is 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.
You can buy The Magic on LP (white 180g vinyl) or CD from shops right now or if you’d prefer from out web-shop here. We also have the option of buying the record in combination with an exclusive cassette tape of Deerhoof covering all their favourite songs by the likes of Sonic Youth, Madonna, Public Enemy, David Bowie, Malaria, Van Halen and Def Leppard! Pour some sugar on that!
29 May 2016
On August 5th we’ll be releasing Nottingham drum/voice duo Rattle’s self-titled debut album. In collaboration with our friends at I Own You, the beautifully minimal and hypnotic suite of songs will be appearing on LP (including some limited number on transparent vinyl), CD and digitally, pre-order here. Formed by Katharine Eira Brown and Theresa Wrigley, 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. Rattle are at once magnetic, monastic and danceable, but don’t take our word for it, check out the first track from the album, ‘Stringer Bell’ now!
VEXX - 'WILD HUNT'
20 May 2016
We are very excited to announce this new record from VEXX, entitled 'Wild Hunt' the LP will be potently chasing all throughout the sky this Autumn! Our pre-order link is up for 'Wild Hunt' now on LP and CD. Showcasing the band utterly consumed in the moment, these six tracks blaze with giddy abandon, raging mere heartbeats away from oblivion.
THE OBLIVIANS are a garage punk trio from Memphis, Tennessee who formed in 1993. The Oblivians make music that’s legitimately funny and provocative, and they make it sound dangerous. Between 1995 and 1997, they packed in blown out guitars and snarling, guttural vocals, all of which could have been filtered through a rusted out tin can. Their songs are fast and loud, and when they made their last proper record in 1997 with New Orleans weirdo composer Mr Quintron, they sounded like the MC5 being backed by an organist. They weren't around for very long, but in their relatively short time together, they cemented themselves as godfathers to today's garage punk landscape. The band recorded four LPs, as well as a number of EPs and singles, typically recording songs live in the studio, before disbanding in 1998. Since then, all three members of the band have kept pretty busy. Jack Yarber made some solo albums under the name Jack Oblivian, most recently with his backing band The Sheiks on this year’s album, ‘The Lone Ranger Of Love’. Greg Cartwright became the frontman of the mighty Reigning Sound, whilst Eric Friedl founded Goner Records. So it’s with some solid achievements under each of their belts that they reunited in 2009 to tour with The Gories, since then they’ve played numerous reunion shows all across the world before recording their newt record ‘Desperation’ in 2013. This show at Tufnell Park Dome is their first show in the UK for decades and looks set to be very special indeed!
DEAF WISH, over the course of eight years, have amassed one of rock’s most exhilarating bodies of work, a concise run of wooly seven-inches and white-knuckle LPs whose legendary live translation has been most accurately described as “unhinged.” All this despite their being scattered across multiple continents, with no way of getting to know one another outside of intermittent touring. “We didn’t really know what this band was,” guitarist Jensen Tjhung says. “We had something, but it wasn’t clear—we had to figure out what that was.” Last year marked the arrival of ‘Pain’, the first album they’ve written since coming together again semi-permanently in Melbourne, and their appropriately titled first full-length for Sub Pop. It is a miraculously dissonant, wonderfully immediate display of Deaf Wish at their mightiest, alive with the same wild chemistry and sense of possibility that made their first recordings so vital.
HEATHER LEIGH is the daughter of a coal miner, weaving a trail from West Virginia to Texas and now residing in Scotland. Heather travels the vast unexplored reaches of pedal steel guitar. Her playing is as physical as it is phantom, combining spontaneous compositions with a feel for the full interaction of flesh with hallucinatory power sources. With a rare combination of sensitivity and strength, Leigh’s steel mainlines sanctified slide guitar and deforms it using hypnotic tone-implosions, juggling walls of bleeding amp tone with choral vocal constructs and wrenching single note ascensions.
In late 2015, Heather Leigh released her first proper studio album, I Abused Animal on Stephen O’Malley & Peter Rehberg’s Ideologic Organ/Editions Mego labels to widespread acclaim. Renowned as a fearless free improviser, I Abused Animal is a breakthrough work showcasing Leigh’s songwriting prowess, foregrounding her stunning voice and her innovations for the pedal steel guitar. Warmly recorded in a secret location in the English countryside, the album transmutes the power of her captivating live performances to a studio setting, capturing her tactile playing in full clarity while making devastating use of volume and space. Heather Leigh explores themes of abuse, sexual instinct, vulnerability, memory, shadow, fantasy, cruelty and projection across the album’s psychedelic hymnals. At times the intimacy of the recordings makes you feel like she’s singing directly into your ear, playing just for you.
ASIQ NARGILE aka Nargile Mehtiyeva was born in Tbilisi and is now based in the Borcali region of Southern Georgia. She has been playing saz (long-neck lute) and singing since the age of 15. Fluent in Azerbaijani, Georgian, and Russian, Nargile represents the cosmopolitan heritage of old Tbilisi, a city once known as a meeting point for multilingual aşıq bards who would travel through the region serving as conduits for news, ideas, music and culture. A powerful solo performer, her vocal recital of epic folk poetry is by turns ecstatic and deeply expressive, and is interspersed with bursts of virtuosic, highly ornamented saz.
Equally comfortable performing moving laments or upbeat folk dances, Nargile is currently the only female aşıq living and performing in the ethnic Azeri region of Georgia, and has been teaching the art to new generations. Thanks to the efforts of The Sayat Nova Project, a non-profit group aiming to help preserve and promote the diverse musical dialects of the Caucasus, European audiences can now experience the elusive, hypnotic beauty of Nargile’s music for themselves. A recording of her live performance at Cafe OTO will be released soon, following on from a successful UK tour with kindred folk channeller Richard Dawson.
RATTLE are a Nottingham based duo, Rattle focus 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, having entranced audiences at Supersonic Festival, Dot to Dot, throughout the UK during a recent tour with Witching Waves and in Europe with Zea (Arnold de Boer from The Ex). Rattle’s debut self-titled album will be released on Upset The Rhythm and I Own You on August 5th, this show celebrates their London record launch!
CHARLES HAYWARD is an English drummer and songwriting singer, known primarily as a founding member of the experimental rock group This Heat and avant-pop unit Camberwell Now. He also played with Mal Dean's Amazing Band, Radar Favourites, Dolphin Logic, and gigged and recorded with old schoolfriend and "Pooh and the Ostrich Feather" member Phil Manzanera in the group Quiet Sun project as well as a short stint with Gong. He was a session musician on The Raincoats' second album, Odyshape, and on one occasion played drums for the anarchist punk band Crass. For this show Charles will be performing two pieces for percussion including ‘Bell Agency’ and ‘30 Minute Snare Drum Roll’.
EX-EASTER ISLAND HEAD will also perform in solo mode with Benjamin D. Duvall presenting a mesmeric new work for prepared guitars and FM radios, tuning into the furthermost territories of the groups' unique vocabulary in pursuit of resonances sympathetic or otherwise. Ex-Easter Island Head's new LP, ‘Twenty-Two Strings’ is released August 5th by Low Point records.
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 resumé 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.