Mikey Young and Raven Mahon began collaborating on The Green Child, after meeting in 2013 when their bands, Total Control and Grass Widow played a show in Oakland, California. They started writing songs together in Australia in 2014 and the project has been on a slow burn since. Their self-titled debut album is the culmination of a several years of putting ideas together internationally and periodically recording in Mikey's home studio.
‘The Green Child’ is released today through Upset The Rhythm on 180g black vinyl, accompanied by some suitably spirited sleeve design by James Vinciguerra. It is available in all good shops and directly through our webshop here.
Upset The Rhythm presents...
Monday 5 February
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle St, Angel, London, N1 0XT
DAVID NANCE, Omaha veteran of warble and hiss, returns with ‘Negative Boogie’ (Ba Da Bing Records), his new concoction of chug, throb and greasy swagger. For ‘Boogie’, Nance trades in his beaten up Tascam 488 for the bulletproof, glass walls of A.R.C. Studios. Where else can you brew the negative boogie? It’s a bit like Canned Heat but with Pere Ubu’s queasy rhythms and someone playing five-finger fillet with Swell Maps. Ensconced in his ivory tower and soundproof rooms, Nance reached for unlikely weapons to tear down his own lofty experiment. He had his pick of rare guitars, cowbells, steel drums, vintage amps, Crazy Horse microphones, mellotron, and the restless but indefatigable rhythm section of Kevin Donahue and Tom May. They started at sunrise and recorded 15 songs by midnight. Maybe it’s his Midwestern work ethic, maybe he’s a sonic cheapskate. Maybe it’s just the sound of negative boogie. These songs stab and flow into one other like a perfectly orchestrated classic. They’re drenched with Nance’s most biting and comic lyrics to date, peaking on “D.L.A.T.U.M.F. Blues”. And ripping through the entire thing is the cracked power he yanks out of the guitar, a veritable The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of riffage. This is a departure for Nance. It’s bigger and grander but it’s far from easy music. It’s his Plastic Ono Band, his For Your Pleasure, his fever dream of Rocket from the Tombs. Shredders sit with jangling rockers, manic energy spills into depressive torpor, providing the ultimate record experience: one of power, nuance and emotion.
NEGATIVE SPACE play mysterious gay hardcore. Negative Space released their debut album 'Gestalt' through new London-based queer label Always Restrictions and Drunken Sailor late last year. The record focuses almost exclusively on the miasma of larger inner-city living and the effects of gender dysphoria on the self, 'Gestalt' pushes an overbearing aural disquiet that expands on the band's established tense minimalism while upping the ire, recalling post-punk forefathers like Wire or a peppier Gang of Four while simultaneously feeling wonderfully, urgently now.
MIDNIGHT MINES are a self-styled ‘spontaneous music ensemble’ eschewing formal songwriting for laying down improvised bursts of music during their recording sessions. The resulting live jams are subsequently chopped, screwed and assembled into tracks, filtered through their love of obscure 60s garage no-hopers, outsider folk, The Fall, fried dub, early industrial and other esoteric concerns. Baron Saturday and Private Sorrow swap instruments and splice together tracks built out of old drum machines, feedback, 2-note riffs, atonal harmonies, transistor organs and repetitive mantras. Check out their recent LP on Mystery Plane and the duo’s ‘We Are The Primitives of a New Era’ cassette.
Upset The Rhythm presents…
Tuesday 6 February
Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, Hackney Central, E9 6NU
7.30pm | £9 | TICKETS
SHOPPING are propulsive bass lines, primitive disco-not-disco drums and guitar lines sharp as broken glass. The band was formed in 2012 by members Rachel Aggs (guitar), Billy Easter (bass) and Andrew Milk (drums), who've all done time in a plethora of notable UK DIY bands including Trash Kit, Sacred Paws and Wet Dog. They pull from a well of 70's post-punk with a voraciousness seldom seen these days, bringing to mind the jagged aggression of Gang of Four, the voracious yelp of The Slits and the dance inducing thrust of Delta 5 . Their debut LP 'Consumer Complaints' was released November 2013 in the UK via MILK records and quickly sold out its first pressing. A US re-issue of 'Consumer Complaints' came out in 2015 via Fat Cat records, followed up by their excellent second album 'Why Choose?' The band are tirelessly committed to taking their sound to new audiences and spreading the Shopping gospel, securing impressive gigs along the way including main support for ESG and Gang Of Four as well as a BBC 6 Music session for Marc Riley. They have toured in the UK and throughout Europe numerous times over the last few years and last year toured the USA with also awesome Gauche, look out for a new album ‘The Official Body’ through FatCat imminently!
DOG CHOCOLATE sound like a crowded room but are actually four individuals from London. Having played in many other bands including Yeborobo, Limn and Gasp! Cracking Eggs, united they recognise Dog Chocolate as their one true love. Abandoning notions of elegance, cred and professionalism they embrace the ramshackle, instant and fun, capturing a vivid spontaneity with their music. Their sound is a shabby, fast, over-excited ball of wet fur falling down the stairs, knocking over plant pots along the way and staining the carpet. With an average song time of 2 minutes, Dog Chocolate are on to the next treat before fully digesting the last. Chewing up bits of punk, post-punk, noise and pop, Matthew and Robert's guitars race around each other like wasps, pitch-shifting and phasing all over the place while Jono's rolled-up-newspaper drums chase them round the room. The band's new album ‘Moody Balloon Baby’ is readying for release through Upset The Rhythm, who also released their debut 'Snack Fans' in 2016.
BIG JOANIE are a black feminist punk band based in London, UK. They formed in July 2013 to play First Timers in November that year - a gig where every band played their first set. Big Joanie are Chardine Taylor-Stone (drums & vocals), Stephanie Phillips (guitar & vocals) and Estella Adeyeri (bass & vocals). Big Joanie are influenced by Nirvana, Throwing Muses, X-Ray Spex, The Bags, My Bloody Valentine, Darlene Love, Tina Turner, Jesus and the Mary Chain, Breeders, PJ Harvey, Shop Assistants... They're like The Ronettes filtered through 80s DIY and riot grrrl with a sprinkling of dashikis. Big Joanie formed to make powerful music but also to create a continuum for black punks by presenting a strong, powerful vision of black womanhood and discussing the black punks who came before them. By making black punks more visible, they believe they can inspire young black punks to start the bands they always wanted to hear.
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