Upset The Rhythm presents…
Monday 9 June
Dalston Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Road, Dalston, London, E8 3AS
8pm | £6 | http://www.wegottickets.com/event/264500
GARY WAR has previously served alongside John Maus and Ariel Pink in Haunted Graffiti and also has a burgeoning catalogue of solo material released on Captured Tracks, Spectrum Spools and Knife Slits Water, and Sacred Bones. Gary War makes awesome zonked-out future music oozing with a disembodied soul and draped in heavy drones, unafraid to deploy feedback and thick waves of analogue fuzz for a luciously head-warping effect. His tonal insobriety, from one song to the next is a true sign of the times, where artists are driven to explore different avenues, melding genres, vocal styles and instrumentation to arrive somewhere new, all the while taking the listener along for the ride. Pulling from influences that hold as much up to Chrome as they do Syd Barret, Gary War is able to wrangle them from every corner, and he even covers The Alan Parsons Project without sounding misguided, or a late arriving hippie on a hotbox high. War's most recent release was a split LP on Upset The Rhythm with Purple Pilgrims that takes even deeper steps into a pool of progressive maximal wave and distinctly modern psychedelia.
POW! emerge from the tech-waste of a shiny new San Francisco – deep 80’s synth bass percolating under the circuit-swamp-fried-egg guitar, the drums are a teenage tiger’s heartbeat and vocals are delivered like a dead-pan face-slap from a kid half your age. Hot on the heels of their recent 'High-Tech Boom' LP (released through John Dwyer's Castle Face records), POW! deliver more sneering vocals, wriggling keyboard lines and stinging fuzz guitars with their new EP on Grazer. A-side "One Eyed Scorpion" writhes and squirms before transforming into a full-on synth meltdown, all while being propelled by singer Byron Blum's agitated Eno-isms. The songs on the flip burn with proto-punk inspired misanthropy, complete with the primordial rhythms that Simply Saucer and Nervous Gender once supplied. Like their Castle Face debut, the tracks here show a band seething over the state of their city. Lucky for us, they're still channeling that anger into enduring anthems.
SOFT DRINKS began as a home recording project focused on writing and recording fast & not worrying about the end result. They became a band at the end of 2013; now three (people) strong, they still value ideas and brevity over execution, and try and explore the gap between Guided By Voices and Young Marble Giants. Soft Drinks' first tape came out for last Xmas on Life Dunk International, the second is due in time for the World Cup third place playoff.