Wednesday, December 05 Upset The Rhythm presents U.S. Girls (with live band), Slim Twig, Zacht Automat 8pm adv £7
U.S. GIRLS is the creative force of a lone American woman, Meghan Remy. Since 2007 she has pursued her minimalist aesthetic with a militant, by-any-means-necessary attitude, collapsing experimental four-track compositions and torch songs alike on starkly defined, statement LP’s like ‘Introducing...’ and ‘Go Grey’ (on Siltbreeze Records) and in 2011, 'U.S. Girls on Kraak' (on Belgian label Kraak). Remy has unwaveringly declared her influences lie with oldies radio and the distinctly American songcraft of writers like Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen. Perhaps even more accurately she can be described as a modern pop revisionist who merges the audible artistic honesty of her beloved soul music with lyrical strains of static and tape hiss. Songs like ‘Red Ford Radio’ and ‘Untie Me’ reimagine Billboard hit singles of the golden era as bleakly rendered expressions of a primal American femininity. While gradually upping the pop ante, these recent releases have sought to maintain Remy's directly emotional appeal and lead to the release of her fourth album, the appropriately titled 'Gem', on FatCat records. Where before she appeared shrouded and even mysterious, Remy now directly addresses her take on childhood, gender inequality, sex work, and love with a distinctive blend of elegance and frankness uncommon to many contemporary songwriters. Merging a fascination with glam rock as interpreted by the anti-excess of Patti Smith, these new songs sparkle between the poles of an inverted take on Bolan's Pop testosterone and the alienating abstraction of Throbbing Gristle. This show will see Meghan perform with a live band for the first time in London, composed of members of Slim Twig and Zacht Automaat's lineups.

SLIM TWIG is not the name of a band, but of a man. In the last 2 years (spent mostly reclusively recording), this is something that has had to be distinguished as the once solo performer has come to incorporate collaboration more readily, most obviously in his employment of an accompanying band. Out of the disturbed murkiness and demented maundering of his initial releases you can now hear the sound of a promising, young song writer on his recent album 'Sof' Sike' (Paper Bag Records). Though as idiosyncratic as ever, these new songs showcase an interest in classicist songwriting, a fondness for psych-era Rolling Stones, an affinity with the queer power pop of R. Stevie Moore, an odd friendliness of sorts. Not one to be pigeon-holed, last month also saw the release of 'A Hound At The Hem' - a narrative album collaboration, again with his band (consisting of Toronto session heavy weights Carl Didur, Louis Percival & Tim Westberg) and Owen Pallett. Taking it's cue from Gainsbourg's 'Histoire De Melody Nelson' not only in it's daring fusion of orchestral tones with rockist textures, but also in it's derivation and manipulation of Nabokov's Lolita chronicle. 'A Hound At The Hem' represents the 'hard psych' flipside to Sof' Sike, both albums are available now.

ZACHT AUTOMAAT are a duo from Canada making the music of their minds. Dense, hallucinogenic migrations emanate from the spinning magnetic strips tucked inside Zacht Automaat’s phased journey through pressure-wave manipulation. Zacht Automaat are a colossal trip through transcended flares, beat cut-ups, major-key Kraut drones, Canterbury-ish odd meter prog and swathes of library dramatics. Their tapes defy all classification and straddle a wicked line between beats/samples and live shredding. Completely unassuming, understated, and unforgettable. Zacht Automaat have recorded ten albums since forming, and plan on recording even more.
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