Upset The Rhythm presents NATE YOUNG & JOHN R. SPYKES + EBU

0 Posted by - January 26, 2019 - Music: past

Upset The Rhythm presents…

NATE YOUNG
JOHN R. SPYKES

Friday 22 March  doors 7.30pm | £11 | BUY TICKETS (fees apply)

NATE YOUNG is a founding member of seminal Detroit noise band Wolf Eyes. More recently he’s been honing an equally distinctive solo sound that blends myriad sources from musique concrète, vintage film atmospherics, layered synths and archive library recordings into something thrillingly intense. Summoning up crushingly ominous crepuscular soundscapes and synth-washed phantasmagoria, Young undercuts the brutalism of Wolf Eyes with the kind of ambient dread that conjures images of lost horror soundtracks from the 70’s. Minimal analogue synth violence is punctuated by thunder cracks of metal percussion ala the early Akita/Null Merzbow duets, massively doomy beat hypnotics and an atmosphere that’s somewhere between the most apocalyptic Throbbing Gristle recordings. This February sees the release of ‘Dilemmas of Identity’, volume one in a new multi-part series of solo releases from Young for Lower Floor Music. These songs were commonly made as a distraction from grief, seasonal depression and isolation. Sometimes severely ridiculous and unrelenting, other times slow, sparse and strange.

JOHN R. SPYKES aka Inzane Johnny of Wolf Eyes and American Tapes will be treating us to a solo slice from his mind platter, featuring damaged rippers and modulations galore. As a part of Wolf Eyes, John Olson is responsible for augmenting the USA’s longest-running homemade, primitive, electronic, poetry & radical vibes trio. They don’t just release albums they launch scotched, taped nuclear audio fronts on humanity. Spykes is a project Olson has visited many times since its inception in 1999, constantly unearthing new sounds from the same old grey feelings of Midwestern winters inside. Absolute free jams promised, firing on all cylinders, a warped madness of atomised sonics.

E B U is a Bristol-based producer who casts a universe of her own both sonically and visually. Defying any one genre, she refers to her distinct sound as ‘Swamp Pop’. Unnatural sounds and pitches exhale in melodic chants, ominous baselines resound and eerie loops fixate in this macabre ensemble. You are captive in her world. Moments of haunting clarity keep you wondering where she will take you next whilst strange narratives unfold. Her chameleonic visual display is charged with emotion, keeping you suspended in a state of flux as she orbits through the spectrum. Stimulated by human behaviour and existence she questions the very nature of being and invites the audience to explore through her cathartic performance.