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The Dome, Tufnell Park
2 Dartmouth Park Hill, NW5 1HL London, United Kingdom
Upset The Rhythm presents…
Tuesday 14 November
Tufnell Park Dome, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, N19 5QQ
7.30pm | SOLD OUT
PROTOMARTYR play a taut, austere rock that's been incubated in a freezing Detroit warehouse littered with beer cans and cigarette butts and warmed occasionally by space heaters. Short songs made for short practices, and the band learned quickly not to waste time. Despite the cold, Protomartyr emerged with a sound that is idiosyncratic but relatable, hooky but off-kilter. With respect to the local predecessors, this isn't the primitive stomp of The Dirtbombs or The Stooges' greasy roar. Punk works, kind of, even if it leaves the hardcore kids confused. Post-punk suggests something too retro; indie rock, something too precious. What Protomartyr is, is «stuck between the cracks.» If that's the case, though, they aren't alone. Protomartyr's economical rock elicits comparisons to possible antecedents like Pere Ubu or The Fall as well as local contemporaries like Frustrations or Tyvek (whose frontman Kevin Boyer played bass in an early iteration of Protomartyr). Singer Joe Casey's dry declarative snarl serves as a reliable anchor, granting his bandmates (guitarist Greg Ahee, drummer Alex Leonard and bassist Scott Davidson) the opportunity to explore textures and reinforce the rhythm section. This is never more apparent than on the band's recent LP on Hardly Art, 'The Agent Intellect'. A brand new album entitled 'Relatives In Descent' from Protomartyr is due for release on September 29th through Domino, this show will be in support of that new record.
OH BOLAND are a three piece noisy guitar pop group from Tuam, Ireland. Three agrarian tragedies sewn to bored pop melodies driven by a love of girl group; country music and 70s power pop, enshrouded in the drunken slop of the Irish barroom rock n roll band and the unbridled motion of punk. Catching them live is wholly recommended, the musical joins swaying from side to side like your half-favourite sauce hound in his Sunday best.
BOMBER JACKETS are a three piece consisting of Russell Walker, Daniel Bolger, and Sian Dorrer. Both Walker and Bolger will be familiar from the ticklish post-punk of The Pheromoans, whilst Dorrer has a varied CV with groups such as Plug, and Ravioli Me Away, and with involvement across London DIY nodes. 'Kudos To The Bomber Jackets' is the horrifically wry new album from The Bomber Jackets. Following on from 'Lister,' their debut for Alter, 'Kudos To The Bomber Jackets' has a restlessness that takes broader strokes. It finds and holds a register of meandering hope by setting the perverted detail of domestic minutiae against an acutely self-conscious melancholy that cynically daydreams its way into an awkward middle-ground between profundity and platitude.
* Please note SAUNA YOUTH are no longer playing this event due to medical reasons.