Upset the Rhythm

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Upset The Rhythm
Founded2003 (as promoter), 2005 (as record label)
GenrePunk, Post Punk, Indie Rock
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Official website

Upset The Rhythm is an independent record label based in London with a varied roster of leftfield artists and bands;[1][2] they also operate as a diverse DIY live music promoter.[3] Huw Stephens featured Upset The Rhythm as "purveyors of interesting indie" on his BBC Radio 1 show (24 November 2011) as part of his ongoing 'Label Of Love'[4] feature. As of 2015, Upset The Rhythm had 85 releases.


Upset The Rhythm initially formed in 2003 while its members were organising a concert for Deerhoof.[5] By 2015, Upset The Rhythm had organised about 700 shows.[6]

Upset The Rhythm shows occur each week in venues across London from smaller DIY hubs like Power Lunches to more established venues like The Roundhouse.[7] The record label began in the Summer of 2005, funded by a gift of profits from a The Evens show by Ian MacKaye.[8][9] The label's first release was a mini-album by Death Sentence: Panda!,[10] followed by debut releases by John Maus, No Age and Future Islands.[11] The company works with unusual and upcoming American acts, and also promotes the UK's DIY music scene, releasing records by Trash Kit, Cold Pumas, The Pheromoans, Pega Monstro[12] Silver Fox, The World[13] and Terry.[14]

By December 2013, Upset the Rhythm's live music promotions included working with Tate Britain and Frieze Magazine on their music programming,[15] organising an all day charity concert with artist David Shrigley for Amnesty International and co-founding the art/music festival Yes Way[16][17] with London gallery Auto Italia South East.[18]

Artists on Upset The Rhythm[edit]


  1. ^ "Larry Ryan - Caught in the net". The Independent. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  2. ^ James Wignall. "Behind The Rhythm". Dazed. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  3. ^ James Wignall. "What happened to the UK underground?". the Guardian. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  4. ^ "BBC Radio 1 - Huw Stephens, Real Estate in session, Upset The Rhythm Label of Love". BBC. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Upset The Rhythm's Chris Tipton on the Independent Label Market". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Interview: Upset The Rhythm - The Stool Pigeon". The Stool Pigeon. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  7. ^ King, Alex (8 August 2015). "All the knowledge you need to throw DIY gigs". Huck Magazine. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  8. ^ Zevolli, Giuseppe. "Upset The Rhythm's Chris Tipton on the Independent Label Market". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  9. ^ "WSOHOIDPS". Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  10. ^ Bussolini, Brandon. "Upset the Rhythm showcase:". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  11. ^ "PEGA MONSTRO actuarán en febrero 2016 en Madrid". Rockandrollarmy Magazine. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  12. ^ "Get your Portuguese dream-punk fix with Pega Monstro’s infectious new video for ‘Estrada’". Upset Magazine, by Stephen Ackroyd
  13. ^ "Straight Hedge: Punk & Hardcore For May With Noel Gardner". The Quietus, Noel Gardner , 13 May 2016
  14. ^ "10 New Artists You Need to Know". Rolling Stone, August 2016
  15. ^ LOUCHE, LIZ. "Way Through take you on magickal English roadtrip on new album for Upset the Rhythm". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  16. ^ "Yes Way Festival Preview". The Quietus. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  17. ^ Charlie Jones. "Yes Way, Upset the Rhythm's really real festival of DIY culture, returns next month". Dummy Mag. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  18. ^ Westall, Mark (12 March 2010). "Sumi Ink Club/Lucky Dragons at Auto Italia South East Saturday 13th March". FAD Magazine. Retrieved 9 October 2016.

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