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Editrix + Beige Palace + ES
June 4 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Upset The Rhythm presents…
EDITRIX is Steve Cameron, Josh Daniel, and Wendy Eisenberg. Steve plays bass; Josh plays the drums; Wendy plays the guitar and sings. Editrix came to life around 2018. Eisenberg had honed their skills as a jazz guitarist but was drawn to noise after growing frustrated by a limited area of study. Inspired by the Northeast’s thriving DIY scene, they moved to Boston from the Washington, D.C. suburbs. Editrix is as if you took borderline classical music in its crystalline perfection and obsessive attention to detail and then played it through Kurt Cobain’s Rat Pedal with not a shred of piety or decorum. This is doom-laden nihilism lovingly decorated in heart stickers from the first slide of guitar notes of the opening title track. It is caring, pretending not to care, resisting the emotive signals so abused in the mainstream, which is what tells you that it really does care. It is the synthesis of the dialectic and the clarion call of the proletarian revolution.
‘Editrix II’ is the group’s new album, a record that’s impossible not to like. Do not expect calcified recreations of pre-existing bands, even the ones Editrix loves. But if pop is anything to do with melody, prepare yourself to sing along by the second line of each track. If it’s defined by rhythm, warn your head not to get caught napping because it will shortly be banging. And if, for you pop equals a full-on full-frequency sonic sickness, this one grabs your ears by the ear lapels and never lets go. This is haiku rock, its minimal lyrics compressing novels into a few syllables. It sounds like it came to their heads like a bolt of lightning.
BEIGE PALACE is a minimalist trio from Leeds, an irreverent kaleidoscope of noise rock, post-hardcore, musique concrete, spoken word, chamber music, and general auditory mayhem. Check out their terrific album ‘Leg’ and their forthcoming ‘Waterloo Sublet’ 7” split with Cassels on their Bandcamp page.
ES returned with their incredible new EP ‘Fantasy’ (Upset The Rhythm) this month. A four-track contact-high anxiety amid fact and facsimile, the new release attempts to define a sound that still resonates in an increasingly confused public theatre, where cerebral dreams manifest in corrupt fascination. Echoing the legendary Pylon or the later disco-inspired releases from PIL tracks like ‘Emergency’ and ‘Unreal’ blend the band’s established disjunctive style of gothic restlessness with brighter, poppy, and danceable tunes. Es deconstruct our modern wreckage of personhood and self-deceit, granting a sense of solidarity inside alienation.
Sunday 4 June
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB
7.30pm | £9 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/de59bbb09db5