Upset The Rhythm presents: Xiu Xiu + Eugene S. Robinson: Sal Mineo + Death Shanties + Dead Days Beyond Help

sal mineo

Wednesday 6 February 2013


Door Times : 7.30pm



Sitting at the crossroads between OXBOW's EUGENE S. ROBINSON [lyrics/voice] and XIU XIU's JAMIE STEWART [music], SAL MINEO is a pure/impure distillate of experimentalism based on 30 second to 3 minute long focused bursts of sonic crime, that plumbs the cooling depths of a pleasure cruised death trip. These two undisputed heavyweights of musical and emotional non-compromise, whose music leaves tender bruises by whatever sweet blow it is rendered, are ready to crack rooms in two with their high precision silencer of a duo show, combining the best and most free-roaming of both their artistic domains.

"One minute it seemed I had more...offers than I could handle, the next, no one wanted me."

In the midnight midst of a decline that found it's near inevitable conclusion in a Los Angeles alley at the wrong end of an edged weapon, the band Sal Mineo, as influenced by the man, is much more about the accretion of failure, cinematic and otherwise, than it is about the now almost forgotten rise.

'Sal Mineo' the album is due on Important in April 2013.


Eugene S. Robinson puts the work in. From past collaborative efforts with Lydia Lunch, Marianne Faithfull, Gus Van Sant, Steve Albini, DJ Rupture, Bill Cosby, Kathy Acker, Allen Ginsberg, Jarboe, Old Man Gloom, and a passel of side projects passing from electronica to post-punk, Robinson's work with his primary group OXBOW covers two decades of chaotic complexity, 8 some-odd releases, a few sound tracks and even a few books. 


Jamie Stewart over the course of 8 records, and even more compilations, collaborations [Michael Gira, Devendra Banhart, Deerhoof, Carla Bozulich, Larsen, Shearwater], splits, singles, live albums, and an endless touring schedule that covers the globe and then again, has embraced the art as everything ideal with a stevedore's dedication to the work harder, longer, better, faster than many others/any others ethos. And Stewart’s multi-instrumentalism and obsession with structural chaos and clarity seals whatever deal needs sealing.


Death Shanties is a new mixed media balls-to-the-wall Free Jazz group featuring Alex Neilson (drums), Sybren Renema (alto/ baritone sax) and Lucy Stein (painting/ projections). The group combine references to Medieval music, Sea Shanties and Field Hollars with the ecstatic cry of classic 1960s fire music. Stein uses primitive devotional images, food stuffs and even her own hair in visceral, highly textured painted projections making Death Shanties a unique and immersive live experience.


Dead Days Beyond Help are Alex Ward (guitar/vocals) and Jem Doulton (drums). Alex Ward, initially known as a improvising clarinettist with the likes of Derek Bailey and Eugene Chadbourne, has in recent years also been heard playing guitar with improv power-trio N.E.W. (with Steve Noble and John Edwards), and in collaborations at Cafe Oto with such avant-rock luminaries as Tatsuya Yoshida, Shoji Hano, Weasel Walter, Thurston Moore and Chris Corsano. Dead Days Beyond Help teams Alex with virtuosic drummer Jem Doulton (also the man behind the work of disturbing pop visionary Mr. Ron Jetson) for an unrestricted exploration of the possibilities of the guitar/drums duo. As with their 2009 debut "Access Denied!", DDBH's latest release "The Game Face" (out February 2013 on Copepod) mixes intricate and breakneck instrumentals with structurally-straightforward but emotionally scouring song material.