Bisco Smith designs 2 exclusive t-shirts and hoodies for Urban Spree.
Following his Residency in Berlin earlier this year, the Brooklyn-based calligraffiti artist adds his signature handstyle to our Artist Series.
The series is limited to a run of 50 hoodies and 50 t-shirts only.
They are manually screen printed in-house at Urban Spree in Berlin.
The back motive reads “Urban Spree” in a complex, free flow handstyle which is the trademark of the American artist, while the front medallion represents a simplified version of the motive – also called “throw-up”. The black hoodies and t-shirts are printed with a gunpowder shimmering water-based grey ink.
The Urban Spree Artist Series is a limited edition of screen printed calligraphic t-shirts and hoodies in collaboration with graffiti and visual artists.
The series will be available on our website on Thursday, November 29th at 12:00 (noon) NYC time and 18:00 in Berlin.
Dark Buddha Rising exhales psychedelic black fumes from a parallel dimension. Drones of malevolent waves number the days until total blackness take over.
“As the dust of centuries has settled on pages unwritten, the gates are opened only within.”
This Finnish coven has been spreading aural deformities for over a decade. A new album will soon see the day of light on Neurot Records before the year 2018 comes to an end. Accompanying them along the journey in support of this malevolent artefact is the italian funeral doom/death quartet FUOCO FATUO, who released their second album on Profound Lore Records in 2017.
FUOCO FATUO was born in 2011, in the middle of the ghastly lakes of Varese, Italy. Starting out as an occult and oppressive death/doom band with an eerie and gloomy atmosphere, their debut LP “The Viper Slithers In The Ashes Of What Remains”, which followed several EPs, was an exploration of the darkest and most desolate spaces through a sickened development of sound, making it like a flood of impenetrable black magma.
Their new album “Backwater” is a massive and suffocating funeral doom opus, the distressing awareness of the nothingness, transcending in the oblivion, and feeding on the black void. The relationship between state of mind and nature, the desolation and vast sense of distance are the main themes. An introspective, mournful journey, deeply rooted into the unknown.
Tickets available directly through us: https://wolfcityberlin.bigcartel.com/product/dark-buddha-rising-fuoco-fatuo-urban-spree-23-11-2018
or at KOKA36: https://www.koka36.de/event_site.php?event=105305
Neurot Recordings – Brasil
DEAFKIDS’ “Configuração Do Lamento” is an untamed release, happy to juxtapose monolithic drone riffage with frantic polyrhythmic detours, the band citing the syncopated beats of African drums as a major influence. It is a guttural, scorched mutation of psychedelia, that similar intent of frying the listener’s perception, while void of anything approaching earthy wistfulness, wholly fluid in nature, paying no heed to any musical expectations other than the creators own internal logic. A bombardment of clanging percussion sits below relentless guitar battering, and a whole host of electronic tamperings, effects which in practice manage to further confound the proceedings. Using the term psychedelic in the absolute loosest sense is apt, as the band claims that “non-genre genres” are a chief source of inspiration, referencing anything from their own background in punk, right the way through to spiritual jazz, practically any form which allows the artist to experiment with the utter extremes of musical expression.
Brazil’s DEAFKIDS are one of those bands buoyed by a mystic kind of momentum, a ceaselessness whose source lies in some vital, but unknown spring. Their music is a glorious cacophony, a mixture of pummelling Gnod-esque cataclysms and the traditional sounds of their native Brazil and Latin America; it’s a brutal blend of hardcore punk, metal, experimental noise, and a pumping rhythmic vein with its roots in African and Indian polyrhythm. – THE QUIETUS
The act of venturing away from genre restrictions is by no means guaranteed to bring out the best in a hardcore band, but when it comes off it can be exhilarating. The second album by Brazilian trio DEAFKIDS is a fine example of expanded horizons done right. – WIRE
Instrument Of Disciplines / Teratology Sound & Visions – Berlin
Most exciting band from Berlin in a long time! Noisy, blown-to-pieces, nasty hardcore with an eerie resemblance to lo-fi death metal monstrosities such as Necrovore or Nuclear Death, without actually embracing metal as a musical form. It’s just the sheer evil and chaos surging from the speakers and literally forcing your face in a pool of rubbish and blood. With only two tapes out and a 7“ coming up next, this merry bunch will torment your existence for a long time still.
JEZA DA PEDRA
Der Queer-Rapper aus den Favelas von Rio de Janeiro zum ersten Mal in Europa …
MATTHEW WOOD – Open Show – 21Uhr
JEZA DA PEDRA – 22Uhr
Jeza da Pedra: Der Musiker aus Rio de Janeiro ist der erste bekennend schwule Rapper aus den Armenvierteln der Metropole und begeistert das Publikum mit seiner musikalischen Mischung aus Humor, Erotik, coolem Sound und Texten, die wichtige Themen der LGBT-Community aufgreifen. Jeza da Pedra erfindet Rio’s Hip-Hop, Rap und Funk neu, vermischt Soul, Samba und Afro-Beats und erzeugt so einen packenden Rhythmus und Sound, der politische und romantische Texte sowie gesellschaftlichen Protest cool verpackt. Der Künstler verarbeitet dabei seine Erfahrungen in den Armenvierteln der “Cidade Maravilhosa” – der “Wunderbaren Stadt” wie Rio de Janeiro oft genannt wird – um seien musikalischen und visuellen Konzepte umzusetzen.
Open Show: Matthew Wood ist die geballte Fusion von Glamour, Funk, Dance, Rock und Pop, die Musik wieder Musik sein lässt und durch den geistreichen Showfaktor Kurzgeschichten zum Leben erweckt. Geprägt durch Österreichs grüne Bergtäler und inspiriert im Ballungsgebiet „Ruhrpott“ erlebt und performt Matthew Wood frei nach dem Motto „Follow your nature – Don’t be afraid of being who you really are!“.
Ticket: 13 / VVK: 9 Euro / Ermäßigt: 9 Euro
DIE NEUEN SCHWEDEN returns this summer for the 4th time!
On Wednesday 29th of August, we are hosting a showcase at Urban Spree with three newcomer bands from Sweden.
The entrance is free for everyone.
21.00 Queen C
Together with Swedish educational institute Sensus Musik, we invite three Swedish up-and-coming bands to Berlin for three days at the end of August, take them on a fantastic and interesting music industry crawl through the city and as the absolute highlight, present a showcase evening with them.
DIE NEUEN SCHWEDEN will take a close look behind the scenes of the Berlin music industry and meet local tour operators, labels, agencies, radio stations, and journalists. As this is an educational project, the young musicians will also take part in workshops to learn useful tips & tricks regarding press work and profiling. The highlight of these exciting days is the showcase called DIE NEUEN SCHWEDEN, which the bands will play on August 29th as a free event at Urban Spree.
This year, for the first time, an exclusively for DIE NEUEN SCHWEDEN assembled booking group has selected the three Swedish artists out of 123 applicants. The booking group consists of:
Annett Scheffel (Musikexpress)
Melanie Gollin (FluxFM)
Daniel Gerhardt (SPEX)
Erin Coleman (Paper and Iron Booking)
Torben Hodan (Diffus Magazine)
Nina Howden & Steffi von Kannemann (Nordic by Nature)
Fabian Zwedberg & Johan Svanberg (Record Union)
We are looking forward to seeing you there!
Easy Tiger + Sound of Liberation present:
KALEIDOBOLT + Orkan LIVE!
A Kaleidobolt live show is both a sublime and startling affair: it will leave leave you with a grin on your face, gasping for air and possibly partially deaf. Their music is a dizzying maelstrom of progressive song structures, pulverising riffs and loose psychedelic soundscapes, delivered with joy and ferociousness. Kaleidobolt is a power trio that was formed in 2014 in Helsinki, Finland, they have released two albums: Kaleidobolt and The Zenith Cracks (Pink Tank Records 2015, 2016) and toured all over Europe.
One of the Swedish Gothenburg music scene’s most exciting and brightest shining names at the moment is the prog quintet Orkan. Meaning “Hurricane” in Swedish, it’s both a perfect metaphor for
the band’s sound as well as their recent success. Orkan tell tales of an unjust system, of the ruthlessness of modern society and of the resistance and revenge of Mother Nature, making the amps
scream as well as the on-looking audience. The band touches on difficult themes in with the times, and there is room for both anger, sorrow and joy in their songs. The music of Orkan is dance-friendly and easy to sing along to, but it is also earnest and highly serious. The band’s sound is almost reminiscent of that of classic punk rock, characterized by drummer Moa-Linn Rosenlöf’s and bassist Theresia Dufva’s energizing rhythm section, where an extra punch is thrown into the mix in the form of Kim Bertilsson on the saxophone. Josephine Green’s straight-forward and high-powered riffs blend perfectly together with Fredrik Pettersson’s more melodic Stratocaster solos. The concept of Orkan is undoubtedly inspired by the 1970’s Swedish progressive musical movement, but the band should not at all be described as project based on pure nostalgia. While one foot is resting in the progressive rock heritage, the other is steadily planted in our contemporary times with moving and insightful lyrics that
encourage the listener to reflect and show solidarity with fellow humans.
2017 was an especially exciting year for Orkan. After a successful cross-country tour as the opening act of the prog rock veteran band Nynningen Orkan has played for packed venues wherever they go
and no one is left unaffected by their progress. “Orkan is leading the new prog rock movement”, acknowledges the band Nynningen, and no one seems to object to this claim. In September 2017 Orkan released their self-titled first full-length LP on the Gothenburg based label Alleycat Records. Since before the band have released a 7” single on the same label. The band is currently working on new material and receives new bookings.