Mikal Cronin

Mikal Cronin

Tuesday 17th November 2015

Upset the Rhythm presents

Mikal Cronin

plus special guests

7:30 pm until 11:00 pm


Price: £13 in advance.

Status: Tickets available (Updated on 30th June 2015)

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Doors open at 7:30 PM – Event ends at 11:00 PM

Age: You must be 16 years of age or more to attend this event (with or without a guardian) | Photo ID – Please bring ID if you are 25 years of age or less or appear so. | | Access – Standing. There are no seats assigned. The venue is arranged on several floors with many stairs and no lift. Find out more about accessiblity.

About Mikal Cronin

CRONIN-2-A3MIKAL CRONIN was raised in Laguna Beach, California, where as a teenager he developed a passion for both surfing and rock & roll. While attending Laguna Beach High School, he fell in with a handful of like-minded music fans, and formed a band that played local parties. After a spell as bassist in surf-punk Charlie & The Moonhearts, Mikal began working on his own garage-accented pop tapping into his love of 80’s indie rock. Around the same time, Mikal also befriended kindred spirit Ty Segall, joined his live band and also collaborated on an album together called ‘Reverse Shark Attack’. Mikal Cronin’s self-titled album was released by Trouble in Mind Records in September 2011. Conceived and recorded as a sort of therapy to help cope with adjusting to life post-college, an ensuing break-up and geographic isolation, Mikal’s solo debut is fully realized, cohesive and beautiful, with themes as personal as they are universal; questioning your future, accepting your past and living in the moment. Taking influences such as late sixties Del Shannon and The Everly Brothers and filtering them through his own mutant California fuzz, Mikal deftly explores his singer/songwriter side that at moments feels like a punk Harry Nilsson or Curt Boettcher that balances sweet melodies and chords with hefty, psychedelic guitar freak-outs. 2013 saw Cronin release, ‘MCII’, his first disc for Merge Records, which was all about new beginnings, looking at new relationships and growing up in the 21st century. Earlier this year Merge released Mikal’s third album, entitled ‘MCIII’. Marked by lush arrangements, stunning melodies, and deeply personal lyrical work for which Cronin is now known, the album is also a deliberate attempt to simply sound bigger in everyone’s head.



J FERNANDEZ has a colourful world of imagination that’s perfectly captured in his debut album ‘Many Levels of Laughter’. With lyrics reflecting the profound (emotional mushroom trips), the mundane (dentist visits, board games) and life’s other curiosities (sleep apnea, Craigslist encounters), he’s made an album steeped in DIY origins, but offering a superior exploration of sound that’s all set to wrap J Fernandez in a far worldlier embrace. Born to Filipino immigrant parents, J (Justin) Fernandez relocated to the Chicago from his native Little Rock, Arkansas to begin work for the U.S. map company Rand McNally. Spending his spare time navigating his own personal world of musical endeavours, he created three unique and accomplished early EPs ‘Olympic Village’, ‘No Luck’ and ‘Memorize Now’ that placed him alongside label peers Best Coast, Mount Eerie, and Dirty Beaches whilst winning him praise and comparisons to everyone from Syd Barrett, to Robyn Hitchcock and Ennio Morricone. Fernandez’s songwriting draws on disparate influences from Terry Riley to the annals of early electronic music, pop and psychedelia, not to mention Can, Yo La Tengo, Jim O’Rourke, Electric Prunes, James Burke’s ‘Connections’, Carl Sagan, Bas Jan Ader, the winter in Chicago, and Adderall. Listen closely to ‘Markers’, you can hear manipulated found sounds of the outside world behind looped Casio keyboards. Elsewhere the mellow jazzy tones of ‘Filled With Joy’ recall the energy and sonic sound of 90s Argentine band Babasonicos whilst the layers of broken Moog string synthesizer on ‘Apophis’ is played backwards and perhaps hints at a sound of the future.



THEO VERNEY is a rock-n-roll prodigy from Brighton! He’s spent the last two years building excitement and anticipation across the UK and Europe with his no holds barred, psyche­infused shows. Theo is currently recording his debut album to follow up the much­acclaimed ‘Heavy Sunn’ EP which was released last year on Hate Hate Hate Records (The Wytches, Fat White Family). He’s been touring with his band regularly since its release, supporting the likes Drenge, Toy, Archie Bronson Outfit, La Luz and Parquet Courts as well as his own headline shows. Theo’s new EP ‘Brain Disease’ is out now, go check it out!


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