BERTIE MARSHALL - 'Exhibit'
by Bertie Marshall
Artist: Bertie Marshall
Label: Upset The Rhythm
Catalogue Number: UTR138
Formats: CD / LP / DIGITAL
Running Time: 42 mins
Release Date: Friday 29 October
1. Ke ke ke ke ke ya
2. Talk to Tapestries
3. The World is Round
4. The Old Man Carrying a Black Bag is in Their Garden
5. Chihuahua Talking Dog
6. St Mar
7. Meshes over Morning
9. Sang Sang
10. Shaking Johnny
11. The Tattoo Breathes
12. Little Red Sports Car
13. Commit to Fire
Vinyl: Limited 180g black vinyl.
Sleeve: Reverse board sleeve. Matt finish. Black paper inner sleeve. Download card. 14pg booklet of exclusive images of Bertie, handwritten texts and drawings.
BERTIE MARSHALL - a writer/ performer. He is also an acclaimed memoirist, most well known for his book ‘Berlin Bromley’ (2006) about his transformation from Bertie, an anxious, androgynous, depressed teenager, into Berlin, a teenager who became a founding member of punk’s ‘Bromley Contingent’, alongside Siouxsie Sioux, Steven Severin and Billy Idol.
Bertie’s books include debut novel ‘Psychoboys’ (1997), ‘Nowhere Slow’ (2014), ‘From Sleepwalking to Sleepwalking’ (2016), ‘Wild - re write’ (2017), ‘The Peeler’ (2018) and ‘Pete’s Underpants’ (2019). In 2015 the British Library purchased his writing archive.
From 1980-83, Bertie was the frontman for post-punk boundary-pushers Behaviour Red - they released one single (favourably played by John Peel), did a mini-tour and broke up. At various times Behaviour Red featured Noel Blanden of Normil Hawaiians and fine artist Nicola Tyson. Their sound was characterised by experimentation and drama, boasting at times tribal drumming, searing vocals, dazed guitars and feedback. Bertie continued sketching out atmospheric compositions afterwards too, walking a tightrope between bewildered pop and gothic folk. Central to everything is Bertie’s commanding voice; heartfelt, at times strident, always truthful, masterfully leading you through the story.
Bertie became interested in spoken word and performance poetry in the 90s, which then led him into writing and performing in his own plays and devised theatre pieces. He did regular readings and performances in NYC and began writing books inspired by the visceral talents of Acker & Burroughs. Having lived in Berlin, San Francisco, and Brittany, Bertie now lives in London.
October 29th sees Upset The Rhythm release ‘Exhibit’ by Bertie Marshall, collecting for the first time his songs and spoken word tracks from this fertile period of the 80s-90s. This album will be released on limited 180g black vinyl, CD and digitally too, all formats are accompanied by a 14pg booklet of exclusive images of Bertie, handwritten texts and drawings.