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11th October | Thumpermonkey “Make Me Young, etc.” album launch, Memory Of Elephants, Masiro

London legends of prog, punk, rock and devilish musicianship Thumpermonkey, launch their first album in exactly six years, via esteemed label Rockosmos!

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25th August | Norwood & Brixton Foodbank fundraiser w/ Treasure Of Woe, Carl White, Apocalypse Jazz Unit

London promoters Wrongpop and Chaos Theory have gotten together for a one-off special event to raise money for Norwood & Brixton Foodbank.

Tickets at £5

100% of ticket sales go to the charity.

Some of the best new underground bands out there have agreed to bring you their sounds for this excellent cause, so it’ll be a phenomenal evening with extra positive vibes.

Facemelter: Sudden Burst of Colour

6th July | The Facemelter: A Sudden Burst Of Colour, a-tota-so, Theo

Get a taste of some of the freshest sounds from the post-rock, post-punk and math rock scenes, with three projects fusing familiar sounds in new ways at The Black Heart in Camden.

Chaos Theory radio podcast 8/5/18

Our latest podcast is now up for streaming! CT founder Kunal plays music from all of our upcoming gigs in May, June and July and lets you know just why you need to see these bands.

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4th May | The Facemelter at New River Studios: Memory Of Elephants, Codices, Rad Pitt

This month, we leave Camden to enjoy DesertFest, and put on a display of jawdropping math rock glory at London’s best DIY venue, New River Studios in Manor House.

Chaos Theory Radio Show 24/10/17

Another podcast of the Chaos Theory radio show on 199radio, first broadcast on Tuesday 24th October 2017.

This time Kunal is joined by special guests Sara Tibbers and Chris Parker, who organise gigs and manage the bar at legendary metal pub The Dev.

Chaos Theory radio show 26/09/17

Hosts Dorota Sagui play us the music that she illustrates to and Kunal plays more fantastic music from around the world.

Chaos Theory radio show 29/08/17

Stream the latest Chaos Theory radio show below, first broadcast on 29th August 2017 on 199radio, as Kunal goes on a wayward musical journey.

Math rock DJ set

Our gig booker Kunal has started having a go at making DJ sets.

Here’s his fourth one, featuring tracks by Alpha Male Tea Party, Bloody Mammals, Codices, Flies Are Spies From Hell, Lost In The Riots, Masiro, Mouse On The Keys, Only Echoes Remain, Poly-Math, Sannhet, The Physics House Band and Valerian Swing.

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13th October | Yowie (UK exclusive) + MNHM + Vasa

A huge extravaganza of talent in a UK exclusive event, as three internationally renowned bands descend upon London in a flurry of math rock, prog, psychedelia, noise and jazz at The Brewhouse in Hackney.

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4th August | The Facemelter: Zolle, Memory Of Elephants, Black Shape

Incredible mathy punky jazzy noisey goodness brought to our ears from the recesses of Italy, Bristol and London to The Black Heart in Camden.

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5th May | The Facemelter: Lost In The Riots, Los Padres, Codices

Joyous math rock meets seamless prog at The Black Heart in Camden.

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1st May | Mouse On The Keys + Mutiny On The Bounty + Strobes

Extraordinary trio Mouse On The Keys are back from Japan, armed with fresh material from their upcoming album ‘Out Of Body’, out on 25th January via Topshelf Records, accompanied by Luxembourg-based math rockers Mutiny On The Bounty.

27th April | Chaos Theory DJ night at Strongroom Bar – Free entry

More free musical fun at Strongroom Bar in Shoreditch, for people who like to hang out in great bars with great drinks, great food and refreshingly underground music.

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13th April | The Jazz Market: Survival Skills (Chris Sharkey solo), Zeitgeist

Another collection of musicians, this time both from Leeds, who bend instruments, sounds and genres to redefine our concepts of jazz, electronica, math rock and creation at Strongroom Bar in Shoreditch.

23rd March | Chaos Theory DJ night at Strongroom Bar

A special guest DJ night at our residency at Strongroom Bar!

DJ duo Dear Boss will lay down a mesmerising mix of funk rock sleaze to psychedelic folk oddities, way-out electronics to new age exotic fuzz, spaced-out rockabilly to lo-fi agit-punk and everything in between.

7 Years Of Chaos: afterparty with The Monolith guest DJ

All ticket-holders for The Facemelter can head ten minutes down the road with us to the basement of Farr’s School Of Dancing, almost opposite Dalston Junction station, where Simon Clark of The Monolith and Kunal will share DJ duties for a few hours.

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3rd February | The Facemelter 7 Years Of Chaos Special: Harbinger, Core Of iO, Masiro

It’s our 7th birthday! So we thought we’d celebrate seven years of gigs by having a gig.

This one’s in the slightly bigger venue Birthdays, so we can keep the price the same and fit more of you in, because we fucking love you!

26th January | Chaos Theory DJ night @ Strongroom Bar launch

Strongroom Bar in Shoreditch has gone back to their musical roots and designed a new bar to suit!

You’re all invited to join them in toasting the refit of their main bar. Come down for a beer, take a look at the new space, which will be the home for The Jazz Market and Whispers & Hurricanes for the foreseeable future.

6th May | The Facemelter: Bear Makes Ninja (album tour), Memory Of Elephants, Lambhorn

We’re back at The Black Heart in Camden for a big ol’ bunch of fun-packed, wild and sweaty math and prog bands from all around the UK. Includes the London launch show for Bear Makes Ninja’s new album ‘Shenanagrams’.

22nd April | The Display Team (‘Shifts’ album launch), Thumpermonkey, A Formal Horse

A frenzied night of prog, punk, ska and rock madness, with bands hiding immense technical prowess under gloriously unhinged music, as local heroes The Display Team launch their latest album ‘Shifts’.

2nd April | The Facemelter late special at OBL: Poly-Math, Theo, evillookingbird (Be) – FREE ENTRY

It’s that time of year when we seem to put on a special event for all of you loyal Facemeltees, and hopefully tempt a few new faces to join us.

This one is a FREE ENTRY, late night extravaganza of bands and DJs in Shoreditch’s most iconic venue.

BANDS 11ish to 1ish

6th November | The Facemelter: Krysthla, Colours To Shame, Zephyr

We’ve been neglecting you fans of brutal groove and tech metal at The Facemelter lately, so here’s a lineup of some absolute beasts from all over the country.

3rd July | The Facemelter: Shiver, The Fierce And The Dead, Alex’s Hand

A night of insane math rock, prog, jazzcore and experimental riffs from some of Europe’s finest.

5th June | The Facemelter: Alright The Captain, Iran Iran, Porshyne

Three heroes of math rock, alternative and post-rock travel from different corners of the UK to unite and form this amazing lineup at The Black Heart in London. £5 advance £7 on the door ———————– Alright the Captain​ Masterfully combining virtuosic instrumentalism with unabashed musical experimentation, Derby-based trio ATC have effortlessly established themselves as a sonic force to be reckoned with, thanks to their increasingly inimitable, uniquely imaginative brand of math-rock. Their sprawling and varied career has seen them sharing stages with post-rock luminaries including Mono, toe, 65daysofstatic, Pelican, Tera Melos, ASIWYFA, Maybeshewill, Adebisi Shank (RIP), This Will Destroy You, …

2nd April | The Facemelter at OBL: Polymath, Lost In The Riots, Pocket Apocalypse

A special version of CHAOS THEORY‘s monthly night The Facemelter. This time in Shoreditch, as a joint venture with epic promotion Old Empire. £5.50 at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/302819 £7 on the door ———————— Polymath Growing stronger with every single release and gig, the Brighton-based trio have blown audiences away at every respectable prog, post-rock and math rock festival and gig in the UK and, after teasing fans with a few online single releases, smashed their crowdfunding campaign to record and release their debut EP on Lonely Voyage Records, who also organised their joint UK/European tour with Lost In The Riots. Nobody who’s …

Survival Skills – new self-exploration by Acoustic Ladyland/Shiver guitarist Chris Sharkey

“This came about because it just had to happen. Basically I couldn’t put it off any longer. “ Chris Sharkey, renowned jazz-punk experimenter and guitar player for Acoustic Ladyland and Shiver is explaining to me over the phone what his latest electronica project is all about. Survival Skills, the name of the new solo act, gets its debut with Chaos Theory this Saturday at Power Lunches, and while his name is sure to draw a loyal crowd, this is definitely a musical and creative departure for Chris. “I just felt I had to express myself in this way. It just …

An octopus with no rules – a Battleship Grey rehearsal

Our newest team member Lena Margareta spent an evening with Battleship Grey as they rehearsed in preparation for their single launch at Power Lunches on Saturday 1st November. Here’s what she had to say…   *******************   While hanging out with Battleship Grey during rehearsal, it takes a while to discover the bass guitar. After three songs I spot it, unused, in the corner behind a bin. It will eventually be picked up and played a little, but it’s clear that the position of bass guitar in this band is a slacker job.   “The guitar takes care of the …

Humour, explosive riffs and “subconscious jazz”: The genius behind Alright The Captain

With sharp burst of energy, explosive humour and tight no-nonsense songwriting, Alright The Captain are completely unique for a band coming out of the post-rock scene. Gone are the long spells of introspection and ten-minute track epics. These guys can take you on an emotional fairground ride in the space of three minutes, and you still feel exhausted. The trick with these guys seems to be not taking it all too seriously. The music is experimental in many ways – it takes a lot of risks, and from what they told us about their writing process, they are not averse to …