THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE – Debut Single ‘HEY JOE’ Released 52 Years Ago Today…

16 December 2018

On 16 December 1966 – 52 two years ago – immortal guitar wizard JIMI HENDRIX,
bassist NOEL REDDING and drummer MITCH MITCHELL released their debut single
HEY JOE‘ in the UK. It was actually a cover of an American rock standard from the early 1960s, registered for copyright in the United States in 1962 by a certain Billy Roberts and covered afterward by countless artists, with the Jimi Hendrix Experience‘s version as the most famous one. Click here for a charged live version…

JIMI HENDRIX: Facebook – Discography

Welsh Duo RUBBER VELVET Reflects On New Hearftfelt Tracks ‘LITTLE WILD’ And ‘DUMB INTELLECT’…

Relaxing reveries for the laziest day of the week…

16 December 2018

Only formed last year this Welsh duo RUBBER VELVET made a considerable impression this summer with their emotive 5-track debut EP Rest In Vain and are now back with a
fresh two-track EP. LITTLE WILD and DUMB INTELLECT deal with personal, mixed up sentiments. Both wistful songs are reflective musings unveiling a melancholic sensibility strengthened by guitars that gently weep and the timbre of the crestfallen vocals. These are dimmed emotions matching these grey winter days. Catch the mood right here…

RUBBER VELVET: Facebook – Instagram

LITTLE WILD EP – out now – available via iTunes

SHAME Shake Up Freezing Brussels With Scream Along Songs Of Praise…

SHAME – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels – 13 December 2018

It was freezing cold in the heart of Brussels last Thursday, but South London‘s blazing noisemakers SHAME, along with Bristol‘s fury Idles and Irish turbine Fontaines D.C.
part of a new punk generation that hits big time, provided enough red-hot fuel to keep
the pogoing spectators fired-up from the mighty explosive Dust On Trail & Concrete start onwards. Led by sneering and spitting frontman Charlie Steen, who had his first crowd
surf halfway the second song, the band rushed through their one-hour shake-up set like
a crushing steamroller on speed, despite the fact that this gig was their 162nd of 2018.

Their smashing songs of praise (except for three new ones) were screamed out loud, word by word by the pumped up fans. Tons of energy, tons of confidence, tons of anthems, tons of riffs and rage is what this Brixton gang is all about and they’ve only started. Hell bloody hell yeah! Here’s a smoking idea of Shame‘s manic live presence…

Some snapshots of the Brussels‘ show..

Big one

Riff machine

“I’m off”

“I’m back”

Giving it allllllll

Here’s ace debut LP

SHAME: Website – Facebook

(concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)


Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

Los Angeles‘ new audio assemblage BEAUTY IN CHAOS, curated by former Human Drama and Gene Loves Jezebel guitarist Michael Ciravolo, released its imposing debut LP ‘Finding Beauty In Chaos’ last September featuring a series of prominent guests with Ministry‘s mastermind AL JOURGENSEN doing a cover of T.Rex classic 20TH CENTURY BOY. This song has been covered a lot but never as creepy as here…


FINDING BEAUTY IN CHAOS – stream/purchase the LP on Bandcamp

10 Questions For London’s Stirring Newcomers… SOMEDAYS

Discover up and coming artists in 10 questions

14 December 2018

London’s jangling SOMEDAYS are five young eager gunslingers with a great eclectic appetite for yesterday’s and today’s music and a determined intention to make their
very own special mark with buzzing electricity. The band’s rad debut EP ‘Knockout’
is a first impressive effort showing their immense sonic potential. There’s definitely something in the air and Turn Up The Volume is heavily curious to know more about
this hungry newcomers. Let’s start the acquaintance with a knockout…

Hello and welcome Vittorio Jacobacci (Vocals), Eugenio Jacobacci (Guitar),
Jerome Rupf (Guitar), Matt Miller (Bass) and Eliseo Provezza (Drums).
Let’s roll…

1. What sparked all of you, guys, to start a band?
Jerome: “Gege, Vitto and Eli put together some demos last year. At some point or another, Matt and I heard them while staying over at their place and everything just flowed from there.”
Vitto: “Music always fascinated me, but I never felt like I had anything worthwhile to say. Then, I found myself in LA, 19 and with a very different feeling. It had to be a band because it’s just no fun without friends.”
Eli: “I had been hanging out with Vitto for a long time but we never worked on music together until he asked me to help record some demos he’d spent a long time on… I’d been in bands before but there was something different about those sessions and for me that was it. I was in for the ride.”
Gege: “Please get me out of here. I’ve been their prisoner for God knows how long and nobody helps me because they think I’m being ironic.”
Matt: “I was playing around London as a solo act and hanging out with the guys just made me want to be a part of it. I’m not a very outgoing but I felt at ease whenever they were around and the songs they were writing really spoke to me.”

2. What’s the story behind the group’s name?
Vitto: “Everyone thinks it comes from that Strokes song, but that’s not it. I spent a really long time in London hanging out with other artists and trying to develop a songwriting method that satisfied me and made me feel like what I did was unique. It was a fairly abstract process, so whenever someone asked me to show them a finished song I’d just reply “Someday”.

3. Your jingle-jangle sound, with The Strokes echoes, cuts big time. Any other artists that influenced your sonic identity so far?
Eli: “Our music is informed by lots of classical elements, which gives it that Strokes feeling at times. What we’re trying to do is to marry modality to psychedelia within the pop song, so time will hopefully tell us apart. Important influences to us are Kraftwerk, The Beach Boys, Talking Heads, The Feelies as well as Debussy and Nujabes.”

4. Storming debut single ‘WHEN WE LEFT’ got our attention instantly.
What’s the song about and how came it all together when recorded?

Vitto: ” ‘When We Left‘ is about the bittersweet melancholy of leaving something good behind. I can’t really tell you what it was cause I don’t want it finding me again. It’s the
very first song I wrote and we used to play it at the various open mic nights around London back when it was just Eli, Gege and me. It came together with a layering process rather than jamming one, and it kept evolving as Jerome and Matt joined. We wanted to maintain its live feel so it was recorded without any frills, just the way we played it.”

5. How easy/difficult is it to shine in a crowdy, classic rock and pop city as London where a band is formed every 24 hours and what’s your masterplan to succeed?
Jerome: “Having many musicians around is good for us. We’re doing our thing and London is full of opportunities to play and sharpen your performance so we’re grateful if anything. There’s people streaming our songs on every continent now and our priority number one is to reach many more.”
Gege: We’re about trying to travel as much as possible and playing in small venues or festivals rather than obsessing over some magical mega-hit. It really isn’t much of a
party if we’re standing five feet above the crowd anyway.”

6. Which movie would you pick to visualize your
music on a big screen while playing a gig?

Koyaanisqatsi. We like it trippy.”

7. If you could go back into the past on whose door
would you knock and ask to have a selfie together?

“Only Matt takes selfies but he’s terrified of time travel.”

8. Number one band/artist on SOMEDAYS’
list to go on tour with?

Neon Indian. Class act.”

Someday touring with Neon Indian

9. 2018 is almost over. What album and what track
will end up at the top of your end-of-the-year lists?

“Album: Singularity by Jon Hopkins.
Track: Luminous Beings from that album.”

10. Plans and wishes for 2019?
“Travelling and playing music is all we wanna do so that’s what we wish for. The plan?
We have been holding onto all of our favourite songs and we can’t wait to release them.
2019 is going to be the year.”

Thanks all of you for this chat.
May the road rise with SOMEDAYS!

SOMEDAYS: Facebook – Instagram

(pics: FB – Somedays)


PARTY FEARS’ Rage About The Current State Of Rotten Affairs – Here’s New Cut ‘SUN KING II’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

14 December 2018


Who: “Party Fears was first formed in South Korea by Northern Irish native, Maggie Devlin. Moving to Berlin with former BaekMa bandmate, Eilis Frawley, the band continue to pursue their art-pop meets garage vision with jittery guitar riffs, party shout-outs, and unforgivingly disco drumbeats.”

Pick: SUN KING II – the second single from upcoming EP, entitled ‘Just Friends’

Score: First written and recorded in 2016 this blazing missile has been reworked with two years worth of Party Fears‘ anger, spit and gall behind it. ‘Sun King II’ is “a post-punk scream into the chaos of Brexit and the Trump administration”. The current state of rotten affairs is exactly what this raging ripper is all about. Eilis Frawley‘s agitated drums, singer Maggie Devlin‘s trenchant vocals that cut like a Swiss knife and the overall fired-up feelings of discontent and pain reflect the duo’s razor-sharp view on our troubled planet, led by
vile, narcissistic and populist leaders, perfectly well. Catch the sonic turmoil here…

SUN KING II out now and available via iTunes / PARTY FEARS: Facebook

(photo on top: Jinny Park Berlin)