Join London’s Psych-O-Delic Squad FRANKIE TEARDROP DEAD For Their Ghostly ‘JOY IN DIVISION’ Jam…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

24 April 2018

FRANKIE TEARDROP DEAD dress and sound like an LSD bunch of ‘flowers in your hair’ misfits who were catapulted from the year 1966 straight into the ugly present to have
Joy In Division’. A sort of psychedelic pop jam going on like forever. I like their ghostly vibe, their mind-pleasing flow, their retro 60s look, their Suicide inspired band name and their obscure mojo. Deadly funny or deadly serious? Only they know what they are up to. Anyway this fascinating collective is on its way to something New In Order. Absolutely, this summer they will launch their fresh album “All You Need Is Love and Fucking Peace”. Count me in, outlaws. But first, some divided joy…

FTD: Facebook

JOY IN DIVISION available here on Bandcamp


Remarkable albums from the past

‘Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me’
Released: 25 May 1987
Seventh studio album

ROLLING STONE wrote: “Even in a year already marked by sprawling, ambitious double albums from Prince and Hüsker Dü, the Cure’s new Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me stands out.
Like ‘Sign o’ the Times’ and ‘Warehouse: Songs and Stories’, this 2-record, 18-song set is about reaching inward. The Cure is trying to deepen and refine an existing sensibility rather than reach outward to expand it. On previous efforts, guitarist and singer Robert Smith has flirted with everything from conceptually orchestrated studio pop (The Top) to sarcastic dance tracks (“Let’s Go to Bed”); now that the Cure has evolved into an actual band, he’s able to consummate those eclectic desires. Kiss Me is a breakthrough all right. For the first time, the Cure’s music is relatively unfettered by pretension and indulgence, and the results are remarkable.

Score: 5/5 – full review here.


Album in full

THE CURE: Website – Facebook – Discography

Kissing legends

SEVEN IN THE MIX! 7 Crackers For Week 17…

A brand new SEVEN IN THE MIX for a brand new week!
Seven splendid strokes I played on repeat these past days
Seven terrific tracks to feed body and soul all week long
Turn up the volume! Music is the dope! Here’s the stuff!

1/ ‘Mushrooms’ by YES YES WHATEVER (Melbourne, Australia)
Crazy, deranged and bloody cranky, that’s exactly how these garage misfits sound like, probably stimulated by quality mushrooms. And their band name is wacko too. Hallelujah!


2/ ‘Kids’ by HEY BABY! (Brisbane Australia)
This poppy jingle jangle surf punk kick will electrify all your limbs, instantly. Amplified ecstasy to go completely bananas to. I guess, this happens when Aussie kids have fun.

HEY BABY!: Facebook

3/ ‘Comrades’ by RODNEY CROMWELL (London, UK)
These electronic DIY waves feel like sonic sunbeams on your face. Atmospheric, uplifting and refreshing. Cut from Cromwell‘s upcoming ‘Rodney’s English Disco‘ EP – info right here.

RODNEY CROMWELL: Bandcamp – Facebook / Label: Happy Robots Records

4/ ‘Iterate’ by CRUSH DIAMOND (Houma, LA, US)
Swirling electro duo out of Louisiana producing steamrollin’ electricity that will mess up your mind and all of your senses. Get up and shake it, here’s some booming firework…

CRUSH DIAMOND Facebook –  Twitter – Instagram

5/ ‘The Suffering Of Spiders’ by TRAITRS (Toronto, Canada)
Bass driven darkwave passion for the nightly hours. Melodic gloominess sounding both eccentric and affecting. From debut LP ‘Butcher’s Coin‘ – out 25 May via Pleasence Records

TRAITRS: Facebook

6/ ‘Gladiator Contender’ by John MOuse (Cardiff, Wales)
Mysterious, yet sweet and highly catchy story/tune with singer/songwriter MOuse assisted by a young girl’s touching voice. From his new LP ‘Replica Figures’. Stream it on Bandcamp

John MOuse: Facebook –  Twitter

7/ ‘Pink Thoughts’ by TOPOGRAPHIES (Bay Area, Oakland, CA, US)
Californian shoegaze vibrations with sparkling The Cure guitar echoes. Multi-layered, harmonious, melodic and weirdly tender. This dreamy beauty is available on Bandcamp

TOPOGRAPHIES: Facebook – Bandcamp

See/hear you next week, music junkies

PICK OF THE DAY – Electro Rockers SWOON Impress With Banger ‘FUN POLICE’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

23 April 2018


Who: “A cracking four-piece electro alt-rock band hailing from
Brighton, UK, who create leftfield pop songs. Songs with teeth.

Track: FUN POLICE – title track of upcoming EP

Score: This Brighton quartet combines vivifying electronics, hot-spirited guitar lines and pushing bass/drums perfectly in order to create an overpowering bravado that blows you off your socks. ‘Fun Police‘ is a roaring knockout that turns totally badass when the rowdy chorus kicks in. This Brighton quartet combines vivifying electronics, hot-spirited guitar lines and pushing bass/drums perfectly in order to create an overpowering bravado that blows you off your socks. Add frontwoman Alice‘s sturdy and biting vox on top of it and what you get is pure dynamite. Don’t hesitate to turn up the decibels and let this solid
gold wallop mess up your head the way you like it. Listen/watch right here, right now…

SWOON: Facebook – Twitter – Spotify

FUN POLICE available on iTunes – Same-titled 4-track EP out 25 May


Remarkable albums from the past

Released: 29 Sept 1997
Second full length

SLANT MAGAZINE wrote: “Beth Gibbons still sings her future-blues like an old
torchbearer in a smoky lounge, but this time she does so as if she were cast as Billie
Holiday’s evil doppelganger in a David Lynch film. What’s surprising, in retrospect, is
how political Portishead is—or seemingly political, since Portishead has never been as
politically outspoken as, say, Moby or fellow Bristol music pioneers Massive Attack, and Gibbons’s lyrics are often enigmatic at best. While other so-called trip-hop acts moved in
a more accessible, trip-pop direction in the late 1990s, Portishead became stiffer, sinking
more deeply into manic melodrama and the dingy recesses of the macabre. In a sense,
a third studio album is essential to validate Portishead’s glorious Middle Child Syndrome.”
Score: 4.5 / 5 – Full review right here

TURN UP THE VOLUME‘s favorite track: pitch-dark and eerie opener COWBOYS

PORTISHEAD: Website – Facebook – Discography


Electro Trance Powerhouse ‘RUMOURS’ Created Striking Spiritual Magic At Luminous Dash Fest Last Night…

RUMOURS – Cosa Nostra, Aalst (Belgium) – 21 April 2018

RUMOURS is a Belgian electronic unit that became Turn Up The Volume‘s favorite outfit
the ‘world should hear/see ‘ after witnessing this gripping 4-piece three times live in the
past two months and listening countless times to their sparkling debut LP ‘MEGAMIX’
in between. A spiritual electro record that feels as a trance-like excursion. An affecting, enigmatic & hypnotic work of transcendent vibrations. An overall sky-high wall-of-sound, ranging from towering synths symphonies to robust bass-loaded-synths drones.

Yesterday night at the monthly Luminous Dash Fest in the festive city of Aalst these young and inventive musicians nailed it again with ecstatic thrills and king-sized beats
with frontwoman Hannah‘s overwhelming, charismatic vox right in the middle. Due to
the hot European weather, these days, the heat in the small ‘Costa Nostra‘ club hit the
level of sauna degrees. But what happened on and off the stage was worth every single sweat drop as this gig is, undoubtedly, the most magical one I’ve experienced so far this year. FACT! A 2-faced sonic seance where darksome emotions impact the speed of your adrenalin’s flow in an uplifting and fantastical way. Enough talk. Music, maestro, please. If you never heard of this imposing force check this mesmerizing moment and capture the group’s mind-expanding energy right here…

Picture this

Hair-rising electricity

Getting into trance




MEGAMIX album in full…

RUMOURS: Facebook

Available on iTunes

(all concert pics by JL/Turn Up The Volume!)

WEEKEND BEAT – Relax In The Shadow With Berlin Artist STONY SUGARSKULL…

Weekly vibrations to soundtrack your favorite 48 hours…


20 April 2018

The greatest part of Europe enjoys sunny days, but if you rather prefer to relax in the shadow than here’s Berlin-based artist Monika Demmler aka STONY SUGARSKULL to
keep you company with her darksome, twilight voice and puzzling reveries, sounding like the enigmatic ex-Mazzy Star singer Hope Sandoval fronting an acoustic Velvet Underground. Mystifying and heavy-hearted, yet weirdly attractive and sensual. Here are two of her new, sonic meditations. Two gloom-ridden reflections that will affect the moody side of your dreamy sentiments while reposing in the shade…

STONY SUGARSKULL: More on Bandcamp – Facebook – Instagram