THE JAM – Debut Single ‘In The City’ – April 29, 1977…



Artist: The Jam (Paul Weller / Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler

Track: In The City – their smashing debut single – B side: All my lovin’

Date of release: April 29, 1977

Album: same titled album – released May 20, 1977

Sound: Furious guitars. Thunderous kicks. Awesome bass lines.
First ‘classic’ sneers from angry young man Paul Weller!

In the city there’s a thousand things I want to say to you
But whenever I approach you, you make me look a fool
I wanna say, I wanna tell you
About the young ideas
But you turn them into fears
In the city there’s a thousand faces all shining bright
And those golden faces are under 25
They wanna say, they gonna tell ya
About the young idea
You better listen now you’ve said your bit-a

And I know what you’re thinking
You still think I am crap
But you’d better listen man
Because the kids know where it’s at

In the city there’s a thousand men in uniforms
And I’ve heard they now have the right to kill a man
We wanna say, we gonna tell ya
About the young idea
And if it don’t work, at least we still tried

In the city, in the city
In the city there’s a thousand things I want to say to you

SLAVES – High-Voltage Slams in Amsterdam…


SLAVES – Paradiso Club, Amsterdam – 24 April 2015



Where: at the famous Dutch ‘London Calling Festival’ at Paradiso Venue
in Amsterdam, The Netherlands – info here London Calling Festival

Members: Isaac Holman (big drums, vocals) and Laurie Vincent (guitar, vocals)

Home: Kent, UK

Sound: let their stirring uproar do the talking. Check here the video of their rousing appearance on BBC’s TV show ‘Later… with Jools’ to get an idea of their live impact.
Turn it up…

Concert: Loudest power punk duo in years – with a highly explosive and inexhaustible energy – their set is an ear-splitting tornado of slam dunk killers – guitarist Laurie Vincent tortures his guitar constantly to produce hot smoking riffs and concrete hooks – he bounces all over the podium, non stop, and demonstrates his whipping rock moves with an exultant grin on his face – main man Isaac Holman hits his mammoth drums with a Hulk intensity as if his life depends on it – his phenomenal voice is the band’s third hammering instrument – his slashing shouts & screams are merciless – at the end of the show he jumps off the stage for a flash dynamite performance in the audience (just in front of me, yeah !) – these two punks are natural-born noise entertainers – louder than war – crushing dynamite & high-voltage slams in Amsterdam – wham bam !

Pleased to meet you…

Toast to a knock out victory in Amsterdam…

Here’s new king-sized single CHEER UP, LONDON

More show pictures
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(All pics: Turn Up The Volume!)


JULY TALK – Toronto’s Dynamite Team Invades Belgium With Force….


Artist: July Talk

Members: Peter Dreimanis (power vocals, guitar) / Leah Fay (vocals and vivid entertainer) / Ian Docherty (guitarist) / Josh Warburton (bass) and Danny Miles (drummer)

Home: Toronto, Canada

Sounds like : Explosive melting pot of power rock, classic rock, noise rock, indie rock & grunge rock. Eh, in short… dynamite rock that blows you away from the first note !

Album: self-titled debut long player released in 2012 on Sleepless Records (Spotify link beneath). Working on follow-up…

Concert: Café Video, Ghent, Belgium – April 14, 2015…

How was it for me: to be honest I never heard of July Talk until I checked, a couple of days ago, who was playing my fav hometown club Cafe Video this week. Only one song – ‘Summer dress’ (clip on top) – and I was convinced to go and find all out about this Canadian band. What an overwhelming, amazing discovery. Two seconds into the first song and Leah Fay was on top of a monitor, Peter Dreimanis‘ powerful hoarse voice (think the young Joe Cocker at Woodstock) filled the room instantly and the band started rockin’ like a mean machine on a groovy mission. A monumental kick off. The heat was on. And they never looked back again. The purest and most intense rock & roll show I saw since Kings Of Leon in their early days. Leah Fay constantly interacted with the audience. From taking a walk through the crowd and stealing someone’s glasses and beer, to singing on top of the club’s bar. Dreimanis regularly added some inflammable fuel with his growling screams in between songs, with his infectious body language and his foolin’ around with Leah. And did we loved it, hell yeah ! An endless firework of rawk and roll blasts. Smoking hot riffs, nasty hooks, smashing drums, the frontman’s king-sized vocals and Leah’s femme fatale voice and moves. Sweaty bodies all over the place. Hail hail July Talk . Their first ever gig in Belgium. No less than a rousing-slam-bloody-dunk-show. Rock and roll animals at heart, body and soul. Massive performance. Ghent is yours now.

Here’s an idea of the band’s blazing power…

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Natural born entertainer…

Raawwkkk and roll…

Aerobics time…

JULY TALK: Website – Facebook – Twitter

Debut album in full…

(All pics: TurnUpThevolume)

London’s GOLDBIRDS With Explosive Debut Single ‘SILVER AND GOLD’…

Artist: GOLDBIRDS – brand new fuelled four piece from London

Who: Brand new energetic four piece from London featuring Si Connelly (vocals, guitar) / Hils (keys, drums, vocals) / Mike Brazier (drums, programming & vocals) and Earl Phillips (bass, vocals)

Track: SILVER AND GOLD – debut single officially out May 4th

Score: A furious, classic rock & roll blast – pounding drums, fiery guitars, 60s organs in between and an adrenalized chorus – most striking are the explosive dynamite vocals – unswerving intensity – remember where you read it first – here we go…


GOLDBIRDS: Website – Facebook – Twitter


THE DISTRICTS ! Euphoric Triumph in Brussels…


THE DISTRICTS –  Botanique Club , Brussels – April 9, 2015…

Ladies and gentlemen, from Philadelphia… The Districts. That was exactly the feeling I had after the show: ‘hello world, listen to this awesome teenage four-piece’. After hearing the euphoric (awesome bass intro) single ‘4th And Roebling’ I searched the internet for these four American youngsters en learned about their thrilling 2012 debut EP which they recorded while still at school. Last February they released their debut album ‘A Flourish And A Spoil‘. An impressive big bang. The first three tracks (the aforementioned single, ‘Peaches’ and ‘Chlorine’) are outstanding. Epic, melodic power rock, grunge punches, passionate vocals and towering choruses. Mind you, the album is an overall debut success but if you never heard about this gang check 1-2-3 first. Last Thursday in our city of Brussels The Districts’ huge compositions became exploding fireworks. Sublime ! The club was packed with ‘we already know this band and we love them’ audience. Several people even sang along word by word. An emotional frontman Rob Grote was charmingly moved by the big reception, furthermore that this was their first date of their first European tour. They will grow and will be huge. Trust me. Therefore the good news for me is that I will see them again in two weeks in Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Hell yeah ! In the meantime let’s enjoy this emotional & soulful live rendition of ‘Chlorine’ on Seattle radio…

DSC03584-800-800Turning up the volume…

Debut album in full here…

See you soon in Amsterdam…

Band – Facebook

(All concert pics: JL)