RADIOHEAD’s First Step To Awesomeness – Debut Album ‘PABLO HONEY’ Turns 25…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

20 February 2018

Album: PABLO HONEY – the band’s debut
Released: 22 February 1993 – 25 years ago…
Rolling Stone wrote: “Flashing a song called ‘Creep’ as a musical ID takes cheek, but then, everything about these Brits is unabashed. On their debut, the swagger affected by every
arch-Anglo since the Kinks is already in full effect. Three guitars (and bass) and a singer
whose narcissistic angst rivals Morrissey’s (‘I will not control myself!’) Thom Yorke screams on ‘Vegetable’ and on ‘Prove Yourself’ he mourns, ‘I’m better off dead’), these five Oxford lads come on extreme. What elevates them to fab charm is not only the feedback and strumming fury of their guitar work — and the dynamism of their whisper-to-a-scream song structures — which recall the Who by way of the early Jam, but the way their solid melodies and sing-along choruses resonate pop appeal. If they don’t implode from attitude overload, Radiohead warrant watching.”

Turn Up The Volume! says: their very first step to awesomeness,
geniusness and massiveness…
Three Top Tracks: How Do You? / Creep / Thinking About You

* HOW DO YOU? – Radiohead would never rock like this again – nasty and rowdy…

* CREEP – simply unavoidable, because it’s a 24 Karat Gold classic…

* THINKING ABOUT YOU – vulnerable and gripping…

PABLO HONEY in full…

RADIOHEAD: Website – Facebook –  Twitter Discography

25 years ago

New British Outlaws Generation! Here Come ‘CHUPA CABRA’ And ‘NO FRIENDZ’ To Split Your Ears…

Vibes that thrill us in a way we want to scream out loud…

20 February 2018


I screamed about these two British outlaws bands before and will continue to do so in the future. Why? I just love it when youngsters with the right DIY attitude and a middle finger for the establishment pick up a guitar, form a band and go apeshit while entertaining us with cracking uppercuts and deranged stories. Like these 2 punk gangs sharing Fat White Family‘s desperado spirit and The Fall‘s sonic chaos approach. On 2 March these rowdy cowboys will release a split LP (six songs each) via Trashmouth Records. All info on Bandcamp. But you can have already a loud and clear taster right here with split clips…

‘King Leech’

‘Ballad’ by NO FRIENDZ

CHUPA CABRA: Facebook / NO FRIENDZ: Facebook

Glam Rock Legends SUEDE Released Flamboyant Firecracker Single ‘ANIMAL NITRATE’ 25 Years Ago…

When timeless in sound and vision, it’s a …


20 February 2018

Twenty-five years ago – on 22 February 1993 – British glam rockers SUEDE released one of their best tracks ever (to my ears). ANIMAL NITRATE was/still is an awesome firecracker. Glowing and flashy. Anthemic and towering! A top stroke! According to Chris Jones, BBC’s music journalist at the time, the song (with its reference to the inhalant drug amyl nitrite), was “despite its punning title, a thrill-seeking slice of cynicism that perfectly summed up what
it was like to be young and chemically imbalanced in the nation’s capital at the time”

It was the third single from their stupendous, self-titled debut LP, and charted
at number seven on the UK Singles Chart. Here’s that fabulous beast…

Like his dad you know that he’s had
Animal nitrate in mind
Oh in your council home he jumped on your bones
now you’re taking it time after time

oh it turns you on, on, on, now he has gone
oh what turns you on, on, on, now your animal’s gone?

Well he said he’d show you his bed
and the delights of his chemical smile
so in your broken home he broke all of your bones
now you’re taking it time after time

oh it turns you on, on, on, now he has gone
oh what turns you on, on, on, now your animal’s gone?

what does it take to turn you on, on
now he has gone?
now you’re over 21?
now your animal’s gone?
animal, he was animal, an animal

SUEDE: Website – Facebook – Discography

25 years ago

Eponymous debut LP – 29 March 1993…

PICK OF THE DAY – Dutch Power Rockers ALTOBELLI In A Soundgarden Of Their Own With ‘TREES’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

20 February 2018

Base: Hulst, The Netherlands
Who: 5-piece unit travelling back in time to fuse heavy rockin’ genres such as
Britpop, noise-rock, grunge, nu-metal, and post-rock…
Track: TREES
Score: this track was written before Soundgarden‘s frontman Chris Cornell took his own life last year in May, but as I heard it for the first time after that fateful event I experience(d) this towering emo eruption as a tribute to that great, unfortunate artist. Although there’s some Metallica bombast in there I still think of Cornell‘s sonic power and impactful vox. That’s the beauty of music. It can generate countless, different associations depending on what one is feeling/thinking/observing at one specific moment in time. ‘Trees‘ does the job perfectly. A strong LOUD/Quiet/LOUD score and so is the accompanying clip. Roll it here…

ALTOBELLI: Website – Facebook –  Twitter

TREES is the opening track of new, versatile LP THE NEEDLE – all info here.


Vibes that thrill us in a way we want to scream out loud…

19 February 2018

Today no SHOUT OUT for a thrilling band/artist or a new song but a SHOUT OUT for GUN CONTROL. This Florida student and her friends are desperate. Will the immoral NRA and its corrupted friends in the White House listen this time? I doubt it strongly, but if people stand up non-stop and keep screaming about this ongoing American scandal and we all help to spread the message, maybe, just maybe, something can change. The shocking deaths (again) of innocent people due largely to the awful American weapon laws and the complete lack of political will to change them, need to stop. Again, so many friends and families are in immense pain. Another mind-blowing tragedy. Let’s listen to this brave, hurt, fearful student called EMMA GONZALEZ from the high school in Parkland, Florida where 17 people were left dead after a mass shooting on 14th February and ALL those who support her and her message. WE CALL BS

Florida, 14 February (AP Photo)

Los Angeles, 1 October 2017 (photo: Getty)

Sutherland Springs, 5 November 2017 … (photo: Getty)

and a countless list of past shooting drama’s

Mediterranean Tribe ‘JUJU’ Mesmerized Belgium With Trancey Broad-Spectrum Psychedelia…

JUJU – Kinky Star, Ghent, Belgium – 18 February 2018

Despite the fact that on an average Sunday evening the majority of humankind prefers to fall asleep in front of the TV this cool, small club in Ghent (Belgium), called Kinky Star (one
of Turn Up The Volume‘s fav hang-out places) was packed with hungry psych fans eager to watch/hear Italian collective JUJU, a mind-expanding squadra build around experienced Sicilian sound explorer and singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Gioele Valenti (Lay Llamas, Herself). Last year they released sophomore LP debut album ‘Our Mother Was A Plant‘ via Fuzz Club Records. A truly impressive, trippy work of transcendent vibrations. From cinematic Pink Floyd echoes to Hawkind‘s spacey rock escapades and some stellar spellbinding tribal jams to pump up the beat. Something like this…

If you’re hooked on exciting, elevating stuff like here above you just ignore TV and jump out in the cold night to get a mind-massage by this tremendous artist and his fabulous orchestra because what you get is trance injected jams that infiltrate your bloodstream instantly and kaleidoscopic wizardry covering several decades. From 60s cult heroes Iron Butterfly‘s psych power to British dance experts Leftfield‘s hallucinogenic vision and many woozy influences in between. Bewitching music without sonic frontiers, rhapsodic music with an appetite for continuous discovery, upraising music to absorb on record and on stage. Valenti ‘s sparkling guitar play and distorted voice are upfront, but he surrounds himself cleverly with inspired musicians in order to translate his amplified reveries to the utmost and the result was just flabbergasting. A riveting journey from start to finish. Magnifico!…

Here’s OUR MOTHER WAS A PLANT in full…

LP available via Fuzz Club Records / iTunes / Bandcamp

Let’s work together

Tambourine man

Hitting it big time

Trancey keys

Coded setlist

JUJU: Facebook – Twitter

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

SEVEN IN THE MIX! 7 Crackers For Week 8…

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

1/ ‘Loss Of Sophistication’ by LOW HUM (L.A., California, US)
Here’s a striking electro pop tremor with a murky twist by Collin Desha aka Low Hum. He creates a deep bass drone that sticks instantly and gets under your skin without asking.

LOW HUM: Website – Facebook – Twitter

Euphoric pop corker energized with a rapturous scream-along chorus that will put a big smile on your face. Uprising and blissful stuff! Also one of the weirdest band names I
ever heard! From their wicked new album ‘Jazzbelle 1984 / 1988‘ – here on Bandcamp.

JaneFondaAerobicVHS: Facebook –  Twitter

3/ ‘Temper’ by SUSS CUNTS (Melbourne, Australia)
Jingle jangle electricity you just can’t resist. Witty and punky. Pushed by blustery bass/drum truculence and fueled with clenched harmonies. Strapping score!

SUSS CUNTS: Facebook / Label: Hysterical Records

4/ ‘Soft’ by COREY FLOOD (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US)
Hazy turbulence intensified by wandering guitar escapades. Very entrancing and highly seducing. Wondrous track from 3-track debut EP ‘Wish You Hadn’t‘ – all info on Bandcamp

COREY FLOOD: Facebook / Label: Fire Talk

5/ ‘Greenman’ by SCHOOL DISCO (Plymouth, United Kingdom)
Surf injected psychedelia with a rockabilly edge à la The Cramps. This spacey firecracker invades your bloodstream on the spot. A far-out and gluey stroke to get completely lost in!

SCHOOL DISCO: Facebook – Bandcamp – Twitter

6/ ‘Candy Lamb’ by WALLOW (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
Intoxicating cold wave vibration with a magnetizing and irresistible beat. Captivating cut!

WALLOW: Facebook – Bandcamp

7/ ‘Climbs’ by BROADS (Norfolk, UK)
Cinematic and gloomy electro soundscape colored with mesmeric violin melancholia. Dreamy and romantic. Top track from this duo’s new LP ‘Field Theory‘ – here on Bandcamp

BROADS: Facebook – Bandcamp

See/hear you next week, music junkies

To Hell With Blue Mondays – Here’s Ecstatic Pop Trinity MAINLAND With Stimulating New Single… ‘HOMETOWN’

Weekly vibes to kick Blue Mondays in the ass

19 February 2018

New York-based trinity MAINLAND will turn your Blue Monday into a joyful happening. Their new single HOMELAND is a vibrant pop stroke that’ll make you euphoric and give you a boost to scream and dance along. It’s a highly sonic stimulus for young people with doubts. An upbeat encouragement for troubled teenagers. Frontman Jordan Topf explains:

“In writing this song I wanted to channel that feeling of escaping to a big city like New York or Los Angeles and breaking free from the surroundings that haunt your teenage life. A lot of the friends I made and spent time with as a teenager who got stuck in Santa Cruz turned to black tar heroin. I lost many friends to drug abuse. The song is extremely special to me for that reason because I battled to break out of my drug-ridden community to chase my dreams in New York where I met Corey and Alex and formed Mainland. I always knew there was a light at the end of the tunnel. Many children in America are trying to run away from things that may hurt them, destroy their relationships, or lead them down a dark path. I just hope the song inspires people to hang on and chase their passions, knowing that there’s always someone who understands them out there.”

Here we go…

MAINLAND: Website – Facebook – Instagram – Twitter

HOMETOWN – available on iTunes