THE BREEDERS Launch New Intriguing Track ‘NERVOUS MARY’ From Forthcoming Album ‘ALL NERVE’…

Weekly vibrations to soundtrack your favorite 48 hours…


24 February 2018

THE BREEDERS are back with their classic line-up and just shared another new track
from their first LP in 10 years. NERVOUS MARY starts almost silent and whispering
before catching a flared up pace. “Run for your life, they’re coming up on us” sings Kim
mysteriously at one point giving this new one an edgy twist. Experience the
nervous drive here…

THE BREEDERS: Tour Dates – Website – Facebook

ALL NERVE – details on new album here on 4AD

(pic on top by TUTV!)

TUBELIGHT Is Dead! Long Live TUBELIGHT! New Fantabulous Album ‘EXPERT BY VIRTUE, THEREOF’ Out Now…

New sonic impulses to activate your senses…


24 February 2018

Belgium‘s striking collective TUBELIGHT, led by singer/songwriter Lee Swinnen has just released their sophomore longplayer, titled EXPERT BY VIRTUE, THEREOF. The band makes a truly spectacular, sonic U-turn. From dark, psychedelic musings on their debut album Heliosphere to The Fall inspired wickedness and the Velvet Underground‘s raw
jam electricity and eccentric stories on the new record. I was speechless after one spin.

A true tour de force with a rip-roaring result. Swinnen sneers and spits, at times, like
the late, great genial badass/narcist Mark E. Smith did whole his turbulent life with one notable difference, the fact that Swinnen actually can sing (Isolation / Snake Oil Salesman / Reverberate – Ribbit Parade). At times it feels like the LP was recorded in 1967 in New York City in Andy Warhols’ Factory club (Nervous Jim / Complexity / LSD Coy Boy). Yes, ladies and gents, trust me, I’m euphoric for the right reasons. And on top of it the revamped line-up nailed it live, yesterday in my hometown Ghent (Belgium) at their album release party. Now a 5-piece with Ray Manzarek‘s spiritual grandson on organ Tubelight played a non-stop stunning set with a I Wanna Hit bravado. TUBELIGHT is dead! Long live TUBELIGHT!


Yesterday’s album release frenzy in De Ruimte, Ghent

Nervous Lee

Fully automated

Catchy complexity


TUBELIGHT: Facebook / Label: Fons Records

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


Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

24 February 2018

Base: Bruxelles, Belgium
Who: “Three old guys in a band since 2012 and playing dirty rock, heavy and powerful! Sludge vs Punk vs Noise rock! For fans of Unsane, Les Thugs, Jesus Lizard, Helmet, Black Flag, McLusky, Unwound…”
Score: Here’s a smashing stoner sledgehammer that will do your head in. No escape possible, no way to avoid this towering tornado. Noise rock for metallic freaks, sludge havoc for the deaf. Time to test your speakers’ flexibleness, time to go totally nuts.

Here we go, 1-2-3-4

MISSILES OF OCTOBER: Facebook – Bandcamp

NO BRAIN NO HEADACHE on 2nd LP BETTER DAYS – Free digital version on Bandcamp

Belgian Stoner Sledgehammer BOMBERBATZ Will Make Your Head Spin In All Directions…

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

23 February 2018

The Mayans have predicted the end of the world for 2012, when a
series of five syzygies occurred, but they were wrong, as it was not
the end but the birth of something great: here’s

Hell yeah! This hard-hitting gang out of Liege, Belgium hammers and batters big time. Metallic stoner rock you can break concrete walls with. Imagine Queens Of The Stone Age and Monster Magnet having a crushing jam. Yes, that LOUD! The opening track of their newest EP will show you perfectly what their rip-roaring thunder is all bout. MASTERING MIND is a monstrous ax, a fearsome drone and a head-spinning dragon. Alert your ears ’cause here’s the noisy beast…

I knew you wanted more after this! Right! Let’s roll the 5-track SYZYGY EP in full…

BOMBERBATZ: Website – Facebook – Instagram

SYZYGY available via iTunes and Bandcamp

BELLY – Finally Back With New Groovy And Electrifying Stroke ‘SHINY ONE’…

23 February 2018

Finally BELLY is back with new music. Led by the wonderful Tanya Donnelly this is
a long-awaited return of one of the most mesmeric popsmiths of the 90s. Brand new single SHINY ONE is a mid-tempo groove pearl that gets bigger and vivider along its electrifying way. Donelly‘s delightful vox is at the heart of this sparkling rainbow while glimmering guitars and an overall sticky swagger amplify the song tremendously.

An addictive grower you’ll have on repeat for a while to discover all layers of the splendiferous orchestrations, sunlit harmonies and rich arrangements. Welcome
back, Belly. Capture the beauty, here’s the audio clip…

BELLY: Website – Facebook – Twitter

New album DOVE out 4 May 2018 – all info right here

10 Questions For Italy’s Spellbinding Post Punk Force… JAPAN SUICIDE

Discover up and coming artists in 10 questions

From Italy, here’s… JAPAN SUICIDE

JAPAN SUICIDE is an invigorating Italian collective, formed in 2010, that produces
a monumental, pitch black sound influenced by dark post-punk greats Joy Division,
The Cure, Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Bauhaus
and other kindred spirits. Their new album titled SANTA SANGRE shows how this band turns their idols’ sonic vision into blood-curdling vibrations of their own. The new record feels like a sci-fi voyage into a mysterious obscure darkness. Grand compositions, spellbinding orchestrations, and symphony-like reverberations take you to another, fantastical galaxy. Enough reasons
to talk to singer/guitarist Stefano Bellerba. Let’s start first with a splendid highlight off
the new longplayer…

Hello Stefano, welcome at Turn Up The Volume!….

1/ When, how and why did the band form?
“We formed in 2010. Matteo and Leonardo were in the same high-school and we have a mutual friend Luca (the author of our artworks) who told them about me, Stefano. After some years we met Saverio. To play music is better than work and at least you get free drinks.”

2/ What’s the story behind the band’s name?
“The band’s name comes from Mishima Yukio aka Kimitake Hiraoka (note TUTV: a Japanese author, poet, playwright, actor, film director, founder of the Tatenokai, and nationalist who committed ritual suicide in 1970)”

3/ When did you know “this is how want we to sound, this is
what we want to tell the world”?

‘We Die In Such A Place’, our previous album, has been our first record made with awareness, while probably we still missed a real own voice. ‘Santa Sangre‘ moves to other sides than ‘We die in such a place’, and also I think that there’s something like an identity that can be recognized, maybe still in development and threatened from the roots, even
if it’s a thing that needs the people’s opinion. What I like is that in our music you can find different things, from a soundtrack to a pleasant melody to sing. And I think about how to improve all of this.”

4/ In the past two weeks I saw two excellent Italian bands play in Belgium (Secret Sight and JuJu) and I interviewed one (The Bankrobber). A coincidence or a new Italian music scene traveling around Europe?
“Well, I don’t know if we can talk about a ‘scene’, but for sure there are many bands that play the kind of music that appeals to people outside of Italy.”

5/ Which song would you pick as the band’s signature track?
A Mood Apart (from the “‘We Die In Such A Place’ LP) ”

6/ What does the new album’s title ‘SANTA SANGRE’ actually mean?
“It means holy blood and it’s the title of a movie by Chilean filmmaker
Alejandro Jodorowsky.”

7/ In what way is the new record inspired by Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s
movie and Roberto Bolaño‘s novel 2666?

” The movie inspired Matteo to develop the aesthetic concept for the album. I think the result is a work that is dense, coloured, touching, freaking and also happy or at least eager. The lyrics of the opening track are directly related to 2666, to the movie’s scenery as well as to the novel’s idea of evil, that also inspired the tone and direction for all the lyrics.”

8/ If the band was an animal, which one would it be?
“A protist or a Schrödinger’s cat.”

Japan Suicide’s alter ego

9/ If you could go back in time on which artist’s front door would
you knock and ask to have a selfie together?

“I don’t make selfies (lol). But I would like to go out and see how certain artists work,
such as Brian Eno, Jonny Greenwood and late Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi.”

10/ Plans for 2018?
“We want to play the new album Santa Sangre live in the world
and also record some new stuff.”

Thank you Stefano for this interview,
may te road rise with JAPAN SUICIDE!

Here’s brand new album SANTA SANGRE (great artwork) in full…

Available on DiscDogs and Bandcamp

JAPAN SUICIDE: Facebook – You Tube – Twitter – Instagram

EVAN DANDO Released His Emotive Solo Beauty ‘BABY I’M BORED’ 15 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

22 February 2018


ALBUM: BABY I’M BORED – his solo debut Lp (with Dando’s ex-wife
Elizabeth Moseson the album’s cover)

RELEASED: 25 February 2003 – 15 years ago…

BBC Music wrote: “It’s hard to write any review of Evan Dando’s debut album without using phrases like ‘return from the wilderness’ or ‘long-awaited comeback’. However recent interviews with Dando reveal a man hardly contrite about his lost weekend that lasted 5 years! It has to be argued that being lazily labelled as grunge’s poster boy and hanging around with Courtney Love would send any man over the edge. Yet let’s not forget that Dando is the king of the dissolute lyric, and there’s definitely something awry if this album doesn’t make you feel like curling up with a bottle of Tequila. Don’t worry it does. The lo-fi production by Bryce Goggin and Jon Brion (who contributes several co-writing credits) focuses firmly on Dando’s voice. It’s lost none of its ability to deliver memorable hooks with the kind of insouciant charm that thankfully hasn’t been diminished by his legendary self-abuse. For all its low-key charms, this is a positive reaffirmation of the talent we all knew Dando had in him. Let’s just hope that he’s now on to more productive ground. Give us more Evan, now!”

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: a poignant album for the midnight hours, a sonic companion for lonely moments, a string of unpolished, honest songs for melancholic reflections. Half-light reveriers and semi-darkness musings…

THREE HIGHLIGHTS: Hard Drive / It Looks Like You / All My Life

* HARD DRIVEthis is what quality songwriting is all about…

* IT LOOKS LIKE YOUsweet, catchy humdinger…

* ALL MY LIFEjust b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l

Here’s the deluxe edition of BABY I’M BORED
released in June, last year…

PICK OF THE DAY! Vibrant Shoegaze Psychedelia From Chili With… MAFF

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

22 February 2018

Band: MAFF
Home: Santiago, Chili
Who: “4-piece formed in 2012 in Santiago, Chile by Ricardo Gomez and Nicolas Colombres, Maff’s music blossomed from a love affair with guitar pedals. Their sound was greatly influenced by The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Pixies, Ride, Sonic Youth & My Bloody Valentine.
Track: HAWAII – new single off their coming ‘Melaniña’ EP, slated for release in April.
Score: Here’s a fuzzy rainbow with psychedelic colors drenched in distorted guitars,
while an ongoing drum beat controls the drive. Idyllic and puzzling, like watching an
orange sunset. If Hawaii is that magical I’ll pack my suitcase right here, right now…

New 4-track EP out 2 April – all info on Bandcamp

MAFF: Facebook – Twitter – Instagram

Das Belgische Lebenslied Orchester ELEFANT Is Sharper Than German Knives

ELEFANT – Kinky Star, Ghent, Belgium – 21 February 2018

For those who still haven’t a clue about who das Belgische Lebenslied Orchester ELEFANT
is I can tell you that this mumbo jumbo combo consists of one nutcase, one screwball, one cuckoo and one wacko. Together they are four deranged noiseniks making Krautmetal music and screaming German nonsense all over it. Let’s have a closer look at all these wicked characteristics, so you can understand who these white monkeys actually are…

NUTCASE according to the Cambridge Dicktionary
“Someone who behaves in an extremely silly way or
an offensive term for someone who is mentally ill.”

WACKO according to Cambridge Dicktionary
“A person whose behaviour is strange and different
from that of most people.”

SCREWBALL according Dicktionary.Com
“A whimsically eccentric person, totally nuts.”

CUCKOO according to Oxford’s Dicktionary
” A silly or slightly crackbrained person.”

“Raus, raus, raus, Schweinehunden!
Alles hat ein Ende nur die Wurst hat zwei!
Das Leben ist so krank wie ein Elefant!”

KRAUTMETAL according to Turn Up The Volume’s Dicktionary
“Loud racket made by a nutcase, a wacko, a screwball and a cuckoo.”

They SOUND like this…

… and this

…and this too

They LOOK like this…





I hope, dear readers you’re all aware now of what this mental gang is all about!
Danke für Ihre Aufmerksamkeit, liebe Leserinnen und Leser, auf Wiedersehen…

Spreading the Elefant virus in Ghent

ELEFANT: Facebook – Bandcamp

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