10 Questions For Belgium’s Haunting Noise Groovers… FALLING MAN

Discover thrilling artists/bands in 10 questions

29 May 2018

FALLING MAN is a boisterous 4-headed groove machine turning the inflammable combination of intoxicating riffs, kick-ass licks, battering drums and a riveting vox into absorbing songs with a lasting impact. Slow/fast, loud/quiet, haunting/ecstatic. Different paces, different moods. But always sound-exploring and highly fascinating. Last year’s second album GHOST showed/shows a tight band at the peak of its rousing game. A captivating work of mixed emotions, gripping sentiments and electrical reflections about life’s daily struggle. A record for bluesy hearts & troubled souls. Enough reasons to learn more about this blustery quartet. But let’s start the sonic acquaintance with one of the highlights of the new LP. Here’s ‘Beach Blues’

Hello Falling Man,
Welcome at Turn Up The Volume!

1/ What’s the story behind the band’s name and the group’s sonic identity?
“Is there a story? Our guitarist Paul came up with the name after reading Don DeLillo’s novel ‘Falling Man’, written shortly after the 9/11-attacks. People often ask us whether the name of the band refers to the man falling down, like a contorted modern dancer, from one of the WTC-buildings. But it doesn’t. It’s a reference to a character in DeLillo’s book: a street performer in Manhattan who lets himself fall from the sky, over and over again. As to the sonic identity: we play sharp, angular and edgy guitar music, echoing sixty years of rock noise and pop music. It is often loud, harsh and ugly, it can be delicate and melodic,
it always has a groove going on.”

2/ Lou Reed said in his final interview back in 2013 that the bass is
a crucial instrument in pop, rock and classic music. I suppose you don’t
agree as FALLING MAN has no bass player. Why is that?

Falling Man has no bass player because there’s no need. Not more than five people
in 10 years time have told us they were missing a bass player during the live-shows.
A couple of bass players have asked us whether we needed one, because they were
keen on joining the band. But we never felt the need. Influenced by bands such as Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and also Dÿse – they use an octaver-pedal, which lowers the
guitar tone with an octave – we tried the set-up with 2 guitars and it worked right away. Both our guitarists Paulie and Lode both wanted to get rid of their bassplayer-history
and focus on the guitar. In fact, we both have a style of playing guitar that mixes
bass loops and guitar chords or noisy stuff. We also get deep bass-sounds out of
a foot-triggered sample unit.”

Six strings band

3/ Which song do you consider as the band’s signature track so far?
“The band has been through some changes recently; I think that the signature track
before the release of our second album – Ghost’ – was ‘Stripper’, a song that we don’t play any longer. Ever since vocalist Sander joined Falling Man, our sound has slightly changed, has become a little more ‘poppy’; someone once called it ‘industrial blues’ of ‘Ruhr Area Rock’. A song that fits that description perfectly, would be ‘Robot Kaput’, as it combines both the poppy aspect and Falling Man’s love for noise and tearing guitars.”

4/ Your new album is called ‘GHOST’. Who is he/she?
“No one in particular. It was Paul’s 10-year old daughter who came up with the name, and it kinda stuck. Throughout the recording process we noticed that many songs dealt with the theme of loss, people disappearing, leaving loved-ones behind. The ones who leave become ghosts or the ones who are left behind become a half the person they were. Hence, the name.”

5/ The LP’s artwork looks mystifying in accordance with its title.
Who or what inspired the image?

“It was Paul’s idea, coming from his great love for geometrical design and figures. The photographer is Kaat, guitarist Lode’s sister. Thing is that this picture almost never existed: we took it in October, and the sun almost did not cast any shadow. We took this picture in a parking garage; it’s Paul’s shadow, combined with a ventilation grid.”

6/ Any rituals before going on stage for a show?
“Not really. The drummers tend to get on everyone’s nerves while practicing rudiments
on any object he can find. There’s a lot of bantering too, taking pictures, laughter and
the occasional beer. Well, we try to keep stay focused on stage. When we first started
we played a drunk show once. It got the girls dancing, which was nice.”

Trying to make the girls dance

7/ Which movie would you pick to visualize FALLING MAN’s
music on a big screen while playing a concert?

“Well, actually: none.”

8/ If the band were an animal, which one would it be?
“A wolf, maybe? Or a hyena? Once we get the attention of the audience, we don’t let go. Or even cats? Cats do what they want, they’re unpredictable. And when they’re horny, they make noise. We are horny cats?”

Horny noisemakers

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

Oscar Wilde, while writing ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’.
That could be fun.”


10/ Next step for FALLING MAN?

“The idea is to keep on playing, cause that’s what it’s all about. We don’t plan, we play. There’s no outline, no direction, no strategy. Playing brings us to places we could never plan on going. It makes things happen.”

New frontman Sander

Thank you for the chat, guys.
May the road rise with FALLING MAN!

Stream/purchase GHOST right here…

FALLING MAN: Website – Facebook – Bandcamp

(Concert photos by Turn Up The Volume! / Other two pics via FB – Falling Man)


Remarkable albums from the past…

‘Imperial Bedroom’
Released: 2 July 1982
7th longplayer

ALL MUSIC wrote: “Having gotten country out of his system with Almost Blue, Elvis
Costello returned to pop music with Imperial Bedroom — and it was pop in the classic,
‘Tin Pan Alley’ sense. Costello chose to hire Geoff Emerick, who engineered all of the Beatles’ most ambitious records, to produce Imperial Bedroom, which indicates what it sounds
like — it’s traditional pop with a post-Sgt. Pepper production. Essentially, the songs on
‘Imperial Bedroom’ are an extension of Costello’s jazz and pop infatuations on Trust.”
Score: 5/5 – Full review here.

TURN UP THE VOLUME says: Another high-quality album by
a high-quality singer/songwriter…

TOP TRACK: Man Out Of Time

ELVIS COSTELLO: Website – Facebook – Discography

Elvis & his attractive band

Future British Mega Star YUNGBLUD Caused A Major Earthquake In Amsterdam…

LONDON CALLING FESTIVAL – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – 25 May 2018

Fervid Yorkshireman YUNBLUD, a spectacular 19-year-old artist, who spent most of
his childhood on Denmark Street, Soho, London is a solid gold future star. His explosive fusion of hip-hop, ska, punk-pop and vivid rap-rock slams is simply irresistible. Last
Friday this fresh phenom was on my must-see list at the stupendous two-day indoor London Calling Festival in the wonderful Paradiso venue in AMSTERDAM. I knew beforehand that his most devoted are 14-18 girls (I was totally surrounded by them
near the crowded front of the stage), but I was curious to know why this teenage hype
was the highly acclaimed artist of this festival with only one EP, just released a few
weeks ago, under his belt. And? Well, that ecstatic young gunslinger came, saw, jumped, screamed and conquered The Netherlands. On record, he sounds more like a flammable modern-day punk-pop version of Eminem, but on stage his band turned the volume up while the hypnotic man in the middle explored every corner of the podium and sounded
at times like a red-steaming hip-hop incarnation of Rage Against The Machine ‘s frontman Zack de la Rocha . With his non-stop stream of sky-high energy, boiling intensity, shout-along crackers and his charismatic, flamboyant and hyperkinetic presence Yungblud proved tremendously why he’s a gigantic star in the making. Believe the hype! Never
heard of this pumped-up youngster? Check the heat here…

Debut EP ’21st Century Liability’ in full…

Photos from his firework show in Amsterdam

‘Hello Amsterdam’


‘ i am an anarchist’

From the top

YUNGBLUD: Website – Facebook – Instagram

(All concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)

SEVEN IN THE MIX! 7 Crackers For Week 22..


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

1/ ‘Discover’ by OSKAR BRAVES (Dunfermline, Scotland)
Here’s a mighty wall-of-towering-sound anthem with a monumental chorus and king-sized vocals elevating this majestic stroke to riveting heights. A goosebumps performance! Wow!

OSKAR BRAVES: Facebook –  Bandcamp – Twitter

2/ ‘I Changed My Life For You’ by VACATION FOREVER (Stockholm, Sweden)
This new glowing single by Swedish artist Zacharias Zachrisson‘s new project is a
feverish knockout. Amplifying pop electricity that sticks instantly like first-class glue.

VACATION FOREVER: Facebook – Instagram –  Twitter

3/ ‘Cadillac’ by DUTCH TULIPS (Boston, Massachusetts, US)
Here’s a dynamic rocker that draws your ears’ and limbs’ attention form the first chord on. An electrical and elevating cut from the band’s excellent debut EP – stream on Bandcamp.

DUTCH TULIPS: Website – Facebook – Instagram

4/ ‘Garden Of My Mind’ by TEN MILLION LIGHTS (Portland, Oregon, US)
Your feet and head will go nuts on hearing this groovy banger. A wham-bam rocker intensified with firework guitars, whacking drums and a bang-on chorus. Top stuff!

TEN MILLION LIGHTS: Website – Facebook –  Twitter

5/ ‘Did You Count Your Eyes?’ by ACCÜ (Wales, UK)
This eccentric electro trip with Accü‘s enigmatic voice all over it will kidnap your puzzled attention from start to finish. A mystifying, bewildering and spellbinding mindbender.

ACCÜ: Facebook – Instagram – Twitter

6/ ‘Go Bad With You’ by THE LVE (Brussels, Belgium)
Here’s a feel good pop beauty with a funky groove that makes your feet tap and your head nod, directly. Delightful vibe and sunlit orchestration. It’s the romantic smell of summer!…

THE LVE: Facebook – Instagram –  Twitter

7/ ‘Broken Stairs’ by CLAUDE MUNSON (Ottawa, Canada)
This spirited pop humdinger shines graciously. Captivating songwriting affecting heart & soul. Part of Munson‘s new, dreamlike album ‘The Silence Came After’ – listen on Bandcamp

CLAUDE MUNSON: Facebook – Instagram –  Twitter


See/hear you next week, music junkies

TODAY’S YESTERDAY ALBUM – ‘Y’ – Willful And Eccentric Debut By THE POP GROUP…

Remarkable albums from the past

The Pop Group

Released: 20 April 1979
Debut longplayer

PITCHFORK wrote: “Unlike most of the late-’70s no-wave types (and perennial imitators),
The Pop Group were less concerned with eschewing convention than with vehemently eviscerating it. Listen to how they tear apart a boxy, reverb-laden surf riff on “We Are Time”
with Dadaist malice and contempt. It’s impossible to ignore Mark Stewart’s incessant Thatcher-bashing, but ‘Y’ is so convincing in its hectoring that one can easily imagine it arising from even more amicable circumstances. This is a record of dire necessity, armed for combat against a long litany of ills—none more than typicality.”
Ranked at number 35 on Picthfork‘s greatest albums of the 1970s

TURN UP THE VOLUME says: To my ears, ‘Y’ sounded at first, both confusing and fascinating, like cricket, an intriguing sports game of which I still don’t know the rules,
until I found out that this band/album had no rules at all. While the ‘famous’ punk bands became greedy money sharks The Pop Group made the most brain-cracking, the most willful and most cutting middle-finger LP of that tremendous era.

TWO TOP TRACKS: She’s Beyond Good and Evil / We Are Time

* She’s Beyond Good And Evil

* We Are Time

Y in full

THE POP GROUP Website – Facebook – Twitter – Discography

Beyond rules and cricket

Powerful Danish Voice REBECCA LOU Hits With Speedy Rocker ‘I WANNA BE YOUR EVERYTHING’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

28 May 2018

After remarkable single Under The Moon astounding Danish singer REBECCA LOU
and her steamy band return with a new heated slam. I WANNA BE YOUR EVERTHING rocks, rolls, roars and rumbles big time. A red-hot steamroller energized by hectic guitars, a hard-hitting rhythm section and Lou‘s impressive voice. A sizzling ripper that makes your adrenalin’s flow stream faster. Press the button and let the speedy bolide out of its cage, right here, right now…

Keep the sweat coming – taste the live version too…

REBECCA LOU: Facebook – Instagram

Stream 5 Brand New MUST-HEAR Albums Right Here…

Brand new longplayers that will impress your ears and your speakers

San Francisco‘s psych junks’ first LP in 5 years! A transcendent mind-massage! Ace score…

Stream here

2/ ‘Love Is Dead’ by CHRVCHES
British top electro pop trio’s 3rd LP. Puzzling record with sticky mixed emotions dynamics…

Stream here

3/ ‘Gentle Reader’ by PEACH KELLI POP
Amplified pop firecrackers from all-female jingle jangle engine out of L.A. – their 4th LP…

Stream here

4/ ‘Deeper’ by DEEPER
This indie Chicago quartet’s guitar electricity brings legends Television to mind. That good!

Stream here…

5/ ‘Oi! Rapscallion!’ by BENJAMIN MASON
Wayward Welsh singer-songwriter intrigues and fascinates with new adventurous album…

Stream here


See/hear you next week, music junkies

Happy 60 To Legendary Singer/Songrwiter PAUL WELLER!…

25 May 2018

PAUL WELLER was born as John William “Paul” Weller, Jr. 60 years ago today, on 25 May 1958 in Woking, Surrey, England. An extraordinary singer/songwriter from his teenage punk days on with The Jam (1972-1982) to his jazzy/soul project The Style Council with Mick Talbot (1983-1989) and his ever lasting solo career. Here are 3 crackers to celebrate the Modfather’s 60th birthday…

‘In The City’ with THE JAM (1977)

‘Speak Like A Child’ by THE STYLE COUNCIL (1983)

‘White Sky’ (solo -2015)

PAUL WELLER: Website – Facebook