27 September 2018

A few days ago we learned that PETER HOOK, legendary bass player of iconic post-punk band JOY DIVISION is set to revisit the group’s repertoire with Manchester Camerata
for a special date at London‘s majestic Royal Albert Hall on Friday 5th July 2019.

A couple of days ago Peter Hook spoke to NME about the upcoming event
saying ‘I shouldn’t have to defend myself on this‘. Full interview here.

As a devoted (Belgian) Joy Division AND Peter Hook fan I entirely agree with Hooky‘s genuine reasons for setting up this highly challenging concert. Here are a five of my personal arguments why he has all the right in the world to do what he did in the past, does today and will do in the future with Joy Division‘s magical oeuvre. Here’s my S/O.

1/ Peter Hook was/is a revolutionary bass player, actually the first bassist that did my
head in back then when I heard his work for the first time. His sound was a huge and essential part of Joy Division‘s successful appeal. He wasn’t only a co-founder, but a bloody remarkable and awe-inspiring key and co-songwriter of probably the most influential post-punk band ever. That surely gives him, unquestionably, all the artistic freedom whatsoever to do what he wants to with JD‘s tremendously captivating music. All the more as we – the fans who saw him playing with The Light in the past and will keep following them in the future – know very well how Hooky treated/treats the JD legacy. With total respect, with gripping passion and with a massive heart and a committed soul.

2/ Instead of keep on making dull albums with money-machine New Order (mind you,
I was a huge NO fan. They made some brilliant LP’s – with Power, Corruption & Lies and
Low-Life as my favorites – and I saw them playing some ace gigs in the early years but their last great album was 1993’s Republic, afterward it was all about take the money and run) the bass icon chose another, more honest path. (ps: I agree we don’t know all the details about the bitter legal fight between Hook & NO, but anyway he didn’t take the easy way, the NO cash-in way…)

3/ Since 2010 Hooky re-energized the timeless Joy Division catalog on stage in grand style and with tons of intensity giving several generations of JD fans (including me, of course) fantastic moments when playing all those fabulous songs like this eternal one…

Also since starting solo with his band ‘The Light’ Peter Hook is working his ass off to travel non-stop all around the planet to play in mid-sized venues performing for thousands of HAPPY and GRATEFUL fans for modest ticket prices. I’m pretty sure many overrated mega-business artists/bands (don’t make me start…) earn more money by playing top of the bill on only one major festival – because organizers charge the spectators a fortune to get in – than Hooky earns with his band and crew after a whole fucking year on the road. It’s not like his fans need to rob a bank or get a mortgage to witness the beauty he has to offer.

4/ It takes balls to stage something truly special as The Sound Of Joy Division Orchestrated
in that majestic Royal Albert Hall in London as many pompous press sharks and selfish Joy Division purists are waiting to see him crash.

5/ And, for the record… Hooky is one cool motherrocker!

Me, eye-to-eye, with the man last year at W-Fest in Belgium…

And it’s not always Hooky in the middle

Now let’s hope we can get a ticket for the big event!


THE AROSA – Young English Hounds Produce Flaming Pop Firework On New Rad Single ‘KEEP IN MIND’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

27 September 2018


Who: young, rousing indie quartet from Birmingham, UK


Score: These young English hounds out of Birmingham combine British flair, British panache and British swagger in a most exciting way on their new rad single ‘Keep In Mind‘. Flaming guitars with a Stone Roses resonance, machine-gun drums, chant-like vocals and a highly infectious chorus to yell out at the top of your vibrating lungs. Britpop meets Madchester. Capture the electrical firework right here, right now…

THE AROSA: Facebook – Instagram

(photo on top: FB The Arosa)

PJ HARVEY – Her 4th Album ‘IS THIS DESIRE?’ Turns 20…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

27 September 2018


Album: IS THIS DESIRE? Her 4th LP

Released: 28 September 1998 – 20 years ago

ROLLING STONE review: “A classic-rock spinster druid in Dr. Marten drag, a demon stewardess on her very own astral plane, Polly Jean Harvey knows she has a great formula,
and she doesn’t mess with it on ‘Is This Desire?’ Her lusty English-farm-girl voice and guitar
still trace the fates of glamorously doomed heroines with names like Angelene, Leah and Elise… But for all the gothed-up Eurogloom, Is This Desire? is a lot of fun. Harvey makes her deranged fantasies of feminine evil sound like a righteous Saturday night, albeit a bleak and stormy one… But for all of her fabulous masks, Is This Desire? hits home because it comes down to a very simple sentiment: Harvey wants to know what love is, and she wants you to show her.”

Full review here .

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: PJ is unique in voice, sound, vision, story-telling and performance. And my all-time Harvey fav track ‘The Wind‘ is on this one.

THREE TOP TRACKS: Wind / A Perfect Day Elise / The Garden

* WIND – best PJ track ever…

* A PERFECT DAY ELISE – haunting…

* THE GARDEN – mesmeric…

ALBUM in full…

PJ HARVEY: Website – Facebook – Discography 

Raw And Unpolished And Bluesy – Here Are Cincinnati’s FERAL FRIENDS Getting ‘SCHORCHED’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…


Who: “Derived from a mix of Kentucky blood and Cincinnati attitude, Feral Friends is the latest group to quench your thirst for a fresh new sonic experience. Let these three pals take you for
a ride in a 1970 El Camino while you get down to some toe-tapping tunes about women, cigarettes, and whisky.”


Score: Raw, unpolished and bluesy. No special effects. No arty farty bullshit. These
guys just follow their steamrollin’ gut feeling and their appetite for thrashy blues energy. Sounds like some filthy MC5 spirit to me. ‘Scorched’ is a nasty groover, a banging rocker. Perfect stuff to get drunk to. Check the heat right here…

FERAL FRIENDS: Facebook / Some more FF junk right here

PET SHOP BOYS Released Their Feel Good Dance Pop Album ‘VERY’ 25 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

26 September 2018


Album: VERY – the duo’s fifth LP

Released: 27 September 1993 – 25 years ago

ALL MUSIC review: “Because they work in a field that isn’t usually taken seriously, the Pet
Shop Boys are often ignored in the rock world. But make no mistake, they are one of the most talented pop outfits working today, witty and melodic with a fine sense of flair. Very is one of their very best records, expertly weaving between the tongue-in-cheek humor of “I Wouldn’t Normally Do This Kind of Thing,” the quietly shocking “Can You Forgive Her?,” and the bizarrely moving cover of the Village People’s “Go West.” Alternately happy and melancholy, Very is the Pet Shop Boys at their finest.”
– Score: 4.5/5

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: Pet Shop Boys were/are experts in feel-good dance
pop humdingers as proven cleary, once more, on this very joyful longplayer.

VERY in full…

PET SHOP BOYS: Website – Facebook – All Abums