Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…
After releasing their enthralling album MISSING early this year, a refreshing record of high-quality songwriting with rich orchestrations and wondrous arrangements, Italian
pop collective THE BANKROBBER seems to want to start something new, right now,
on Halloween day. New single ‘MY REVOLUTION‘ is going up and down, forth and back, balancing between confusion and revolution with one and only conclusion… all you need
is love. It’s another example of this band’s versatile musical talent and spirited sonic skills. To hell with the bogeyman here’s some real sensitive trick or treat excitement…
New album MISSING – out now – available on iTunes
Yesterday supergroup THE GOOD THE BAD & THE QUEEN, with Blur‘s Damon Albarn,
The Clash’s Paul Simonon, The Verve’s Simon Tong, and Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen made
its TV comeback to play the title track off their second album, called MERRIE LAND written “during the current period in which the UK is preparing to leave the European Union – creating
a reluctant good-bye letter, a series of observations and reflections on Britishness in 2018”.
The new song is a contemplative ballad that brings the
Leonard Cohen‘s story-telling way of singing to mind…
THE GOOD THE BAD & THE QUEEN: Facebook
New album MERRIE LAND out 16 November – more info here
Eleven killer tracks on repeat this past month…
Eleven killer tracks we played on repeat in October!
An eclectic mix of poppy vibrations and steamy grooves
energizing all of our senses and our limbs this past month!
Here’s Turn Up The Volume‘s Knockout October Team!
1. ‘Faith & Science’ by MODERATE REBELS (London, UK)
With Moderate Rebels it’s all about intoxicating mantra-like psych grooves. Like a mind-expanding mix of Velvet Underground, The Dandy Warhols and Spacemen 3. Far-out stuff!
MODERATE REBELS: Twitter
2. I Don’t Care Anymore by BIG TIME KILL (Boston, US)
This raging electro-duo produces inflammable firework to go berserk to on the dance floor. This cutting cracker comes from debut LP ‘Shock And Awe‘. Read all about it here.
BIG TIME KILL: Facebook
3. ‘Bar Stool Warriors’ by GARETH SAGER & THE HUNGRY GHOSTS (Scotland)
This is what happened when longtime post-punk chameleon Gareth Sager invited the ghosts of Captain Beefheart & Frank Zappa for a cup of tea and a rad jam. Full result here.
4. ‘Turn The Knife’ by PALM GHOSTS (Nashville, US)
A feverish mixed emotions pop pearl build around a stellar melody with layers of sparkling guitars and elevated by the enrapturing effect of duet vocals. Both dazzling and haunting.
5. ‘Money Money’ by RICHARD ASHCROFT (England)
Closing track of the legend’s brand new album. Hottest, hookiest and rockiest cut of all.
RICHARD ASHCROFT: Facebook
6. ‘The Witness’ by HERSELF (Italy)
Most upbeat, most funky and most vibey stroke on new LP by singer/songwriter Gioele Valenti aka Herself. Find out more about the whole album ‘Rigel Playground‘ right here.
7. ‘Pastel Blues’ by THE ATTICS (Melbourne, Australia)
You’ll feel groovy, you’ll look groovy and your swaying hips will make other people go groovy when you’re walking the streets with this earworm on your headphones. Ace!
THE ATTICS: Facebook
8. ‘Beacon’ by THE MIGHTY ORCHID KING (St Albans, UK)
Expect kooky guitars, a pulsating rhythmic tandem, an overall buzzing resonance, echoing vocals and karma-like 60s harmonies. Yesterday is the new today! Time to chill out! Yeah!
THE MIGHTY ORCHID KING: Facebook
9. ‘Secret’ by VAUREEN (Brooklyn, NY, US)
As much decibels as My Bloody Valentine, as dark as Killing Joke and with Lydia Lunch‘s enigmatic spirit on vocals. Outcome? Like a pitch-black Neil Young hurricane. Puzzling!
10. ‘Victoria Park’ by RED TELEPHONE (Cardiff, Wales)
Melancholic melody, starry-eyed vocals and an overall gratifying warmth that makes you long for happy-go-lucky childhood days. Reminds me of romantic popsters Scritti Politti.
RED TELEPHONE: Facebook
11. ‘Dream Apartment’ by OH FOR (Finland)
This humdinger’s jazzy bass warmth, its twinkling orchestration and its intimate vocals will make your thoughts drift away to the room in your mind where you can freely fantasize.
OH FOR: Facebook
See/hear you next month for another knockout team…
Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…
30 October 2018
Band: DINOSAUR JR.
Album: BUG – the band’s third longplayer
Released: 31 October 1988 – 30 years ago
ALL MUSIC review: “Relatively cleaner-produced and more accessible than ‘You’re Living All Over Me’, ‘Bug’ expanded on the strengths of its predecessor, and established Dinosaur Jr. as a major band in the American underground. Although the majority of the album is firmly situated in the sprawling, noisy metallic fusion of hard rock and avant noise, Bug also demonstrates that J Mascis has a talent for winding folk-rock, particularly on “The Post” and “Pond Song.” Like its predecessor, the songs on Bug are quite uneven, but it does represent a major step forward for Mascis, particularly on the masterpiece of the record, “Freak Scene,” a surprisingly catchy song encapsulating the appeal and pitfalls of indie rock within three minutes.” – Score: 4.5/5
TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: Mastermind J Mascis had the noisy gift to write smooth melodies, build them up and break them down, turn them inside out, inject them with electrifying turmoil, add his wandering vox where needed and finally shape some stirring turbulence with poignant effects out of all his cut and slash work.
TOP TRACKS: Freak Scene / They Always Come / Pond Song / Budge / Keep the Glove
ALBUM in full…
Yes, beloved ladies and gents, it’s Halloween again…
And the 2018 soundtrack
is by freak combo ELEFANT…
(photo by Turn Up The Volume!)
Brand new sonic impulses…
29 October 2018
Almost ten years ago THE LEMONHEADS released their 9th studio album entitled
Varshons. A record of covers from artists such as GG Allin, Wire, Leonard Cohen, and
Linda Perry with guest performances from actress and Aerosmith frontman’s daughter
Liv Tyler and model Kate Moss and guitarist John Perry of legends The Only Ones playing
on five tracks.
On 8 February 2019 the follow-up covers LP VARSHONS II will be launched with versions by Dando and his band of songs by big names such as the Eagles, Lucinda Williams, Florida Georgia Line, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds and one beauty from New Jersey veterans Yo La Tengo. Here’s the charming and tender CAN’T FORGET…
Can’t Forget (Yo La Tengo) / Settled Down Like Rain (Jayhawks) / Old Man Blank (The Bevis Frond) / Things (Paul Westerberg) / Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness (John Prine) / Abandoned (Lucinda Williams) / Now And Then (Natural Child) / Magnet (NRBQ) / Round Here (Florida Georgia Line) / TAQN (The Eyes) / Unfamiliar (The GiveGoods) / Straight To You (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) / Take It Easy (The Eagles)
Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…
29 October 2018
Band: UMA CHINE
Who: Belgian band of experienced musicians/voices formed around singer/songwriter Nele De Gussem, producing roots and electronica related vibes colored with marvelous vocals.
Pick: LONELY GIANT – new single from upcoming debut album, out early 2019
Score: After launching lustrous debut single Screens last June UMA CHINE (hUMAn MaCHINE) releases a second track from their upcoming LP this week. LONELY GIANT
is a remarkable stroke of adventurous pop exquisiteness. The ingenious way the playful and cinematic electronics, the propelling drums/bass, frontwoman Nele‘s spirited vox,
the resplendent harmonies and the whole refined orchestration come together and
turn a charming song into a fascinating pop symphony with multiple layers of sonic processing is pretty special. You’ll discover new things with every spin. Capture the
rich right vibe here while enjoying the accompanying artful video clip…
This keyboard belongs to Death From Above, don’t steal it…
I repeat: don’t steal it…
(photos by Turn Up The Volume! Brussels 2014)
Sensitive moments for the laziest day of the week…
COATTAILS formed back in early 2013 in Austin, Texas. The quartet released its self-titled debut LP two years ago and is about to launch a follow-up EP, entitled ‘Imaginary Friends’ on 9 November. Here’s one of the tracks. CLOCKS & KNIVES is a sepia colored lullaby centered around that nostalgic kind of warmhearted melodies that were played on jukeboxes in cozy bars back in the sixties. Frolicsome piano play, emotive tunefulness
and reflective vocals. It’s the electrically charged chorus and a captivating guitar solo somewhere in the middle that reminds us that it’s actually 2018 rather than 1966. This
is tender music with a healing force, therefore timeless. Catch the touching elegance