Simply The Best – TURN UP THE VOLUME’s Knockout Tracks For JULY 2020…

This past month’s best…

Fifteen Knockout Tracks hitting Turn Up The Volume‘s speakers this past month!
A steamy melting pot of isolation corkers and lockdown cuts. Don’t worry, be happy!

– She Talks To Angels – BLACK NEEDLE NOISE Feat. ANJELA PICCARD (Norway)
A wall-of-industrial-symphony. Big tune, big sound, big vox, big performance. Stunning!
At least as good as the original by Southern Harmony rockers The Black Crowes.

– Incinerate – PHOSPHENE (Portland, Oregon, US)
Twinkling guitars, pulsating drums, radiant melodiousness, and bright vocals bringing Cocteau Twins‘ wonderful singer Elisabeth Fraser. Glimmering shoegaze sparks. From
their excellent longplayer Lotus Eaters.

– Hear Me Now – DJ DOVE and ROWETTA (UK)
#Selfishness is toxic #Change is desperately needed #LetUsDance is the message #DJDove is the techno wizard #Rowetta is the sky-high soul voice #Beach-party-tune #IbizaRules

– Born To Run – by RICH GIRLS (NYC)
For all those tramps who were born in the USA, go and dance in the dark before
you need to run for that sickly narcissistic American idiot. The Boss for president!

– Rainbow Records – OCEANOGRAPHY (Oakland, California)
Glorious guitar pop humdinger getting your aural attention instantly with a repetitive
riff sticking as first-class glue. Inflammable passion, scintillating ardency, and vehement fervor. Affecting voice reminding me of Greg Dulli‘s imposing vocals at times.

– Televised Mind – FONTAINES D.C. (Dublin, Ireland)
Rollicking Krautrock-like jam with charismatic frontman Grian Chatten‘s parlando
vocals rattling on and on and on. From the brand new top album A Hero’s Death.

– A Boat To Drawn In – METZ (Canada)
Halfway this storming steamroller turns into a trance-like juggernaut driven by
boisterous drum kicks and raucous guitars. Hypnotic and mind-boggling. It’s
Metz’s deafening sound of hope. New album ATLAS VENDING out 9 October.

– Down The Stairs – SHEHEHE (Athens, Georgia, US)
A blistering jackhammer doing your head in from the explosive get-go. A thunder and lighting corker that rages like a Formula One race car at a dangerous speed. Noise-tastic!

– My Faith Is Larger – SAVING JACKIE (San Antonio, Texas, US)
Move over RATM for this shattering, striking slam dunk with the merciless power
of a bone-crushing iron ball. A hot-tempered sucker-punch triggering every single
nerve, every single muscle, and every single vein in your shuddering body. Hell yeah!

– Unstoppable – MIESHA & THE SPANKS (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
A rumbling crackerjack rolling from the kick-off. A sickly sticky stunner to jump along, scream along and sweat along. Crackling guitars, hammering drum kicks and spicy vocals is what you get, hopping like a kangaroo on drugs is what you should do. Isolation firework to pump up your mood and body temperature. C’mon!

– Hetty O’Hara Confidential – ELVIS COSTELLO (UK)
The great imperishable songsmith still knows how to surprise.
This sonic jim-dandy, a sort of beatbox banger says it all. Boom boom.

– Keep Your Eyes Peeled – by ULTRA SUNN (Brussels, Belgium)
Combine D.A.F.‘s industrial vibrations, Sisters Of Mercy‘s catchy gloom and doom hallucinations and Depeche Mode‘s pop-noir melodies, and what you get is a trip to
a tenebrous underground basement where Ultra Sunn‘s Sam Huge and Gaelle Souflet
are the DJ’s. Dance like it’s 1999 all over again.

– Jackie – HYPERSPACE (Atlanta, Georgia, US)
Riff extravaganza / Electrical lobotomy / Gabba Gabba Hey /
High-voltage power pop / Alive and ticking / Punktastic!

– A Hymn – IDLES (Bristol, UK)
A slow-moving ominous groove that feels like it will explode any second, but doesn’t. Like a fierce volcano about to spew lava but… doesn’t! The tension is almost unbearable. Another topnotch stroke! Idles keep on delivering soul-stirring thrills.

– You Are Just Not Alone – by BLACK MOON BOOK (Chicago, US)
A tender and romantic ballad with a Nils Lofgren-like, starry-eyed voice as the most important instrument in the middle. You can file this comforting reverie next to
Kurt Vile and The National. Relax, sit down, and enjoy…

All together on Spotify

See/hear you next month, music junkies…

Samba Fueled Rap Delight – CHEMICAL DREAMS Trigger Your Hip Movements With ‘LOOK TO THE MOON’

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

31 July 2020

CHEMICAL DREAMS is a side project of experienced Canadian party experts Martha And the Muffins that creates original songs through collaboration and experimentation. There is no set theme, style or expectations, making it as unpredictable as your dreams will be tonight. And like dreams, a song sometimes comes out of the blue from somewhere beyond our imagination.

Newest single LOOK TO THE MOON – a pan-cultural summer driving song – features tremendously uplifting rapper/writer John Orpheus.

Look To The Moon is a totally irresistible earworm centered around a funky adrenalin-stimulating guitar riff. Hip-hop ecstasy with an instant swing and sway impact on your hips. Rap delight with a samba tinted and heated horns injected groove. Soulful exaltation boosting your bloodstream in these bizarre times. Get those dancing shoes out of your dusty closet, put all your furniture aside and pirouette yourself dizzy.

Shake your booty right here, right now…

Also on Spotify

CHEMICAL DREAMS: Website – Instagram

From Despair To Where? Indie Misfits FONTAINES D.C. Released ‘A DEATH’S HERO’ Album Today

31 July 2020

Band: FONTAINES D.C. (Dublin, Ireland)
Who: Irish post punk indie gunslingers gearing
up for world domination.
Album: A HERO’S DEATH – the band’s second LP
Released: 31 July 2020

Key phrase: “Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.”Lucius Annaeus SenecaLife

NME‘s verdict: “Usually, when a band follows up their lauded, hype-building
debut album in lightning-fast time, they do so to capitalise on the buzz and double
down on any early promise. Fontaines D.C.‘s second album, the tense, often morose
‘A Hero’s Death’, feels like the antithesis of this approach… It finds the band investigating
their meteoric rise and the punishing, never-ending tour that followed, sifting through
the fragmented pieces that remain.’ 
Full review here. Score: 4/5

Keywords: From despair to where? / Bold twilight tour de force / Stayin’ Alive /
Parlando poetry / Survival misfits / Day and night, black and white / Reality check

Key tracks/singles: Televised Mind / I Don’t Belong / A Hero’s Death




Full album…

FONTAINES D.C.: Facebook

(Photo by Turn Up The Volume!)

Los Angeles’ Power Pop Punkettes THE GO GO’S Back After Twenty Years – Listen To Joyful Belter ‘CLUB ZERO’

New sonic impulses…

31 July 2020

Out of the blue, legendary power-pop punkettes THE GO GO’S led by Belinda Carlisle, formed in L.A. in 1978, surprise us with their first new song in nearly 20 years.

While being filmed for a new documentary directed by Alison Ellwood, they wrote CLUB ZERO via email exchanges between band members. A blithesome harmony belter that dances inside your head after just one spin. The track’s copacetic catchiness and vitalizing joyfulness will put a big smile on your face. Welcome back, ladies!

“Hey we’ve got something to say/ ‘Gonna make the world shake’/ Ready or not here we are.”

THE GO GO’S: Facebook

Funky Electro-Trance Thrills – Discover Toronto Band NEW FRIES And New Single ‘LILY’

30 July 2020

NEW FRIES are Toronto-based experimental legends and one of the best kept
secrets in the city. With their new album IS THE IDEA OF US they delve deeper
into their unconventional, ever-changing sound.

New single LILY is about “Lilydale, New York. A caged community inhabited almost
exclusively by mediums–those who communicate with the spirit world. It is a community
of liars and people with special spiritual gifts. People across North America travel here to connect with the deceased.”

This funky synth-stroke strikes you from the first spin. An oh-my-God jawdropping jam with an instant effect on your head’s movements. Ongoing motorik electro kicks cause trance-like thrills. Endless mind-boggling beats creep under your skin without asking. It’s impossible to ignore this sonic hypnotism putting a spell on you. Voodoo rhythms, indeed.

Let’s roll…

NEW FRIES: Facebook

IS THE IDEA OF US out 7th August via Telephone Explosion

Shivers Down Your Spine With The Gorgeous ANGEL OLSEN Performing New Single Live…

30 July 2020

I just can’t get enough of ANGEL OLSEN. Her voice is both divine and real, captivating and heavy-hearted. Only yesterday she shared single ‘WHOLE NEW MESS’. The title track of her new, upcoming album. A chilling ballad.

Yesterday night she played the song live on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in a quarantine studio. Her arresting performance is just breathtaking. Shivers down your spine grandeur. And did I already say she’s awesomely gorgeous? An angel, indeed.

“When it all fades to black, I’ll be gettin’ back on track”…