Three top tracks from the past by top artists/bands from the past

Who: Post-punk pop group from Liverpool formed in 1978
with genial eccentric Julian Cope as the orchestrator.

Active: 1978-1982
Albums: 3 – Kilimanjaro (1980), Wilder (1981)
and Everybody Wants to Shag… The Teardrop Explodes
with material recorded in the middle of the 1982 split,
but not released until 1990.

1-2-3 top tracks…

(Single from debut LP – #6 on the UK Charts)

(3rd single from debut LP – #18 on UK Charts)

(Single from ‘Wilder’ – #25 on UK Charts)


(Band image: the cover of debut LP ‘Kilimanjaro’)

New RICHARD ASHCROFT Album – 12 Bittersweet Lockdown Symphonies For Your Candlelight Dinners

31 October 2021

Like many other artists during lockdown, the question for Richard Ashcroft was also “What I am gonna do with all this free time between four walls?” Most of them started to cover others (that trend never seems to stop), some continued making new music and some were counting their money and/or annoyed their families.

Ashcroft decided to re-dress 12 of his most famous songs (The Verve/solo) and released Acoustic Hymns Vol. 1 this weekend. Acoustic? No, not really. Besides an acoustic guitar,
I hear piano, strings, synths, horns, and layers of harmonies. This album is actually about killing time by turning the selected tunes into bittersweet lockdown symphonies with smooth, elegant, and soothing arrangements.

I’m an Ashcroft fan, but I’ll go back to
the originals for my candlelight dinners.

album via Spotify…


THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – 7 New Firecrackers Week 43

Every week Turn Up The Volume picks 7 new
firecrackers that burned his ears the past 7 days

 ‘The Fuzz Guitar’ by THE PINK DIAMOND REVUE (UK)

C’mon, get your lazy ass out of your lazy couch and make some
room to move like a sensual snake with your window dressing
doll while swaying your hips to the sickly sticky beat of Fuzz Guitar.

Wurlitzer jukeboxes were invented to play sultry jams
like these in pubs, discos and your living room.

Now look cool and rock out folks…


‘Steam Engine’ by EELS: Facebook (Los Angeles)

Mark Oliver Everett and his combo Eels have their 14th album
called Extreme Witchcraft ready for an early 2022 release.

Everett rolls and bowls here. Rock-a-billy is the keyword.

Steam up the engine right here…


‘Rising Seas’ by MIDNIGHT OIL (Australia)

After they contributed a new song to a compilation album, the veterans
from down under are back. And, yes, the beds are still burning, they still
know how to rock and they still write songs about our fiercely threatened

“The song is meant to “add the band’s unique voice to billions of others
around the world seeking a safe, habitable, and fair future for our planet.”

Roll the tape…


‘Paper Flowers’ by PHNTMS (Philadelphia)

Sitting somewhere between arena rock and the classic sound of 1960’s soul
singers, Philadelphia-based band PHNTMS creates music bursting with vast
soundscapes and colliding instrumentation. The band has opened for Kings
of Leon, The 1975, Bastille, Fitz & The Tantrums
and Empire of the Sun among

Paper Flowers is the first single from a forthcoming EP.
A funky guitar-fueled pop earworm with charismatic frontwoman
Alyssa Gambino in the middle having a ball.

Big sound, big tune, big vox.

With Gambino identifying as queer, PHNTMS also hope to reach
out to and support the LGBTQA+ community. Damn right!

Let us all have a ball…


‘False Idiots’ by THE BARBITURATES

Who? A genre’less pack of guerrilla D.I.Y / D.I.T musicians making war on music
of mass production with our satirical not so moderate rock. I’m sure that these
Nothern Ireland rebels will dedicate their upcoming mini-album titled Super
Callous Fascist Racist Tories Are Atrocious
to Bojo and his professional idiots.

Anyway, here’s single number two. A haunting and minatory mid-tempo groove
that moves like a vicious serpent waiting to attack, but so far no Tories within sight
unless they’re the ones playing Irish folk instruments in the end. Wankers!

Albums are medals
For the medical Sheep
For the pop propaganda
For the false n the weak



Costello phoned his band The Imposters, they met in
the studio and recorded new album The Boy Named If,
out January 2022.

The lead single takes us back to his 70s sound. Crackling pop
a la Costello with that retro organ glow, vocal twists and turns,
a steady beat/chorus and muscled guitars.

Here comes the King…


‘Valley Boys’ by THE WILD YOUNG HEARTS (California)

Theis bouncy riff-addicted trio produced a couple of EPs
and 3 albums between 2013 and 2017 and then went missing.

But the sonic surfers are back in business now. A bit older but still wild at heart.
With Valley Boys they do what they do best, dropping bathing a mesmerizing melody
in an electrifying pool of burning guitars. No, they don’t like the spoiled Valley Boys
and Girls and their rich dads.

Let’s hope that music will be the peacemaker…

See/hear you next week music junkies…

BEIJA FLO – Kooky Looks, Kooky Sound, Kooky Single ‘HEADS OR TAILS’

Daily electricity to load your batteries

30 October 2021

Who: A versatile Liverpool-based artist involved in lots of happenings in the burgeoning arts scene. She is a regular life-model, part of the Eggy Records fold of exciting musicians, and a member of performing arts collective The Secret Circus. Spontaneous and with an undying lust for creative output, it’s impossible to say what she’ll turn her hand to next.

New single: HEADS OR TAILS
The first piece of a trio of three.

Flo: “‘Heads Or Tails’ is the rusty ferris wheel that just keeps turning, going absolutely nowhere. The loud neighbors next door with the dog constantly in the garden. Hooded boy, in and out of the front door. Endless. Horrific. Sad. Intoxicated. Hilarious. Hopeful. Hopeless. Unflattering desperation. Omnipresent insanity. You hate it. You want to hug it. You can’t describe it. You can’t taste it.”

Turn Up The Volume: If you look kooky, if you sound kooky and you release
a kooky single with kooky artwork and the length of a punk single then you are
be Beija Flo and I’m her new fan.

Press play and don’t blink your eyes…

BEIJA FLO: Website

Striking artwork – more info about it here

Album Of The Month – London Singer-Songwriter GLASS SANDS With Sparkling Debut ‘BETTER THAN LIFE’

Best album of October 2021 according to Turn Up The Volume’s ears

29 October 2021

Who: Musical moniker of indie singer/songwriter
Christopher Laurence Shackleton based in London.


Info: Written and recorded over a five-year period, “Better Than Life” features some of Chris Shackleton’s most mature and versatile songwriting yet featuring ambitious sonics that take influence from alternative rock, post-punk, post-rock, krautrock and shoegaze. Lyrically, “Better Than Life” broaches on both the personal and the political with songs that focus on themes such as loneliness, populism, gentrification and just how far one is willing to go to find satisfaction in life.

Turn Up The Volume says: Expect an intriguing mix of moody moments (Coming Home /
In Your Hands / Ballad Of The Byford Dolphin / Hammerfest
), guitar-driven riff-hook-and-lick knockouts that cut like a Swiss knife (Better Than Life / She Hangs On The Western Wall / Phantom Pains / Cigarette Machine) and a slo-mo closer (Basilisk) that could feature on
the soundtrack of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks TV series.

An overall versatile accomplishment that grows on you with every spin. A twists and turns record swinging from dreamy pop to fuzzing and buzzing rock and back. Don’t miss this! You don’t need a pool to throw a party with Better Than Life on the stereo. Best album October 2021!

Stream/buy ‘Better Than Life’ here…