Every week Turn Up The Volume picks 7 new
firecrackers that burned his ears the past 7 days
‘Black Widow Spider’ by PARQUET COURTS (NYC)
The Texan quartet that lives and works in the Big Apple released their new, seventh LP Sympathy For Life yesterday. Another solid work of indie masterclass with a mix of straightforward rockers and Talking Heads inspired chants. Here’s one of the highlights…
‘Antisocial’ by FAIYAZ AND THE WASTED CHANCES (Toronto)
Who? A Toronto punk group that has been described as a raw garage-pop band
with virtuosic protopunk influences. Their sound falls somewhere between Warhol
pre-punk and the Toronto DIY indie that they flowered in.
New single Antisocial speaks to the mental health issues born from industry pressure
and self-destructive tendencies as one tries to make ends meet while still having fun.
Expect red-hot-blooded and untamed-explosive aggression. A walloping sucker punch,
left and right. All record label idiots should run for cover before this Canadian fury blow their money greedy egos to pieces. Bullseye shot! Holy smoke!
Press play here…
‘The People I Know (Don’t Like Me) by KULICK (Pennsylvania)
Who? An artistic visionary, singer-songwriter, producer, audio engineer, and lover of life, continues to mesmerize music fans with an ever-growing catalog of deeply personal, yet relatable songs that combine his roots in heavy rock music with ultra-catchy pop melodies, resulting in a sound all his own.
The new single is “about not fitting in with who you’re around and being very aware of it.”
After an edgy vocal intro, this fervent firestarter explodes into a supersonic stunner
with the iron cast punk intenseness of riff rollercoasters Green Day and Blink-182.
Start the storm here…
‘Taking Me Back’ by JACK WHITE (Detroit, US)
With this new song, White ignites the promo rollout of a new Call Of Duty game.
Feels like he wants to make some big money in between his cool work with his
I’ll be honest. It’s a notable brain-breaker. Schizophrenic synths, deranged guitars,
and the former White Stripe‘s howling voice. Sounds like a video game crashing down
like an airplane. Bingo!
‘When We Fall‘ by KOALRA (From Chicago to Portland)
Who: Dynamic gunslingers fusing the fuzz-fueled guitars and loose rhythms
of acts like Dinosaur Jr. to the experimental soundscapes of artists such as
Sonic Youth and The Cure.
When We Fall is a single from the band’s brand new, excellent longplayer
Love Songs To Remind Us That We Can’t Stand Each Other (genial title!).
A melancholic musing floating sonically somewhere between Band Of Horses
and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Spellbinding flow, magnetizing catchiness and
perfervid vocals. A total triumph.
‘Where Will We Go’ by JANIS Berlin, Germany)
The urge to find passion and freedom were the main reasons for this
trio to leave their homes (in Israel, Spain, Germany, and the UK) and
resulted in creating songs together as urban and pulsing as the city
which Janis’ music is inspired by Berlin.
The new cut “is an exploration of loneliness at the point where it reaches its peak.
The point where an inner lack of love creates a vacuum. A black hole which devours
everything that happens to come too close, while pushing away those who are still
dear and important at the same time.”
This is how frustration, alienation, and lonesomeness sounds like when translated
to a nervous and fucked-up electric eruption. Biting, irascible and anxious. This jagged jackhammer is driven by dogged drum hits, anxious guitars, and strained vocals. The nervous breakdown finale doesn’t bode well. Post lockdown blues.
Check the heat here…
‘Love Love Love’ by MY MORNING JACKET
The longtime celebrated Louisville rockers released
their new, praised self-titled album yesterday.
One of the premium highlights is Love Love Love. A circling cracker
that moves and grooves towards a slashing guitar solo.
See/hear you next week, music junkies