Turn Up The Volume’s 20 KNOCKOUT TRACKS Of The Month – MARCH 2022

A stream of rattling rippers, jagged jams, and romantic reveries

All 20 together on Spotify

Knockout by Knockout…

1. ‘Twitchen’ In The Kitchen’ by WARMDUSCHER (UK)

Disco-freak stomper of the month, hands down. This new punky-funky corker follows
the previous 2 shared crackers Wild Flowers and Fatso. They will all be on their upcoming album At the Hot Spot, out tomorrow, 1 April (no joke).

It’s a bangin’ beast with a screamin’ chorus. A perfect pick-me-up tune for all the weirdos
who are always in the kitchen at parties waiting for Warmduscher to kick their lazy asses.

Shake your booty…


2. ‘I Am Not Maternal’ by OTOBOKE BEAVER (Japan)

Compared to this Japanese red-hot-bloody fury the Ramones sound like choirboys.
Otobeke Beaver‘s race and rush in an overwhelming overdrive. No brakes, no breaks.

Their rabidity rolls like a tsunami through your ears. These perky punkettes produce
moshpit madness on the spot. The average song length is 2 minutes, 120 seconds
of clamorous pandemonium.

New album SUPER CHAMPON out on 6 May 2022

These frenetic champ(i)ons rule…


3. ‘Territorial Call Of The Female’ by BODEGA (Brooklyn, NY)

The New Yorkers still operate on Parquet Courts’ playground with their new,
2nd full-length Broken Equipment. But they supersized their jangly beats
and they turned up the temperature.

Territorial Call Of The Female is my favorite cut. It activates
every muscle and every nerve in my itching body.

What about you?…


4. ‘Post Punk’ by THE CRYSTAL METHOD feat. IGGY POP

Scott Kirkland (the remaining member of Las Vegas dance act The Crystal Method)
invited icon Iggy Pop (you can hear him almost any day on a new collaboration, the
past few years) and his British buddy, composer/DJ Hyper in his studio.

The raving result is a techno boom boost, bursting all the way, with Pop‘s voice
strangled by a blender. Sounds spooky, sounds wicked, sounds like lust for life.

Breaking news: Iggy says he’s not a punk anymore!

“I don’t want to be a punk
I don’t want to belong to any of it
I just want to be”


5. ‘Hi-De-Ho’ by JACK WHITE feat. Q-TIP (UK)

Busy blues-rock bee Jack White canned two new longplayers for this year, titled
Fear Of The Dawn (out 8 April 2022) and Entering Heaven Alive (out 22 July 2022)

The hottest cut I heard so far is Hi-De-Ho (from ‘Fear Of The Dawn’ LP) featuring Q.Tip.

A smoking rock-rap ripper.



6. ‘I’ll Make You See God’ by THE AFGHAN WHIGS (USA)

The by now legendary passion rockers from Cincinnati, Ohio with mastermind
Greg Dulli
in control are back from being away for 5 years. Their last album
In Spades came out in 2017.

I’ll Make You See God a striking steamroller, a red-hot-heated stunner, an unstoppable
cannonball going everywhere fast. It will feature in the upcoming PlayStation game
Gran Turismo 7.

See/hear God here…


7. ‘Nothing Comes Good Easy’ by DEAD LEVEE (Canada)

Wowzer! This sickly uplifting belter (from upcoming EP Rise-Up) elevates your state of mind with fired-up dynamism from the get-go. Rapid-fire rawk and roll riffs switch on a fervent feel of euphoria. It did it in the past, it does it in the present and it will do it in
the future.

Despite all the BS we have to endure (pandemic, Ukraine, natural disasters,
and other threats) it’s never too late to get back on track and why not start
with 4 and a half minutes of heart-warming guitar-fueled boogie-woogie
that breathes hope and assurance.



8. ‘Digging’ by NOTHINGHEADS (UK)

Once I learned that this startling uppercut is about the horrible
exploitation of human beings by ferocious money sharks this
jagged jackhammer blew my mind even harder than I heard it
the first time before knowing about the band’s inspiration
for this standout.

Expect rabid guitars, doom and gloom vocals, and frantic twists and turns
until the chaotic finale. Post-punk at its razorblade best. Think fierce Canadian
turbine Metz and London‘s up-and-coming gunslingers Crows.




9. ‘Breaking Grounds‘ by SALEM WOLVES (Salem, MA)

This fiery crackerjack goes forth and back with
turbulent velocity. Imagine the full of vim and vigor
intenseness and puissant vocality of The Afghan Whigs.
Anxious, unyielding, and ablaze.

Breaking Grounds races like a rush of blood to the head with
screaming guitars and propelling drum muscularity.

Turn it up, guys…


10. ‘The Girls Of LA’ by WEIMAR (Manchester, UK)

The first taster from the upcoming debut full-length Dancing On A Volcano.

Imagine the fervid fuzz of punchy guitar pop legends Buzzcocks, with
The Stranglers’ Jean-Jacques Burnel on bass, combined with the cutting
verbality of today’s post-Brexit-punk rebirth and you know a frisky doozy
is coming your way.

Add some American-dream girls of the City of Angles on your imaginary
mind-screen and you’re about to start a champagne party in your head.

Drool here…


11. ‘The Slump’ by SKINNER (Dublin, Ireland)

The combination of a nasty Gang Of Four bass riff,
frenzied Keith Levene guitars here and there and Skinner
hip-hop-rapping like Beck used to do, works like an ecstatic

This funk-punk stonker has an immediate intensifying impact on all of your
limbs and your bloodstream’s flow. Add some sexy sax thrills to the mix and
you’ll have all you need to jump out of your slump. Capice?

Make your move here…


12. ‘Sight Unseen’ by EX-HYENA (Boston, US)

Cut from their sophomore album
‘Moon Reflections’, out on June 24

A rotating synth riff echoes British electro legends New Order and
is the beating heart of this new piece, yet the mood is meditative
and musing, strengthened by the near-whispering and eager vocals.
This darksome and soul-searching reverie gets under your skin after
a couple of spins.


13. ‘The Hurt Within’ by HOLY COVES (Wales)

This impassioned hard-luck story grows slowly but surely into a soul-stirring and mesmerising heartbreaker with an epic finale. Glowing guitars, a steady drumbeat,
and mixed emotions vocals all come together for a poignant performance.

‘Love Is Cruel / The Hurt Within’. You can feel it.


14. ‘White Skin’ by THE BANKROBBER (Italy)

You’ll hear titillating electro-echoes of early Depeche Mode before
they became the darkwave Goth-esque rockers we all know. But
in an eye-blink White Skin becomes an infectious nightclub earworm
with an ecstatic chorus.

In a normal world (does that actually exists?) this adrenaline-infused
and hip-swinging spark should top the dance charts around the globe.

Another solid gold hit for the Italian siblings.

Press play and move your feet…


15. ‘Nice Guy’ by BURN THE LOUVRE (Canada)

The musical project of singer/songwriter Jordan Speare
assisted by guitarist/bassist and friend Andrew Billone.

After a couple of EPs the pair’s canned their first longplayer
called Silhouettes. Release at the end of the year.

I don’t know if it’s the world-famous and historic museum in Paris
they want to burn, that wouldn’t be so nice. What I do know is that their
brisk and spirited sound is infectious and captivating with an immediate
impact on your body’s movements. Expect guitar pop electricity, extra
pushed by lively vocals.

Now that’s nice…


16. ‘Life And Lies’ by LEE ROGERS (Northern Ireland)

The Americana voice of Northern Ireland releases
his new album Gameblood on 13 May.

Ahead of it came this mixed emotions single with
Rogers‘ sky-reaching voice as the star, once again.

It’s a bluesy goosebumps reflection. Wurlitzer jukeboxes should be reinvented
for these heartbreakers so moody minds can cry their eyes out (or cry in their beer)
at night in a downtown bar where lonely ones gather and chat about life and lies.

This one is for all barflies out there…


17. ‘Set It Aside’ by SUPERCHUNK (US)

The veteran rockers from North Carolina released
their 11th LP Wild Loneliness
a couple of weeks ago.

One of the highlights is this sweet little ditty.

Start dreaming here…


18. ‘Blood’ by AGATH CRIST (Canada)

A poppy synth trip with a floating flow and near-whispering vocals. Both eerie and affecting, both dizzy and hypnotic with a frenetic guitar attack coming out of nowhere around the 3-minute mark.

Top stroke…


19. ‘Do It Over’ by THE DISTRICTS (Philly, US)

The Philly rockers are favorites of mine. Early this month they launched
their 5th LP Great American Painting with this little touching jewel on…


20. ‘All The Good Times’ by ANGEL OLSEN (USA)

It’s an epic ballad with a country feel. If this melancholic gem was written
in the 60s it would have been sung by Linda Rondstadt, Tammy Waynette
or Dolly Parton, anyway, by an angelic voice like Olsen‘s magnific one.

Classic tearjerker…

See/hear you next month, music junkies

SPORTS TEAM Are Here To ENTERTAIN Us With Jittery Single From Upcoming LP

Daily electricity to load your batterirs

31 March 2022

Who: Future indie rock stars
from London

New album: GULP
Their 2nd longplayer after debut Deep Down Happy (2020)
Out: 22 July 2022 – pre-order info here.


Band: “It’s the packaging down of all human experience into entertainment, prompted
by the infinite scroll through social feeds and the manic formlessness of the images we are
hit with every day. Graphic news interrupted by ads for season 17 of The Bodyguard, news
as a rubbernecking, passively waiting for the next drop of horror as we flick through recipes.”

Turn Up The Volume: An instantly infectious, non-stop buzz and fuzz corker that thunders
as a jittery jackhammer with electric echoes of the straightforward steaminess of Viagra Boys. Zestful guitar sparks, rumbling percussion, and agitated vocals.

That’s entertainment!…

SPORTS TEAM: Deep Down Happy LP – Facebook


31 March 2022

A new David Bowie waxwork based on his legendary Ziggy Stardust persona
has been unveiled in the world-famous wax-museum Madame Tussauds in
London. It was created in partnership with Bowie’s estate.

Press statement: “David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust transcends generations and music
genres, making him the ultimate headliner to launch our new Music Festival zone.”

Ziggy played guitar…

Credit for both pictures: Madame Tussauds London/Press

KAE TEMPEST And FONTAINES D.C. Frontman GRIAN CHATTEN Together On A Magnetic Rap

New striking strokes

31 March 2022

Who: Versatile British rap artist
from London with 4 albums so far


New single: I SAW THE LIGHT
Follow up to lead single No Prizes.

Kae: “So glad that true poet of our age Grian Chatten joined me”.

TUTV: Cool. Tempest and Chatten sound like a perfect
fit for this speedy spoken word rap bash. Magnetic!


Beginning with an ending in mind, I took a minute
Saw too much. Ahead of my time
Came away laughing, blushed
Carton crushed
Everything was unfastened. Rush
In the stifling air of a thin little moment
Can’t keep my focus
My skin’s your skin
Vivid as a memory fading by the minute
Screaming your name like I was afraid you’d be in it
You’re truth to me. Clutching at straws. Don’t know you
Never even met you

I put my pen down and started to drift
I stopped living
Stared at the grass at the edge of the cliff
I saw women
Heart is a yellowing brick
Dead set on a wish that can never exist
A transition

I want to be is but I’m isn’t

Ambition kicks me awake and says, dress
I was looking for the door
All I found was your flesh, your flesh, your blessed dismembered hands are sand
I’m stranded

I want to be thrown against the wall
By a tall cold dickhead
With a morse-code accent
That I can’t look at
Without starting something I’ll regret

Everything’s beautiful
I digress

I saw light in the buildings at night
I saw light in the windows as I passed them by
On the river. On the ledge. On the bridge
On the side of your face at the bar
It went dark. I saw light

I saw light in the buildings at night
I saw light in the windows as I passed them by
On the river. On the bridge. On the ledge
On the side of your face at the bar
It went dark. I saw light

Tapped out a few laughs on the summer’s grass
And in all the sky’s many merry blues
I read one thousand words
Of pretty good news
And now heliotropes around your light gather
And they chatter and chatter and they chatter
Make insipid remarks about things that matter
‘Till they don’t anymore
‘Till they don’t weigh a crumb
Until the caring in you is surely done
Until dead is every one of us floating about
Between good bookie odds and 2 for 1 on stout
So live it all out
In lust of a stage
Where you were busy trying to trap the heart on the page
Having scenes arranged into your bones
And happily arranging yourself to be alone
Believing happiness to be a train that just doesn’t stop for you
A pain but a friend that doesn’t pretend
A pain but a friend that doesn’t pretend
A pain but a friend that doesn’t pretend

I saw light in the buildings at night
I saw light in the windows as I passed them by
On the river. On the bridge. On the ledge
On the side of your face at the bar
It went dark. I saw light

I saw light in the buildings at night
I saw light in the windows as I passed them by
On the river. On the bridge. On the ledge
On the side of your face at the bar
It went dark. I saw light…

KAE TEMPEST: Facebook – Instagram

THE LOSERS CLUB Score A Winner With Wham Bam Punk Slam ‘RADIO FACES’

Daily electricity to load, your batteries

30 March 2022

(Photo Credit: Chris Tracy @Christracyphoto)

Who: Fervid rock trio from Denver, Colorado, who found
common ground outside of a casino bathroom in Las Vegas. Nice!

New single: RADIO FACES
One of three singles the 3-piece recorded so far.

Turn Up The Volume: Combine the head over heels speed of Blink 182, the steamy
punk heat of Green Day, and the rapid-fire roars of The Offspring and you’ll end up with
a full-blooded club of ear-splitting winners.

I’m sure these three Denver gunslingers aim to become a member of that heavyweight club. With their new wham bam slam Radio Faces they prove that they already learned some tricks from those Big Three.

Start with writing a ridiculously glutinous tune with a vociferous chorus so that everybody can scream their lungs to pieces, then record it with lunatic guitars, manic drums, and freaked-out clamor, and last but not least… PLAY IT BLOODY LOUD for your fans!

The losers are about ready to win.

Let’s go bananas, folks…

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THE LOSERS CLUB: Facebook – Instagram