In order to not miss a beat Turn Up The Volume scans the musical
horizon daily (doing it for years now, actually) to stay in touch with
all new things sonically great and shares the results on a weekly
Check the 10 new rad cuts just
added to this rad 2023 playlist.
1. ‘Listening To The Higsons’ by SPARKLEHORSE (US)
The album he was working on, named Bird Machine, at the time
of his passing, will be launched on September 8. Linkous’ brother
Matt and sister-in-law Melissa have been working on finishing
2. ‘Pod’ by SNÕÕPER (US)
This 5-piece trash-and-slash pop-punk combo from Nashville, Tenessee
(punk in Nashville) hit bullseye with their recently released debut LP, titled
SUPER SNÕÕPER released through Jack White‘s label.
An unbridled punk fun record with all headbutts, except for one,
shorter in time than an average Ramones track. Gabba Gabba Hey.
Pod is a perfect example of the band’s Riot grrrl
infectious chanting. Think the B-52s on acid.
3. ‘Sabbath Town’ by FANGS OUT (Birmingham, UK)
This merciless sledgehammer is the 1st single from these
British gunsligers’ 3rd EP, named ‘The Humour In Hell‘, landing
on October 6th.
“Sabbath Town is our love letter to Birmingham and
an obvious nod to the kings of metal Black Sabbath.
‘The whole thing behind this punk rock is to stimulate noise’
The question is, will your speakers survive this brutal in-your-face projectile?
Well, to find out, press play and as OZZY proposed to his BS bandmates before
they started out: “there are movies made to scare people, let us
make music that scare people” you know what to expect below.
4. ‘Trace Amounts’ by DREAD RISKS (Austin, Texas)
Think Sisters of Mercy and Depeche Mode having a wall-of-synth-rock-sound
competition. Trace Amounts has both a vicious and sickly sticky flow accentuated
by its titanic resonance and agitated vocals. Perfect to start and end (il)legal
Feel the heat.
5. ‘Blame’ by MASSEDUCTION (Italy)
Giordano Giacchetti (lead singer) says that the lyrics are a cathartic expression of anger and disappointment, emotions that everyone experiences at some point in life. The track serves as a reminder that sometimes, we need to let go of the pain and disappointment we feel toward others or even ourselves.
This Italian hit team nail it with this big riff-insane
rock banger that explodes on the Herculean chorus.
Think Afghan Whigs at their red-hot-blooded best.
6. ‘POV / Are You Watching Me?’ by TRIPLE A (Belgium)
Sharp-cutting post-punk turbulence from Belgium. A jittery jackhammer
with a drop-dead cool bass riff, neurotic guitars, high-strung vocals and
a what-the-fuck chorus.
A sassy motherrocker.
7. ‘Good Man’ by THE 925 (Belgium)
Good Man is a peppery piece from their 2nd EP coming up in 2024.
I guess you know that band named Bruce Springsteen and The E-Street Band, right?
If not, you never ever left your cave and, it’s about time to discover their rock ‘n’ rolling, glowing-organ and Americana-bliss-infused ardency as echoed here in this ridiculously catchy earworm.
And so much better than THE1975, although respect for what they did in Malaysia.
Now, here’s an idea, maybe THE 925 should fly to Malaysia and kick some homophobic
ass over there.
8. ‘Should I Kill Myself? by OLUJA (Canada)
Oluja is a versatile electronic artist from Ontario, Canada. He describes his sound
as adventurous, lyrical, detailed, intense and progressive. He mashes up different
styles in his current works, including Black Metal, Folk, Electronic and Experimental.
This new extended piece puzzles me. Should I Kill Myself? is a scary thought, of course,
but you don’t expect that mindfucking pondering as a song title, yet we know that more people than we think are tormented by this very question.
But (there’s always a but) the cynical, dry humor lyrics and contagious poppy melodiousness makes you feel… alive, until halfway that is when the pace slows
down and the tone gets sinister and resonates like a mourning religious prayer.
Very intriguing stuff.
9. ‘Fire Of Mercy’ by HOT CHIP
Lyrically, this is not a happy song. It relates to the central concept of
William Blake’s Songs Of Experience – it bemoans the corruption that
inevitably comes from adulthood and longs for a return to the purity
Sonically, it’s a bittersweet symphony that enchants.
10. ‘Submission’ by DEXYS (Birmingham, UK)
Shivers down your spine.
Steam to Spotify and stream.
See/hear you next week, music junkies