Contender For Album Of The Year – Post Punks SEX SWING Hypnotize With Doomsday LP ‘TYPE II’…

18 May 2020

SEX SWING is a London-based post-punk band with members of implicitly trusted yet sonically nefarious outfits Mugstar, Part Chimp, Earth, Dethscalator & Dead Neanderthals. They just unleashed their new ghastly longplayer ‘TYPE II‘. Without a shadow of a doubt
a contender for album of the year. Why?

Because TYPE II is the fitting Doomsday soundtrack for these science-fiction-like times
we live in. Musically as well as lyrically it’s a wall-crushing monster that infiltrates your messed-up, coronavirus fearing mind. A malignant record you can’t turn off once it blasts out of your speakers because its hypnotic and dark-psychedelic mysticism creeps under your fingernails without asking permission and stays there for 39 bloodcurdling minutes.

Don’t we all have an irresistible sense of inexplicable, macabre curiosity for the mysterious unknown, for the dark side of our own deepest thoughts? Just like many of us are terrified of horror movies but watch anyway, so will you listen to this manic powerhouse tsunami from start to finish.

Hell breaks loose from the get-go with slam-bang opener PASSOVER. From there on
it’s a nerve-wracking roller coaster until the pitch-black, satanic, trance-like album closer Garden Of Eden/2000 AD pulverizes what is left over of your last bit of resistance.

TYPE II is a mean amphetamine machine droning mercilessly and bulldozing its way
to your unsuspecting soul. Diabolic grooves, bone-chilling screaming, kamikaze riffage, turbulent bass commotion, cacophonous saxophone, and tons of layers of repetitive rip-roaring Krautrock dynamics with an inflammable impact thundering like a runaway train on a deadly mission. You have been warned.

Stream/buy here…


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SEX SWING: Facebook


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SEX SWING Storms On New Psychotic Track From Their Upcoming Album – Here’s ‘SKIMMINGTON RIDE’

22 April 2020


(photo: Steve Gullick)

London based noiseninks SEX SWING feature members of implicitly trusted yet
sonically nefarious outfits Mugstar, Part Chimp, Earth, Dethscalator & Dead Neanderthals“. They release their new 7-track album, TYPE II on 15 May via Rocket Recordings but first
a new cut, the third, from the forthcoming longplayer.

‘Skimmington Ride’ is a merciless killer juggernaut, an ongoing motorik and spine-
tingling Krautrock serpent that moves at the speed of a crushing roller on the run.
Adding a freakish sounding saxophone increases the psychotic resonance. To achieve
the ideal effect of this mental crackerjack it is best to listen to it with the lights off in
the dark, unless you don’t like horrifying music. Hell bloody yeah!

Here’s the hellraiser…

SEX SWING: Facebook

RYKER – Swinging Soul Pop Music For A Heatwave…

Cyclone by RYKER

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Wow! What a crushing heat wave week in Belgium, actually all over Europe. I guess we all need a beat to handle the heat. Sheffield artist RYKER has the perfect vibe to do the trick. Soulful, swinging, sensual and sweaty. Her debut pop vibration CYCLONE feels like a sexy ice-cube. Fresh and seducing. Perfect sixties drive to stomp your feet gallantly to, to move your head graciously to, to sway your whole body stylish to… and still holding a firm grip on your exotic cocktail!…

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RYKER: Twitter –  Deli Records –  also voice for Last Vinyl Generation

Ryker
Music for Wurlitzer jukeboxes…
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TURN UP THE VOLUME’s 10 Knockout Albums Of The Year (So Far)…

The best longplayers so far in this science-fiction-like 2020. Ten cracking records that kept Turn Up The Volume safe at home, camping next to his vibrating speakers. Let’s roll…

‘Hot Slick’ by PINS (Manchester, UK)

These bad girls with ponytails will turn your summer into a daily party. Hot stuff for ravers, disco freaks, and funky night owls. Boogie in wonderland and move like it’s 1999 again.
Live for today, plan for tomorrow but go gaga right now, right here to this sweaty slick…

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‘Dead Lips’ by DEAD LIPS (Los Angeles / Oklahoma, US)

When coolness meets outlandishness then all motherfuckers have to go. Surprising super team Deap Vally and The Flaming Lips dont’ talk shit, they surprise us with a gloomy-moody longplayer that makes you happy. Femejism battling the Pink Robots. Top stuff!

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‘Bejahung’ by ELEFANT (Ghost Town, Belgium)

Sound-exploring desperadoes who open your doors of perception. Sonic crusaders who evolved into one of the most fascinating bands in this universe. Isolate yourself in your private quarantine and listen with disinfected headphones. Once in a lifetime experience!

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‘Self-Surgery’ by MRS. PISS (US)

Keywords: bloodcurdling shrieks, goth inferno, pitch-black nightmares, underground hysteria, gloom & doom sisters in crime, bone-chilling frenzy, hellish commotion. These princesses of darkness take you on a razorblade roller coaster. Keep a sharp lookout!

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‘Every Bad’ by PORRIDGE RADIO (Brighton, UK)

This up and coming gunslingers swing from amplified pop to emo punk and back
with glowing passion. Anarchic and sweet, chaotic and intense, zealous, and plainspoken with future indie star Dana Margolin as the driving force backed by a tremendous band. Without a shadow of a doubt on their way to world domination.

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‘Epidemic’ by UNRULY GIRLS (Italy)

A head-twisting extravaganza of high-tech trash. A mind-blowing record with a diversified melting pot of jaw-dropping knockouts and petrifying brainfuckers as if you are listening to several albums at the same time. Alert your poor neighbours before you press play!

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‘The Doctrine Of Infinite Kindness’ by THE MIGHTY ORCHID KING (St. Albans, UK)

A bold, existential, bizarro piece of psychedelic work. A sonic visualization of Stanley Kubrick‘s spectacular sci-fi vision ‘2020: A Space Odyssey. Otherworldly, metaphysical, mindboggling and rainbow-colored. Lose yourself in their nature caring stratosphere.

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‘Trust No One’ by IZZY AND THE BLACK TREES (Poland)

Flamboyant and red-hot rock band out of Poland turning up the heat with sharp-edged riffs, jagged licks, hammering drums, and frontwoman Izzy‘s feverish vox in the middle.
A record serving a versatile cocktail of high-energy jackhammers and charged reveries.

Stream/buy here…


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‘Five Things’ by SMALLTOWN TIGERS (Pisa, Italy)

Imagine The Stooges having an earsplitting fight with The Runaways while the Ramones are sniffing glue in the producer room and you know what is coming your way, straight in the face. Eight firecrackers, eight uppercuts, eight smoking guns, and lots of middle-fingers.

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‘Rough And Rowdy Ways’ by Bob Dylan (US)

What can I say? Best singer/songwriter/poet/storyteller of all time (in my big book).

Stream here…

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Also thumbs up for…

‘925’ by SORRY  
‘Container’ by THE WANTS
‘Exquisite’ by MEKONS 
The New Abnormal by THE STROKES
‘England Is A Garden’ by CORNERSHOP 
‘Type II’ by SEX SWING

Have a great summer, music junkies

Hells Bells – Turn Up The Volume’s 15 KNOCKOUT TRACKS For MAY 2020!

This past month’s best…

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A maddening cocktail of roaring rippers and sassy strokes.
Fifteen jackhammers that heated up my isolation days!
Here’s Turn Up The Volume‘s Knockout May Team!

‘Skimmington Ride’ by SEX SWING (UK)
Apocalyptic and intimidating barnstormer matching these science-fiction-like times.
Contender-of-the-year single from their contender-of-the-year album TYPE II. Yeah!

‘Behajung’ by ELEFANT (Belgium)
Exotic designed title track of Belgian’s Krautsludge and sound-exploring crusaders from their new Sturm und Drang longplayer. Shake your belly and pirouette yourself dizzy. Fab!

‘Mr. Motivator’ by IDLES (UK)
Punk rebels hit again with riff crazy corker made to start crowded moshpits at gigs. Bingo!

‘Control’ by AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS (Australia)
Watch frontwoman Amyl Taylor‘s head almost explode. From live EP Live At The Croxton.

‘Crossbow’ by TAMAR APHEX (Israel)
A shattering juggernaut, dynamized by a rattling machine-gun drum and a mind-blowing bass vibrancy. A 24 Karat score you’ll have on repeat for quite a while. Flabbergasting!

‘IW2BWU4EVR’ by FANTASY NON FICTION (New Orleans, US)
Resplendent roaring ‘n’ roll jingle having a vertiginous effect on your limbs. From
the band’s multifaceted, rad self-titled debut album. Advice: play this very loud!

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‘Celebration’ by RHYS BLOODJOY (Manchester, UK)
Electro-industrial madness mixed with psycho wave lunacy. Bloodcurdling synths whipped up by a bone-chilling cadence. From stunning debut album Human​​.​​Pattern​​.​​Repeat.

‘I’m Not Getting Excited’ by THE BETHS (New-Zealand)
A boiling ripsnorter pushed by rattling riffs, heated hooks, and lively licks. Supersonic!

‘Suck My Mind’ by CHEMTRAILS (UK)
High-voltage roller fueled by ruthless percussion, guitar extravaganza, 60s organs and ecstatic vocals. From their fresh must-hear album The Peculiar Smell of the Inevitable.


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‘Just Friends’ by SMALLTOWN TIGERS (Italy)
The Stooges fronted by Joan Jett with the Ramones sniffin’ glue in the producer’s room. Riot girls firework from Italy. Check their mad debut longplayer Five Things. 1-2-3-4!


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‘Seed Of Evil’ by BLACK NEEDLE NOISE (Norway)
A colossal, diabolic electronic drone thumping mercilessly as a brain-fucking hammer causing thunder and lighting electricity. Be ready, Armageddon is just around the corner.

‘Black Love’ by UNRULY GIRLS (Italy)
Head-twisting sledgehammer as dark as the night. Jaw-dropping industrial killer from their new, storming Epidemic album. A decibels-loaded beast of a record! Sonic nightmare!

‘Fresh Air’ by GREAT HARE (Sweden)
Electric-powered slacker swagger, glimmering guitars, glowing vocals, and a tenacious chorus. Impossible to resist. Probably the best piece of this Swedish quartet. Top stuff!


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‘POS’ by THE BUNDY BUNCH (Norway)
Furious. Red-hot-angry. Discombobulated. Pulverizing and disordered. You can burn
your poor ears by listening to this crashing bang. Let that be a loud and clear warning!


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‘It Ain’t Water’ by ALISON MOSSHART (US)
When the lady sings the blues. Second striking solo single from The Kill’s wonderful singer.

All together on Spotify

See/hear you next month, music junkies…

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Turn Up The Volume’s 15 KNOCKOUT TRACKS For APRIL 2020 – Wham Bam!

The best of the past month…

A fervent fusion of rhapsodic rippers and cool crackerjacks,
that dynamized my bloodstream and my limbs this past month!
Here are Turn Up The Volume‘s 15 Knockout Tracks for April!

‘Rise’ by ALISON MOSSHART (US)
The first solo single by The Kills charismatic Alison Mosshart. A passionate and bluesy ripper. The clip shows footage of Mosshart at home during these weird quarantine days.

‘Skimmington Ride’ by SEX SWING (London, UK)
A merciless killer juggernaut, an ongoing motorik and spine-tingling Krautrock serpent that moves at the speed of a crushing steamroller on the run. New album TYPE II out 15 May.

‘Yajña’ by SERVO (France)
A mind-blowing trance-like jam pushed by a furious repetitive wall-of-noise sound.
Its intimidating and hellish pace does your head in. New album ALIEN out 1st May.

‘Head’ by THE MIGHTY ORCHID KING (St. Albans, UK)
A steamy crackerjack with a sickly sticky chorus that blows you of your socks while a spicy saxophone sound and symphonic synths add a peppery touch. Bang, bang! Stunning slam!

‘Russian Models’‘ by CHUPA CABRA (London, UK)
Sucker-punch-piss-yourself-polystyrene agitators with a razor-sharp sonic raid, loud and clear, and cutting like a Swiss knife. Expect metallic punk drones and sneering shouting.


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‘The Adults Are Talking’ by The Strokes (New York City)
New York City’s darlings are back. This the best track from new album ‘The New Abnormal‘.

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‘Clouds’ by IVY RYE (Kentucky, US)
Hells Bells! Here’s some rollicking power rock. This hair-rising, quietLoudquiet blast will make you want to bang your poor lockdown head against a brick wall. Turn it up! Yeah!

‘Weep‘ by AELISH (Portland,OR, US)
An anger-fueled rocker driven by a solid gold bass-driven groove. A vivacious cracker with a bluesy touch, electrifying guitar lines, and brisk vocals. Don’t mess with the Heal sisters.

‘Deviate’ by BOA vs COBRA (Belgium/Canada)
This a booming disco knockout, a deep pop-house hook, and a striking synth whopper that raises your body temperature on the spot and invites you to do a seducing cobra dance.

She’s Like Lucifer by ONE TRACK MINDS (Trondheim, Norway)
What a cracking glam stomper. A kick-ass stunner that makes your head spin uncontrollably and wants you to get up, stand up and fight for your right to party.


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‘Poetry’ by HMS MORRIS (Wales)
A magnificent pearl about the consequences of obsessive love. An amplified poetic ballad that grows in emotion, magnetism, and power along with its wondrous progression.

‘Big Bad Wolf’ by MOUNTAIN LAKES (Warsaw, Poland)
A mesmeric mixed emotions jam that creeps slowly but surely under your skin. Its hypnotic resonance has a dark shade caused by singer Joanna Cisowska‘s riveting voice.


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‘All This Alone’ by JUPE JUPE (Seattle, US)
A swirling synth tune that draws your aural attention from the kick-off, a vibrant earworm driven by a sparkling melody line creating rapturous sonorousness. Swirling electricity!

‘Monster Club’ by THE SUNCHARMS (Sheffield, UK)
If this was the sixties this moody love ballad would be on a Wurlitzer jukebox in a downtown bar where lonely hearts have a drink and dream about better times.

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‘Isolation Days’ by DEUX FURIEUSES (London, UK)
A gripping humdinger, a spine-chilling reverie reflecting the hallucinate
times we all experience right now. This caring duo donates all proceeds
to UK’s National Health Secure. You can buy the track here.


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All together on Spotify

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See/hear you next month, music junkies…

Turn Up The Volume’s 15 KNOCKOUT TRACKS For AUGUST 2020…

This past month’s best…

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Fifteen Knockout Tracks on repeat this past month!
A fervent fusion of robust rippers and striking strokes.
Here’s Turn Up The Volume‘s Knockout August Team.

‘Vote That Fucker Out‘ by WRECKLESS ERIC and AMY RIGBY (UK/US)
An anger-fueled uppercut, the whole wide world should scream along. A firm middle-finger knockout. Let’s get together and shout at the top of our lungs until the elections
in November. Exit Trump is the world-saving goal, ladies and gents! Let’s act! Let’s sing…

‘A Hero’s Death’ by FONTAINES D.C. (Ireland)
Rollicking title track from the Irish post-punk misfits’ second album.
An unquestionable contender for longplayer of this science-fiction-like 2020.

‘Hail Taxi’ by METZ (Canada)
These Canadians deafening noiseniks have slash and trash chromosomes in their DNA. Don’t even try to resist this wall-balls-breaker, just surrender. New LP Atlas Vending arrives 9th October.

‘Fixer Upper’ by YARD ACT (Leeds, UK)
A mind-twisting crackerjack that’ll do your head in the way you like it. This funky as bloody hell banger sounds as if Mike Skinner and Sleaford Mods joined forces to experiment with intoxicating guitar riffs and turn up the decibels on for once. Cuts like a Swiss knife…

‘Hold My Hand’ by DEATH VALLEY GIRLS (Los Angeles)
Gloriously catchy, peppery and poppy with a cool vintage organ, shake and swing beats, 60s garage glow and Bonnie Bloomberg‘s peek-a-boo vocals. “Love is just like the ocean.

‘You Say’ by MADAME SO (Paris/London)
A spunky standout. A warning message for all hostile killjoys out there. Kicking off
with a powered guitar riff, soon followed by Madame So‘s vox hitting the roof with
the titanic You Say chorus. Smoking stuff, ladies and gents…

‘The Soul Singer’ by THE WATERBOYS (Scotland)
High-energy stroke! A horns fueled belter from amplified folk troubadour
Mike Scott and his band’s new – fourteenth – solid album Good Luck, Seeker.

‘Late At A Festival’ by BLUE STRAGGLERS (Sussex, UK)
Razorblade melodiousness drenched in a pool of kamikaze guitars, going forth and black like a roller coaster on the run. Blur‘s Britpop flair pumped up with tons of illegal decibels. Don’t come late at a festival with Blue Stragglers on the bill or they will find you and make you beg for mercy. You have been warned!…


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‘Trump’s Still In Washington’
by BROKEN SOCIAL CONTRACT (Washington, US)
A razor-sharp rant about that 24/7 idiot in the White House. One-man-band
Justin Donnelly delivers the fitting belter to ventilate our own fury. Play it loud,
play it on repeat, play it until a new real POTUS arrives in Washington.


‘Everybody Will Be Forgotten’
by FAST FRIENDS (Bay Area/Boston/Denmark)
This paranoia punk punch sounds like Weezer on dope, like Green Day kicking that
American Idiot in the face, like the mental result of a lockdown psychosis, like if there
is no tomorrow. Jump and yell along before it’s too late. Right now, right here…


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‘Forever’ by FOLK DEVILS (London)
Once a devoted indie rocker always a devoted indie rocker. Even are all these years you can hear and feel this band’s beating heart and feverish soul burning with strong-willed bravado and hungry desire. Dynamite sound, dynamite tune. Seems like Folk Devils are back forever despite the taste of life going wrong…


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‘My Faith Is Larger’ by SAVING JACKIE (San Antonio, US)
A hot-tempered sucker-slam triggering every single nerve, every single muscle, and every single vein in your shuddering body. If you’re still mourning the loss of Rage Against The Machine, dry your eyes, rise from your bed, and go mental to Saving Jackie. Now!…

‘Burn’ by TEROUZ (Montreal)
This stunner wouldn’t be out if place on a Sisters Of Mercy album, while Terouz’s voice balances between Interpol‘s maestro Paul Banks and Editors‘ frontman Tom Smith.
Get up, stand up, and pirouette yourself dizzy…


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‘Dirty Little Sinner’ by REGENT (Southampton)
This cracker blends Oasis‘ northern flair and Blur‘s power-pop catchiness. A steaming kinetic stomper to play to the max on your stereo so the neighbours can jump around
like doped monkeys too when the boiling chorus kicks in. Pump your fists in the air…

‘It’s OK To Bleed’ by HEAVY SALAD (Manchester, UK)
A trippy, mantra-like chant that will set your free. Light a joint, steal your grandparents’ hippie outfits and join Heavy Salad up there, eight miles high and dream of better times…

All together on Spotify

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See/hear you next month, music junkies…

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You Should Be Dancing – Here’s BRITE SPIRES With ‘YOUTH MOVEMENT DISCO’

Daily electricity to load your sonic batteries…

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16 June 2020

BRITE SPIRES‘ genesis has been beset by both a global pandemic and a changing line-up but this gathering of talent from around the world has a confidence and deftness which belies their relatively short time together with new singer, Natalia Stark who escaped
the clutches of the Russians as a small child in her native Georgia, growing to become
first a classical musician, then a go-go girl and international model.

The band reworked their 2019 single YOUTH MOVEMENT DISCO , a swirling dance corker with an ecstatic swing. You have no reason to not get up, stand up, and fight for your right to party all night long. The song’s sensual vibe and Stark‘s sexy voice titillates your senses, increases your body temperature and intoxicates you with a healthy dose of exhilaration euphoria. Turn your living room into a mini disco ballroom and jump for joy. We can all use some mind and body-pleasing distraction right now.

Shake your sweaty booty here…

BRITE SPIRES: Facebook

Shake Your Booty To New Single ‘HEARTBREAKER’ By Funk Act GALAXIANS

Daily electricity to load your sonic batteries…

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20 May 2020


(photo: Tim Dunk)

Band: Galaxians (Leeds, UK)

Who: Swirling trio from Leeds fronted by imposing frontwoman Emma Mason producing “A polished yet primitive high-energy pop potion, fueled by “too much coffee and too many donuts” ) bring a human touch to electronic music with live drums, earth-shaking vocals and gold-plated grooves, recalling the likes of Roisin Murphy, Hercules & Love Affair, Lynda Dawn and Sink Ya Teeth.”

Track: Heartbreaker – new single from their second album ‘Chemical Reaction

Score: If you mix Maddona’s Vogue sexiness, Donna Summer‘s hot stuff ecstasy and
the tantalizing vivacity of Dan Hartman‘s smash hit Relight My Fire into one catchy, swing yourself giddy, cracker you have a flamboyant and triumphant groover to fill dance floors with, in a flash. Add Mason‘s arresting vox and you have no excuse whatsoever to not to clear your living room, hang your disco ball to the ceiling and start swaying your hips in a way you feel free instead of locked down. These funky beats will boost your mood on the spot.

Shake your booty here…


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Also on Spotify

GALAXIANS: Facebook


New album CHEMICAL REACTION out 26th June

Irish Forceful Rockers JUNK DRAWER Launched Ardent Debut Album ‘READY FOR THE HOUSE’…

3 May 2020

Forceful rockers JUNK DRAWER is a Belfast based band channeling the thrilling likes of Pavement, Silver Jews, Beak> and more with their shape-shifting sound. This robust squad veer between slacker-rock, post-punk, krautrock and swirling psychedelia. They have already built up a lot of acclaim in their native country, becoming the first DIY act ever to win a Northern Ireland Music Award for Best Single, as well as live slots with icons Mclusky, Built To Spill and Grandaddy.

This impassioned turbo just released their spine-chilling debut longplayer, titled ‘READY FOR THE HOUSE‘. A mood swings record containing seven darksome jams infiltrating your mind instantly without asking. Seven turbulent LoudQuietLoud escapades dealing with sexual identity, eating disorders, endless directionlessness, escapism after disease, and cynicism turning into depression. I know, no songs about the birds and the bees.

These passionate noiseniks explore the human psyche and its accompanying soundtrack is electrifying, bewildering, and stupefying. You can file this topnotch debut LP easily next to Mogwai’s first head-spinning magnum opus Young Team. Cracking score, indeed!

Here’s why…

JUNK DRAWER: Facebook