Leeds’ Paranoid Post-Punk Steamroller AUTOBAHN Flabbergasted Belgium…

AUTOBAHN – Kinky Star – Ghent, Belgium – 11 February 2018

I know it’s early in the year, but this rip-roaring post-punk fireball out of Leeds will, without a shadow of a doubt, end up way high in my end-of-the-year-2018 list of most impressive concerts. AUTOBAHN is a 5-headed unit formed back in 2015. They released their second, self-produced, mind-bending LP THE MORAL CROSSING last November. A dark colored and gloominess filled triumph, inspired here and there by ideas charismatic frontman Craig Johnson got after seeing the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra doing Beethoven’s Ninth. Regarding the band’s state of mind on the new record, Johnson stated earlier that “our negative episodes don’t last long. Actually, as a band, we’re more optimists. I don’t mind talking about stuff people don’t usually want to talk about: execution, rising from the dead, depression,
feeling utterly lost and unsure where to go.”
Fascinating stuff, I hear you think. Absolutely! Something like this…


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And live, this thunderous squad turns into a whizz-bang turbojet as they demonstrated brilliantly in my hometown Ghent yesterday. The decibels go up, the intensity goes up
and the pace goes up. In the middle there’s Craig Johson, with a natural born scary stare Liam Gallagher would pay hard cash for. The man bites blusteringly like a haunted man
who just escaped from reality’s horror. Like a boiling volcano that can explode any time while his ear-splitting complices provide the matching soundtrack. A vivid avalanche of hyperkinetic riff salvos and rambunctious drums/bass energy to pump it all up. You hear agitated echoes of early Joy Division paranoia (circa ‘Digital’: I feel it closing in / Day in / Day out ) and monumental goth flashes. No stops, no unnecessary blah-blah stories between two eruptions, no bullshit. Just forty rabid minutes of sonic neurism and hair-raising fury.
A trance-like Erlebnis created by a blazing British collective that loves to perform in Europe (5th time in Belgium) in order to escape the narrow-mindedness of the UK music business. Thanks for coming! Any time! This footage will give you an idea of their startling impact…

You can stream/purchase newest album
THE MORAL CROSSING right here…


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Picture this…



Anger is an energy


Riff machine


And on drums… Jim Morrison


European tour

AUTOBAHN: Website – Facebook –  Twitter

(All concert pics: JL/Turn Up The Volume!)

Scottish Legends PRIMAL SCREAM Release Double Singles Compilation Album ‘MAXIMUM ROCK ‘N’ ROLL’

18 March 2019

On 24th May Scottish legends PRIMAL SCREAM – one of Turn Up The Volume‘s all time favorite bands – will release a 31 SINGLES compilation (2CDs/2LPS) entitled ‘MAXIMUM ROCK ‘N’ ROLL‘. Info and pre-order facilities here . Check the tracklist below…

CD/LP 1

1. Velocity Girl / 2. Gentle Tuesday / 3. Imperial / 4. Ivy Ivy Ivy / 5. Loaded / 6. Come Together / 7. Higher Than the Sun / 8. Don’t Fight It, Feel It / 9. Movin’ on Up / 10. Rocks / 11. Jailbird / 12. (I’m Gonna) Cry Myself Blind / 13. Kowalski / 14. Star / 15. Burning Wheel / 16. Swastika Eyes / 17. Kill All Hippies

CD/LP 2

1. Accelerator / 2. Miss Lucifer / 3. Autobahn 66 / 4. Some Velvet Morning / 5. Country Girl / 6. Dolls (Sweet Rock and Roll) / 7. Sometimes I Feel So Lonely / 8. Can’t Go Back /
9. Uptown (Weatherall mix) / 10. 2013 / 11. It’s Alright, It’s OK / 12. Goodbye Johnny /
13. Where the Light Gets In / 14. 100% or Nothing

Here’s one of the killer singles KOWALSKI‘ (1997)…

PRIMAL SCREAM: Website – Facebook – Discography

TURN UP THE VOLUME’s 15 Knockout Live Performances Of 2018…

Turn Up The Volume saw about 150 acts playing live this past year. Here are the 15 Knockout Performances that made his body temperature going way up, made his adrenalin stream faster and had a lasting impact on his greedy ears & impressed eyes.

1. THE FLAMING LIPS – Melkweg, Amsterdam – 11 November – Review here

2. SLOWDIVE – Cactus Brugge Festival – 15 July – Review here

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3. IDLES – De Zwerver, Leffinge, Belgium – 2 November – Review here

4. JOHNNY MARR – Trix Club, Antwerp – 7 December – Review here

5. FONTAINES D.C. – Botanique, Brussels – 4 May – Review here

6. NOEL GALLAGHER – Vorst National, Brussels – 6 April

7. THE GLÜCKS – Ghent Fest – 19 July – Review here

8. RUMOURS – Cosa Nostra, Aalst – 21 April – Review here

9. JUJU – Kinky Star, Ghent – 18 February – Review here

10. PEUK – De Kleine Kunst, Ghent – 8 September – Review here

11. AUTOBAHN – Kinky Star, Ghent – 11 February – Review here

12. FALLING MAN – Ghent Fest – 14 July – Interview here

13. PERE UBU – 4 AD, Diksmuide – 1 June – Review here

14. TUBELIGHT – Charlatan, Ghent – 23 March – Review here

15. PINK ROOM – Kinky Star, Ghent – 3 March – Review here

(all pictures by Turn Up The Volume!)