Boston’s Trash Electro Rock Duo BIG TIME KILL Hits Hard With New Apocalyptic EP ‘ANXIETY’…

1 Augustus 2019

After last year’s eruptive debut LP ‘Shock And Awe’ Boston’s electro rock duo BIG TIME KILL is back with a new EP, entitled ‘ANXIETY’. A tornado record with four trash techno steamrollers and one atmospheric, closing reflection. Thunder and lighting performances bringing high-tech noiseniks like Nine Inch Nails, Killing Joke, The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy to mind. Yes, that forceful, devilish, brutal and rebellious.

Most of us acknowledge the fucked-up times we experience today with dangerous, right-wing world leaders in charge whose only scary goal is to ‘divide and rule‘. It makes people, obviously, feel very anxious, confused and panicky. It also stimulates artists such as BIG TIME KILL to create a loud and clear soundtrack that fits this apocalyptic reality. Anyway, that’s the impact of ANXIETY on me. I guess many of you will share my point of view after hearing these doom and gloom discharges…


(photo: James Dattolo of A Curious Production)

Electro Turbo BIG TIME KILL Release Red-Hot-Blooded Debut Album ‘SHOCK AND AWE’ – Discover It Here… Track By Track

3 October 2018

BIG TIME KILL is a blazing electro-rock duo formed in Boston, back in 2014 by multi-instrumentalist and producer Adam Schneider and his friend/multi-instrumentalist
Ben Caccia. After their 2015 debut EP the scorching tandem, influenced by industrial
noise devils such as Nine Inch Nails and Killing Joke just released their first full length entitled SHOCK AND AWE. A totally steamy body of volcanic work injected with flaming electro trash eruptions boosted by obstreperous synths, hammer-blow drum machines, diabolical guitar frenzy and Schneider‘s anxious vocals all over it. This firstborn is a gusty
beast that will have a titanic impact on your ears and your speakers. Please welcome
Adam Schneider who will tell you more, track by track, about the pair’s red-hot-blooded powerhouse…

Here’s the music

Here’s the breakdown track by track

1. Carbon
“Short and sweet. Carbon‘s all about contrast and uncertainty/anxiety, which are themes that carry throughout the rest of the album.”

2. Body Talk
“I remember listening to a lot of The Stooges’ Fun House when we started working on this track. I really admire the visceral energy on that album and wanted to channel that into ‘Body Talk‘s performance.”

A stooge influence

3. I Don’t Care Anymore
“I’m a sucker for funky beats and I always wanted to work slap guitar into a song.
This track’s about how we’re constantly bombarded with information to the point
where it all becomes white noise.”

4. DTs
“DTs is kind of like a journey where my hip-hop and progressive rock influences stick
out a little more. The title refers to Delirium Tremens which is a form of withdrawal.”

5. Don’t Need You
“We probably have 3 different completed arrangements of ‘Don’t Need You‘ that
we experimented with, and this one was the most dynamic and interesting to us
in the end. The saxophone solos are done by our friend Patrick Medina who gave
us killer performances which I then glitched and mangled in post-production.”

6. Evil
“This was the “let’s throw everything we can at this including the kitchen sink” track. Lots of mood shifting and changeups, with some great backup vocals by our friend Angelika in
the band Brighter Than A Thousands Suns. Watching the show Twin Peaks for the first
time also influenced this track’s composition and lyrics.”

From Twin Peaks to Evil

7. Shock and Awe
“The title track was actually the last song written and completed for the album. I’m a big fan of the Bomb Squad‘s noisy sample-based production on the Public Enemy albums, and
I wanted to use those techniques to make something industrial and funky that summed
up all the ideas we were trying to capture on the album.”

8. Answer
“Another dance track mixing funk and industrial vibes together. This song is about
how we attach ourselves to different things to give our life meaning and how it can
be difficult to break away from those things, for better or worse.”

9. Echo Heart
“A lot of our songs are pretty upbeat, and Echo Heart is an experiment in slowing
things down, getting a little moodier, and seeing what happens in our writing. I still
love the shoegaze-influenced guitar sounds we got on this one, and the song’s ending
is one of my favorite moments on the album.”

10. Overload
“One of the very first songs I ever wrote for this band and it’s what we’ve usually been closing our shows with. The energy we try to pack into this song live took a lot of effort
to capture in the recording, but I think in the end we finally got it. Someone at a gig once described this track as “Ministry on speed” and I’d say that’s pretty accurate.”

Ministry on speed

11. Failed Regeneration
“While making this album I also worked on scoring a video game, which made
me want to create something cinematic and a bit darker than unusual.”

Thank you, Adam Schneider, for all the info.
May the road rise with BIG TIME KILL!

SHOCK AND AWE is available on Bandcamp (name your price)
and iTunes – you can stream the record als on Spotify….

Photo by James Dattolo of A Curious Production

BIG TIME KILL: Website – Facebook –  Twitter

BIG TIME KILL – Boston Duo Rages Fiercely On Crazed Single ‘BODY TALK’…

12 September 2018


Who: Duo formed in 2014 Boston-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Adam Schneider and his longtime friend/multi-instrumentalist Ben Caccia, creating visceral electronic rock built on drum machines, glitched out guitars, and funky synths inspired
by Nine Inch Nails/Killing Joke/KMFDM

Track: BODY TALK – single from upcoming debut LP

Score: After releasing their debut EP 2015 this zippy two-piece will launch their first full length, entitled SHOCK AND AWE next month. Ahead of it here’s first single BODY TALK. An electro trash ripper driven by a powerful bass drone and injected with bloodthirsty guitars turning this raging synth smack into a gusty beast while its sticky chorus and anxious vocals augment the irresistible impact of this hair-rising stroke. Check out the
crazed heat for yourself…

BIG TIME KILL: Website – Facebook –  Twitter

Debut LP SHOCK AND AWE out 2 October

THE LIMIÑANAS Score Big Time With Their New ‘No Fillers All Killers’ Album… SHADOW PEOPLE

When you can’t resist new sonic vibrations, play them on…


Mind-expanding French duo THE LIMIÑANAS just released their new longplayer – and to my hungry ears, without a shadow of a doubt, their best so far – SHADOW PEOPLE. No fillers, all killers. All their well-known sonic key strengths meet in harmony just brilliantly on this new LP with Marie‘s irresistible, repetitive, tribal kicks and Lionel‘s sensual guitar grooves as the non-stop throbbing heartbeat from the very ouverture to the melancholic finish. The mesmeric collaborations are spot on as usual (with New Order/Joy Division bass legend Peter Hook, psychedelia junkie Anton Newcombe / French singer/author Bertrand Belin and French actress/musician Emmanuelle Seigner) and fit the whole story perfectly.

The overall hypnotic and gloomy swagger transfer you to the cinematic glamour and twilight glitter of a film noir. Spellbinding jams infiltrate all pitch-black corners of the
dark side of your satisfied mind. This is the first truly striking record of the new year.
Dim the lights, relax, have yourself a drink, alert all of your senses and experience an avalanche of sensory trips on repeat, like me…

And to satisfy your greedy eyes too here are two visualized tracks off the album…

* SHADOW PEOPLE (title track feat. the wonderful Emmanuelle Seigner)

* ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY (featuring The Brian Jonestown Massacre‘s mastermind)

THE LIMIÑANAS  Facebook – Website – Twitter

TURN UP THE VOLUME’S Knockout OCTOBER Team – Eleven Killer Tracks…

Eleven killer tracks on repeat this past month…

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Eleven killer tracks we played on repeat in October!
An eclectic mix of poppy vibrations and steamy grooves
energizing all of our senses and our limbs this past month!
Here’s Turn Up The Volume‘s Knockout October Team!

1. ‘Faith & Science’ by MODERATE REBELS (London, UK)
With Moderate Rebels it’s all about intoxicating mantra-like psych grooves. Like a mind-expanding mix of Velvet Underground, The Dandy Warhols and Spacemen 3. Far-out stuff!


2. I Don’t Care Anymore by BIG TIME KILL (Boston, US)
This raging electro-duo produces inflammable firework to go berserk to on the dance floor. This cutting cracker comes from debut LP ‘Shock And Awe‘. Read all about it here.


3. ‘Bar Stool Warriors’ by GARETH SAGER & THE HUNGRY GHOSTS (Scotland)
This is what happened when longtime post-punk chameleon Gareth Sager invited the ghosts of Captain Beefheart & Frank Zappa for a cup of tea and a rad jam. Full result here.

4. ‘Turn The Knife’ by PALM GHOSTS (Nashville, US)
A feverish mixed emotions pop pearl build around a stellar melody with layers of sparkling guitars and elevated by the enrapturing effect of duet vocals. Both dazzling and haunting.

5. ‘Money Money’ by RICHARD ASHCROFT (England)
Closing track of the legend’s brand new album. Hottest, hookiest and rockiest cut of all.


6. ‘The Witness’ by HERSELF (Italy)
Most upbeat, most funky and most vibey stroke on new LP by singer/songwriter Gioele Valenti aka Herself. Find out more about the whole album ‘Rigel Playground‘ right here.

7. ‘Pastel Blues’ by THE ATTICS (Melbourne, Australia)
You’ll feel groovy, you’ll look groovy and your swaying hips will make other people go groovy when you’re walking the streets with this earworm on your headphones. Ace!

THE ATTICS: Facebook

8. ‘Beacon’ by THE MIGHTY ORCHID KING (St Albans, UK)
Expect kooky guitars, a pulsating rhythmic tandem, an overall buzzing resonance, echoing vocals and karma-like 60s harmonies. Yesterday is the new today! Time to chill out! Yeah!


9. ‘Secret’ by VAUREEN (Brooklyn, NY, US)
As much decibels as My Bloody Valentine, as dark as Killing Joke and with Lydia Lunch‘s enigmatic spirit on vocals. Outcome? Like a pitch-black Neil Young hurricane. Puzzling!

10. ‘Victoria Park’ by RED TELEPHONE (Cardiff, Wales)
Melancholic melody, starry-eyed vocals and an overall gratifying warmth that makes you long for happy-go-lucky childhood days. Reminds me of romantic popsters Scritti Politti.


11. ‘Dream Apartment’ by OH FOR (Finland)
This humdinger’s jazzy bass warmth, its twinkling orchestration and its intimate vocals will make your thoughts drift away to the room in your mind where you can freely fantasize.

OH FOR: Facebook

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See/hear you next month for another knockout team

BIKINI KILL’s Legendary Debut EP Is 25 And (Unfortunately) Still Relevant Today (As It Was The Past 25 Years Actually)…

When timeless in sound and vision…


9 October 2017

Furious riot grrrl turbo BIKINI KILL, led by the awesome Kathleen Hanna, out of Olympia, Washington released their now legendary 6-track debut EP twenty-five years ago today on
9 October 1992. A loud and clear feminist manifesto. A clamorous punk attack on all male pigs on this sexist planet. Last year, in Brussels, I saw Hanna with the ass-kicking The Julie Ruin, about 3 weeks after idiot Trump‘s election. As a male feminist it was tremendous to see her back again, on the other hand, the hard reality was/is that male pigs are still in charge worldwide, women are still treated by them as insignificant human beings, so Hanna still has to scream and shout about this eternally men dominated universe just as she already did 25 years ago. Yes, Bob Marley is absolutely right “Get Up, stand up, stand up for your right / Get up, stand up, don’t give up the fight”. Today, we need a Bikini Kill injected revolution more than ever again. Let’s start with its soundtrack. Here’s the uproarious opener of the anniversary EP, ‘DOUBLE DARE YA‘…

We’re bikini kill and we want revolution
Girl-style now!!!

Hey girlfriend,
I got a proposition
Goes something like this:

Dare ya to
Do what you want
Dare ya to
Be who you will
Dare ya to
Cry right outloud
You get so emotional baby

Double dare ya, double dare ya, double dare ya
Girl fuckin friend
I double dare ya
I triple dare ya
Double triple fuckin
Double fuckin dare ya

Don’t you talk out of line
Dont go speaking out of your turn
Gotta listen to what the man says

Time to make his stomach burn
Burn, burn, burn, burn
(double dare ya)

Youre a big girl now
Youve got no reason
Not to fight
Youve got to know
What they are
‘fore you can stand up
For your rights
Rights– rights–rights?
You have them, you know.


Since November 2012, when Kathleen Hanna founded Bikini Kill Records
the band’s work is available again. All info and order facilities here

10 Big Singles Turning 25 In… 2017

Looking back in time… memorable moments in sonic history!


10 Smashing singles released in 1992, turning 25 in 2017.
Here’s some timeless magic. Start the jukebox!…

1/’Motorcycle Emptiness’ by MANIC STREET PREACHERS
Best track from double debut album Generation Terrorists
Released: 1 June 1992

2/’Creep’ by RADIOHEAD
“But I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo” – monumental debut single from ‘Pablo Honey‘…
Released: 21 September 1992

3/ ‘Reverence’ by THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN
“I wanna die just like Jesus Christ” – from ‘Honey’s Head‘ LP…
Released: March 1992

4/ ‘Sheela-Na-Gig’ by PJ HARVEY
From Dry album & inspired by the Sheela na gig statues…
Released: February 1992

5/ ‘The Drowners’ by SUEDE
The glam rockers’ spectacular debut single…
Released: 11 May 1992

6/ ‘Drive’ by R.E.M.
Melancholic masterpiece from ‘Automatic For The People‘ album…
Released: 1 October 1992

7/ ‘Jump Around’ by HOUSE OF PAIN
Jump Jump Jump Jump Jump Jump Jump – Hip Hop at its bouncy best…
Released: 5 May 1992

8/ ‘Connected’ by STEREO MC’S
Title track & dance floor killer from their 3rd longplayer…
Released: September 1992

9/’Pretend We’re Dead’ by L7
Released: April 1992
When the all female Detroit grunge punks went catchy – on ‘Bricks Are Heavy’ album…

10/ ‘It’s A Shame About Ray’ by THE LEMONHEADS
Vintage Evan Dando pop cut from the same titled album…
Released: June 1992


Dark Hope in Troubled Times – An Interview with… WHISPERING SONS

Here’s my interview I did with the amazing Whispering Sons for my befriended
music junkies over the ocean at 50thirdand3rd. Enjoy the darkness…


WHISPERING SONS is Belgium‘s darkest hope for the near future. A new band with a soundtrack for a new generation. Gloomy, cinematic vibrations to get completely lost
in and return purified afterwards. Post punk twilight hallucinations to scare your creepy demons to death. Tense darkness with room to breathe and space to move. They are the spiritual bastard children of an excessive sonic orgy that happened way back in 1980, on
a Friday the 13th, with members of Joy Division and The Cure, except for intriguing singer Fenne Kuppens. She is a lost, wandering granddaughter of Nico, German femme fatale, singer/actress/model who got lost herself after spending some time, mid-sixties, with
the coolest of cool The Velvet Underground. Get the sonic picture? Yes, their color is black.
A sexy blackness. Their muse is sad. A liberating sadness. Their pleasure is unknown. An inspiring unknown. Find out all and more about Whispering Sons. Here, now…

When and where was the band conceived?
Whispering Sons: “We had been playing music together for a while, the four of us, without real aim or purpose. When singer Fenne joined in 2013, that’s when the Whispering Sons project really began to take form.”

What’s the story behind the band’s name?
Whispering Sons: “The five of us spent some time in rehearsals just playing different covers and messing around musically. I guess you could say we were still looking for a direction. One day we stumbled upon an obscure Danish band called Moral, were smitten with a song called Whispering Sons and decided to do a cover version. It was one of those moments when everything suddenly ‘clicked’. The song became a staple of our rehearsal sessions and the ambiance it created felt very natural and inspiring to us. We eventually stuck with the band name ‘Whispering Sons’ as a sort of simultaneous tribute to Moral and the discovery of our artistic direction.”

A Moral inspiration

How would you describe your sound yourselves?
Whispering Sons: “A blend of danceable sadness and frustrated urgency. A soundtrack
for exorcising your inner demons.”

Share an unforgettable anecdote with us about the first rehearsals…
Whispering Sons: “This isn’t a singular anecdote, but our rehearsals take place in a
lovely studio in our bassist’s garden. Unfortunately, this also means an enormous influx
of insects in there when we leave the door open. Particularly spiders. We fucking hate spiders. So every time we start to rehearse we have to send our guitarist (the only one
of us who doesn’t scream like a girl when he sees one) in to get rid of them.”

How easy/difficult is it to work with 5 individuals in a band?
Whispering Sons: “Musically we don’t experience a lot of problems. Mostly we cooperate pretty well, mainly because when writing music, we’re all focused as a collective on the general end result. There’s really nobody trying to show off individual skills or trying to push some personal musical agenda. In this matter – which is probably the most important matter for a band, after all – we are definitely very group minded. Other
smaller topics, like the choice of a certain artwork for instance, might generate a little more discussion between the five of us, but in the end, we’ve got the same general idea
of where we want to be headed and we all get along great.”

The group’s color is black. Because it fits the music or because it’s the coolest rock ‘n roll color ever?
Whispering Sons: “We like black. It’s not that we’re not colorful and happy people. It’s just that black is most definitely the sexiest color.”

Sexy band…

Tell us all about your 6-track debut EP ‘Endless Party’?
Whispering Sons: “At the start of 2015 we booked some of our first real live shows in Brussels, and beforehand we realized our set wasn’t really up to par at that point. So we spent some intensive time together to write some new songs. Because they came from a similar point in time and a similar feeling we decided to group them and these were the six tracks that eventually would end up on the EP. Maybe because of the time pressure we felt at that moment of writing the songs ended up sounding very claustrophobic and quite confining. But in a good way. It’s something that’s reflected in the lyrics as well: they’re
all autobiographical and introspective and hinge on a theme of escapism.”

Fenne, your baritone voice reminds me & many of the late Ian Curtis, frontman of Joy Division. Are you aware of that or didn’t you had a clue who he was when people started to ask you that question over and over again?
Fenne Kuppens: “Who?”

She lost control again…

What did you actually feel when you heard yourself singing for the first time
in the bathroom?

Fenne Kuppens: “I honestly can’t remember. That must’ve been a long, long time ago. However, I do remember the time when I started singing in this deeper voice, which I didn’t know I had until two years ago or something. From that moment, I felt so much more comfortable. It allowed me to stop worrying about singing in tune and instead put a lot more emotion and expression in my voice. But it is not that I intentionally tried to copy another person’s manner of singing, to answer your previous question.”

On stage the band feels and sounds like a film noir. What movie would be perfect to screen behind the group at concerts?
Whispering Sons: “We wouldn’t mind a Jean-Pierre Melville film in the background. Le Samouraï or Army of Shadows. Great aesthetics, great use of color, great everything.”


Any team rituals before hitting the podium?
Whispering Sons: “We all stand in a circle, hold hands, and collectively shout ‘Go Whispering Team!’ three times. Haha, not really though. We don’t really have any rituals. Unless you’d call pacing nervously around the backstage a ritual. Usually we’ll be doing that until of us says: “Hey guys, let’s just remember it’s all about having some fucking fun.” After that we just walk on stage and enjoy ourselves.”

You just started your first ever European tour. Nerves or adrenalin? And what are the expectations?
Whispering Sons: “A bit of both I guess. Going on an international tour is something we’ve been dreaming of doing for years. When it’s finally happening you’re so excited you feel you could burst, and at the same time so nervous something could go wrong you feel like having a heart attack. Especially because this first tour was organised in a very DIY-way. Like with everything you do for a first time, problems are bound to show up. But we’ll tackle them as they appear and have loads of fun and laughs in the meantime. For sure
it will be a very enriching experience.”

Yesterday Belgium, tomorrow Europe…

The number one artist on your list to do a world tour with?
Whispering Sons: “The number one choice would be definitely The Soft Moon. We’re all big fans of Luis Vasquez and his music. Especially his live shows are absolutely insane. It has
an enormous amount of energy that also inspires our music and performance.”

Luis Vasquez meditating about touring with Whispering Sons…

If you could travel in time what artist would you jam with?
Whispering Sons: “We’d love to get together some time with experimental electronic musicians. Like Haxan Cloak or Tim Hecker for instance. They do something that’s so
much different than what we do. We’d love to see the way they work because they have this radically different way of approaching sound and music. There’s a lot to learn from them.”

Which album do you want to play while visiting the dark side of the moon?
Whispering Sons: “Somehow when we imagine being in space we always hear Vangelis’ music in our heads. Especially ‘Spiral’.”

Now playing on the moon…

Vinyl or compact disc?
Whispering Sons: “Vinyl without a doubt. Aesthetically and musically the most beautiful medium.”

Social media: a blessing or a pain in the ass?
Whispering Sons: “Both really. It’s a wonderful tool, but it is pretty time-consuming as well.”

Editors or The National?
Whispering Sons: “Most of us are moderate fans of both. Though in terms of influence on Whispering Sons we might give Editors some credit for inspiring the musical tastes of our fifteen year old selves.”

The Cure or Joy Division?
Whispering Sons: “I don’t think we’re even gonna start to try and discuss this amongst the five of us. People might get hurt. Let’s just say we hold both of these bands in high esteem.”

Ian who?

Next big step. Full album?
Whispering Sons: “Who knows? Nobody knows at this point. Not even we do. We’re really taking it one step at a time. All we can say right now is: at some point in the future – yes, there will be an album.”

Is playing in a band actually the best job ever?
Whispering Sons: “I don’t think a ‘job’ is really the best description for playing in a band. It’s a blessing. And there’s nothing we love more in the world.”

Not a job, a blessing…

What’s the band’s ultimate ambition?
Whispering Sons: “COMPLETE ‘WHISPERING’ WORLD CONQUEST… or… ehm…maybe just to release a couple of good albums and do some amazing tours would be fine as well.”

Ready to take the world…

Thank you for taking time for this interview. May the road rise with Whispering Sons.

You can stream/buy Endless Party EP here on Bandcamp

(Band photos provided by WS / live pics by JL)

WHISPERING SONS: Facebook – Twitter

7 Big Album Tracks – Week 42…


1/ ‘Dust Bunnies’ by KURT VILE
Vintage Vile groove – his most enthralling album so far.

Album: ‘b’lieve i’m going down’



2/ ‘No End’ by LOW
Vibrant pop beauty from te harmonies masters.

Album: Sixes and Ones



‘Sympathy for the Devil’ intro followed by some nasty riffage – perfect!

Album: Mirrors



4/ ‘Sunflower’ by MERCURY REV
They’re back and having the time of their lives.

Album: The Light In You



5/ ‘Back In The Box’ (live) by JOHNNY MARR
Electricity on stage – from Marr’s brand new live album.
Album: Adrenalin Baby


6/ ‘I Need To Be Your Only’ by THE STRYPES
New album, new sound, new smoking drive.

Album: Little Victories



7/ ‘Feuiho Boogie’ by SWIM DEEP
Towering eight-and-a-half minute killer jam – titanic!

Album: Mothers





Daydreaming before my PC screen my brain was just looking for a ‘Track Of The Day’ while Mark Lanegan Band was barking on the stereo in the back. No need to look further. Also I saw The Man playing live in Belgium last month. He still is the darkest blues rock crooner of all time. On ‘Sad Lover’ Lanegan turns up the speed. This mighty buzzing killer track was originally released on his 2014 vinyl-only EP ‘No Bells On Sunday’. The EP was later added as a bonus-cd to his most recent and excellent ‘Phantom Radio’ album.
Let’s Roll !…

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Barking in Belgium last month…


(Concert pics: Turn Up The Volume!)