COCAINE PISS With Another Earth-Shaking Experience And First Gig For New Bass Player FARIDA AMADOU…

COCAINE PISS – Juvenes Club, Zele (Belgium) – 24 February 2018

If you’re a dedicated Turn Up The Volume! follower you’ll know that we’re hooked on Belgium’s hardcore junkies COCAINE PISS. This 4-headed punk machine is definitely
the coolest, most outspoken and noisiest gang in a very long time. They are not about traditional songwriting. They are about head-smashing havoc. They are not dealing with the birds and the bees. They deal with borderline emotions. Their sonic blasts rarely last more than 2 minutes. Demonic, savage and plain-spoken. A mighty tumultuous and deeply committed unit, fronted by the incomparable Aurélie Poppins who loves to communicate directly with the audience, eye-to-eye and head-to-head. You just become an obsessed fan after the first acquaintance. If you’re living on the planet of Mars and never heard of them here’s a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious idea of their merciless energy with a very special guest…

Last Saturday the band played their first show with new, wonderful bass player FARIDA AMADOU . It was another explosive encounter, another half hour of extreme passion and roaring detonations. Here’s the tornado in pictures…

Welcome Farida

“I have my eyes on you…”

Wham bam, bloody big bang

While my guitar fiercely weeps

Back in two seconds

Play that funky bass

This is no fashion show

Second LP THE DANCER in full…

COCAINE PISS: Facebook – You Tube / Label: Hypertension Records

(all concert pics by JL/Turn Up The Volume!)


Your Noisy Summer Starts Here With… COCAINE PISS

Havoc that thrills us in a way we want to scream out loud…


‘Piñacolalove’ by COCAINE PISS

The loudest and coolest Belgian noisemakers in ages are without a shadow of a doubt: COCAINE PISS. They are not about classic songwriting. They are about boisterous havoc. They are not dealing with the birds and the bees. They deal with extreme emotions. Their sonic outbursts rarely last more than 2 minutes. Exorcistic, fierce and most of all loud and clear. This 4-piece turbo is so intense that you’ll never forget them after you heard and/or saw them once. An explosive hardcore steamroller causing a turbulent body and mind turnaround on record and on stage (I know, I already experienced them several times) with frontgirl Aurélie Poppins communicating with members of the crowd eye-to-eye
and head-to-head. After last year’s knockout debut album THE DANCER (produced by
the legendary Steve Albini) this sensational four-piece will return on 14th July with brand new 8-track EP PIÑACOLALOVE via Hypertension Records. Until then you can torture your speakers with the same-titled lead single. Oh, yes, it’s gonna be a rowdy summer…

It begins with a thought
And my brain gets all fuzzy
My stomach starts to burn
The room is getting smaller
My palms are getting sweaty
I can feel my heart beating
The room is getting smaller
Take my hand
Help me switch
Get me some
My gums are starting to bleed
You are too cute to be true
You are just what I need
The room is getting smaller

COCAINE PISS: Facebook – You Tube – Tour Dates

COCAINE PISS – Belgium’s Noise Sensation Shares New Clip For ‘HAPPINESS’…

Clips that will impress your ears and your eyes…


‘Happiness’ by COCAINE PISS

Last September spectacular drone punks COCAINE PISS from Liege, Belgium released their dynamite debut album ‘The Dancer’ produced by legendary noise expert Steve Albini. The band went all the way to his famous Chicago studio to can the record. Result: fourteen primal scream explosions in twenty-one minutes. And even better than this thunderous
LP are the band’s concerts. Led by the amazing, socially outspoken borderline frontgirl
Aurélie Poppins, always communicating with members of the crowd eye-to-eye, the band are a smashing body/mind experience when playing live. To keep the heat going they just shared a mad clip for one of the dynamite thwacks on the album. Here’s HAPPINESS

COCAINE PISS: A live review – Facebook

Album ‘The Dancer’ – 14 explosions, 21 minutes – stream on Bandcamp

(concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)

Earthquake in AMSTERDAM – Here’s One Of The Maddest Live Bands On The Planet… COCAINE PISS


Yesterday (Friday 30 December) I decided last minute to drive to Amsterdam (2 1/2 drive)
to see COCAINE PISS (again). One of this year’s most spectacular and maddest live bands. They played there as part of a mini indoor festival in the legendary Paradiso venue and I returned early this morning, after four hours of sleep, to attend a family lunch back home in Belgium. Like my wife always says: ‘you feel nervous when things go normal‘. It was another mind-boggling experience but I’m actually too tired to write a decent review and I need to join a New Year’s Eve diner in a couple of hours. But for you out there who never heard of this earthshaking four-piece you can check my review of their far-out performance in Brussels earlier this month here.  And with this clip you surely will get an idea of their smashing thunder…

But before leaving you, and the year 2016, here are some of my pics of yesterday’s explosion in the small upper hall of Paradiso with frontwoman Aurélie Poppins doing
what she does best… going totally mental! Hell Bloody Hell! Yeah..










COCAINE PISS‘ 2016 debut album THE DANCER…

COCAINE PISS: Facebook – Hypertension Records


Deafening Exorcism With 90 Seconds Sledgehammers – Here’s… COCAINE PISS


COCAINE PISS – Vaartkapoen, Brussels – 2 December 2016


Deranged knockout havoc. Fast, slow, fast, slow but… always furious. Maniacal clamor. Sludgy hardcore punk. Apocalypse now! This mental 4-piece explores the sharp edge of insanity and nobody will/can stop them. I guess it’s much safer to join them than to fight them. Last Friday in Brussels these deafening Belgian longhaired metallic punks led by the awesome, socially & politically outspoken borderline frontgirl Aurélie Poppins – spending most part of the gig IN and WITH the crowd – were just the fucking best, messed up live gang on this fucking, messed up planet. Their 90 seconds sledgehammers attack your brain, your body and all of your senses non-stop and without mercy. Perfect night out! Fasten your seatbelt and have a taste here of their smashing live madness. HELL YEAH!

Their thunderous debut album THE DANCER – released last September – is produced by noise expert Steve Albini. The band went all the way to his famous Chicago studio to can the record. Fourteen primal scream explosions in twenty-one minutes. Get ready for a close sonic encounter of the psychiatric kind. Here’s COCAINE PISS in full…


COCAINE PISS on Facebook




Drone machine…

“Where is Aurélie now again?…”

“I’m here…”

“And there… somewhere…”

“And I’m… out of my head”

(all concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)

ROOTS & ROSES FESTIVAL in Belgium – Five Scorching Acts Recommended By TURN UP THE VOLUME!…

12 April 2018

If you’re hooked on terrific blues licks, boiling garage rock and modern folk firework then ROOTS & ROSES Festival is, unquestionably, the place to be. When? 1 May 2018. Where? Lessines, Belgium . This year’s line-up is probably the best ever. Info & tickets right here.
Here’s Turn Up The Volume‘s must-see/hear acts…

1/ THE DARTS (Phoenix, AZ and Los Angeles, CA)
Who: Utterly cool garage cats released their inflammable debut LP Me.Ow. last year
Why: They’re sensual, sultry and sexy and claw like the best when they hit a stage…
More info: Facebook – Interview with TUTV
Music, maestro, please

2/ YAK (London)
Who: Young brats producing a hurricane hullabaloo on their debut LP Alas Salvation
Why: Last year they invaded Brussels with a big bang. I want to get knocked out again
More info: Facebook
Music, maestro, please

3/ COCAINE PISS (Liege, Belgium)
Who: 4-headed hardcore trashers
Why: they’ll crush your brain with the help of a mad saxophonist…
More info: Facebook
Music, maestro, please

4/ TJENS MATIC (Belgium)
Who: Belgian icon Arno playing crackers from 2 former bands Tjens Couter & TC.Matic
Why: Arno is a monument, one of the last original motherfuckers…
More: Website
Music, maestro, please

5/ TONY JOE WHITE (Oak Grove, Louisiana, US)
Who: Living blues/country/swamp rock legend…
Why: Because TJW is an essential musician in the history of the blues
Link: Facebook
Music, maestro, please

See you over there, music junkies…

Psych-o-delic Guitar Hysteria And A One Man Hammer Army – Meet… IT IT ANITA

Here’s my last month’s interview with noiseniks IT IT ANITA – it was first published on American website 50THIRDAND3RD (my fellow music junkies over the ocean)

I never thought I would ever say that several of the most fascinating noise bands on this troubled planet, right now, are from Belgium, my homeland. Just to name a few: La Jungle, Cocaine Piss, Mind Rays and Crowd Of Chairs. And the great thing is that they all differ in sound and vision. No copycats, they all have their own approach of clamorous havoc! Another gang that really stands out is IT IT ANITA. A three-headed riff monster backed
by a barbarous drummer. They’re one of the hottest live bands around. A scorching steamroller that messes up your mind and activates all your limbs. A psychedelic guitar bolide reinforced with a big bang hitman who always ends up somewhere in the middle of the crowd WITH his gear for a hammering finale. A mean machine producing a hypnotic wall-of-psych-o-delic racket. Intense noise rock at its very best. Let’s meet this 4-piece powerhouse and start the acquaintance with this short, but utterly cool Festival clip…

I guess we’re all in the ideal mood now for a chat…

What’s the story behind the band’s name?
IIAA: “It’s a long story. But this is basically a hallucination that Damien (note JL: one of the guitarists/screamers) had while watching a drums performance: he saw ‘it it anita‘ written
on a bass drum… of course ‘it it anita‘ was not written on it, but he liked the name!”

How would you describe your mind-blowing psych sound yourselves?
IIAA: “We like it loud and noisy. We don’t care about technique, we always focus on intensity.”

Intensity and insanity…

Share an unforgettable anecdote with us about the first rehearsals…
IIAA: “Someone knocked on our rehearsal room’s door. He said “I’ve heard you guys
have a new band, I’m looking for a support act, do you want to open for me next week in Liege (Belgium)?”
We said “yes, of course, that’s great man, thanks!” But… at that time we were only a 2-piece band, still looking for a drummer and a bass player! So we’ve asked two friends to join us for that show and that was our first line-up! We rehearsed a lot during
one week and that first show was not so bad.”

How easy/difficult is it to work with four noisemakers in one band? Is there any competition to be the loudest?
IIAA: “Not really. There’s no competition, the loudest is Bryan, our drummer!”


Any rituals before going on stage?
IIAA: “High five!”

Half of the band always ends up in the middle of the crowd when performing. Who influenced you with the idea to meet the fans eye-to-eye at concerts?
IIAA: “We were really impressed by the performance of Monotonix (note JL: a mad Israelian garage trio) during a gig at La Zone years ago. They moved their stuff all the time… great!”

Imagine a gig with ‘Monotonix’ and ‘It It Anita’ together on/off the same stage. Hallelujah!..

Newest album ‘Agaaiin’ is a high-voltage cracker with opener ’25 (FROM FLOOR TO CEILING)’ setting the crushing tone. How do you manage to produce that much intensity and decibels in a studio… without an audience?
IIAA: “Regarding sound, we trusted our producer John Agnello (note JL: an experienced professional who worked with a whole bunch of big names such as Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile, Dinosaur Jr. and Andrew WK). He knows his stuff and quickly understood what we needed.”

Did the band chop all those trees we see on the album’s front cover?
IIAA: “The thing is this is our 3rd record and, as you can see on the picture, there are
3 wheels under the trailer… so the circle is complete!”


You already have a loyal following of fans in Europe, but earlier this month
you played your first gig over the ocean, in Canada. Were you nervous?

IIAA: “Not nervous but very excited! FME in Rouyn-Noranda is such a cool festival.
And we found a booker!”

What was on the van’s stereo while driving through Neil Young’s country?
IIAA: “Metal, hip-hop and country music…”

Who’s your number one artist/band to go on a world tour with?
IIAA:A Place To Bury Strangers. To learn how to play even louder.”

‘A Place To Bury Strangers’ – loud, louder, loudest…

What movie would you choose to visualize your music on a big screen when playing?
IIAA: ‘Duel’, Steven Spielberg‘s debut movie”

DUEL – a truly nerve-raising thriller…

Shellac or Pigface?
IIAA: “Shellac.”

Nirvana or Pearl Jam?
IIAA: “Nirvana”

If you could travel in time what artist would you choose to jam with?
IIAA:Serge Gainsbourg. Because he’s a genius.”


Vinyl, cassette or compact disc?
IIAA: “All of these three formats are interesting…”

Social media: a blessing or a pain in the ass?
IIAA: ‘Pain in the ass.”

Best album you heard so far this year?
IIAA: A Deeper Understanding by The War On Drugs.”

Any new material in the pipeline?
IIAA: “Yep. A new single is coming very soon and the next record will be released in 2018…”

Is playing in a band actually the best job one can imagine?
IIAA: “That’s the most exciting job we know, and maybe the only one we’re able to do…”

Thank you for the interview, guys. See you soon agaaiin. May the road rise with It It Anita

Here’s the awesome AGAAIIN in full…

IT IT ANITA: Facebook – Twitter

(all concert pics ‘IIAA’ by JL/Turn Up The Volume!)

Mmmmm… looks like It It Anita’s tour van…

Sonic Paradise At DOUR FESTIVAL In Belgium – 13 & 14 JULY…

DOUR FESTIVAL, BELGIUM – 12/15 July 2017

Since the first edition way back in 1989 DOUR FESTIVAL grew out to be one of the coolest and greatest festivals in Europe. Four days (12-15 July) of musical extravaganza with a very varied programming of many different genres in the beautifully rural city of Dour in the French part of Belgium, 2 miles away from France. Punk, reggae, rap, house, hip-hop, rock, world music and just about any noise one can produce with instruments, with or without vocals. Great location, great vibe, great artists. One negative point: as a student you need to do a job all summer long or rob a bank to pay all costs (ticket, camping, food & drinks). Unfortunately, rock festivals are (for years now) about business, about making (too much) profit by corporate organizations with one goal: give me your money! ALL your money! I’m sure thousands of youngsters can’t afford festivals just because it’s too damn expensive. Giant shame! Me, myself and I checked in for two of the four days (I swear it’s harder than an arduous mountain stage in the Tour Of France when you’re older than 35). And here are the seven stellar acts that made me go dancing, jumping, screaming, shouting and getting very tired, acceptably drunk, totally voiceless and completely satisfied at the end of my 48-hour journey. Get ready, here we go, here comes some inflammable, sonic rapture…

Website – Facebook
Newest album: Ash & Ice

After 15 years the Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin of sultry blues rock are still a red-hot engine with alluring icon Alison Mosshart on a steamy roll and Jamie Hince demonstrating his impressive craft of burning hooks and striking riffs. The crowd went bananas! Winner!

Serge & Jane…

Vibrant sensuality & coolness…

We will, we will rock you…

Facebook – Twitter
Boiling debut album: Interplanetary Class Classics

Electro-disco-punk gang out of Sheffield, UK. A spicy groove machine with artistic pariah Lias Saudi as the volcanic frontman with several dimensions: Johnny Rocket, Fat White Family Face, frenzied performer, dope explorer, controversial songwriter and fulltime outsider. This time he looked like an eccentric reincarnation of Edith Piaf, the legendary French chansonnier. Igneous, intoxicating, impressive and… non, Lias ne regrette rien…

‘Bonjour, Dour’

Men on the moon…

The reincarnation of Lias Saudi…

Facebook – Bandcamp
Brand new EP: Piñacolalove

Smashing molotov cocktail uppercuts from Liege, Belgium. As usual sensational frontgirl Aurélie Poppins jumped into the crowd for a clamorous meet and greet with the hooked fans. Dynamite stuff for (only) 25 minutes! Less is so much more with these desperados.

Here she comes…

Here she is…

Power to the people…

Facebook – Website
Newest album: Brutalism

Fierce post punk havoc from Bristol, UK. Frank-blunt-sharp and in your face tumult with
a glorious show time grin mostly provided by highly fueled and insanely entertaining guitarist Mark Bowen. It was mosh pit time! It was go mad time! It was adrenalin time!


Please to meet you, hope you guess my name…

He’s one of us now…

Website – Facebook
Newest album: Volcano

Psychedelic firework pop, with a retro touch, at its very best. Flamboyant, shimmy and electrifying ecstasy. Never thought (I saw them 4 times before) Temples would cause moshing excitement among the heated crowd. Wham Bam! Memorable performance!

Charismatic presence…

Glamtastic triumph…

Glittering euphoria…

Facebook – Twitter

Electro hip hop soul driven by the sensational voice of the gorgeous and talented Charlotte Adigéry. Vibey, dancey, groovy. Shiny young pearl with a bright future.

Spectacular vox…

Wwwow factor…

Facebook – Bandcamp

Electro punk with a dark edge, a flaming flow and tons of intensity. This broiling 2-piece made me think of 80s duo Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine. A synth dominated avalanche generating contagious crackers you’re uncontrollable body just can’t resist!…

Hit Hit Hit…


Mystery princess…

(All pics by Turn Up The Volume!)