The Superhumans Are Out There – Here’s New Single ‘THE UNIVERSE’ By DEATH VALLEY GIRLS

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

25 July 2020

After spell-binding album Darkness Rains, their third album released two years
Los Angeles garage rock devils DEATH VALLEY GIRLS return from their graves
to record new longplayer UNDER THE SPELL OF JOY.

The band’s wonderful prima donna Bonnie Bloomgarden revealed details
about the new LP, besides the fact that it was inspired Ethiopian funk, in a
statement: “‘Under the Spell of Joy’ is a space-gospel record. We believe we served
as channels for what we think are guides. As we learn what the songs are about we
realize they are meant to be sang like chants, hymns, or spells. Most of the songs
were recorded with 12 voices, including a kids choir! We are learning that words with
intention and energy hold so much power, especially when said or sang with a group.”

Lead-single THE UNIVERSE “is a song to sing, a space to be, a time to think, remember,
and truly feel that not only are we all connected, but we are also being guided.”

The grandly organ orchestrated and sax-stirring sound tells me that this far-out reflection is about the Death Valley Girls own universe. A still uncovered place in rock space where nothing is what it looks like or resonates like, where the band secretly prepares future actions for their ultimate goal: world domination. Yes, THEY are the vampire loving superhumans who actually guide us, the unsuspecting eartborns. Trust me, their next sonic move will disclose more about their master plan.

For now, try to unravel this ominous chant…

Also on Spotify


New album UNDER THE SPELL OF JOY out October 2 – more info here

‘GLOW IN THE DARK’ By California’s Garage Engine DEATH VALLEY GIRLS

Old and new albums to make your day…

25 April 2020

Let’s go back today to 2016, to my favorite DEATH VALLEY GIRLS album ‘GLOW IN THE DARK‘. A boiling record with blazing rock bangers such as Death Valley Boogie, Disco, and I’m A Man Too. Never a dull moment with utterly cool front lady Bonnie Bloomgarden and her turbulent gang who combine The Stooges‘ raw power, The Cramps‘ rockabilly lunacy, and Black Sabbath‘s metallic insanity while injecting the whole hullabaloo with a voodoo-ish sense of humor. Rollicking electricity is what you get, going berserk is what you should do. Right here, right now…

The video clip for stormy single DISCO


Picture this…

(Concert pics by Turn Up The Volume! – Belgium 2019)

Garage Disaster Rockers DEATH VALLEY GIRLS On An Electric High In Belgium…

DEATH VALLEY GIRLS – 4AD Club, Diksmuide, Belgium – 23 February 2019

After following this red-hot Los Angeles garage gang since their 2014 debut LP Street  Venom hit me in the face and having interviewed them at the end of 2017 I finally got
to see DEATH VALLEY GIRLS explode on stage, for the very first time, yesterday. Are they that special I hear you ask. Absolutely. This crazed quartet combines The Stooges‘ raw power, The Cramps‘ rockabilly lunacy, Black Sabbath‘s metallic insanity and they inject their sonic havoc with a cool, dark sense of humor. Oh, and one more thing: they love cemeteries. As expected the band’s ringleader Bonnie Bloomgarden led the rollicking troops last night. Intoxicating opener Abre Camino from new stirring album Darkness Rains set the heated tone of a stormy set instantly, with blazing bangers Death Valley Boogie, Disco, Electric High and the already classic stormer Disaster (Is What Were’ After) being the tumultuous highlights of a thunderous show…

… in between, ambiguous groove Gettin Hard, infectious poppy chant Pink Radiation
and organ injected swagger Wear Black showed their versatile songwriting caliber while Bonnie was wandering all over the place and hugged cracking bass player Pickle a couple
of times. She’s the charismatic eyecatcher of a hell-raising foursome that spoiled us all with a psych-o-delic Halloween experience in February. HAIL HAIL DEATH VALLEY GIRLS!

Picture this

Hello Belgium….

Get down and boogie


At the disco

These boots are made for walking

Band hug

Stream new longplayer

DEATH VALLEY GIRLS: Facebook – ‘Darkness Rains’ available on Bandcamp

(All concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)

DEATH VALLEY GIRLS Show Their Commitment To Life On New Track ‘MORE DEAD’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

13 September 2018

Los Angeles gloomful garage gang DEATH VALLEY GIRLS share another track from their upcoming new album. MORE DEAD is a “about how important and necessary each person
is, especially these days. We need numbers now more than ever to fight the good fight. After having experiences with people we love struggling to stay alive, we believe the harder the battle, the less one is able to ask for help.”

‘More Dead‘ is remarkable for its tribal drums, savage guitars, Bonnie Bloomgarden inevitable, diabolical vox and its hammering groove creating a sort of voodoo-like
dance rhythm. As much as Death Valley Girls are hooked on doom loaded hullabaloo they’re also tremendously committed to life. The human message at the end of the accompanying clip, directed by Dylan Mars Greenberg says it all: “Please reach out to
your suicidal friends. Please reach out to your loved ones. Please remember there are
people, animals and beings who love you. Your existence is important to this world.”

Watch/listen right here…

DEATH VALLEY GIRLS: Facebook – Twitter

New album DARKNESS RAINS out 5 October – Info and pre-order facilities here

(photo on top: FB – DVG)

DEATH VALLEY GIRLS Share Dynamite Single/Video Clip ‘DISASTER (IS WHAT WE’RE AFTER)’ Featuring IGGY POP Eating A Hamburger…

16 August 2018

Los Angeles‘ red-hot garage engine DEATH VALLEY GIRLS just released new dynamite single ‘DISASTER (IS WHAT WE’RE AFTER)‘. The accompanying video is quite special. It features Godfather of Punk Iggy Pop eating a hamburger. The Kansas Bowling-directed
clip is actually an ode to a scene in Danish filmmaker Jørgen Leth’s 1982 film, 66 Scenes
Of America
, in which the late pop-art icon Andy Warhol eats a hamburger. It’s weird, hilarious and… crumbly. Really great to see living legend Iggy Pop teaming up with amazeballs misfits Death Valley Girls, a band Turn Up The Volume is following closely
since their smashing 2016 album Glow In The Dark.

‘DISASTER (IS WHAT WE’RE AFTER)’ is the first single from the rowdy gang’s new LP.
A glorious glam slam thundering madly from the banging start to the wildly sax-noise injected finale with Bonnie Bloomgarden‘ red-glowing vox adding fuel all the scorching
way. Demonic hullabaloo to go totally gaga to. Watch Iggy Burger while listening to Death Valley Girls’ fresh hammer…

DEATH VALLEY GIRLS: Facebook – Twitter – TUTV’s 2017 Xmas interview with DVG

New album DARKNESS RAINS out 5 October – Info and pre-order facilities here

Hellish 2017 Xmas Q & A With Garage Hot Rods… DEATH VALLEY GIRLS


Here’s my interview with steamy all-female garage gang DEATH VALLLEY GIRLS wich I did for my American fellow music junkies at 50THIRDAND3RD a couple of weeks ago…


“Everybody’s gotta be in a gang…”

Calling Los Angeles’ sonic inferno DEATH VALLEY GIRLS an extraordinary force is a lame understatement. The following description details far better what this awesome unit is truly about: “an acid-tripping science experiment that’s been buried alive, and resurrected as a sexually liberated dystopian chain-gang.” Fronted by the charismatic Bonnie Bloomgarden
this 4-headed squad produces garage punk ecstasy to go bananas to. Doom punk boogie
to set fire to in underground discotheques. Flaming havoc for straitjacket psychos, thirsty bloodsuckers and horror junkies. They have otherworldly friends, living in another galaxy,
who write all their boiling crackers for them. They prefer Halloween to Christmas. They are utterly cool and they agreed to leave their cave to talk to 50thirdand3rd. Wham Big Bang!
Let’s have some firing foreplay with this steamy live footage…

I guess we’re all ready now for the Xmas interview with Death Valley Girls!
Release the bats…

The seeds of the band germinated within the walls
of a mental institution. Fake or real fact?

DVG: “Fact. Mental institution and rehab. The band formed in 2013 after we all met at therapy and through mutual friends. We played our first show 4 months later.”

So happy together in therapy…

‘Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’ named themselves after Marlon Brando’s motorcyle gang in 1953’s movie ‘The Wild One’. Any idea if a leathern ‘Death Valley Girls’ movie gang ever existed?
DVG: “No such movie gang existed but we did take some inspiration from the gang in the movie Switchblade Sisters “The Jezebels”. The name is inspired by our Southern California home, Death Valley & Valley Girls signify both the darkness and light of California. Death Valley is beautiful but nothing can survive out there. The stereotypical California Valley Girls were much cooler in real life than depicted in movies. Cherie Currie from The Runaways was a Valley girl, she got out and joined a rock n’ roll band cause nobody wants to stay and die in the valley either.”

Spiritual sisters ‘The Jezebels’

Is the band an alibi to get rid of nasty demons in public and
go bananas on stage or were you all born to be wild?

DVG: “Born to be wild but the stage is a good place to exorcise those demons!”

Why is ‘black’ such a cool rock ‘n’ roll color?
DVG: “It just is! Black is the color of night, Black leather jackets,
Black boots, Black Sabbath…”

Who’s the alien in the band pictured on last year’s
burning album ‘GLOW IN THE DARK’?

DVG: “The girl is a freedom fighter! Our interest in aliens perhaps comes from the fact that “somebody” somewhere creates all songs and art! We are merely conduits of music that already exists in the ethos. We are eager to learn more about all spirits and entities, it’s perfectly natural!”

Since the release of the new record the band toured extensively. How do
you trigger yourselves every night to generate that amount of energy?
DVG: “Tequila & Red Bull! Listening to Iggy helps too!”

Tequila & Red Bull work perfectly..

When I look at the clip for ‘Disco’, my favorite cracker on the LP, it looks
like ‘Saturday Night Fever’ on a gory dance floor. Should we be scared?

DVG: The video was filmed on Super 8 by Kansas Bowling. We had LA radio legend Rodney Bingenheimer play himself Djing at his old 70’s glam club Rodney’s English Disco. No real storyline or plot here, just like all the best low budget horror movies, just one of our bandmates killing all the people at the disco, a disco blood bath!”

Freddy Krueger or Micheal Meyers?
DVG: Micheal Meyers, cause he’s real! We’ve been to his house in Pasadena too!”

Best horror movie ever?
DVG: “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

Classic killer stuff…

The worst Xmas song ever?
DVG: “Deck the halls” – the worst … but “Christmas with the devil” – the best”

Will you have a cozy family diner on Christmas Day or lying in bed
with a hangover from the night before?

DVG “We’ll be in the studio recording new music!”

Worst Xmas present you ever got?
DVG: “We can’t be mean to presents!”

Christmas season: nostalgic tradition or greedy business?
DVG: “A tradition of greedy business! We prefer Halloween!”

This looks more like DVG’s fav Santa…

Why is it that humans, in general, aren’t capable of living in harmony and with respect for each other, even after more than 2000 years?“
DVG: “Religion.”

How does it feel to be a woman in a country of a sexist President?
DVG-: “Can not wait til 2020.”

Prick of the year?
DVG: “Donald Trump.”

Hero(ine) of 2017
DVG: “Iggy.”

If you could travel in time what artist would you look for to jam with?
DVG: ‘Mo Tucker (legendary drummer of The Velvet Underground) cause
she always played the perfect beat.”

Joan Jett or Cherie Currie?
DVG= “Joan cause she never stopped playing rock n’ roll, inspiring.”

The Cramps or The Stooges?
DVG: “Tough one, but we have to go with The Stooges here and
without The Stooges we wouldn’t have The Cramps, thank you for everything Iggy!”

No Stooges, No Cramps…

Vinyl, cassette or compact disc?
DVG: “Vinyl.”

Best album of the year?
DVG: ” ‘Introduction to Escape-ism‘ by Escape-ism.”

Best track of 2017?
DVG” ‘Almost No One (Can Have My Love)’ by Escape-ism.”

The song that made you cry this past year?
DVG: Two songs: Iggy singing “Lust For Life” at Desert Daze & Roky Erickson singing
“You’re Gonna Miss Me” with all of us on stage the last night of tour with Roky.”

Hail hail, Roky…

Any new ‘Death Valley Girls’ music in the pipeline for the new year?
DVG: “Yes, new album!”

The band’s wishes for 2018?
DVG: “Tour, tour, tour… and peace on earth too!”

Tour, tour, tour…

Many thanks for this glowing jingle bells interview. May the road rise with DEATH VALLEY GIRLS. I don’t know about you, folks, but I need some DVG injection; right now, right here…

DEATH VALLEY GIRLS: Facebook – Twitter – DVG on iTunes

To all people of evil will… have a Happy Chainsaw Xmas!…

Picture This…

DEATH VALLEY GIRLS – 4AD Club, Diksmuide, Belgium – 23 February 2019

Swirling garage rock fury from Los Angeles, California…

Newest album ‘DARKNESS RAINS‘…

(All pics by Turn Up The Volume!)

10 Questions For Psychobilly Misfits From Cape Town… THE MEDICINE DOLLS

Discover up and coming bands in 10 questions

12 April 2019

Cape Town‘s THE MEDICINE DOLLS are the kind of sonic misfits who do it their own way no matter what. Anything that the recalcitrant duo of Greg Allan (singer/guitar) and Bex Nicholas (vocals/bass) have released so far has an authentic DIY stamp on it. Their messy hullabaloo fits their way of life, their reality, their state of fucked-up confusion. The rowdy pair produces garage rock havoc that hits you straight in the face and they look like The Cramps‘ evil children. Utterly cool indeed! They are natural born outsiders doing what they do best: creating scissored punk mayhem. Frontman Greg Allan will tell you more about their troubled souls, but let’s start the acquaintance with a loud and clear video clip…

1. What sparked you to start the band?
“I guess the spark came when my previous band broke up. Bex and I were living together in Johannesburg, Scraping by and dealing with a lot of what you might call ‘Bad life choices’. Instead of trying to breath new life into that project, I decided we ought to change our entire life situation. She had never played a note, so I thought she would be the perfect bass player. We used all the money we had left, and flew to Cape Town with nothing but the idea of this band.”

2. What’s the story behind the group’s name?
“In our favorite film, ‘Withnail and I‘ there is a character called Danny, who is the drug dealer of these two struggling actors who live in a grotty flat together. He keeps his gear, which he refers to as ‘Medicine‘ in the head of a little doll. We thought it was appropriate.”

3. What triggered the new EP’s title ‘COMPULSION TO RUIN’ and its destructive tone?
“I think it has a lot to do with the current emotional climate of the world, things are fucked, and people are feeling that fucked-ness… but it really goes full circle, people fuck themselves up to deal with fucked-ness, and that leads inevitably to more fucked-ness.

4. Which track would you pick as THE MEDICINE DOLLS signature song so far?
“I think ‘Covered in Filth‘ sums us up quite well.”

5. What is ‘COVERED IN FILTH’ about?

6. So far the band only released a series of EPs, not a full-length album yet.
Is that a conscious choice or can we expect an LP soon?

“Certainly looking at releasing an LP soon.”

7. Which movie would you pick to visualize your music
on a big screen while playing a gig?

“Withnail and I.”

8. Number one band on your list to go on tour with?
“I would say certainly Death Valley Girls, they have us so
hooked at the minute… incredible band!”

Death Valley Girls, incredible band indeed…

9. If you could go back into the past on whose famous door
would you knock and ask to have a selfie together?

“Certainly Lux and Ivy of The Cramps… We are in love with what
they did, the art, the attitude, they were the perfect rock ‘n’ roll band.”

10. Any chance THE MEDICINE DOLLS will play outside of South-Africa someday?

“We have just returned from our first international trip, we played the Rock A La Buse Festival on the French island of La Reunion. We are looking at putting together our first European tour beginning of 2020.”

Thank you for this interview, Greg.
May the road rise with THE MEDICINE DOLLS!

in full here…


TURN UP THE VOLUME’S Selection Of Five New Rad MUST-HEAR Albums…

New longplayers that will have an impact on your ears and your speakers

1. ‘Darkness Rains’ by DEATH VALLEY GIRLS (Los Angeles, CA, US)
Halloween is just around the corner. Perfect timing for this voodoo-ish garage gang to launch their new tremendous LP. From glowing glam slams to freakish doom havoc with demonic guitars and Bonnie Bloomgarden‘s cutting primal screams. Freakish experience!



2. ‘Icon’ by THE VENUS FLY TRAP (Northampton, UK)
If Stephen King and David Lynch formed a band they would sound as creepily cool as this cult duo who formed in 1986. Now they return with some horror-ific electro punk fuel to inflame the coming Apocalypse! Don’t miss the fun, all you bloodthirsty pariahs out there.

Stream/purchase here


3. ‘Lower’ by MEDICINE BOY (Berlin, Germany)
Welcome this twilight Cape Town duo to the dark side of your troubled mind. Their sonic electronic explorations vary from Mazzy Star‘s gloominess to The Kills‘ darkest blues moments. Mystifying voices and magnetic vibes. Join this truly fascinating journey!

Stream/purchase here…


Expect sixties injected psychedelic jams, transcendent escapades, wah wah electricity, organ sultriness à la The Animals, reverberating guitar turbulence and echoing vocals
with a biting flair. Time to leave reality temporarily! Time now to go eight miles high!


RD And The CF: Facebook

5. ‘New Bad News’ by THE FABRICATORS (South London, UK)
“We’re a garage band / We come from garageland” spitted The Clash iconic frontman Joe Strummer once. This is what The Fabricators‘s spirit is all about. Raw, energetic, confident and burning. Frank DIY post punk emotions from the street. Direct and honest and loud!

Stream here…


TURN UP THE VOLUME’S Knockout Team – AUGUST 2018 – Eleven Killer Tracks…

Eleven killer tracks on repeat this past month…

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Eleven killer tracks played on repeat in August!
A heated mix of flaming rippers and glowing grooves
energizing all of my senses and limbs this past month!
Here’s Turn Up The Volume‘s Knockout August Team!

1. ‘Bells & Circles’ by UNDERWORLD Feat. IGGY POP
British veteran techno junks return with a smoking groove AND with legendary maestro punk Iggy Pop babbling a lot of nonsense all over it. But it bloody swings! Full EP right here.


2. ‘Paradox’ by SEXTILE (Los Angeles, CA, US)
An inflammatory firecracker thundering like electronica pioneers Suicide on speed. Mind-stimulating, body-energizing and soul-stirring. From their upcoming EP ‘3‘ – out 14 Sept.

SEXTILE: Facebook

3. ‘Disaster’ (Is What We’re After) by DEATH VALLEY GIRLS (Los Angeles, CA, US)
A glorious glam slam thundering madly from the banging start to the wildly sax-noise injected finale with Bonnie Bloomgarden‘ voodoo vox adding fuel to the fanatic fire. Ace!

NEW ALBUM: Darkness Rains

4. ‘User Guide’ by IT IT ANITA (Luik, Belgium)
Demonic and loudmouthed molotov cocktail that feels like exploding any second. Nasty, riotous and tons of fierce guitars. Blustery eruption from new LP ‘Laurent‘. Check it here.

5. ‘Air Supply’ by ahem (Minneapolis, MN, US)
From the smashing start your adrenalin will pump faster, your body will make mysterious moves and your voice will scream along. From the band’s new EP Chutes And Ladders.

6. ‘I Want You Around’ by Oh800 (London, UK)
This corker resonates like a pungent fusion of LCD Soundsystem‘s repetitive beats and The Rapture‘s scintillating dance rhythms with vitriolic guitars adding a vicious edge. Top cut!

Oh800: Facebook

7. ‘Erase Me’ by KERCHIEF (Tennessee, US)
A robust hammer, a sinewy steamroller with a high dose of heartfelt power. The ardent combination of Hill‘s begging vox and the repetitive riffage is spot-on! Emo-wall-of-sound!

KERCHIEF: Facebook

8. ‘I Love Today’ by MODERATE REBELS (London, UK)
This mantra-like sing-along groove activates your bloodstream, makes your feet tap and your head shake. Body/mind trance experience. New LP Shared Values out 30 November.


9/ ‘Hey!’ by SUMMER MAGIC (South City St. Louis, US)
Summer Magic aka Kevin Bachmann sounds like a 90s psychedelic Britpop version of The Beach Boys on his new single. Addictive jingle jangle riffs and luminous harmonies. Bingo!


10. ‘High Above‘ by SEASIDE HEIGTHS (Gothenburg, Sweden)
A wondrous synths injected composition with echoes from The National and Editors. Both magnetic and mysterious. From their excellent, new EP Made up Minds and Bad News.


11. ‘The Somnambulist’ by ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN (Liverpool, UK)
Anthemic, bewitching and irresistibly infectious with a king-sized chorus. Best Bunnymen score in years. From the band’s upcoming album The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon.


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See/hear you next month, music junkies