Discover Ballsy Brooklyn Duo NO SWOON And Their Fired Up Debut Single ‘DON’T WAKE UP, WAKE UP’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

26 September 2019

(photo by Christopher Malarick)


Who: Duo – Tasha and Zack – from Brooklyn, NY, formed in 2016.
Their music draws from dream pop, shoegaze, and post-punk revival

Track: ‘DON’T WAKE UP, WAKE UP’ – first single from their debut album
out 1 November via Substitute Scene Records

Score: Wow! What a jaw-dropping debut this is! ‘Don’t Wake Up, Wake Up‘ rushes and
races fiercely like if somebody chases you in a nightmare and you have no clue how to escape. Screaming guitars, ablaze percussion and urgent vocals all add to the anxious impact of this bang-up buster. Sturdy stuff! Antsy turbulence!

NO SWOON: Facebook

Self-titled debut LP out 1st November – all info here

Imposing And Electrical – London’s MASS DATURA Dropped Staggering Single ‘SUTRA SWOON SUTRA’

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…


17 June 2020

After compelling 2017 debut album Sentimental Meltdown London’s psych-rock collective MASS DATURA announced the launch of their sophomore album ‘Wish Untitled‘ for a 10th July release via All Types of Slime Records.

Here’s opening track ‘SUTRA SWOON SUTRA‘. It’s a rattling guitar riff powered
haymaker with an enigmatic and hypnotizing psych resonance while bone-chilling
vocals add an eerie vibration to the overall nightmarish image. About midway the
already menacing radiation slows down for an eldritch finale. Imposing, electrical,
and spooky are the keywords and nerve-racking, disturbing and ambiguous
are the sonic sentiments. Staggering stroke!

“It’s a fairytale for two and we’re down on our knees, sutra swoon sutra.”

Get goosebumps here…


(Photo credit: Ellen Rogers)

TURN UP THE VOLUME’S Eleven Knockout Tracks For SEPTEMBER 2019…

This past month’s best…

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Eleven Knockout Tracks on repeat this past month!
A fervid fusion of clashing crackers and boisterous bangers!
Here’s Turn Up The Volume‘s Knockout September Team

1. ‘Land Of Dead’ by ELEPHANT STONE (Montreal, Canada)
A stomping rocker pushed by a steamy sitar riff. Wham bloody bam!

2. ‘Destiny’ by PRYSM (North Of England, UK)
Flaming fuel for all you out there who needs to ventilate their fury once in a while. Yeah!

3. ‘Don’t Wake Up, Wake Up by NO SWOON
Savage guitars, ablaze percussion & urgent vocals! Bang-up buster! Jaw-dropping debut!

4. ‘Getting Older’ by RETAIL SPACE (Brooklyn, NY, US)
Dazzling guitar pop catchiness that will make your head swirl 360°. Irresistible zinger!

5. ‘Pushing Back’ by THE NEW POLLUTION (New York, US)
An ongoing repetitive hypnotic guitar riff spiced with airy dancey vibes. Bingo!

6. ‘We’re Not Detective’ by FEVA (Newcastle, UK)
Boiling hot smasher! Uproarious hubbub that will blow up your speakers! Kaboom!…

7. ‘Ego‘ by FERAL FIVE (London, UK)
Blistering blessing for those who want to swing themselves into a coma. Tanze jetzt!

8. ‘Mexico’ by HUSBANDS
The 21st Century Beach Boys. Non-stop fun, daily sun and sonic bubblegum. Surf’s up!

9. ‘Second Hand Emotion’ by SAYTR PLAY (Manchester, UK)
Put on some mascara, your sexiest boots, your coolest shirt and let your adrenalin flow.

10. ’75 Trips’ by REFLEKTER (Nottingham, UK)
Hungry guitars, jumpy electro beat injections, cocky vocals and a knockout chorus. Top!

11. ‘Love Is Around‘ by GREAT HARE (Gothenburg, Sweden)
A sticky amplified guitar pop tune, jingle jangle chants and a nostalgic Dinosaur JR feel…

All together on Spotify…

See/hear you next month, music junkies…

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PICK OF THE DAY – Electro Rockers SWOON Impress With Banger ‘FUN POLICE’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

23 April 2018


Who: “A cracking four-piece electro alt-rock band hailing from
Brighton, UK, who create leftfield pop songs. Songs with teeth.

Track: FUN POLICE – title track of upcoming EP

Score: This Brighton quartet combines vivifying electronics, hot-spirited guitar lines and pushing bass/drums perfectly in order to create an overpowering bravado that blows you off your socks. ‘Fun Police‘ is a roaring knockout that turns totally badass when the rowdy chorus kicks in. This Brighton quartet combines vivifying electronics, hot-spirited guitar lines and pushing bass/drums perfectly in order to create an overpowering bravado that blows you off your socks. Add frontwoman Alice‘s sturdy and biting vox on top of it and what you get is pure dynamite. Don’t hesitate to turn up the decibels and let this solid
gold wallop mess up your head the way you like it. Listen/watch right here, right now…

SWOON: Facebook – Twitter – Spotify

FUN POLICE available on iTunes – Same-titled 4-track EP out 25 May

PICK OF THE DAY – Vibrant British Newcomers SWOON Will Make You Feel Free With ‘CAGE’…

Daily fuel load your sonic batteries…

23 January 2018

Roots: Brighton, UK
Who: “an electronic pop band hailing from the buzzing seaside town of Brighton, UK. They’re a group of music-obsessives who met in the summer of 2017 at a lonely hearts night. However, they didn’t fancy each other, so decided to form a band instead.”
Track: CAGE – only their 2nd track
SCORE: this mighty synths explosion, alternated with some short reflective moments,
is spiced fiercely with hot-blooded vocals and draws a burning trace from start to finish. No entrapment for these inflammable newcomers. Big sound, rad vox, knockout score. Launch this firecracker right now right here, turn up the heat and feel free…

SWOON: Facebook – Twitter – Spotify

JAPAN Released Fourth Album ‘GENTLEMEN TAKE POLAROIDS’ 40 Years Ago

26 October 2020

Band: JAPAN (South-London)
Active: 1974–1982, 1989–1991

Album: Gentlemen Take Polaroids
Released: 24 October 1980 – 40 years ago

AllMusic/Ned Raggett wrote: “Gentlemen Take Polaroids’ was unquestionably
the album in which Japan truly found its own unique voice and aesthetic approach.
The glam influences still hung heavy, particularly from Roxy Music, but now the band
found itself starting to affect others in turn… musically, meanwhile, the swooning, hyper
elegant Euro-disco sheen of Quiet Life was polished to an even finer edge throughout.”

Full review here. Score: 4/5.

David Sylvian (mastermind): “During the lifetime of Japan
I became very neurotic, very paranoid.”

Turn Up The Volume: From adolescent sex to adult sex.

Full album…

JAPAN: All Albums


Uplifting And Alarming – Here’s New Single ‘ENERGY CZAR’ By THE ZOLAS

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…


23 June 2020

After 2016’s radio-smashing, Juno-nominated breakthrough album Swooner
Vancouver’s amplified pop trio THE ZOLAS are ready for a new adventure and
a new direction.

We thought it was hilarious to make a Britpop record at a time when nobody but us is
listening to that, but we have our little clique and that made us more excited to do what
we want and say fuck it to how it might be received.”

About the new album: “There’s so many sounds we love that came out of the mid-90s UK; Britpop and acid-house and trip-hop all carrying on in parallel scenes. If felt right to cross-pollinate this album with all of that,” Gray says. “So we’d write simple songs in our jam space and then steal sounds from the Prodigy or Primal Scream or the Happy Mondays or Tricky whenever it felt good.”

First single ‘ENERGY CZAR is about the narcissism and self-loathing
that comes with being a human being in the 21st century

It’s a sickly sticky pop banger that activates your lazy bloodstream on the spot. Make
some room and start swinging, swaying, shaking and swirling. As long as high-spirited
and electrifying tunes like this uplift our mood, without losing sight of reality, we can only aspire that humankind will learn that we need tolerance, equality, and respect for one another, to survive on this messed-up planet Let’s hope and believe.

Here we go…

THE ZOLAS: Facebook

(photo via PR agency Auteur Research)


Remarkable albums from the past

‘High Land, Hard Rain’

Released: 19 April 1983
Debut longplayer

ALL MUSIC wrote: “Some performers never make a bigger splash than with their first record, a situation that the Ramones and De La Soul know all too well. If that’s the case, though, said musicians had better make sure that debut is a doozy. Aztec Camera, or more specifically, Roddy Frame, falls squarely into this scenario, because while he has doggedly plugged away ever since with a series of what are, at times, not bad releases, High Land, Hard Rain remains the lovely touchstone of Frame’s career. Very much the contemporaries of such well-scrubbed Scottish guitar pop confectionaries as Orange Juice, but with the best gumption and star quality of them all, Aztec Camera led off the album with “Oblivious,” a mini-masterpiece of acoustic guitar hooks, lightly funky rhythms, and swooning backing vocals. If nothing tops that on High Land, Hard Rain, most of the remaining songs come very close, while they also carefully avoid coming across like a series of general sound-alikes.” Score: 5/5 – Full review here.


Album in full

AZTEC CAMERA: Biography – Discograhy

Early days

STEF KAMIL CARLENS – Romantic Troubadour And Melancholic Storyteller Heading For The Road…

STEF KAMIL CARLSEN – N9, Eeklo, Belgium – 13 January 2018


Ex-dEUS, ex-Moondog JR, ex-Zita Swoon
Romantic troubadour & melancholic storyteller
Songs about yesterday’s lost loves, songs about
Gainsbourg & Birkin, a Scottish girl & going away
Mesmeric melodies and gripping narratives…

Whispering vox, sensual harp, affectionate bass,
vivid keys, jazzy drums, glimmering slide-guitar
and nostalgic pop rainbows for heart and soul
up-tempo, mid-tempo, slow-tempo… MAGIC


STEF KAMIL CARLSEN: Website – Facebook – Instagram

“I have my eyes on you…”

Sensual harp, country voice…

Slide sentiments


Two hours of magic…

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