Harmonious UMA CHINE Orchestra Shines On Brand New Single – Here’s ‘LONELY GIANT’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

29 October 2018

(pic by Shervin Sheikh Rezaei)


Who: Belgian band of experienced musicians/voices formed around singer/songwriter Nele De Gussem, producing roots and electronica related vibes colored with marvelous vocals.

Pick: LONELY GIANT – new single from upcoming debut album, out early 2019

Score: After launching lustrous debut single Screens last June UMA CHINE (hUMAn MaCHINE) releases a second track from their upcoming LP this week. LONELY GIANT
is a remarkable stroke of adventurous pop exquisiteness. The ingenious way the playful and cinematic electronics, the propelling drums/bass, frontwoman Nele‘s spirited vox,
the resplendent harmonies and the whole refined orchestration come together and
turn a charming song into a fascinating pop symphony with multiple layers of sonic processing is pretty special. You’ll discover new things with every spin. Capture the
rich right vibe here while enjoying the accompanying artful video clip…

UMA CHINE: Facebook / Label: Starman Records

Human Harmony Machine… (photo: Turn Up The Volume! Ghent 2018)

Belgian Daydreamers UMA CHINE Glisten On Wondrous Debut Single ‘SCREENS’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

5 June 2018

(photo: Shervin Sheikh Rezaei)

UMA CHINE (hUMAn MaCHINE) is a Belgian band formed around guitarist/keyboardist Nele De Gussem who was/is being part of several other outfits and varied projects. She’s surrounded by a team of experienced and eclectic musicians. Together they just released their debut single, titled SCREENS. A pure pop pearl that triggers your fantasy instantly. A wonderous rainbow colored with heavenly harmonies wrapped in electronic atmospherics touching your senses. A truly lustrous debut that will put a blissful smile on your face. Find out why right here. Music, maestro, please. Time to dance and sing

UMA CHINE: Facebook / Label: Starman Records

Legendary German Visionaries KRAFTWERK Released 7th LP ‘THE MAN-MACHINE’ Forty Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

17 May 2018



Released: 19 May 1978 – 40 years ago

ROLLING STONE wrote back then: “As with Trans-Europe Express, the new record has a built in ambiguity that pretty much accounts for the group’s charm. Though Kraftwerk would seem to worship machines — totally unlike Brian Eno, who, on his brilliant Before and after Science, explores their possibilities — the band might actually be committed humanists, documenting how emotionless the future will be if we continue to cheer such “innovations” as the Chemical Bank Cash Machine. Maybe. Whatever its stance, Kraftwerk still parodies us dumb mortals.”
Score: 5/5 – Full review here.

Dance with the robots here in full…

KRAFTWERK: Website – Facebook – All Albums

Men and machine

Anniversary Albums – Living Legend TOM WAITS Released His Memorable Longplayer ‘BONE MACHINE’ Twenty-Five Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history…



Released: 8 September 1992 – 25 years ago

Cover image: it consists of a blurred , close-up image of Waits in a leather skullcap with horns and protective goggles, was taken by Jesse Dylan, the son of legend Bob Dylan.

Note: the album won ‘Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album‘ that year…

Rolling Stone wrote: “For more than twenty years, Tom Waits has chronicled the small wins and grotesque losses of the seedy underworld. Bone Machine, his first full-length studio album since Frank’s Wild Years (1987), continues observing a world of deathly mysteries, half-baked gospel truths and secular ambitions. His drunken bluster to the fore, Waits tramples melodies with an ear for twisting clichés. The music matches Waits’s hollers with plenty of upright bass, late-night piano and over-the-top percussion. Albums this rich with spiritual longing prove the validity of that effort, no matter the odds…”

My bone impression: Tom Waits is one of the last originals – incomparable,  special, genial, genuine and he always did/does it his way…

Three Top Tracks: Who Are You This Time / Going Out West / I Don’t Wanna Grow Up…

* WHO ARE YOU THIS TIME (lyric video) – vintage Waits ballad, human tristesse…

* GOING OUT WEST – punky creepiness at its very best…

* I DON’T WANNA GROW UP – irresistible cracker, insane video clip…

Full album…

TOM WAITS: Biography – Website – Facebook – Discography

photo: Anton Corbijn…

Brighton’s Zealous Trio GRYMM With Pitch Black Discharge… BR-EA-THE

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

26 November 2018


Who: “An energetic indie-grunge hybrid with all the catchiness of pop, outfit from Brighton. The band creates a cacophony of sound, yet they still intrinsically maintain a strict grip on melody and vocal hooks.”


Score: Here’s a pitch-black slow burning discharge translating the evil of our media dominated society where it becomes really hard to breathe like a normal, free-thinking human being, into a claustrophobic groove with a petrifying chorus. Its tone is ominous,
its drone is doomy. We definitely need some pure oxygen again. Here’s why…

GRYMM: Facebook –  Twitter

Why Outspoken Blitzkrieg Punk Gang IDLES Is The Best Fucking Band Right Now On Our Troubled Planet…

IDLES – De Zwerver, Leffinge, Belgium – 2 November 2018

Soon, at the end of the year, Bristol‘s steamrollin’ punks IDLES will be in countless 2018
lists in two categories: best album and best live act. Second longplayer JOY AS AN ACT
catapulted the band into the highest regions of alternative music. It’s an awesome red-hot-blooded record capable of bringing your speakers down, but also, and actually most of all, this socially committed combo looks, acts and plays like HUMANS – very exciting ones, that is – they write about ALL HUMANS and they do it for us, HUMANS. Read the gripping interview NME had a couple of months ago with blazing frontman Joe Talbot right here and you’ll learn that this dynamite squad has a very BIG HONEST HEART!

And then there are their smashing live shows. On a podium, this down-to-earth quintet becomes a blitzkrieg machine blowing your minds unstoppably with emotional force and relentless panache. Yesterday was my fourth live encounter. Another oh-yeah-fucking-hell experience. Explosive every-nerve-in-his-body-is-alive-and-kicking frontman Joe Talbot leads the hair-raising troops but all of his remarkable teammates assist him brilliantly to make the crowd go totally gaga. Everybody’s screaming, yelling, jumping, cheering, clapping and sweating with the greater part of the crazed crowd involved in the boiling mosh-pit in the middle of the fired-up venue and at one point many of us, including myself, hit the stage
to hop around madly like a bunch of wild kids. Yes, folks, this is what ENTERTAINMENT is all about. Having the time of your life on a night out and returning home, voiceless, with a large smile on your face. Great bands make people feel BLOODY HAPPY! This hot clan is not only great, right now, right here IDLES id the best fucking band on this troubled planet…

If you never heard of them , check this cooking BBC TV performance and
you’ll realize why I’m in a euphoric state during and after an Idles gig…

Some shots from yesterday’s steamy party

L-o-u-d and intens joy as an act of resistance

Blitzkrieg electricity

By the people for the people

Creating a deafening Black Sabbath like finale…

See you next time



IDLES: Website – Facebook

(all concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)

TODAY’S YESTERDAY ALBUM – ‘Penthouse And Pavement’ Debut LP by HEAVEN 17…

Remarkable albums from the past…

‘Penthouse And Pavement’ by HEAVEN 17
Debut LP released September 1981

ALL MUSIC wrote: “When synthesists Ian Craig Marsh and Martyn Ware left the Human
League in 1980, the decision seemed iffy; after all, the League appeared on the way up and would achieve global fame the very next year with Dare!. The first album from Heaven 17, Marsh and Ware’s new trio with singer Glenn Gregory, wasn’t greeted with quite the same commercial kudos when released in 1981, but it turned out to be an important outing nevertheless. Picking up where Kraftwerk had left off with The Man Machine, the group
created glistening electro-pop that didn’t skimp on danceable grooves or memorable
– Score: 4/5 – Full review here

TURN UP THE VOLUME says: Stylish electronics, sticky dance tunes,
and infectious grooves.

TOP TRACK: the inevitable one, because of its infectious geniality…

Album in full…

HEAVEN 17: Website – Facebook – Tour Dates

Still spreading sonic prayers

Erste Langspielplatte von Musikgruppe ELEFANT Is Out! Here’s A Track By Track Guide To ‘KONARK UND BONARK’…

Everything you always wanted to know about ELEFANT’s album but were afraid to ask

22 May 2018

Finally, the very-long-awaited lange debut Spielplatte ‘KONARK UND BONARK’ von
das verrückteste Belgische Lebenslied Orchester ELEFANT found its way to our troubled planet! These four misfits, dressed in a modern designed version of Stanley Kubrick‘s
outfit for his Clockwork Orange‘s gang of droogs have some serious shit out now. Just imagine Pink Floyd‘s ‘Dark Side Of The Moon‘ escapade produced by Ennio Morricone
while having a nightmarish LSD trip. Trust me, this is not Scheißmusik! This is the
optimum Armageddon soundtrack. Eine geistig gestörte Aha-Erlebnis! A sort of close encounters of the third kind, whatever that might be. Exactly! Only the band knows
what really fucked up their sick minds when creating this balls-shaking mumbo
jumbo. Only they know the secret to the song’s codes. Only they can clarify what
this mind-cracking ‘Konark und Bonark‘ bollocks is all about…

Ladies, gents and all wicked science-fiction fans, it’s Turn Up the Volume‘s pleasure to welcome, right here the Fürher dieser kranke Musikgruppe who will reveal all enigmas
of ELEFANT’s first baffling record, one by one. Spit it out, Wolfman

The music

The stories, track by track

1/ Haven’t Heard Of Yet
“Some time ago I had nodes on my vocal chords. I had surgery and the following night I had to keep silent. That and a bottle gin was a bizarre experience, I wrote some five pages of drunken rant about having to shut up, which was love I haven’t heard of yet. I edited the lyrics and turned it into an a-capella song. In the studio we just jammed on it to what it is now.”

2/ Oh My Dog (Oh Mein Hund)
“When I heard that someone close to us was diagnosed with cancer,
it freaked me out and this popped out. Satie meets Black Sabbath.”

Ozzy, Elefant’s invisible fifth member

3/ Schräg
“I wrote this fairly quickly watching TV. I started with a quote from Wolfgang
‘s “Der viele viele Schnee“, because I am such a well-read prick. It deals
with the sexy subject Death, that ugly thief that I meet more and more.”

Writer Wolfgang Borchert: an inspiration…

4/ Landman
“This is the last one wrote I for the album. It ended up as an ode to our maecenas and sound engineer Dr. P. Landman. Some lyrics are easy to explain and some you just don’t know what they’re about. Landman is one I can’t figure out what it means. Schizophrenia dealing with your genetic past/psycho-shit/keep coming back smaller and smaller//////….”

5/ Credulity
“This is the hippie song, at least lyrically. It’s the new ‘We are the world‘.
Deliciously naive I wish I was myself.”

We were the world, we sounded like shit…

6/ Wie Scharf Ist Dein Messer?
“This song is the result of the alienating vibe and the eery repetitive sounds echoing
in Pre-Op Room. Racing thoughts, sweaty paws as you’re left in the hands of science,
its machinery and disciples. We live in an era where Man and Machine become more
and more intertwined, be it smartphones, bionic implants, robots, or A.I.”

7/ Groan Sweet Groan
“I like this song a lot, because its arrangements just happened. we jammed on it in the studio and this is take 1 shortened to what it is now. Lyrically it’s about the goons in power fucking it up for the rest of us minions.”

8/ Der Publizist
“For this one I tried to use the most dissonant sounds. combined with – according to our keyboardist StijnDas Ich-like vocals and lots of humour. This one has the Sherman filterbank all over it.”

9/ Lord Sleep
“What’s that face? Who are you? Where is this room I’m in? Who that face? Who that space, well I recall, I do recall, don’t I?” My grandmother lived her last years becoming more and more demented until she was totally gone. A painful thing to witness.”

Lord Sleep… in motion

10/ A 1000 Smells
“This one is for humanity: you’ve wandered far off…”

11/ 1929
“This is one of the oldest Elefant instrumentals and still a favourite.
It’s a beautiful, moody, almost happy and freaky piece.”

11/ Norsun Muisti
“Another hip dementia inspired song. I am trying to remember
all the things I was trying to forget. Now are you?”

Thank you Wolfman for being our guide!
Thank you ELEFANT for freaking us out…

ELEFANT: Facebook – Bandcamp

(Concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)

10 Questions For Manchester’s Glamorous Guitar Popsmiths – Meet… ALTAR FLOWERS

Discover thrilling artists in 10 questions

3 April 2018

ALTAR FLOWERS are heartfelt guitar popsmiths based in that legendary sonic city of Manchester. They write heartfelt, lifelike songs about love, death and all mixed emotions
in between. Amplified musings about real emotions and human experiences, colored with a glamorous touch caused by poetic guitar lines and tempting male/female vocals here and there. Musically they bring The Human League‘s catchy electro romanticism and Pulp‘s high-quality pop songwriting to mind. After their excellent 2016 debut album i.d.s.t the band just returned with magnificent 4-track EP Performance. Time to talk. Before doing
so, with frontman (guitar/vocals) Jay Gibb, let’s get in the right mood. Here’s ‘Dead Leaves‘, the compelling opener off that fresh extended play…

Welcome Jay Gibb at Turn Up The Volume!

1 / What’s the story behind the band’s name?
“Have you seen Batman Forever with Val Kilmer? The scene where Edward E Nigma is
coming up with his name for The Riddler… like that! We got it from a heavy metal band-name generator. We liked it in a very tongue-in-cheek way but I liked the idea that the exact same decorative flowers on an altar would oversee loads of different occasions
and celebrations like ‘love’ in marriage, baptisms, morning mass repenting, and
of course, death!”

2/ “Love.Death.Pop.” Does these three words on your Facebook-page
indicate what ALTAR FLOWERS is all about?

“In 3 words, yeah. We’re very much one extreme or the other but at the same
time working within our boundaries which is the pop element, and most bands
seem to say the opposite. Which is probably why we’re better than most.”

3/ I’m always intrigued by records’ artwork. What’s the story
behind the image on the new ‘Performance’ EP’s sleeve?

“It was very last-minute to be honest but I dig it. We spent a lot of time on another
cover that got over-complicated and smart-arsey, so in the end I just thought, fuck it,
it just needs a visual to look how it sounds. I’m very lazy like that. But no underlining meaning, no.”

4/ The band released excellent debut LP “i.s.d.t.” about two years ago.
What does the title stand for and which track is the group’s favorite?

” ‘i.D.S.t’ was written all over every wall, park bench, even carved into trees round our way in the 90’s when I was a growing up. It stands for ‘If Destroyed Still True’, haha. Like a kind of a ‘statement’ of everlasting eternal forever, ever and ever and ever love between young teens whose relationships lasted a whole 3 weeks. My favourite track is ‘So Happy‘. We played it live in a church once, it was truly, truly beautiful. One of ‘them’ moments, ha.”

5/ Many big bands (The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Oasis, Happy Mondays etc…)
came out of Manchester. Is the city still that buzzing place for alternative music today?

“I don’t wanna sound like a dick but I wouldn’t know to be honest. So, probably not.
I don’t get out much, so, for all I know it could be absolutely buzzin ‘n’ ravin it’s fuckin
tits off. Put it this way, a promoter sent an email to us just before a gig saying summut
like “Right you guys, tonight, I want the bands to be talking and buzzing with each other from start to finish to create a party atmosphere” that probably says it all.”

6/ Which movie would you pick to visualize your music
on a big screen when playing a concert?

‘Robocop’. Part man, part machine, innit… or maybe something like
Weird Science or a John Carpenter movie. Though to be fair, he did his
own soundtrack music which was fuckin’ boss. He’d laugh at us.”

Special guest at Altar Flowers’ next gigs

7/ Your number one artist/band to do a world tour with?
“Probably, Poison or Skid Row . One of those fun bands from the 80’s with big massive vodka swimming pools and disposable Lamborghini’s, innit. Or Elton John, I can watch
his tantrums on Youtube for hours. I’d love to wind him up, cut the heads off his flowers
or put a fake shit on his piano or summut.”

Altar Flowers’ world tour ambition

8/ Manchester City or Manchester United?
“Man U obvs.”

9/ If you could go back in time on which artist’s front door
would you knock and ask to have a selfie together?

Cher in the 60’s was a proper fit. I’d fancy my chances
aswell, definitely.”

Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPiere

10/ Future plans for ALTAR FLOWERS?
“I feel like we’ve probably spent too much time in the studio,
so probably just to get out, and do it live a bit more and to just
be wonderful… we’d like a 2nd ep out, before the end of the year,
but we’re taking it all as it comes for now I reckon. It’s all good
in the hood at the minute.”

Thank you for this interview, Jay.
May the road rise with ALTAR FLOWERS!

Here’s new EP ‘Performance’ in full…

ALTAR FLOWERS: Facebook – Twitter – Instagram
Debut album ‘i.d.s.t.”: stream on Bandcamp


THE GLÜCKS – Supersonic Starfighters Cause Earthquake On Album Release Night…

THE GLÜCKS – Charlatan Club, Ghent (Belgium) – 23 March 2018

What the hell happened last night in my hometown Ghent?
Was it a sonic tsunami? An ear-deafening tornado? A kick-ass rollercoaster? A smacking whirlwind? A terrific thunderstorm? A hellish hallucination? An electric chair experience?
A fucking Nightmare on Elm Street? The Ostend Chain Saw Massacre? Or the Tina Witch Project featuring Alex Kreuger? It was all this and much more. It was that two-headed machine-gun beast called… THE GLÜCKS

What were these misfits actually doing?
It was the release night of their second longplayer titled RUN AMOK. A filthy animal
of a record resonating at times as if it was recorded by a schizophrenic Manga army with paranoid problems. Yet, on first hearing, this new baby sounds more versatile and more melodic than their full-length debut detonation. But I need a couple of more spins to fully absorb all the new firecrackers, brick by brick. And so should you. It’s a lot cheaper than therapy…

Hammering Tina...

Riff Junk Alex

What about the audience?
Totally committed to the new shit from the turbulent start to the explosive finish! Bodies flew around as if it was a human air show for wackos. Heads pirouetted uncontrollably while a wall of decibels crashed the sound system without mercy and on repeat. Crack! Boom! Wham! Damn! Bam! Walls got wet because of the tropic heat. Sweat streamed
non-stop, adrenalin streamed non-stop and beer streamed non-stop while psychedelic images on a screen behind the band caused rapid-eye-movement in the crowd. You get the picture, ladies and gents? The Cramps are the Devilish-Psycho-Masters Of Slam-Garage-Billy and these two rambunctious misfits, Hammering Tina & Riff Junk Alex, are without a shadow of a doubt their coolest apostles. HAIL HAIL… THE GLÜCKS

Fly me to the… disco ball

About time to RUN AMOK!
Here’s the smashing front cover…

Here are the smashing uppercuts…

Album available right here, right now

Holy cow!

THE GLÜCKS: Facebook –Twitter

(concert pics JL/Turn Up The Volume!)