Darkwave Pop – THE SEA AT MIDNIGHT With His Brand New Shadowy Single ‘TOO CLOSE TO THE SUN’ Out

Daily electricity to load your batteries

4 July 2022

Who: The musical dark wave project
of LA-resident Vince Grant.

Following his EP Oceans

Score: Vince Grant is no stranger to Turn Up The Volume. His dedication to darkwave is infectious as he shows again here with his new shadowy single. Sonically you still hear
Joy Division and The Cure echoes.

Too Close To The Sun is an addictive melody at heart locked in tenebrous eurhythmics. Think of lots of The Cure hits (Close To You / Friday I’m In Love / Lovecats and so many more). They were experts in writing uncomplicated pop tunes and made them sound instantly captivating. Grant also unites aural catchiness with shady musicality including a melancholic saxophone solo in this new composition. Top-quality.

Press play here.

Also streaming on Spotify.


Produced and mixed by
Chris King @moonpalaceproductions
Original art by Vega Isbell @vegaa_ar

Waking Up… On A Blue Monday

Works faster than caffeine

4 July 2022

Still the best blue Monday medicine for blue Mondays.
More than 10 million streams on YT.
More than 274 million streams on Spotify.

Big numbers, big beat, big tune.

Orser here…


New MOJO Magazine Issue #345


An exclusive audience with Patti Smith, as the warrior-poet of rock’n’roll takes to the stage once more. We celebrate The Beach Boys on the 60th Anniversary of their signing to Capitol, relive their momentous 1962 and catch up with them all in 2022. New York Dolls’ David Johansen steps back onto the grimy streets that birthed his revolutionary band. Superstar sideman Jim Keltner on madness with Cocker and crying with Dylan.

Plus: Manfred Mann; Simple Minds; Rolling Stones; Working Men’s Club; Ladysmith
Black Mambazo; Christine McVie; Vangelis; Robyn Hitchcock and Neil Young’s Toast.


14 exciting tracks from our cover star’s New York art rock milieu. Patti Smith, Moondog, Richard Hell, Jon Spencer, Sonic Youth and more! NB. CD not available on newsstand copies outside of the UK.

You can purchase a copy and let it send to your home. Info here.

The night still belongs to Patti.

MOJO: Website

Boston Alt Rockers DROPBEAR Strike With Herculian Debut Single ‘BYSTANDER’

Daily electricity to load your batteries

3 July 2022

Who: Heavy rock unit from Boston, MA

Debut single: BYSTANDER
From their upcoming debut EP

Tee Jay (drummer): “I think the direction in sound is definitely going the ’90s alternative and shoegaze route, but also eventually incorporating some more modern influences as well,” says dropbear drummer Tee Jay. “All of us have a diverse background as far as the type of music we play and what we listen to, so songwriting from here on out will most likely evolve. ‘Bystander’ was the first song written; it’s the first track on the album, and it encompasses everything we love about ’90s alt-rock — catchy spacey riffs, a bit of shoegaze, loud driving drums and a few little off-time sections and chuggy riffs.”

Turn Up The Volume: On this Herculian power stroke metal, shoegaze and classic guitar rock mania (think Eddie Van Halen and Neil Young‘s Crazy Horse) meet with forceful effect, while Rachel Bacon‘s vocals float above the giant raucousness. Bystander is a slow-burning torch, a powerhouse debut with mammoth riffs. Hefty score!

Stream/buy Bystander here
DROPBEAR: Facebook – Instagram

Debut EP Spiralized out 22 July

Best Cover Of 2022 (So Far) – Astonishing Voice SAM CASEY Shines On ETTA JAMES Classic

2 July 2022

SAM CASEY is a Toronto-based artist,
blessed with a astonishing voice.

Last May she shared her cover of the 1967 Etta James classic
I’d Rather Go Blind written by Ellington Jordan and co-credited
to Billy Foster and James.

Casey about her cover choice: “My producer, Joe Thompson, and I have always wanted
to cover Etta James’ tune, “I’d Rather Go Blind.” The way James speaks so directly about the struggle of losing someone is such a genuine act. At the time of recording this song and
video, I was going through a challenging time in my life. It feels so vulnerable to see the results of my raw emotion and struggle that this is almost difficult to watch. As soon as we started filming, the lyrics (and most likely, the fact that I was crying between takes) took everyone to this dark yet loving place where tears were being shed, but there were hugs and kisses floating around all night.”

Here’s her heart-and-soul touching version, sending shivers down your spine.

Original Etta James performance…

SAM CASEY: Facebook – Twitter