Sound-Challenging Squad BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD Canned Their 2nd Album And Share Its Lead Single

Daily electricity to load your batteries

14 October 2021

(Press photo by Rosie Foster)

Britpop is back, but not poppy, nor chart-orientated, nor with a macho rock ‘n roll
attitude. No, new British bands like Black Midi, The Murder Capital (well, actually,
they’re Irish), and Black Country, New Road explore other directions.

These young gunslingers dive into not-commerce-orientated sonic territories resulting in experimental exploits of their own containing prog and math rock, jazz, post-psych-punk, and other musical challenges. I agree they do not invent a new wheel, but the way these bands turn different genres upside down and create an adventurous sound without resonating arty-farty or complex is pretty terrific.

One of them, London’s collective BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD stunned with their brilliant jazz-infused debut album For The First Time early this year. And they’re ready
for a second time with the follow-up ANTS FROM UP THERE. Out next year, on 22 February. Order info here.

Press statement: “Almost exactly a year to the day from the release of their acclaimed debut “For the first time”, the band have harnessed the momentum from that record and run full pelt into their second, with “Ants From Up There” managing to strike a skillful balance between feeling like a bold stylistic overhaul of what came before, as well as a natural progression.”

Along with this announcement we get the lead single.

CHAOS SPACE MARINE is “the best song we’ve ever written. We threw in every idea anyone had with that song. So the making of it was a really fast, whimsical approach – like throwing
all the shit at the wall and just letting everything stick.”
says frontman Isaac Wood.

Sounds like great shit to me.

Smell here…


DREW FIVE – You Can See The Magic Of The Lights In The Expanse Of The Sky On Video Now

Impressive clips for ears and eyes

14 October 2021

Who: A composer who works for independent movies and
writtes for installations and dance. He’s also half of electro
dance-pop duo Feral Five.

Last month Drew Five released his new single
Lights In The Expanse Of The Sky. An atmospheric
and starry-eyed instrumental.

Turn Up The Volume said: This electronic starlight instrumental
spiced with glimmering guitar play now and then is an ideal companion
for an odyssey to la-la land where reality looks so much different as
on our stricken planet.

Now here’s the video clip.
Start dreaming with your eyes
open and enjoy the magic of nature…

DREW FIVE: Facebook

Coming Soon… New Album By Enterprise NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE

14 October 2021

Two years after Colorado work-alcoholic Neil Young & Crazy Horse
have another LP canned called Barn. Out 12 December.

Young: “We are so happy to be back in the barn. A barn built to replicate
the 1850s barn that had collapsed in exactly the same place, high in the
mountains of Colorado.”

You can hear lead-single Song Of Seasons but there’s a condition.

You need to subscribe to his website. Why Neil? Does you’re money-orientated
marketing team wants to build a database with our ID info? Sounds like the usual enterprise technique to sell their products in the end as your subscription form
indicates. Way to go, Neil. Rockin’ in the free world? I don’t think so. Of course, you
just do it or you don’t and countless artists use ordinary sales tricks, but that’s not
an excuse, Mister Young. Although I’m a vivid fan I can’t be bothered to hear the
new song under these circumstances.

Welcome to the Neil Young enterprise…

(Image on top: cover of Young’s ‘Comes A Time’ album)

SUNFLOWER BEAN Back With Easy-Going Pop Thrill ‘BABY DONT’ CRY’

14 October 2021

(Photo by Turn Up The Volume)

Who: Guitar pop trio out of New York City

Since the release of second album Twentytwo In Blue 3 years ago,
the band disappeared into the night. But, wait, they’re back now with
a new single titled BABY DON’T CRY. A harbinger for a new full length?
We’ll see/hear.

About the new tune: “So many things in our lives are disposable. Content
and news are consumed and discarded leaving us unfulfilled. “Baby Don’t Cry”
is about enjoying the real. The things right in front of us that give us meaning
and how sometimes, even sad songs can give you that warm feeling of hope.”

Baby Don’t Cry is SB by numbers. An easy-going
and sugary mid-tempo pop thrill to hum along.

Enjoy here…


THE BARBITURATES Bring You The Dadaist Guerilla Sound Of Ireland

Daily electricity to load your batteries

13 October 2021

Who: Take a deep breath,… “a grungy psychedelic occult postpunk
Dadaist Guerrilla D.I.Y ontology discordian skizophonic rock band from
Derry city Ireland

New album: Titled, take another deep breath,… SUPER CALLOUS FASCIST
(the best album title I heard all year long) that
will hit the streets just before Xmas, on 23rd December. A great festive present
to convert your beloved family to The Barbiturates.

All tracks will be unleashed one by one before
the longplayer’s release (bonus stuff included).

The first two singles


Doesn’t really sound like a Guerilla rant. The vibrant combination of jingle-jangle guitars
à la 60s legends The Byrds, whistle-along catchiness à la Kurt Vile, a sing-along ba-ba-ba chorus, and a sparkling guitar finale resound more like a radio hit and that’s totally fine
by me.


After the poppy decoy above it’s in-your-face time with a cry-out sledgehammer swaying forth and back with droning force for 100 seconds. A trash and clash slam with some unexpected piano clatter in the end. Bingo!

I wonder what comes next: a jazzy instrumental followed
by a hardcore hammer blow? Yep, I’m definitely curious.

Happy 80 PAUL SIMON!

13 October 2021

Paul Frederic Simon was born on October 13, 1941 in Newark, New Jersey.

Happy 80 to an outstanding singer/songwriter and graceful pop voice. He started
his brilliant career with Art Garfunkel back in 1956 – 65 years ago! They scored hit
single after hit single and several million-selling LPs. They split in 1970, both starting
a solo journey.

He recorded 14 solo studio albums, with In The Blue Light (2018) as his most recent
one. His 2006 longplayer Surprise was co-produced by Brian Eno who also took care
of electronics on all, but one track.

Three (hard to choose) memorable Simon moments

(Soul-stirring live version from the duo’s historic
1981 concert in Central Park, New York)

(Gripping live version)


No, three songs are not enough to honor the legend.
So let’s play his Greatest Hits on this festive day…

PAUL SIMON: Biography – Facebook

(Image on top: Cover of his ultimate collection album)

Shake Your Ska Booty On Halloween – MENTO BURU Take Care Of The Music With ‘SKAWOLLEEN’ EP

13 October 2021

Who: A 7-piece band from Bakersfield, CA that combining an energetic blend of Latin alternative, Jamaican SKA, and reggae sounds. Veterans of ska music’s hyperactive nineties third wave, the group has released music on the Moon Ska and Steady Beat record labels. The band’s name refers to two forms of early Jamaican folk music styles, which make up the rhythmic foundation of what would become ska and reggae music in the 1960s.

(photo by Jeremy Gonzalez)


Info: A six-song Extended Play of reimagined Halloween music classics originally recorded and released by Bakersfield Sound icons Buck Owens and Ronnie Cook & The Gaylads.

Turn Up The Volume: Just leave your death metal albums on the shelf this year with Halloween. Why? With this steaming EP you can organise also a moshpit with your friends. But instead of banging you’re heads against each other with concussions as a result, you can safely go Ska bonkers now. Warning: don’t fall over your feet while shuffling them like crazy and while shaking your booty too fast, or you’ll have the same painful outcome as with your metalloween havoc.

Join the special(s) madness here…

MENTO BURO: Facebook

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