Five Firecrackers To STAY ON TRACK IN THE WEEKEND!

23 October / 25 October 2020

Five new firecrackers to bang-up your favorite 48 hours…

‘Automation’ by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD (Melbourne, Aus)
The non-stop productive Australian psych addicts continue their prog-rock marathon.
The track’s clip stimulates fans to make their own remixes. Oh, did I say that the band
has a live album coming up?

‘Hoping For The Hoping’ by MODERN GUILT (London, UK)
Formed only last year these fervent blues rockers start a fire with their top debut single demo-ed in their own studio. Expect pumping drones, scorching guitars you can imitate
in front of your mirror, vehement vocals and an explosive chorus. Big blow! Big stroke!

‘Aspairt’ by PULSE PARK (Quebec, Canada)
Post-punk ardency driven by a repetitive, trance-like guitar riff and a relentless drum beat. Arresting all the way. No wonder that this eager team has been compared to noise legends such as Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth and Built to Spill. Check their 3-track EP right here.


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‘Break Us’ by FUTURE RADIO
This blues force – a combination of words, music and visuals – fronted by singer/songwriter and highly emotional guitarist Jannie Lategan produces electricity that does your head in barely three minutes with a ripper “that everyone can relate to. We all have those things that we need to let go of, but letting go isn’t always that easy” says Lategan. Here’s why…

‘Mirror’ by FUZZ (USA)
If you put TY Segall on drums, the MeatbodiesChad Ubovich on bass, and multi-instrumentalist Charles Moothart on guitar together you get a full steam ahead
cannonball like this.

See/hear you next week, music junkies

PJ HARVEY – Her Masterwork ‘STORIES FROM THE CITY, STORIES FROM THE SEA’ Came Out 20 Years Ago

23 October 2020

Artist: PJ HARVEY
Album: STORIES FROM THE CITY, STORIES FROM THE SEA – 6th LP

Released: 24 October 2000 – 20 years ago
Score: #23 in the UK, #7 in Ireland

NME wrote: “PJ Harvey’s sixth album purports to be a collection of songs drawn from experiences in various cities, and from her hermetic life on the English coast. In fact, from the opening chimes of ‘Big Exit’, the nervy guitars of Television recaptured, ‘Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea’ is a traditional New York record, both in texture and imagery. “Speak to me of heroin and speed/Of genocide and suicide/Of syphilis and greed”, she urges in ‘The Whores Hustle And The Hustlers Whore’, and you get the impression we sure aren’t in Dorset… when rock is so invigorating, so joyous about love, sex and living, all arguments are null and void. Hey, take a walk on her wild side.”

PJ Harvey: “There’s so much you can do with laying words on a bed of music. You
can completely change their meaning with the type of music or the way they’re sung.”

Turn Up Turn The Volume: As usual, PJ chose integrity and honesty
over commercial success. Result: a masterwork.

Singles/clips: Good Fortune / This Is Love

– GOOD FORTUNE –

– THIS IS LOVE –

Full album…

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PJ HARVEY: Facebook

SARAH MARY CHADWICK Announces New Album And Reveals Commanding Single ‘EVERY LOSER NEEDS A MOTHER’

New sonic impulses

23 October 2020

Captivating singer-songwriter –SARAH MARY CHADWICK, New Zealand-born and Melbourne-based made a strong impression with her Please Daddy earlier this year
and a new longlayer titled Me & Ennui Are Friends, Baby, her 7th, is already planned
for a February 2021 release via Rice Is Nice Records.

The label informs: Comprised entirely of minimal solo piano arrangements, Ennui is despondently clear-eyed and smirkingly self-deprecating, completing a trilogy of records that started with ‘The Queen Who Stole The Sky’ and her only outing to date featuring a
full band, ‘Please Daddy’.

Lead-single EVERY LOSER NEEDS A MOTHER is a characteristic, intense meditation. Straight from the heart and soul with her commanding voice making you silent and
listen in wonderment. Enthralling and absorbing. Another triumph.

Enjoy

Also on Bandcamp


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SARAH MARY CHADWICK: Facebook

New album ME & ENNUI ARE FRIENDS, BABY out 5th February

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN For President – New Longplayer ‘LETTER TO YOU’ Will Make America Great Again

23 October 2020

Artist: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
Album: LETTER TO YOU
Released: 23 October 2020

NME says: “The Boss’ triumphant 20th album features three songs he wrote in his 20s, the
rest grappling with age and mortality… It’s a message that Springsteen returns to almost 40 years later on the meditative ‘Letter To You’, his triumphant 20th album. The question now, though, as Springsteen hits his 70s and watches good friends and family members pass away, is: do they actually? Where he once sang of the mortality of fictional characters, it’s now that much closer to home. That he seems a touch overwhelmed is no surprise… It’s also his best work in 20 years…A powerful synthesis of past and present, ‘Letter To You’ shows us the strength that can be found in sorrow. The result is Springsteen’s finest album since 2002’s ‘The Rising’.”

Full review here. Score: 5/5.

Bruce Springsteen: “I love the sound of the E Street Band playing completely live in the studio, in a way we’ve never done before, and with no overdubs. We made the album in only five days, and it turned out to be one of the greatest recording experiences I’ve ever had.”

Turn Up The Volume: “The Boss for president.”

Key lines: “I’m alive / I can feel the blood shiver in my bones /
I’m alive and I’m out here on my own.”
– lines from Ghosts

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Full album…

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Facebook

Coming Soon! BUZZCOCKS SINGLES 1977-1980

COMPLETE UA BUZZCOKS SINGLES 1977-1980

Between November 1977 and December 1980 Manchester legends BUZZCOCKS ruled
the alternative punk pop world in the UK, releasing a run of thrilling singles which 40
years later transcend time or categorisation.

All twelve of those revolutionary 45s are collected here remastered from the original
tapes in the original Malcolm Garrett designed sleeves. The great box also contains a
36-page booklet written by acclaimed author and punk chronicler Clinton Heylin.

Out 15th January. More info & pre-order facilities here.

A singles box? Buzzcocks don’t mind…

Emotive Singer/Songwriter ELLIOTT SMITH Passed Away In 2003 – Only 34

22 October 2020

It’s already 17 years – 21 October 2003 – since emotive singer/songwriter ELLIOTT SMITH took his own life. He was only 34. He was born in Ohama, Nebraska in 1969, but spend most of his life in Portland, Oregon.

After playing in a few bands he went his own way. He made 5 albums between 1994 and 2000. Now playing on my stereo is his final LP Figure 8. A varied, melancholic beauty…

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R.I.P. 

 

You Can Find Romance With Rolling Debut EP By Toronto Squad BIKE CLUB

New sonic impulses

22 October 2020


(press photo via promo agency Auteur Research)

Band: BIKE CLUB (Toronto, Canada)
Who: The project started as an effort for principal songwriter Eric Warner
to record less abrasive records than his previous projects. The EP finds him
backed by members of The Elwins who collaborated with him to flesh out
the song ideas and structures and bring them to life.

EP: FIND ROMANCE – 5 tracks
Released: 16 October 2020

Info: Already recorded in 2017, but mixed and mastered in 2020.
The EP takes inspiration from late 70s power pop and early 90s East
Coast Canadian indie rock to craft a heart on the sleeve record.

Key references: The Drums, Weezer, Thee Oh Sees, Allah-Las, Black Lips

Turn Up The Volume: Sparkly cocktail of garage beats from the 70s,
amplified pop from the 80s, and geek rock resonance from the 90s
served with today’s guitar glow gaiety from Toronto. Three words:
galvanizing, electrical, and kicky.

Find some romance here…


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Also on Spotify

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BIKE CLUB: Facebook


Eric Warner‘s amigos The Elwins in Belgium a couple of years ago.
(photo by Turn Up The Volume!)

PET SHOP BOYS – Fourth Album ‘BEHAVIOUR’ Came Out 30 Years Ago Today

22 October 2020

Band: PET SHOP BOYS (London)
Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe
Active: since 1981

Album: BEHAVIOUR – fourth LP
Released: 22 October 1990 – 30 years ago today

Pitchfork wrote: “Like the Cure’s ‘Disintegration’ or Depeche Mode’s ‘Violator’,
the Pet Shop Boys’ fourth album transitioned their creators into the ’90s by both
refining and breaking from the past… Embracing disposable pop, they’ve created
lasting queer culture just as it was in danger of disappearing. They celebrate the
melancholia of being gay.”
– Full review here. Score: 8.5/10.

Neil Tennant: “We shouldn’t feel restricted by our sexuality,
and our sexuality doesn’t have to be a cultural choice.”

Chris Lowe: “We’d be nowhere without our looks.”

Turn Up The Volume: Actually, a Very Introspective Hotspot Nightlife album.

Key singles/clips: So Hard / Being Boring

– SO HARD

– BEING BORING –

Full album…

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PET SHOP BOYS: Facebook