CYPRESS HILL Released Second Doom Doped Album ‘BLACK SUNDAY’ Twenty-Five Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

19 July 2018

Band: CYPRESS HILL (Los Angeles, US)

Album: BLACK SUNDAY – 2nd longplayer

Released: 20 July 1993 – 25 years ago…

wrote: “‘Black Sunday’ made Cypress Hill’s connection to rock & roll more explicit, with its heavy metal-like artwork and noisier, more dissonant samples (including, naturally, stoner icons Black Sabbath). It’s a slightly darker affair than its groundbreaking predecessor, with the threats of violence more urgent and the pot obsession played to the hilt. Black Sunday is overall a consistent, engaging listen, especially the flawless first half or so.”
Score: 4.5/5 – Full review here

TURN UP THE VOLUME says: without a shadow of a doubt their
best doom doped work ever…

TOP TRACKS: Insane In The Brain / I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That / A to K



* A TO K

ALBUM in full…

CYPRESS HILL: Facebook – Website – All Albums

Would you goin’ out with them?

MEET Arty Creepy Crazily Whacky Madly Hurly-Burly Sturm Und Drang Combo DIANE GRACE…

DIANE GRACE – Kinky Star, Ghent, Belgium – 17 July 2018

From Antwerp, Belgium here’s chaotic noise beast DIANE GRACE. A clamorous band you can scare your neighbours with, a theatrical turmoil band you can go totally berserk to, a tumultuous band capable of starting ketchup revolutions in shitty nightclubs, a punk band for psychic patients, a harebrained band of wackos you can cause PANIC with…

Yesterday night they did it again in my hometown Ghent, sounding, looking and acting completely… whizzy, scuzzy, frizzy, queazy, snazzy, exequy, zincky, quacky, jimply, blowzy, jockey, frowzy, jiminy, jangly, jingly, cozily, frouzy, frenzy, manicly, floozy, godverdomme, jalopy, veejay, litzy, peppery, jinny, skivvy, beastie, qwerty, chips with paprika, arty, hazily, japery, chubby, jetway, chuffy, whacky, alkoxy, miljaar, packly and kinky. I have actually no idea what all these bloody words exactly mean, I
just picked them because their nutty sound matches last night’s liberating spirit. I am
sure, this diabolic three-headed monster doesn’t give a flying fuck either of how people perceive them as artists. That is what makes their exuberant sonic exorcism so damn fascinating. Don’t try to analyze them, don’t try to put them in a box, don’t try to even understand them. Just e-x-p-e-r-i-e-n-c-e them…

Some yesterday’s visuals

Heeeeeellllll yeahhhhhh

Play that funky music, white boys

Neanderthal man on a rip-roaring mission

Back to earth


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

SPARKLEHORSE Released His Capricious Top Album ‘GOOD MORNING SPIDER’ Twenty Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

18 July 2018


Album: GOOD MORNING SPIDER – second longplayer

Released: 20 July 1998 – 20 years ago

PITCHFORK wrote: “Mark Linkous’ second album as Sparklehorse shines an old light on impossible things. He found the purity of pop music and then lacerated it with the quirks and imperfections he cherished. Its songs bleed in and out of each other: an organ drone ends one track and begins another, a strand of tape hiss winds through the work. You can hear machines starting up and stopping again, fingers squeaking across the frets of an acoustic guitar. Linkous had a tendency to sing close enough to the microphone that you could hear the spittle crackling off his teeth, like he’s whispering in your ear or through a tin can strung up with twine.”
Score: 9/10 – Full review here

says: Mark Linkous‘ wayward, delicate, vulnerable, ugly/beautiful, quiet/loud, scary, confused, profound, gloomy, paranoid, raging songwriting – in sound and vision – is nothing less than genial…

TOP TRACKS: Pig / Maria’s Little Elbows / Sick Of Goodbyes




Album in full…

SPARKLEHORSE: Facebook – All Albums

Rest in peace

WHERE WE SLEEP Streams Another New Track – Here’s The Mighty-Bass-Loaded Vibe ‘THE FIRST ONE’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

23 July 2018

Last month Beth Rettig, frontwoman of British electro rockers Blindness launched her solo project WHERE WE SLEEP with two appealing songs, Veins & Crawl. And here’s another new one. THE FIRST ONE is a dusky and mighty-bass-loaded reverberation, turning darker, intenser and groovier with every spin. Catch the ominous, yet inescapable fatal attraction vibe right here…

WHERE WE SLEEP: Twitter – Facebook

Portland’s Distorted Noise Rockers ‘AH GOD’ Strike With New Booming Track ‘V-I-I’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

17 July 2018

AH GOD are a trio of noise rockers with a greedy appetite for distortion, producing “heavy art grunge and fuzzed-out psychedelia with a DIY recording ethic and heavy drum beats carried to your ears softly and sweetly on the backs of stoney guitar melodies of the utmost sensuality.” Sounds totally challenging and mind-twisting to my hungry ears.

Rowdy new track V-I-I confirms all the aforementioned promises. “A fun way of fleshing out how to become a part of the world and enjoy love, life and the whole of the human experience in the face of mental illness and existential terror.” says the band.

It’s a hefty stomper that sticks immediately. A hazy banger that infiltrates your ear-system without asking. A short but impressive reflection of the overall engrossing bravado on upcoming, third album called TIIIME.

No time to waste, test your head’s and feet’s flexibility right here…

We are all pale flowers in a grey garden
I want mine to die sometimes, it aint big enough to keep my heart in
Wet tongue sliding out of your mouth
into the other, I get it, to get off oh I get it now

You know I would not be alive
But my V-I-I keeps me in your eyes

Roman numerals up to 77
Spray painted on the walls of my one one one true heaven
Squish the spit between your fingertips
D-I-F What’s the dif anyway? No one seems all that different

You know I would not be alive
but my V-I-I keeps me in your eyes

I tried to eat up all of your sunflowers
Didn’t really like the taste of the leaves but with the idea I was pleased
Never be a peach more than a god
Let the guilt spill out let your brain brain brain go get gone

You know I would not be alive
But my V-I-I keeps me in your eyes

AH GOD: Previous albums on Bandcamp –  Twitter – Facebook

New, third album ‘TIIIME‘ out 27 July – info & pre-order facilities right here

TURN UP THE VOLUME’S Selection Of Five Brand New MUST-HEAR Albums…

Turn Up The Volume’s weekly selection of 5 new must-hear longplayers

1/ ‘The Room In The Wood’ by THE ROOM IN THE WOOD (Liverpool, UK)
The Room in the Wood is a collaborative project featuring Paul Cavanagh and Dave Jackson. The first since their band ‘The Room‘ split in 1985. The duo designed a wondrous record that sounds intriguing and pure, that feels soulful and heartwarming and reminds me, now and then, of gloomy Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen moments. Compelling songwriting.

Stream here

Available via Bandcamp and iTunes

2/ ‘You Can Run… You Can’t Hide’ by ACESKULLY (Fort Lauderdale, FL, US)
Aceskully is musical tandem Ulysses Perez and Kayce Armstrong. Their new LP is just amazing. Adventurous trips with influences by experimental legends David Bowie,
PJ Harvey
and Depeche Mode among others. Stellar mix of gripping electronics, stirring
pop dynamics and remarkable male/female singing. Tour de force in sound and vision!

Stream here

Available on iTunes

3/ ‘Room With A View’ by ECHO COURTS (North Carolina, US)
Modern-day pop balladry influenced by exquisite Americana singer/songwriters of the past. Like a 21st Century Gram Parsons with glimmering guitars, punchy melodies, striking vocals. Emotional reveries for the twilight hours. Touching, comforting and melancholic.

Stream here

Available via Bandcamp and iTunes

4/ ‘For The Rest To Rest’ by VEDA RAYS (Brooklyn, NY, US)
Ardent contemplations drenched in passionate and sparkling orchestrations. Both darksome and elevating. An amplified blend of electrifying sentiments with sonic echoes
of 80s British New Romanticism. From dreamy ballads to glowing flares. Starry-eyed!

Stream here

Available on Bandcamp

5/ ‘I, Kaleidoscope’ by BROKEN BELLOWS (USA)
The combination of colorful tunes, atmospheric synth layers,
rich arrangements and Beach Boys harmonies turns this debut
full length into an impressive and punchy pop performance. Top!

Stream here

Available on iTunes

See/hear you next week, music junkies


Smashing live performances of smashing knockouts

‘Creep’ by RADIOHEAD
Glastonbury Festival 2017

When you were here before
Couldn’t look you in the eye
You’re just like an angel
Your skin makes me cry
You float like a feather
In a beautiful world
And I wish I was special
You’re so fuckin’ special
But I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo.
What the hell am I doing here?
I don’t belong here.
I don’t care if it hurts
I want to have control
I want a perfect body
I want a perfect soul
I want you to notice
When I’m not around
You’re so fuckin’ special
I wish I was special
But I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo.
What the hell am I doing here?
I don’t belong here.


Remarkable albums from the past…

‘Cupid & Psyche 85’ by SCRITTI POLITTI
Released: 10 June 1985

ALL MUSIC review: “On their second album, Scritti Politti essentially was Green Gartside, who directed drummer Fred Maher, keyboardist David Gamson, and a multitude of studio musicians through a state-of-the-art, immaculately constructed set of catchy synth pop on Cupid & Psyche 85. The results are as impressive as Songs to Remember and produced the hit singles ‘Perfect Way’ and ‘Wood Beez’ (Pray Like Aretha Franklin).”
Score: 4.5/5

TURN UP THE VOLUME says: funky, reaggy, poppy, joyful, and plenty of feel-good tunes…


Album in full…

SCRITTI POLITTI: Facebook – All Albums

Green Gartside – the man in the middle of it all

Storming Duo NOVA TWINS Rages On New Slam ‘LOSE YOUR HEAD’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

16 July 2018

Band: NOVA TWINS (London, UK)

Who: startling female two-piece Amy Love & Georgia South

Track: LOSE YOUR HEAD – brand new single

Score: Far-out tandem Nova Twins rages like a filthy female fusion of Body Count and System Of A Down on their new nasty single. Tempestuous electro beats, fat grooves, metallic guitars, in-your-face vocals and a smashing chorus. Final result: a ruthless,
barbed wire slam dunk. Heavy stuff! Lose your head, mind and senses right here…

NOVA TWINS: Facebook –  Twitter

Available on iTunes