Daydreamers Of ‘SOUVENIR DRIVER’ Deliver One Of The Most Gripping Guitar Pop Albums Of The Year…

Weekly fuel to soundtrack your favorite 48 hours…


Time flies, 2017 progresses slowly but surely towards its end. So thoughts of ‘best albums of the year’ come to mind. One that will be definitely on my list is the fourth, self-titled LP by Portland dream pop experts SOUVENIR DRIVER, released last April. It’s an enrapturing work of epic splendor. Eight gripping masterstrokes where poetic guitar lines, melodic grandeur and delightful vocals meet and turn at times into moody rainbows, at times
into electrifying jams. Magnificent compositions, beautifully arranged and orchestrated, romanticized with shades of shoegaze melancholy and full of sterling emotions.

Guitarist/singer Nate Weye said earlier in an interview: “It’s an evolution, but also a step toward something more personal, vulnerable, and human. The main themes are inspired by relationships, nature, and strangely enough, turtles. Like the image of a parachuter which we use on our merchandise, the turtle exists between two worlds, is vulnerable yet strong. Most importantly, its movement, a slow, but straight vision — mirrored the length of time it took to write/record/and release this, something that at times tested our patience, but which we never questioned or judged.”

Here’s – to my ears – the shiniest diamond on the album…

Experience the beauty in full…

SOUVENIR DRIVER: Website – Facebook – Twitter

Turtles lovers, so happy together

THE MOONLANDINGZ – On A Sweet Steamy Saturn Of Their Own When They Hit Planet Earth…

Smashing live performances…

One of the most intriguing new bands in ages. One that makes you ecstatic, one that energizes your lazy limbs, one that messes up your mind, one that you’ll remember
when they’re gone. And yes, unfortunately, the following message on their FB-page announces the farewell of THE MOONLANDINGZ‘s first visit on earth, let by outlaw
Johnny Rocket. Let’s bloody hope they return again some day. We need weirdos like
them, otherwise, we’re condemned to eternal boredom… “Only one month to go before
we hit the road for one more lap of honour before we take a break from playing live for
a while and start thinking about writing another ‘groundbreaking’ pop record and to allow
your favourite glamorous psychedelic pop hero, Johnny Rocket, to revert back to Lias Saoudi and the next exciting phase of the Fat White Family adventure.”

Let’s celebrate this outlandish combo once
more before they return to their lunar crater.

THE MOONLANDINGZ: Website – Facebook – Twitter

The good news is I saw them live twice…

Paradiso, Amsterdam – 26 April…

Dour Festival Belgium – 14 July…

One of the best 2017 albums – INTERPLANETARY CLASS CLASSICS – here on  Spotify

Now, I’ll prepare myself mentally for the return of the best band on this troubled planet…


Singer/Songwriter ANNA TOSH Shines With Funky ‘WEIGHTLESS’ Cracker From Her Debut EP…

Who: “London born and bred, Anna Tosh has been lending her considerable six-string skills
to a varied roster of bands since she was a teenager, but with her own collection of striking self-penned songs demanding attention, and the assistance of a red-hot rhythm section in waiting – Herman Stephens (bass) and Jeremy JayJay (drums) – Anna decided it was high time to make her mark as a solo artist.”

Anna quote: “My roots are in punk, rock and blues, but I have been playing and listening to hip-hop, drum and bass, funk, psychedelia, dream pop, experimental electronica…”
Track: WEIGHTLESS – from her excellent, versatile 5-track debut EP ‘One Big Fire’
Score: the opening track of this experienced artist’s solo debut EP is a highly alluring cracker. A funky body stimulant that will make your adrenalin stream faster. A seducing groove spiced with a luscious duet chorus. Get up, stand up and fight for your right to move in wicked ways. Here’s the sensual score…

I guess we’re in the ideal mood to continue and discover Anna Tosh‘ debut EP in full.
Songs inspired by a general reappraisal of her life direction following a relationship
break-up. “They come and go from one moment to the next. It’s a never-ending source of inspiration how weird life is.” revealed Anna

ANNA TOSH: Facebook – Twitter

NAMES – Second Single ‘LIMB BY LIMB’ Is A Heavy-Hearted Reflection On Broken Relationships…

Musings for the twilight hours…

Band: NAMES – Ioan Hazell (vocals / piano) and Joey Robbins (drums)
Home: Pembrokeshire, Wales
Track: LIMB BY LIMB – the duo’s 2nd single – singer Ioan says the song is “largely inspired by the ignorance of issues within a relationship which slowly bring about its demise. Also the effect of a background anxiety on life and ability to socialise.”
Sound: A sensitive and moody beauty with an intimate piano melody sounding like a soft heartbeat. Touching fear that makes you silent. Reflective sadness at its fragile best…

Sit opposite,
Ignore it,
Stay far away from corners nothing good’s ever behind them in the dark.
Feel it all getting smaller,
Closer to the core,
So much brighter so much hotter.

Don’t be alone,
Don’t be alone.

Stay silent in the face of noise,
Refrain from the human joy
Everyone is bathing in
Day by day.
Washing yourself in the pond,
It ripples for a second,
Dissipates and soon you’re gone:

Wave by wave,
Limb by limb

Release Date: 11/10/17 – Label: Libertino Records Format: Digital Single

NAMES: Facebook –  Twitter

THE SUNDAYS – Sophomore Album ‘BLIND’ Released 25 Years Ago Today…

Going back in sonic history…

Album: BLIND
Released: 19 October 1992 – 25 years ago today…
All Music wrote: “Featuring gentle, folk-based guitars and pop melodies, the Sundays’ second album isn’t much of a sonic departure from their first album. While it does have several fine numbers, it doesn’t have as many outstanding songs as ‘Reading, Writing and Arithmetic’ nevertheless, ‘Blind’ will please most fans of the group.”
My experience: yes, we all know that their outstanding debut album was impossible
to beat but there are enough dark and bittersweet dream pop musings on ‘Blind‘ to soundtrack the dusk hours of a fall’s night and Harriet Wheeler‘s voice will always be
comforting company when the lights are out…
Three highlights: Love / 24 Hours / Goodbye…


* 24 HOURS


Full Album…

THE SUNDAYS: Biography – Disocgraphy

Washington D.C. ‘PRIESTS’ With Biting ‘PINK WHITE HOUSE’ Performance…

Smashing live performances…

Here are the awesome PRIESTS from Washington D.C. led by charismatic frontwoman Katie Alice Greer. She has the glamorous touch of a teenage Debbie Harry and rages
like a furious Courtney Love used to do 24/7. She’s backed by a tremendous drums/bass turbo and riff machine GL Jaguar . The final result cuts like a Swiss knife. Sharp & caustic. Check here their zealous live rendition of PINK WHITE HOUSE from their debut album ‘Nothing Feels Natural’ as performed KEXP Radio in Seattle

PRIESTS: Website – Facebook – Twitter

Debut LP NOTHING FEELS NATURAL – Here on Bandcamp

PRIESTS played a blazing gig in my hometown Ghent (Belgium) last May.
You can see/read my experiences here.

Front priestess…

A riffing Jaguar

Don’t throw – we all love you, honestly!…

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

GRIZZLY BEAR – Romantics Perform Mesmeric Live Version Of ‘MOURNING SOUND’ On BBC TV…

Glorious live performances…

Yesterday – 17 October – American psych pop daydreamers GRIZZLY BEAR played a captivating version of MOURNING SOUND on BBC’s famous TV show ‘Later… with Jools Holland’. It’s one of the outstanding tracks on new album PAINTED RUINS, released
last August. Here’s the beauty…

GRIZZLY BEAR: Website – Facebook – Twitter

Fifth longplayer PAINTED RUINS out now – stream here on Spotify

BAUHAUS – The Goth Legends Released Third Album ‘THE SKY’S GONE OUT’ 35 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history…

Released: 19 October 1982 – 35 years ago..
All Music wrote: “Old, pre-recording-career songs like the strong but dated ‘In the Night’ were revived and balanced against experiments and attempts to further develop the band’s sound, ultimately making ‘The Sky’s Gone Out’ feel more like a compilation than anything else. Piece by piece, though, the songs still often showed Bauhaus in excelsis. Ash’s elegant, haunting acoustic guitar work received two great showcases, ‘Silent Hedges’, adding a more familiar electric explosion to a fine Murphy performance detailing a desperate mental collapse, and ‘All We
Ever Wanted Was Everything’, a sympathetic, nostalgic reflection on dreams of the past, again matched by a perfectly balanced Murphy vocal. Other standouts include the brooding lope of “Swing the Heartache,” with a skeletal rhythm matched against some of Ash’s best guitar work, and “Spirit,” a live standout inspired by the performance vibe the band received from its fans.

My experience: after all these years this record is still a compelling substantiation
of Bauhaus‘ enthralling impact, sonically and lyrically…
Three Top Tracks (hard choice): Spirit / All We Ever Wanted Was Everything / Third Uncle

* SPIRITglorious tribute to their loyal fans

* ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING (lyrics clip) haunting & gloomy beauty

* THIRD UNCLE (live version – 1992 – Manchester) – cutting Brian Eno cover

Full album…
(original tracklist: #1- #10)

BAUHAUS: Facebook – Discography
PETER MURPHY: Website – Facebook

The goths back then… (photo: Getty Images)