KRISTIN HERSH Reveals New Turbulent Track ‘LAX’ From Upcoming Solo Album…

22 May 2018

On 5 October KRISTIN HERSH, fab singer/songwriter and ex-frontwoman of guitar
pop legends Throwing Muses will release her new solo album Possible Dust Clouds
Ahead of it she just launched a first track, titled LAX. Wow! It seems like Hersh has
no intention to slow down. Here’s an electrifying groove that will grab your ears’
attention instantly. Burning swagger, flamboyant flow and feverish duet-harmonies.
A most vibrant score! Double wow! Absorb the turbulent firecracker right here…

KRISTIN HERSH: Website – Facebook – Twitter

Sxities Legends THE SMALL FACES Released Their Highly Influential Psychedelic Album ‘ODGEN’S NUT GONE FLAKE’ 50 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

22 May 2018


Album: ODGEN’S NUT GONE FLAKE – the band’s third LP

Released: 24 May 1968 – 50 years ago

Note: “The title and the design of the distinctive packaging was a parody of Ogden’s Nut-brown Flake, a brand of tobacco that was produced in Liverpool from 1899 onwards by Thomas Ogden.”

THE GUARDIAN said: ” ‘Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake’ caused both delight and confusion with
its simultaneous celebration of a Technicolor flanged trip and old-fashioned knees-up, folk balladry and proto-heavy metal. It influenced Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene and Blur, spawned prog-rock, hard rock, heavy metal and punk rock. By then, ‘Happiness Stan’ had
been unmasked as a lunatic and his creators were well and truly gone.
– Full review here.

TURN UP THE VOLUME‘s favorite tracks: Lazy Sunday / Happiness Stan



Album in full
(#1 – #12)

THE SMALL FACES: Website – Facebook – Remasters

Tobacco legends

John Dwyer’s OH SEES Turn Totally Maniacal On Brand New Monstrous Single… ‘OVERTHROWN’

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

22 May 2018

Now you see him, now you don’t. Now you hear him, now you don’t. The multi-faced centipede rocker JOHN DWYER has so many projects/bands/gangs that I suspect him
of releasing music we aren’t even aware of him being involved. Whatever. OH SEES is
one crushing hit team we do know. And they just released a new monstrous single. It sounds like death garage metal. Apocalyptic! Doomed! Sinister! Insane! Mind-smacking! Press the button and get totally OVERTHROWN

OH SEES will release new album SMOTE REVERSER in a couple of months.

The artwork accompanying OVERTHROWN looks like DOOMSDAY IS COMING!

Erste Langspielplatte von Musikgruppe ELEFANT Is Out! Here’s A Track By Track Guide To ‘KONARK UND BONARK’…

Everything you always wanted to know about ELEFANT’s album but were afraid to ask

22 May 2018

Finally, the very-long-awaited lange debut Spielplatte ‘KONARK UND BONARK’ von
das verrückteste Belgische Lebenslied Orchester ELEFANT found its way to our troubled planet! These four misfits, dressed in a modern designed version of Stanley Kubrick‘s
outfit for his Clockwork Orange‘s gang of droogs have some serious shit out now. Just imagine Pink Floyd‘s ‘Dark Side Of The Moon‘ escapade produced by Ennio Morricone
while having a nightmarish LSD trip. Trust me, this is not Scheißmusik! This is the
optimum Armageddon soundtrack. Eine geistig gestörte Aha-Erlebnis! A sort of close encounters of the third kind, whatever that might be. Exactly! Only the band knows
what really fucked up their sick minds when creating this balls-shaking mumbo
jumbo. Only they know the secret to the song’s codes. Only they can clarify what
this mind-cracking ‘Konark und Bonark‘ bollocks is all about…

Ladies, gents and all wicked science-fiction fans, it’s Turn Up the Volume‘s pleasure to welcome, right here the Fürher dieser kranke Musikgruppe who will reveal all enigmas
of ELEFANT’s first baffling record, one by one. Spit it out, Wolfman

The music

The stories, track by track

1/ Haven’t Heard Of Yet
“Some time ago I had nodes on my vocal chords. I had surgery and the following night I had to keep silent. That and a bottle gin was a bizarre experience, I wrote some five pages of drunken rant about having to shut up, which was love I haven’t heard of yet. I edited the lyrics and turned it into an a-capella song. In the studio we just jammed on it to what it is now.”

2/ Oh My Dog (Oh Mein Hund)
“When I heard that someone close to us was diagnosed with cancer,
it freaked me out and this popped out. Satie meets Black Sabbath.”

Ozzy, Elefant’s invisible fifth member

3/ Schräg
“I wrote this fairly quickly watching TV. I started with a quote from Wolfgang
‘s “Der viele viele Schnee“, because I am such a well-read prick. It deals
with the sexy subject Death, that ugly thief that I meet more and more.”

Writer Wolfgang Borchert: an inspiration…

4/ Landman
“This is the last one wrote I for the album. It ended up as an ode to our maecenas and sound engineer Dr. P. Landman. Some lyrics are easy to explain and some you just don’t know what they’re about. Landman is one I can’t figure out what it means. Schizophrenia dealing with your genetic past/psycho-shit/keep coming back smaller and smaller//////….”

5/ Credulity
“This is the hippie song, at least lyrically. It’s the new ‘We are the world‘.
Deliciously naive I wish I was myself.”

We were the world, we sounded like shit…

6/ Wie Scharf Ist Dein Messer?
“This song is the result of the alienating vibe and the eery repetitive sounds echoing
in Pre-Op Room. Racing thoughts, sweaty paws as you’re left in the hands of science,
its machinery and disciples. We live in an era where Man and Machine become more
and more intertwined, be it smartphones, bionic implants, robots, or A.I.”

7/ Groan Sweet Groan
“I like this song a lot, because its arrangements just happened. we jammed on it in the studio and this is take 1 shortened to what it is now. Lyrically it’s about the goons in power fucking it up for the rest of us minions.”

8/ Der Publizist
“For this one I tried to use the most dissonant sounds. combined with – according to our keyboardist StijnDas Ich-like vocals and lots of humour. This one has the Sherman filterbank all over it.”

9/ Lord Sleep
“What’s that face? Who are you? Where is this room I’m in? Who that face? Who that space, well I recall, I do recall, don’t I?” My grandmother lived her last years becoming more and more demented until she was totally gone. A painful thing to witness.”

Lord Sleep… in motion

10/ A 1000 Smells
“This one is for humanity: you’ve wandered far off…”

11/ 1929
“This is one of the oldest Elefant instrumentals and still a favourite.
It’s a beautiful, moody, almost happy and freaky piece.”

11/ Norsun Muisti
“Another hip dementia inspired song. I am trying to remember
all the things I was trying to forget. Now are you?”

Thank you Wolfman for being our guide!
Thank you ELEFANT for freaking us out…

ELEFANT: Facebook – Bandcamp

(Concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB – ‘Whatever Happened To My Rock ‘N’ Roll (Punk Song) – Holland 2002

Smashing live performances of smashing knockout songs

‘Whatever Happened To My Rock ‘N’ Roll (Punk Song)
Pinkpop Festival Holland – 2002

I saw them for the very first time a couple of months before this festival, in a small club in Brussels. It was their first gig in Belgium. They nailed it big time and had a chat with some of us, still at the bar, afterward, to find out if we liked it. THEY WERE BLOODY BRILLIANT!

‘Whatever happened…’ was the first single from their 2001 debut album…

BRMC: Website – Facebook – Twitter

DAVID BOWIE Hit Top Spot On The UK Singles Chart 35 Years Ago Today With His Timeless Diamond ‘LET’S DANCE’….

When timeless in sound and vision it’s a…


21 May 2018

Thirty-five years ago today – 21 May 1983 – late genius DAVID BOWIE hit the top spot
on the UK singles chart with timeless diamond single LET’S DANCE, from the same titled bestseller album. It featured the late legendary blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan . Here’s that still amazing beauty and the iconic girl with the red shoes…

Let’s dance
Put on your red shoes and dance the blues
Let’s dance
To the song they’re playin’ on the radio
Let’s sway
While color lights up your face
Let’s sway
Sway through the crowd to an empty space
If you say run
I’ll run with you
And if you say hide
We’ll hide
Because my love for you
Would break my heart in two
If you should fall into my arms
And tremble like a flower
Let’s dance
Let’s dance
For fear your grace should fall
Let’s dance
For fear tonight is all
Let’s sway
You could look into my eyes
Let’s sway
Under the moonlight, this serious moonlight
And if you say run
I’ll run with you
And if you say hide
We’ll hide…

The album

DAVID BOWIE: : Website – Facebook – Twitter 

PICK OF THE DAY – Massive Stoner Rockers DESERT CLOUDS About Getting Crushed ‘UNDER TONS’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

21 May 2018

Band: DESERT CLOUDS (London, UK)

Who: “An alternative psychedelic stoner rock band that aims to the pure artistic expression, when both composing and performing. Their sound turns from warm and atmospheric into distorted and aggressive, sometimes enriched with acid dissonances and psychedelic arrangements.”

Track: UNDER TONS – a song about the struggle for life, about “a nonsense
journey unless you realise where you are really heading to…”

Score: this is a monumentally orchestrated opus by a striking noise force producing heavy-hearted rumpus balancing between Metallica‘s Black Album stamina and the darkest side of Soundgarden‘s robust swagger. Gigantic, overpowering and intimidating. Grandly melodic with a huge, anthemic impact. A pitch-black outburst, yet ‘Under Tons‘ feels like their’s an illuminating spark of hope at the end of the horizon. Get impressed right here…

DESERT CLOUDS: Website – Facebook – Twitter

SEVEN IN THE MIX! 7 Crackers For Week 21…

A brand new SEVEN IN THE MIX for a brand new week!
Seven stirring strokes I played on repeat these past days
Seven top-notch tracks to feed body & soul all week long
Turn up the volume! Music is the dope! Here’s the stuff!

1/ ‘Sloane Ranger’ by THE ESSEX GREEN (US)
This amplified pop injection will put a really wide smile on your face. Its organ colored
flow affects the speed of your adrenalin’s stream instantly. Gorgeous harmonies, catchy arrangements and an addictive chorus. New LP ‘Hardly Electronic’ out 29 June. All info here.

THE ESSEX GREEN: Website – Facebook – Twitter

2/ ‘Feels’ by DEEPER (Chicago, US)
An irresistible 2-minute jingle jangle guitar drone with a feverish drive fueled by cutting riffs. No-nonsense electricity bringing Texan rockers Parquet Courts to mind. This is a glowing score from the band’s self-titled debut full length – out on 25 May via Firetalk.

DEEPER: Facebook – Instagram – Twitter

3/ ‘Statuesque’ by YOUTH MAN (Birmingham, UK)
This destructive Brummie sex punk duo comes right at your earsystem with a rowdy mid-tempo smack. What a scorching intensity, what a badass bass, what an impressive vox.

YOUTH MAN: Facebook – Bandcamp – Twitter

4/ ‘Extreme Handshakes’ by TERRA PINES (Brisbane, Australia)
Overwhelming wall-of-towering-guitar-dynamite by this self-declared grungegaze and sludgepop trio from down under. High-powered, in-your-face stuff you’ll have on repeat!
From the band’s new self-titled album. Stream/purchase the steamy LP on Bandcamp.

TERRA PINES: Facebook – Bandcamp

5/ ‘Magic Planet’ by CUP (New York City, NY, US)
Multi-layered guitar tsunami thundering all over you, mercilessly in 1.13 minute. WOW!

CUP: Website – Facebook – Twitter

6/ ‘Reach’ by ONLY TAKES A DAY (London, UK)
“Conscious and dynamic display of lyricism that sidesteps the braggadocio of commercial hip hop”. Oh, yeah, this tremendous catchy groove will activate your hips ‘swaying movements.

ONLY TAKES A DAY: Facebook – Instagram – Twitter

7/ ‘One Day With You’ by SONNY ELLIOT (UK)
This brotherly duo designs a magical sonic rainbow, a bewitching musing. A chill out beauty that energizes your mind’s phantasy. Romantic, meditative and poetic. Top!

SONNY ELLIOT: Website – Facebook –  Twitter

See, hear you next week, music junkies