Turn Up The Volume’s 5 Best EPs Of 2022 (So Far)

More than a single, less than an album

Turn Up The Volume‘s ears say that these
are the 5 best EPs of 2022… so far.

Band: NOTHINGHEADS
Who: Hit team formed through a shared love for London’s DIY music scene.
Their songs draw no boundaries – no subject is too confusing, no sound too
eclectic. The band write collaboratively, harnessing the noise and energy
that comes from playing together.

EP: DIGGING

Turn Up The Volume said: Three riff-mental haymakers. Three vitriolic sucker-punches. Three intimidatory knockouts. The Nothingheads‘ frontman sounds like his own meanest demon, threatening and ready to kick badasses. This EP was made to scare all the human-destroying rulers of our paranoid world. If we go to the dogs don’t forget to take this EP with you. It’ll help to channel your frustrations while Armageddon is grinning around the corner.

Stream/buy/dig the whole 5-track EP here…


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NOTHINGHEADS: Facebook – Spotify

Act: VIOLET NOX
Who: Experimental electro duo, Dez DeCarlo and Andrew Abrahamson,
from Boston who collaborate frequently with other artists.

EP: ERIS WAKES

Turn Up The Volume said: Violet Nox compose their spaced-out symphonies in an
electronic universe of their own where ambient music dominates in all its different reverberations. Soothing and meditative (opener Spaceport 5), tripping out (Eris / Bellatrix), spooky (Magnetar), and mind-puzzling (Ghost Star). It all feels utopian and cosmic. Foggy harmonies with Portishead‘s vocalist Beth Gibbons transcended timbre and repetitive eurhythmics echoing German legends Tangerine Dream.

Close encounters of the third kind.
Sonic science-fiction. Stupefying

Buy/stream  ‘Eris Wakes’ here…


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VIOLET NOX: Facebook

Band: THE DARTS
Who: Inflammable engine
from Phoenix, Arizona

Turn Up The Volume: wrote: The Darts? They sound cool, look cool and rawk ‘n roll cool.

This Devilish American Rip-roaring Turbo Squad do it again on this new 3-track EP
with a garage hurricane (Love Tsunami), a mid-tempo groover (Shit Show) and another
brisk belter (Underground). And again, Nicole Laurenne, the utterly charismatic dart in
the middle, fires up the cuts with her sexy 60s-sounding organ.

The electrifying Amazons hit the bullseye once more.

Press play here…

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THE DARTS: Instagram

Artist: ROBIN GUTHRIE (Scotland)
Who: Co-founder of Cocteau Twins (1979–1997)

EP: RIVIERA

Turn Up The Volume wrote: An instrumental 4-track one with a featherlight, heavenly and spiritual magnificence. Stardust everywhere. If you’re not into all that festive end-of-the-year fuss (like me) play all Guthrie‘s 2021 releases on repeat. It’ll give you (and me) a mind-relaxing, soothing, and idyllic feel. Sparkling vibrations for the midnight hours. Guthrie transfers you to a blissful place.

Enjoy


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ROBIN GUTHRIE: Facebook

Last November sharp-rapping poets SLEAFORD MODS  played in their
hometown Nottingham. Now 6 of the performed tracks (2 of the latest
album ‘Spare Ribs‘, a cover of Yazoo’s ‘Don’t Go, and 2 oldies) are cemented
in a live EP called LIVE AT NOTTZ ARENA.

Mork In Mindy features big soul voice Billy Nominates
and Amyl Taylor was a guest on Nudge It (which she did
too on the duo’s 2021 LP).

Get up and let your feet and your hips do the talking…

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SLEAFORD MODS: Instagram

JANIZ – A Rush Of Caring Power Pop With Their New EP ‘CANDY COLORED RAIN’

24 June 2022

Band: JANIZ
Who: Emo/pop-punk band from Chemnitz,Germany.

New EP: CANDY COLORED RAIN
The songs deal with serious topics like depression or social
exclusion and packs them into colorful sound constructs.


(artwork EP)

Turn Up The Volume: Imagine this. Early No Doubt fronted by German
riot grrl legend Nena or Fall Out Boy with a girl singing her heart out. Well,
Janiz rushes and races in the same field as those turbulent bands.

Cool, right? You betcha.

With spunky stormers titled We All Fall Down, Erase! Erase! Erase! and Bombshell
(a break-up telephone conversation) the band make it loud and clear that they
care about daily life problems, about our messed-up realty, about (in)human
issues. No songs about the birds and bees, yet. That’s up to the future.

But there’s no law against incorporating serious themes in fuzz and buzz steamrollers (Lovebirds / Boys In Suits / We All Fall Down). That’s what Janiz do with punch and panache and when they slow down on Hate To Love You the fervor stays intact. Ja, Beeindruckend.

Lots of candy available via Apple Music.

Video clip for Black Spot

Check it all out and fall in love…

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JANIZ: Facebook – Instagram

Horsepower Rock Force THE NORTHWEST Score Big Time With New 6-Track EP ‘ALL IN’

15 June 2022

Band: THE NORTHWEST
Who: Heartland Rock with a little Canadiana
and tons of riffs. Formed in 2013.

Releases: Debut EP (2013) and
Songs From 2015-2017 EP (2018)

New EP: ALL IN
Produced by Dustin Goodall and Bill Priddle

Wayne (guitar/vocals) “A lot of time spent on this one. Mike and I really used this downtime from the pandemic to send voice memo demos back and forth. I would write everyday while I was “working from home”. We spent a solid year just focused on these batch of songs. This was also the first time handing the keys over to a team to help with production. It had its ups and downs was really a learning experience as well. It took thought to get the song ideas to come together it took a team to make the EP sound how we wanted it to be.”

Turn Up The Volume says: As I said before these captivating Canadians have the spry drive and harmonious spirit of Americana zealots Band Of Horses (Shoreline / Lights/ Stay Gold), but they also create that agitated turbulence of former Hüsker Dü hero Bob Mould on Long Hair (Longer Nights) and Walls.

When you develop this kind of buzz and fuzz with big time tunes like these six corkers
are The Northwest deserves your attention, on repeat. All in all a dumbfound extended
play about all things human. Fear, doubt and hope.

Buy/stream EP here…


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THE NORTHWEST: Facebook – Spotify

NOTHINGHEADS Express Frustration With Their New Paranoid And Riff-Mental EP ‘DIGGING’

Extended plays

10 May 2022

Band: NOTHINGHEADS
Who: Hit team formed through a shared love for London’s DIY music scene.
Their songs draw no boundaries – no subject is too confusing, no sound too
eclectic. The band write collaboratively, harnessing the noise and energy
that comes from playing together.

New EP: DIGGING
Available digitally via Holy Dotage Records and as
a limited edition tape cassette via Just Step Sideways.

Turn Up The Volume says:

Three riff-mental haymakers.
Three vitriolic sucker-punches.
Three intimidatory knockouts.

Nothingheads‘ frontman sounds like his own meanest demon, threatening
and ready to kick badasses. This EP was made to scare all the human-destroying
rulers of our paranoid world. If we go to the dogs don’t forget to take this EP with
you. It’ll help to channel your frustrations while Armageddon is grinning around
the corner.

Oh wait, that’s not all. The EP counts 5 tracks, including Worn and Doommbox.
For only 3£ you get the whole EP (digitally) and for 5£ the cassette version.

I added these gunslingers to the list of the British post-punk rebirth featuring
pepped-up bands such as Crows, Black Midi, The Mysterines, Shame and Black Honey.

Stream/buy/dig here…


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NOTHINGHEADS: Facebook – Spotify

SLEAFORD MODS Released A 6-Track ‘LIVE FROM NOTTZ ARENA’ EP

Extended plays

25 April 2022

Last November sharp-rapping poets SLEAFORD MODS  played in their
hometown Nottingham. Now 6 of the performed tracks (2 of the latest
album ‘Spare Ribs‘, a cover of Yazoo’s ‘Don’t Go and 2 oldies) are cemented
in a live EP called LIVE AT NOTTZ ARENA.

Mork In Mindy features big soul voice Billy Nominates
and Amyl Taylor was a guest on Nudge It (which she did
too on the duo’s 2021 LP).

Get up and let your feet and your hips do the talking…

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SLEAFORD MODS: Facebook

Sonic Science-Fiction With Boston Act VIOLET NOX And Their New ‘ERIS AWAKES’ EP

18 April 2022

Act: VIOLET NOX
Who: Experimental electro duo, Dez DeCarlo and Andrew Abrahamson,
from Boston who collaborate frequently with other artists.

New EP: ERIS WAKES

“The album was written during the worldwide pandemic in 2021. It represents the current rebellious transitional unstable times we are in. Eris is the Goddess warrior of discord and chaos, a dwarf planet, the Star Child, the trans-Neptunian object. Her energy flowed freely through Violet Nox during the creation of this album to harness an uninhibited depth of psychic reflections and hidden shadows from which the essence of “Eris Wakes” tunes and harmonizes.”

Turn Up The Volume: Violet Nox compose their spaced-out symphonies in an
electronic universe of their own where ambient music dominates in all its different reverberations. Soothing and meditative (opener Spaceport 5), tripping out (Eris / Bellatrix), spooky (Magnetar), and mind-puzzling (Ghost Star). It all feels utopian and cosmic. Foggy harmonies with Portishead‘s vocalist Beth Gibbons transcended timbre and repetitive eurhythmics echoing German legends Tangerine Dream.

Close encounters of the third kind.
Sonic science-fiction. Stupefying

Buy/stream Eris Wakes here…


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All songs written by Dez DeCarlo and Andrew Abrahamson
with additional lyrics by Noell Dorsey (Eris, Magnetar) and Karen
Zanes
(Spaceport 5) and instrumental contributions by Alexis
Desjardins and Fen Rotstein
(+vocals).

Mixed by Andrew Abrahamson with Dez DeCarlo
Mastered by Andrew Abrahamson

FOLK IMPLOSION (Lou Barlow) Back After 19 Years With New 4-Track EP

17 April 2022

Band: FOLK IMPLOSION

Who: One of the side-projects of Dinosaur Jr
guitarist/vocalist Lou Barlow
and his mate John Davis.

Active: 1993–2004 (with 4 albums)
and now back in business.

In 2003 they scored a big hit with Natural One
after it featured on a movie soundtrack

New EP: FEEL IT IF YOU FEEL IT

Four tracks: 1 retro rocker, 1 moody/poppy tune,
and spacey remixes of both songs (remixes happen
when the artist is too lazy to write more new songs).

Press play


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LOU BARLOW: Facebook

British Pop Tandem TINY DYNO Duo Spoil Your Ears With Their 4-Track Debut EP ‘COMPARISON CLUB’

Extended plays

12 April 2022


(Photo by Nick Davies)

Band: TINY DYNO
Who: Emily Gardiner and Tom Kuras from Bristol (UK)
who blend the art of immaculate pop with the warm
glow of sugar-spun indie.

Debut EP: COMPARISON CLUB

Four sunlight, amplified, multi-orchestral-layered and Springtime pop
thrills with Saint-Etienne echoes, that spoil your ears and put a big
smile on your face.

– SOMETHING –
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“Channeling the sounds of ‘90s rock and ‘60s pop, marrying
pounding rhythms and yearning melodies over a sea of guitars.”

– INSOMNIA –

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“Gardiner expresses the internal tug of war of anger and acceptance in a failing relationship.
Tiny Dyno discovered a unique connection, combining the infectious tones of indie pop with an underlying sense of anxiety.”

– SAIL AWAY –

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“Kuras’ ear combines for pop rock and haunting and powerful lead vocals from Gardiner.”

– STILL –
(Should be a global hit)

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“The stripped back verses make way for the gargantuan chorus. Gardiner isn’t afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve, the lyrics have a genuine vulnerability; “but I’m still holding on, and I know that it’s wrong.”

TINO DYNO: Facebook – Instagram

Crooner BRYAN FERRY Sends Us ‘LOVE LETTERS’

25 March 2022

Bryan Ferry is back from never being away.

His legendary glam and glitter band Roxy Music just celebrated its 50th anniversary
and will spoil all their fans with Vinyl reissues of their eight studio albums over the course of the coming year. And if Ferry isn’t on tour or isn’t working with other artists he makes sure to have some new music out now and then.

Like with this EP of covers of 4 classics featuring…

Love Letters
A 1945 song written by Victor Young and Edward Heyman
and popularized by many famous singers.

I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself
Written by icon Burt Bacharach and lyricist Hal David
and a hit for many, even for The White Stripes).

Fooled Around And Fell In Love
Composed in 1975 by blues guitarist Elvin Bishop
with Mickey Thomas on lead vocals.

The Very Thought Of You
1934 standard written by 1934 by Ray Noble)

The EP titled ‘Love Letters’ lands on 6 May.

Here’s Ferry’s first letter…

A gripping soul version by Ketty Lester from 1962…

BRYAN FERRY: Facebook – Website

Artwork EP

Puzzling, Ominous And Chaotic – Five Previously Unheard SONIC YOUTH Jams From 2000-2010 Sessions

22 March 2022

Band: SONIC YOUTH
Who: Guitar noise legends with
Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore,
Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley

Active: 1981-2011 / 15 LPs

New EP: IN/OUT/IN
Release: 11 March 2022 – order info here

Three Lobed Recordings (the label) says: In mulling over their career, it’s staggering
to realize that Sonic Youth not only delivered a healthy slab of releases as a unit but also
have a myriad of shelved material still waiting for broader ears. “In/Out/In” ably delivers
a new slab of mostly-unheard Sonic righteousness, with a scope on the post 2000-era
band in specially zoned/exploratory regions.

Rolling Stone says: “In/Out/In feels less like a random collection of toss-offs and
more like a lost Sonic Youth album before everyone figured out who would sing
each track.”
4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: These five previously unreleased jams sound like… jams,
going everywhere and nowhere but they never leave your mind once you let them
in. These retrieved soundscapes, mostly instrumental, perplex and baffle. Especially
the 11-minute track 4 Social Static, a sort of Lou Reed’s Metal Music Machine escapade
and the 12-minute track 5 Out & In, a riff-Krautrock-roaring rattlesnake.

Ominous, chaotic, and mind-dazzling.

Enter Sonic Youth territory here…


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SONIC YOUTH: Story – All Albums

(Group image: cover of their 1982 debut EP)