British Hellish Rockers SAINT AGNES Kicked Belgium In The Face With Satanic Blues Force

SAINT AGNES – Kinky Star Club, Ghent, Belgium – 14 May 2019

To be honest, before seeing this 4-headed British blues-rock psych monster called SAINT AGNES last Tuesday Turn Up The Volume! had no idea of the existence of this awesome, dazzling rawk engine. But NOW I KNOW more! One: the band is named after “the patron saint of girls, virginity and chastity, who was martyred at the age of 13 in AD 304.“. Two: this group worked their sweaty asses off for several years to shape their sizzling sound, live and on record. Three: two weeks ago these dirty devils released their crushing debut longplayer WELCOME TO SILVERTOWN. Trust me… it’s A BOILING KILLER RECORD!
And this sledgehammer is one of the many bang-up highlights…

Now back to Tuesday. When SAINT AGNES started their set with the above jackhammer ‘The Death Or Glory Gang‘, your awakened mind instantly knew, your shaking body instantly felt and your sped up stream of adrenalin instantly signaled that you witnessed something really HEAVY AND HUGE. It seemed at first like this firm furious foursome wanted to crush you ‘right now, right here‘. Their mammoth power and towering energy had an immediate impact on all of your senses from the get-go.

Luckily for us, they just continued to steamroll madly and wildly as if this wasn’t the first but the last gig of their European tour. Firework key members Kitty Austen (vocals/guitar & keys) and Jon James Tufnell (vocals/guitar) sucked up all the visual and aural attention with their unstoppable tsunami of bloodthirsty guitar uppercuts and nastily screaming vocals while a merciless drum/bass tandem kept the merciless beat going on in the back. WHAM BLOODY WHAM BAM! As flamboyant as the kooky New York Dolls, as tempestuous as the burning The Black Crowes and as fucked-up as the two desperadoes of Royal Trux. Yes that viciously good.

It’s only the month of May but I’m sure this FUCKING RED-HOT PSYCH-O-DELIC BLUES ROCK TORNADO SHOW will be on Turn Up The Volume‘s best-2019-gigs list. The absentees were wrong, those present are all devoted disciples now of this bewitching holiness…

Stream debut album
WELCOME TO SILVERTOWN here…

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LP/CD available here

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Saint Kitty


Satanic guitar fury


Blood, sweat and hair……


Kinky Stars


Glory gang


Witching keys


Black horse(s)


These boots are made for rockin’

SAINT AGNES: Website – Facebook

(Concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)

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Italian popsmiths THE BANKROBBER are almost at the end of their first European tour to promote their excellent 2018 debut album Missing. A deliciously elaborated work of multi-colored pop tunes that feels like a beatific head massage. Yesterday the 4-headed squadra played their second gig in Belgium as part of this debut Euro journey. Turn Up The Volume went and watched them for the second time, enjoyed the enthralling music, had a chat with the enthusiastic band members and soon you’ll read here on this space spicy stories about The Bankrobber‘s experiences on their first trip outside their home country. But first, one of my fav songs and some visuals from yesterday night at the Bandcave club in Tielt

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A good guy with a VOICE


Just having a dream…


Spotlights on the bass man


Black and white suede shoes


The silence of the lamps


Bullseye


Turning up the light again


Hey, Miss Tambourine Woman, play a song for me


In case you wondered, the actual bankrobber is the hammering man in the back….

THE BANKROBBER: Facebook

(All concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)

Belgian Hell-Raising Grunge Force PEUK Smashes All Your Demons…

PEUK – Nosta Club, Opwijk, Belgium – 1 May 2019

Great news for all those mortals among us who feel like being chased by their worst nightmares, for those who think that deranged dynamics drive them crazy, for those
who have no clue how to ventilate their hellish anger, for those who think their soul is confiscated by evil powers and for those who can’t control their fucked up minds.

Just listen to Belgium’s kamikaze trio PEUK, led by the young awesome frontwoman Nele. This crushing 3-headed steamroller can solve all your psychic problems as long as you’re ready to sell your soul to them and open the front door of your messed-up mind in order to absorb Nele‘s insane and exorcistic primal screams – the range of her voice is beyond normality – and the surrounding hell-raising grunge assaults. It’s not the first time Turn Up The Volume! witnessed PEUK going entirely bananas. It’s like experiencing Armageddon time! Ominous, doomy and tumultuous. And LOUD enough to smash all of your demons. Hell yeah! Here’s a deafening idea of their red-hot-blooded force…

Now get your copy of their rad debut album
right here and free your poor troubled mind…


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Glass breaking voice


Cave girl

PEUK: Facebook / Pics by Turn Up The Volume!

Your New Favorite Saturday Night Fever Band – From Sheffield… INTERNATIONAL TEACHERS OF POP

INTERNATIONAL TEACHERS OF POP – Trefpunt, Ghent, Belgium – 20 April 2019

Adrian Anthony Flanagan and Dean Honer, the key figures behind Sheffield‘s electro oddity The Eccentric Research Counsil and also co-writers/producers of one of the best albums of 2017, Interplanetary Class Classics by kooky dance punk outfit The Moonlandingz with Fat White Family‘s Lias Saoudi screaming his head off, are back with some new flashing electro firework.

Last year Flanagan and Honer teamed up with sensual I Feel Love voice Leonore Wheatley to give birth to a new radiant synth project called INTERNATIONAL TEACHERS OF POP . Wheatley describes the new band as “Grace Slick on the raz with Donna Summer and the Pet Shop Boys, legging it over to Kraftwerk’s gaff for a quick synth-sesh before getting a cab round to All Saints gaff to sing at the telly til the sun comes up!”. For those who have no clue what this colorful clarification is all about let’s keep it simple: watch/hear this crackerjack…

Got it now? Yes indeed, this is 21st Century atomic Blondie disco injected with tons of that characteristic British sense of humor, that over-confident British islander’s flair, and that peculiar British waywardness you recognise from far away. Add some sonic influence of Sheffield‘s icons Pulp and The Human League and what you end up with at midnight is your new favorite Saturday Night Fever act. Check their debut LP (Spotify-link below) and all your sweaty wishes will be answered from the get-go.

Yesterday the band played the last gig of their first European concerts in my hometown Ghent in Belgium. Due to the fact that it was the first summer day of the year (meaning that everybody was drunk by noon) and mostly due to the fact that the gig was programmed way too early not many spectators showed up to dance their socks off. Whatever, it gave me much room to enjoy myself which I definitely did.

This was BIG FUN! Infectious disco ball humdingers with the volume turned up to create the desired live experience. Facetious dance moves by the gloriously cool girls in the middle who parodied famous little dances by 70s cheesy pop combo The Brotherhood Of Man and Brylcreem Grease tandem Travolta/Olivia Newton-John while lighting up the club with their big luminous kitsch finger-rings. Solid Gold British Disco Revue! Within six months, after these teachers have become a global international success, hundreds of (still drunk) people will claim they were there yesterday night.

Debut album in full right here…

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INTERNATIONAL PREACHERS OF POP: Facebook


The Brotherhood Of Woman


Saturday Night Fever

(pics by Turn Up The Volume!)

Do Believe The Hype! Last Night Dublin’s FONTAINES D.C. Played A Blistering Set In Belgium…

FONTAINES D.C. – 4AD Club, Diksmuide, Belgium – 19 April 2019

The much-lauded and hot-blooded young gang from Dublin, Ireland hit
Belgium to play a blistering gig. Here are 10 things you need to know…

1. Yesterday morning I read about these Irish rockers on music website NME: “You do need to see them ASAP” (full feature here.) As I am an obedient man I immediately went out and witnessed them in our historic World War I village of Diksmuide (but not for the first time, that was last year when they impressed Brussels).

2. This was a rescheduled gig. The band’s November 2018 concert here in this utterly cool 4AD club had to be canceled because singer Grian Chatten was sick. Despite their current, endless night-to-night tour they sacrificed a rare day off to return to Belgium last night and play. Respect!

3. The show started with a smashing rendition of my favorite Fontaines cracker ‘Hurricane Laughter’. Did you ever get that should I stay or should I go feeling after a band/artist began the set with your favorite track. I remember vaguely having had that experience before, but definitely not this time, not with this awesome squad.

4. Charismatic frontman Grian Chatten revealed in a recent interview that his parlando
way of singing was inspired by his uncles shouting at Christmas dinners and their drunk voices sounding commanding and authoritarian. That’s the way to get anybody’s attention. Cool family, Grian!

5. Another thing about Chatten. He’s actually the only member of the band who moves on stage. His non-stop manic steps from left to right and back compensates for his immobile teammates perfectly well. Makes me think suddenly of early Oasis gigs I saw. Nobody, not even Liam moved when performing. Anyway, Fontaines‘ live force strikes you like a sizzling missile, who cares if they move or not. Here’s an idea of their magnetic energy…

6. I bought this t-shirt. My wife said: “It looks like a piece of textile from the 50s.
My reply: “It’s reproduced authenticity from the past.” Yes, life is controlled by
perception… all the time.

7. Two members of the band took charge of selling the merch afterward. Can’t see that happen anymore in the near future as the group will play bigger venues along their way
to glorious fame.

8. D.C. = Dublin City

9. Striking set… list

10. Believe the hype. These young gunslingers rock like an unstoppable steamroller, on record and on stage, and their sociopolitical observations cut like a Swiss knife. Check it
all out on their brand new debut album, called DOGREL right here…

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The man in the middle


Fontaines fever


Irish firepower


From the top


Hail hail

(all concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)

Belgian Rockers FALLING MAN Groove Till You Move…

FALLING MAN – Charlatan, Ghent, Belgium – 12 April 2019

Turn Up The Volume featured Belgian turbine FALLING MAN many times before because this rock machine knows the kick-ass art of turning a shaking cocktail of spellbinding riffs, bad-tempered licks, hammering drums and a haunting vox into memorable crackers, on record and on stage. And they do it with a heated heart and a stirring soul because THEY CARE ABOUT THEIR SHIT! Which can’t be said of many label controlled fakers out there.

Yesterday the flamboyant combo hit their and my hometown of Ghent to celebrate the release of their brand new 4-track EP, entitled CANDY. Another striking piece of messed-up crackerjacks. The record kicks off with the awesome title track – a painkiller that works instantly – followed by the manic anxiety of PANIC ATTACK NO. 22, then a raging ANGRY KID hits you hard in the face before the band closes with B&D, a sort of ‘I’m you, you are me‘ identity crisis that gets under your skin without asking permission.

Live up there, on the podium, these new killers sounded even more obstreperous, more stocky and more burly than on vinyl. Oh yeah, their sonic nightmares get an extra injection of adrenalin when performed live. That’s what great bands do. They gave you the best of both worlds. Conclusion: FALLING MAN, is one of those rare acts that never disappoints because basically, this is what these motherrockers do ALL the time…

They groove till you move
They rock till you shock
They roll till you toll
They sneer till you cheer
They spit till you split
They trash till you splash
They spree till you candy…

Stream/buy the Full EP right here…


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Picture this


This is how a ghost looks like


Angry Kid


Mean machine


Hammering panic attack


Backstage

FALLING MAN: Facebook – Interview

(concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)

LE BUTCHERETTES Produce Non-Stop Explosive Mexican Waves – Live In Belgium…

LE BUTCHERETTES – Charlatan Club, Ghent, Belgium – 4 April 2019

My, oh my! Mexican rockers LE BUTCHERETTES’ frontwoman and mastermind Teresa Suarez-Coscio aka Teri Gender Bender is one hell of a breathtaking performer. Every nerve and every muscle in her non-stop dynamizing body is on hyperactive modus while I’m sure you could hear her exorcistic primal screams on the other side of the city. Just astonishing! She’s a red-hot-blooded mix of Polly Harvey, Karen O and Siouxsie Sioux.

The year is still young but this is, the most supercalifragilisticexpialidocious show, Turn Up The Volume witnessed so far in 2019. Backed by a perfectly well-oiled band operating like an unstoppable hot rod Bender gave us a dazzling live session of almost all of the tracks of their new (fourth) excellent, multi-faceted and turbulent album bi/Mental. A steamy and inflammable cocktail of post-punk dynamics, Gothic grandeur, hard-rockin’ electricity and sizzling electro waves turned into a relentless firework on stage with Bender‘s inexhaustible intensity and vitalizing vehemence leaving you behind in/THE END with a sweaty body, a sped up heartbeat and totally out of breath. Fantástico! Formidable! Fenomenal!

Here’s a visual idea of LE BUTCHERETTES’ awe-inspiring presence on stage…

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strong/ENOUGH


nothing/ BUT TROUBLE


Another buzzing mission accomplished

Brand new album bi/MENTAL..

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LE BUTCHERETTES: Website – Facebook – Instagram


bi/MENTAL available on iTunes

(All concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)