INDIE HALLOWEEN 2022 – 15 Smashing Pumpkins For Your Zombie Party

HALLOWEEN 2022

Get your creepy costume out of the closet.
Stick your spiky vampire teeth in your mouth.
Drain some of your blood to smear on your face.

Reserve your place at the local graveyard
for a zombies party with these 15 inflaming
smashing indie pumpkins.

Participating demons
(Click name for their FB-Page)

THE DARTS
THE MEDICINE DOLLS
STEPFORD WIVES
THE FREQS
SLOKS
THE HIVES
GRETCHEN SHAE
AND THE MIDDLE EIGHT

GRAVEDANGER
BLACK MIDI
AGATH CHRIST
REIGN MAKER
VAZUM
OFFICER X
VLIMMER
STICK TO YOUR GUNS

Party! Party! Party!

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Turn Up The Volume’s HALLOWEEN PARTY PLAYLIST (The Best Around) With 15 Trick-Or-Treating Knockouts

HALLOWEEN 2022

Get your creepy costume out of the closet.
Stick your spiky vampire teeth in your mouth.
Drain some of your blood to smear on your face.

Reserve your place at the local graveyard
for a smashing pumpkin party with these
15 trick-or-treating knockouts.

1. ‘Lobotomy’ by Ramones
2. ‘Devil Gate Drive’ by Suzy Quatro
3. ‘Highway To Hell’ by AC/DC
4. ‘Helter Skelter by The Beatles
5. ‘Hellraiser’ by The Sweet
6. ‘Bullet With Butterfly Wings’ by Smashing Pumpkins
7. ‘Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) by David Bowie
8. ‘Paint It Black’ by The Rolling Stones
9. ‘I Just Can’t Be Happy Today’ by The Damned
10. ‘Zombie Dance’ by The Cramps
11. ‘Heads Will Roll’ by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
12. ‘Where Is My Mind’ by Pixies
13. ‘Creep’ by Radiohead
14. It’s The End Of The World As We Know It’ by R.E.M.
15. ‘Release The Bats’ by The Birthday Party

Start the party and
dance with your demons…

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – 7 New Firecrackers From The Past 7 Days

7 from the past 7 days

1. ‘Curious’ by FRANZ FERDINAND (UK)

After 5 albums the Scottish stars decided that it’s time for
a greatest hits record. The collection lands on March 11.

The band also included a couple of
new songs like this dancefloor thrill.

Shake your hips here…

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2. ‘Piggy’ by SKUNK ANANSIE (UK)

After 28 years Skin and her henchmen still make your blood cook.
This new sizzling stroke calls out all incompetent governments,
specifically UK’s short-sighted Brexit statesmen. It’s a metallic bomb
with a volcanic Skin chorus.

No mercy for the wicked.

Play it very loud…

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3. ‘Scorched Earth’ by COBRA THE IMPALER (Ghent, Belgium)

When grunge has a date with metal, when Nirvana hooks up with
Korn, an earthquake is in the making. These Belgian bulldozing
rockers know all about it and make it happen with this explosive
detonation. Hell bloody hell yeah!

Test your speakers…

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4. ‘The Girls Are Fighting’ by BLOC PARTY (UK)

Kele Okereke and his team are gearing
up for their 6th LP, titled Alpha Games,
out April 29th.

New single The Girls Are Fighting
races with voltaic potency. A winner…

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5. ‘The Story Of The Century’ by TY SEGALL (US)

Two years ago, director Matt Yoka’s documentary Whirlybird
premiered. It shows the adventures of two video journalists,
soaring above the chaotic spectacle of ’80s and ’90s Los Angeles,
including the OJ Simpson  chase in 1994.

A re-release accompanied by a new soundtrack will be issued soon.
One of the participators is musical centipede Ty Segall drumming his
tail off on this dynamizing instrumental

Wham bam…

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6. ‘Connection’ by THE KOOKS (UK)

The glam boys canned a new longplayer, called
10 Tracks To Echo In The Dark. It hits the streets
next summer, on 22 July.

As an introduction, we get 3 cuts with Connection
as the most notable. A funky groover.

Turn it up, folks…

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7. ‘You Can’t Keep It From Me Forever’ by PETER DOHERTY & FREDERIC LO (UK)

Libertine Peter Doherty is clean for 2 years now and has just been married.
The happy man lives in Normandy, France and teamed up with French musician
Frédéric Lo. The result is the album The Fantasy Life Of Poetry & Crime,
coming out on 22 March.

The first taster is this
sweet little beauty

See/hear you next week, music junkies…

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – 7 New Firecrackers From The Past 7 Days

7  from the past 7 days

1. ‘This Night’ by SUPERCHUNK (North Carolina)

The second single from their 11th LP
called Wild Loneliness, out 25 February.

Mac McCaughan (guitarist) About: “Like much of Wild Loneliness, this song was
written in the mode of “let’s look around and be thankful for what we have rather
than focusing on what Republicans have taken from an entire generation.”

Never too old to rattle and roll…

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2. Slowly Separate by CROWS (London, UK)

Almost three years after their debut album Silver Tongues this must-hear
post-punk hit team returns with follow-up Beware Believers, out 1st of April.

James Cox (frontman): “Slowly Separate is about living in London, working a job
you hate and just going through the mundane routine of hand to mouth living.”

A blazing uppercut with the
cutting force of a chainsaw.

Yeahhhhhhhh

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3. ‘Am I Really Going To Die’ by WHITE LIES (London)

Another warm-up piece from their upcoming
6th longplayer, out on 18 February.

Not a happy one, yet funky and jumpy in sound…

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4. ‘Wake Me Up’ by FOALS (UK)

I’m not a big fan of remixes unless the remixer – in this case, electro duo
Flight Facilities – transforms a head-dazzling rocker into a head-dazzling
disco stomper that works like a vaccination with a shot of adrenalin.

Yoohoo! Party time…

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5. ‘Lights’ by BAND OF HORSES (Seattle, US)

Album number six Things Are Great hit the streets on 4 March.
And they dropped taster number three Lights a few days ago.

An experience with security guards and the police flashing
their lights inspired frontman Ben Bridwell to write this song.

Vibrant vibe…

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6. ‘Thrown’ by BODEGA (NYC)

I’m sure that this Big Apple indie squad has all Parquet Courts records on their shelves. You already could hear it on their 2019 debut album Endless Scroll and their second one, titled Broken Equipment looks to go in the same direction when hearing new single Thrown.

Not original but tumbling
and revolving nevertheless…

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7. ‘Fraggle Rock Rock’ by FOO FIGHTERS (Seattle, US)

Seems like Dave Grohl and his Fighters adore the spotlights
and do anything to have them shine on them every day.

Check this… children’s television series Fraggle Rock gets a full revival on Apple TV+ and yes, you already guessed it, the Foos are among the musical guests on the show. For the occasion, they wrote this bonkers retro rocker that triggers your laughing muscles.

Have fun

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – 7 New Firecrackers From The Past Week

7 new firecrackers from the past 7 days

1. Forgotten by KORN (Bakersfield, CA)

This new single is vintage Korn. Uncomplicated nu-metal for everybody
who wants their ears to go bonkers. From their forthcoming, 14th LP
Requiem, out early next month.

Arggghhh…

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2. Won’t Stand Down by MUSE (UK)

This comeback haymaker is” “about standing your ground against bullies, whether that
be on the playground, at work or anywhere.”
I was a fan of early Muse exploits (their 2004 masterwork Absolution still gives me goosebumps). Their stardom made them go a bit too artificial and predictable for my liking. But this new one roars hard with a metallic sound as big as St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Cast-iron!

Turn up the heat…

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3. UZI by BLURT (Gloucestershire, UK)

The late 70s cult post-punks (Factory Records) are back and their free-jazz-punk
firework is still intact. Led by poet/musician Ted Milton the mavericks groove as hell.
Message to all young bands out there: listen and take notes.

Let’s roll…

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4. Wrong Answers Only by THE STREETS and MASTER PEACE (UK)

The Streets‘ musical brain Mike Skinner and rapper Master Peace
joined forces for this easy-going hip-pop jingle.

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5. Be The Hook by PAVEMENT (Stockton, CA)

Not really a new track. It’s a previously unrealized song from their Twilight Terror
album sessions (their final LP – 1999). It will be part of a deluxe reissue edition titled Terror Twilight: Farewell Horizontal’, out next April. More info here.

Get hooked here…

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6. Brother The Cloud by EDDIE VEDDER (Seattle)

Eddie Vedder has his third solo album Earthling. I could swear
that this explosive single comes from a lost Pearl Jam longplayer.

Here’s why…

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7. Love Is Selfish by JACK WHITE (Detroit)

Busy bee Jack White (real name: John Anthony Gillis )
gives birth to his 5th solo LP Fear Of Down in April.

Hear his acoustic lullaby track…

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – 7 New Firecrackers Week 46

Every week Turn Up The Volume picks 7 new
firecrackers that burned his ears the past 7 days

1. ‘Let’s See Each Other’ by A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS (New York)

New York’s electro darkwave bulldozer has its 6th album See Through You
ready for release on 4th February 2022. It’s a return to their fiercely independent,
DIY roots on their own label Dedstrange.

Lead single Let’s See Each Other is an intimate and disarming love song from
a forgotten future. Syncopated memories and deconstructed fantasies of lovers
lost in an ity that doesn’t know their names.

Press play, watch and listen…

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2. ‘Sonic’ by DAYFLOWER (UK)

This indie dream-pop band from Leicester, England, combines nursery rhyme melodies, reverb-drenched guitars, and electronic textures. They released their debut full-length Honeyspun two years ago and now return with this astonishing wall-of-shoegaze stroke. Imagine My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, and Swervedriver having a decibels contest.

Sonic is a hazy, multi-layered and perplexing
discharge leaving you behind with your mouth open
and totally puzzled.

Here’s why…


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3. ‘Do Ya Feel The Love’ by STEREOPHONICS (Wales, UK)

On 4 March 2022, the vivid Welsh veterans will make their
loyal fans smile with new full-length Oochya!, their 12th LP.

This track is a feverish rocker with an immediate impact on your
body’s activity. Add Kelly Jones‘ characteristically fervid vocals and
energetic guitars and you have a solid gold Stereophonics winner.

Make your move here, folks…

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4. Be Sarcastic‘ by SHYBITS (Berlin)

This fervent German trio fuzz and buzz with panache and determination. Jingle jangle electricity with that early B-52′s swagger. If this steaming stunner doesn’t make you jump out of your lazy couch you better fire your shrink and change your meds at once while we all go crazy to this head-spinning twister. Top!

Feel the heat here…

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5. ‘Capture Love’ by MELTED WINGS (Toronto)

Melted Wings is the multigenre project of Toronto musician Michael Wynn (founding member of bands Trains of Winter and Vicky von Vicky.)

His new longplayer lands next year. Ahead of it comes first taster Capture Love which explores the melancholy of feeling down and the occasional small lights of brightness
that can help you get out of the funk of these depressing times.

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Expect an electro head-in-the-clouds groove with an 80s New Romantics vibe.
Heartening, beatific, and hopeful…

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6. ‘Tenement Time’ by JOHNNY MARR (Manchester UK)

The Former The Smiths guitar hero has another solo LP canned,
actually, a double one called Fever Dreams Pts 1-4 that lands
next year, in February.

New single Tenement Time is an excitatory tune, with
instantly appealing hooks and upbeat chorus.

Turn it up, Johnny…

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7. ‘Big Wave’ by MODERN MOXIE (South Carolina, US)

Vivid guitar pop band centered around multi-instrumentalist
Madison Lucas who took up songwriting in college.

Two years ago entrancing debut album Claw Your Way Out saw the day
of light and now Modern Moxie have a 5-track EP, called Gutter Honey,
ready to unleash on 9 December.

First taster Big Wave sticks from the kick-off, jumps forth and back
and energizes all the way driven by Lucas‘ avid vocals. Touchdown!

Let’s roll…

See/hear you next week, music junkies…

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – 7 New Firecrackers Week 44

Every week Turn Up The Volume picks 7 new
firecrackers that burned his ears the past 7 days

1. ‘Coil’ by CONVERGE and CHELSEA WOLFE (USA)

The Boston hardcore/metal legends drop new album Bloodmoon: I,
their collaborative album featuring Goth heroine Chelsea Wolfe
next week.

Ahead of it comes this bombastic and haunting jam.

Hell yeahhhhh…

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2. ‘This Side Of The Sun’ by SHAME (UK)

At the start of this year, the South London gunslingers
released their second top album called Drink Tank Pink.

On this brand new single it’s guitars all over the place again.
Not their best effort, but a hefty hammer nonetheless.

“The whole song came together on the day we recorded it at the studio.
It’s also the first live recording we’ve ever done, we didn’t want it to sound
overworked. It’s a pure banger, listen with a piña colada in your left hand.”

Press play…

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3. ‘His Ilk’ by BRONSON ARM (US)

The two-man drill machine out of Kalamazoo, MI nails it again.

This rumbling rollercoaster bulldozes its way in slow motion,
forth and back, while producing an ominous vocal brouhaha
that causes a creepy nightmare experience. Whatever the song’s
protagonist’s ilk is, it doesn’t sound like you want to be friends

Be ready…

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4. ‘The Hardest Cut’ by SPOON (USA)

The Texan veterans drop their 10th LP called
Lucifer On The Sofa (great title) next year, in February.

They’re still alive and still kick as young hungry wolves,
as you’ll hear on the lead single, right here…

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5. ‘Dissonance’ by VEDA RAYS (USA)

A glam synth-pop twister with a darksome Soft Cell
edge by these two Brooklyn’s nightdreamers.

From their excellent album Crucial Fictions.

Check out the vibrant vibe here…

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6. ‘Holy Toledo’ by GREEN DAY (US)

This striking stroke is part of the soundtrack for
Mark, Mary & Some Other People, a new indie rom-com
about a young married couple trying out an open relationship.

Billie Joe Armstrong and his buddies do what they did throughout
their whole career, rockin’ and rollin’ without thinking too much.

Let’s hit the road…

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7. ‘See Ya When I See Ya’ by MILES KANE (UK)

From his upcoming new album
Change The Show, out 21st January 2022.

Kane: ‘See Ya When I See Ya’ is about being confident in yourself and
sticking to your gut whilst letting the Jekyll and Hydes pass you by.”

With this new single, just like with the previous two, Kane travels
to the good old days for inspiration for another retro tune.

See/hear you next week, music junkies…

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – 7 New Firecrackers Week 43

Every week Turn Up The Volume picks 7 new
firecrackers that burned his ears the past 7 days

 ‘The Fuzz Guitar’ by THE PINK DIAMOND REVUE (UK)

C’mon, get your lazy ass out of your lazy couch and make some
room to move like a sensual snake with your window dressing
doll while swaying your hips to the sickly sticky beat of Fuzz Guitar.

Wurlitzer jukeboxes were invented to play sultry jams
like these in pubs, discos and your living room.

Now look cool and rock out folks…

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‘Steam Engine’ by EELS: Facebook (Los Angeles)

Mark Oliver Everett and his combo Eels have their 14th album
called Extreme Witchcraft ready for an early 2022 release.

Everett rolls and bowls here. Rock-a-billy is the keyword.

Steam up the engine right here…

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‘Rising Seas’ by MIDNIGHT OIL (Australia)

After they contributed a new song to a compilation album, the veterans
from down under are back. And, yes, the beds are still burning, they still
know how to rock and they still write songs about our fiercely threatened
nature/climate.

“The song is meant to “add the band’s unique voice to billions of others
around the world seeking a safe, habitable, and fair future for our planet.”

Roll the tape…

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‘Paper Flowers’ by PHNTMS (Philadelphia)

Sitting somewhere between arena rock and the classic sound of 1960’s soul
singers, Philadelphia-based band PHNTMS creates music bursting with vast
soundscapes and colliding instrumentation. The band has opened for Kings
of Leon, The 1975, Bastille, Fitz & The Tantrums
and Empire of the Sun among
others.

Paper Flowers is the first single from a forthcoming EP.
A funky guitar-fueled pop earworm with charismatic frontwoman
Alyssa Gambino in the middle having a ball.

Big sound, big tune, big vox.

With Gambino identifying as queer, PHNTMS also hope to reach
out to and support the LGBTQA+ community. Damn right!

Let us all have a ball…

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‘False Idiots’ by THE BARBITURATES

Who? A genre’less pack of guerrilla D.I.Y / D.I.T musicians making war on music
of mass production with our satirical not so moderate rock. I’m sure that these
Nothern Ireland rebels will dedicate their upcoming mini-album titled Super
Callous Fascist Racist Tories Are Atrocious
to Bojo and his professional idiots.

Anyway, here’s single number two. A haunting and minatory mid-tempo groove
that moves like a vicious serpent waiting to attack, but so far no Tories within sight
unless they’re the ones playing Irish folk instruments in the end. Wankers!

Albums are medals
For the medical Sheep
For the pop propaganda
For the false n the weak


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‘Magnificent Hurt’ by ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS (UK)

Costello phoned his band The Imposters, they met in
the studio and recorded new album The Boy Named If,
out January 2022.

The lead single takes us back to his 70s sound. Crackling pop
a la Costello with that retro organ glow, vocal twists and turns,
a steady beat/chorus and muscled guitars.

Here comes the King…

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‘Valley Boys’ by THE WILD YOUNG HEARTS (California)

Theis bouncy riff-addicted trio produced a couple of EPs
and 3 albums between 2013 and 2017 and then went missing.

But the sonic surfers are back in business now. A bit older but still wild at heart.
With Valley Boys they do what they do best, dropping bathing a mesmerizing melody
in an electrifying pool of burning guitars. No, they don’t like the spoiled Valley Boys
and Girls and their rich dads.

Let’s hope that music will be the peacemaker…


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See/hear you next week music junkies…

Turn Up The Volume’s 20 KNOCKOUT TRACKS Of The Month – OCTOBER 2021

Turn Up The Volume‘s 20 Knockout Tracks for October 2021!
A stream of rattling rippers, jagged jams and romantic reveries.

All together on Spotify

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All knockouts, one by one

‘Magic Medicine’ by DEAP VALLY (California)

After 10 years the sisters in arms want to inject their bond with new musical challenges
to keep their marriage alive and kicking (they’ll be always alive and kicking anyway).

Their new LP called, yes, Marriage and lands on 12 November.

The first taster is a slo-mo synth-vaccinated groove with Lindsey Troy‘s fully charged
guitars all over it and Julie Edwards, as usual taking care of the solid backbone drum
beat. Troy‘s vocals and Edwards echoing voice in the back give the song an extra thrill.

Takeyour medicine here…

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‘Black Widow Spider’ by PARQUET COURTS (Texas / New York)

Last week the wayward Parquet Courts unleashed their 7th album, titled
Sympathy For Life. One of the many highlights is Black Widow Spider.

A sticky head-spinning rocker.

Turn it up, folks…

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‘Faze Out’ by JAMES DOMESTIC (UK)

Expect a slash and trash jackhammer, an angry
spit and sneer storm, a Sturm und Drang uppercut.

143 seconds of furious frustration is what you get. Retro organs
clatter like if a nightmare is just around the corner, but Domestic
thunders like he’s a determined survivor who will not go down
just like that.

Join the wild ride…

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‘Better Than Life’ by GLASS SANDS (London, UK)

I listened to the title track of this London-based singer/songwriter’s new album
about 50 times, so far. It’s a guitar-driven riff-hook-and-lick standout that cuts like
a new Swiss knife with feverish and heartfelt vocals amplifying the dumbfounded
chorus. Holy smoke.

Press play, it’s better than life…


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‘Pennsylvania by JESSE STONE (Montreal, CA)

The rock ‘n roll swagger of Eddie Cochran, the surf guitar electricity
of Link Wray, and the fervent fire of Bo Diddley. Get the punchy
picture? This rollin’ razzle-dazzle riffage will boost your mood.

Get up and twirl yourself dizzy

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‘Staying Here’ by ACTING STRANGE (Scotland)

Stadium rockers The Killers will nod their heads in praise
when they hear this Scottish duo new excellent album
Staying Here.

The title track is a sassy stonker, a glam-synth-bam
banger with a relentless beat and vivacious vocals.
Top cut!

Feel the vibe…

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‘Wild Flowers’ by WARMDUSCHER (London, UK)

London’s funk-punk gang is gearing up
for their big breakthrough album.

This first taster is a trippy bass-driven disco groove you can sway
your hips to in the morning while waking up, in the evening while
getting drunk, and during the day when you’re getting bored.

Fucktastic…

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‘Dad Vibes’ by LIMP BIZKIT (Florida)

I never really liked Limp Bizkit. They wanted
to be the white Rage Against The Machine
and jumped on every crossover bandwagon.

But hey, this new single made my ears flap like crazy.
After all these years I clap for Fred Durst & co.

Rap it up, Fred…

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‘Butterfly Room’ by SHATTERCONES (London)

This fulminating sucker-punch tackles the Brexit Apocalypse with
a raging force and poignant frustration. Watch your back, Bojo!

It comes from their staggering 4-track EP This Septic Isle.

Release the bats…


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Blacked Out‘ by THE MANIC BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB (Toronto, CA)

When surreality becomes reality cry outs like these pop up to translate
alienated feelings that dominate your daily life. This club of two decided
to embed their frustration into a swirling dance stunner for our doomed
generation.

Pithy, peppery, and a blacked-out chorus that sticks as primo glue.
Add glamorous vocals and a glittering full-on wall-of-sound and the
final result is a supersonic stunner.

Here’s why…

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‘It’s Critical’ by SAVING JACKIE (San Antonio, Texas)

The heated rap-rock gang from San Antonio launched
a video for the title track of their debut album.

The clip is a clear-cut message regarding life-threatening diseases.
Flamboyant frontwoman Jenny 4C Ramirez emphasizes the fight
for your life
bravery while making your blood stream faster through
your veins.

Bang your head here…

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‘Chaos Space Marine’ by BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD (London)

These young gunslingers rushed to indie stardom with their ace
jazz and prog-rock influenced debut LP For The First Time.

Isaac Wood (frontman) about this brand new song: “it’s the best song we’ve ever
written. We threw in every idea anyone had with that song. So the making of it was
a really fast, whimsical approach – like throwing all the shit at the wall and just
letting everything stick.”

I smell great shit…


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‘Medicine’ by SLEEPSHAKE (Canada)

A blazing rock slam about the desperate need for stable emotional stimulation.
Blustering guitars, flurried synths, hot-blooded vocals, a discharging chorus, and somewhere in the middle a thunder and lighting guitar solo to electrocute all your
mind-destroying demons. Every time you take this medicine, you’ll get a kick out of it.

If you like British turbo Royal Blood
you’ll go berserk to this cracker too.

Yeahhhhh…

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‘The Met’ by COLATURA (Brooklyn, NY)

Instantly effective pop tunes like these make me smile
from left to right and back. Shiny guitars with shoegazy
sparks, a dizzy-making rhythm, happy-go-lucky sentiments,
and seducing vocals. A song that would turn Taylor Swift
into an indie star.

Check it out…


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‘Count The Death’ by THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA: (London)

A crystal-clear structured protest against greedy political sharks and
megalomaniac charlatans oppressing people for their own devastating
agendas. Again Manimal and Samara show how to fuse poignant poetry
and versatile metal genres.

Manimal and Samara are sonic architects.

Follow their path here…

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‘Blood Moon’ by CONVERGE and CHELSEA WOLFE (USA)

The fab goth-metal gang made an album with goth heroine Chelsea Wolfe
and Cave In‘s Stephen Brodsky. The LP, titled Bloodmoon: I will soundtrack
our nightmares from November 19 on.

Here comes the first piece Blood Moon. A classic mix of deafening bombast,
theatrical doom and gloom, barking voices (except for Chelsea of course), and
hardcore torment. A perfect Halloween monster.

Your Halloween starts here…

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‘Wanna See’ by HANNYA WHITE (London, UK)

White continues her sound-exploring search. Here she fuses
symphonic instrumentation with deep-bass-resonating synth
turbulence. Trippy, dissonant, and even claustrophobic when
short fragments of White‘s restless breathing emerge somewhere
in there.

The ongoing pizzicato violin play adds both an airy and eerie timbre.
I have no idea what the totally silent outro with some echoes of (what
seems to be) firecrackers in the very end, is about. What I do know is
that the first thought that crossed my mind when hearing this, was:
Aphex Twin is back, in disguise.

Stream/buy ‘Wanna See’ here…


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‘Nightmare Pills’ by EX-HYENA

Pretty quick into the song the early days of electronic
British legends Human League and Baxter Dury‘s synth
pop sensuality (especially the female voices) popped up
on my stereo in my head.

It sounds as if this Boston tandem warns us of Big Brother’s ambition to brainwash humankind with mind-altering chemicals with this darksome, yet instantly striking
electro jam. Haunting, feverish, and gloomy are the keywords here. Best played at
night while being dazed and confused by the surreal times we experience the past
18 months.

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‘The Beachland Ballroom’ by IDLES (Bristol, UK)

A new album is canned and sees
the day of light on 12 November.

The lead single is “an honest-to-goodness
soul song named after the iconic Ohio venue.”

Expect the slower side of Idles with hefty eruptions now
and then and frontman Joe Talbot‘s blood cooking.

Feel the heat…

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‘Slow Down’ by MOONWOOD (Sydney)

It’s been a while since I heard an epic belter that evokes
an image on the screen in my head of a massive stadium
filled with a sea of people holding their phones up with
shining lights and scream at the top of their lungs.

This powerful love ballad will
trigger your romantic side…

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See/hear you next month, music junkies…