Confirmed By ELTON JOHN – Believe The YARD ACT Hype! Debut LP Is Out This Friday.

19 January 2022

If you can make it in Leeds, you can make it everywhere, and when iconic
crooner Elton John says he’s a fan (read all about it here) you know you’re
a crocodile rock band on the verge of world domination.

Anyway, on 4 August 2020 Turn Up The Volume wrote this about
the second single, titled Fixer Upper, by a band he discovered
called YARD ACT from Leeds…

“Prepare for a mind-messing crackerjack that’ll do your head in the way you like it. This funky
as bloody hell
banger sounds as if Mike Skinner and Sleaford Mods joined forces to experiment with intoxicating guitar riffs to turn up the decibels on for once. Fixer Upper is an electrifying post-punk rap slam with a repetitive bass-tastic groove having an instant bang-up impact on your body movements. Stupendous boombox stuff, stupendous shake-and-quake vibrations, stupendous street story. Original pirate turbulence, indeed.”

Today, 18 months later Fixer Upper passed the 1 million streams mark on Spotify…

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We have 6 jagged Yard Act jackhammers by now…

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All this and more will be on their debut LP THE OVERLOAD, out in 2 days!

Pre-order here

Rough Trade says about the firstborn: “Pulling off a debut album in a pandemic isn’t easy, but somehow, Yard Act have made it work. Recording with Ali Chant (PJ Harvey, Perfume Genius, Aldous Harding) at his Bristol studio, those prolific demos have been sharpened down into something that speaks to the times we live in, creating a statement of intent that survives on nuance – a record of retro influences, recorded in a modern way, that manages to poke fun at society without punching down from a place of lefty superiority. The Overload is a political record, but in the same way that all great observations of human nature are – a messy, complex, knowingly hypocritical snapshot of our current state of play.”

See you in a couple of weeks in Antwerp, guys.

New Albums 2022 – ‘EVERYTHING WAS FOREVER’ By (British) Anthemic Rockers SEA POWER

19 January 2022

Band: SEA POWER (Reading/Brighton, UK)

Who: Socially engaged indie pop-rockers who started their journey back in 2003.
In the very beginning, they operated as British Air Power, but changed it quickly to
British Sea Power. But last summer the band announced another name change,
dropping ‘British‘.


(photo by Turn Up The Volume)

Why? They told The Guardian: “It was the combination of “British” and “Power” that
no longer worked for us. We imagined a youngster at a European festival in the 21st
century looking at the programme and seeing a band name including the word “Hungarian”
or “Russian” alongside “Power”. It would likely send your mind in a certain direction – quite possibly to the isolationist, adversarial nationalism that has recently taken a hold around the world. We’ve always wanted to be an internationalist band – as heralded in our track Waving Flags, a song of pan-European idealism.”

Along came the news of a new longplayer – their seventh full length – five years after
the sterling The Dancers Inherit The Party, which, in a normal world, would have been
a massive hit LP. Anthemic tunes, rich sound, sharp observations on politics, on our neglected environment, on people’s crumbling togetherness, and on life in general…
oh, before I forget this: go see them play live if you have the opportunity, and you’ll
have a glowing experience. Trust me, I saw them several times.

The new one, titled EVERYTHING WAS FOREVER
lands on 11 February. Pre-order info here.

Singles/clips: Two Fingers / Folly / Lakemand Echo

– TWO FINGERS –

– FOLLY –

– LAKELAND ECHO –

SEA POWER: Facebook – All Albums

Pre-order info here

TANGERINE DREAM Honor Their Original Mastermind EDGAR FROESE With New Upcoming LP ‘RAUM’

16 January 2022

Band: TANGERINE DREAM

Who: German electronic band, formed in 1967 by mastermind Edgar Froese.
The line-up changed frequently over the years with Froese as the only continuous
member until his death in 2015. Present line-up: Thorsten Quaeschning, Hoshiko
Yamane, and Paul Frick
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Active: 1967-present / over more than 100 LPs


The early days (Edgar Froese on the right)

New album: RAUM
Out: 25th February 2022

Info: “Composed and produced with full access to Edgar Froese’s Cubase arrangements (and Otari Tape Archive with recordings from 1977-2013). Raum is the band’s second studio album after the passing of the founder Edgar Froese in 2015. With deep respect for the sound of the previous five decades, this record continues in the ever-evolving pathway of Tangerine Dream.”

Singles: Raum / You’re Always On Time

– RAUM –

– YOU’RE ALWAYS ON TIME –

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TANGERINE DREAM: Facebook

New Albums in 2022 – ‘FLICKER’ By ANDY BELL

13 January 2022

Artist: ANDY BELL
British singer/guitarist/bassist who played with
Ride and Oasis, Rid again, and solo in between.

New album: FLICKER – a double one
Out: 11 February 2022 – order info here

Andy Bell: “When I think about Flicker, I see it as closure. Most literally, on a
half-finished project from over six years ago, but also on a much bigger timescale.
Some of these songs date back to the ’90s and the cognitive dissonance of writing
brand new lyrics over songs that are 20-plus years old makes it feel like it is,
almost literally, me exchanging ideas with my younger self.”

Lead single: SOMETHING LIKE LOVE

“‘Something Like Love’ is that flame that makes a person who they are.
I wanted to find that in myself, so I went back to the teenage me, a technique
I learned in therapy and have been doing ever since — and got some advice
on how to live and be happy in the 2020”
says Bell.

Enjoy here…

ANDY BELL: Facebook

New Albums In 2022 – ‘NEVER LET ME GO’ By PLACEBO In March

12 January 2022

Band: PLACEBO (London)
Active: 1994-present / 8 studio LPs

New album: NEVER LET ME GO
First since 2013 LP Loud Like Love

Release: 25 March 2022 – Pre-order info here.

Press info: “As great masters in cataloguing the human condition, Placebo’s unique way of examining both its flaws and beauty finds fertile ground in 2021. Crawling out of the pandemic into a landscape of intolerance, division, tech-saturation and imminent eco-catastrophe, theirs is a voice that has rarely felt more significant to contemporary discourse, and more appropriate to sing these stories to the world.”

Singles/clips: Surrounded By Spies / Try Better Next Time / Beautiful James

– SURROUNDED BY SPIES –

– TRY BETTER NEXT TIME –

– BEAUTIFUL JAMES –

PLACEBO: Facebook

New Albums In 2022 – Second One By Fascinating Collective BLACK COUNTRY NEW ROAD Next Month

11 January 2022


(Press photo by Rosie Foster)

Band: BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD

Who: Experimental 7-piece from London producing a hypnotic mix
of prog and math rock, jazz, post-psych-punk, and other musical roads.

In February of 2021, they impressed big time with their debut full
length For The First Time entering indie land by the big gates.

New album: ANTS FROM UP THERE
Out: 4 February 2022 – order here

Press info: Following on almost exactly a year to the day from the release of their acclaimed debut For the first time, the band have harnessed the momentum from that record and run full pelt into their second, with Ants From Up There managing to strike a skilful balance between feeling like a bold stylistic overhaul of what came before, as well as a natural progression.

Tyler Hyde (bass player): “We were just so hyped the whole time. It was such a pleasure to make. I’ve kind of accepted that this might be the best thing that I’m ever part of for the rest
of my life. And that’s fine.”

Singles: Concorde / Chaos Space Marine / Bread Song

– CONCORDE –

– CHAOS SPACE MARINE –

– BREAD SONG –

All three on Spotify

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BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD: Facebook

Albums 2022 – London Melancholics PALACE With Their Third One

10 January 2022

Band: PALACE
Who: Outfit from London. The band mix a heartfelt
tone with rock notes and lots of melancholia

Active: Since 2015 / Two studio albums
(So Long Forever and Life After) and
several EPs

New album: SHOALS – 3rd LP
Out: 21 January 2022 via Fiction Records

Press info: “Shoals is a profound and pensive album, boldly exploring some of life’s greatest questions over its 12 mesmerising tracks. the album deftly explores three main existential dilemmas against a broader backdrop of wonder at the vastness and power of the ocean. Shoals is broadly a record about living with and processing fear. the album’s title is inspired by the seemingly unpredictable behaviour of shoals of fish, shifting rapidly in much the same way as our fears and anxieties of the world around us.”

Singles: Shame On You / Fade / When The Sky Becomes Sea

– SHAME ON YOU –

– FADE –

– WHERE SHE BECOMES SEA –

PALACE: Facebook

Order info here

New Albums 2022 – ‘WILD LONELINESS’ By Veteran Rockers SUPERCHUNK

9 January 2022

Band: SUPERCHUNK
Who: Indie rockers from North Carolina
Active: 1989-present / 11 LPs

New album: WILD LONELINESS
Out: 25 February 2022
Order info: here

Press info: “Like every record Superchunk has made over the last thirty-some years,
Wild Loneliness is unskippably excellent and infectious. It’s a blend of stripped-down
and lush, electric and acoustic, highs and lows, and I love it all. On Wild Loneliness I hear echoes of Come Pick Me Up, Here’s to Shutting Up, and Majesty Shredding. After the (ahem, completely justifiable) anger of What a Time to Be Alive, this new record is less about what
we’ve lost in these harrowing times and more about what we have to be thankful for.


(Photo: Brett Villena – via Merge Records)

Lead-single: ENDLESS SUMMER
The song features the harmonies of Scottish
daydreamers Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake
and Raymond McGinley.

SUPERCHUNK: Facebook

Coming In 2022 … New Album By FATHER JOHN MISTY – Hear Lead Single ‘FUNNY GIRL’

7 January 2022

Artist: FATHER JOHN MISTY
Who: Singer-songwriter (real name: Joshua Michael Tillman)
from Rockville, Maryland, U.S.

New album: CHLOË AND THE NEXT 20TH CENTURY – his fifth LP
Release: 8 April 2022 via Sub Pop

“‘Chloë and the Next 20th Century’ was written and recorded August through
December 2020 and features arrangements by Drew Erickson. The album sees
Tillman and producer/multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Wilson resume their
longtime collaboration.”

Lead Single: Funny Girl

A romantic ballad – think 50s crooners Frank Sinatra,
Bing Crosby, Dean Martin
– for candlelight dinners…

FATHER JOHN MISTY: Facebook

New Albums In 2022 – Gloomy Electronic Debut By Danish Duo ‘OUI PLASTIQUE’

New longlayers coming in 2022

6 January 2021

Band: OUI PLASTIQUE
Who: Martin Nyrup and James Thomas, an electronic music
duo based in Denmark and Italy respectively. In 2017, they
released their first collaborative album, ‘Convergence’ under
the names of their own projects, Perpacity and DVL.

New album: FRATERNITY OF STRANGERS
Release: CD on 28th January and digitally
on 25 February. More info here.

Turn Up The Volume: Expect gloomy reflections about
loss, facing your fears, and even the capitalist system, all
surrounded by multi-layered electronics, Depeche Mode
duskiness and wholehearted vocals.

Singles: Wish Yourself Away / Crossing Over

– WISH YOURSELF AWAY –


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– CROSSING OVER –


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Back cover…

OUI PLASTIQUE: Facebook – Instagram