Infamous Thrash Rockers ROYAL TRUX Return With Cocksure And Brash New Album ‘WHITE STUFF’…

2 March 2019

Finally after 19 years infamous Washington D.C. rockers ROYAL TRUX – duo Jennifer Herrema and former spouse Neil Hagerty – return with a new gloriously trash ‘n’ roll
beast. It was catapulted on the Internet yesterday and I had it on repeat since. All the unleashed tracks that preceded the LP’s release confirmed loud and clear the duo’s new greedy appetite to rattle, rumble, roar, spit and sneer in chaotic duet. The first 2 singles, opener and stomping title track White Stuff and rowdy slam The Year Of The Dog are vintage Trux dirt. Nasty, brash, cocksure and in your face. Perfect shit to start the record!

To catch a bit of breath, turbulent mid-slow broken blues injected grooves Purple Audacity #2 and Suburban Junky Lady (obviously on too much White Stuff) kick in
and move like vicious serpents on a destructive mission. After the funky tumult of
Shoes And Tags comes a surprising rap beat Get Used To It featuring Keith Kool (and already previewed when the pair reunited in 2015). Next up, one of my faves, the greasy Sic Em Slow , followed by the droning Every Day Swan’ (also from the 2015 comeback) and tumultuous wallop Whopper Dave . Barbed wire stroke Purple Audacity #2 has a tumultuous Sonic Youth impact and closer ‘Under Ice‘is pure Royal Trux swagger. I need another couple of spins to discover all crazed hullabaloo details, but one bloody fact is already indisputable. Royal Trux flabbergasted comeback is a stunning achievement. Join me and get intoxicating yourself. Right here, right now…

ROYAL TRUX: Facebook

Natural born trash ‘n’ roll rockers


25 January 2019

Portland’s famous groovers THE DANDY WARHOLS celebrate their 25th birthday as a band this year with their tenth studio album titled WHY YOU SO CRAZY released today. After a couple of spins it’s crystal clear to Turn Up The Volume‘s ears that this is simply one of their best longplayers ever. An eclectic record covering various genres of music’s history executed The Dandys way. From the nostalgic Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers intro to the classical piano closer and lots of psych grooves, catchy country, rockin’ crackers, darkish musings and electro funky beats in between. Different moods, different vibes. The most varied LP they ever produced. Press the button and join me on a sonic chameleon ride…

THE DANDY WARHOLS: Website – Facebook –  Twitter – Instagram

(pic: FB Dandy Warhols)

MODERATE REBELS Share Political Mantras On Brand New Spellbinding Album ‘SHARED VALUES’ …

When we can’t get enough of it…

1 December 2018

Almost one year ago Turn Up The Volume! had the debut album by London‘s psych-pop-art collective MODERATE REBELS on repeat. The Sound Of Security revelead an enigmatic project of various, yet unidentified musicians calling themselves anti-music. Their firstborn was/is an astonishing work of magnetic grimness that stood out because of its simple, yet crystal clear approach in sound and content. An ongoing indictment against the way of Brexit live as experienced by rebels watching from the side how things go terribly wrong.

We’re trying to create conditions where the songs could write themselves
with minimum resistance, an automatic writing situation. We say it all the time,
but it’s important to note – we don’t intend anything. We don’t feel like ‘artists’
with grand statements to make.”

After listening, several times the past few days, to the brand new, follow-up longplayer SHARED VALUES I hear a band inspired by a similar stirring spirit and similar bitter tone
as last year (what would you expect with Theresa May and her conservative, divided herd still in charge and fighting with Europe as if The British Empire is still alive and hitting), but this time the aural framework, in which our despairing rebels embed all their anxious anti-Brexit observations and related worries (who will save me from my government? as the key question), resonates firmer, stronger, fuller and more euphonious as if this album was actually canned in a recording studio instead of a recording bedroom. All instruments and all voices are really tight now. They have become harmonious partners in crime in order to reinforce the spellbinding catchiness of their fresh mesmeric mantras. Oh yes, Moderate Rebels‘ sonic phraseology still is about the addictive power of repetition, about moving in dazzling circles, about psyching in repetitive grooves, about fulminating against narcissistic politicians who share a totally different kind of values. From the rollicking boogie-woogie rippers (The Value Of Shares / Faith & Science / I Love Today / Beyond Hidden Words / Eye In The Sky) to some calmer reflections (the folky ‘Stranded In Brazil’ and ‘Facade‘), from the angry ‘You Want A Fight’ to the DIY answer to the key question in ‘How To Save Myself’.

Join the fascinating crusade right here…

MODERATE REBELS: Twitter – Instagram

DIY rebels…


RICHARD ASHCROFT – His New Fervent LP ‘NATURAL REBEL’ Shows A Gripping Singer/Songwriter Growing Older… In Grand Style

21 October 2018

Yesterday RICHARD ASHCROFT released his fifth solo longplayer entitled NATURAL REBEL . Some intellectual critics expected a sort of rowdy Idles punk record (which
Idles actually made! Big monstrous LP! I love it) by Richard Ashcroft because of ‘Rebel
in the title and other related nonsense. I expected glowing songs for heart & soul by
a great singer/songwriter growing older in grand style. Fuck the critics. I got what I
wanted. Here’s a heartfelt collection of gripping songs.on repeat right now..

RICHARD ASHCROFT: Facebook – Website

Natural singer/songwriter

(photo: FB – RA)


13 October 2018

Edinburgh born artist GARETH SAGER‘s CV is quite impressive: multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, classical music composer, a founding member of funky post-punk
junks The Pop Group, jazzy avant-garde combo Rip Rig + Panic, Bristol rockers Head
and countless collaborations here, there and everywhere. After releasing his gracious classical piano LP 88 Tuned Dreams last year Sager is back with a totally different beast. Assisted by his gang THE HUNGRY GHOSTS he just dropped new album JUICY RIVERS.

It’s party time for all the outcasts, all the misfits and all the bohemians out there. Imagine the genial Mothers Of Invention fronted by the eccentric Captain Beafheart instead of the equally eccentric icon Frank Zappa. That’s my overall exciting feeling after a couple of ‘Juicy Rivers‘ spins. You get all the sonic pandemonium your greedy ears and your fucked up mind need. From elevating glam weirdness (Disco Sofa) to bluesy funkness (Pete Le Beat), from demonic rock (Bar Stool Warrior Chant) to deranged post-punk grimness (Pitbull Watusi) and lots of far-out stuff in between. Throw your straitjacket through the window and shake your lazy hips on repeat right now, right here…

Available here and here

The hungriest ghost..

THE CHILLS’ New Album ‘SNOWBOUND’ Is A High-Quality Pop Diamond…


16 September 2018


Not many artists succeed in growing older without losing their touch, their motivation
and their greed to keep on making appealing music. Veteran singer/songwriter Martin Philipps is definitely an exception. After more than 30 years he still delivers the goods.
With his band THE CHILLS he just released ninth studio album, entitled SNOWBOUND.  “An album about  consolidation, re-grouping, acceptance and mortality, Hopefully a kind
of Carole King ‘Tapestry’ for ageing punks…”  says Philipps.

SNOWBOUND is a delightful achievement. A solid gold record of fetching pop songs, enchantingly arranged, spot-on produced and juiced with Philipps’ warm and alluring voice. Turn Up The Volume has this shiny diamond on repeat the last few days. Experience the sonic splendour for yourself right here…

SNOWBOUND available via Bandcamp and iTunes 

(photo by Alex Lovell-Smith)

THE CHILLS: Facebook – All Albums

Compelling Singer/Songwriter WILLIAM CARLOS WHITTEN Impresses With Brand New LP ‘BURN MY LETTERS’…

Sonic splendor that good you play it…

6 June 2018

I never ever heard of artist WILLIAM CARLOS WHITTEN before until a week ago, when Boston based digital label I Heart Noise send me a Bandcamp-link with the named artist’s brand new album, entitled BURN MY LETTERS. I gave it a listen as I know, by experience, that I Heart Noise releases fascinating stuff frequently. Now, after several spins in only 48 hours I know one thing about Whitten and one thing about his fresh longplayer. Firstly: he’s a haunting songwriter with a striking voice and mixed emotions songs that touch disturbed hearts and desperate souls with heavy-hearted songs. Secondly (after I was blown away by the record I wanted to know a bit more about the man): he’s based in New York City and has been around for a long time. He played with NYC band St. Johnny (1989-195) and is still part of Grand Mal. Also when I noticed that Dave Fridman, known for his work with psychedelic daydreamers Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips and Sparklehorse, mastered this longplayer I felt immediately why he got involved. Burn My Letters is a special piece
of work. High-quality songwriting. Gripping arrangements. Affecting instrumentation
(with an omnipresent, touching piano). Different moods, different musings, different timbres, different tunes. Discover the desolate, human beauty right here…

ON REPEAT – Here’s TURN UP THE VOLUME’s Knockout Team For May 2018!…

Killer tracks on repeat this past month

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ELEVEN KNOCKOUTS I played on repeat in MAY!
A dazzling cocktail of red-hot rippers & crazed grooves
activating all my senses and itchy limbs this past month!
TURN UP THE VOLUME! Here’s the May knockout team!

1/ ‘City Looks Pretty’ by COURTNEY BARNETT (Melbourne, Australia)
Barnett rolls, rattles and rumbles, again with this swirling cracker…
Album: Tell Me How You Really Feel

2/ ‘Mine’ by BELLY (Boston, US)
Its groovy mid-tempo beat and seducing rhythm sticks instantly…
Album: Dove

3/ ‘Strange’
Gracious voice, gloriously affecting pop stroke, magnificent score…
EP: Ice Cream Dream

4/ ‘Lately’ by TERRA PINES (Brisbane, Australia)
Firework guitar electricity. Speedy bolide going totally nuts…
Album: new self-titled LP on Bandcamp

5/ ‘Jack In Titanic’ by BODEGA (New York, NY, US)
One day these Parquet Courts‘ proteges will outplay their patrons, definitely! Cracking cut!…
Album: Endless Scroll – out 18 July

6/ ‘Feels’ by DEEPER (Chicago, IL, US)
An irresistible 2-minute jingle jangle guitar drone with a feverish drive…
Album: self-titled debut out now – stream here

7/ ‘Feel Your Love’ by THE MAGIC LOTUS (London, UK)
A tempestuous garage slam with a highly addictive, scream along chorus…

8/ ‘Discover’ by OSKAR BRAVES (Dunfermline, Scotland)
Wall-of-towering-sound anthem with a monumental chorus and king-sized vocals…

9/ ‘Poets’ by THE TOWN HEROES (Inverness, Mabou, Canada)
A first-rate pop pearl, a melodic beauty, a momentous highlight…

10/ ‘A Good Guy With A Gun’ by THE BANKROBBER (Italy)
Mysterious and mystifying, another classy pop symphony from Italy…
Album: Missing

A gripping ballad to cry your heart out to, a sad beauty for the twilight hours…

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See/hear you next week, music junkies

ICEAGE Launched Dusky And Intense Rollercoaster LP ‘BEYONDLESS’ Today – Stream It Here…

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4 May 2018

Four years after ‘Plowing Into The Field Of Love’ vivacious Danish rockers ICEAGE released new, fourth longplayer BEYONDLESS today. A truly intriguing and emotional roller coaster record that catches your sonic attention from the first spin on. A darksome melting pot of inflamed emotions energized with frenzied guitar-scapes. Up and down, slow-burning at both ends. Join me for a couple of more spins to fully discover Iceage‘s new riveting opus…

ICEAGE: Website – Facebook – Instagram

See you this Sunday – 6 May in Brussels