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..

https://open.spotify.com/album/2qGmBYeysAtucSTTOb4lbQ?si=dz1bIhP0Tbq7adouqpPFlg
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RICHARD ASHCROFT: Facebook – Website

(photo by TUTV!)

GARETH SAGER & THE HUNGRY GHOSTS – New Explosive Party Album ‘JUICY RIVERS’ Out Now…

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

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16 September 2018

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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…

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SNOWBOUND available via Bandcamp and iTunes 

THE CHILLS: Facebook – All Albums

JOHNNY MARR – Arresting Third Solo Album ‘CALL THE COMET’ Out Now…

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17 June 2018

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Living legend JOHNNY MARR just released his third solo album, entitled
CALL THE COMET.  His best accomplishment so far to Turn Up The Volume‘s
ears. True to his  ‘never do things the same twice‘ motto Marr went for a new,
more venturesome sound.  A gloomy modern-day glam rock stomp (especially:
Rise / Tracers / Bug and My Eternal) yet, despite the troubled times we live in,
with a hopeful look into the future.

Absorbing electricity with some contemplative reflections in-between (Hi Hello /
Spiral Cities / A Different Gun). Arresting richness on many levels. I’ll have Johnny
Marr‘s multi-layered ingeniousness, sonically and lyrically, on repeat many days
to come…

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CALL THE COMET available on iTunes


NME review – Tour Dates – Website – Facebook

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!

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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’
by AY WING
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

11/ ‘Baby’ by BASEMENT REVOLVER
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…

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ICEAGE: Website – Facebook – Instagram


See you this Sunday – 6 May in Brussels

Here’s TURN UP THE VOLUME’s Knockout Team For April 2018!…

Killer tracks on repeat this past month

ELEVEN KNOCKOUTS on repeat in APRIL!
A red-hot cocktail of stupendous rippers
and vivid grooves energizing body & soul!
Go berserk with TURN UP THE VOLUME‘s
smoking April knockout team! Hell yeah!

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1/ ‘Broken Algorithms’ by MANIC STREET PREACHERS (Wales)
A vintage Manics rocker / “Remember the mission to own your dreams”
Album:Resistance Is Futile’ – listen here

2/ ‘Odessey’ by MIEN (Texas, US)
Killer track from this experienced, mind-expanding supergroup’s debut LP…
Album: self-titled debut out now – stream here

3/ ‘Biker Song’ by ALCABEAN (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Amplified Danish firework thundering mercilessly from start to finish….
From New EPHead Down‘ – stream here

4/ ‘Better With Age’ by NIGHT OWLS (Leeds, UK)
Razor-sharp electro uppercut pushed by manic drums and jigsaw guitars…

5/ ‘3AM Lullaby’ by HOTEL MIRA ((Vancouver, Canada)
This passionate cracker resonates like an intense Dinosaur JR roller coaster…

6/ ‘Under The Moon’ by REBECCA LOU (Danmark)
A dazzling guitar firecracker that will make your blood stream faster – titanic score…

7/ ‘Spree’ by ALTAR FLOWERS (Manchester, UK)
Irresistible electro groove with a goth twist and tempting male/female vocals…
EP: stream 5-track ‘Performance’ EP right here

8/ ‘Pink Harlot’ by Skiska Skooper (Belgium)
When Black Sabbath jam with Sonic Youth you get schizophrenic racket…
Album: debut ‘Universal Space Shifter’ out now – stream/buy right here

9/ ‘Waxmage’ by SCHOOL DISCO (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
Psych-o-delic and insane jam with a paranoid Suicide touch…
EP: new 4-track titled ‘Look To The Sky‘ out now – stream/buy on Bandcamp

10/ ‘In The Street’ by RICH GIRLS (New York, NY, US)
Gripping mixed emotions pop with a darksome twist…
Album: debut ‘Black City‘ out now – stream/purchase on Bandcamp

11/ ‘Lost In The Light’ by NIGHT HAZE (Athens, Greece)
Haunting, obscure, mysterious and catchy as bloody hell…

See/hear you next month, music junkies

MANIC STREET PREACHERS Never Get Tired – Brand New LP ‘RESISTANCE IS FUTILE’ Out Now!…

Music that touches you in a way you’ll play it…

13 April 2018

What you need to know about the
new Manic Street Preachers LP

Manic Street Preachers never get tired
Manic Street Preachers never get old
Manic Street Preachers never get forgotten
Manic Street Preachers never get sold
Manic Street Preachers never break down
Manic Street Preachers never give in
Manic Street Preachers always move on
Manic Street Preachers never get cold
Manic Street Preachers always stay strong
Manic Street Preachers always get happy
Manic Street Preachers never cave inwards
Manic Street Preachers never lose trust
Manic Street Preachers always can cope

Listen up people
Don’t break down
Move on
Stay strong
Don’t break down
Move on
Don’t break down
Stay

People never get tired of the Manics

Turn Up The Volume plays new LP on
repeat because resistance is futile
Find out why right here, right now…

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Album available right here

MANIC STREET PREACHERS: Website – Facebook – Twitter


In eternity

Here’s TURN UP THE VOLUME’s Knockout Team For February 2018!…

Striking vibrations that good we play it on

TWELVE KNOCKOUTS I played on repeat in FEBRUARY!
An ace cocktail of addictive bangers & smoking grooves
activating all my senses and itchy limbs this past month!
TURN UP THE VOLUME! Here are twelve stellar kicks…

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1/ ‘Distant Colours’ by MANIC STREET PREACHERS (Wales)
I’m a sucker for anthemic melancholia and the Manics are experts on the matter…
Album: Resistance Is Futile – out 6 April via Columbia Records

2/ ‘Shiny One’ by BELLY (Boston, US)
Boston’s guitar popsmiths return with sultry groove energized with a glorious chorus…
Album: ‘Dove’ out 4 May – all info right here

3/ ‘Dig’ by SEAZOO (Wales)
Irresistible earworm with rich harmonies and a sticky chorus going under your skin…
Album: Trunks – out now – stream/purchase via Bandcamp

4/ ‘New Values’ by SHOPPING (London/Glasgow)
Electro weirdness and glimmering guitars. Highly feverish beat, snappy as bloody hell…
Album: The Official Body – out now – stream/purchase via Bandcamp

5/ ‘And Play A Game’ by JUJU (Italy)
Intoxicating psychedelia with a multi-layered, mind-boggling and trippy flow! Ace!…
Album: Our Mother Was A Plant – stream/purchase on Bandcamp

6/ ‘Sleep / Paralysis by PLATTENBAU (base: Berlin,Germany)
Electro paranoia with tribal drums pushing the startling Krautrock beat continuously…

7/ ‘Perfect Routine’ by TUBELIGHT (Belgium)
The Fall is dead! Long live Tubelight! Belgian top band scores big time…
Album: Expert By Virtue, Thereof out now – available on iTunes

8/ ‘Temper’ by SUSS CUNTS (Melbourne, Australia)
Amplified jingle jangle riffage from down under. Witty and punky. Strapping score!

9/ ‘Greenman’ by SCHOOL DISCO ((Plymouth, United Kingdom)
Surf injected psychedelia with a rockabilly Cramps edge. A spacey firecracker all the way…

10/ ‘Stop’ by HOUSEHATS (Norway/Australia)
Unstoppable bolide fueled by relentless, repetitive riffs. Infectious & head-spinning stuff…

11/ ‘Suck The Blood From My Wound’ by EZRA FURMAN (Evanston, IL, US)
Mixed emotions passion and a heartfelt intensity that gives you goosebumps…
Album: Transangelic Exodus – out now – on iTunes

12/ ‘Stargazer’ by THE CROWLEYS (Hamilton, Canada)
Spellbinding psych escapade driven by endless, sparkling riffs that will enchant you…
EP: new one called COLOURS CHANGE THEIR TONE – discover/stream/purchase here

See/hear you next month, music junkies