27 March 2020
Last October vigorous London rockers TOKYO TABOO released their blazing single WHISKEY. An explosive jackhammer, a rip-roaring stunner, an enormous slam that
feeds your hungry ears the way you actually love it the most.
Today the dynamite duo unleashed a hair-raising unplugged version. The vocal tour de force of flamboyant and utterly charismatic frontwoman Dolly Daggerz will send shivers down your spine. Her voice’s capacity is just breathtaking and capable of pulverizing your poor speakers. What a vehement performance. What a volcanic outpouring.
Catch the power here…
Also on Spotify…
Here’s the original recording/clip…
TOKYO TABOO: Facebook
Purchase single via Bandcamp
26 March 2020
Turn Up The Volume featured this thrilling Welsh duo before. Why? Because they produce dreamy synth art-pop with an enticing resonance, magical vocals by singer Heledd Watkin and an overall mysterious and enigmatic touch, balancing between Scottish ethereal wave act Cocteau Twins and dream-pop outfit The Sundays.
Here’s their brand new single POETRY. A fervid song about the affecting consequences of obsessive love. A schmaltzy and radiant ballad that grows in emotion, magnetism and orchestration along its wondrous progression. HSM Morris painted another marvelous sonic rainbow. Just beautiful. A relief in these difficult times.
HMS MORRIS: Facebook
25 march 2020
Music is the dope, turn up the volume…
1. ‘Play Safe’ by IGGY POP
Let’s play safe / I never knew how / How to play safe / You told me how
2. ‘Safety Dance by MEN WITHOUT HATS
We can dance, we can dance everything out control / We can dance doing it wall to wall
3. ‘If You Tolerate This Then You’re Children Will Be Next’ by the MANICS
If you tolerate this then your children will be next, will be next, will be next, will be next
4. ‘Back Home’ by GOLDEN EARRING
People wonder why I’m going back home / Just the place where I belong / Back home
5. ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ by THE VERVE
I never pray / But tonight I’m on my knees / I need some sounds that recognize the pain in me
6. ‘Home’ by EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS
Home, let me come home / Home is wherever I’m with you
7. ‘Come Home’ by JAMES
This is a testing time when the choice is mine / Am I a fool for love or foolish with desire
8. ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ by LIVERPOOL FANS
When you walk through a storm / Hold your head up high / And don’t be afraid of the dark
9. ‘All For One’ by THE STONE ROSES
All for one, one for all / If we take a stand, we shall not fall
10. ‘Let There Be Love‘ by OASIS
Who stole the soul from the sun in a world come undone at the seams? / Let there be love
21 March 2020
Band: EMPTY FRIEND
Who: London-based hard rock band Empty Friend formed in 2015, taking their
name from an album track by L.A. alt-rockers Failure. The band mixes driving guitar
riffs and wailing vocals, drawing on elements of hard rock, grunge, stoner with a hint
of metal to deliver a battery of heavy, yet melodic tune.
Track: FALTER – the title track from new EP
Score: Expect colossal percussion, crushing guitars, charged vocals, and a massive
chorus. Imagine Soundgarden teaming up with Black Sabbath for a deafening jam producing a horsepower sound muscular enough to kick the ass out of that vicious coronavirus. Yes, this a wall-breaking jackhammer, a concrete blast, a pulverizing
wallop. Move your furniture and smash your nasty demons.
I know you want more.
No problemo. Here’s the
EP in full…
EMPTY FRIEND: Facebook
20 March 2020
Today Bandcamp supports musicians everywhere by waiving its revenue share and rallying the Bandcamp community to put much-needed money directly into the artists’ pockets. Hail hail Bandcamp!
Turn Up The Volume selected 10 standout records you should definitely consider to
buy. Awesome album that will boost your adrenalin in these troubled times.
Here we go…
‘Black City‘ by RICH GIRLS
Music for the midnight hours.
Companion for moony moments.
‘Bejahung’ by ELEFANT
A synthtastic motherrocker. A schizophrenic
adventure. A crazed mindfucker.
‘A Life Extinct’ by CROSS WIRES
Blistering post punk that tackles
the grim times we experience with
a biting potency.
‘My War Is Your War‘ by DEUX FURIEUSES
A beseeching and vociferous call-up
for solidarity, unity, universal respect.
‘Ghost’ by FALLING MAN
Manic anxiety. Haunting stories.
Red-hot riffs. Top stuff!
‘Experiments In The Dark‘ EP by WHERE WE SLEEP
Mesmerizing electro grooves,
Fascinating and emotive.
‘Run Amok‘ by THE GLÜCKS
Devilish garage havoc.
‘I Like You But Not Like That’ by THE DARTS
Sultry, steamy, snappy, savage,
‘Zum Kotzen‘ by PINK ROOM
Twenty minutes of madness
Clamorous vomit. Punk rage.
‘Crux’ by MECHANIMAL
Electro ‘drone n roll’and
19 March 2020
(photo by Chris Driver)
CALVA LOUISE is an ass-kicking heavy rock trio from Manchester led by charismatic frontwoman Jess. After last year’s excellent album Rhinoceros they have a new EP
in the pipeline. And here’s lead single CAMINO. An astounding slam dunk! Why?
Because this powerhouse outburst makes me jump up and down and makes my adrenalin’s flow go nuts. Why I hear you ask? Because this blood-curdling tune is
MASSIVE! TITANIC! HUGE! GIGANTIC! BREATHTAKING! COLOSSAL! GARGANTUAN! MAMMOTH! ENORMOUS! MONSTROUS! ACE! THUNDEROUS! STEAMY! BURNING!
I guess you caught my drift by now.
Bring on the noise…
Also on Spotify…
CALVA LOUISE: Facebook – Website
18 March 2020
Band: THE HIDEAWAYS
Who: Thrilling four-piece from Bristol, UK – “The Hideaways’ sound is a combination of
raging guitars and driving rhythms alongside dark electronic and subtle trip-hop influences.”
Track: LUMINESCENCE – frontman Danny Pugh: “I reckon Luminescence is a spot on example of what we’re about musically. When we’re writing we always try to stick a few left turns in tunes that might catch people off guard a bit. That’s what we wanted to get from mixing the psychedelic, eerie choruses with all the snarl and noise in the verses. Then for the outro we just wanted something massive that’d give everyone a proper melodic smack in the face”.
Score: My oh my, I can’t get that relentless, boiling guitar riff out of my vibrating head
and so won’t you when you go nuts to it for the umpteenth time. And there’s even more blistering tumult going on, in between. A towering chorus, mindboggling electricity here and there and fervid, hair-raising vocals. This.is.massive.bonkers.stuff!
Lose yourself here…
THE HIDEAWAYS: Facebook
16 March 2020
SKYJELLY: Experimental minds, led by Boston’s basement guitar wizard Skyjelly Jones. They produce multi-layered electricity, they reject sonic boundaries and mainstream junk. Think early Flaming Lip jamming with some free-jazz junkies. Yes, mental stuff for chill out addicts and sonic freaks. Twisted escapades with transcendent effect. Swirly dervish!
Discover their haunting exploits on Bandcamp.
SOLILIANS: Mind-crashing Maryland based dreamers exploring the doors of perception with their hypnotic spacey drones, their capriciously sonorous interpretation of shoegaze inspired feedback and their magnetic female vocals. Science-fiction harmonies for UFO obsessed outsiders and all those who dislike cheesy pop band Pink Floyd.
Discover their dark side of the moonscapes on Bandcamp.
Project: The two velvet underground outfits shared a record called IN THE RUNNING 1 with both acts contributing three tracks, brought to you by indie record legal I Heart Noise. Expect far-reaching close encounters of the third kind, surreal expedition, way-out orchestrations and adventuresome tunefulness.
Here are the 21st Century pipers
at the gates of dawn…
15 March 2020
Who: “King Park has been turning out mercurial, high-contrast indie rock since they released their 2017 breakout track ‘Stay‘, Gritty and lush, the quartet’s sound – with childhood friends and musical co-conspirators Timon Moolman and Tyler Heemskerk at the heart of the group – mirrors the antitheses of their hometown, Hamilton, Ontario: on the one hand, blue-collar and
raw, and, on the other, artful and lovely.”
Track: CLOUDS – brand new single from their upcoming album called ‘Everett’
Score: After their previous epic single ‘Listen Up Now’ this passionate four-piece shows once again their superb skills and their glowing appetite for king-sized belters that make your hair in the back of your neck stand up. ‘Clouds‘ moves from reflective moments to blazing grandeur with frontman Timon Moolman‘s monumental voice – balancing between the hot-blooded vocal cords of Pearl Jam‘s Eddie Vedder and the late great Chris Cornell – causing goosebumps. This is ablaze stupendousness at its stirring best! Overwhelming!
Absorb the full-hearted emotions right here…
Also on Spotify…
KING PARK: Facebook – Instagram
6 March 2020
GREG DULLI who launched his first, fervent solo album Random Desire two weeks ago will release a limited-edition blue vinyl 7″ for RECORD STORE DAY 2020 (18 April) featuring one of the highlights of his LP, the single ‘A GHOST’ and a special b-side with a cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTY’ featuring Dulli‘s long-time collaborator Mark Lanegan.
Here’s ‘A GHOST’…
And here Bob Dylan’s original version of
‘‘GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTY‘ (1963)…
GREG DULLI: Facebook