Flamboyant Hip-Metal-Hop Duo NOVA TWINS Dropped Sonic Bombs On Brussels

NOVA TWINS – Botanique venue, Brussels – 23 March 2023

Startling urban R&B punk two-piece NOVA TWINS – vocalist/guitarist Amy Love and
bassist Georgia South – from London, entered the scene back in 2014 playing wild gigs
and releasing a series of big bang singles, which featured on their praised debut LP
Who Are The Girls? in 2020.

But it was with last year’s post-pandemic follow-up LP SUPERNOVA that the utterly cool, human battle-axes raised with the speed of a comet to stardom. British newspaper The Guardian named them the loudest, most exciting new rock band in the UK and gave the
LP a 5/5 score.

Sledgehammer single ‘Choose Your Fighter’ from the Supernova LP

Last Thursday they invaded Brussels for a storming 60 minutes of robust hip-metal-pop rowdiness. The rap-punk-crossover-rock roller coaster caused a sauna-like temperature in the venue. Only now and then they interacted with the ecstatic crowd only to make them even more ecstatic with their Rage Against The Machine bombs. That’s why RATM’s guitarist Tom Morello is a big fan. Some time ago he said: “This is an incredible band who deserve to be huge.”

They appeal to young and old and any age in between. I saw 50-plus-year-old people going nuts as well as a couple of +/- 10-year-old girls on the shoulders of their parents having the time of their lives. Hail hail! Nova Twins rule!

“Look daddy, that’s my favorite band.”

As Kerrang put it: “They are no longer the fringe bad bitch
baddies hoping to be heard – they’re ready to be worshipped.”

Here’s an idea of their blustery live energy.

Album SUPERNOVA on Spotify.

NOVA TWINS: Website – Instagram

Photos by Turn Up The Volume

PERE UBU – Video For 1991 Nugget ‘OH CATHERINE’

26 March 2023

Cleveland’s art-rockers PERE UBU, with mastermind David Thomas in the driver’s seat started their musical Odyssey in 1975, took a break in 1982, returned in 1987 and are still active. So far PU released 17 longplayers with The Long Goodbye as the most recent one, released in 2019.

Let’s return to the past, to 1991, to the 8th LP Worlds In Collision.

The opener/single OH CATHERINE was/is
a bittersweet, lovesick tune. Both charming
and moody.

Here’s the weird video clip.

PERE UBU: Bio – Discography – Facebook

PETE TOWNSHED Goes Country On His First Solo Music In 30 Years With Charity Single ‘CAN’T OUTRUN THE TRUTH’

Reveries for the laziest day of the week

26 March 2023

The Who’s conductor PETE TOWNSHEND
released solo music like a zillion years ago,
well, actually 30 to be exact.

And now, out of the blue comes a brand new single, entitled
CAN’T OUTRUN THE TRUTH is composed and produced by
his partner Rachel Fuller under the name Charlie Pepper.

All proceeds of the song go Teenage Cancer Trust.

Buy it here.

Townshend: “The pandemic years were terrible for charities; the Teenage Cancer Trust was created in order to take the money from a series of concerts at the Albert Hall every year and various other things and that had all dropped out. So, the idea of doing this, which is it’s something that has sprung out of Lockdown about mental illness, but also for this particular charity. If you’ve got a scenario in which somebody in your family or a teenager has got cancer, they’re being treated, Lockdown hits, and you’re not allowed to go and visit them. There’s a poignancy to the whole thing about the song.”

It’s an irresistible, bluesy tune with a country feel.
A little pearl with heart-wrenching Townshend vocals
and melancholic harmonica play.

Press play.

Townshend: Website – Instagram

(Townshend image: cover of solo single ‘Rough Boys‘)

Manchester Team HEAVY SALAD Share New Feel-Good Wake-Up Call For Humankind

Daily electricity to load your batteries

26 March 2023

Artwork by cult artist Jim Medway

Band: HEAVY SALAD (Manchester, UK)

Who: Formed in 2018, bonding over a joint interest in psychedelic horror films,
with Panos Cosmatos’ cult classic ‘Mandy‘ being a particular favourite, Heavy Salad
loved the idea of being in a band like a psychedelic cult, albeit a cult with no rules.

Photo via Puffer Fish Press

Back in 2020 the Manchester team released their
noteworthy debut LP Cult Casual. Since then they
recorded/released several singles.

And here’s another one, titled TEMPORARY VISIONARY.

Info:Temporary Visionary is the sound of spring awakening beneath your feet.
A psychedelic, springtime slacker pop anthem that welcomes the promise of longer evenings to come… but not without some caution. The lyrical melancholy of the song weaves a truthful tale of life on the edge of catastrophe and asks the listener to look beyond the boundaries of their own personal world and consider how we all affect the environment we live in. We are all temporarily on this cosmic ride through space but we
all have an opportunity to be visionary!”

TUTV: Expect a lazy, easy-going and cathcy pop tune you can sing along, hum along or whistle along. Temporary Visionary is also a wake-up call for humankind. We need to take care of our messed up planet, of nature and of each other. Heavy Salad combine a great taste for feel-good and dream-away melodies with a sharp eye on today’s not-so-great reality. We need more of that in music.

Buy/stream here.

Also streaming on Spotify.

HEAVY SALAD: Facebook –


Top singles from the past

26 March 2023

British glam legends DURAN DURAN are not retired yet, although they’ve been around since 1978. So far they canned 15 LPs, with Future Past as the most recent one, released in 2021.

Back now to the past, back to 26 March 1983, 40 years ago when DD topped
the UK Singles Charts with IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW?. It was
also a success in the US where it peaked at #4.


DD: Bio – Discography – Instagram

New Box ‘T. REX 1973 Whatever Happened To The Teenage Dream?’

26 March 2023

A new retrospective T. REX box set entitled T.Rex 1973: Whatever Happened To The Teenage Dream? is planned for release on May 26 by Demon Music Group.

The 4CD and 5LP sets include all 1973 music the Tanx and Zinc Alloy albums, along with the non-album hit singles & B-sides, including Children Of The Revolution, Solid Gold Easy Action, 20th Century Boy and The Groover as well demos and outtakes from both albums.

The sets also focus on Bolan’s initial forays into soul music and highlights from the unfinished album he wrote and produced for the American singer ‘Sister’ Pat Hall.
There is also a single album anthology entitled Songwriter: 1973.

Both the 4CD & 5LP sets feature a brand new essay along with many previously unpublished photos taken by Keith Morris, as well as ephemera from the era.

Demon Records will also reissue T. Rex’s 1973 singles as 1000-only limited edition
7” picture discs featuring photos from the Keith Morris archive, beginning with
20th Century Boy.

Tracklisting and pre-order info HERE


New striking strokes

26 March 2023

As announced before NOEL GALLAGHER and his HIGH FLYING BIRDS have
album number #4, named Council Skies out on June 2. Pre-order info here.

Noel: “It’s going back to the beginning. Daydreaming, looking up at the sky and wondering about what life could be, that’s as true to me now as it was in the early ’90s,” Gallagher explained of the upcoming album. When I was growing up in poverty and unemployment,
music took me out of that. Top Of The Pops on TV transformed your Thursday night into this fantasy world, and that’s what I think music should be. I want my music to be elevating and transforming in some way.”

Photo by Turn Up the Volume

The former Oasis chief shared another new – the third – track off the LP.
It’s called DEAD TO THE WORLD and is a hazy and wistful lullaby carried
by Noel‘s dreamy voice and candlelight strings.

Listen here.

The surprising news is that his brother Liam likes the song.