Simply The Best – TURN UP THE VOLUME’s Knockout Tracks For JULY 2020…

This past month’s best…

Fifteen Knockout Tracks hitting Turn Up The Volume‘s speakers this past month!
A steamy melting pot of isolation corkers and lockdown cuts. Don’t worry, be happy!

– She Talks To Angels – BLACK NEEDLE NOISE Feat. ANJELA PICCARD (Norway)
A wall-of-industrial-symphony. Big tune, big sound, big vox, big performance. Stunning!
At least as good as the original by Southern Harmony rockers The Black Crowes.

– Incinerate – PHOSPHENE (Portland, Oregon, US)
Twinkling guitars, pulsating drums, radiant melodiousness, and bright vocals bringing Cocteau Twins‘ wonderful singer Elisabeth Fraser. Glimmering shoegaze sparks. From
their excellent longplayer Lotus Eaters.


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– Hear Me Now – DJ DOVE and ROWETTA (UK)
#Selfishness is toxic #Change is desperately needed #LetUsDance is the message #DJDove is the techno wizard #Rowetta is the sky-high soul voice #Beach-party-tune #IbizaRules

– Born To Run – by RICH GIRLS (NYC)
For all those tramps who were born in the USA, go and dance in the dark before
you need to run for that sickly narcissistic American idiot. The Boss for president!


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– Rainbow Records – OCEANOGRAPHY (Oakland, California)
Glorious guitar pop humdinger getting your aural attention instantly with a repetitive
riff sticking as first-class glue. Inflammable passion, scintillating ardency, and vehement fervor. Affecting voice reminding me of Greg Dulli‘s imposing vocals at times.


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– Televised Mind – FONTAINES D.C. (Dublin, Ireland)
Rollicking Krautrock-like jam with charismatic frontman Grian Chatten‘s parlando
vocals rattling on and on and on. From the brand new top album A Hero’s Death.

– A Boat To Drawn In – METZ (Canada)
Halfway this storming steamroller turns into a trance-like juggernaut driven by
boisterous drum kicks and raucous guitars. Hypnotic and mind-boggling. It’s
Metz’s deafening sound of hope. New album ATLAS VENDING out 9 October.

– Down The Stairs – SHEHEHE (Athens, Georgia, US)
A blistering jackhammer doing your head in from the explosive get-go. A thunder and lighting corker that rages like a Formula One race car at a dangerous speed. Noise-tastic!

– My Faith Is Larger – SAVING JACKIE (San Antonio, Texas, US)
Move over RATM for this shattering, striking slam dunk with the merciless power
of a bone-crushing iron ball. A hot-tempered sucker-punch triggering every single
nerve, every single muscle, and every single vein in your shuddering body. Hell yeah!

– Unstoppable – MIESHA & THE SPANKS (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
A rumbling crackerjack rolling from the kick-off. A sickly sticky stunner to jump along, scream along and sweat along. Crackling guitars, hammering drum kicks and spicy vocals is what you get, hopping like a kangaroo on drugs is what you should do. Isolation firework to pump up your mood and body temperature. C’mon!


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– Hetty O’Hara Confidential – ELVIS COSTELLO (UK)
The great imperishable songsmith still knows how to surprise.
This sonic jim-dandy, a sort of beatbox banger says it all. Boom boom.

– Keep Your Eyes Peeled – by ULTRA SUNN (Brussels, Belgium)
Combine D.A.F.‘s industrial vibrations, Sisters Of Mercy‘s catchy gloom and doom hallucinations and Depeche Mode‘s pop-noir melodies, and what you get is a trip to
a tenebrous underground basement where Ultra Sunn‘s Sam Huge and Gaelle Souflet
are the DJ’s. Dance like it’s 1999 all over again.


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– Jackie – HYPERSPACE (Atlanta, Georgia, US)
Riff extravaganza / Electrical lobotomy / Gabba Gabba Hey /
High-voltage power pop / Alive and ticking / Punktastic!


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– A Hymn – IDLES (Bristol, UK)
A slow-moving ominous groove that feels like it will explode any second, but doesn’t. Like a fierce volcano about to spew lava but… doesn’t! The tension is almost unbearable. Another topnotch stroke! Idles keep on delivering soul-stirring thrills.

– You Are Just Not Alone – by BLACK MOON BOOK (Chicago, US)
A tender and romantic ballad with a Nils Lofgren-like, starry-eyed voice as the most important instrument in the middle. You can file this comforting reverie next to
Kurt Vile and The National. Relax, sit down, and enjoy…

All together on Spotify

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See/hear you next month, music junkies…

I Know It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll But It’s… WEEKEND!

24-26 July 2020

Five firecrackers from the past week to boost your weekend…

1. ‘A Boat To Drown In’ by METZ (Canada)
Storming steamroller turning into a trance-like juggernaut halfway.
New album Atlas Vending out 9 October. Pre-order facilities here.

2. ‘…But I’m Tryin’ Hard’ by SHEHEHE (Athens, Georgia)
Red-hot-blooded and supersonic uppercut. A ball-breaker to gaga to…


3. ‘Forever Starts Now’
by GANG OF FOUR (UK)
Electrifying ripper from new Andy Gill tribute EP Anti Hero

4. ‘Police On My Back’ by BILLIE JOE AMSTRONG (US)
Green Day‘s captain recorded robust version of classic hit by 60s beat band The Equals

5. ‘We Share The Same Stars’ by THE SEA AT MIDNIGHT (Los Angeles)
Dazzling the cure waves driven by twilight guitars, propelled by a relentless drum/bass beat, spiced with sparkling synths and a heart-to-heart vox completing the dark picture

See/hear you next week, music junkies…

Back To The Future – METZ Announced New Album And Launched New Puzzling Jam ‘A BOAT TO DROWN IN’

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

22 July 2020


(photo: Turn Up The Volume!)

Toronto’s noise-rock turbine METZ is back with a big blazing bang. They just
announced a new album, entitled ATLAS VENDING, the band’s fourth LP.
out in October via Sub Pop Records.

The first single called A BOAT TO DROWN IN is “about leaving a bad situation
behind. About overcoming obstacles that once held you back, rising above, and looking
to a better future. The title refers to immersing yourself fully into what you love and using
it as a sanctuary from negativity and a catalyst for change”
says the band in a statement.

It’s a full steam ahead marathon jackhammer racing with supersonic speed from
the turbulent kick-off and never looking back, like a breakneck hotrod on the run. Vehement, hellacious, tempestuous and Edkins‘ excorsistic vox screaming all over it.

Halfway this storming steamroller turns into a trance-like juggernaut driven by
boisterous drum kicks and raucous guitars. Hypnotic and wall-breaking. It’s
Metz’s sound of hope. Leave the past behind, go back to the future!

“If we don’t leave now we’re not getting out alive”

METZ: Facebook


New album ATLAS VENDING out 9 October. Pre-order facilities here