16 November 2020
Aussie riff maniacs AC/DC are back with their 17th ball-breaker
titled POWER UP. Mindless boogie-woogie havoc.
Perfect to kick this Monday in the ass.
Get your dusty short schoolboy trousers out of the closet, take
the highway to hell and salute everybody who wants to rock.
Whole lotta rock ‘n’ roll pollution
Five new firecrackers to bang-up your favorite 48 hours…
‘Pantomine’ by BLACK MONSOON (The Netherlands)
Before unleashing their debut album ‘Pantomine‘ soon, this high-energy trio boosts your bluesy pandemic mood with the heated, eponymous single. A 24-Carat stunner with the ghost of Kurt Cobain on vocals. Jump out of your lazy couch, push your furniture aside,
and rock your socks off on a string…
‘So To Speak’ by BLUE STATUE (North London)
‘A surreal stop motion drama’ says the band. Sonically you get an ongoing groove driven by electrically powered guitars à la Dinosaur Jr. and a firm beat while impassioned vocals add an urgent feel. This cracker is part of an A-double side. Listen also to fired-up jackhammer V.F. right here.
‘Realize’ by AC/DC (Australia)
Riff, bang, riff, bang, riff, bang. AC/DC is unbeatable when you’re in the mood for some mindless headbanging and high-voltage rock. Riff, bang, riff, bang, riff, bang. Power Up!
‘Forgotten Places, Forgotten People‘ by MIRROR OF HAZE (Norway)
A darkwave daydream with a glossy radiation. Expect electrifying melodiousness with glimmering Cure-esque guitar echoes and a melancholic resonance. This is head-in-the-clouds music for reflecting moments on a winter day. Close your eyes, travel to a faraway, forgotten place and forget your sorrows…
‘No Save Point’ by RUN THE JEWELS
No rest for the wicked. Run The Jewels rap and roar again with their contribution to the soundtrack of Cyberpunk 2077 under the moniker of Yankee & The Brave. Put your golden neck chains on and pretend you won the Presidential US elections.
See/hear you next week, music junkies…
New sonic impulses…
12 November 2020
Before unleashing their 17th album POWER UP tomorrow, heads-up-and-down rock
devils AC/DC attack our ears with new cut REALIZE. And it sounds, completely surprising, like avant-garde jazz. NOT! Riffs, riffs and riffs, that’s what the Aussies do best for a long, long time.
Turn it up…
You want to bang your head against the wall, with your beloved family on, Xmas Eve?
No problem. Veteran rockers AC/DC from down under release their 17th album – which definitely will sound the same as the 16 previous ones – titled POWER UP this Friday.
Take your short trousers out of the closet and
prepare yourself for a thunderous riff tsunami.
Hells Bells! For those about to rock AC/DC salutes you with the lead-single…
NME says: “After 50 years in the game, the band don’t reinvent the wheel – when they
basically created it, why would they? – but their timely comeback is a hell of a ride… “I’m
hoping this album will make young kids go out and buy a guitar, learn the riffs and discover
the rest of our catalogue,” Brian Johnson told us. While it remains to be seen if they’ll heed his words, this album proves that it won’t be through lack of trying on AC/DC’s part. This is, all considered, a kick up the arse at a time when we need it the most.”
Full review here. Score: 4/5.
9 October / 11 October 2020
Five new firecrackers to bang-up your favorite 48 hours…
1. ‘Shot In The Dark’ by AC/DC (Australia)
Get your worn schoolboy outfit out of your parents’ closet, let your hair hang down and shake your head up and down as if you want to shake off your heavy hangover. Yes, the grandfathers of senseless fun rock are back and hit like they did since 1973. Riff riff riff!
2. ‘Rise Up’ by LEFT ON THE DIAL (Toronto, Canada)
Ever heard legendary Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd team up with the equally heroic Los Angeles gang Canned Heat for a sweaty blues jackhammer? Me neither, until know that is. This Toronto group knows all about America’s classic rock history and they bring it here to life with thunder and lighting bravado, rolling riffs and a ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ feel.
3. ‘Under The Gun’ by VIOLENT VICKIE (Long Beach, California)
Glamorous doom and gloom disco to play at illegal graveyard parties. Bouncy, peppy and darksome. Vickie looks awesome and sounds awesome, but breath down her neck on your own risk. You have been warned, drooling zombies. Listen to new LP DIVISION instead.
“Under the gun / You live your life / No more fun.”
4. ‘Stupid Boys’ by BLEACHED (Los Angeles)
Los Angeles’ punchy duo return with a zippy riot pop grrrl chant you can clap along while pirouetting yourself dizzy. What they thought was a fun song turned out to be quite dark when she reexamined it in the wake of the Burger Records sexual misconduct scandal.
“Stupid boys with broken hearts/ Love to watch you fall apart.”
5. ‘Before Du Gehst’ by NORTHPOLYPTICA (Germany)
Great music doesn’t have boundaries. This German band is living proof of that, sounding like a power-pop version of theatrical dance-metal rockers Rammstein. As electrical, as symphonic, and as flamboyant as their Big Brothers but without the special effects and
the horrific macho bombast. Check their new excellent album Seelenfrieden here.
New sonic impulses…
7 October 2020
For those about to rock AC/DC salutes you. With hoarse vox Brian Johnson, drummer
Phil Rudd, and bassist Cliff Williams back in the line-up the Australian riff machine rocks
your socks off again.
New album POWER UP arrives on 13 November. Many of the songs date back to the period around Black Ice in 2008, and every track is credited to Angus and his late brother Malcolm Young .
Angus: “This record is pretty much dedication to Malcolm, my brother.
It’s a tribute for him like Back In Black was a tribute to Bon Scott.”
Lead-single SHOT IN THE DARK is a vintage scream along haymaker. It’s the same old bang-up racket the band produces since 1973 but it still works tremendously well, that’s why they don’t change to make jazzy, avant-garde music, I guess.
Angus about the new sucker-punch: “The title is a little bit cheeky because
we all like a little nip of alcohol in the night or a few shots in the dark.”
Iconic artwork – AC/DC‘s 13th album – released 26 September 1995 – 25 years ago today
25 July 2020
Band: AC/DC (Sydney, Australia)
Active: since 1973
Album: BACK IN BLACK – the band’s seventh LP
Released: 25 July 1980 – 40 years ago today
Info: It was the first longplayer with vocalist Brian Johnson
following the tragic death of mad frontman Bon Scott in January 1980
Score: It sold over 50 million copies worldwide (21 million in the US)
Pitchfork said: “The album didn’t signify any sort of change or cultural marker. It instead proved the power of stasis, of doing something well, then doing it again but louder and with more money. In a sense, the success of Back in Black helped predict the current reboot moment: Give the people what they want, but more… The record’s ultimate legacy comes less from the artists it influenced or even the songs that remain staples of whatever is left of commercial rock radio than in its confirmation that evolution can be an overrated quality. And, as ever, AC/DC were their own best messengers for this simple idea, laid bare in the final moments of their most famous work: “Rock’n’roll ain’t no riddle, man.”
Key phrase: “We’re a rock group. we’re noisy, rowdy, sensational and weird.” – Angus Young
Key tracks: You Shook Me All Night Long / Hells Bells / Back In Black
– HELLS BELLS –
– YOU SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG –
– BACK IN BLACK –
31 March 2020
Today 65 years ago, on 31 March 1955, ANGUS McKINNON YOUNG was born in Glasgow, Scotland. In 1963 he moved with his family to Australia. After playing in
a couple of small bands, he formed, with his brother AC/DC in 1973 and he became
world-famous for his schoolboy-uniform outfit – which he still wears at gigs – and his
own version of Chuck Berry’s duck walk while playing firework riffs. To celebrate the
hard rock hero’s birthday I picked three AC/DC classics, live versions of course.
Here we go, bang your head…
– HIGHWAY TO HELL –
– THUNDERSTRUCK –
– WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE –