Dreaming In Psychedelic Colors – Float Away With New LP ‘GOLDEN REPAIR’ By SUNSTACK JONES

25 October 2020

Band: SUNSTACK JONES
Who: Psychedelic squad from the UK

Album: GOLDEN REPAIR – the band’s 4th LP
Released: 9 October 2020

Info: “Golden Repair is the bands fourth LP & the first to be released by Mai 68 Records. Formed from sprawling jams during soundchecks & rehearsals, lyrics & harmonies. worked out during long van journeys whilst on tour with US Alt-rock stalwarts Buffalo Tom, the result is a record that is more than the sum of its parts; five friends as a collective, playing in a room, together.”

Key references: Buffalo Springfield / The Byrds / The Sundays / Nick Drake / Syd Barrett
Spiritualized / Verve / Mazzy Star / Big Star / Ride / Acetone / Galaxie 500

Turn Up The Volume‘s experience: Imagine you’re in the Californian desert watching
a non-stop 24-hour rock festival with The Grateful Dead, the Eagles (playing Tequila Sunrise), The Beach Boys and The Brian Jonestown Massacre performing when the sun comes up. You feel tired but blissful, weary but on cloud nine, sleepy while dreaming in psychedelic colors. These images popped up on my private cinema screen in my mind while listening to this twilight zone longplayer. A melancholic journey all the way. Close your eyes and float away.

Singles/clips: How It All Went Down / Glass Boat

– HOW IT ALL WENT DOWN –

– GLASS BOAT –

Stream/buy full album here…


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SUNSTACK JONES: Facebook


Tequila sunrise in the UK…

(photo via Press Pack band)

Not Too Drunk To Riot – JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL BAND OF MEDICINE Back!

17 October 2020

Band: Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine
Album: Tea Party Revenge Porn

Alternative Tentacles Records (Jello Biafra’s label): “We couldn’t sit on this any longer,
so we dropped the album on digital NOW. Download goes up right away, as all hell breaks
loose around us. LPs and CDs when we get the damn things We will LPs and CDs in January 2021, but you can pre-order now, with unforgettable artwork by Winston Smith. So as germs and police riots rage, there’s no better primal scream therapy than a long-awaited new Jello Biafra album.”

Turn Up The Volume: Biafra still rages, blazes and raises like a revolting maniac.
Move your furniture, pogo like a monkey on speed and try to bang your head
against the ceiling. So much cheaper than therapy.

Stream/buy the sonic riot here…


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JELLO BIAFRA: Facebook

Brain-Shattering Experience – ‘LIVE AT VICAR ST.’ By Irish Noiseniks GIRL BAND

16 October 2020

Band: GIRL BAND
Who: Mind-boggling Irish noiseniks from Dublin
with two awesome LPs under their belt, so far.
Holding Hands With Jamie (2015) and one of
Turn Up The Volume‘s best albums of 2019
The Talkies.

Album: LIVE AT VICAR ST.
Released: 2 September 2020

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Alan Duggan (guitarist): “These shows were a really big deal for us. We hadn’t played any shows for a good while before releasing ‘The Talkies’, and the home show (note: Dublin) is always the one you look forward to most. It was nice to properly document that experience.”

Turn Up The Volume: I just love this unique noise-thrilling band. I can’t think of one
that ever produced this kind of brain-shattering chainsaw noise that makes your body shiver and tremble. Yes! Yes! Yes! I saw them live three times and still feel the razor blade electricity going through my body. Adrenalizing havoc with an out-of-his-mind-screaming frontman. And they have the shortest song – 38 seconds – I ever heard with hammer blow The Cha Cha Cha.

Turn up the decibels here…


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GIRL BAND: Facebook

(photos by Turn Up The Volume – Brussels 2015)

Rock Icon ROBERT PLANT Digs Deep In His Post LED ZEPPELIN Career

15 October 2020

Artist: ROBERT PLANT
Album: DIGGING DEEP: SUBTERRANEA
Released: 2 October 2020

Info: A compilation album with the songs assembled as a companion to his
series ‘Digging Deep With Robert Plant Podcast‘ exploring the composition
and recording of hits, album tracks, and previously unreleased songs throughout
his solo career.

Robert Plant: “It’s certainly not a ‘best of’. The songs have been lying side-by-side with their old comrades for 20 years, 30 years. How are they going to feel when they come face-to-face with something 20 years younger? Putting something from 1982 with a song from 2006, or putting a Band of Joy track next to an enlarged emotional moment from Rockfield Studios, from that to Peter Gabriel’s place. All very different crew members, different participants… and so then it all takes on a whole different personality when t’s a new bedfellow lying on each side of it. So, the context is crazy. It’s a mind bomb, really. And sometimes it’s like a real curve. As is the journey.” Full Spin interview here.

One huge track is missing in this compilation.
Plant‘s magical cover of Tim Buckley breathtaking
beauty Song To The Siren (1970)…

– SONG TO THE SIREN –

Sit down, relax, enjoy and
dig deep – 30 songs…

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ROBERT PLANT: Facebook

(photo in the middle: solo LP artwork / Live photo by Turn Up The Volume!)

2020 Gospel Space Odyssey With DEATH VALLEY GIRLS On New Ace Album ‘UNDER THE SPELL OF JOY’

14 October 2020

Band: DEATH VALLEY GIRLS
Who: Garage rock amazons from Los Angeles,
led by high priestess Bonnie Bloomgarden

Album: UNDER THE SPELL OF JOY – 4th LP
Released: 9 October 2020

Info: “The initial inspiration for the record came from the jubilant spirit of Ethiopian
funk records but once they began to channel the songs it seemed like the music came from somewhere not in the past but in the future. In the weeks leading up to recording, Death Valley Girls relied on their subconscious and effortlessly conjured Under the Spell
of Joy
’s eleven tracks as if they’d tapped into the Akasha Chronicle and pulled the music from the ether.”

Bonnie Bloomgarden: “This idea that joy is different than happiness or anything else. It’s a state. It’s like a place. It allows space, and being with joy makes it so that you’re not reactive.
You go about yourself, go about the world, and walk around. Joy kind of gives you a distance between yourself and with what’s happening so you’re not reactive. You’re just going with the flow in a way. It meant so much to all of us. We were just like, ‘That makes so much sense! We
are under the spell of the potential for joy and the possibility for joy.’”

Read the full Bloomgarden interview with New Noise Magazine here.


(photo: Turn Up The Volume!)

Turn Up The Volume: Death Valley Girls travel from their beloved graveyards into space for some encounters of the third kind, accompanied by an angelic choir and David Bowie, the Man who fell to Earth, on saxophone. It’s a 2020 Odyssey taking you to the bright side
of the moon and beyond while gospel spirituals and organ-driven symphonies soundtrack the trance-like journey. A far-out experience in a safe(r) place up there, sky-high. Ground control to Major Bonnie: “You’ve really made the grade“. Mission accomplished.

Singles: Hypnagogia / Hold My Hand / Under The Spell Of Joy / The Universe

– HYPNAGOGIA –

– HOLD MY HAND –

– UNDER THE SPELL OF JOY –

– THE UNIVERSE –

Stream/buy full album here…


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DEATH VALLEY GIRLS: Facebook

Sound Barrier-Breaking Electric-Chair Experience – ‘ATLAS VENDING’ By Toronto Turbo METZ Is Out Now!

13 October 2020

Band: METZ
Who: Razor-edged noise rock trio out of Toronto

Album: ATLAS VENDING – fourth LP
Released: 9 October 2020

Rough Trade label: “With ‘Atlas Vending’, Metz not only continues to push their music
into new territories of dynamics, crooked melodies, and sweat-drenched rhythms, they explore the theme of growing up and maturing within a format typically suspended in youth. Covering seemingly disparate themes such as paternity, crushing social anxiety, addiction, isolation, media-induced paranoia, and the restless urge to leave everything behind, each of Atlas Vending’s ten songs offer a snapshot of today’s modern condition and together form a musical and narrative whole.”

Alex Edkins (frontman/guitarist): “I think there’s a beauty to the simplistic style, and also
the physical and aggressive style we have and I don’t need us to make Kid A to make us feel like we’re progressing. Atlas Vending is a progression for me, and we don’t need to jump the gun in order to please other people.”
– Full interview with Guitar World here.


(photo by Turn Up The Volume!)

Kerrang! wrote: “METZ have established themselves as 21st Century standard-bearers for a particular variety of clatter, steeped in the sort of noise-rock which first emerged from the U.S. underground in the late 1980s. Each of their previous three albums have proven invigorating examples of their punishing aesthetic, but Atlas Vending finds them pushing things forward, broadening their horizons to tremendous effect.” Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: “Lock yourself up in isolation for 40 minutes in a soundproof panic room and use this earthquake album to exorcise all your viral 2020 demons without being arrested by the police for pulverizing the Richter Scale. Your spirit, your mind, and your soul will feel totally liberated. Trust me, this electric-chair experience will set you free. I know, I live in that room.”

Singles/clips: Blind Youth Industrial Park / Hail Taxi / A Boat To Drawn In

– BLIND YOUTH INDUSTRIAL PARK –

– HAIL TAXI –

– A BOAT TO DROWN IN –

Stream/buy album here…


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METZ: Facebook


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Mixed Emotions Electricity – Discover ‘A FANTASTIC WAY TO KILL SOME TIME’ By TOUGH ON FRIDAYS

12 October 2020

Band: TOUGH ON FRIDAYS
Home: Georgetown, Texas
Who: Alt indie rock trio with an ability to artfully smash
together pop, indie, and grunge into their own brand of
infectious, in-your-face rock ‘n roll.

“Street smarts and garage band swagger.”

Album: A FANTASTIC WAY TO KILL SOME TIME – debut LP
Released: 4 September 2020

Key references: Sleater-Kinney, Liz Phair, L7, The Sundays going grunge

Key lines: “Dear friend, are you up tonight? I just don’t feel quite alright.
I know it’s out of the blue, but I got another shit tattoo. Haven’t slept since
god knows when, and I think I’m going off the deep end. / You know it’s hard
to stay fucking beautiful”
from Out Of The Blue (The Deep End)

Key single: Party Scene
“I don’t know why I go all on my own where no one really knows you. Everyone acts drunk too. I just wanna go home all alone / The Party Scene it’s so obscene. The Party Scene it’s not for me.”

Stream/buy the full album here…


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TOUGH ON FRIDAYS: Facebook

Psychedelic Pop Waves – Debut Solo Album ‘THE VIEW FROM HALFWAY DOWN’ By ANDY BELL Is A Triumph

11 October 2020

Artist: ANDY BELL (Ride, Oasis, Hurricane #1)
Album: THE VIEW FROM HALFWAY DOWN – solo debut LP
Released: 8 October 2020

Info: The product of a gradual, four-year process and finished during lockdown,
the album was entirely written and recorded by Andy, engineered by Gem Archer
and mastered by Heba Kadry.

Arts Desk says: “A solo debut that gives us a glimpse of an impressive panorama.
Bell is a gifted songwriter, but here we also get to see his producer’s intellect at work.”

Andy Bell: “I’ve always wanted to make a solo album, I’ve always said I would do it, although
I never imagined it happening like, or sounding like, this one does,” explains Andy. “I’d been sitting on this pile of almost finished tracks, along with all the other hundreds of ideas that had fallen by the wayside since I’ve been making music. Lockdown gave me the opportunity to find a way to present it to the world. “The album is not about songwriting. There aren’t many verses or choruses, because this album is about sounds, a listening experience.”

Turn Up The Volume: “I was hooked from the first spin. A total triumph with layers of psychedelic pop waves from yesterday, played today, for a happier tomorrow.”

Single

– LOVE COMES IN WAVES –

Stream/buy album here…


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ANDY BELL: Facebook

Your Daily Halloween Adrenaline – Debut Album ‘FILTH AND WISDOM’ By THE MEDICINE DOLLS Out Now!

10 October 2020

Band: THE MEDICINE DOLLS (Cape Town)
Album: FILTH AND WISDOM – debut LP
Released: 2 October 2020

Five things you should know about The Medicine Dolls

*They are the secret bastard children of
Lux Interior and psychobilly pinup Poison Ivy
*They have Bonnie & Clyde‘s outlaw genes
*They are the inseparable Dr. Jekyll and
Ms. Hyde
of red-hot-rattling-garage-punk-rock
*DIY is their holy mantra, their sonic Bible
*If you look that awesome, if you sound that
awesome, and your DNA is that awesome, you
are definitely an awesome band

Five things you should know about Filth And Wisdom

*Daily adrenaline for your endless 24/7 Halloween wingdings
*All psycho killers, no fake fillers, all jack-rippers, no quitters
* Helter-skelter thrills, Manzarek organs, Link Wray’s surf steam
*Cutting scissor riffs, B-52 missiles, covered in filth voices
*Soundtrack for illegal cemetery raves and exorcism parties

Striking standouts

– VICIOUS LITTLE SISTER –

– KISS KISS KILL ME –

– COVERED IN FILTH –

Full album…

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THE MEDICINE DOLLS: Facebook

Affecting Candlelight Music – The Third LP ‘WEDDING ADRESS’ By Berlin Based Artist ROBOT

8 October 2020

Artist: ROBOT
Who: Robot is the alter ego of Robbie Moore. A London born, Berlin based singer/songwriter, a producer with his own studio in Berlin. he also runs
a label called Impression Recordings.

Album: WEDDING ADDRESS

Released: 25 September 2020
Info: A homage to his home in Berlin, the area Wedding. The record is like a butterfly
to a chrysalis and back again, this is pop music with metamorphic threads. The bones
of the album were initially written as a series of sketches using his ‘flow-writing’ method,
a process devised to transform procrastination and crippling perfectionism into a state
of childish adventure and naive creativity.

Key references: Bill Callahan, Kevin Morby, Tindersticks, Bon Iver, Perfume Genius

Turn Up The Volume: “Sit down, relax, light some candles, open a red Bordeaux
wine and let Robot’s affecting, nostalgic, heart and soul music take over.”

Singles: Allergic To Love / Left Hand Man

– ALLERGIC TO LOVE –

– LEFT HAND MAN –

Full album…

ROBOT: Facebook