21 January 2021
Who: Indie trio out of Los Angeles with this message
for the world: “there are many entertainment options,
thank you for choosing cheekface.”
Album: EMPHATICALLY No – 2nd LP
Released: 11th January 2021
Turn Up The Volume says: They don’t listen to their hearts, but I’m quite sure they listen to The Modern Lovers and Parquet Courts now and again. They don’t turn their cheek, but in the future, everyone will be their friend for 15 minutes singing along to sickly sticky track best life. They have great ideas and work them out all the time. Jangly indie is what you get. Jaunty thrills are what you feel. Their tunes are all original compositions but have no connection as everything is boring now.
Key tracks: Listen To Your heart / Best Life / Original Composition / Don’t Get Hit By Car
Stream/buy album here…
(Photo by Shab Ferdowsi – via band’s Bandcamp account)
18 January 2021
Band: MOONSHINE BOOZE
Who: A trio of fantasy rockers
from Italy who started in 2014
Released: 15 January 2021
Info: “Colourful raw alt-rockers Moonshine Booze may have been surfing
the eclectic/gypsy rock wave for the past few years, but new ‘Pandemonio’
LP is inspired by “Federico Fellini, Buster Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Salvator
Dali, Quentin Tarantino, and rivers of Montepulciano red wine”.
Turn Up The Volume says: From ZZ Top to Seasick Steve, from Canned Heat to The Black Keys. From swamp blues to riff-hook-and-licks loaded firework rawk ‘n’ roll. From trumpet flavored spaghetti-western fiestas to Muddy Mannish Boy Waters heat. Don’t tell me you still need more info right now to go entirely nuts. Check the singles/clips, then go straight to the full-album-show and let your adrenalin take over. Hurrah! Pulp fiction party. Time to stand up and sweat…
Key tracks: The Tide / The Hole
– THE TIDE –
– THE HOLE –
Stream/buy full album…
MOONSHINE BOOZE: Facebook
(photo by Lama Donna – received via Shameless Promotion PR)
16 January 2021
Who: Razor-sharp-verbal punks, led by hot-blooded
blusterer Charlie Steen, from South-London, who nailed
it big time with their fury filled debut Songs Of Praise.
Album: DRUNK TANK PINK – second LP
Released: 15 January 2021
NME‘s verdict: “Angst and isolation from one of the country’s best bands…
An intense record that searches for answers in chaos and uncertainty. Whether
or not they found what they were looking for, ‘Drunk Tank Pink’ confirms Shame’s
status as one of the most exciting bands at the forefront of British music. Long
may they reign there.” Full review here. Score 5/5.
Turn Up The Volume says: Debut LP Songs Of Praise was one of best albums
of 2018. Drunk Tank Pink is/will be one of the best albums of 2021. The band’s
fervid fury does your head in the way you like it. You’ll be out of breath after
just one spin. Young wolves with a heavily beating heart and a loud-mouthed
soul, kicking ass with inexhaustible vim and vigor. Damn right.
Singles/clips: Snow Day / Water in the Well / Alphabet / Nigel Hitter
– SNOW DAY –
– WATER IN THE WELL –
– ALPHABET –
– NIGEL HITTER –
Charlie having a walk…
(photo by Turn Up The Volume – Brussels 2019)
15 January 2021
Band: SLEAFORD MODS (Nottingham, UK)
Album: SPARE RIBS – the duo’s 11th LP
Jason Williamson about the LP’s title: “it’s the idea of the amount
of people that died from the first wave of coronavirus, human lives
are always expendable to the elites. We’re in a constant state of being
NME writes: “The Nottingham duo put COVID Britain bang to rights with
stunning production, great guests, scabrous lyrics – and a steadfast refusal
to offer easy answers.” Read the full interview here. Score: 5/5.
Turn Up The Volume says: Sleaford Mods music matters.
Singles/clips: Nudge It / Shortcummings / Mork n Mindy
– NUDGE IT –
– SHORTCUMMINGS –
– MORK N MINDY –
SLEAFORD MODS: Facebook
12 January 2021
Album: NO COVER: A CARPARK COVERS COMP
Released: 23 November 2020
Label: CARPARK RECORDS
Who: An American independent record label
established in 1999. Based in Washington, D.C. and Brooklyn, NY.
Info: To celebrate its 21st-anniversary Carpark Records released
No Cover: A Carpark Covers Comp. The longplayer features Carpark
and imprint artists covering fellow labelmates and pushing
the already eclectic music into exciting, new territory.
Turn Up The Volume: Now this is a totally cool idea to let your artists
cover their label mates. This anniversary compilation is a paradise for
indie junks like you and me. It’s a giant jukebox with 21 great tracks by
21 great artists such as Cloud Nothings, The Beths, Melkbelly, Teen,
Rituals Of Mine and so many more.
Stream/buy comp here…
CARPARK RECORDS: Website – Facebook – Twitter
10 January 2021
Band: VIAGRA BOYS
Who: Swedish punk rockers with sharp
tongues and addictive jackhammers
Album: WELFARE JAZZ – their 2nd LP
Released: 8 January 2021
Ringleader/tattooist Sebastian Murphy: “We wrote these songs
at a time when I had been in a long-term relationship, taking drugs
every day, and being an asshole. I didn’t really realize what an asshole
I was until it wastoo late, and a lot of the record has to do with coming
to terms with the fact that I’d set the wrong goals for myself.”
NME says: “The Stockholm band traverse musical dissonance, country
and western, “being an asshole” and, er, loving dogs, leaning into the
madness of the modern era.” Full review here. Score: 4/5.
A track-by-track breakdown with Murphy
as featured on Stereogum right here.
Key singles: Ain’t Nice / Creatures
– AIN’T NICE –
– CREATURES –
VIAGRA BOYS: Facebook
Belgium, 2019 – Pic by Turn Up The Volume!
9 January 2021
Who: A band marrying a complex new sound, incorporating industrial,
minimalism and prog, influenced by Bristol’s vital avant-garde scene.
Album: WASTELAND: WHAT AILS OUR PEOPLE IS CLEAR – debut LP
Released: 8 January 2021
Info:: It’s a concept album written as a piece of experimental short fiction, taking cues
from the likes of Brian Catling, William Burroughs and Kurt Vonnegut Jr. The story in itself
has been a massive undertaking for the band which has taken the best part of two years
to put together.
The band describes the album as “a wild Burroughsian cat-and-mouse adventure, melding science-fiction and magical realism to call for a revolution in satirical music. Arguing that by unsettling the conventional forms of the song lyric, politicised music can step beyond ‘good versus evil’ narratives to promote more nuanced popular discourse around the implicit forms
of bias and iniquity that ail us”.
Turn Up The Volume says: Listen up, folks! This is a flabbergasting debut with an astounding impact. Imagine those two other past/present Bristol gangs, wayward
post-punks The Pop Group and punching punks Idles, spending a couple of weeks
in quarantine together with Frank Zappa‘s whole catalog as an inexhaustible source
of inspiration. The final result would be unpredictable, but definitely spectacular, just
like this mind-and-head-spinning tour de force! It’s not just a rock record, it’s a five-star jaw-dropper! Don’t miss it! It’s already one of the bets debuts of 2021.
8 January 2021
Who: American screamo-hardcore
band from Baltimore, Maryland.
Album: THE DEVIL SHINING OUT YOUR EYES
Released: 31 December 2020
Turn Up The Volume says: What an awesome-freaky-demonic way to crush
and scream that awful 2020 monster year into pieces. No lockdown for Eyelet
in their natural habitat… in HELL. Yes, that’s where this volcanic and gruesome
hardcore dragon was recorded. A demon-destroying beast burning from start to
finish. No rest for the wicked. No mercy for deadly viruses. Compared to this fire-
spitting engine, Black Flag and Fucked Up are pussies.
4 January 2021
DAMNABLY is a London based Record Label, Management & Publishing company
that also puts on Gigs all over the UK, books Europe-wide Tours. Established in 2006.
To celebrate its 14th anniversary the label collected its super-duper roster
of thrilling indie artists for a free compilation called Damnably Famnably.
It’s a tremendous must-hear-now-extravaganza of kick-ass punk, jaunty jingle-jangle pop, metal max madness, rollicking rock roars, and anything you may expect from a 5-stars indie label. 22 Artists, 22 Knockouts !. Damn bloody cool!
Stream/download the whole
shebang right here, right now…
DAMNABLY: Facebook – Bandcamp
2 January 2021
Band: THE DIRTY NIL
Who: Red-hot-blooded punk trio
out of Hamilton, Canada
Album: FUCK ART – the band’s third LP
Released: 1 January 2021
Spill Magazine (Toronto) writes: “‘Fuck Art’ is the third studio album from the Hamilton, Ont.-based The Dirty Nil, in which they reaffirm their commitment to keeping the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll alive. he trio reteam with veteran music producer John Goodmanson to deliver 11 tracks chock-full of sheer adrenaline, heavy distortion and guitar-charged power.”
Turn Up The Volume says: Imagine Black Sabbath drones played with a Ramones speed, injected with Blink-182 hormones and served with Green Day‘s bravado. Loud and proud, smash and crash, angry and snappy. And great song titles: Elvis 77, Ride or Die, To The
One Who Stole My Bike, Doom Boy. Against all marketing rules – never release stuff on
New Near’s Day – this wayward trio had the balls to launch ‘Fuck Art‘ on 1 Jan 2021. Yes!
Singles: Blunt Force Concussion / Doom Boy
– BLUNT FORCE CONCUSSION –
– DOOM BOY –
THE DIRTY NIL: Facebook
(photo: cover ‘Live From Saturday Night Livestream’ single)