Merci TESS PARKS, Merci Beaucoup For New Album ‘AND THOSE WHO WERE SEEN DANCING’

24 May 2022

Artist: TESS PARKS
Who: Toronto born, London based singer-songwriter
Active: Since 2013. One solo album and two collaborative
ones with Anton Newcombe, the mastermind of psych squad
The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

New album: ‘AND THOSE WHO WERE SEEN DANCING’
The title refers to a quote by philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche:
“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by
those who could not hear the music.”

Released: 22 April 2022 via Fuzz Records

Parks: “I really felt discouraged to complete this album. I stopped listening to music for honestly about a year altogether and turned to painting instead. I really had to convince myself again that it’s important to just share whatever good we can – having faith in ourselves to know that our lights can shine on and on through other people and for other people. The thought of anyone not sharing their art or being shy of anything they create seems like a real tragedy to me. Even if it’s not perfect, you’re capturing a moment.”


(photo by Brent Goldsmith)

Uncut Magazine says: “An album that feels charged by forward momentum
while also embracing the comforting pulse of a locked groove.” Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Parks embedds her mood-swings in sedate-moving, symphonious musings (Suzy & Sally’s eternal Return / We Are The Music Makers / Brexit At Tiffany’s / I See Angels) with Parks‘ voice echoing like the twin one of Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses), in both gloomy and sultry psych grooves (WOW / Happy Birthday Forever / Brexit At Tiffany’s) and in one rollicking piano-boogie ripper.

Even after a couple of spins and checking out the songs’ lyrics Parks‘ world still is an enigmatic one (for me) but also teasing and defiant. I just love her mysterious side, far more challenging than an open book. In the end, on Saint Michel, it feels like she’s grateful she can share new music after 9 years. So are we.

Et madames, et monsieurs
Merci, merci, merci beaucoup
Et madames, et monsieurs
Merci, merci, merci beaucoup

Singles/clips: Do You Pray / Brexit At Tiffany’s / Happy Birthday Forever

– DO YOU PRAY –

– BREXIT AT TIFFANY’S –
(Great song title)

– HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOREVER –

Stream/buy the full album here…


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TESS PARKS: Facebok – Instagram –

PORRIDGE RADIO Repeat Their Succes Formula On Third Album ‘WATERSLIDE, DIVING BOARD, LADDER TO THE SKY’

21 May 2022


(photo by Turn Up The Volume)

Band: PORRIDGE RADIO
Who: Indie sensation out of Brighton UK, led
by charismatic songstress Dana Marglin

New album: WATERSLIDE, DIVING BOARD, LADDER TO THE SKY – 3rd LP
Out: 20 May 2022 – Order info here

Pitchfork says: “Broadening its sound and tightening its lyrical focus, the Brighton post-punk band conjures mantras of despair and anthems of pure frustration… Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky honors Margolin’s self-appraisal: an inversion of teen-pop that doesn’t engage in time travel so much as allow adult listeners to keep their most immediate and mortifying mindsets close at hand. If they could write uplifting, emotionally mature love songs, I’m not sure they would. Despite noting the influence from the sound and spirit of arena acts like Deftones and Coldplay, Porridge Radio never allow themselves to fully project their pain outward, where it can reach the cheap seats.” Score: 8/10.

Turn Up The Volume: Same musical formula. Slow start, building up in the middle and going ballistic in the end. At times a recipe for disaster as Margolin’s mood swings drive her crazy. She looks like a boyish angel but she’s entangled in her heartbreaking love life. It’s in fact her mind-boggling inner struggle that leads to this soul-cathartic – yet familiar – opus.

Singles/clips: Back To The Radio / The Rip / End Of Last Year

– BACK TO THE RADIO –

– THE RIP –

– END OF LAST YEAR –

Stream/buy the album here…


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PORRIDGE RADIO: Spotify – Facebook

Heart And Soul Americana From Northern Ireland – LEE ROGERS Has His 2nd Album ‘GAMEBLOOD’ Out

20 May 2022

Artist: LEE ROGERS

Who: Singer-songwriter from the small town of Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland.
His musical inspiration was drawn from classic voices outside of the tensions in
his homeland. Bill Withers, Marc Cohen, Tom Waits, and other great ones.

New album: GAMEBLOOD
Released: 13 May 2022

Rogers: “It’s a visit to those hard places that most people put to the back of their psyche and build a wall around. This album is a truer reflection of myself, my stories, where I’ve been and where I hope I am now. It’s music for the travelled soul, those folk who have seen a lot of life and can relate to the sentiments of the songs.”

Turn Up The Volume: Songsmith Lee Rogers‘ main instrument is his warmhearted Americana voice. Whether he sings a sad or happy song there’s always a cordial and welcoming attraction for the listener, like with that Belfast Cowboy on his moody lullabies.

Rogers opens up his heart and soul with introspective ballads (Silent Song / Barefoot In The Basement / The House / Homeward Bound / Won’t Find Me) as well as energetic outpourings (Everytime / Haunted and absolute standout Life And Lies). Rogers feels at times lost, at times found and he embeds his mixed emotions in a sepia-colored open book record. Life isn’t a merry-go-round, therefore a comforting voice like Rogers‘ can be a great companion to have around.

Singles/clips: Life and Lies / Everytime

– LIFE AND LIES –

– EVERYTIME –

– SILENT SONG –

Stream Gameblood on Spotify…

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LEE ROGERS: Facebook – Website

Spine-Chilling Goth Artist AVA VOX Creates Sonic Trance On Her Album ‘IMMORTALISED’

19 May 2022

Artist: AVA VOX

Who: Dublin native (real name Elaine Hannon) currently living in County Meath.
While she’s been involved with various music projects in the past few decades,
her Ava Vox persona emerged in September 2020. With a unique vocal timbre
and commanding delivery with a dash of Goth and Post-Punk, Ava Vox’s musical
style ranges from slow melodic atmospheric to dynamic rock.

New album: IMMORTALISED

Vox: “I revisited some songs that were written collectively by me and my previous band.
I wanted to give these songs new life again, for the world to hear them. Then these songs
would be preserved for evermore.”

Turn Up The Volume: Several impressive voices pop up on my inner stereo when Immortalised plays (loud) on my headphones. Patti Smith (Alone Again), Zola Jesus (One Sweet Goodbye) and Siouxise Sioux (Crash) but in the end, it’s Ava Vox‘s Goth-like twilight tonality that stands out when she invites us in her sonic trance.

The orchestral and symphonic cantata sonority fits the song’s themes such as break-ups, humankind’s destructive nature, loss, and heartache affectingly. No, it isn’t a happy record but reality is not something to be happy about all time, certainly not in these life-destroying times of pandemic and war.

Vox also decided to immortalise her interpretations of three timeless pop classics on
this album. Bowie‘s goosebumps tour de force ‘Life On Mars’, Soft Cell‘s big Tainted Love‘ hit (original by Ed Cobb – 1964), and The Cure‘s sad ‘Love Song‘. Not easy picks, but the way Vox integrates them into her own musical vision and her own dramatic approach is riveting.

Video clips: Crash / Silent Tear

– CRASH –

– SILENT TEAR –

Stream/buy the album here…


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Vocals by Ava Vox
Piano/Hammond/keyboard by Ray McLoughlin
Electric Guitar by Enda Dempsey
Bass Guitar by James Blennerhassett
Drums by Robbie Casserly
23 Piece String Ensemble/Orchestra by Four for Music Ltd, Sofia, Bulgaria.
Original lyrics & music written by The Seventh Veil
Artist/Producer: Ava Vox
Producer/Music Director/String Arrangements by Ray McLoughlin, RMC Recording Studios
Engineered by Michael Nestor
Cover artwork & artist photography by Laelia Milleri
Costumery by fashion designer Claire Garvey

AVA VOX: Spotify – Instagram – Facebook

(photos via Shameless promotion PS)

Song Architect WOLF VANWYMEERSCH Looks Back At ‘THE EARLY YEARS’ On His Magnific Debut LP

17 May 2022

Artist: WOLF VAN WYMEERSCH
Who: The maestro of Belgian post-punk
crusaders Elefant and the guitarist of former
power-pop rockers The Van Jets

Debut album: THE EARLY EARS
Released: 6 May 2022 – Buy here

Wolf: “It has become a retrospective record with songs that muse about childhood,
love or life or songs that were effectively written in my youth. In terms of sound, it is a combination of acoustic, electric and electronic sounds.”

References: The Beatles ‘Revolver’, Blonde Redhead ‘Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons’, Goldfrapp ‘Tales of Us’, Armand ‘Een Beetje Vriendelijkheid’, The Good, The Bad & The Queen ‘The Good, The Bad & The Queen’, Portishead ‘Third’, Radiohead.


(photo by Julian Hills)

Turn Up The Volume: I want to add Damon Albarn (with his solo records) to the aforementioned references. At times I thought he was a guest singer on Vanwymeersch‘s debut longplayer. Check Drama I, Who Can Tell, I’m Wide Awake and you’ll find out why.

Vanwymeersh also, like Albarn, is a song architect. All lullabies, reveries, and tunes at play here please your ears instantly. But with every listen you discover how rich and subtly layered the musical arrangements and feel-good orchestrations (hear that playful banjo sound on Part Of Me ) are. Then again he invites you into his sonic labyrinth where he
goes left, right, and back in one and the same song (When You’re Old And Grey And Full
Of Sleep
/ Fall From Grace).

The easy-listing construction of his classy compositions transfers you to a place where reality fades away and makes room for melancholic memories. As I said before (several times) Wolf is a romantic at heart with a soul-stirring singer/songwriter gift (did I already mention, Father John Misty?) and a heartwarming voice. Magnific achievement.

Singles/clips: The Hog / On A Sunday Afternoon / Friendly Is Better

– THE HOG –

– ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON (IN EVERYDAY LIFE) –

– FRIENDLY IS BETTER –

Stream/buy The Early Years here…


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WOLF VANWYMEERSCH: Facebook – Spotify

International HARDCORE HELP Compilation – 108, Yes, 108 Drones For Charity

16 May 2022

Album: HARDCORE HELP

“A new benefit sampler to help raise money to support refugees, people who are stranded in Ukraine and those that had to flee the country losing everything they had. This compilation features punk, hardcore and metal bands from Ukraine, Germany, Poland, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, India, Taiwan, China, Kenya, Botswana, Uganda, Ghana, Morocco, Tunesia, Venezuela, Brasil, Philippines, Sweden, Belgium, Portugal, Australia, Finland, Netherlands, France, UK, USA, Canada, Italy, Israel, Argentina, Spain. A worldwide solidarity initiative! We thank all the bands for donating their music.”

100% of the compilation proceeds go to Hardcore Help Foundation. A non-profit organization based in Germany that works with locally established organizations on various community based projects. Founded in the year 2011. We support healthcare, education, disability, and disaster relief projects in several countries. You can support
us by donating funds and goods. Money we use to cover up the logistics and to keep our projects running locally and abroad. We collect band merchandise and goods like warm clothing, shoes, sleeping bags, books, toys, wheelchairs, hospital beds, therapeutic and medical aid. If you can help us with any of this, please get in touch by e-mail: info@hardcore-help.org

Turn Up The Volume
: 108 blasts, yes, 108. If you like your music VERY LOUD, this is
what you need to feed your hungry ears, raise your adrenaline production, and test
your stereo’s resilience. Expect tons of punk punches, hardcore hullabaloo, riff-roaring rock ‘n’ roll and huge doses of illegal decibels.

An endless marathon of hard-and-fast concrete with an immediate impact on your physical and psychological condition. You don’t need your shrink anymore. Use your money to buy this jumbo compilation (only digitally) for a ridiculous price and help refugees!

Right here, right now


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HARDCORE HELP FOUNDATION: Website

DAWN OF ASHES Industrial Metal Freaks Have Their New Doomtastic Album ‘SCARS OF THE BROKEN’ Out

Daily electricity to load your batteries

15 May 2022

Band: DAWN OF ASHES
Who: Los Angeles based industrial metal squad
Active: 2000–2014, 2016–present

New album: SCARS OF THE BROKEN

Heavy Magazine said: “Through dark tones and cathartic lyrics, the album has successfully captured the darkness of a mind haunted by depression and loneliness that is sure to connect with an audience lost in the doldrums.”

Turn Up The Volume: Imagine this. The spooky synth drones of NIN, the pitch-black blare of Front 242, the devilish vocality of Slipknot‘s loudmouth Corey Taylor and the bombast of Ramstein. An inferno fest with brutal jackhammers and intimidating juggernauts.

A perfect record for a maddening moshpit party in hell or a graveyard rave.
A nightmarish wall-of-badass sound to scare your demons with. Doomtastic!

Singles/clips: EMDR /

– EMDR –

– THE DESPONDENT HOLE –

– SCARS OF THE BROKEN –

Stream/buy the album here…


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DAWN OF ASHES: Instagram – Spotify

It Will Attract Your Attention – THE SMILE Debut With A Great RADIOHEAD Album

14 May 2022

Supergroup THE SMILE featuring radioheads Thom Yorke & Jonny Greenwood
and Sons of Kemet drummer Tom Skinner have their long-awaited debut LP
A LIGHT FOR ATTRACTING ATTENTION
out and it’s no less than prodigious.

It could have been, easily, a new Radiohead LP. Entracing and
riveting with Thom Yorke at its feverish and vulnerable best.

Except for some amazeballs cherry bombs (You Will Never Work In Television Again / Thin Thing and We Don’t Know What Tomorrow Brings) Yorke comes up with characteristic slo-mo Radiohead musings. It sounds both familiar and astounding.

First-class work. Enough lights to attract my attention


(Press photo – FB The Smile)

Pitchfork says: “The debut from Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, and drummer Tom Skinner’s new group is instantly, unmistakably the best album yet by a Radiohead side project… At 53, Yorke has seen them all. And once again, he’s battling the absurdity of existence the only way he knows how: by offering a salve for his anxieties without letting anyone off the hook for turning everything we hold dear into one big joke.” Score: 8.5/10.

Key singles/clips: Thin Thing / Free In The Knowledge

– THIN THING –

– FREE IN THE KNOWLEDGE

Stream the full album…

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THE SMILE: Facebook

Japanese Rainbow Colored Bolide OTOBOKE BEAVER Rush And Race On New LP

12 May 2022

Band: OTOBOKE BEAVER – おとぼけビ~バ~
Who: All-female riot grrl group from Kyoto, Japan
Active: Since 2099 – 3 (new one included)

New album: SUPER CHAMPON – スーパーチャンポン
Released: 6 May 2022 – order info here

Pitchfork: “Super Champon’ is crammed with noise: Hirochan sprints up and down her fretboard, Kahokiss punishes her drum kit, and Yoyoyoshie discharges endless rounds of screeching riffs. The lyrics, fired off in quick, sharp bursts, are both menacing and hilarious.” Score: 7.8/10.

Turn Up The Volume: This Japanese rainbow-colored punk bolide rolls faster
than a tornado through 18 whirlwind whoppers in under 25 minutes. The Ramones
sound like choirboys compared to these wackadoos.

Expect hard-punk-core uppercuts. Watch out, people, these riot Grrls attack with
peppery pizazz and have no mercy whatsoever for your ears and your stereo speakers.
I don’t speak/understand Japanese but it’s clear that they do not fume about the birds
and the bees. Holy moly.

Key singles/clips: Dirty Old Fart Is Waiting For My Reaction / Yakitori / I’m Not Material

– YAKITORI –

– I AM NOT MATERNAL –

Stream full album on Spotify…

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OTOBEKE BEAVER: Facebook – Bandcamp – Spotify

80s Electro Pop Jukexbox SOFT CELL Back With First Album In 20 Years

11 May 2022

Band: SOFT CELL (Leeds, UK)
Who: Vocalist Marc Almond
and instrumentalist David Ball

Active: 1978–1984, 2001–2003, 2018–present
Five studio albums, including the new one.

New album: *HAPPINESS NOT INCLUDED
Released: 6 May 2022 – more info here.


(photo by Turn Up The Volume)

Marc Almond: “In this album I wanted to look at us as a society: a place
where we have chosen to put profits before people, money before morality
and decency, food before the rights of animals, fanaticism before fairness
and our own trivial comforts before the unspeakable agonies of others. But
in the album there is also a belief that there is a utopia if we can peel back
the layers and understand what really matters.”

The Guardian (British newspaper): “*Happiness Not Included cleverly compares t
he 80s promises of a future straight out of science-fiction (“rocket ships and monorails, electricity that never fails”) with how things have actually turned out… While these songs reference war, famine, loneliness, isolation and authoritarianism, Marc Almond’s witty lyrics and synth man David Ball’s bouncy tunes mean the mood is more wryly hopeful than bleak.”
Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: 40 years after their debut LP and 20 years after their 5th
one Cruelty About Beauty, Soft Cell come back to remind us of their sharp 80s nose
for electro-pop crackers (Tainted Love / Say Hello Wave Goodbye / Bedsitter / Torch) and prove it once more here with a tantalizing trio of stellar singles (hear/see below).

But a whole retro (they sound almost exactly the same as back then) album sounds
a bit too retro in the end. But as I said they still have a musical nose for dancefloor
thrills (half of the album). Put on your blue suede glitter shoes.

Singles/clips: Heart Like Chernobyl / Bruises On All My Illusions

– HEART LIKE CHERNOBYL –

– BRUISES ON ALL MY ILLUSIONS –

– PURPLE ZONE –
(With Pet Shop Boys)

Stream full album on Spotify…

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SOFT CELL: Facebook