A Blair Witch Experience – Sound Mavericks JUST MUSTARD Transfix With Arousing Second Album ‘HEART UNDER’

6 June 2022

Band: JUST MUSTARD
Who: Post-punk 5-piece from Dundalk, Ireland

New album: HEART UNDER
Their second longplayer. Order info here.

Press info: “Heart Under is an album that asks you to forget what you know.
At every turn, this remarkable record reconfigures and stretches the ideas and
ambition of a rock band, and turns a year of lockdown and personal struggles
into a breathtaking artistic statement.”

NME‘s verdict: “After being dubbed a shoegaze band on their 2018 debut album, its industrial yet dreamy follow-up ensures the Dundalk five-piece won’t be put in any boxes at all… Since the release of their debut album ‘Wednesday’ in 2018, Dundalk five-piece Just Mustard have been gradually shifting their sound towards something more uncategorisable. Through the singles ‘Frank’, ‘October’ and ‘Seven’ as well as tours with Fontaines D.C. and gigs alongside The Cure, the band’s sound has slowly shifted towards heavier, noisier tones and left behind the shoegaze tag that has followed them around since the release of their debut. On ‘Heart Under’, their second album and first for Partisan, they present themselves as a truly unique gem.”
Full interview here. Score: 5/5.

Turn Up The Volume: I still wonder why, when listening to music (every single day since I was kid), all sort of images can just pop up like that. Like here with this excellent record. From opener 23 on I had a Blair Witch experience with flashes of angst (I Am You / Sore / Rivers), of puzzlement (In Shade / Seed) and of bafflement, actually the whole ride trough. It feels like wandering in that very movie forest at night, having no idea where you are. At times paralyzed, at times besotted by adrenaline rushing through your veins.

The band’s noise-exploring spirit is all over Heart Under. The dazzling combination of spooky guitars, chilling electronics and Katie Ball‘s ghostly voice – balancing somewhere between Zola Jesus and a young Kate Bush – create hallucinatory sensations like if this record was produced by Joy Divison’s wizard producer Martin Hannett. A feel that already hit me a couple of months ago when they were the support act for their countrymen stars Fontaines D.C. in Antwerp, Belgium.

Just Mustard operates between reality and surreality.

Singles/clips: Mirrors / Still / I Am You

– MIRRORS –

– STILL –

– I AM YOU –

Stream/buy HEART UNDER here…


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JUST MUSTARD: Spotify – Facebook – Instagram

(Live photos by Turn Up The Volume)

ANGEL OLSEN Goes Country On Her New Sepia-Colored Melodrama Album ‘BIG TIME’

5 June 2022

Artist: ANGEL OLSEN
(born Angelina Maria Carroll 35 years ago)
Who: Singer-songwriter from Chicago with a
golden voice, so far she made 5 studio albums

Active: Since 2009 / 6 studio LPs (new one included)

New Album: BIG TIME
Release: 3 June 2022 – more info here

“The album was written during the time Olsen was coming out as
queer, and having her first experience of queer love and heartbreak.
At the same time, she finally came out to her parents.”

Olsen: “Finally, at the ripe age of 34, I was free to be me.”

NME‘s verdict: “Angel Olsen’s sixth album turns a period of intense emotion into an assured, Americana-flecked triumph… Angel Olsen must have experienced an intense mix of emotions during the creation of her sixth studio album ‘Big Time’. In the months after she came out as gay to her parents, both of them died; she started recording three weeks after her mother’s funeral. Around the same time, she experienced the freedom of her first queer relationship, and the pain of her first queer heartbreak… In keeping with that personal tumult (and, indeed, the record’s title), ‘Big Time’ is a record of huge emotional range. There is bold drama and there are deep and tender stretches of dark introspection.” Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Melodrama at its goosebumps best. Big Time is an intimate Americana-country masterwork. Very personal, both sad and romantic, sepia-colored and her angelic voice once again as the heroine. This minimally orchestrated diamond has a timeless human feel with echoes of country stars such as Dolly Parton, Tammy Waynette, Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams. Music for the midnight candle hours for grief-stricken hearts and lost souls.

Singles/clips: All The Good Times / Big Time

– ALL THE GOOD TIMES –
Most gripping love ballad
I heard in years

– BIG TIME –

Full album glowing on Spotify

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ANGEL OLSEN: Website – Instagram – Tour Dates 2022

Southern Rockers DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS Welcome Their Fans To Their Club XIII

4 June 2022

Band: DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS
Who: Celebrated rockers from Georgia, Athens driven by
the two original members Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley
Active: Since 1996 – 14 studio LPs (new one incl.)

New album: WELCOME 2 CLUB XIII
Released: 3 June 2022 – order info here

Mojo Magazine says: “With his trademark gothic drawl, Patterson Hood limns
close highway calls with perspicacity, then mourns the compatriots he’s lost to
foibles and vices alike. Perennially underrated Mike Cooley, meanwhile, hands
in some of his sharpest-ever writing.”
Score: 4/5.

TUTV: Nothing new, but nothing dull either. The truckers are rock ‘n’ roll
entertainers and they know exactly how to entertain their fan club.
Nothing more, nothing less.

Singles/clips: The Driver / Welcome 2 Club XIII

– THE DRIVER –

– WELCOME 2 CLUB III –

Stream/buy full album here…


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DBT: Website – Facebook

MAYBERIAN SANSKÜLOTTS Light Up Our Murky World With ‘GOD TIGER NEED CHEMICAL WORKS’

26 May 2022

Band: MAYBERIAN SANSKÜLOTTS
Who: A dream-pop team that merges the rigid romanticism of ’80s new wave
bands like The Cure, the slow-burning grandiosity of Slowdive-esque shoegaze
and the dreaminess and melodic sensibilities of contemporary acts like
Beach House.

New album: GOD TIGER NEED CHEMICAL WORKS

The title of the new album was borrowed from a Vietnamese tiger balm label. Guitarist Gallusz Balogh explains: “Even though this combination of words is completely meaningless, they had a magical effect on me. I immediately told everyone in the band that it should be the title of the next album. I was transfixed by these words after that, and a few days later I wrote the demo for God Tiger in about an hour, even though it usually takes me a long time to write songs.”

Turn Up The Volume‘s impressions: Sonically this sextet float between the past and the present, between former British star-gazers The Sundays and today’s lauded romantics London Grammar.

Yes, you may dim the lights and lit some candles to create the fitting atmosphere for mellow love musings, – like ‘Wanna Stop Thinking’, ‘Back Of My Mind’, ‘Guilty’, ‘Golden Hives’ and ‘Altató Tündérkórus’ – that wander on a silver-lined cloud of smooth synths
and glistening guitar sparks and you can dance in your head to more upbeat tunes like Halogen, Eyes in The Dark and the trippy ambient instrumental Balatoni gyász.

Out-and-out this is an ear-pleasing work of cozy pop captivation
with Zita Csordás‘ fairytale voice as a lighthouse in our murky world

Video clip for top track God Tiger


Stream/buy
album here…


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MS: Facebook – Instagram

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