Sharp-Teethed Florida Punks DEBT NEGLECTOR Clash And Slash On Their New Album ‘DIRTY WATER’

13 November 2021

Band: DEBT NEGLECTOR
Who: Formed in 2016, these Florida punks have spent
the last 5 years honing a sound that showcases their
ability to blend catchy hooks with a vicious attitude.
So far they unleased one album and two EPs. Check
their Bandcamp page.

References: NOFX, Rancid, The Clash, Green Day

New album: DIRTY WATER
Released: 5 November 2021 via Smartpunk Records

Band: “We wanted to really push the envelope of who we were as a band with
this release. We tried to make our catchy songs catchier, fast songs faster, and
generally focused more on the musical dynamics of what we were writing. Lyrically,
half the time it’s still me yelling about how fucked up the world is, but the other half
of the songs ended up touching on much more personal topics. There’s songs about
battling depression, fear, loss, and anxiety and I tried really hard not to mince words
about any of it.”

Turn Up The Volume: Rowdy. Speedy. Biting. Burning. Clashing. Trashing.
Ridiculously sticky. These are the loud and clear keywords for this in your
face record. No brakes, no pauses, no recuperation time for these punks.

14 uppercuts, 14 slam dunks going high-speed like hot rods out of control.
Debt Neglector curse all political hypocrites and all damaging injustices but
also have attention for psychological issues that still don’t get the much
needed attentiveness.

These are caring motherrockers and they deliver a sharp-teethed soundtrack
to make you jump around like a kangaroo punk. Hell bloody hell yeah!

Video clip for the title track…

Stream/buy full album here on Bandcamp…


.
DEBT COLLECTOR: Facebook

All proceeds from sales of this album and its songs
will be split evenly between Flint Kids Fund (flintkids.org)
and Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village (www.sbev.org).

Debt Neglector is:
Zach Anderson – Drums
Matt Burns – Guitar/Vocals
Alex Goldfarb – Vocals/Bass
Chris Pfister – Guitar/Vocals

RISE TO THE TOP With ALDORA BRITAIN RECORDS – A Must Have International Compilation For Indie Addicts

11 November 2021

Compilation: RISE TO THE TOP
What: A collection of independent and
underground music from all around the world.
Released: 5 October 2021

ALDORA BRITAIN RECORDS (Label / Publisher / E-zine): Originally a music
blog est. 2013, relaunched as an independent music e-zine and record label
in 2018. Our vision is to create a go-to place for music lovers to discover great
new stuff, an online platform for independent and underground music.

More on ABR: Facebook Instagram Website

Turn Up The Volume: This compilation features 25 indie artists/bands from
around the globe with new thrilling tunes ranging from punk to power pop, from
new wave to darkwave, from electro to gothic, from rock to singer-songwriters,
and other adrenalin-stimulating vibrations.

You’ll hear echoes from yesterday, today, and tomorrow. All for the ridiculous
price of 2.60 £ / 3 euro / 3.5 dollars or anything more you want to donate to help
Aldora Britain Records do what they do best since 2013: creating a go-to place for
music lovers to discover great new stuff, an online platform for independent and underground music.

Hello indie junkies,
time to rise to the top,
right here, right now…


.
All artists/bands…
(click on the names for more info)

Jeremy Porter And The Tucos (Detroit, US) – The Burning Balloons (CT, Spain)
The Arthurs (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) – Broken Gnomes (Perth, Australia)
Frank Richard (Vermont, US) – Butten Up (Great-Britain)
Parlormuse (Ohio, US) – Ordinary 5 (Minnesota, US)
Faster Than Light (Brooklyn, NY) – Mindstunt (Gothenburg, Sweden)
Eden Iris (Auckland, New Zealand) – Oli Spleen (Brighton, UK)
Last Sadness (USA) – Franklin Mint (Bristol, UK)
Tight Night (Chicago, Illinois) – Transitions (Melbourne, AUS) –
Sounds Like Winter (Sydney, AUS) Spleen (Brighton, UK)
Carnal Machinery (Finland)- Pierre Lepage (Quebec, Canada)
High Falls (US) – Good Morning Midnight (Iowa, US)
Georgia Lee Johnson (Vancouver) – Orcus Nullify (South Carolina, US)
NVS (Swansea, Wales)

Barbed Wire Post Punk Passion – FOXX BODIES Burn And Boil On New LP ‘VIXEN’

9 November 2021

Band: FOXX BODIES
Who: L.A. outfit that represents a new direction of punk/politically-driven
music, a sound that is urgent, clever, energetic, and above all, important.

New album: VIXEN – 2nd longplayer

“Vixen is, in so many ways, a story about coming to terms with yourself. It only made sense
that the band would have to do just that while weathering a pandemic before finally releasing this album into the world. Foxx Bodies’ music has always been about the combat of survival, which singer Bella Vanek has never been shy about. She can be found just about anywhere sharing her own struggles with mental illness, eating disorders, sexual abuse, or… really whatever most people are afraid to say out loud…

Vanek makes her trauma sound dangerously intriguing, singing about her life in such a
startling and honest way that it makes you examine your own ideas of mental illness, gender, and trauma. Marry that with Moses’ salty, surfy licks, Bucholz’s elaborate fills, [Matt] Vanek’s infectious baselines, and it’s all over. The four desert punks meld together to bring a magnetic, dramatic air to each song, delivering romping punk and the occasional piercing scream. ”

Turn Up The Volume: This is a volcanic post-punk loaded record, with outspoken,
in your face Amazon Bella Vanek‘s exorcistic eruptions send shivers down your spine. from start to finish. She attacks her damaging demons viciously with bloodcurdling spit and sneer vociferousness (Bad Kid / Wind / BPD). Her sucker punch passion is overwhelming and armed with barbed wire. Her primal screams make your body temperature rise and trigger you to explore your own pain threshold while fighting your petrifying psyche.

Mind you, when Foxx Bodies slows down (Monsurf Club / Hospital / Vixen / Anthem)
the heart-whole tension cuts even deeper as if Kurt Cobain’s tormented ghost wandered
around in the studio. And when the boiling band roars, riffs, and rolls (Runaway / Breakfast / Room) I see manic moshpits happen in my mad mind.

I can’t remember hearing so many goosebumps causing catharsis and abreaction
on record. Absolutely-fucking-inspiring for all hurt hearts troubled souls. Listen up Courtney Love, you can retire definitely now, Foxx Bodies are the real deal.

To hell with all LGBT haters!

Singles/clips: Bad Kid / BPD / Runaway / Room

– BAD KID –

– BPD –

– RUNAWAY –

– ROOM –

Stream/buy VIXEN here…


.
FOXX BODIES: Facebook – Instagram

Melancholic BILLY BRAGG Released 13th Album ‘THE MILLION THINGS THAT NEVER HAPPENED’

7 November 2021

Artist: BILLY BRAGG (Barking, Essex, England)
Active: Since 1977 / 13 studio albums (including new one)

New album: THE MILLION THINGS THAT NEVER HAPPENED

Bragg: “The Million Things That Never Happened isn’t about the pandemic
per se, but the highs and lows of what we’ve been through provide the backdrop
for the album, as they have done for all our lives over these past two years.”

NME says: “On his 13 studio album ‘The Million Things That Never Happened’,
Billy Bragg readily admits that, as a 63-year-old white man entering his fifth
decade as one of the country’s foremost political singer-songwriters, the so
called ‘culture wars’ can get confusing… Yet it is also album that leaves plenty
of room for nuanced, compassionate songwriting that never loses grip of its
sense of empathy. On the title track, Bragg sings about the things we’ve all lost
over the last two years: “A hug for the crying, a kiss for the dying”. It’s all but
impossible not to relate. In an age of division, ‘The Million Things That Never
Happened’ is a gentle embrace of what unites us all.”
Score: 3/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Bragg looks back at the past
while thinking today about tomorrow’s future. As
relevant as ever, still a sharp observer and entrancing
songsmith. Another record that happened.

Singles: Mid-Century Modern / I Will Be Your Shield /
Then Thousand Photos That Can’t Be Explained

– TEN MYSTERIOUS PHOTOS THAT CAN’T BE EXPLAINED –

– MID-CENTURY MODERN –

– I WILL BE YOUR SHIELD –

Stream/buy album here…


.
BILLY BRAGG: Facebook

Never Too Late To Find A Lost Classic – Passionate Post Punks ULTRASOUND Reissued Their Debut LP ‘EVERYTHING PICTURE’

4 November 2021

Band: ULTRASOUND
Who: Emotive British glam-prog rockers
Active: 1997–99, 2010–present / 3 studio albums

Album: EVERYTHING PICTURE

The band’s (double) debut album, released in 1999,
now reissued as an extensive deluxe edition through
via One Little Independent Records.

The boxset features the original double album, an extra two records
featuring a variety of B-sides and singles, and a CD of live and session
tracks. As well, a 26-page booklet and a poster will be included.

Louder Than War: “For those of us who lived through the Britpop years, there was so much derivative crap released that no music fan in their right mind would ever want to hear again. This beautifully designed and curated album is the exact opposite, showcasing the vision and imagination of a band who may have only burned brightly for a short time, but did so on their own terms.” Full review here.

Andrew Wood (frontman): “Everything Picture was made with future generations in mind.
So it is so appropriate that it should be re-issued, in a more complete form, to be discovered and re-discovered in future times. We were aware that the post-Britpop presence of the early millennium might not “get” it. Many did, and many more grew and developed with it as it grew and developed a life of its own”.

Turn Up The Volume: Frontman Andrew Wood‘s passion, dedication, vulnerability and romantic candidness translated into a captivating vortex of psychedelic post-punk waves overwhelmed me back then and revisiting it now still generates shiverings going down my spine. It’s never too late to find a lost classic, people. You’ll file it between your Mogwai and your Crippled Black Phoenix LPs.

Recent video for highlight Aire & Calder

The brilliant single Stay Young
(Flabbergasting live version)

Stream/buy deluxe edition
of ‘Everything Picture’ here…


.
ULTRASOUND: Facebook


Great memory. In the legendary Paradiso club of Amsterdam back in 1998 or 1999.

(photo by Turn Up The Volume)

Brooklyn Nightdreamers VEDA RAYS Dance In The Dark With Gloomy Synth Pop Album ‘CRUCIAL FICTIONS’

2 November 2021

Band: VEDA RAYS (Brooklyn, NY)

Who: An act that started as a modern extension of traditional dream pop, indie
and post-punk. The group has since developed a unique voice through several years of steadfast experimentation, making records, and filing through the ranks of the Brooklyn DIY scene. Analog synths, treated samples, and other varied electronic elements add an atmospheric richness. The orchestral flourishes and texturally nuanced sonics oft times broaden the scope unto cinematic heights or tighten the focus down to minimal depths. The lyrics and imagery often explore liminal spaces of abstraction and surreality, channeling subconscious impulses reacting to the present moment.

Members: Jim Stark (vox, guitar, production) and Maria Joanna Bohemia (synths/ keys)

New album: CRUCIAL FICTIONS
Released: 8 October 2021 – order info here

Turn Up The Volume: Veda Rays started their musical Odyssey, back in 2014. This new longplayer ‘Crucial Fictions’ is their third full-length work and it feels like the band has reached a significant stopover on their sonic quest. It feels like they finally arrived where they wanted to be, so far. Obviously inspired by the British synth-pop of the late 70s/early 80s and afterward, the movement of New Romantics who brought the hedonistic way of life of glam and glitter stars Bowie, Marc Bolan, Roxy Music, and like-minded spirits back into the night-clubs.

Expect echoes of early Soft Cell (Rose Like Leather / Dissonance / Strange Anniversary),
of The Human League’s second life era of Dare (Coursing Through Veins, Days Bleed / Past Gone), of dark-electro-wave titans Depeche Mode (Dissonance / Gold Wave / Fall In Fall
In (All Down The Well)
, and also the shadowy world of Bauhaus (Teeth Showing / Effigies).

Past, present, future, this music genre is about translating all sorts of human afflictions, real and fictional, into heartrending and impassioned tunes that connect, that comfort and that soothe as it also happens right here with Veda Rays‘ new chapter. Don’t put on the lights to dance, it’s more thrilling to move around in the dark.

Singles/clips: Rose Likes Leather / Dissonance / Fall In Fall In (All Down The Well)

– ROSE LIKES LEATHER –

– DISSONANCE –

– FALL IN FALL IN (ALL DOWN THE WELL) –

Stream/buy ‘Crucial Fictions’ here…


.
VEDA RAYS: Facebook

Americana Rockers MY MORNING JACKET Released Self-Titled Album – Their 9th Full Length

1 November 2021

Band: MY MORNING JACKET
Who: Acclaimed Louisville rockers
Active since 1998 / 9 studio albums
so far (new one included)

New album: MY MORNING JACKET
Out: 22nd October 2021 – Order info here

UNCUT Magazine (UK) says: “Fortunately, My Morning Jacket, its title emphasising its intended definitive status, is frequently thrilling, and its pilfering from America’s classic rock catalogue – including The Allman Brothers, The Doobie Brothers, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Band and Crazy Horse – is affectionate and celebratory. Like LCD Soundsystem, the quintet has absorbed the goosebumped highlights of their record collection, instinctively – yet crucially, shrewdly – furnishing stirring moments of familiar if not immediately attributable theatre to otherwise surprisingly simple songs. It’s still unambiguously My Morning Jacket, in other words, but revitalised and redeemed.” Full review: here. Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: They never made a bad album, but they never made
a masterpiece either, although here, they’re coming closer and closer.

Singles/clips: Regularly Scheduled Programming / Love Love Love / Complex

– REGULARLY SCHEDULED PROGRAMMING –

– LOVE LOVE LOVE –

– COMPLEX –

Stream full album via Spotify…

.
MY MORNING JACKET: Facebook

Another Triumph For ADAM GRANDUCIEL And THE WAR ON DRUGS With 4th LP

29 October 2021

Band: THE WAR ON DRUGS (Philadelphia)
Adam Granduciel‘s highly successful band
Active: Since 2005 / 4 studio albums

New album: I DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE
Info: “An uncommon rock album about one of
our most common but daunting processes,
resilience in the face of despair.”

Released: 29 October 2021
Order info: here

NME says: “It’s a soul-stirring epic. Frontman Adam Granduciel has never bought
into the mythology that comes with rock stardom, but this is a triumphant ode to his
genre… Some lose sight of their heart and soul on the route to global stardom, others
take it in their stride. Granduciel recently told NME that “music should be filled with
wonder”, and there’s magic everywhere you look on this triumph of an album.”

Full review here. Score: 5/5.

Turn Up The Volume: I never thought The War On Drugs would have become
the megaband they’re now. But I can understand why. Adam Granduciel is a
master when it comes to writing accessible guitar pop tunes about life in all its
facets. His heart and soul touching mix of romanticism, moodiness, and spirituality
appeals to millions. Respect! And it helps when you’re the opposite of a spoiled
rock star.

Singles: I Don’t Live Here Anymore / Change / Living Proof

– I DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE –

– CHANGE –

.
– LIVING PROOF –

Stream full album on Spotify…

.
THE WAR ON DRUGS: Facebook

SEA FEVER – Manchester Pop Orchestra Scores With Their Swirling Debut Album ‘FOLDING LINES’

27 October 2021

Band: SEA FEVER
Who: Synth-guitar-pop
5-piece from Manchester

Sea Fever about starting the group: “We’d wanted to work with each other
for ages, so when we finally sat down in the studio, the band just seemed to
come together naturally. It felt like we were really free to explore the kinds of
music that has always inspired us, we dug right through the record crates
of our minds to shape the sound of Sea Fever.”

Debut album: FOLDING LINES
Available via Apple Music.

Turn Up The Volume: If you sound like a symphonic pop orchestra you
have my attention, instantly. This is an earworm-packed debut you need
to spin a couple times on repeat to discover all multi-musical-dimensions.

If you combine flashing guitars, scintillating synths, symphonic strings, and
sprightly vocals in versatile melodiousness the final score is a most thrilling
record.

References? Talk Talk (Under Duress / Folding Lines / Afterthought), New Order
(Le Coup / De Facto) and Duran Duran (Crossed Wires / Built To Last). Sparkling,
right? You betcha.

Discover Folding Lines here…

.
SEA FEVER: Website


The full orchestra

Americana Trio CONSTELLATION MYTHS Romanticize On Notable Debut ‘EVERYWHERE AND TIME’

25 October 2021

Band: CONSTELLATION MYTHS
Who: A post-rock Americana trio from Massachusetts.

Debut album: EVERYTHING AND TIME
Released: 20 October 2021

Info: It’s an album of dusty Americana streaked through with the musical language
and textures of post-rock, ‘Everything and Time’ puts these two competing archetypes
and actualities in productive tension with one another. This tension is evident in the melding of sonic influences, from finger-picked folk of Appalachia to the urban apocalyptic disquiet of post-rock, as well as in the lyrical themes exploring memory, identity, and place. The rural-urban divide is especially present in the most basic reality of the band:
the physical separation of the founding band-members between the country and city at opposite ends of their home state.

Justin Kehoe (drums/percussion): “Lyrically, the songs are by-and-large about personal mythmaking, the stories we tell ourselves and others about who we are, the narratives about our identities we construct, and how we incorporate the past as memory into those stories.
We are all kind of the unreliable narrators of our own lives, to ourselves perhaps most of all. There’s a nice, albeit unintentional, parallel with the band name there.”

Turn Up The Volume: Talking about a notable debut album. Everything And Time charms, entices and moves from start to finish. It’s a gripping work of American balladry and sepia-colored romanticism with the female vocals bringing Hope Sandoval‘s (from Mazzy Starr) vulnerable vox to mind. It’s a record with a chill-out impact and a touchy-feely warmth. Do not miss this band; do not miss this debut.

Stream/buy ‘Everywhere and Time’ here…


Three myths

(Photo credit: Ben Stas)