The album that’s on repeat today on Turn Up The Volume’s stereo

17 March 2022

Who: Heated 4-piece Liverpool bolide

Debut album: REELING
Order info: here

NME says: ‘Reeling’ is an album that sees them grab that title – but it doesn’t
sound like they ever had any other plan… On their electrifying debut album,
the Scousers make good on their promise of becoming the UK’s next rock heroes”

Full review here. Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Holy Moses! Just like that this roll-over-Beethoven and
hello demons-crushing and grunge injected hullabaloo LP is an undisputable
contender for my end-of-the-year top 10 albums list.

Fronted by the utterly cool and in-your-face shouting Lia Metcalfe, the Mysterines
produce an overwhelming wall-of-dont-mess-with-us sound with Led Zeppelin‘s cast
iron explosiveness (Life’s A Bitch / Hung Up / In My Head / The Bad Thing) and with
Black Sabbath
‘s paranoid drones (Reeling / Dangerous).

Metcalfe‘s stupendous voice rings like the spit-and-sneer outcries of former venom
vamp Courtney Love in my ears (Old friends/Die Hard) and has the goosebumps passion
of Porridge Radio ‘s Dana Margolin (Still Call You Home / Under Your Skin). No lullabies
about the birds and the bees, life’s a bitch, and The Mysterines like it so much.


Singles/clips: Hung Up / The Bad Thing / In My Head




Buy/stream REELING here…

THE MYSTERINES: Facebook – Spotify

New York’s Mean Doomsday Machine A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS Can ‘SEE THROUGH YOU’

15 March 2022

Who: Infamous psych-noiseniks from Brooklyn, NY
led by founder/mastermind Oliver Ackermann
Active: Since 2003 / 6 LPs (new one included)

Out: 4th February via Dedstrange Records

“Outpacing even their own firmly blazed path of audio annihilation, this album repeatedly delivers the massive walls of chaos and noise that every A Place To Bury Strangers fan craves
in spades. See Through You is an explosive journey which explores the listener’s limits of mind-bending madness while simultaneously offering the catchiest batch of songs in the band’s discography. It’s a nod of the cap to the art school ethos of the band’s origins, while forging
a new and clear direction forward. Simply put, See Through You is an epic, instant classic.”

(credit: APTBS)

Turn Up The Volume: I love these motherfuckers. They kick bad-asses, they rage and roll, they trash and bash whether they go slo-mo, or on speed without brakes, or somewhere in the middle. What does it sound like? Remember Ozzy Osbourne telling his mates about movies that scare people and his idea of making music that scares people. That’s exactly what A Place To Bury Strangers do, and their creepy videos visualize their Doomsday vision
even more.

Ackerman’s graveyard voice leads the deafening troops backed by paranoid guitars, scorching synths and merciless drum attacks. Psych-noise-rock turned upside down. Lovely, right? You bloody betcha.

Singles/clips: My Head Is Bleeding / Let’s See Through You / I Disappear / Love Reaches Out





Buy/stream the album here…

Hello Europe

A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS: Facebook – Instagram

Americana BAND OF HORSES Comfort Us With New Album ‘THINGS ARE GREAT’

5 March 2022

Who: Passionate Americana rockers from Seattle, WA
Active: Since 2004 / 6 studio LPs (including new one)

Released: 4 March 2022 – order info here.

Record label: “Band of Horses’ sixth studio album and first record in more
than five years. Sonically, the album is a return to their earlier work and
the kind of raw ethos that lies at the heart of Band of Horses. Emotionally
intense, both on a personal and elemental level, on Things Are Great we find
band founder Ben Bridwell more autobiographical than he’s ever been on
record detailing the nebulous frustrations and quiet indignities of relationship
changes and what a person will do to make things right.”

DIY Magazine says: “Band of Horses’ first record in six years teeters between the anthemic
and milder scores that powered their initial appeal. Ben Bridwell’s gossamer vocals lead a revival of reverbed guitar sequences and revitalised songwriting… The South Carolina-based five-piece’s desert-hued harmonies take centre stage once more, country-veering melodies upscaled with a renewed emphasis on staple rousing build-ups and slow-burning yarns.

Turn Up The Volume: During the first spin of this new BOH work, I felt the same as with other of their albums. Like if they have one key song and start from there to write other similar sounding songs. But then again I found myself playing Things Are Great three times in a row (happened with older LPs too), enjoying their appealing force, as always inspired by the Eagles, C S N & Young, and The Beach Boys (for the harmonies). We all know, things are not great these days, but this record feels a bit like a sepia-colored comfort.

Singles: In Need Of Repair / Crutch / Lights




Full album…


(Band pic form the back cover of LP ‘Acoustic at the Ryman’

SUPERCHUNK – Growing Older With Vitalizing Power Pop Tunes On Their New Album ‘WILD LONENILISS’

27 February 2022

Who: Indie rockers from North Carolina
Active: 1989-present / 11 LPs

Out: 25 February 2022
Order info: here

(Photo: Brett Villena – via Merge Records)

Mojo says: “For all Wild Loneliness’s concerns about our ailing world,
it’s unmistakably a tonic. It’s also a life-affirming thank-you note for
what we have left.”
Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Tune after tune after tune. Not one dull one.
Sounds like they have been together for 13 years, instead of 33. Wild
is a prizewinner, a mood booster, an aural triumph. The band
grows older with the refreshing vitality of a young group. Right on!

TUTV‘s favorite track: Set It Aside

Stream/buy Wild Loneliness here…

SUPERCHUNK: All Albums – Website – Spotify

Familiar And Fervent Metallic KORN Drones On New Album ‘REQUIEM’

26 February 2022

Band: KORN
Who: Nu metal titans from
Bakersfield, California
Active: 1993–present
Albums: 14 (including new one)

New album: REQUIEM
Released: 4 February 2022
Order info: here

Press statement: “It is an album born of time and the ability to create
without pressure. Energized by a new creative process free of time constraints,
the band was able to do things with Requiem that the past two decades haven’t
always afforded them, such as taking additional time to experiment together or
diligently recording to analog tape – processes which unearthed newfound sonic
dimension and texture in their music.”

NME writes: “Requiem’ has brought something new to a discography that, until now,
has been an exploration of human suffering. It’s led to the band’s most nuanced record
to date.”
Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Heavy, muscular, bombastic havoc
and arrrrrggggghhhhhh howls. Familiar and fervent metallic
drones for their devoted fans.

Single: Start The healing

Stream/buy here

KORN: All AlbumsFacebook

Lose Yourself In A Soothing Trance With The Brand New ‘BEAUTY IN CHAOS’ Album

25 February 2022

Artist: BEAUTY IN CHAOS (Los Angeles)
Who: BIC is curated by Michael Ciravolo, former guitarist
with British alt-rockers Gene Loves Jezebel. He’s also
also happens to be President of Schecter Guitars.

FFO: Kirlian Camera, Evanescence, Holy Wars,
Black Needle Noise, Nico, Garbage, Cocteau Twins

Released: 22 February 2022 – Purchase here

Info: “In this collection, the 6 original tracks are also re-envisioned
by legendary producers Tim Palmer and John Fryer as well as MGT,
Julian Shah-Tayler, Statik, Tommy Hatz
and Grammy-nominated
producer Michael Rozon.”

Turn Up The Volume: The 6 original tracks are all moody symphonic synth pieces with Pink Floyd-esque resonance here and there (certainly where the David Gilmour like guitar sequences shine brightly) and with ghostly vocals by angelic voices of female artists Tish Ciravolo, Cinthya Hussey, Betsy Martin, Whitney Tai, Elena Alice Fossi and Pinky Turzo. The remixes vary from spacey to ambient, from shadowy to edgy. You find here all you
need to lose yourself into a soothing trance.

Video clip for Grasp The Stars

Lights out, headphones on, relax
and see/feel what happens…

BEAUTY IN CHAOS: Facebook – Website

Recorded, mixed and produced by Michael Rozon
Betsy Martin – vocals
Michael Ciravolo – guitar and video concept
Tish Ciravolo – bass
Dirk Doucette – drums
Kevin Kipnis – bass VI
Video filmed and Directed by Vicente Cordero / Industrialism Films
Edited by Ryan Conlon (Industrialism Films)
Lighting by Anthony Love. Makeup by Jessica Zweig


23 February 2022

Yesterday came the incredible news, totally unexpected, with this
message on his Twitter account that MARK LANEGAN passed away…

“Our beloved friend Mark Lanegan passed away this morning at his home in Killarney,
Ireland. A beloved singer, songwriter, author and musician he was 57 and is survived
by his wife Shelley. No other information is available at this time. We ask Please respect
the family privacy.”

The unique bariton voice and terrific songwriter born on November 25, 1964 in Ellensburg, Washington had a roller-coaster career along with Screaming Trees, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Gutter Twins (with Greg Dulli), with countless collaborations (with Isobel Campbell, Kira Skov, The Twilight Sisters, The Walkabouts, Soulsavers and plenty more) and with, most of all, his 12 remarkable solo albums.

He was a 24/7 artist who also lived as fast as he could during the 90s and early 2000s, at times with life-threatening consequences. He credited Courtney Love for paying 1 year of his rehab in the late 90s.

Last year, in March – being clean and healty for more than a decade – he caught Covid-19 in a devastating degree. In a book called Devil In Coma a few months later he described his comatose battle with the virus that almost killed him.

“From the moment I was brought out of my chemically induced sleep and was told what had happened and where I had been, I was determined to survive this nightmare, even though I had very little say, actually, no say in the matter, and had zero ammo to fight with.” The cause of his premature death isn’t revealed yet, but that bloody virus made him very vulnerable.

To salute this phenomenal rock warrior I picked
15 career-spanning highlights and called the playlist…


MARK LANEGAN: Bio – All Solo Albums

(photo by Turn Up The Volume)

(Image on top: Cover of his 2001 solo album ‘Field Songs’)

ALICE In Horrorland – Former Crystal Castle Impresses With Dark Debut Album ‘PREY///IV’

22 February 2022

Who: Canadian singer/songwriter who was electro
act Chrystal Castles‘ voice for 8 years. She left in
2014 to start her solo trip.

Debut album: PREY///IV
Released: 18 February 2022 – Order info here

NME: “The unbreakable artist has reemerged from the wreckage of her former band,
Crystal Castles, with a lazer-focused, brutally honest solo debut… As well as functioning
as a pun, the title of Alice Glass’ debut solo album ‘PREY//IV’ is a strong statement.

Continuing with the Roman numeral naming-scheme used on the three albums she released with former electroclash band Crystal Castles, it’s a clear middle finger in the direction of her ex-collaborator Ethan Kath, whom she accused of abuse and manipulation (which he denies)… An astoundingly honest, and at times brutal, listen, ‘PREY//IV’ still ends on a note of hope.” Score: 4/5.

Alice Glass (in an interview with NME): “If I could take a pill and erase all my memories, I would. I didn’t think I would be here – I thought I’d be dead for sure. I was very suicidal as a teenager and young person… There’s so much suffering in the world, and I bring [up my difficult experiences] now because, in a weird way, every time I open up about this, somebody writes me or sends a really nice message where they can relate to what I’m saying. It’s been really helpful for me psychologically to put things out. That’s what this record is like for me: I’m going to put my pain out into the world and then I don’t own it anymore.”

TURN UP THE VOLUME: Black electro-pop. Industrial hits and drones.
Excorcistic escapes. Alice in horrorland. Transfixing and nerve-racking.

Singles/clips: Fair Game / Baby Teeth / Love Is Violence




Stream/buy full album here on Bandcamp…

ALICE GLASS: Facebook – PREY///IV on Spotify

(Image on top: cover of album / Other image: cover of ‘Baby Teeth’ singlle)

An Instant Pop Classic – SEA POWER Triumph With Brand New Album ‘EVERYTHING WAS FOREVER’

21 February 2022

Band: SEA POWER (Reading/Brighton, UK)

Who: Socially engaged indie pop-rockers who started their journey back in 2003.
In the very beginning, they operated as British Air Power, but changed it quickly to
British Sea Power. But last summer the band announced another name change,
dropping ‘British‘.
Active: 2000 / 8 albums (new one included)

Released: 18 February 2022 – order info here

NME says: “Britain can often feel like an awful place to be right now. A corrupt government brazenly trashes democracy on a daily basis, with the farcical partygate scandals continuing to engulf the establishment. It’s like a never-ending episode of The Thick Of It. Add to that a brutal pandemic, soaring energy prices and bands being fucked over by Brexit and you’ve pretty much got the perfect shitshow… ‘Everything Was Forever’ is A brutal but beautiful album that we can all relate to now… In ‘Everything Was Forever’, the Brighton-formed six-piece have constructed a hopeful and defiant record that rails against ugly, insular points of view.” Full review here. Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: To my greedy ears, pop-ular music is about tantalising tunes
with an instantly affecting catchiness, simple and glowing, warming your heart and soul with beatific-blue ballads and triggering your singalong skills with ecstatic anthems. It’s
all here, gem after gem after gem.

The cliche ‘all killers no fillers’ is undisputedly applicable here. Sea Power tackles, rightly so, the rotten state of the UK- God Save the Queen, there’s no future in England’s dreaming – but the music sounds like there’s a small light at the end of the Brexit tunnel. Fingers crossed.

Singles/clips: Two Fingers / Folly / Lakemand Echo




Stream full LP here…

SEA POWER: Facebook – All Albums

(photo by Turn Up The Volume)

Lo-Fi Synth Adventures For A David Lynch Movie – YEULE Mystifies With Her Second Album ‘GLITCH PRINCESS’

20 February 2022

Artist: YEULE
Who: The musical project of Singaporean singer-songwriter
Nat Ćmiel (born Natasha Yelin Chang – 24 years old)
Active: Since 2012 / several EPs and now her 2nd LP

Released: 4 February 2022 – order info here

Pitchfork says: “The pioneering second album from the London-based avant-pop artist is a darkly nuanced look at identity and technology, where personal disasters occur at the same scale as the actual apocalypse.” Full review here. Score: 8/10.

Turn Up The Volume: Ambient adventures in Lo-Fi with wayward twists and turns
and Cmiel‘s mysterious twilight vox adding a mystifying touch throughout the whole
synth-filled journey.

Closing track The Things They Did For Me Out Of Love lasts for almost 5 hours (!), creating an atmospheric space where you can watch a David Lynch movie with Björk as the enigmatic Diva in the middle and the soundtrack composed by Pink Floyd. Fascinating!

Stream/buy here…

YEULE: Facebook