Turn Up The Volume’s KNOCKOUT TEAM OF THE MONTH – May 2021

The best of the past month…

Turn Up The Volume‘s 15 Knockout Tracks for May 2021!
A sassy stream of rambling rippers and jagged jackhammers.

‘Racist, Sexist Boy’ by THE LINDA LINDAS (Half Asian / Half Latinx)
Young kids standing up and making a sharp-cutting, alarming statement
about racism and sexism with a spot-on, in-your-face, loudmouthed punk
anthem à la Bikini Kill. I love it, so should you.

Plug in here…

‘Weather Strike’ by TOM MORELLO and PUSSY RIOT (US/RUSSIA)
Riot, bloody riot, yeah! Morello and Pussy Riot rage against the machine
together with a quiet/Loud/quiet/Loud crossover outburst. I repeat:
riot, bloody riot, yeah.

Press pussy play…

‘Finger Pies’ by ANIKA (Berlin)
Electro earworm that moves and grooves from the get-go driven by a rolling
bass riff. Strangely catchy, mysteriously designed with a hypnotic effect. Top!

Catch the vibe…

‘Heat’ by WHISPERING SONS (Belgium)
This is the best Whispering Sons song my ears ever heard. Heat takes you by the throat from the kick-ass kickoff. A haunting and sickly sticky stomper. A 24-carat rocker!

Press play here…

‘Le Jour Du Cobra’ by LA JUNGLE (Belgium)
A bulldozer-feedback intro, repetitive synth-thrills, glowing guitars, freakish voices and a thunderous pace all rolled into one mad-as-a-hatter Kraut-noise escapade making your mind go dizzy, your heart beating faster and your potency going sky-high. Fuck Viagra,
long live La Jungle!

‘Vendetta’ by ICEAGE (Denmark)
An intoxicating jam with a threatening flow. A first-rate power blow.
From their new, brilliant longplayer Seek, Shelter.

Tune in…

‘Slice Of Pain’ by BLACK INK STAIN (France)
All hell breaks loose from the very start. An obstreperous post-punk sledgehammer with a deafening dose of illegal decibels. Opening missile from their excellent Incidents album.

Here comes the blast…

‘Shallow’ by BIG TIME KILL (Boston, MA)
In a normal world, Big Time Kill should be know wide and far. Their massive
wall-of-electro-rock-shock is titanic, overwhelming at times, and served with a
gigantic gusto to blow roofs off dance floors. Shallow is my favorite piece of their staggering new 4-tarck EP Recovery.

Dance around and around…

‘Cosmic Fingers’ by PAUL WELLER (UK)
No rest for the Modfather. The last few years his production is impressive and
a couple of weeks ago another LP, Fat Pop hit the streets. Lead-single Cosmic Fingers proves once again that Weller still can rock out like the best. That’s entertainment!

Fire it up, Weller…

‘This Is Not’ by CROWS ON WIRES (Germany)
Sultry synths, punchy percussion, glimmering guitar lines, and vibratory vocals.
Sounds like Sisters of Mercy are back, produced by Bauhaus who listened to Soft
on repeat. A stunner, indeed!

Get magnetised here…

‘Party’ by LOVE ITOYA (Greek Nigerian)
This feels so good. Upbeat, happy and totally summer. Only Love Itoya‘s second
single but definitely one to start and stop all coming sunlit beach jamborees with.
Yes, the sun shines again. Finally! Post-pandemic hope for the future, right here!

Party time indeed…

‘Joker’ by THE HACIENDAS (Manchester, UK)
The Haciendas rattle their butts off on this new fervent firecracker. They turn up the temperature with electric-powered riffs-hooks-and-licks and a clear-cut chorus. One message for all doubters out there: guitar rock is not dead.

Here‘s why…

‘I Said That You Looked Fine’ by ALEX JAMES (North East England)
This banging belter has an instant effect on your body movements. Expect a steamy stonker that rattles and rolls with swagger and energy. Big guitars, big chorus, big tune. What do you want more? Okay, we agree.

Tune in and start the beat…

‘Carry Me On’ by THE BANKROBBER (Italy)
This new musing feels like a nightly gloaming. Acoustic soul-searching and intimate tenderness. The darksome sorrowfulness of the late great Buckley legends floats
all over this gloomy ballad.

Dim the lights and dream away…

‘Odes’ by DEAFDEAFDEAF (Manchester, UK)
A slow-paced meditation driven by Hill‘s poignant vox and puzzling guitar waves.
London’s sharp-knifed engine shame should take DEAFDEAFDEAF on tour with
them. They share the same outspoken edginess and sonic resonance. Bingo!

Press the play button…

All together on Spotify

See/hear you next month, music junkies…

Wall-Of-Electro-Rock-Shocks – Boston Duo BIG TIME KILL Hits Hard On ‘RECOVERY’ EP

14 May 2021

Who: A blazing electro-rock duo formed in Boston, back in 2014 by
multi-instrumentalist and producer Adam Schneider and his friend,
multi-instrumentalist Ben Caccia. Until now they made stormy waves
with their 2018 debut LP and two EPs.

Press info: The new Recovery EP is a genre-twisting collection of songs exploring existential anxiety. Taking inspiration from eclectic industrial and electronic art-rock pioneers like Fad Gadget and Peter Gabriel, the album’s four tracks blend into a fever dream of melodic pop-influenced hooks, chaotic synths, orchestral flourishes, and mangled post-punk guitars.

Adam Schneider: “Like many, I unfortunately experienced a lot of heavy personal losses
this past year, and I found myself feeling very distraught with both life and music. This EP
was my way to finally reconnect with my love for music, and it’s ultimately about embracing being yourself and that it’s ok to feel weird or different than others.”

Turn Up The Volume: In a normal world Big Time Kill should be know wide and far.
Their massive wall-of-electro-rock-shock is titanic, overwhelming at times, served with
a gigantic gusto to blow roofs off dance floors. Steamy synths, manic guitars, big beats, and intense vocals. Add the tandem’s heart and soul passion and their spot-on views on humankind and you can figure out why BTK deserves to be know wide and far along with experts like NIN, LCD Soundsytem and The Prodigy among others.

Don’t be a shallow cliché, hip-shake
to your dreams, recover and restart.

Right here, right now.


TURN UP THE VOLUME’S Eleven Knockout Tracks For AUGUST 2019…

This past month’s best…

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Eleven Knockout Tracks on repeat this past month!
A fervent fusion of robust rippers and striking strokes.
Here’s Turn Up The Volume‘s Knockout August Team

1. ‘Going Norway’ by GIRL BAND (Ireland)
Spine-chilling havoc hitting your bones and triggering all of your nerves…

2. ‘Night Of The Nihilist’ by MEXICAN RADIO (Berlin based)
The perfect banging and booming jackhammer for Doomsday. Hell yeah!…

3. ‘Disturbed Pair’ by MEMORY KEEPERS (Texas, US)
A flashing modern-day disco soundscape with an overwhelming flamboyance…

4. ‘Something Special’ by THE RIPTIDE MOVEMENT (Dublin, Ireland)
Tremendously tantalizing and highly energising love declaration. Top score!…

5. ‘Keep Smiling’ by SWIMMING WITH BEARS (Austin, Texas, US)
This is punchy, sticky and joyous fervency we absolutely need in these troubled times…

6. ‘Awkward’ by GHOST CAR (London, UK)
This thrilling engine buzzes and rushes like the best with this expeditious steamroller…

7. ‘Paradise Club 1953’ by CROSS WIRES (Bethnal Green/Romford, UK)
Intensive dynamism, hypnotizing effect and flaming furiosity. Bingo!…

8. ‘Spanners For Hands’ by ROXY GIRLS
This riff oiled gunslingers are about wayward guitar exuberance and amplified vivacity…

9. ‘Anxiety’ by BIG TIME KILL (Boston, MA, US)
Thunder and lighting synth firework with a doom and gloom impact…

10. ‘Dust’ by SHALLOW WAVES (Toronto, Canada)
Slow-burning psych-o-delic eruption moving viciously like a nasty snake…

11. ‘Silent’ by BERRIES (London, UK)
An electrified stonker that hits your eager ears forthwith. Hot-tempered stroke!…

All together on Spotify…

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Boston’s Trash Electro Rock Duo BIG TIME KILL Hits Hard With New Apocalyptic EP ‘ANXIETY’…

1 Augustus 2019

After last year’s eruptive debut LP ‘Shock And Awe’ Boston’s electro rock duo BIG TIME KILL is back with a new EP, entitled ‘ANXIETY’. A tornado record with four trash techno steamrollers and one atmospheric, closing reflection. Thunder and lighting performances bringing high-tech noiseniks like Nine Inch Nails, Killing Joke, The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy to mind. Yes, that forceful, devilish, brutal and rebellious.

Most of us acknowledge the fucked-up times we experience today with dangerous, right-wing world leaders in charge whose only scary goal is to ‘divide and rule‘. It makes people, obviously, feel very anxious, confused and panicky. It also stimulates artists such as BIG TIME KILL to create a loud and clear soundtrack that fits this apocalyptic reality. Anyway, that’s the impact of ANXIETY on me. I guess many of you will share my point of view after hearing these doom and gloom discharges…


(photo: James Dattolo of A Curious Production)

TURN UP THE VOLUME’S Knockout OCTOBER Team – Eleven Killer Tracks…

Eleven killer tracks on repeat this past month…

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Eleven killer tracks we played on repeat in October!
An eclectic mix of poppy vibrations and steamy grooves
energizing all of our senses and our limbs this past month!
Here’s Turn Up The Volume‘s Knockout October Team!

1. ‘Faith & Science’ by MODERATE REBELS (London, UK)
With Moderate Rebels it’s all about intoxicating mantra-like psych grooves. Like a mind-expanding mix of Velvet Underground, The Dandy Warhols and Spacemen 3. Far-out stuff!

2. I Don’t Care Anymore by BIG TIME KILL (Boston, US)
This raging electro-duo produces inflammable firework to go berserk to on the dance floor. This cutting cracker comes from debut LP ‘Shock And Awe‘. Read all about it here.


3. ‘Bar Stool Warriors’ by GARETH SAGER & THE HUNGRY GHOSTS (Scotland)
This is what happened when longtime post-punk chameleon Gareth Sager invited the ghosts of Captain Beefheart & Frank Zappa for a cup of tea and a rad jam. Full result here.

4. ‘Turn The Knife’ by PALM GHOSTS (Nashville, US)
A feverish mixed emotions pop pearl build around a stellar melody with layers of sparkling guitars and elevated by the enrapturing effect of duet vocals. Both dazzling and haunting.

5. ‘Money Money’ by RICHARD ASHCROFT (England)
Closing track of the legend’s brand new album. Hottest, hookiest and rockiest cut of all.


6. ‘The Witness’ by HERSELF (Italy)
Most upbeat, most funky and most vibey stroke on new LP by singer/songwriter Gioele Valenti aka Herself. Find out more about the whole album ‘Rigel Playground‘ right here.

7. ‘Pastel Blues’ by THE ATTICS (Melbourne, Australia)
You’ll feel groovy, you’ll look groovy and your swaying hips will make other people go groovy when you’re walking the streets with this earworm on your headphones. Ace!

THE ATTICS: Facebook

8. ‘Beacon’ by THE MIGHTY ORCHID KING (St Albans, UK)
Expect kooky guitars, a pulsating rhythmic tandem, an overall buzzing resonance, echoing vocals and karma-like 60s harmonies. Yesterday is the new today! Time to chill out! Yeah!


9. ‘Secret’ by VAUREEN (Brooklyn, NY, US)
As much decibels as My Bloody Valentine, as dark as Killing Joke and with Lydia Lunch‘s enigmatic spirit on vocals. Outcome? Like a pitch-black Neil Young hurricane. Puzzling!

10. ‘Victoria Park’ by RED TELEPHONE (Cardiff, Wales)
Melancholic melody, starry-eyed vocals and an overall gratifying warmth that makes you long for happy-go-lucky childhood days. Reminds me of romantic popsters Scritti Politti.


11. ‘Dream Apartment’ by OH FOR (Finland)
This humdinger’s jazzy bass warmth, its twinkling orchestration and its intimate vocals will make your thoughts drift away to the room in your mind where you can freely fantasize.

OH FOR: Facebook

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See/hear you next month for another knockout team

Electro Turbo BIG TIME KILL Release Red-Hot-Blooded Debut Album ‘SHOCK AND AWE’ – Discover It Here… Track By Track

3 October 2018

BIG TIME KILL is a blazing electro-rock duo formed in Boston, back in 2014 by multi-instrumentalist and producer Adam Schneider and his friend/multi-instrumentalist
Ben Caccia. After their 2015 debut EP the scorching tandem, influenced by industrial
noise devils such as Nine Inch Nails and Killing Joke just released their first full length entitled SHOCK AND AWE. A totally steamy body of volcanic work injected with flaming electro trash eruptions boosted by obstreperous synths, hammer-blow drum machines, diabolical guitar frenzy and Schneider‘s anxious vocals all over it. This firstborn is a gusty
beast that will have a titanic impact on your ears and your speakers. Please welcome
Adam Schneider who will tell you more, track by track, about the pair’s red-hot-blooded powerhouse…

Here’s the music

Here’s the breakdown track by track

1. Carbon
“Short and sweet. Carbon‘s all about contrast and uncertainty/anxiety, which are themes that carry throughout the rest of the album.”

2. Body Talk
“I remember listening to a lot of The Stooges’ Fun House when we started working on this track. I really admire the visceral energy on that album and wanted to channel that into ‘Body Talk‘s performance.”

A stooge influence

3. I Don’t Care Anymore
“I’m a sucker for funky beats and I always wanted to work slap guitar into a song.
This track’s about how we’re constantly bombarded with information to the point
where it all becomes white noise.”

4. DTs
“DTs is kind of like a journey where my hip-hop and progressive rock influences stick
out a little more. The title refers to Delirium Tremens which is a form of withdrawal.”

5. Don’t Need You
“We probably have 3 different completed arrangements of ‘Don’t Need You‘ that
we experimented with, and this one was the most dynamic and interesting to us
in the end. The saxophone solos are done by our friend Patrick Medina who gave
us killer performances which I then glitched and mangled in post-production.”

6. Evil
“This was the “let’s throw everything we can at this including the kitchen sink” track. Lots of mood shifting and changeups, with some great backup vocals by our friend Angelika in
the band Brighter Than A Thousands Suns. Watching the show Twin Peaks for the first
time also influenced this track’s composition and lyrics.”

From Twin Peaks to Evil

7. Shock and Awe
“The title track was actually the last song written and completed for the album. I’m a big fan of the Bomb Squad‘s noisy sample-based production on the Public Enemy albums, and
I wanted to use those techniques to make something industrial and funky that summed
up all the ideas we were trying to capture on the album.”

8. Answer
“Another dance track mixing funk and industrial vibes together. This song is about
how we attach ourselves to different things to give our life meaning and how it can
be difficult to break away from those things, for better or worse.”

9. Echo Heart
“A lot of our songs are pretty upbeat, and Echo Heart is an experiment in slowing
things down, getting a little moodier, and seeing what happens in our writing. I still
love the shoegaze-influenced guitar sounds we got on this one, and the song’s ending
is one of my favorite moments on the album.”

10. Overload
“One of the very first songs I ever wrote for this band and it’s what we’ve usually been closing our shows with. The energy we try to pack into this song live took a lot of effort
to capture in the recording, but I think in the end we finally got it. Someone at a gig once described this track as “Ministry on speed” and I’d say that’s pretty accurate.”

Ministry on speed

11. Failed Regeneration
“While making this album I also worked on scoring a video game, which made
me want to create something cinematic and a bit darker than unusual.”

Thank you, Adam Schneider, for all the info.
May the road rise with BIG TIME KILL!

SHOCK AND AWE is available on Bandcamp (name your price)
and iTunes – you can stream the record als on Spotify….

Photo by James Dattolo of A Curious Production

BIG TIME KILL: Website – Facebook –  Twitter

BIG TIME KILL – Boston Duo Rages Fiercely On Crazed Single ‘BODY TALK’…

12 September 2018


Who: Duo formed in 2014 Boston-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Adam Schneider and his longtime friend/multi-instrumentalist Ben Caccia, creating visceral electronic rock built on drum machines, glitched out guitars, and funky synths inspired
by Nine Inch Nails/Killing Joke/KMFDM

Track: BODY TALK – single from upcoming debut LP

Score: After releasing their debut EP 2015 this zippy two-piece will launch their first full length, entitled SHOCK AND AWE next month. Ahead of it here’s first single BODY TALK. An electro trash ripper driven by a powerful bass drone and injected with bloodthirsty guitars turning this raging synth smack into a gusty beast while its sticky chorus and anxious vocals augment the irresistible impact of this hair-rising stroke. Check out the
crazed heat for yourself…

BIG TIME KILL: Website – Facebook –  Twitter

Debut LP SHOCK AND AWE out 2 October