TURN UP THE VOLUME’s 25 Best Tracks Of 2022… So Far

Time flies. Oh yes, we already have six months of 2022 behind us.

Mad summer parties are just around the corner. And here’s the perfect
loud/quiet soundtrack… Turn Up The Volume’s 25 best tracks of 2022,
so far!

ALL TOGETHER on Spotify…

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TRACK BY TRACK
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1. I’ll Make You See God’ by THE AFGHAN WHIGS

The by now legendary passion rockers from Cincinnati, Ohio with mastermind Greg Dulli leading the troops have their new longplayer How Do You Burn? out on 9 September.

This lead single is a sturdy steamroller, a red-hot-heated ripsnorter, an unstoppable cannonball going everywhere fast. Manic blitzkrieg guitars, ruthless drum/bass attacks, Greg Dulli‘s rush of blood vocality, and a brutal finish. Flabbergasting.

Dulli: “That’s one of the hardest rock songs we’ve ever done.
It was written and performed on sheer adrenalin.”

See God here…

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2. ‘Slowly Separate by CROWS (London)

This London post-punk team unleashed their 2nd scorching album
Beware Believers, last April. One of TUTV’s best full-lengths of 2022 (so far).

Single Slowly Separate is a schizo sonic serpent generating a mind-blowing backwash
while chainsaw guitars turn up the decibels to an illegal peak, and man-in-the-middle James Fox rages and blazes through his teeth.

Fucktastic!

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3. ‘I Am Kate Moss’ by DITZ (Brighton, UK)

This frenetic Brit force hit big time with their dazzling debut album
The Great Regression last March (more about it in a couple of days).

Let’s focus now on one of its cast-iron brainbreakers. It’s a poignant, biting, and
anxious uppercut. I’m pretty sure Moss would love this hit-and-run drone when
it would hit her ears. She is, after all, the Femme Punk Fatale of fashion.

Turn up the heat…

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4. ‘Twitchin’ in The Kitchen’ by WARMDUSCHER (London)

This punky-funky disco corker is the perfect pick-me-up tune for all the wacky weirdos who are always in the kitchen at parties waiting for free drinks and waiting for Warmduscher to come in and kick their lazy asses. Big stroke, big chorus, big fun!

From the gang’s thrilling 4th LP At The Hotspot.

Twitch as much as you want here…

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5. ‘Demolition Row’ by METZ (Toronto, CA)

“It’s a warning, an unflinching assessment of the vastness and insignificance of this
life, is precisely counterbalanced by their lesson, which models the resilience that this understanding demands. ‘Demolition Row’ is persistent, concise, and alarmingly physical.”

This blustery belter is vintage Metz. Full blast ahead, no brakes, no breaks.
The track featured on a split 7” with London-based group Adult Life.

From Dylan’s Desolation Row
to Metz’s Demolition Row


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6. ‘Frankenstein’ by TRAMP (Northern Ireland)

“As a story or metaphor, we are all ‘Frankenstein’s monster’ – made up of other people’s opinions and parts that don’t belong to us. That we were born perfect but people, in their
own conditioning, come along and can make us feel undesirable/inadequate/the monster.
But we can choose to be real instead.”

This is without a shadow of a doubt the best debut single I heard so far this year.

A towering tune going low, high and back. A sickly sticky pop gem wrapped in
a big-boisterous-wall-of-sound. And upfront, Sianna Lafferty ‘s phenomenal voice
causes goosebumps when she goes sky-high on the chorus. The ardency of
Porridge Radio comes to mind.

One word: AWESOME.

“I am not what you want me to be
Uncle Sam won’t even point at me
Even the eyes of the Virgin Mary wall
hanging won’t even stare at me.”

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7. ‘Shaman’ by THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA (London)

Shaman progresses like a vicious viper sliding to its prey. Determined, but always
wary of sudden danger. It dumbfounds and flummoxes while the song’s tension
intensifies and sends shivers down your spine.

No metallic explosions or abrupt pace changes this time, although it feels like a thunderstorm can happen as the mesmeric music swells along its ominous path
towards a demonic climax. Another appealing piece de resistance, another
psychedelic exploit another step closer to the new album.

From their brand new LP Trust No Leaders, out today.

Face your nature
Face your fears
Face your demons
Wake the dead

Roll the tape and get impressed…

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8. ‘Mañana’ by JAMES DOMESTIC (Essex/Suffolk, UK)

“A paean to taking your foot off the gas and letting things slide, or a warning of the perils of procrastination, perhaps? It’s hard to tell whether ‘Mañana’ is meant to serve as a confessional regarding Domestic’s own perceived lack of willpower, or a celebration of idleness. It could be either of these things; and that’s one of its many joys.”.

A sirens intro, David Bowie‘s saxophone, and steel drums straight from Trinidad. Sounds like an exotic swing and shake ditty is coming up. No folks, it’s a lazy rap-sody you can play the morning after a booze marathon to get up and sober up, slowly.

Soul voice Clare Gillet takes care of the chirpy chorus.

Press play here…

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9. ‘Digging’ by NOTHINGHEADS (London)

“Propelled by a motorik rhythm and abrasive guitars, it stomps toward a doom-laden finale. Inspired by Sebastião Salgado’s (note TUTV: Brasilian photographer) anarchic photos of the Gold Mines of Serra Peladain the Amazon in 1985: the track explores the relentless obsession with grasping a glint of glory from the mud. “

Once I learned that this startling belter is about the horrible exploitation of human
beings by ferocious money sharks this jagged jackhammer blew my mind even harder than I heard it the first time before knowing about the band’s inspiration for this stunner.

Expect rabid guitars, doom and gloom vocals, and frantic
twists and turns until the chaotic finale. Post-punk at
its razorblade best.

Dynamite


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10. ‘Welcome To Hell’ by BLACK MIDI (London)

Geordie Greep (vocalist, guitar): “Almost everything I write is from a true thing, something
I experienced and exaggerated and wrote down. I don’t believe in Hell, but all that old world folly is great for songs, I’ve always loved movies and anything else with a depiction of Hell.”

A screwy zig-zagging haymaker it is. From upcoming, 3rd, LP Hellfire.

Burn here…

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11. ‘Cream’ by BOTCHED TOE (UK)

My fav track from one of my fav albums of the year (so far), baptized
A False Glimmer Of Hope with loudmouth James Domestic (yep, the
guy from above) going bonkers.

This red-hot-blistering hardcore missile punks up your adrenalin and
invites you to open all windows and doors and yell your tits off.

(S)cream here…


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12. ‘Zick Zack’ by RAMMSTEIN (Germany)

The bombastic German metal machine have
a new, their 8th, longplayer out, called Zeit.

Their same old recipe still works.

My fav sledgehammer on the LP is Zick Zack.

Ridiscouly infectious
Great Scheiße shit!

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13. ‘Edie’ by STEPH SWEET (UK)

This is the spellbinding title track of this enigmatic songstress’ new album.

The dark garage guitar swagger of this nightmarish cracker is irresistibly
magnetic. Think trash-and-slash duo Royal Trux. Both eerie and haunted.

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14. ‘Eris’ by VIOLET NOX (Boston, MA)

My favored sonic sci-fi symphony from the duo’s excellent Eris Wakes EP.
Trippy, spooky, trancy. With repetitive mind-twisting Krautrock eurhythmics
that take you on an otherwordly voyage. Top-flight!

Launch your spaceship here…


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15. ‘TV Or Not TV’ by JODIE LANGFORD (UK)

After the piano intro (sounds like the theme tune of classic horror-thriller Halloween) this young outspoken artist fumes with barbed wire temper towards the supersonic chorus that resonates like hardcore rap.

This rushing rollercoaster swings forth and back with grim impetus until the gloomy
synth climax makes way for that ominous piano fragment again. TV or not TV, that’s
the question? The answer is easy. To hell with the relentless idiocy of reality TV stars and influencers constantly putting pressure on growing minds to behave in ways unattainable to most.

Find the answer here…

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16. ‘We Are Ukraian’ by OSCAR MIC (London)

Oscar Mic wrote this song after witnessing the horrific violence of
psycho Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine on the news. All proceeds of
the song go to Save The Children’s Ukraine Appeal.

We Are Ukrainian is a tremendously catchy hip-rap-pop jam featuring steel drums
and timpani balancing somewhere between Roots Manuva and Mr. Scruff.

“Fleeing people running scared, so tell me Where’s the justice? Our leaders say they care,
tell me can you trust this? Urban warfare, your home’s done and dusted, Aiming at the
public, they wouldn’t? They just did,”

Fuck Putin


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17. ‘White Skin’ by THE BANKROBBER (Italy)

The titillating electro- intro echoes early Depeche Mode before they became the darkwave Goth-esque rockers we all know. But in an eye-blink White Skin turns into a swirling synth-pop stomper to fill dancefloors with. It’s an instantly infectious nightclub earworm with an ecstatic chorus.

From the siblings’ forthcoming, second, album.

Start the tape and make your move…

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18. ‘Worthless Souls’ by MELTED WINGS (Toronto, CA)

“A track that calls out how sexism and power corrupt all levels of society.
We all need to recognize this going forward and make sure that it doesn’t
go unchecked.”

The sickly sticky synth beat comes across like an invitation for my feet to kick the butts of vicious sexists and power-horny billionaires ruining people’s lives. Middle finger to them while spinning around mad as a hatter to this bang-on electro buzz. Trust me, you’ll feel much better afterward

From their new Cheer For The Deer album.

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19. ‘Hello Dreamer Baby’ by THE ROYAL FOUNDRY (Canada)

This is what ecstatic pop grandeur is all about. Music that elevates
your state of mind to a titillating level. This pearl generates a feel-good
entrancing buzz.

When the multi-layered vocals/harmonies pop up in a gospel-like choir delight
creates an atmosphere of utter joy comparable with the euphoric drive of
The Polyphonic Spree. Vitalizing vibe, refreshing rapture.

Listen/watch

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20. ‘Life And Lies’ by LEE ROGERS (Northern Ireland)

A mixed-emotions lullaby with Rogers‘ sky-reaching voice as the star. It’s an emotional
and bluesy reflection. Wurlitzer jukeboxes should be reinvented for these heartbreakers so moody minds can cry their eyes out (or cry in their beer) at night in a downtown bar where lonely ones gather and muse about life and lies.

This one is for all barflies out there…

From his new heart and soul album Gameblood.

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21. ‘Chaise Lounge’ by WET LEG
22. ‘Up The Mountain’ by REGINA SPEKTOR
23. ‘All The Good Times'</a> by ANGEL OLSEN
24. ‘Come Back’ by SHARON VAN ETTEN
25. ‘The Dripping Tap’ by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD

A Real Growl Of Hardcore – BOTCHED TOE Hit Bullseye With Debut Powerhouse ‘A FALSE GLIMMER OF HOPE’

1 March 2022

Band: BOTCHED TOE
Who: British hardcore mavericks
Debut album: A FALSE GLIMMER OF HOPE

Kibou Records: “This is the debut release by BOTCHED TOE. There are ten songs,
clocking in collectively at just over 18 minutes. Why mess around, right? The catchy,
pummelling riffs Flanagan serves up provide the perfect backdrop to a bleak vocal
narrative from Domestic of a country in decay. Government corruption at an all-time
high, those in power displaying ever-increasing contempt for the public; the ravages of unbridled capitalism and a poorly handled pandemic carving ever deeper scars into our individual and collective mental health; simple dreams now out of reach, and a populace
so on edge and exhausted by it all that any significant, organised dissent seems less enticing that just retreating into one’s shell and hoping for the best (even when it’s clear that
this is the most flawed tactic of all”.

Turn Up The Volume: No rest for the wicked. No mercy for the 10 Downing Street
criminal and his yeasayers. World war three is just around the corner. This 18-minute hardcore Apocalypse long-player is 10 minutes shorter than the Ramones debut LP. Busy frontman James Domestic spits and sneers with frenzied force. Botched Toe is a nasty riff machine, a blustering beast, a tsunami of growls Get together, all you mosh-pit fanatics,
and let’s stop the devastating rat race – and fucking Putin – while going berserk.

A False Glimmer Of Hope is – without a shadow of a noisy doubt – ALBUM OF THE MONTH!

Do your greedy ears a favor and buy this Doomsday powerhouse via Bandcamp
or via Kibou Records.

Stream ‘A False Glimmer Of Hope’ here
(but alert your neighbors first)…

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BOTCHED TOE: Facebook

 

Turn Up The Volume’s 20 KNOCKOUT TRACKS Of The Month – FEBRUARY 2022

A stream of rattling rippers, jagged jams, and romantic reveries

All 20 together on Spotify

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Knockout by knockout…

1. ‘Demolition Row’ by METZ (Canada)

The hard-hitting Canadian bolide is on a supersonic roll here, rockin’
their tails off. Full blast ahead, no brakes, no looking back. Holy smoke!

The track comes as a vinyl 7″ split with British
band Adulkt Life. Out 4 March, buy here.

Holy guacamole…


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2. ‘I Am Kate Moss’ by DITZ (Brighton, UK)

“The best band in the world” according to Joe Talbot (frontman of Idles).

I Am Kate Moss will be on this ace indie mavericks’ upcoming
debut LP The Great Regression, out at the end of this week.

Order info here.

If your ears are looking for some badass fireworks you really should
play Kate Moss out loud. She’ll turn the heat up the way you like it.

C’mon, Kate…

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3. ‘Room 165’ by CROWS (London, UK)

James Cox (frontman): ““I used to be quite obsessed with true crime, and this song was
kind of born out of researching H.H Holmes and the World Trades Hotel in the 1860’s where
he would murder people staying at his hotel informally called ‘The Murder Castle’. I also got quite obsessed with a faith healer from the early 1900’s called Reverend Major Jealous Divine and reading transcripts of his old sermons, so this is basically just a weird amalgamation of mad shit I read about.”

Post-punk at its psych-o-tic best…

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4. ‘Digging’ by NOTHINGHEADS (London, UK)

A wham-bloody-bam drum intro, scorching guitars, filthy grooves, angry vocals,
all in just 50 seconds. Sounds like Nick Cave and his freakish gang The Birthday Party
are back with a filthy blues-injected blast. If you like creepy doom and gloom hullabaloo from a smelly basement you’ll love this to death.

Release the bats…

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5. ‘Cream’ by BOTCHED TOE (UK)

A razorblade uppercut as intimidating as a bulldozer and
cutting as a Swiss knife. No rest for the wicked. One of the
clamorous highlights of these hardcore junks’ debut album
A False Glimmer Of Hope.

Go bonkers, folks…


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6. ‘Junk Man’ by JON SPENCER & THE HITMAKERS (US)

Garage blues-rock junk Jon Spencer is back in town.
This time with his HITmakers. This razzle-dazzle cracker
is pushed by a bouncy synth touch and, schizophrenic
guitars and, of course, Spencer‘s freaky vocals.

Turn it up…

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7. ‘Staring Into The Sun’ by 50 FOOT WAVE (USA)

The wonderful Kristin Hersh has an impressive résume.
10 albums with Throwing Muses, 10 solo albums and one
full LP and several EPs with 50 Foot Wave (trio with
Throwing Muses‘ bassist Bernard Georges).

And Hersh doesn’t think about retiring yet, she never will.
A new 7-track 50 Foot Wave album, entitled Black Pearl
comes our way on 15 April. Order info here.

Taster Staring Into The Sun is, a boisterous and metallic
slo-mo groove with a hammering beat, pumped-up guitars,
and Hersh’s manic vocals augmenting the shadowy tone of
this belter.

So what’s next for 50 Foot Wave? Playing at
metalfest Aftershock in Sacramento in October?


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8. ‘Clowns For President’ by BAD SKIN (Montreal, CA)

Think legendary gritty grrrls Bikini Kill having a ball with
Pussy Riot while kicking Russian president Putin up the ass.
These 4 steamy sisters in punchy punk crime buzz and fuzz
like a hot rod on the run.

Bad Skin storm full steam ahead with front Amazon Dope sneering
like a raging riot grrrl. Yep, Dope is dope. And this stunning stonker
is dope too!

To hell with Putin…

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9. ‘Alone Again’ by AVA VOX (Dublin, Ireland)

Sounds like Patti Smith‘s Because The Night ends in a painful break-up
for the lovers. Ava Vox‘s heartache vocality and hurt timbre emphasise
the confused state of mind of the abused one and the melodramatic
sonic boom of this emotional eruption expresses sorrow, distress,
and angst. Another gripping Vox piece.

Affecting performance…


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10. ‘This Cost Of Life’ by TIDAL WAVE (Toronto, CA)

Oh my, oh my. This sky-reaching gem left me out of breath after just one spin.

A tower of a song with an imposing impact. A masterstroke that explodes after the foreplay-intro and moves up and down like a roller coaster. Stellar tune, stellar sound, stellar guitars, stellar emotions, and a stellar chorus. Anthemically orchestrated with goosebumps arrangments. I’m quite sure their awesome fellowmen Arcade Fire would
like this grand exploit.

Here‘s why…

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11. ‘Fear Of The Dawn’ by JACK WHITE (Detroit, US)

The former white stripe plans the release of two
albums this year. Fear Of Of The Dawn, out 8 April
and Entering Heaven Alive, out 22 July.

Here comes the title track of the first LP.
Expect 120 seconds of flaming guitar
hysteria with White going totally blue…

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12. ‘Back To The Radio’ by PORRIDGE RADIO (Brighton, UK)

The lead-single of new, upcoming full-length album
Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky out
in May.

This is one of those songs that hypnotise from the get-go
to the eager finale. A feverish chant, one long chorus with
Marglin‘s delirious voice causing goosebumps.

Stupendous stroke…

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13. ‘Alone’ by STALKER (Sweden)

This is classic heavy metal. Huge sound, huge vocals, huge tune
with a huge chorus. If you’re a metal addict you will not mind if this
Swedish hit team stalks you. After an ominous violin intro, all burners
are on and frontman Michael Storck’s overwhelming pipes take over.

Self-titled debut longplayer comes on
11th February 2022 via WormHoleDeath.

Holy shit!

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14. ‘Colorful White Lies’ by ELECTRIC HIGH (Bergen, Norway)

After a dancey handclap intro, it’s all burners on with
a headbanging impact. Heavy boogie drones to play air
guitar to, in front of the mirror.

Echoes of muscular American motherrockers – like Van Halen,
Sammy Hagar
and Aerosmith – are all over the heated place.

Add firm Lynryd Skynyrd harmonies and you know you’ll
have this blaring beast on your speakers for quite some time.

Press the start button here…


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15. ‘Hostile Music’ by SALEM WOLVES (Boston, MA)

This boiling-hot-cooking stroke hit me and my ears from
the moment the first chord blasted out of my shaking stereo.

Ardent anxiety and edgy excitability dominate this fanatical
outburst. And when the hair-rising chorus erupts you’ll
go mental just as these wolves do.

Right here, right now…

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16. ‘Love Burns’ by ODAWIN (Italy)

A twist and turn prog-pop-rock composition bringing legends
Genesis (early years with Peter Gabriel) and YES (with voice Jon Anderson)
to mind. My favorite cut from Odawin‘s triumphant debut EP ‘Untitled.

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17. ‘Golden Apple’ by HVIRESS (Brighton, UK)

Sensual, puzzling, tempting, synth-matic,
imaginative, seductive, esoteric, and relaxing.

HVIRESS are here to stay.

The ladies have once again teamed up with Scott Chalmers
to create an unsettling music video that leaves the viewer
pondering what they’ve just seen, a perfect partner to
the song’s opening lines…

“What is it that you see? It almost seems unreal
What is responsible for all the things you feel”

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18. ‘Impossible’ by RÖYSKOPP and ALISON GOLDFRAPP (Norway / UK)

Norway’s synth heroes teamed up with the gorgeous
Alison Goldfrapp for this trippy and sultry dance thrill.

Shake your booty, ladies and gents…

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19. ‘Shallow Graves’ by THE MINIMUM WAGE (Ontario, CA)

This riff-rowdy ripper flames with fervid fervency and resonates
as if Bob Mould was invited to play guitar. Ace tune, towering
sound, impassioned vocals, and a sickly sticky chorus.

Just what you need to activate your serotonin production.
Maximum result for a minimum wage.

Be yourself, stay yourself…

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20. ‘Hello Dreamer Baby’ by THE ROYAL FOUNDRY (Canada)

This is what ecstatic pop grandeur is all about. Music that elevates
your state of mind to a titillating level. This new majestic single
generates a spellbinding buzz we all can use in these difficult
pandemic times.

When the multi-layered vocals/harmonies kick in, a gospel-like choir delight
creates an atmosphere of utter joy comparable with the euphoric drive of
The Polyphonic Spree. Vitalizing vibe, refreshing rapture.

Enjoy here…

See/hear you next month, music junkies

An 18-Minute Hardcore Apocalypse – BOTCHED TOE Storms On Debut Album ‘A FALSE GLIMMER OF HOPE’

14 February 2022

Band: BOTCHED TOE
Who: British hardcore mavericks
Debut album: A FALSE GLIMMER OF HOPE

Kibou Records: “This is the debut release by BOTCHED TOE. There are ten songs,
clocking in collectively at just over 18 minutes. Why mess around, right? The catchy,
pummelling riffs Flanagan serves up provide the perfect backdrop to a bleak vocal
narrative from Domestic of a country in decay. Government corruption at an all-time
high, those in power displaying ever-increasing contempt for the public; the ravages of unbridled capitalism and a poorly handled pandemic carving ever deeper scars into our individual and collective mental health; simple dreams now out of reach, and a populace
so on edge and exhausted by it all that any significant, organised dissent seems less enticing that just retreating into one’s shell and hoping for the best (even when it’s clear that
this is the most flawed tactic of all”.

Turn Up The Volume: Here’s what you need to know before going out of your head:
No rest for the wicked. No mercy for the 10 Downing Street criminal and his yeasayers. World war three is just around the corner. This 18-minute hardcore Apocalypse long-player is 10 minutes shorter than the Ramones debut LP. Busy frontman James Domestic spits and sneers with frenzied force. Botched Toe is a nasty riff machine, a blustering beast, a Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre gang. Get together, all you mosh-pit fanatics,
and stop the devastating rat race while going berserk.

One more thing: do your greedy ears a favor and
buy this Doomsday hullabaloo via Bandcamp
or via Kibou Records.

Stream ‘A False Glimmer Of Hope’ here
(but alert your neighbors first)…

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BOTCHED TOE: Facebook

Merchandise info HERE