3 July 2020

Band: Chemtrails (Manchester, UK)
Who: Garage-punk and acid-corroded new-wave outfit from
Manchester formed by Mia Lust and Laura Orlova in 2016
Album: The Peculiar Smell of the Inevitable – the band’s second LP
Released: 15 May 2020

AllMusic said: “The refreshed lineup continues to funnel the group’s boisterous blend of vintage surf, garage rock, and proto-punk influences into compellingly glittery noise pop…
Lust’s snarling mix of complaints and shrug-emoji endurance of subjects both personal and societal bring just the right amount (a lot) of outsider attitude to their poppy tunes… there are no serious underperformers on The Peculiar Smell of the Inevitable, and the uninitiated would do well to start here for the band’s strongest set of songs to date.”

Full review here – Score: 4/5

Key phrase: “The Ronettes fronted by Poison Ivy bringing us the songs the Lord taught us”
Keywords: garage pop ecstasy, buzzing paranoiacs, head-spinning electricity, blitzkrieg guitar extravaganza, sultry organs, charisma is the middle name of Mia Lust, 21st Century’s sixties, sucking minds, Dusty Springfield going punk
Key tracks: Blurred Visions / Paranoiacs / Rats / Suck My Mind / Brother Connor

Message: It’s another big Bandcamp Friday to support artists impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. “It may sound simple, but the best way to help artists is with your direct financial support, and we hope you’ll join us as we work to support artists in this challenging time.”

Do not hesitate and buy
‘The Peculiar Smell Of The Inevitable’ here…



Hells Bells – Turn Up The Volume’s 15 KNOCKOUT TRACKS For MAY 2020!

This past month’s best…

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A maddening cocktail of roaring rippers and sassy strokes.
Fifteen jackhammers that heated up my isolation days!
Here’s Turn Up The Volume‘s Knockout May Team!

‘Skimmington Ride’ by SEX SWING (UK)
Apocalyptic and intimidating barnstormer matching these science-fiction-like times.
Contender-of-the-year single from their contender-of-the-year album TYPE II. Yeah!

‘Behajung’ by ELEFANT (Belgium)
Exotic designed title track of Belgian’s Krautsludge and sound-exploring crusaders from their new Sturm und Drang longplayer. Shake your belly and pirouette yourself dizzy. Fab!

‘Mr. Motivator’ by IDLES (UK)
Punk rebels hit again with riff crazy corker made to start crowded moshpits at gigs. Bingo!

‘Control’ by AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS (Australia)
Watch frontwoman Amyl Taylor‘s head almost explode. From live EP Live At The Croxton.

‘Crossbow’ by TAMAR APHEX (Israel)
A shattering juggernaut, dynamized by a rattling machine-gun drum and a mind-blowing bass vibrancy. A 24 Karat score you’ll have on repeat for quite a while. Flabbergasting!

Resplendent roaring ‘n’ roll jingle having a vertiginous effect on your limbs. From
the band’s multifaceted, rad self-titled debut album. Advice: play this very loud!

‘Celebration’ by RHYS BLOODJOY (Manchester, UK)
Electro-industrial madness mixed with psycho wave lunacy. Bloodcurdling synths whipped up by a bone-chilling cadence. From stunning debut album Human​​.​​Pattern​​.​​Repeat.

‘I’m Not Getting Excited’ by THE BETHS (New-Zealand)
A boiling ripsnorter pushed by rattling riffs, heated hooks, and lively licks. Supersonic!

‘Suck My Mind’ by CHEMTRAILS (UK)
High-voltage roller fueled by ruthless percussion, guitar extravaganza, 60s organs and ecstatic vocals. From their fresh must-hear album The Peculiar Smell of the Inevitable.

‘Just Friends’ by SMALLTOWN TIGERS (Italy)
The Stooges fronted by Joan Jett with the Ramones sniffin’ glue in the producer’s room. Riot girls firework from Italy. Check their mad debut longplayer Five Things. 1-2-3-4!

‘Seed Of Evil’ by BLACK NEEDLE NOISE (Norway)
A colossal, diabolic electronic drone thumping mercilessly as a brain-fucking hammer causing thunder and lighting electricity. Be ready, Armageddon is just around the corner.

‘Black Love’ by UNRULY GIRLS (Italy)
Head-twisting sledgehammer as dark as the night. Jaw-dropping industrial killer from their new, storming Epidemic album. A decibels-loaded beast of a record! Sonic nightmare!

‘Fresh Air’ by GREAT HARE (Sweden)
Electric-powered slacker swagger, glimmering guitars, glowing vocals, and a tenacious chorus. Impossible to resist. Probably the best piece of this Swedish quartet. Top stuff!

Furious. Red-hot-angry. Discombobulated. Pulverizing and disordered. You can burn
your poor ears by listening to this crashing bang. Let that be a loud and clear warning!

‘It Ain’t Water’ by ALISON MOSSHART (US)
When the lady sings the blues. Second striking solo single from The Kill’s wonderful singer.

All together on Spotify

See/hear you next month, music junkies…

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Manchester’s Garage Rock Engine CHEMTRAILS Cuts Like A Swiss Knife On ‘SUCK MY MIND’

Daily electricity to load your sonic batteries…

1 May 2020

Garage-punk and acid-corroded new-wave band CHEMTRAILS from Manchester formed
back in 2016 as the lo-fi bedroom recording project of romantic partners Laura Orlova and Mia Lust and evolved into a blistering force. So far they released a couple of EPs and their 2018 debut album Calf Of The Sacred Cow.

On 15th May the band’s second LP called THE PECULIAR SMELL OF THE INEVITABLE
will hit the streets. Ahead of it, this arousing team unleashed another hot barnstormer from the upcoming longplayer. SUCK MY MIND cuts like a Swiss knife. It’s a scorching high-voltage juggernaut going supersonically fast, driven by a ruthless drum/bass beat, fired-up guitars, 60s organ fragments and ecstatic power pop harmonies. No chance you can resist this overwhelming dynamite stroke. Pirouette yourself totally dizzy right here…

Also on Spotify

Here’s some great news. If you buy Chemtrails‘ forthcoming LP The Peculiar Smell of the Inevitable on vinyl you get four other random PNKSLM records for just 25 EUR as part of the label’s May 2020 mystery bundle campaign. More info here.



Best killer tracks of the month…

Eleven superb tracks that energized my sonic
bloodstream this month. From roaring to moody,
from shaky to gloomy. Here is the sonic dope…

1. ‘Hot Slick’ by PINS
Without a shadow of a doubt one of the most exciting bangers of the year! Utterly cool!

2. ‘Scavengers’ by MECHANIMAL (Greece)
A high-powered industrial, darkwave drone that will blow you of your socks…

3.’Conveyor’ by LICE (Bristol, UK)
Ominous and thunderous jackhammer. Armageddon is just around the corner…

4. ‘See What I See‘ by SINKA (Watford, England)
A powerhouse smack and ear-splitting outburst that will trash your speakers…

5. ‘Paranoiacs’ by CHEMTRAILS (Manchester, UK)
A flaming ripper that encourages you to get up in the morning and kick some macho ass…

6. ‘Dreams Like Drugs’ by LIONS OF DISSENT: LIONS OF DISSENT  (Wolverhampton, UK)
Transcendent psychedelia at its dazzling best. Sonic dope to get eight miles high to…

7. ‘Hopeless Romantic’ by OH BROTHER (UK)
Flamboyant razzmatazz! Cracking stuff! Rocking dynamism…

8. ‘Talking About You Man’ by PLASTIC SUN (UK)
This cutting indie power-pop stroke is a biting rejection of appalling toxic masculinity…

9. ‘Babanod‘ by HMS MORRIS (Wales)
An endearing art-pop pearl and mesmeric electro beauty. A spine-tingling experience…

10. ‘Your Days’ by LES FLÂNEURS feat. HANNA TURI
Colourful, sparkling, romantically orchestrated musing that puts a big smile on your face…

11. ‘Holiday’ by ATTAWALPA (London based, UK)
A sensual, soothing slo-mo groove with a glam touch reflecting the desire to drift away…

All together on Spotify


See/hear you next month…

Vivid Garage Engine CHEMTRAILS Released Swirling Lead-Single From New LP – Listen Here To ‘PARANOIACS’…

New sonic impulses

21 February 2020


Who: “Garage-punk and acid-corroded new-wave outfit who first emerged as a 5-piece
in 2016, having started life as the lo-fi bedroom recording project of romantic partners
Mia Lust and Laura Orlova. They were quickly snapped up and signed by Swedish label
PNKSLM Recordings having played only one gig. So far they released three EPs and
their debut LP Call Of The Sacred Cow
” (check it all out on their Bandcamp page).

Track: PARANOIACS – lead-single from their upcoming second LP – a song about
self-doubt, feeling insecure and getting paranoid by assertive people around you.

Score: What you get here is a flaming ripper that encourages you to get up in the
morning and kick some macho ass. An infectious belter balancing between 60s garage
vehemence and amplified melodic power pop, exploding with a bang after the playful intro. Fueled by glowing guitars, a swirling flow you’ll drown in, an overall flamboyant resonance and Mia Lust‘s spicy vocals and catching energy injecting the vivid chorus
with adrenalin you will jump and bounce all over the place. Top stroke!


New LP The Peculiar Smell Of The Inevitable out 15 May via PNKSLM Recordings

CHEMTRAILS Launch New Vibrant Score – Here’s Steamy Single ‘I’LL NEVER BE’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

4 October 2018

After their swirling Calf Of The Sacred Crow album early this year flamboyant quartet CHEMTRAILS will release 6-track EP, entitled CUCKOO SPIT next December. Ahead of it
is brand new ardent single I’LL NEVER BE. It all starts with raving guitars over a kick-ass bass line that sets this cutting ripper’s key beat. Then, one by one, the stimulating voices
of female harmony tandem Mia Lust & Laura Orlova jump in, over a sultry 60s organ wave.

Oh yes, by now the vibrant party is in full swing. Clap your hands, tap your feet and go totally gaga. That’s what this electrifying stroke is all about. Accept yourself, be yourself, celebrate yourself. There’s no excuse not to shake your booty to this fiery crackerjack…


CUCKOO SPIT EP – out 7th December – info here

(photo on top: Bandcamp – Chemtrails)