British Post Punks CROSS WIRES Are The Real Deal – Find Out Why In This Q & A

2 May 2020

Five reasons why Turn Up The Volume loves London’s post-punk band CROSS WIRES

1. They write killer tunes with killer lyrics as they showed
loud and clear on their debut album ‘A Life Extinct
2. I share their political and social views totally
3. They’re for real, not poseurs
4. They wear their committed heart in the right place
5. They like the same bands as I do, and they like a few
drinks just like I do

Enough reasons to learn a lot more about this rousing four-piece by talking to their passionate frontman and songwriter Jonathan Chapman. But first some music
with one of my favorite Cross Wires crackers ‘Paradise Club 1953

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Hello Jonathan

1. What triggered you guys to form a band and when/how did it happen?
“Ian (drums) Pete (guitar) and I all knew each other from drinking in a pub
called The Golden Lion in Romford, East London, and pretty much came up with the
idea for the band there. I think the original idea was to make songs that sounded like
they could fit on Singles Going Steady by Buzzcocks. The three of us wrote a bunch of pretty rubbish songs while we were looking for a bass player. Pete (bass) had been playing as a singer-songwriter and had never played bass before he joined us. We were introduced
to him by a friend. I don’t think he really had any interest in being a bass player but liked drinking in The Golden Lion as much as we did, so he said yes when we asked him. We borrowed a bass from a friend for him.”

2. What’s the story behind the band’s name?
“We are named after a song by XTC” (note: check it out here)

3. Which track would you play as an introduction
to your music to people who never heard of you?

“At the minute I’d say Distraction Technique because people seem to have
connected with that song more than any other from the album.”


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4. The lyrics of your excellent debut album ‘A LIFE EXTINCT’ read like critical comments on the grim times we live in. Is Cross Wires a political band?
“Not in the way that bands like The Clash or Manic Street Preachers are but politics
definitely does influence my writing. I try not to be too preachy. Not much in life is
black or white but I also don’t want to hide my views. Before last year’s election, we did
a Labour Party fundraiser gig with The Blinders in their For The Many Tour. We are all
from working class backgrounds. It’s pretty obvious what our political leanings are. I
don’t want to say I’m 100% right and you’re 100% wrong unless you have far-right
views. When I started writing the lyrics for ‘A Life Extinct’ the idea was a ‘break up
album influenced by the sixth mass extinction on earth
’”.

5. How’s life in Brexit England?
“It definitely brought up some pretty ugly stuff on both sides. It’s crazy how tribal it’s become. Romford was one of the only London boroughs to vote leave. That was extremely upsetting. I moved away from Romford to Bethnal Green not long after we started the band. It’s easy to forget not everyone has the same views as you, when you’re surrounded by like-minded people. I wanted to remain but many people obviously didn’t agree. I don’t think branding all those people as racists helped at all and it absolutely killed Labour’s chances of winning the last election.”

6. The LP’s front sleeve is quite intriguing. What inspired the image?
“It was a photo taken by our guitarist Pete on his honeymoon in Santorini. I knew it would be the cover of the album as soon as I saw it. I think it’s such a striking image. Everyone asks about it.”

7. One of my favorite tracks is PARADISE CLUB 1953. What’s the song about?
“Thank you. It’s about a man whose dreams are haunted by an ex-lover he thought he
had long since moved on from. When he’s awake he never gives her a second thought but when he’s asleep they meet in the Paradise Club in 1953. It’s a completely fictional place. I don’t know why I chose that year. In my head, it’s a smoky room with red velvet curtains. It’s funny as that’s exactly how the guys in the band also imagined it. This song was built around Pabs brilliant bass line.”

8. You just released a brand new EP called ‘Distraction Technique’.
What can we expect?

“We wanted to find a way to keep pointing people back to A Life Extinct without just putting out Distraction Technique as a single. We came up with the idea of putting it out as part of an EP. The other 3 tracks on the EP are from various Demos we recorded at a studio called Soundsavers in Homerton, East London a few years back. Unfortunately, it’s closed down now. It was part-owned by Mark Jasper from the band Witching Waves with a lovely guy called Alex Clegg who produced our demos. Mark is actually offering a great pay what you can afford mixing and mastering service for bands during this pandemic. You’ll probably be able to find out more on their Twitter account.”

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9. Suppose you were asked to play a movie, that expresses your music visually,
on a big screen behind you while playing a gig which one would it be?

“That’s a good question. I’m not sure I’d want to tie our music to somebody else’s art that has already been established for a number of years so much. I quite like the idea of what The National did with their last album and film. Something like that could be fun. Either that or ‘Dunston Checks In’. Hahahaha”

10. Your favourite band to tour with?
“I know for a fact that each one of us would have a different answer, so I’m going to choose a festival and say we’d love to play at Glastonbury. I’ve been quite a few times and there’s just something special about it. I know people think it’s become too commercial but it’s still magic. A great example of that was Idles set on the Park Stage last year. Once in lifetime stuff for a band.”

11. What song or album did you hear so far this year that
made a huge impression on your ears?

“Lots of stuff. Loving the new Strokes album. I’m really looking forward to the new Protomartyr album. They are probably my favourite band of recent years. I’m gonna give a shout out to my pal Luke’s band False Heads. They’ve made a really great record called ‘It’s All There But Your Dreaming’, and I’d also like to mention a band I discovered called Bugeye. They’ve got an album coming out on a great label called ‘Reckless Yes’. A band called Hunt Us have put out some exciting stuff. A sort of folk spoken word post-punk. Hope we get to play with them at some point.”

12. Next step for Cross Wires?
“We’ve got about half of the next album written and it’s sounding really promising. I’ve got a theme for the next album worked out but don’t want to say too much until it’s finished as I could well easily end up hating what I’ve written. Hopefully, we will be able to get out there and play live again this year. We have a couple of gigs booked for Autumn which I really hope go ahead.”

Thank you, Jonathan, for this interview.
May the road rise with Cross Wires!

Stream/buy A Life Extinct here…


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CROSS WIRES: Facebook

Razor-Sharp Debut Album ‘A LIFE EXTINCT’ By Post Punks CROSS WIRES…

Old and new albums to make your day…

21 April 2020

CROSS WIRES are a committed and socially caring post punk band that released their splendid debut longplayer A LIFE EXTINCT last November. Not only do they deliver a series of red-hot cutting rippers but, lyrically, they unveil their loud and clear views on
our society. They tackle all sorts of social injustices that still undermine and influence
our daily life.

Their anger-driven songs awake every nerve in your body and their energetic and in-your-face dynamism makes your blood stream faster. We need honest bands like this in these worrying times This biting team matters, this vital debut LP matters, this kind of outspoken engagement matters.

Stream/buy the album here…

CROSS WIRES: Facebook

BANDCAMP Supports Indie Artists Today – Here Are 10 Ace Records To Purchase…

20 March 2020

Today Bandcamp supports musicians everywhere by waiving its revenue share and rallying the Bandcamp community to put much-needed money directly into the artists’ pockets. Hail hail Bandcamp!

Turn Up The Volume selected 10 standout records you should definitely consider to
buy. Awesome album that will boost your adrenalin in these troubled times.

Here we go…

‘Black City‘ by RICH GIRLS
Music for the midnight hours.
Companion for moony moments.


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‘Bejahung’ by ELEFANT
A synthtastic motherrocker. A schizophrenic
adventure. A crazed mindfucker.


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‘A Life Extinct’ by CROSS WIRES
Blistering post punk that tackles
the grim times we experience with
a biting potency.


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My War Is Your War‘ by DEUX FURIEUSES
A beseeching and vociferous call-up
for solidarity, unity, universal respect.


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‘Ghost’ by FALLING MAN
Manic anxiety. Haunting stories.
Red-hot riffs. Top stuff!


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‘Experiments In The Dark‘ EP by WHERE WE SLEEP
Mesmerizing electro grooves,
Fascinating and emotive.


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‘Run Amok‘ by THE GLÜCKS
Devilish garage havoc.
Smoking hullabaloo.


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‘I Like You But Not Like That’ by THE DARTS
Sultry, steamy, snappy, savage,
sensual, sweltering,sizzling.


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‘Zum Kotzen‘ by PINK ROOM
Twenty minutes of madness
Clamorous vomit. Punk rage.


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‘Crux’ by MECHANIMAL
Electro ‘drone n roll’and
atmospheric soundscapes.


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Bandcamp: Website

OUT TODAY! Sharp Cutting Debut Album By British Post Punks CROSS WIRES – Here’s ‘A LIFE EXTINCT’…

Just released!

1 November 2019

Band: Cross Wires

Who: Committed 4-piece post punk force from Bethnal Green/Romford, UK

Album: A Life Extinct – the band’s debut LP

Released: 1 November 2019

Sound: This is a band that tackles the grim times we experience with a biting potency
that triggers every tense nerve in your body and awakes your troubled mind with their nervous, fanatical and burning dynamic that cuts like a brand new Swiss knife. This is a band that cares, a band that roars about what they care, a band that matters, a band on the top of its hot-tempered game. This is a record about 2019. This is non-stop edginess! This is a bang on debut! Without a shadow of a doubt one of the best of the year!

Stream album here…

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CROSS WIRES: Facebook

A LIFE EXTINCT available on Bandcamp and iTunes

CROSS WIRES Share Brand New Blazing Track From Upcoming LP – Here’s ‘HOW TO DETOX SMOKERS LUNGS’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

28 September 2019

Back in December 2017 British post punks CROSS WIRES released a selection of their first thrilling recordings on a mini-album, titled Living In A Radio City, but soon they’ll unleash their proper debut longplayer ‘A Life Extinct’, out this Autumn.

Early August the group launched the furious lead-single. A two-faceted killer stroke called Paradise Club 1953 and here’s new cut number two. The weirdly named ‘HOW TO DETOX SMOKERS LUNGS’ has the band’s signature tone too. That nervous, fanatical and burning dynamic that cuts like a brand new Swiss knife. Yep, here’s another cutting corker that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

Here comes the biting fever…


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CROSS WIRES: Facebook


Great artwork of new album A LIFE EXTINCT / Paradise Club 1953 also on Spotify

(ps: Turn Up The Volume gave up smoking – 2 packs a day –
5 years ago / I wonder how my lungs look like…)

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…


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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…


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


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

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

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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…


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


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All together on Spotify…

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British Post Punks CROSS WIRES Amaze With New Single ‘PARADISE CLUB 1953’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

5 August 2019

Turn Up The Volume featured sturdy quartet CROSS WIRES – from Bethnal Green/Romford, UK – several times before as their razor-sharp post punk inspired outpourings hit bullseye frequently. Back in December 2017 they issued a selection of their first recordings via a mini-album called Living In A Radio City. But now the band is about to launch their first proper full length, titled ‘A Life Extinct’, out this Autumn.

Ahead of it comes amazing lead-single ‘PARADISE CLUB 1953‘. Musically definitely a
giant leap forward. The band, unmistakably, have broadened their musical boundaries. This new track is a two-faceted killer stroke, with a sort of sonic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde approach. It all starts with a long slow-burning perfervid intro turning into a heated flare-up, only to restart the intensive dynamism of the irascible intro and repeat its hypnotizing impact until furiosity hits again. Top stuff! Tune in here…


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CROSS WIRES: Facebook


Great artwork of new album A LIFE EXTINCT / Paradise Club 1953 also on Spotify

British Punk Force CROSS WIRES Release Sturdy ‘LIVING IN A RADIO CITY’ Album…

When we can’t get enough of it…

‘Living In a Radio City’ by CROSS WIRES

This 4-headed 70s punk-inspired unit CROSS WIRES has produced some hefty uppercuts, over the past few years, sounding like they were written back in the glory days of legends The Clash, The Jam and Buzzcocks but performed with a grim intensity and a barbed wire fury that is totally 2017! Yes, the year in which intolerance, racism, sexism and inequality reared its ugly heads… again. The year in which the far-right orientated political leaders of the so-called civilized Western world fucked up badly. Therefore bands like this, driven by passion, anger and honesty are very welcome. The band describes their first full length modestly as a ‘mini-album’. To my ears it’s actually a ‘best-of-so-far’ including the agitated AA-side single ‘I Want Radio/Pink Dogs’. This time the cliché ‘Punk’s Not Dead‘ is damn true. Here we go, 1-2-3-4!…


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CROSS WIRES: Facebook –  Twitter


The band will invest all proceeds from this one in recording their proper debut LP next year...

SEVEN IN THE MIX! 7 Crackers For Week 15…

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A brand new SEVEN IN THE MIX for a brand new week!
Seven towering tracks I played on repeat these past days
Seven stirring strokes to feed body & soul all week long
Turn up the volume! Music is the dope! Here’s the stuff!

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1/ ‘Gravedancer’ by BLACK CAT REVUE (Glasgow, Scotland)
Striking sixties guitar psychedelia driven by an electrifying, harmonic and melodic flow. Already notorious for their ferocious live sets the band will soon release their debut EP.

BLACK CAT REVUE: Facebook – Twitter

2/ ‘Too Much To Love’ by TOMZACK (London, UK)
A mind-twisting electro trash groove with a dark and scathing cadence and scary vocals all over it will explode viciously in the end. You’ll love this filth! Hell yeah! Smashing debut!

TOMZACK: Facebook – Strong Island Recordings

3/ ‘Flesh’ by MELT DUNES (Portsmouth, UK)
A nasty motorik monster pushed by crushing guitars, excitatory synths and agitated vocals. This roaring mind fucker will mess up your head the way you like it! Ace stroke!

MELT DUNES: Facebook – Twitter – Strong Island Recordings

4/ ‘We Call The Shots’ by CROSS WIRES (London, UK)
New flaming blitzkrieg single injected with a razor-sharp seventies punk
intensity. Smoking outburst from the band’s upcoming debut album..

CROSS WIRES: More wires on Bandcamp – Facebook – Twitter

5/ ‘Out Of My Head’ by BLIND BEGGAR (Cardiff, Wales)
Here’s an addictive guitar groove fueled with bluesy electricity and stoned vocals on top of it while a lazy, repetitive riff creeps under your skin slowly but surely. Cool Welsh swagger!

BLIND BEGGAR: Facebook – Twitter

6/ ‘Trip Advisor’ by OYA PAYA (Liverpool, England)
Relaxing hip hop earworm spiced with a funky slo-mo beat. Sounds like The Streets jamming late night with De La Soul, fairly intoxicated. Oh yes, trippy stuff indeed!

OYA PAYA: Facebook – Twitter

7/ ‘Waves’ by LUNAR TWIN (Hawai/Salt Lake City, US)
Mesmeric dream pop melancholy colored with atmospheric synths, poetic guitar lines and whispering vocals that reminds me of Mark Lanegan‘s intriguing, dark voice. Track from the duo’s brand new, excellent 6-track ‘Night Tides‘ EP – stream here on Bandcamp

LUNAR TWIN: Facebook – Twitter


See/hear you next week, music junkies…

SEVEN IN THE MIX! 7 Class Crackers for Week 46…

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A brand new SEVEN IN THE MIX for a brand new week!
Seven flaming tracks I played on repeat these past days
Seven ardent strokes to feed body and soul all week long
Turn up the volume! Music is the dope! Here is the fire!


1/ ‘Desolate Soul’ by ONE TRACK MINDS
(Trondheim, Norway)
Vehement guitars, dark vocals and a psychedelic city beat to get hooked on. Ace score!
From: brand new debut album ‘A Price To Be Paid’ – here on Bandcamp
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ONE TRACK MINDS: Facebook – Instagram

2/ ‘Slow Waves’ by CROSS WIRES 
(Bethnal Green/Romford, England)
Vital punk guitars & fierce vocals warn you that the late, grim British 70s are back again today, after the Brexit debacle. Ironically, bad times always generate great, brisk music.
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CROSS WIRES: Facebook – Twitter

3/ ‘Belfast’ by ESTRONS
(Cardiff, Wales)
Singer Taliesyn Kallström‘s highly charged vox intensity and inflammable droning guitars meet and explode together in a mind-blowing chorus. Two minutes of blasting passion.
From: their new, storming 3-track EP – here on iTunes
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ESTRONS: Facebook –  Twitter

4/ ‘There Is A Place’ by TIBET (Cardiff, Wales)
The combination of an irresistible drum beat, electrifying ‘AAAAAA’ harmonies and an euphoric glam rock panache will make punch your fists in the air. An injection of ectasy.
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TIBET: Facebook – Twitter

5/ ‘God’s Graffiti’ by DARLING JAMES (Melbourne, Australia)
A high-spirited and richly orchestrated electro pop heartbeat fueled with excited guitars. This swirling kick will have an inspiring impact on your limbs and will spoil your mind. Top!
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DARLING JAMES: Facebook – Twitter

6/ ‘Indigo Club’ by THE MONTREALS (Adelaide, Australia)
This fresh indie quartet from down under produces a ravishingly colored pop cocktail with a bright variety of sonic ingredients and cheerful guitars to make you smile all day long…
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THE MONTREALS: Who? – Facebook

7/ ‘The Dark Can’t Touch Us’ by MAXWELL PANTHER
This quite mysterious artist shows, consciously or not, another side of
Depeche Mode. Less gloomy and black, although equally intriguing…
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MAXWELL PANTHER: More vibes on Bandcamp – Twitter

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See/hear you next week, music junkies…
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