TURN UP THE VOLUME’s 10 Knockout Albums Of The Year (So Far)…

The best longplayers so far in this science-fiction-like 2020. Ten cracking records that kept Turn Up The Volume safe at home, camping next to his vibrating speakers. Let’s roll…

‘Hot Slick’ by PINS (Manchester, UK)

These bad girls with ponytails will turn your summer into a daily party. Hot stuff for ravers, disco freaks, and funky night owls. Boogie in wonderland and move like it’s 1999 again.
Live for today, plan for tomorrow but go gaga right now, right here to this sweaty slick…

Stream/buy here…


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‘Dead Lips’ by DEAD LIPS (Los Angeles / Oklahoma, US)

When coolness meets outlandishness then all motherfuckers have to go. Surprising super team Deap Vally and The Flaming Lips dont’ talk shit, they surprise us with a gloomy-moody longplayer that makes you happy. Femejism battling the Pink Robots. Top stuff!

Stream/buy here…


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‘Bejahung’ by ELEFANT (Ghost Town, Belgium)

Sound-exploring desperadoes who open your doors of perception. Sonic crusaders who evolved into one of the most fascinating bands in this universe. Isolate yourself in your private quarantine and listen with disinfected headphones. Once in a lifetime experience!

Stream/buy here…


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‘Self-Surgery’ by MRS. PISS (US)

Keywords: bloodcurdling shrieks, goth inferno, pitch-black nightmares, underground hysteria, gloom & doom sisters in crime, bone-chilling frenzy, hellish commotion. These princesses of darkness take you on a razorblade roller coaster. Keep a sharp lookout!

Stream/buy here..


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‘Every Bad’ by PORRIDGE RADIO (Brighton, UK)

This up and coming gunslingers swing from amplified pop to emo punk and back
with glowing passion. Anarchic and sweet, chaotic and intense, zealous, and plainspoken with future indie star Dana Margolin as the driving force backed by a tremendous band. Without a shadow of a doubt on their way to world domination.

Stream/buy here…


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‘Epidemic’ by UNRULY GIRLS (Italy)

A head-twisting extravaganza of high-tech trash. A mind-blowing record with a diversified melting pot of jaw-dropping knockouts and petrifying brainfuckers as if you are listening to several albums at the same time. Alert your poor neighbours before you press play!

Stream/buy here…


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‘The Doctrine Of Infinite Kindness’ by THE MIGHTY ORCHID KING (St. Albans, UK)

A bold, existential, bizarro piece of psychedelic work. A sonic visualization of Stanley Kubrick‘s spectacular sci-fi vision ‘2020: A Space Odyssey. Otherworldly, metaphysical, mindboggling and rainbow-colored. Lose yourself in their nature caring stratosphere.

Stream/buy here…


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‘Trust No One’ by IZZY AND THE BLACK TREES (Poland)

Flamboyant and red-hot rock band out of Poland turning up the heat with sharp-edged riffs, jagged licks, hammering drums, and frontwoman Izzy‘s feverish vox in the middle.
A record serving a versatile cocktail of high-energy jackhammers and charged reveries.

Stream/buy here…


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‘Five Things’ by SMALLTOWN TIGERS (Pisa, Italy)

Imagine The Stooges having an earsplitting fight with The Runaways while the Ramones are sniffing glue in the producer room and you know what is coming your way, straight in the face. Eight firecrackers, eight uppercuts, eight smoking guns, and lots of middle-fingers.

Stream/buy here…


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‘Rough And Rowdy Ways’ by Bob Dylan (US)

What can I say? Best singer/songwriter/poet/storyteller of all time (in my big book).

Stream here…

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Also thumbs up for…

‘925’ by SORRY  
‘Container’ by THE WANTS
‘Exquisite’ by MEKONS 
The New Abnormal by THE STROKES
‘England Is A Garden’ by CORNERSHOP 
‘Type II’ by SEX SWING

Have a great summer, music junkies

TURN UP THE VOLUME’S Fifteen Knockout Tracks Of 2020 (So Far) – Hands Down!

This year’s best tracks (so far)…

Yes, we have already reached the middle of 2020. A surreal year we will never forget.
Fortunately, the music – on record that is – kept most of us alive and kicking.
Here are Turn Up The Volume’s 15 best tracks of 2020, so far…

‘I Found Out’ by OFFWORLD (UK)
Hard-Fi‘s frontman Richard Archer and imposing vox Krysten Cummings have the right human mindset and rad songs to confirm that. ‘I Found Out’ is a high-powered soul tour
de force. An epic heart and soul explosion from their upcoming album. Top stroke!

‘Hot Slick’ by PINS (Manchester, UK)
A hot stuff disco stomper that should be played in all discotheques around the globe,
from one of the coolest gangs on the planet. These bad girls forever also made one of
the best party albums of the year (so far) with eponymous longplayer Hot Slick. Bingo!


‘Ultra Plus Ultra’
by ELEFANT(Belgium)
The Belgian sound-exploring motherrockers unleashed their second stupefying album Behajung  early this year with Ultra Plus Ultra‘ as one of the dazzling highlights.
A schizophrenic sonic uppercut with balls. Abso-fucking-lutely mental! You betcha!

‘Dark Blue’ by THROWING MUSES (Boston, US)
A firm banger driven by a solid beat with a pounding guitar groove, Kristin Hersh‘s characteristic sensual voice, and a catchy polyphonic chorus. Throwing Muses rocks!
The band’s brand new longplayer SUN RACKET hits the street on 4th September.

‘Never Ever Ever’ by BOA Vs COBRA (Belgium)
Don’t mess with charismatic frontwoman Sandy Fee who rants unambiguously about a toxic relationship from the crystal clear start when ‘Bad bad bad boy‘ bursts out of your speakers. Don’t forget to turn up the decibels, even more, when the ablaze chorus kicks in.

‘Man Of Chaos’ by FLIGHT ATTENDANT (Nashville, US)
A feverish cracker and jaw-dropping power slam. The sensual, magnetic, and spellbinding vocals create a sort of delirious trance. And when, unexpectedly, bouncy strings kick in as a harbinger for a vibrant finale you’ll reach a sonic orgasm. Heated stuff from Nashville!

‘Mr. Motivator’ by IDLES (Bristol, UK)
A riff-roaring ripper made to start crowded moshpits at gigs (for you only can pirouette yourself bananas at home). A red-hot-blooded corker that does your head it. Hell’s Bells!

‘Crossbow’ by TAMAR APHEK (Israel)
A shattering juggernaut, dynamized by a rattling machine-gun drum, mind-blowing bass vibrancy and a thunder and lighting guitar force. This is a cutting crackerjack rolling over you like an unstoppable high-speed train, with a fiery and exploding finale. Yeah!

Control‘ by AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS
This Australian tornado – the new Stooges fronted by head-spinning punkette AMYL – woke up the dead with their boiling debut LP last year. To keep up the heat they dropped a live EP recently with ‘Control‘ as the brain-breaking standout. Go nuts, right here right now…

‘Sweet’ by PORRIDGE RADIO (UK)
A towering loudQUIETloud haymaker with Margolin‘s repeating magnetically ‘I’m charming, I’m sweet and she will love me when she meets me‘. Passionate belter from their excellent album Every Bad. Porridge Radio is on its way to world domination! Capeesh??

‘Downer Surrounded By Uppers’ by MRS. PISS (US)
Bloodcurdling shrieks from hell. Goth hysteria by gloom and doom sisters in crime Chelsea Wolfe and Jess Gowrie. More bone-chilling screams on their pitch-black LP Self Surgery.

‘Home Thru Hell’ by DEAP LIPS (CA, US)
When led zep blues-rock duo Deap Vally and symphonic fairy-tale eccentrics
The Flaming Lips team up you can expect firework like on this Yahama motor highlight from their self-titled debut album. One of the best longplayers of 2020 (so far).

‘Hopeless Romantic’ by OH BROTHER (UK)
A loud and crystal clear invitation to get out of your straitjacket, to open your windows, and scream at the top of your lungs to ventilate all your rage, frustration, and fury while jumping like a kangaroo on tons of speed. A stone gold 24 Karat rocker. Bang Bang!

‘Lockdown’ by From The Specials – Neville Staple (UK)
Swinging 2Tone lockdown humdinger written in isolation by original Rude Boy Neville Staple and his wonderful wife Sugary. Perfect tune for a safe house-party. Get up, stand up, and fight for your right to do some ska moves in these special(s) times. Shake your booty.

‘United We Stand’ by CONFIDENCE SURVIVAL (Nigeria born, Canadian based) )
Black lives matter. Black music matters. This the official COVID-!9 Victory Song
written by this highly caring Nigerian reggae artist. The only way to survive is by
doing it together in unity. Listen to her excellent full EP Confidence Is Key.


‘Murder Most Foul’
by BOB DYLAN
A 17-minute epos about America in the sixties, centered around the world-changing assassination of president John F. Kennedy on 22 November 1963. Only living legend Bob Dylan (the best singer-songwriter-poet of all time in my book) can write such a compelling, epic story. It sounds like a musical book. Brilliant piece by the Nobel Prize winner.

All together on Spotify

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Have a great summer, music junkies…

TURN UP THE VOLUME’S KNOCKOUT TRACKS For March 2020…

Killer tracks of the month…

Eleven standout tracks played on repeat in March!
A heated mix of flaming rippers and glowing grooves
energizing all of my senses and limbs this past month!
Here’s Turn Up The Volume‘s Knockout March Team!

1. No Rock Save In Roll by CORNERSHOP (Northern London)
This sickly sticky earworm will put a big smile on your face! Welcome back Cornershop!

2. ‘Ponytail’ by PINS (Manchester, UK)
Hot disco banger that should be played in all discotheques around the globe. Dance fever!

3. ‘Home Thru Hell’ by DEAP LIPS (California, US)
The Flaming Lips + Deap Vally = Utterly Cool Yamaha Magic

4. ‘Vicious Little Sister’ by THE MEDICINE DOLLS (Cape Town)
Unquestionably one of the blowup singles of the year! The Medicine Dolls rule!

5. ‘Luminescence’ by THE HIDEAWAYS (Bristol, UK)
This burning sledgehammer’s riff is TITANIC! Kick-ass stroke! Hells bells!


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6. ‘Cause Effect’ by SINKA (Watford, UK)
High-powered blast fueled by crazed guitars, banging percussion and racy vocals. Yeah!


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7. ‘Somebody Else’ by PLASTIC SUN (UK)
Melodious swagger bringing stone rock icons Queens Of The Stone Age to mind. Top-notch!

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8. ‘Louder’ by TWIST HELIX (Newcastle, UK)
A swirling electro pop stunner with sassy synths and stunning vocals. Bingo!

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9. ‘Lungs’ by THE MIGHTY ORCHID KING (St.Albans, UK)
A retro psych vibe with a revitalizing, stimulating and spiritual impact. Save the trees!

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10. ‘TheWorldIsClosingDown’ by TV COMA (St. Albans, UK)
A catchy apocalyptic psych pop humdinger. Witty, satirical and pungent.

11. ‘Harbor Me’ by AUDRI (Belgium)
Starry-eyed vocals, clapping flamenco hands and glimmering guitars. A trippy beauty!

All knockout tracks
together on Spotify

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See you next month, music junkies…

DEAP LIPS – Intoxicating Video For STEPPENWOLF Cover ‘THE PUSHER’

Clips that will have an impact on your eyes and your ears…

VIVA VIDEO

21 March 2020

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Last week DEAP LIPS, the awesome collaboration between surreal fairytale addicts
THE FLAMING LIPS and steamy blues rock tandem DEAP VALLY, unleashed their
fabulous self-titled debut album. Without a shadow of a doubt one of the coolest longplayers of the year.

The supergroup launched an intoxicating video clip for one of the tracks, their spaced-
out cover version of ‘THE PUSHER‘, an anti-dope-dealer song by born to be wild rockers Steppenwolf . Open your mind, eyes and ears and fly eight miles high…

Stream/purchase album here…

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‘The Pusher’ was written by American singer/songwriter Hoyt Axton
and made famous by Steppenwolf. Check it out here…

(photo on top by Turn Up The Volume!)

Flaming Supergroup DEAP LIPS Surprises With Self-Titled Delirious Debut LP

14 March 2020

At the end of last year came the startling news that female Californian blues-rock
turbo DEAP VALLY and frontman Wayne Coyne & multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd
of Oklahoma‘s wayward and Wizard of Oz psych rockers THE FLAMING LIPS teamed
up for a collaboration called DEAP LIPS.

Yesterday the surprising supergroup unleashed their magical, self-titled debut album sounding overall like The Flaming Lips fronted by Deap Vally‘s mesmeric vocalist Lindsey
Troy
whose magnetic voice never resonated that magical and arresting. She takes the many otherworldly Lips lullabies to a spellbinding level. Check outstanding musings
Shit Talkin‘, ‘Hope Hell High’, ‘Love Is A Mind Control‘, ‘Home Thru Hell‘ and the captivating, psychedelic reflection ‘There Is Know Right There Is Know Wrong‘ and you’ll know exactly what I mean. Add cutting mantra ‘Motherfuckers Got To Go’ and trippy synth tunes ‘Not
A Natural Man’
and ‘One Thousand Sisters With Aluminum Foil Calculators’ and what you
get is a most arresting record for the midnight hours. Delirious transcendence! Top!

Get intoxicated right here…

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All singles

– HOME THRU HELL –

– THE PUSHER –
(Steppenwolf cover)

– MOTHERFUCKERS GOT TO GO –

DEAP VALLY: Facebook

FLAMING LIPS: Facebook

 

DEAP LIPS With Crystal Clear Mantra ‘MOTHERFUCKERS GOT TO GO’ From Their Upcoming Album…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

2 March 2020

Only two weeks to go before the utterly cool project DEAP LIPS consisting of
Californian female blues-rock duo DEAP VALLY and frontman Wayne Coyne
and multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd of Oklahoma’s kooky psych rockers
THE FLAMING LIPS will launch their self-titled album.

The stellar supergroup shared two great tracks so far. Riveting ballad
Hope Hell High‘ and cracking Yahama stroke ‘Home Thru Hell’.

And here’s another new one. ‘MOTHERFUCKERS GOT TO GO’ is a mantra-like
stomper with Lindsey Troy‘s repeating the song’s title over and over again with
her threatening vox growing in kick-ass intensity along the way. With what we
heard so far I’m quite confident that an astonishing album is coming our way.
Hell Yeah!

Capture the motherrocking drone right here…

DEAP VALLY: Facebook

FLAMING LIPS: Facebook

DEAP LIPS Drop Their Second Single – Listen To The Moody ‘HOME THRU HELL’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

10 January 2020

2019 ended with some great news as Californian female blues-rock duo DEAP VALLY
and frontman Wayne Coyne & multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd of Oklahoma’s psych rockers THE FLAMING LIPS announced they had formed a band called DEAP LIPS and that their self-titled album will hit the streets on 13th March.

The supergroup immediately shared the starry-eyed lead-track ‘Hope Hell High‘ sung
by Deap Vally‘s Lindsey Troy and here’s a second new piece called ‘HOME THRU HELL’.
It starts as a thundery rocker – with the sound of Yamaha motor going full speed – and crushing guitars but turns quickly into an amplified reverie with affecting vocals by Lindsey Troy again and Flaming Lips chief Wayne Coyne joining her with a distorted vox. Top stroke!

Have a ride right here…

DEAP VALLY: Facebook / FLAMING LIPS: Facebook


Deap Valley’s Lindsey Troy


Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne

Supergroup DEAP LIPS Announces Self-Titled Debut Album And Shares First Track ‘HOPE HELL HIGH’ …

New sonic impulses

7 December 2019

Californian female blues-rock duo DEAP VALLY and frontman Wayne Coyne & multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd of Oklahoma’s psych rockers THE FLAMING LIPS have formed a supergroup called DEAP LIPS! They will release their self-titled album on
13th March 2020.

And here’s the first track ‘HOPE HELL HIGH‘ sung by Deap Vally’s Lindsey Troy.
It’s a tender, starry-eyed and romantic tune until the surprising, crushing
It’s a motherfucker‘ finale.

Tune in here…

– DEAP VALLY –

– THE FLAMING LIPS –