The best of the past month…

A swirling fusion of rhapsodic rippers and cool crackerjacks,
that activated my bloodstream and my limbs this past month!
Turn Up The Volume‘s 10 Knockout Tracks for January!

1. ‘Sweet’ by PORRIDGE RADIO
An overwhelming and emotional quietLOUDquiet eruption that does your head in.
New album Every Bad out 13 March. More info and details right here.

2. ‘Ultra Plus Ultra’ by ELEFANT (Belgium)
Motorik stomper, smashing sledgehammer with bloodthirsty guitars & scary synths.
Brand new album BeJAhung out now. Available here.

3. ‘What Can I Say’ by GIANTS OF JERICHO (Australia)
What a glorious stunner! A rousing wake-up call to celebrate each and every day you live.
The band’s debut single from upcoming EP ‘The Fuss And The Feud‘.

4. ‘Closer’ by LAS KELLIES (Argentina)
A funky, bass-driven pop humdinger spiced with an avalanche of contagious guitar lines.
New album ‘Suck This Tangerine‘ out 27th March via Fire Records.

5. ‘Exhale’ by VVYNN (Belgium)
A tower of a song reminding me of PJ Harvey’s electric intensity and spine-tingling voice.
One of the two new singles the band recently shared. Here’s the other song ‘Moaning.

6. ‘Reducer’ by PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS IGS PIGS PIGS (Newcastle, UK)
From their upcoming album Viscerals , out on 3 April.

7. ‘Brain Suck’ by SHADE (Canada)
A red-hot punk ‘n’ roll steamroller with a buzzing turbulence and a sassy swagger…

8. ‘Text Me Back (Chirpse Degree Burns) by DREAM NAILS (London, UK)
Who needs a Bikini Kill reunion when you have Dream Nails now! Text them!….

9. ‘Walls Between Us’ by KATH & THE KICKS (Leeds, UK)
A dynamite stroke about human communication. A kick-ass flare-up with fervent vocals.

10. ‘Cactused’ by WIRE (UK)
The London post-punk veterans still rock like the best with style and finesse.
Their seventeenth album Mind Hive is out now.

All 10 Knockouts together on Spotify

See/hear you next month…

DREAM NAILS Get Manic Due To Communication Addiction – Here’s Rip-Roaring Single ‘TEXT ME BACK (CHIRPSE DEGREE BURNS)’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

8 January 2020

London’s steamy punk rock witches DREAM NAILS return with their second rip-roaring single from their upcoming debut album. ‘TEXT ME BACK (CHIRPSE DEGREE BURNS)’
was actually released a year ago as a live acoustic track, but it got so much love that the band decided to record a proper studio version.

The inflammable ripper is about “the gut-wrenching feeling of checking your phone every 5 minutes to see if your crush has replied. It’s a song about being a sane, rational human being UNTIL the person you can’t stop thinking about just doesn’t reply to your messages.”

Reply to me
Acknowledge me
Validate me
Or just date me
Reply to me
I’m feeling lonely
Validate me
Or just date me

The manic energy just explodes in your face from the very start. It sounds like if our riot grrrl turbo is on the verge of a nervous breakdown due to communication addiction. I’m sure many of you out there know the sick-making feeling of… GETTING NO REPLY ON YOUR TEXT MESSAGES. It raises your blood pressure, it makes you furiously angry and is
a direct and savage attack on your nerves. So what have we learned today: texting is toxic for your mental health and who needs a Bikini Kill reunion when you have Dream Nails.

Scream along right here…


One more message from the ladies: “For those born beyond the M25, ‘chirpse’ is London slang for flirting and ‘chirpse degree burns’ is our personal slang for the injuries borne from romantic misadventure.”

Furious Feminist Foursome DREAM NAILS Screams Their Lungs Out On New Dynamite Single… ‘CORPORATE REALNESS’

Sonic havoc that thrills us in a way we want to scream out loud…


15 October 2019

If you never heard of London‘s flaming fury DREAM NAILS, four strong-willed, outspoken, confident and highly committed feminist DIY punk witches standing up, fighting hard, and singing and shouting loud & clear in support of women’s and non-binaries’ universal rights and unconditional respect and equal treatment for all the oppressed than it’s about time you broaden your musical horizon and listen to their new dynamite single.

CORPORATE REALNESS is a riotous firecracker “about soul-crushing office work and the bizarrely self-important terms of phrase that only exist at desk jobs,” reveals vocalist Janey Starling. Its blatant fervency and angry intensity is capable of doing corrupted male-orientated employers’ heads in. According to the band this uppercut already inspired some people to quit their jobs. Help to spread the message. Open your windows and doors and play this belter LOUD, REALLY LOUD!….

Press play here…

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10 Questions For DIY Punk Witches DREAM NAILS About Their Unplugged ‘TAKE UP SPACE’ Album…

Learn all & more about up & coming bands in 10 questions

23 January 2019

London DREAM NAILS are four strong-willed, outspoken, confident and highly committed feminist DIY punk witches standing up, fighting hard, and singing and shouting loud & clear in support of women’s and non-binaries’ universal rights and unconditional respect and equal treatment for all the oppressed. Being a bit fed up with playing boozy venues with lousy sound equipment and where not just everybody can get in, the band decided to play an acoustic gig in a… bookshop! The special unplugged event was recorded and is out now, titled TAKE UP SPACE. It’s an amazing document of a frisky and spirited performance. At times it sounds like an all for one, one for all gospel-punk gathering with everybody present participating. Dream Nails are real, their songs and beliefs are real, their space is real and their unplugged adventure is an inspiring example of what the DIY ethos is all about. A truly striking ‘anything is possible’ statement. Before we pull the plug and talk with the ladies let’s have this one electrical chant as a warm-up. Move over macho creeps, here’s the vagina police…

Hello Dream Nails,
Hello Mimi, Janey, Lucy and Anya

1. You describe yourselves as ‘DIY punk witches’.
What do you exactly mean by that characterization?

Mimi: “Women were branded as ‘witches’ basically when they intimidated men,
weren’t ‘pure’ or weren’t ‘as a woman should be’. This is a part of every woman’s
history of oppression, which has been erased, and we need to acknowledge it
and reclaim our heritage.”
Janey: “Being a witch is about challenging traditional power structures, listening
to your intuition and self-knowledge, and sharing your energy with fellow witches.
Lucy: “To be a witch is to follow in a tradition of women denied legitimacy, credibility
or meaningful power who persevered despite the violence and oppression of their
times. They invented and shared their spoils and creations.”
Anya: “We can predict and control the future. Most of the good things that have
happened to the band so far – from headlining a stage at Glastonbury Festival to
touring all over Europe – first started on Janey’s vision board.

2. When and why did the idea pop up to play an acoustic gig?
Mimi: “We have never done anything like this before. Our gig was at Housmans,
which is a radical bookshop in London, and the perfect place for us to play an
acoustic gig. It was magical being surrounded by radical babes and radical books!
Janey: ” We’re really keen to challenge the limitations set by punk venues. This show
had more under-18, Muslim and disabled fans than our regular shows, which shows
how inaccessible – both physically and culturally – typical boozy venues are. Playing
in a bookshop is more punk than playing in a dark, beer-stained basement.”
Anya: “Most of our songs are written on an acoustic guitar so we wanted to take them back to their roots, strip them bare and let the lyrics be heard. It felt more like standup comedy in some parts cause everyone could hear the punchlines in the tunes!”
Lucy: “It was a new challenge for us. We wanted to show ourselves and our fans that our songs aren’t just made of raw punk energy. We are proud of our musicianship and the quality of our songwriting and chemistry as a group. Hopefully, we proved this and retained the raucousness too!”

3. The overall feel of the unplugged record is highly lively, funnily spontaneous and most of all ‘real’. Like a sort of gospel-punk gathering. What atmosphere did you have in mind before doing this special project?
Mimi: “Thanks! We didn’t know what to expect, but it turned out to be a really beautiful experience. There was no stage, lots of people were sitting on the floor around us, it was totally different to a usual gig setting. We are lively performers and our songs are the same, that’s something that can’t be lost in an acoustic setting. It definitely was intimate, and real!
Janey: “We’ve already got a lot of onstage chemistry and energy, so adding audience questions into that mix just made it even more fun.
Anya: “Definitely conversational, between each other and the audience. Lucy doesn’t normally get a mic to speak onstage from behind the drums, so I was especially appreciating her witticisms and wisdom that night.”
Lucy: “Ah yes, finally it was my time to show the world the jokes they have been hitherto denied. To be honest, we didn’t really intend to create any specific ‘atmosphere’, that’s genuinely what we are like all the time. Except when we’re hungry. Then you don’t wanna know us. There are so many dry bands wafting around that musicians with a personality unfortunately seem unusual.”

4. What’s the story behind the album’s title ‘TAKE UP SPACE’?
Mimi: “It actually came to me in a dream! The act of taking up space in your everyday life is empowering. Women are always trying to make themselves seem smaller, out of the way, not stick out, because it’s unsafe for us to be seen. It’s about taking up physical space for ourselves, showing ourselves we deserve the space we occupy in this world.”
Anya:“Yes! It started as a dream, then the ideas and images became a T-shirt we really wanted to make with astronauts and spaceships. Then we named the album ‘Take Up Space‘. We’d taken up space by invading a bookshop for the live show.”
Janey: “And it’s weird Mimi had the dream, because Anya and I once drafted a song
called ‘Take Up Space‘ but it never quite made it to the live show, maybe it’s a sign we should revive it…”
Anya: “We should!”

5. The unplugged album ‘TAKE UP SPACE’ is announced as a playful soundtrack to being a twenty-something woman in London today. So how does it actually feel to be a twenty-something woman in London these days?
Mimi: “Sometimes I walk around London feeling fabulous, like I’m in my own movie, and sometimes I want to cry because it seems like all I do is commute! London can definitely
be unforgiving. It’s hard to afford anything, it’s hard to date, it’s hard to get a job. Basically, everything is hard.
Janey: It feels like your friends and the ways they make you laugh is so essential to survival, because otherwise it’s all just too bleak.”
Anya: “It feels like the world politics bears down with a palpable weight on everything.
You say Brexit, we say hex it.”
Lucy: “I promised myself I would not spend my twenties in my hometown worrying about money. Granted, I have spent the last 5 years doing this, but this unforgiving place makes us restless and aware – the perfect ecosystem for the punk band of your dreams, don’t you think?”

6. The cover of the record looks like if the sky is the limit for DREAM NAILS.
What or who inspired the artwork and who’s the author?

Janey: “Sumena Owen! She’s an amazing London-based illustrator who we adore.”
Anya:”She truly made Mimi’s dream a reality.”
Lucy: “Click on her Instagram account and buy her beautiful wears!”

7. Tell us about the new songs on the album?
Mimi: “We’ve slowly been adding new songs to our set, and it’s been very useful to workshop them live, see which ones work and which ones don’t. The new song I’m really excited about is ‘Jillian’. It’s about Jillian Michaels who’s a fitness personality. I used to do her workout DVD ‘30 Day Shred’ all of the time. I actually memorized her chat throughout the entire thing! And yes if you do it for 30 days, it really does work. You can hear some of her quotes throughout the song.”
Janey: “Ok, I’m really hyped for ‘Jillian’ too, but I’ll talk about ‘Time Ain’t No Healer’. It’s about trauma healing, and the fact that running away from your problems or trying to bury them never works, and unless you face it all head on, you’re going to be overwhelmed by the painful memories.”
Anya: “‘Swimming Pool’ is really fun on this record. It’s about coming out in your mid-twenties. And its got surf punk swagger and sweet harmonies.”
Lucy: “‘Landlady’ is also a new one which contains maybe my favourite lyric which I believe Janey came up with: ‘be ruthless with your preservation, love yourself without hesitation.’ YES!!

A fitness punk song
8. ‘Deep Heat’ is a song about that idiotic ‘President Of The Divided States Of America’. Tell us more about it.
Dream Nails: “We believe that joy and rage are not mutually exclusive emotions, and this song combines them in three-part-harmony. It’s about right-wing politicians more than just orange Donald, but we first released it around the time when he was running for president, as it seemed to capture a lot of the emotions people felt at that time.”

Anti-right wing manifesto
9. Suppose MTV asked you to do an unplugged session for them would you do it or refuse as DIY punks don’t want to be related with the corporate music industry?
Mimi: “Interesting question. There are some companies that really make the music industry hopeless, those that basically have a monopoly on the industry, and back artists into a corner so they have no choice but to use their platforms. Although MTV is owned by a giant corporation, I don’t count MTV as one of those evil companies. Yes they’re a music channel, but they’re in the TV business. If they asked a band like us to play, I would commend them for being ‘risky’, by giving a political, all-women punk band that kind of platform. I would totally be down to play it.”
Janey: Our goal is to make all the women and nonbinary people of this world feel powerful as fuck, so if we can reach them via MTV, fuck yeah.
Anya: “All the band are obsessed with ‘Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged in New York’, in fact it was a real inspiration for this album, so yeh!’

Inspiration for ‘Take Up Space’

10. Will this be a one-off or will DREAM NAILS undertake an unplugged tour?
Mimi: “This is something we’ve seriously been talking about. An unplugged tour would give us an opportunity to play for people who usually can’t make it to our shows. It would allow us to hold all-ages shows as well, which is usually impossible for us as most venues are bars!”
Janey: “There’s nothing in the diary right now, but we’re 99% going to do it!”
Anya: “Calling all radical and independent bookshops. Page us!”

Thank you Mimi, Janey, Lucy and Anya!
May the road rise with DREAM NAILS!

TAKE UP SPACE‘ in full
Stream/purchase right here…

DREAM NAILS: Facebook – Website

Vagina Punk Witches ‘DREAM NAILS’ Turn Up The Heat With Riotous Double-A Single…

Sonic havoc that thrills us in a way we want to scream out loud…

7 March 2018

DREAM NAILS are four punk witches living in England‘s capital. This female clique already drew Turn Up The Volume‘s attention with last year’s smiting debut EP Dare To Care and the forthright ladies are back now with two knockout drones. The new double A single features two rambunctious slam dunks. VAGINA POLICE will hit all sexist male pigs straight in their ugly faces and FASCISM IS COMING (GET OUT OF BED) is a wake-up
call for all dreamers who think that reality is just a bad movie you can ignore anytime.

After extreme right-wing populists won the Italian parliamentary elections last Sunday
we got, unfortunately, another confirmation (Trump, Putin, Erdogan, May, Putin, Austria’s collation, ISIS, etc…) that fascism is definitely back. Time go get up, stand up and fight for
all human rights that are threatened as sexism, racism, authoritarianism, and egoism roar their ugly heads again thanks to a dangerous amount of new dictatorial leaders chosen by people who seems to have no clue about the destroying consequences. And if you want a rowdy soundtrack to go along with your protest than DREAM NAILS is your ideal band.

Wham bloody damn bam! Here we go…

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7″ Vinyl and digital download + Free zine available right here.