JANIZ – A Rush Of Caring Power Pop With Their New EP ‘CANDY COLORED RAIN’

24 June 2022

Who: Emo/pop-punk band from Chemnitz,Germany.

The songs deal with serious topics like depression or social
exclusion and packs them into colorful sound constructs.

(artwork EP)

Turn Up The Volume: Imagine this. Early No Doubt fronted by German
riot grrl legend Nena or Fall Out Boy with a girl singing her heart out. Well,
Janiz rushes and races in the same field as those turbulent bands.

Cool, right? You betcha.

With spunky stormers titled We All Fall Down, Erase! Erase! Erase! and Bombshell
(a break-up telephone conversation) the band make it loud and clear that they
care about daily life problems, about our messed-up realty, about (in)human
issues. No songs about the birds and bees, yet. That’s up to the future.

But there’s no law against incorporating serious themes in fuzz and buzz steamrollers (Lovebirds / Boys In Suits / We All Fall Down). That’s what Janiz do with punch and panache and when they slow down on Hate To Love You the fervor stays intact. Ja, Beeindruckend.

Lots of candy available via Apple Music.

Video clip for Black Spot

Check it all out and fall in love…

JANIZ: Facebook – Instagram

Horsepower Rock Force THE NORTHWEST Score Big Time With New 6-Track EP ‘ALL IN’

15 June 2022

Who: Heartland Rock with a little Canadiana
and tons of riffs. Formed in 2013.

Releases: Debut EP (2013) and
Songs From 2015-2017 EP (2018)

Produced by Dustin Goodall and Bill Priddle

Wayne (guitar/vocals) “A lot of time spent on this one. Mike and I really used this downtime from the pandemic to send voice memo demos back and forth. I would write everyday while I was “working from home”. We spent a solid year just focused on these batch of songs. This was also the first time handing the keys over to a team to help with production. It had its ups and downs was really a learning experience as well. It took thought to get the song ideas to come together it took a team to make the EP sound how we wanted it to be.”

Turn Up The Volume says: As I said before these captivating Canadians have the spry drive and harmonious spirit of Americana zealots Band Of Horses (Shoreline / Lights/ Stay Gold), but they also create that agitated turbulence of former Hüsker Dü hero Bob Mould on Long Hair (Longer Nights) and Walls.

When you develop this kind of buzz and fuzz with big time tunes like these six corkers
are The Northwest deserves your attention, on repeat. All in all a dumbfound extended
play about all things human. Fear, doubt and hope.

Buy/stream EP here…

THE NORTHWEST: Facebook – Spotify

NOTHINGHEADS Express Frustration With Their New Paranoid And Riff-Mental EP ‘DIGGING’

Extended plays

10 May 2022

Who: Hit team formed through a shared love for London’s DIY music scene.
Their songs draw no boundaries – no subject is too confusing, no sound too
eclectic. The band write collaboratively, harnessing the noise and energy
that comes from playing together.

Available digitally via Holy Dotage Records and as
a limited edition tape cassette via Just Step Sideways.

Turn Up The Volume says:

Three riff-mental haymakers.
Three vitriolic sucker-punches.
Three intimidatory knockouts.

Nothingheads‘ frontman sounds like his own meanest demon, threatening
and ready to kick badasses. This EP was made to scare all the human-destroying
rulers of our paranoid world. If we go to the dogs don’t forget to take this EP with
you. It’ll help to channel your frustrations while Armageddon is grinning around
the corner.

Oh wait, that’s not all. The EP counts 5 tracks, including Worn and Doommbox.
For only 3£ you get the whole EP (digitally) and for 5£ the cassette version.

I added these gunslingers to the list of the British post-punk rebirth featuring
pepped-up bands such as Crows, Black Midi, The Mysterines, Shame and Black Honey.

Stream/buy/dig here…

NOTHINGHEADS: Facebook – Spotify


Extended plays

25 April 2022

Last November sharp-rapping poets SLEAFORD MODS  played in their
hometown Nottingham. Now 6 of the performed tracks (2 of the latest
album ‘Spare Ribs‘, a cover of Yazoo’s ‘Don’t Go and 2 oldies) are cemented
in a live EP called LIVE AT NOTTZ ARENA.

Mork In Mindy features big soul voice Billy Nominates
and Amyl Taylor was a guest on Nudge It (which she did
too on the duo’s 2021 LP).

Get up and let your feet and your hips do the talking…


Sonic Science-Fiction With Boston Act VIOLET NOX And Their New ‘ERIS AWAKES’ EP

18 April 2022

Who: Experimental electro duo, Dez DeCarlo and Andrew Abrahamson,
from Boston who collaborate frequently with other artists.


“The album was written during the worldwide pandemic in 2021. It represents the current rebellious transitional unstable times we are in. Eris is the Goddess warrior of discord and chaos, a dwarf planet, the Star Child, the trans-Neptunian object. Her energy flowed freely through Violet Nox during the creation of this album to harness an uninhibited depth of psychic reflections and hidden shadows from which the essence of “Eris Wakes” tunes and harmonizes.”

Turn Up The Volume: Violet Nox compose their spaced-out symphonies in an
electronic universe of their own where ambient music dominates in all its different reverberations. Soothing and meditative (opener Spaceport 5), tripping out (Eris / Bellatrix), spooky (Magnetar), and mind-puzzling (Ghost Star). It all feels utopian and cosmic. Foggy harmonies with Portishead‘s vocalist Beth Gibbons transcended timbre and repetitive eurhythmics echoing German legends Tangerine Dream.

Close encounters of the third kind.
Sonic science-fiction. Stupefying

Buy/stream Eris Wakes here…

All songs written by Dez DeCarlo and Andrew Abrahamson
with additional lyrics by Noell Dorsey (Eris, Magnetar) and Karen
(Spaceport 5) and instrumental contributions by Alexis
Desjardins and Fen Rotstein

Mixed by Andrew Abrahamson with Dez DeCarlo
Mastered by Andrew Abrahamson

British Pop Tandem TINY DYNO Duo Spoil Your Ears With Their 4-Track Debut EP ‘COMPARISON CLUB’

Extended plays

12 April 2022

(Photo by Nick Davies)

Who: Emily Gardiner and Tom Kuras from Bristol (UK)
who blend the art of immaculate pop with the warm
glow of sugar-spun indie.


Four sunlight, amplified, multi-orchestral-layered and Springtime pop
thrills with Saint-Etienne echoes, that spoil your ears and put a big
smile on your face.

“Channeling the sounds of ‘90s rock and ‘60s pop, marrying
pounding rhythms and yearning melodies over a sea of guitars.”


“Gardiner expresses the internal tug of war of anger and acceptance in a failing relationship.
Tiny Dyno discovered a unique connection, combining the infectious tones of indie pop with an underlying sense of anxiety.”


“Kuras’ ear combines for pop rock and haunting and powerful lead vocals from Gardiner.”

(Should be a global hit)

“The stripped back verses make way for the gargantuan chorus. Gardiner isn’t afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve, the lyrics have a genuine vulnerability; “but I’m still holding on, and I know that it’s wrong.”

TINO DYNO: Facebook – Instagram

Singer-Songwriter ODAWIN Shines On 4-Track Debut EP

15 February 2022

Artist: ODAWIN
Who: An Italian singer-songwriter, born Patrizio Ottavianiiter.
His sound draws on psychedelic rock and Arabic harmonies.

Released: 4 February 2022 via Wires Records

“Four songs that describe the progressive stages of a project,
first of all interior, started in March 2020. The songs, composed
several months apart, are the expression of different emotional
past and experiences encountered by the Roman artist over time. “

Turn Up The Volume: An exotic spark with glimmering guitars (Knight Of Cups),
a meditative piano ballad and two prog-rock resounding compositions (Love Burns
/ Beliefs
), bringing legends Genesis (early years with Peter Gabriel) and YES to mind.
Add Odawin‘s scintillating voice and the final result is a triumphant, effervescent
debut EP.

Stream here…

ODAWIN: Facebook


24 January 2022

Who: Jewish mystics/drone/space pop explorers from Merrick, US.

EP: American Klezmische

Second installment of the In The Running series by I Heart Noise, the Boston
label that thinks out of the box promoting musicians who think out of the box.

Turn Up The Volume: I guess we can all can use some relaxing and tranquilizing moments, now and then, to get away from all that mind-oppressive pandemic misery.

Let’s start to relax with the first two tracks Old Schmeckled Hen and Noshville. Two magnetizing meditations that cause a trance-like sensation with its repetitive flow
and a hypnotic clawhammer banjo riff sounding like a sitar to my ears.

Tracks 3 and 4 (Stratoshmear and Klezmische) generates a similar effect but have
a different, more upbeat texture with its spirited harmonies and keep up the bracing balance of this extended play.

Someday soon change will come.
Humankind always found a way to survive.

Positive vibes like these are welcome…



COCTEAU TWINS Legend ROBIN GUTHRIE Celebrates His 60th Birthday With New Cinematic EP ‘SPRINGTIME’

Great extended plays

5 January 2022

Who: Scottish trailblazer best known as a founder and
sonic dreamweaver of legendary trio Cocteau Twins

Recent works: 2 EPs, Mockingbird Love and Riviera, and
one full album called Pearldiving, all released in 2021.

Guthrie was born 60 years ago, on 4 January 1962. Happy B. to the heart and soul
touching musician. To celebrate his birthday, he just released (yesterday) another
EP titled SPRINGTIME, containing 4 instrumental, synths painted pieces with an
instant soothing effect.

Imagine this: an eagle flying, with its wide wings spread, over a high mountain, with
a bright blue sky on top of it. All nature, all beauteousness, all cinematic magnificence.
Get the picture? I’m sure you do.

Dim the lights, sit down, relax, open your mind and
your ears and let yourself float on these moony waves…


Photo by Violette Guthrie

ROBIN GUTHRIE – Former Cocteau Twin Charms With Soothing Magnificence On New EP ‘RIVIERA’

13 December 2021

Artist: ROBIN GUTHRIE (Scotland)
Who: Co-founder of Cocteau Twins (1979–1997)


It has been a busy year for the Scottish musician. Last October he brought us his starry-eyed Mockingbird Love EP, followed in November by his first longplayer in nine years, called Pearldiving.

(photo by Violet Guthrie)

And here’s another EP titled RIVIERA.

An instrumental 4-track one with a featherlight, heavenly and spiritual magnificence. Stardust everywhere. If you’re not into all that festive end-of-the-year fuss (like me) play
all Guthrie‘s 2021 releases on repeat. It’ll give you (and me) a mind-relaxing, soothing,
and idyllic feel. Sparkling vibrations for the midnight hours. Guthrie transfers you to a blissful place.