4 October 2021
Band: HUX FLUX
Who: A quartet from Gothenburg, Sweden. They call their reverby sound ‘Trashdance’, influenced by punk, dance music and garage rock. They produced by legendary Detroit producer Jim Diamond (White Stripes, The Sonics, Dirt Bombs etc).
New EP: BANANA BRAIN
“Our personal influencers are a bit different, but as a band I would say that
Thee Oh Sees inspire us on the experimental part, Night Beats for the overall
sound, and The Coathangers for the versatility and attitude. We take our
music very seriously, but as ourselves we are more of the playful types.”
Turn Up The Volume: Expect four glorious chaotic psychobilly grooves
à la slash and trash legends The Cramps, sounding as if they were recorded
in a filthy basement far away from a thing called studio. Smells like punk spirit.
No arty-farty nonsense for Hux Flux whose frontwoman’s voice balances
somewhere between a Riot grrl version of Betty Boop and a young Marianne
Faithfull smoking 2 packs of cigarettes a day. Devilish cool, right? Absolutely.
Check your stereo before you press play…
HUX FLUX: Facebook
27 September 2021
Band: SONIC TIDES (Liege)
Who: Belgian 5-piece that produces a big subversive sound
ranging from noise rock to psychedelic. You can dive into their
duality between dissonant sounds and hypnotizing and
(photo: Gaux Mar)
Info: “The release of this EP is the result of the group’s work during the pandemic,
traveling between several atmospheres; frantic and dissonant sounds of “Foreseen
Failure” to melancholy vocal harmonies and the soaring atmosphere of “Through
My Bones”. This debut EP offers a glimpse into the alternate universe of Sonic Tides.”
About the artwork: “We were fortunate enough to be able to work with Robby Staebler
aka UVWAYS (All Them Witches) for the artwork for the first EP. We have always greatly appreciated his creations and visuals. He made the artwork for the EP directly from our
music. It was both an honor and a pleasure to be able to collaborate with him.” ”
Turn Up The Volume: From noise bulldozer Foreseen Failure to Black Sabbath
drone with a blues edge The Grass Grows. From bass-driven slo-mo jam Disruption
to quiet/Loud/quiet tour de force Through my Bones that leaves you behind, puzzled
and dazed with your ears ringing for a couple of minutes. An intense experience.
Top debut EP.
Test your speakers here…
SONIC TIDES: Facebook
7 September 2021
Who: This musical project started in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2014 and presents a soundscape based on electronic backgrounds and a more classic rock instrumentation blended with mellotrons, vibraphone, santur, harmonium and other alluring sounding instruments. In short, atmospheric psychedelic darkness with occult undertones.
New EP: ECLIPSE
Released: 20 August 2021
Eclipse, together with the previous EPs Cut (2020) and Spiral (2019) concludes a trilogy full of contradicting elements like nature, machines, birth, death and so on. The band recommends you to dive into the dark and vast oceans, and let yourself drift along with the unknown currents for a while.
Turn Up The Volume: Eyemouth is not a band, it’s a sort of spiritual experience, going from the unreal to the real and back. This EP contains six tracks but you really need to listen to it as a unity, as an entwined whole in order to capture the full sonic and lyrical picture.
Eclipse is one long mythical prog rock symphony with classical music structures that enhance the otherworldly euphony while Marcus Lilja‘s spooky voice wanders throughout like the untraceable ghost in the Blair Witch Project. Enigmatic, poignant and soul-stirring are the keywords. Put on your headphones, close your eyes and let this spellbinding trip lead you to the unreal and back. Enjoy the voyage.
Stream/buy Eclipse here…
Eyemouth: Marcus Lilja, Joakim Åberg
All songs written and produced by Marcus Lilja
Recorded at All Harmonics Studio, Gothenburg, Sweden
Mastered by Daniel Johansson at Welfare Sounds
Cover layout by Håkan Aspnäs
ECLIPSE out now – available via Apple Music and Bandcamp
3 August 2021
Who: Loud trio from Berlin formed in
a basement in 2020 featuring. Nico Rosch,
Vik Chi and Crayon Jones.
New EP: GO! GO! GO!
The EP approaches themes of personal introspection, desire for change
and individual growth through a lens of energetic, raw and catchy indie
garage rock. Recorded DIY style by the band and mixed by Peter Thoms
from popular German punk band Akne Kid Joe, ‘Go! Go! Go!’, examines
common feelings of frustration, doubt and fear along with a sense of
optimism that positive change is within reach.
Turn Up The Volume: After slam dunks Wake Up and I Want Noise (both
were ‘Pick Of The Day’ on TUTV!) I instantly became a fan. Why? This trio is
a sharp-cutting punk-and-roll turbo. They want noise, chaos, and danger.
So, what you get here is Bikini Kill‘s raw outcries, Courtney Love‘s glamorous
guts, B-52‘s love shack swagger, and catchy aaah-aaahh-aaaah chants. This is
a red-hot 5-track Riot Grrrl EP. Lobsterbomb are ready to go! No brakes for
these German gunslingers. You should be a fan too.
Ace! Ace! Ace!
Buy/stream Go! Go! Go! here…
Cool as fuck!
(photo by Andi Riekstina)
19 July 2021
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Band: TMCF (UK)
Who: Pop duo unafraid to blend ambience with indie hooks to
create a psychedelic experience. Formed in a time of hopelessness.
New EP: THE SPACE INBETWEEN PT1
“We had the opportunity to dig deep introspectively and remember why it is we
make music in the first place. The reason is that music more than a choice, more
than a commodity – on a very human level, to us and to so many people, it is a
part of who we are… During the production of this EP, we were able to feel gravity
again, let our feet finally re-connect with the ground during this crazy time, and
once again fall in love with the process of creating music.”
Turn Up The Volume: Expect an instrumental synth/guitar opener (The Space
In Between), a shadowy prog-roller-coaster with electrical twists and turns, and
a magnetic bass riff (Thaumaturgy), darkwavish pop-scapes (From Green To Grey
/ Collapse), a sparkling dreamtune (The Lions Den ) and a euphonic, vocal symphony
with mellow piano touches (Soon The World Goes Black). Sounds intriguing, right?
Play this EP a couple of times in a row, so your hungry
ears can slowly discover the layered moodiness of it.
Dive into the space in between here…
12 July 2021
Band: THE NOVUS
Who: Having been described as the most powerful thing to come out
of Birmingham since the industrial steam-engine, The Novus lead the
Gen-Z charge fuelled by council-estate angst & longing for escape from
small-town mentalities with their bigger-picture ideologies. Impossible
to put in a box, The Novus extract influence from all areas – from 70s
psychedelic rock to contemporary post-punk & are obsessed with every
aspect of the eternal realm we call ‘art’.
New EP: THALEIA STANDING – the band’s debut EP
Turn Up The Volume: Expect a scorching melting pot of all things that
make rock so terrifically vital. Anthemic delirium (I Serve Not), post-punk
anger (Hate Is The Cancer), a couple of massive Jimmy Page riffs combined
with that early, hallucinatory The Verve swagger (Overdriven), a hypnotic roller
coaster (Castaway), and a slow-burning psych-o-delic trip with an apocalyptic
outro (Journey – With No End).
No stories about the birds and the bees, no mainstream nonsense. These
wall-of-monstrous-psych-sound-producing misfits rage about the real world,
the one that’s dark and will be soon theirs. Get the picture? I thought so. Jaw-
dropping debut EP. Hands down.
– CASTAWAY –
Stream full EP
Buy on Bandcamp