ALL STAR ALBUMS TEAM – Turn Up The Volume’s 11 KNOCKOUT LP’s of 2018…

2018 – Another dazzling year for longplayers!
Here’s Turn Up The Volume’s All Star Team
Here are the 11 chosen ones – Let’s roll…

1. ‘Laurent’ by IT IT ANITA (Luik, Belgium)
This is a spellbinding mix of vintage IIAA primal screams and new sound structures that match the band’s clamorous intensity terrifically. An ideal challenge for your speakers…

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2. ‘Joy As An Act Of Resistance’ by IDLES
This hammering punk tour de force, dealing with the political vileness that fucks up our planet and other daily shit that causes human pain, is a massive work of turbulent joy.

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3. ‘Endless Scroll by BODEGA (New York NY, US)
Rip-roaring jingle jangle firepower with echoes of former British post-punks Au Pairs, early punky Talking Heads and their wide awake mentors Parquet Courts. A hip-shaking score!

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4. ‘Songs Of Praise’ by SHAME (South London)
These hungry South London wolves hit you straight in the face with tumultuous knockout punk anthems and wall-breaking eruptions of youthful frustrations. Concrete debut!

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5. ‘Expert By Virtue Thereof’ by TUBELIGHT (Belgium)
Like The Fall playing in tune with a singer who can actually sing which results in an electrical melting pot of rousing spit & sneer missiles and some puzzling escapades.

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6. ‘Dove’ by BELLY (Boston, US)
A comeback in grand style with fetching guitar pop splendour, captivating stories and most of all a series of supreme tunes causing a heartwarming glow you can wallow yourself in.

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7. ‘Insecure Men’ by INSECURE MEN (UK)
Fat White Family‘s Saul Adamczewski and Childhood‘s Ben Romans-Hopcraft surrounded themselves with a whole orchestra for this wondrous, sepia-colored retro pop beauty.

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8. ‘Black City’ by RICH GIRLS (New York, NY, US)
This is a comforting companion for moony moments. Once you’ve heard singer/songwriter Luisa Black‘s voice you’ll never forget her vulnerable and passionate timbre. Spine-tingling.

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9. MIEN‘ by MIEN (US/UK/Canada)
Like-minded spirits of different psych bands finding each other in a colorful adventure.
A rad record full of mind-stimulating explorations and richly orchestrated odysseys.

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10. ‘Megamix’ by RUMOURS (Belgium)
A magnificent and magnetizing longplayer of transcendent soundscapes ranging from grand symphonies to mighty bass-loaded-synths drones with a chilling vox in the middle.

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11. ‘Egypt Station’ by PAUL MCCARTNEY (Liverpool, UK)
And when the noise is over Macca comes in and tells you about his life on his best LP (as
if I know all of them!) in ages, full of melancholic and melodic pop humdingers. Lovely!

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TUBELIGHT – Belgian Garage Trash Force With Hottest Album Of The Moment…

Weekly vibrations to soundtrack your favorite 48 hours…

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24 March 2018

They rattle, they rumble, they roar and they roll. They are TUBELIGHT. A cracking 5-piece out of Belgium that released its second album EXPERT BY VIRTUE, THEREOF just a few weeks ago. A blazing record Turn Up The Volume had on his earphones every single day since it hit the streets (review:  here). Imagine the early Velvet Underground with Mark E Smith – who’s singing instead of barking – producing some hellish hullabaloo jams. Fierce, sharp, nasty and hair-raising with frontman Long Tall Lee spitting and sneering like the demonic best. Pretty awesome! Best gang of the moment, on record and on stage. Why
I hear you ask? Here’s why…

ON RECORD

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ON STAGE
Yesterday the trashy engine played my hometown Ghent again and turned their stupendous longplayer into a smashing powerhouse on stage at the Charlatan
venue with an overall riotous knockout sound that makes your head spin 360°.
Boiling guitars, kicking rhythm section, Ray Manzarek‘s ghost on keys and Lee
Swinnen
‘s screaming and shouting on top of it. No nonsense, no special effects,
no arty farty shit. Just: MIND-BOGGLING GARAGE NOISE HAVOC TO GO NUTS TO!…


LSD boy….


Snake Oil Salesmen


Full house


Nervous Lee


Flaming riffage


“Who are the fucking Glücks?

TUBELIGHT: Facebook / Label: Fons Records

(concert pics by JL/Turn Up The Volume!)

TUBELIGHT Is Dead! Long Live TUBELIGHT! New Fantabulous Album ‘EXPERT BY VIRTUE, THEREOF’ Out Now…

New sonic impulses to activate your senses…

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24 February 2018

Belgium‘s striking collective TUBELIGHT, led by singer/songwriter Lee Swinnen has just released their sophomore longplayer, titled EXPERT BY VIRTUE, THEREOF. The band makes a truly spectacular, sonic U-turn. From dark, psychedelic musings on their debut album Heliosphere to The Fall inspired wickedness and the Velvet Underground‘s raw
jam electricity and eccentric stories on the new record. I was speechless after one spin.

A true tour de force with a rip-roaring result. Swinnen sneers and spits, at times, like
the late, great genial badass/narcist Mark E. Smith did whole his turbulent life with one notable difference, the fact that Swinnen actually can sing (Isolation / Snake Oil Salesman / Reverberate – Ribbit Parade). At times it feels like the LP was recorded in 1967 in New York City in Andy Warhols’ Factory club (Nervous Jim / Complexity / LSD Coy Boy). Yes, ladies and gents, trust me, I’m euphoric for the right reasons. And on top of it the revamped line-up nailed it live, yesterday in my hometown Ghent (Belgium) at their album release party. Now a 5-piece with Ray Manzarek‘s spiritual grandson on organ Tubelight played a non-stop stunning set with a I Wanna Hit bravado. TUBELIGHT is dead! Long live TUBELIGHT!

Here’s EXPERT BY VIRTUE, THEREOF


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Yesterday’s album release frenzy in De Ruimte, Ghent


Nervous Lee


Fully automated


Catchy complexity


Setlist

TUBELIGHT: Facebook / Label: Fons Records

(concert pics by JL/Turn Up The Volume!)

TUBELIGHT Returns With Some Totally Different Shit – Here’s New Spitting Single ‘PERFECT ROUTINE’…

12 February 2018

I can’t remember a band changing so drastically in sound after one album as Belgian
5-piece Tubelight does right now. As much I loved their debut album Heliosphere, an eminent work of dazzling psychedelia pop, their brand new single PERFECT ROUTINE
hits new sonic territory that makes you long for the band’s future and not its past. Here’s
a totally different animal shaking things up tremendously as the late, great Mark E Smith did non-stop all his troubled life. What you get here are ramshackle guitar drones doing your poor head in, cracking garage drum beats pumping up your adrenalin and spitting sneers by frontman Lee Swinnen daring you to throw your widescreen televion through the bloody window. This is a wayward high-quality smack! Imagine The Velvet Underground on tons of acid instead of brain-killing heroin. The Fall is dead! Long Live Tubelight! Capture the nasty fever right here…

TUBELIGHT: Facebook – LABEL: Fons Records


Swinnen is back with spitting sneers


New album EXPERT BY VIRTUE THEREOF out 23 February – check iTunes