Turn Up The Volume’s 15 KNOCKOUT TRACKS For AUGUST 2020…

This past month’s best…

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Fifteen Knockout Tracks on repeat this past month!
A fervent fusion of robust rippers and striking strokes.
Here’s Turn Up The Volume‘s Knockout August Team.

‘Vote That Fucker Out‘ by WRECKLESS ERIC and AMY RIGBY (UK/US)
An anger-fueled uppercut, the whole wide world should scream along. A firm middle-finger knockout. Let’s get together and shout at the top of our lungs until the elections
in November. Exit Trump is the world-saving goal, ladies and gents! Let’s act! Let’s sing…

‘A Hero’s Death’ by FONTAINES D.C. (Ireland)
Rollicking title track from the Irish post-punk misfits’ second album.
An unquestionable contender for longplayer of this science-fiction-like 2020.

‘Hail Taxi’ by METZ (Canada)
These Canadians deafening noiseniks have slash and trash chromosomes in their DNA. Don’t even try to resist this wall-balls-breaker, just surrender. New LP Atlas Vending arrives 9th October.

‘Fixer Upper’ by YARD ACT (Leeds, UK)
A mind-twisting crackerjack that’ll do your head in the way you like it. This funky as bloody hell banger sounds as if Mike Skinner and Sleaford Mods joined forces to experiment with intoxicating guitar riffs and turn up the decibels on for once. Cuts like a Swiss knife…

‘Hold My Hand’ by DEATH VALLEY GIRLS (Los Angeles)
Gloriously catchy, peppery and poppy with a cool vintage organ, shake and swing beats, 60s garage glow and Bonnie Bloomberg‘s peek-a-boo vocals. “Love is just like the ocean.

‘You Say’ by MADAME SO (Paris/London)
A spunky standout. A warning message for all hostile killjoys out there. Kicking off
with a powered guitar riff, soon followed by Madame So‘s vox hitting the roof with
the titanic You Say chorus. Smoking stuff, ladies and gents…

‘The Soul Singer’ by THE WATERBOYS (Scotland)
High-energy stroke! A horns fueled belter from amplified folk troubadour
Mike Scott and his band’s new – fourteenth – solid album Good Luck, Seeker.

‘Late At A Festival’ by BLUE STRAGGLERS (Sussex, UK)
Razorblade melodiousness drenched in a pool of kamikaze guitars, going forth and black like a roller coaster on the run. Blur‘s Britpop flair pumped up with tons of illegal decibels. Don’t come late at a festival with Blue Stragglers on the bill or they will find you and make you beg for mercy. You have been warned!…


‘Trump’s Still In Washington’
A razor-sharp rant about that 24/7 idiot in the White House. One-man-band
Justin Donnelly delivers the fitting belter to ventilate our own fury. Play it loud,
play it on repeat, play it until a new real POTUS arrives in Washington.

‘Everybody Will Be Forgotten’
by FAST FRIENDS (Bay Area/Boston/Denmark)
This paranoia punk punch sounds like Weezer on dope, like Green Day kicking that
American Idiot in the face, like the mental result of a lockdown psychosis, like if there
is no tomorrow. Jump and yell along before it’s too late. Right now, right here…

‘Forever’ by FOLK DEVILS (London)
Once a devoted indie rocker always a devoted indie rocker. Even are all these years you can hear and feel this band’s beating heart and feverish soul burning with strong-willed bravado and hungry desire. Dynamite sound, dynamite tune. Seems like Folk Devils are back forever despite the taste of life going wrong…

‘My Faith Is Larger’ by SAVING JACKIE (San Antonio, US)
A hot-tempered sucker-slam triggering every single nerve, every single muscle, and every single vein in your shuddering body. If you’re still mourning the loss of Rage Against The Machine, dry your eyes, rise from your bed, and go mental to Saving Jackie. Now!…

‘Burn’ by TEROUZ (Montreal)
This stunner wouldn’t be out if place on a Sisters Of Mercy album, while Terouz’s voice balances between Interpol‘s maestro Paul Banks and Editors‘ frontman Tom Smith.
Get up, stand up, and pirouette yourself dizzy…

‘Dirty Little Sinner’ by REGENT (Southampton)
This cracker blends Oasis‘ northern flair and Blur‘s power-pop catchiness. A steaming kinetic stomper to play to the max on your stereo so the neighbours can jump around
like doped monkeys too when the boiling chorus kicks in. Pump your fists in the air…

‘It’s OK To Bleed’ by HEAVY SALAD (Manchester, UK)
A trippy, mantra-like chant that will set your free. Light a joint, steal your grandparents’ hippie outfits and join Heavy Salad up there, eight miles high and dream of better times…

All together on Spotify

See/hear you next month, music junkies…

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FONTAINES D.C. Talked To STEREOGUM About Each Song Of Their New Stellar LP ‘A DEATH’S HERO’

2 August 2020

Irish indie rock bohemians FONTAINES D.C. just released their second ‘difficult’ longplayer. A DEATH’S HERO is a stellar piece of work about the grim times we
live in seen through the eyes of young artists trying to make sense of all of it.

The band talked with online music magazine
Stereogum about every single track on their
new chilling masterpiece. Read it all here.

(photo by Turn Up The Volume!)

Simply The Best – TURN UP THE VOLUME’s Knockout Tracks For JULY 2020…

This past month’s best…

Fifteen Knockout Tracks hitting Turn Up The Volume‘s speakers this past month!
A steamy melting pot of isolation corkers and lockdown cuts. Don’t worry, be happy!

– She Talks To Angels – BLACK NEEDLE NOISE Feat. ANJELA PICCARD (Norway)
A wall-of-industrial-symphony. Big tune, big sound, big vox, big performance. Stunning!
At least as good as the original by Southern Harmony rockers The Black Crowes.

– Incinerate – PHOSPHENE (Portland, Oregon, US)
Twinkling guitars, pulsating drums, radiant melodiousness, and bright vocals bringing Cocteau Twins‘ wonderful singer Elisabeth Fraser. Glimmering shoegaze sparks. From
their excellent longplayer Lotus Eaters.

– Hear Me Now – DJ DOVE and ROWETTA (UK)
#Selfishness is toxic #Change is desperately needed #LetUsDance is the message #DJDove is the techno wizard #Rowetta is the sky-high soul voice #Beach-party-tune #IbizaRules

– Born To Run – by RICH GIRLS (NYC)
For all those tramps who were born in the USA, go and dance in the dark before
you need to run for that sickly narcissistic American idiot. The Boss for president!

– Rainbow Records – OCEANOGRAPHY (Oakland, California)
Glorious guitar pop humdinger getting your aural attention instantly with a repetitive
riff sticking as first-class glue. Inflammable passion, scintillating ardency, and vehement fervor. Affecting voice reminding me of Greg Dulli‘s imposing vocals at times.

– Televised Mind – FONTAINES D.C. (Dublin, Ireland)
Rollicking Krautrock-like jam with charismatic frontman Grian Chatten‘s parlando
vocals rattling on and on and on. From the brand new top album A Hero’s Death.

– A Boat To Drawn In – METZ (Canada)
Halfway this storming steamroller turns into a trance-like juggernaut driven by
boisterous drum kicks and raucous guitars. Hypnotic and mind-boggling. It’s
Metz’s deafening sound of hope. New album ATLAS VENDING out 9 October.

– Down The Stairs – SHEHEHE (Athens, Georgia, US)
A blistering jackhammer doing your head in from the explosive get-go. A thunder and lighting corker that rages like a Formula One race car at a dangerous speed. Noise-tastic!

– My Faith Is Larger – SAVING JACKIE (San Antonio, Texas, US)
Move over RATM for this shattering, striking slam dunk with the merciless power
of a bone-crushing iron ball. A hot-tempered sucker-punch triggering every single
nerve, every single muscle, and every single vein in your shuddering body. Hell yeah!

– Unstoppable – MIESHA & THE SPANKS (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
A rumbling crackerjack rolling from the kick-off. A sickly sticky stunner to jump along, scream along and sweat along. Crackling guitars, hammering drum kicks and spicy vocals is what you get, hopping like a kangaroo on drugs is what you should do. Isolation firework to pump up your mood and body temperature. C’mon!

– Hetty O’Hara Confidential – ELVIS COSTELLO (UK)
The great imperishable songsmith still knows how to surprise.
This sonic jim-dandy, a sort of beatbox banger says it all. Boom boom.

– Keep Your Eyes Peeled – by ULTRA SUNN (Brussels, Belgium)
Combine D.A.F.‘s industrial vibrations, Sisters Of Mercy‘s catchy gloom and doom hallucinations and Depeche Mode‘s pop-noir melodies, and what you get is a trip to
a tenebrous underground basement where Ultra Sunn‘s Sam Huge and Gaelle Souflet
are the DJ’s. Dance like it’s 1999 all over again.

– Jackie – HYPERSPACE (Atlanta, Georgia, US)
Riff extravaganza / Electrical lobotomy / Gabba Gabba Hey /
High-voltage power pop / Alive and ticking / Punktastic!

– A Hymn – IDLES (Bristol, UK)
A slow-moving ominous groove that feels like it will explode any second, but doesn’t. Like a fierce volcano about to spew lava but… doesn’t! The tension is almost unbearable. Another topnotch stroke! Idles keep on delivering soul-stirring thrills.

– You Are Just Not Alone – by BLACK MOON BOOK (Chicago, US)
A tender and romantic ballad with a Nils Lofgren-like, starry-eyed voice as the most important instrument in the middle. You can file this comforting reverie next to
Kurt Vile and The National. Relax, sit down, and enjoy…

All together on Spotify

See/hear you next month, music junkies…

From Despair To Where? Indie Misfits FONTAINES D.C. Released ‘A DEATH’S HERO’ Album Today

31 July 2020

Band: FONTAINES D.C. (Dublin, Ireland)
Who: Irish post punk indie gunslingers gearing
up for world domination.
Album: A HERO’S DEATH – the band’s second LP
Released: 31 July 2020

Key phrase: “Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.”Lucius Annaeus SenecaLife

NME‘s verdict: “Usually, when a band follows up their lauded, hype-building
debut album in lightning-fast time, they do so to capitalise on the buzz and double
down on any early promise. Fontaines D.C.‘s second album, the tense, often morose
‘A Hero’s Death’, feels like the antithesis of this approach… It finds the band investigating
their meteoric rise and the punishing, never-ending tour that followed, sifting through
the fragmented pieces that remain.’ 
Full review here. Score: 4/5

Keywords: From despair to where? / Bold twilight tour de force / Stayin’ Alive /
Parlando poetry / Survival misfits / Day and night, black and white / Reality check

Key tracks/singles: Televised Mind / I Don’t Belong / A Hero’s Death




Full album…

FONTAINES D.C.: Facebook

(Photo by Turn Up The Volume!)

One Festival Track A Day Turns Summer Into Holiday – FONTAINES D.C. Rolling At Glastonbury 2019

Memorable festival flashes to heal this summer’s ‘no festivals’ pain…

‘Boys in the Better Land’ by FONTAINES D.C. performed at Glastonbury 2019
From their topnotch 2019 debut album Dogrel. We can already say without
a shadow of a doubt that this 2020 is the year of these Dublin rockers.

Here’s the better land…

Check their newest single ‘TELEVISED MIND‘ from their
upcoming, second album A HERO’s DEATH out 31 July


FONTAINES D.C. Share Another Grand Piece From New Upcoming Album – Here’s ‘TELEVISED MIND’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

1 July 2020

(photo: Turn Up The Volume!)

FONTAINES D.C., one the most exciting bands of the moment are on their way to follow their five-star 2019 debut LP Dogrel with another supreme longplayer. A HERO’S DEATH will see the day of light on 31 July. So far they gave us two startling cuts with the thundery title track and moody meditation I Don’t Belong.

And the third track is another remarkable ripper. TELEVISED MIND is a rollicking Krautrock-like jam getting under your skin slowly but surely while frontman Grian
‘s parlando vocals rattle on and on and on. Bull’s eye, again!

Let’s roll…

Also on Spotify

Other two tracks




New album A HERO’S DEATH out 31 July – pre-order facilities via Partisan Records

Reflective Meditation – FONTAINES D.C. With New Single ‘I DON’T BELONG’

New sonic impulses…

10 June 2020

(photo: Turn Up The Volume!)

After their impressive 2019 debut LP Irish rockers FONTAINES D.C. already launch a new
full length (eat your heart out, Radiohead) entitled A HERO’S DEATH at the end of July. Last month they unleashed the first single, the stormy title track.

And here’s a second piece called I DON’T BELONG. The opening track of the longplayer.
A lost in thoughts meditation about being an outsider with reflective vocals by charismatic frontman Grian Chatten

Hear it here…

Also on Spotify


New album out 31st July

Great Tribute To A Great Band – Irish Sensation FONTAINES D.C. Covers THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN…

16 May 2020

Young Irish rockers FONTAINES D.C. who hit the music scene sensationally with their blistering debut album Dogrel joined the countless artists making and sharing music
from their homes.

They picked the musing title track of The Jesus And Mary Chain‘s 1987 Darklands
album. Their version is sensitive, intimate, and dreamy with frontman Grian Chatten
really singing instead of sneering with his characteristic parlando vocals and, wow,
he has a truly affecting voice. Wistful top cover. A great tribute to a great band.

The cover

The original version…

Irish Rockers FONTAINES D.C. Unleash Brand New Stormy Single ‘A HERO’S DEATH’…

New sonic impulses…

6 May 2020

With last’s year rousing debut album Drogel Irish firm post-punk rockers FONTAINES D.C. hit the scene with a big bang. One of the best 2019 longplayers on Turn Up The Volume‘s list.

Their follow-up LP ‘A HERO’S DEATH‘ is already waiting in the pipeline, out 31st July.
And here’s the first single and title track. It could have been a highlight on Drogel with its pumped-up pace, frontman Grian Chatten rattling non-stop rant while the band produces an adrenalin beat that grows in tension along its thundery way.

It’s a heated ripper of hope and having faith in the future

“Life ain’t always empty / Don’t get stuck in the past/ Say your favorite things at
mass / Tell your mother that you love her/ And go out of your way for others.”

Here’s the accompanying video…

FONTAINES D.C.: Facebook

FONTAINES D.C. Share New Video Clip For Highlight Track ‘LIBERTY BELLE’ Of Their Debut LP…

9 January 2020

Flaming Irish indie rockers FONTAINES D.C. released one of the best albums of 2019 with their smashing debut LP ‘DOGREL. The band decided to share a new video for one of the top tracks ‘LIBERTY BELLE‘ as so much has changed since they made the original clip. It’s full of live footage from their stormy gigs. I saw them playing twice last year and I can assure you they’re one of the best live bands around.

Here we go…

here in full…

FONTAINES D.C.: Facebook