Best 10 Songs Of 2022 According To British Top Music Website LOUDER THAN WAR

The British music and culture website/magazine (one of Turn Up The Volume‘s favorite sources) that focuses mainly on alternative music, arts, books and movies for 12 years now, revealed their TOP 10 of BEST SONGS OF 2022.

1. ‘The Only Way I Can Love You’ by SUEDE (London, UK)

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2. ‘A Time And A Place’ by NARCISSUS (Manchester, UK)

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3. ‘Chaise Longue’ by WET LEG (Isle Of Wight, UK)

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4. ‘2p Machine’ by FRANCIS lung (Manchester, UK)

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5. ‘Black Flag’ by THE CIDES (UK)

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6. ‘I Am The White Stripes’ by NIHILISTS (UK)

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7. ‘Wooden Spoon Number’ by THE BATTERY FARM (Manchester, UK)

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8. ‘Bad Habit’ by STEVE LACY (CPT, United States)

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9. ‘Eight Fivers’ by GILLA BAND (Ireland)

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10. ‘Midlife In A Small Town’ by DEAD SHEERAN (England)

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TURN UP THE VOLUME’s 30 BEST TRACKS OF 2022

ALL TOGETHER on Spotify…

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TRACK BY TRACK

1. ‘Twitchin’ in The Kitchen’ by WARMDUSCHER (London)

This punky-funky disco corker is the perfect pick-me-up tune for all the wacky
weirdos who are always in the kitchen at parties waiting for free drinks and waiting
for Warmduscher to come in and kick their lazy asses. Big stroke, big chorus, big fun!

From the gang’s rad 4th LP At The Hotspot.

Twitch as much as you want.

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2. ‘I Saw’ by YOUNG FATHERS (Scotland)

The Scottish dance-funk-punk trio YOUNG FATHERS launch
their 5th LP called HEAVY HEAVY on 3 February.

Ahead of hit came this ridiculously sticky stunner I SAW.
A master blaster that makes your blood stream faster
through your veins. The addition of a choir in the back
works on the spot.

Touchdown!

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3. ‘Slowly Separate by CROWS (London)

This London post-punk team unleashed their 2nd scorching album
Beware Believers, last April. One of TUTV’s best full-lengths of 2022.

Slowly Separate is a schizo sonic serpent generating a mind-blowing backwash
while chainsaw guitars turn up the decibels to an illegal peak, and vox-in-the-middle
James Fox rages and blazes through his teeth.

Fucktastic!

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4. I’ll Make You See God’ by THE AFGHAN WHIGS

The by now legendary passion rockers from Cincinnati, Ohio with mastermind Greg Dulli leading the troops. Their new 10th LP How Do You Burn? was voted Best Album Of 2022 on Turn Up The Volume.

I’ll Make You See God was the lead single. A sturdy steamroller, a red-hot-heated juggernaut, an unstoppable cannonball going everywhere fast. Manic blitzkrieg
guitars, ruthless drum/bass attacks, Greg Dulli‘s rush of blood vocality, and a brutal
finish. Flabbergasting.

Dulli: “That’s one of the hardest rock songs we’ve ever done.
It was written and performed on sheer adrenalin.”

Hear God here.

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5. ‘I Am Kate Moss’ by DITZ (Brighton, UK)

This frenetic Brit force hit big time with their dazzling
debut album The Great Regression last March.

Single I Am Kate Moss is a cast-iron brainbreaker. It’s a poignant, biting, and
anxious uppercut. I’m pretty sure Moss would love this hit-and-run drone when
it would hit her ears. She is, after all, the Femme Punk Fatale of fashion.

I cut a striking figure
And it cuts me back

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6. ‘The Prophet by THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA (London)

The Prophet progresses like a vicious viper sliding to its prey until a horrific explosion strikes you in the face. Next is a titanic bass riff that keeps the roller coaster turning with scary speed. This flabbergasting monster is part of their 2nd notable longplayer Trust No Leaders.

Helter Skelter!

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7. ‘Frankenstein’ by TRAMP (Northern Ireland)

About: “As a story or metaphor, we are all ‘Frankenstein’s monster’ – made up of
other people’s opinions and parts that don’t belong to us. That we were born
perfect but people, in their own conditioning, come along and can make us feel
undesirable/inadequate/the monster. But we can choose to be real instead.”

This is without a shadow the best debut single of 2022.

A towering tune going low, high and back. A sickly sticky pop gem wrapped in
a big-boisterous wall-of-sound. And up front, Sianna Lafferty‘s phenomenal voice
causes goosebumps when she reaches for the sky on the chorus. The ardency of
Porridge Radio comes to mind.

“I am not what you want me to be
Uncle Sam won’t even point at me
Even the eyes of the Virgin Mary wall
hanging won’t even stare at me.”

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8. ‘Kill Me Again’ by THE WAEVE (UK)

British duo THE WAEVEGraham Coxon (Blur) and songstress
Rose Elinor Dougall – uncage their first collaborative, self-titled
album on 3 February. Pre-order info here.

Kill Me Again, one of three pieces shared so far, is an infectious groove
propelled by a pounding synth/bass riff, spiced with Coxon on saxophone
and mesmerizing (duet) vocals. Splendid stuff. Bring on the LP.

Play the killer here.

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9. ‘Chaise Lounge’ by WET LEG

This power pop sensation impressed big time with their self-titled debut album. The outstanding dingle Chaise Longue – catchy, funny and witty caused choirs of thousands of sing-along people at festivals this past summer as I experienced myself, not at Glastonbury (below), but in Belgium at Hear!Hear! fest.

Fabulous!

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10. ‘Live To Love’ by ILA

After releasing her sterling debut LP last year, songstress Ilayda Cicek and her band
came back this year for a series of riveting concerts (I saw 5 of them) and this sublime single. Her passion, her vivaciousness and vocal fervency push this electrifying pearl
way up to the stars.

Top emo-stroke.

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10. ‘Power’ by WHERE WE SLEEP (London, UK)

Where We Sleep is the alter ego of Beth Rettig,
former front force of electro-rock band Blindness

On this boiling groover Rethig rants non-stop with anger and frustration.
A nasty bass riff is the backbone here, while layers of menacing guitar
electricity augment this ripper’s rowdy roll.

A crystal clear statement, a menacing projectile.

They Don’t Want The Truth / They Just Want The Power

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11.’Backwash’ by GILLA BAND (Gilla band)

The raw Irish post-punk bulldozer bombarded our ears
last October with their third LP, titled Most Normal.

One of the singles was this straightforward stonker.

YEAH!.

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12. ‘Nothing Good Comes Easy’ by DEAD LEVEE (Canada)

What a wowzer! This uplifting motherrocker boosts your state of mind with
fired-up dynamism from the get-go. Rapid-fire rawk and roll riffs switch on
a fervent feel of euphoria. It did it in the past, it does it in the present and
it will do it in the future.

Despite all the BS we have to endure (pandemic, Ukraine, natural disasters,
and other threats) it’s never too late to get back on track and why not start
with 4 and a half minutes of heart-warming guitar-fueled boogie-woogie
that triggers hope and assurance.

Let’s roll.

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13. ‘Frenzy’ by IGGY POP (Detroit)

Stoogefather IGGY POP still wants to be your dog.
He has his new – 19th – LP, named Every Loser
lands out next week, on 6 January.

Lead-single was the perfect harbinger. A motherfucker of a punk bomb
featuring an all-star band including Watt, Guns N’ Roses‘ Duff McKagan
and Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ Chad Smith.

I’m in a frenzy
Fucking prick
I’m in a frenzy
Goddamn dick

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14. ‘Something Good’ by CASUAL DRAG (Scotland)

It’s been two years since these Scottish hound dogs made
my speakers tremble with their furious Johnny single.

But on their steamy comeback stomper they still have the same barnstorming
groove and move drive. Something Good is a nasty rip-roaring-riff jackhammer,
annex agitated vocals, rotating in your head in an ear-blink. Think NYC’s darlings
Interpol playing The Fall. Something good? Way better, something ace!

Play it loud.


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15. ‘Welcome To Hell’ by BLACK MIDI (London)

Geordie Greep (vocalist, guitar): “Almost everything I write is from a true thing, something
I experienced and exaggerated and wrote down. I don’t believe in Hell, but all that old world folly is great for songs, I’ve always loved movies and anything else with a depiction of Hell.”

A screwy zig-zagging haymaker it is.
From their head-spinning 3rd LP
Hellfire.

Burn here…

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16. ‘Dumb’ by BURN THE LOUVRE (Canada)

The musical project of singer/songwriter Jordan Speare
assisted by guitarist/bassist and friend Andrew Billone

They just have their debut album, titled Silhouettes out after
releasing its 11 songs the past 12 months, one per month. Dumb
is my absolute favorite.

An instant earworm. Pop perfection. I lost track of the number
of times I had this gem on my headphones. Say no more.

Press play.

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17. ‘Mañana’ by JAMES DOMESTIC (Essex/Suffolk, UK)

“A paean to taking your foot off the gas and letting things slide, or a warning of the perils of procrastination, perhaps? It’s hard to tell whether ‘Mañana’ is meant to serve as a confessional regarding Domestic’s own perceived lack of willpower, or a celebration of idleness. It could be either of these things; and that’s one of its many joys.”.

A sirens intro, David Bowie‘s saxophone, and steel drums straight from Trinidad. Sounds like an exotic swing and shake ditty is coming up. No folks, it’s a lazy rap-sody you can play the morning after a booze marathon to get up and sober up, slowly.

Soul voice Clare Gillet takes care of the chirpy chorus.

Subscribe!

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18. ‘The Hurt Within’ by HOLY COVES (Wales)

These Welshmen released their new excellent album Druids and Bards
displaying mastermind Scott Marsden high-quality songwriting.

This impassioned hard-luck story is my fav cut. It grows slowly but surely into a soul-stirring and mesmerising heartbreaker with an epic finale. Glowing guitars, a steady drumbeat, and mixed-emotions vocals all come together for a poignant performance.
‘Love Is Cruel / The Hurt Within’
. You can feel it.

Enjoy.

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19. The Speed’ by ULTRA SUNN (Brussels)

This wholly charismatic and fast up-and-coming darkwave duo mixes Gothic Depeche Mode beats, with sonic Human League echoes, bass-synth-riffs à la German legends D.A.F. and spice it all up with spooky vocals. And it looks like 2023 will even be bigger than 2022.

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20. ‘Leader’ by MEMES (Scotland)

After their eponymous bonkers debut EP (2020) followed by some staggering singles,
the high-decibels tandem nail it with another sucker punch. Leader is a funk-punk riff ripsnorter that kicks forth and back before a freakish guitar outbreak slashes and
trashes its way to the end.

Watch out for the pigman,
he looks like a meme in disguise.

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21. ‘Demolition Row’ by METZ (Toronto, CA)

“It’s a warning, an unflinching assessment of the vastness and insignificance of this
life, is precisely counterbalanced by their lesson, which models the resilience that this understanding demands. ‘Demolition Row’ is persistent, concise, and alarmingly physical.”

This blustery belter is vintage Metz. Full blast ahead. The track
featured on a split 7” with London-based group Adult Life.

From Dylan’s Desolation Row
to Metz’s Demolition Row


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22. ‘Digging’ by NOTHINGHEADS (London)

Once I learned that this startling belter is about the horrible exploitation of human
beings by ferocious money sharks this jagged jackhammer blew my mind even harder than I heard it the first time before knowing about the band’s inspiration for this slam.

Expect rabid guitars, doom-and-gloom vocals, and frantic
twists and turns until the chaotic finale. Post-punk at
its razorblade best.

Dynamite.


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23. ‘Chemical Emotion’ by JEEN (Canada)

Jeen: “It’s about letting yourself drift in the flow of everything and hanging on as hard as you can to what makes the shitty parts more tolerable…I was thinking of that Hunter S. Thompson quote, “buy the ticket, take the ride.” It was written in April 2021, which was a rough part of last year for me. I needed to write something that reminded me to tread lightly, to forget about the heaviness of everything.

After only one spin, my ears told me that Chemical Emotion is an bewitching pop doozy. Jeen‘s emotive voice bewitches right away, the mid-tempo cadence emphasizes the meditative reflection perfectly, the compelling chorus brings Alanis Morissette to mind, and overall the orchestral sonority and the layered harmonies lead to a thrilling triumph.

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24. ‘Edie’ by STEPH SWEET (UK)

This is the spellbinding title track of this enigmatic songstress’ newest album

The dark garage guitar swagger of this nightmarish cracker is irresistibly
magnetic. Think trash-and-slash duo Royal Trux. Both eerie and haunted.

Top!

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25. ‘We Are Ukraian’ by OSCAR MIC (London)

Oscar Mic wrote this song after witnessing the horrific violence of
psycho Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine on the news. All proceeds of
the song weent to Save The Children’s Ukraine Appeal.

We Are Ukrainian is a vivid hp-rap-pop anthem featuring steel drums
and timpani balancing somewhere between Roots Manuva and Mr. Scruff.

“Fleeing people running scared, so tell me Where’s the justice? Our leaders say they care,
tell me can you trust this? Urban warfare, your home’s done and dusted, Aiming at the
public, they wouldn’t? They just did,”

Fuck Putin.


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26. ‘Zick Zack’ by RAMMSTEIN
27. ‘Forever In Sunset’ by EZRA FURMAN (Chicago)
28. ‘Troglodyte’ by Viagra Boys (Sweden)
29. ’15 Again’ by SUEDE (UK)
30. 30. ‘The Dripping Tap’ by KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD

GILLA BAND Have Their Own Metal Music Machine Album ‘MOST NORMAL’ Out

Standout longplayers

19 August 2022

Band: GILLA BAND
Who: Raw Irish post-punk projectile

New album: MOST NORMAL
Released: 7 October 2022

3rd LP following debut Holding Hands With Jamie (2015)
and 2019 follow-up The Talkies.


(Ghent Belgium – 2014)


(Ghent Belgium – 2022)

Turn Up The Volume: My ears fell in love with these Irish noise-challenging mavericks when I first saw them explode in my hometown of Ghent, Belgium back in 2014 (a year before their debut LP) when they were support act to the mindblowing Fat White Family in front of a handful of spectators.

Three LPs and several excorsistic live seances later you can call me a fanatic fan.

With their new bulldozing full-length Most Normal I experience another horror-ific combination of watching a surreal David Lynch movie soundtrack while I’m tied up on
an electric chair. It all starts with paranoid shocker The Gum followed by two cast iron sucker punches (Eight Fivers/ Backwash). So far so Gilla normal.

But here and there they throw some obscure what-the-fuck-is-going-on soundbites
in the mix (Gushie / Capgras / Red Polo Neck / Pratfall) that can wake up the death on Halloween and the way Dara Kiely howls I’m sure his demons want to get rid of him,
instead of the other way around. Panic time.

Before you run away screaming their magnetic sonic power holds you back
with some vintage GB thrashers (I Wash Away / Almost Soon / Post Ryan).

In 1975 late genius Lou Reed released his sickly deranged anti-record label
LP Metal Music Machine. Gilla Band have their own metal music machine
album now, bur it’s one you can listen to without the risk of brain damage.

Singles/clips: Eight Fivers – Backwash – Post Ryan

– EIGHT FIVERS –

– BACKWASH –

– POST RYAN –

Buy/stream full album here…


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GILLA BAND: Facebook – Instagram

I Love The Smell Of Irish Noise Bohemians GILLA BAND In The Morning

Works faster than caffeine

16 September 2022

Irish noise bohemians GILLA BAND are coming closer
to the release date of their 3rd longplayer Most Normal,
out on 7th October. Pre-order info here.


Album artwork

So far we got to tremendous tasters with
Backwash
and Eight Fivers.

And here comes number three. A happy birthday
song for a friend, called Post Ryan.

Dara Kiely (frontman): “Our friend Ryan turned 30 during lockdown and we were asked
by his mates to make a track for his birthday, We wrote and recorded ‘Happy Birthday
Ryan’. Right after that we came up with the bones of what is now known as Post Ryan.”

“This probably took the longest time out of all the tracks. The words of the track were
originally really silly. There’s was a line about wearing Christmas socks all year round.
Stupid stuff. It didn’t really fit the tone. The lads wanted me to get out of my comfort
zone and write something really direct.  


(Photo by Turn Up The Volume – Ghent, Belgium, 17 July 2022)

I love the smell of Gilla Band in the morning.
Be ready to sing happy birthday to Ryan.

Also st(r)eaming on Spotify

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GILLA BAND: Facebook – Instagram

Turn Up The Volume’s 20 BEST TRACKS Of The Month – AUGUST 2022

A stream of rattling rippers, jagged jams, and magnific musings

All 20 on Spotify.

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TRACK BY TRACK

Band: GILLA BAND
Who: Raw Irish post-punk projectile
New album: Most Normal,
their third, out on out 7th October.

Dara Kiely (frontman man): “The lyrics are from a stream of consciousness rant, weird imagery and all that. The track is about attraction – fancying someone and not knowing what to say exactly. It’s an indirect love song, knowing you like someone but can’t quite articulate it.”

Single: BACKWASH

No brakes, no breaks. Always forward.
The Irishmen rock big time. Bang-on.

GILLA BAND: Facebook – Instagram
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Band: MUSE
Active: Since 1994 / 9 LPs (new one included)
New Album: WILL OF THE PEOPLE, released 26 August.

Single: WILL OF THE PEOPLE

This is Muse turning up the decibels. Giant gem.

MUSE: Facebook – All Albums
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Band: SUEDE
Who: Britpop champions from London
Active: 1989–2003, 2010–present
9 longpayers so far (new one included)

New album: AUTOFICTION
Out: 16 September

15 Again is 90s Suede.
Epic. Monumental. Glamtastic.

Tune in and feel young again.

SUEDE: Facebook – Instagram
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Artist: BUZZKILL JOY
Who: A genre-fluid punk in pink from the North of England
who always aims to energise, inspire and surprise.

New single: LEHMAN WEEKEND

It follows the character of Billy as he loses his job, his house, his wife and kids, and ultimately maybe his life. After pursuing everything at all costs, we follow Lehman brother’s banker Billy as he chronologically loses everything throughout the worst day of his life, after the bank collapses and everything just keeps going wrong.

Be ready to jump up and down, left and right. This not-so-happy song sounds terrifically happy. A riveting pop tune that could come straight from a Yungblud album. If this devil-may-care earworm doesn’t make you go gaga I don’t know what will.

Volume to max.

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BUZZKILL JOY: Facebook – Instagram
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Band: THE BANKROBBER
Who: Italian alt-pop band led by
brother ad sister Giacomo and
Maddalena Oberti
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New single: HATE ME
From their new, second full-length Lighters and Lovers
arriving on 23 September.

New single: HATE ME

Turned-on guitars and Oberti‘s quick-fire vocals – on the cracking
chorus he goes as fast as a rapper – inflame this straightforward
standout. From bankrobber to bankrocker.

Fantastico!

THE BANKROBBER: Twitter – Instagram
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(photo by Sandra Ebert)

Band: MODERN WOMAN
Who: London-based act that began as the songwriting project of Sophie Harris.
The band’s music, still based around Harris’ songwriting, explores a diverse range
of sounds drawing from their melting pot of influences.

New single: FORD

Following their splendid 2021 debut EP Dogs Fight In My Dream these up-and-coming gunslingers score again with their new sassy bass/drums motorized and guitar-spiced stunner, extra energized with Sophie Harris‘s clear-cut vocals and a schizo finish. They should get the same attention as Liverpool‘s sensation The Mysterines. NOW!

MODERN WOMAN: Facebook
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Band: THE KILLERS (Los Angeles)
Active: Since 2001 / 7 studio albums

New single: BOY.

Brando Flowers (frontman): With ‘boy’, I want to reach out and tell
myself, and my sons, to not overthink it. And to look for the ‘white arrows’
in their lives. For me now, white arrows are my wife, children, my songs
and the stage.”

The tunesmiths experts do what do best, writing
lyrical anthems for huge stadiums.

Boy, oh boy.

THE KILLERS: Facebook – Instagram
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Artist: WHERE WE SLEEP (London, UK)
Who: Alter ego of Beth Rettig, former
front force of electro-rock band Blindness

New single: BROKEN BONES

It follows the ambient 5-track EP Experiments In The Dark (2019)
and soul-stirring debut album The Scars They Leave (2021)

This slow-mo reflection on personal turmoil is driven by an ongoing bass-riff that got under my skin and kept on rotating in my head after just one spin. And when Rettig adds psychedelic guitar pizazz and flashy fingertip touches, the bone-chilling progression gets even more poignant. Her shadowy vocality seduces once again. To hypnotise, magnetise and mesmesize are familiar Where We Sleep characteristics I never get tired of.

Broken Bones is a triumph in sound and vision.

Listen/watch

WHERE WE SLEEP: Buy on Bandcamp – Instagram – Facebook
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Artist: MEAGN THEE STALLION
Who: R & B rapper born Megan Jovon Ruth Pete,
27 years ago Megan Jovon Ruth Pete
New album: Traumatize – her 2nd one

Track: HER

MTS is a non-stop word waterfall embedding her stories
in bulletproof disco stompers like she does it here.

Roll the tape and dance.

MEGAN THE STALLION: Instagram
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(Photo by Kris Parenti)

Band: ULTRA SUNN
Who: Cold/darkwave duo – Sam Huge and
Gaelle Souflet
– from Brussels

New single: THE SPEED
B-side: Out Of The Cage

With The Speed this Belgian darkwave duo invites you once more to get off your
lazy couch, to dress black and head to the nightclub where they are waiting
to make your booty shake to their ghostly bass synth riffs. Nirvana guaranteed.

Here’s why.

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ULTRA SUNN: Facebook – Instagram
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Artist: JODIE LANGFORD
Who: A swirling wordsmith from
the Hull / East Yorkshire area.

New single: HOW IT IS feat. Marx

Jodie: “How It Is, the recurring tale of getting messy with your mates to escape from the standard 9 to 5 working life. This track celebrates the poor life choices made after deciding to go for a drink with your friends/colleagues and the chaos and amusement experienced along the way. “

It’s only Langford‘s third single.

This new one is a brisk clap-along groover with an instantaneous swaying
impact on your hips. Could be the ideal remedy when trying to get out of bed after
a 48-hour weekend revelry and shake your hangover off. Sheeny synths, hip-hopper
Marx‘s jaunty contribution, and the zestful chorus, it all comes together seamlessly.

A hattrick! Let’s drink to that.


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JODIE LANGFORD: Instagram
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Band: TUHAF (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Who: The fusion of different types of musicians and all kinds of genres
– Anatolian folk, indie rock, free jazz, Danish traditional songs and US
roots rock – wondrously merges into the sound of TUHAF. The band is
fronted by Turkish-born singer Berrin Bas.

New single: HAFLA
From their debut album ‘Mere Guld’,
out this Friday.

Berrin: “‘Hafla’ is about celebrating oneself. It is dedicated to
Bicop (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and everybody
can join the party.”

Hafla is a sensual groove with an exotic Eastern vibe. Its ongoing vibe
gets you, slowly but surely, into an elevating trance, while Berrin Bas‘s
vocals add a mesmerizing touch that works as a magnet.

Everybody is invited to Tuhaf‘s politically progressive party to celebrate
diversity with them. Music has the power to unite people. We all should
use that power to get together and respect each other as humans without
any kind of discrimination. Tolerance of diversity is the one and only key
to live together, side by side.

The marvelous black & white video will help
you to get in the right mood to dance…

TUHAF: Facebook – Instagram
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Band: BURN THE LOUVRE
Who: The musical project of singer/songwriter Jordan Speare
assisted by guitarist/bassist and friend Andrew Billone

New single: HEY STACEY

Jordan Speare: I wrote “Hey Stacey” for a friend of mine named Stacey, who also just
so happens to be one of the best people I’ve ever met. I remember when we first met, she
had mentioned how she hated whenever she’d meet new people, they would always make
a reference to that Fountains Of Wayne song “Stacy’s Mom” – she would joke: “it’s not funny
and my name isn’t even spelled that way!” I thought that was hilarious, so I wrote this song especially for her, with her name spelled correctly, of course
.

Jingle jangle pop at its exciting best. Hey Stacey is a steamy swinger with all
cylinders rollin’ all the way. It’s sticky as first-class glue and you can sing
the chorus to your lover.

Check the vibe.


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BURN THE LOUVRE: Facebook
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Band: THE ZINVANDELS
Who: 4 uproarious rockers from Wales

New single: BLACKHOLES
Their sixth one. A statement of intent
ahead of their debut LP release.

Oh my, oh my. Expect riff schizophrenia bucking up this flipped-out
corker for its whole 4 minutes. Blackholes is a rollicking post-punk
juggernaut that scurries full tilt without looking back.

Add a steamed-up drums/bass tandem and poignant vocals and you
know this head-over-heels thunderstorm will attack your speakers
mercilessly.

These Welshmen are a burning engine.

THE ZINVANDELS: Facebook – Instagram
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Band: STICK TO YOUR GUNS
Who: The famous Californian hardcore tormentors
Active: Since 2003 / 7 studio LPs (new one incl.)

New album: Spectre
Released: 29 July 2022

Track: OPEN MY HEAD

The slowest and moodiest piece on the LP. But as intense
and fanatical as their hard-screeching-core missiles.

STICK TO YOUR GUNS: Facebook – Instagram
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Photo Credit: August Wolfe

Band: REIGN MAKER
Who: Australian prog rock band formed in Melbourne, Victoria in 2020.
Reign Maker is the collaborative project of passionate, activists who weave
politically charged, social commentary throughout their songs to raise
awareness and give voice to a wide range of current issues faced
in the world today.

New single: THE KILLING

The band take a stance here against racial discrimination and
police brutality needlessly taking the lives of innocent people.

This mighty-powered and impassioned ballad blows your mind in sound and vision.
Its metallic sonority and its titanic fervency send shivers down your spine. Astonishing.

And the monumental heart-and-soul cutting vocals are just flabbergasting, making me think of the haunting voice of Tarja Turunen from Finnish metalheads Nightwish. Midway, when the decibels go sky-high, the delirium increases to a jaw-dropping level.

Goosebumps all the way.

REIGN MAKER: Facebook – Instagram
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Band: GATHERING OF STRANGERS
Who: Impassioned indie rockers from Manchester

New single: RED & GOLD

Sky-scraping emotions.
Blazing orchestration.
Mammoth chorus.
Feverish vocals.
Sickly sticky.

Get the picture? Yes, this is a towering stonker
with an aroused impact. Touchdown.

Don’t be a stranger, press play
and get overwhelmed.

Right here, right now.

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GATHERING OF STRANGERS: Facebook – Instagram
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Band: ERASE ME
Who: Sludge pop band from Phoenix, Arizona. Their songs cover the gamut of topics but are often driven deep into what it’s like to be piece a of desert trash blowing through gentrified downtown phoenix landscapes, just tryin’ to survive.

Single/clip: JOAN OF ARKANSAS
From their brand new, hit-and-run EP
¡Distortionista!
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Expect a hugely catchy guitar booster with a head-spinning cadence, an electrical rush, and elated vocals As short as a Ramones song. For some reason, my ears tell me that this could be Pavement if they would write a pop tune as silver-toned as this one. Sounds like kick-ass fun, right? You betcha

Listen/watch.

JOAN OF ARKANSAS: Facebook
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(credit: Bianca Petris)

Band: THE CASE
Who: Firm 4-piece from Romania who started their journey in 2012, always
refining their rock & grunge sound. On their creative process, the band reckons
they “tried to create a space where originality prevails, to detach themselves from
the current musical cliches while glorifying their lord and savior David Bowie.

New single: FEVER

“‘Fever’ is about the passage of time, about the failed attempts to correlate the quality of
a relationship with its duration and intensity. The song is about happiness, sadness, breakup, and forgiveness. It would be love if we were to associate our new single with just one word.”

This is a mind-magnetic and slow-burning sonic torch. Sounds both riveting and piercing as American alt-rockers The Afghan Whigs did/do so impressively for years. The Case develop a similar sensation of vivacity.

A cast-iron winner.

THE CASE: Facebook – Instagram
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Band: THE TRUSTED (Southend-on-Sea, UK)
Who: Formed in 2016, making music with strong melodies and catchy hooks. Being inspired by the new age Brit-rock bands like The 1975 and Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Trusted have made their own unique sound by the fusion of post-punk and punk energy with a little hint of modern rock.

“A song about being abandoned by the good guys.”

It was composed during lockdown. The band couldn’t write together
face to face. The creative collaboration went through computers.

Smooth synths, and gently weeping guitar lines take you immediately
on a dreamy head-in-the-clouds trip that moves slowly, heading to an
epic climax. Stylishly composed, greatly arranged.

A bittersweet symphony.
A romantic beauty.

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THE TRUSTED: Facebook
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GILLA BAND – Irish Post Punk Chainsaws GILLA BAND Share Hallucinatory Love Song ‘BACKWASH’

Daily electricity to load your batteries

19 August 2022

Band: GILLA BAND
Who: Raw Irish post-punk projectile
Works: Debut album Holding Hands With Jamie,
2019 follow-up The Talkies and new upcoming one
Most Normal, out 7th October.


(photo by Turn Up The Volume – Ghent July 2022)

Can’t wait for the Irish post-punk-chainsaw turbo’s new LP.
Their psyche-piercing anarchy sound gives me goosebumps.

We already got the vintage bone-breaking GB single
Eight Shivers and here’s the follow-up Backwash.

Dara Kiely about the new piece: “Backwash” is one of the few tracks where
the words represent a dream-like circumstance. The lyrics are from a stream of
consciousness rant, weird imagery and all that. The track is about attraction – fancying someone and not knowing what to say exactly. It’s an indirect love song, knowing you like someone but can’t quite articulate it. Thinking that you have already expressed your feelings, but like waking up from a dream you’ve forgotten what you actually have said or felt.

Surprise, surprise, Gilla Band can rock too.
Well, the Gilla Band way, that is.

You can boogie-woogie
here below…

New album THE NEW NORMAL is out on 7 October via Rough Trade.

GILLA BAND: Facebook – Instagram

Turn Up The Volume’s 20 BEST KNOCKOUTS Of The Month – JULY 2022

A stream of rattling rippers, jagged jams, and magnific musings

All 20 knockouts together on Spotify

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Knockout by Knockout…

1. ‘Silenced’ by THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE (Los Angeles/Berlin)

Early this month psych rock virtuoso Anton Newcombe and his orchestra
released new LP Fire Doesn’t Grow On Trees. Their 19th and one of their
best to my keen ears.

And Silenced is one of its standout grooves.

Here’s why

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2. ADD bY VIAGRA BOYS (Sweden)

The Swedish allies launched their 3rd longplayer CAVE WORLD a couple
of weeks ago. Another swell one with ADD as one of the pithiest tracks.

Make your best move here…

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3. ‘Eight Fivers’ by GILLA BAND (Ireland)

The Irish noiseniks are back in town. Their 3rd
full-length Most Normal arrives in October.

With the lead-single they do again what
they do best, making bone-chilling
chainsaw music.

Cuts like a knife.

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4. ‘Live To Love’ by ILA (Belgium)

Ila is a Belgian post-punk trio fronted by bewitching songstress Ilayda Cicek.
Last year they had their stunning debut album Felt out, containing one of the
best singles of 2021 with Leave Me Dry.

Brand new piece Live To Love confirms
the immense intensity of ILA.
They are here to stay!

Press play and get puzzled…

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5. O.K. Sis by HEY TEAM (The Netherlands)

“This song is about a friend that you loved but just cannot be near. They always get
into trouble, always cause drama/fights, make a bunch of empty promises and get
you to do a bunch of intense stuff for them without getting anything in return.”

It’s a blazing bass/drum tandem that ignites this jiggish jackhammer with ardency
and flamboyance and keeps on steamrolling for the full 140 seconds.

And when an avid Amazon jumps in with pithy and bouncy vocals
you know, you feel and you hear straight away that we have a winner.

Check for yourself…

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6. ‘Baby, I Had An Abortion’ by PETROL GIRLS (UK/Austria)

Last month this raging feminist post-hardcore 4-piece unleashed their 3rd album
named Baby. A badass beast of a record mixing raw power, mouthy screams, and a tsunami of loud and clear messages.

In the light of the incredible Roe v Wade debacle, disrespecting women’s fundamental
human rights, this LP’s sassy slam is a middle finger to all anti-abortion idiots.

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7. ‘Kick Me’ by DANNY ELFMAN and IGGY POP (US)

American film soundtrack composer DANNY ELFMAN has a new album
out, titled BIGGER. MESSIER., on 12 August with reimagined versions of
songs from his last year’s Big Mess longplayer. More info here.

It features guest vocals from Trent Reznor, HEALTH, Zach Hill
of Death Grips, Xiu Xiu, Squarepusher, Ghostemane.

And the omnipresent Iggy Pop joined the fun too with this kick-ass jam.

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8. ‘Living Dead’ by TV DEATH (Newcastle UK)

These psycho-billy maniacs produce a wall-of-holy-smoke havoc on this horror-ific haymaker with sawing guitars, punk turbulence, hellish vocals a pulverizing chorus.

Deadly knockout, right? You betcha.

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9. ‘Blue Skies’ by FEVA (Newcastle, UK)

This razzle-dazzle master blaster races and rushes with vivid vigor and fervid
firmness. Punk ‘n roll at its razor-sharp best. And when the towering chorus kicks
in the sky-screaming vocals go through the roof. Amazeballs energy in overdrive.

Steaming score!

Go beserk

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10. ‘Love Is Free’ by THEM VIBES (Nashville)

A few years ago I saw these striking Nashville gunslingers
live in Belgium. A sweaty rawk and roll gig I’ll never forget.

The band’s new single is another convincingly proof of their
let the good times roll spirit.

Its bang-on boogie woogie drive awakes your lazy limbs
and invites you to jump around to the heated beat.

Elevating – in sound and story – corkers like
this are totally welcome in these grim times.

Hail hail

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11. ‘Repetition’ by HATIF (Sweden)

If this Krautrock-like rotating electro ripper doesn’t trigger
your body, mind, and senses you need to change your meds.

Its repetitive rhythm mesmerizes and stupefies. Its sickly sticky synth swirl is simply irresistible and its magnetic voice brought the late great Talk Talk leader Mark Hollis
to mind.

Check the vibes here…

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12. ‘Bystander’ by DROPBEAR (Boston)

Talking about a victorious debut single.

On this Herculian stroke metal, shoegaze and classic guitar rock mania (think Eddie Van Halen and Neil Young‘s Crazy Horse) meet with forceful effect, while Rachel Bacon‘s vocals float above the giant raucousness. Bystander is a slow-burning torch, a powerhouse with mammoth riffs. Hefty score from their sterling 5-track EP Spiralized.

Tune in here…

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13. ‘No Exit’ by HVIRESS (Brighton UK)

The obscure slow-progressing synth/guitar intro could easily be the shadowy intro
theme of a film noir starring this duo – Hana Piranha and Mishkin Fitzgerald – as Femmes Fatales with spine-chilling voices that cause a sensation of puzzlement and perturbation strengthened by the heavy metallic reverberations in the back.

Spellbinding!

Roll the tape below.

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14. ‘You Don’t Live Around Here Anymore’ by THE CRAWLING EYE (UK)

This splendid mid-tempo electronic-pop-rock belter wouldn’t
be out of place on a Garbage album, especially vocally.

Singer Regan Meredith has that charismatic Shirley Manson tonality.
When her vivid voice reaches for the sky midway, shivers roll down
your spine.

What a thrill!


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15. ‘No More Good News’ by JO-JO & THE TEETH (London)

When you look glamorous, move glamorous, and sound glamorous,
you have my attention in a flash. This London’s colorful gang’ new wallop
mourns the loss of heroes such as Tom Petty and genius Bowie.

Its avid flow gets under your skin from the get-go. A voltaic retro-resounding
guitar goes solo midway and challenges the somber mood. And Amazon
Jo-Jo spices the ripper with her notable rock voice.

A solid gold glam rock punch.

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16. ’20 Questions’ by LITTLE FUSS (Boston MA)

This starry-eyed pop peach with a booming bass beat and
a vibrant flavor entertains your eager ears on the spot.

This is what pop-ular music is all about. You can sing along,
hum along, whistle along and it puts a big smile on your face.

Any questions? Ask Little Fuss.

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17. ‘A Line Of Shots’ by THE AFGHAN WHIGS (Cincinnati)

High-passionate mavericks The Afghan Whigs from Ohio
with general Greg Dulli upfront will share their 9th longplayer
named How Do You Burn? with the world on 9 September.

A Line Of Shots is one of the brill tracks we heard so far off the LP.

A slo-mo diamond.

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18.Too Close To The Sun‘ by THE SEA AT MIDNIGHT (Los Angeles)

Vince Grant is no stranger to Turn Up The Volume. His dedication to darkwave
is infectious as he shows again here with his new shadowy single. Sonically you still
hear Joy Division and The Cure echoes.

Too Close To The Sun is an addictive melody at heart locked in tenebrous eurhythmics. Think of lots of The Cure hits (Close To You / Friday I’m In Love / Lovecats and so many more). They were experts in writing uncomplicated pop tunes and made them sound instantly captivating.

Grant also unites aural catchiness with shady musicality including
a melancholic saxophone solo in this new composition. Top.

Press play here.

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19. ‘Big Shot City’ by INTERPOL (NYC)

Two weeks ago New York City‘s darlings dropped their 7th LP titled
The Other Side Of Make Believe. In my aural opinion their best
since their 2002 debut.

Big Shot City is a musing for the midnight hours.

Moony and moody.

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20. ‘Great White Shark’ by JESSIE KILGUSS (Brooklyn, NY)

Kilguss‘s voice is just amazing. Resonating somewhere between the magnific
voices of nightingales Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten. Yes, that is amazing and
Great White Shark is also a heartfelt sort of musing that those two emotive ladies love. Say no more.

He tears open
From the heart
From the root
From intuition
He tears open
From the gut
From the soul
From inner vision

Wonderful!


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See/hear you next week, music junkies

Irish Chainsaw Shockers GILLA BAND Exorcise Their Demons In Belgium

22 July 2022

Band: GILLA BAND
Who: Raw Irish post-punk projectile
Works: Debut album Holding Hands With Jamie,
2019 follow-up The Talkies and new upoming one
Most Normal, out 7th October.

Concert: Handelsbeurs venue, Ghent belgium – 18 July 2022

Five reasons why Turn Up The Volume was shocked and loved it.

1. Motormouth Dara Kiely is The Exorcist of post-punk pain.
You can feel his agony physically. FACT!

2. Bassist Daniel Fox operates in an bubble of his own creating bone-crushing
mayhem without blinking an eye. He creates fuzz/buzz blasts with 4 strings.

3. Alan Duggan is the chainsaw guitarist of this demonic quartet.
He cuts songs in pieces, one by one, with his maniacal noiz.

4. All together they produce a brain-breaking
brouhaha, people in straitjackets try to pogo to.

Watch/listen.

5. Their brand new single Eight Rivers causes, yes, shockwaves.

GILLA BAND: Facebook – Instagram – Pre-order Info New Album

Irish Shockers GILLA BAND Have A New Chainsaw Cut Out – Listen Here To ‘EIGHT FIVERS’

New striking strokes

17 July 2021


(Photo by Turn Up The Volume)

Band: GILLA BAND
Who: Raw Irish post-punk projectile
Works: Debut album Holding Hands With Jamie
and 2019 follow-up The Talkies

New album: MOST NORMAL
Out: 7 October 2022 – order info here

Lead-single: EIGHT FIVERS

Kiely (vocalist) “‘Eight Fivers’ is about being out of touch with modern circumstances
while feeling socially limited. Never fitting in and kind of proud of it. Stuck with what I
have and happy for it. Being grateful and not fashionable, self-conscious and too aware
of what is lacking. Accepting that jealousy has played a big role in my life but trying not
to feed into it.”

I love these raw and rough post-punk mavericks. Their staccato sound,
the demonic voice of frontscreamer Dara Kiely, their chainsaw guitars and
electro crushes cause a casting out experience. Minacious and manic.

Wowee.

Check it out

GILLA BAND: Facebook