15 October 2021
Artist: TOM MORELLO
Who: Amazeballs guitarist from furious crossover rappers
Rage Against The Machine. He also played with Audioslave
and collaborated with about a million other artists.
His motto: “Feed the poor. Fight the power. Rock the fuck out.”
NME says: “In a genre often resistant to change, the former Rage Against
the Machine shredder has embraced pop, psych and Palestinian techno…
There are subtle nods to what’s come before, but for the most part, this
record sees Morello adapt with the times to create a record on the cutting
edge of a genre often afraid to evolve.” Full review here. Score: 4/5.
Turn Up the Volume: I like his enflaming and riff-crazy electricity.
I like his humanitarian views and his anti-rock ‘n’ roll star attitude.
And, yes, I like this fireworks album.
Singles: Let’s Get This Party Started / The War Inside / Highway To Hell
– LET’S GET THE PARTY STARTED –
(Featuring: Bring Me The Horizon,)
– THE WAR INSIDE –
(Vocals by Chris Stapleton)
– HIGHWAY TO HELL –
(AC/DC cover / Vocals: The Boss & Eddie Vedder)
Stream full album…
TOM MORELLO: Facebook
Turn Up The Volume‘s 20 Knockout Tracks for August 2021!
A stream of rattling rippers, jagged jams and romantic reveries.
All together on Spotify…
Knockout by knockout…
‘Before You Gotta Go’ by COURTNEY BARNETT (Australia)
An infectious ditty, bouncing in your head before it ends. If this, simply irresistible, tune doesn’t do anything for you, you gotta go to your shrink. From Barnett’s new, upcoming album Takes Time, Take Time, out 12th November.
Catchy as hell…
‘Hot Summer’ by PRINCE (US)
Summer is only over when it’s over. Still time to move and groove to this disco
stomper from the recently released lost Prince album Welcome To America.
Make your move here, ladies and gents…
‘Go Get A Tattoo’ by FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES feat. Lynks
Why don’t we all get a tattoo, suggests Frank. I think he’s right, it’s
the only way to really go nuts to this bangtastic jackhammer. From
the band’s 4th longplayer called Sticky, arriving in October.
Smash your TV…
‘Security’ by AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS (Australia)
“I’m not looking for trouble, I’m looking for love / Let me in your hard heart Let me in your pub” sings Amyl over and over again with fervency and tons of gusto, while flamed-up guitars go mental. A blast from new album Comfort To Me, out 10th September.
Hit hit hit, Amyl…
‘Aire & Calder’ by ULTRASOUND (UK)
Here’s a new video clip for one of the album’s highlights ‘Aire And Calder‘…
‘Soap And Cigarettes‘ by Nun habit (London)
A queer five-piece from London who play fun, fuzzy garage rock. Their songs are a mishmash of influences all pulled together by a love of loud noises, pop tunes, and
having a good time. ‘Soap And Cigarettes‘ is a stand-out knockout from their brand
new album Hedge Fun.
Trust me, you can’t resist this vibrant vibe…
‘You And Me’ by THE RUDDY RUCKUS (Canada)
This ardent 4-piece flames with force on this new riff-roaring ripper. They operate somewhere between Green Day and Weezer, with peppery panache, gusty guitars,
vivid vocals, and a cracking chorus.
‘What’s Wrong With People?’ by PESCH (Belgium)
Darkwave electricity from Belgium. Haunting and ominous. You can smell Doomsday waiting around the corner. It’s 2021, folks, we need to fix our problems now. This sickly sticky roller coaster is a call to arms.
What’s wrong with all of us..
‘Highway To Hell’ by TOM MORELLO feat. Eddie Vedder and Bruce Springsteen
Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello launches his new album titled
The Atlas Underground Fire on 15 October. He invited several friends, like
Springsteen and Vedder for a bombastic version of AC/DC’s classic headbanger.
‘Queen Of Swords’ by TYPHOID ROSIE (Brooklyn, US)
The speedy and steamy title track is one of the fired-up highlights of the new album of this punked-up Brooklyn squad. A zigzagging collection of amplified belters to start and end post-lockdown parties with. More info here.
Rock your ass off here…
‘Money Song’ by ROYAL CASTLES (Canada)
Wham bam, bloody bam! From the kick-off Money Song booms, bangs and batters. Hefty guitars blare in between and raise your blood pressure on the spot. And when the blissful chorus pops up it’s time to leave your cocoon and let your body do its thing. Don’t wait to boost your stream of adrenalin.
Act now, dance now, party now.
‘And Tomorrow’ by LORE CITY (Portland, US)
A stunning and shadowy top piece from this duo’s equally stunning
album Participation Mystique. And Tomorrow sounds cinematic,
atmospheric and spacey. Join Lore City on their journey.
Listen today and tomorrow too…
‘No Regrets’ by SHE/BEAST (Sweden)
Wurlitzer jukeboxes were invented for these 60s inspired humdingers, so they could be played in dark bars downtown were broken hearts gather at midnight. One more thing:
do not mess with SHE/BEAST, she’s not in the mood for fucking assholes and psychos.
And she’s absofuckinglutly right.
‘Popstar’s Daughters’ by SHAUN RYDER (Manchester, UK)
The Happy Mondays frontman’s brand new solo album
Visits From Future Technology is hip-shaking proof
that he still can fill dance floors.
Here’s the trippy and poppy single…
‘All Nations’ by NADINE GAGNE and The Star Nation Collective (British Columbia)
This resonates as a bright sonic light at the end of our troubled world tunnel. Only with togetherness, friendship, mutual respect, equality, harmony and tolerance, humankind can have hope for the future. This tremendously catching chant reflects all that. It’s a joyful, anthem that should be played on radios all over the planet.
“We are all stars, all stars come on now. Rise, rise and shine, gotta stay proud!”
Let’s get together…
‘Heart Like Chernobyl’ by SOFT CELL (UK)
The song’s title is the gloom and doom harbinger for
a scary, realistic vision of how we live on the edge.
Lead-single from new album *Happiness Not Included,
out in the Spring of 2022.
‘See The Light’ by SHAUNA SEETEENAK (Iqaluit, Canada)
We need songs like these in the restless times we live in. Songs of hope, songs of consolation, songs of inspiration. Shauna wants humankind to fight to see the light
(at the end of the tunnel) again. Her thoughts are embedded in a starry-eyed and
instantly enthralling groove that hops from dreamy pop to hip-swaying rap and back.
See the light here…
‘Nowhere’ by THE BLACK FEVER (Toronto)
Nowhere sounds like a desperation song, but one that has a deeply felt effect on your psyche, on your state-of-2021-mind. This spellbound jam is driven by melancholic guitar lines, reminding me of Interpol‘s electrically-charged drive. Affecting and soul-stirring fever.
Check it out…
‘Skin’ by BASEMENT REVOLVER (Hamilton, Canada)
An inspiring reverie for the countless girls/women and boys/men worldwide, struggling with the looks of their body when it doesn’t correspond with society’s everlasting sexist perception of how a body should look like, as we all know. Skin is an instantly heartfelt
slo-mo musing, turning after a distorted guitar intro, into a vocal and musical pearl, with touching piano play. I’m sure The Sundays‘s Harriet Wheeler would love it.
Open your ears and eyes here…
‘You Are A Runner And I Am My Father’s Son’ by PORRIDGE RADIO (Brighton, UK)
Porridge Radio‘s leading Amazon Dana Margolin is a fan of Canadian rockers Wolf Parade. Here’s her terrifically gripping rendition of the band’s 2005 composition.
See/hear you next month, music junkies…
5 new firecrackers to fuel for the weekend…
‘I’M WAITING FOR THE MAN’ by MATT BERNINGER
The National’s frontman Matt Berninger is part of the impressive cast
of artists covering each a track of the historic 1967 debut LP on an
upcoming tribute album for The Velvet Underground.
Here comes your man…
‘Monster Love’ by THE JACKLIGHTS (Boston, US)
This is my favourite track from this tight trio’s new 5-track EP Drift. It’s a jagged jackhammer that rotates full steam ahead driven by hammering drum beats, ablaze
guitar layers, and poppy vocals on top of it. Need electricity to load your batteries?
Monster Love will satisfy your needs. Damn right!
They just wanna turn you on…
‘Highway To Hell’ by TOM MORELLO feat. Bruce Spingsteen and Eddie Vedder
The Rage Against The Machine guitarist announced his new, third solo, album, titled
The Atlas Underground Fire, out in October. One of the tracks is a cover of AC/DC‘s
1979 massive slam dunk Highway To Hell with awesome vocals by Spingsteen and Pearl Jam‘s main man Eddie Vedder.
Hell is this way…
‘The Blues Came In’ by THE BURNER BAND (Leeds, UK)
This Leeds’ rockabilly and roots duo brings the shake-and-twist of the 50s back to 2021. They rattle and roll, they riff and rock with a swirling pace. Get those dusty dance shoes out of the closet and make your move. Big fun guaranteed!
Dance yourself dizzy right here…
‘Be The Only One’ by RISE CARMINE (Canada)
A song “about catharsis. It invokes the feelings of those who are subservient
to an autocrat and their dreams for release from oppression; a Shakespearean
betrayal under cover of darkness.”
Expect a psychedelic groove with a bluesy touch, electrical vibe,
catching progression, and reflective vocals floating all over it. Yes!
Be the one here…
See/hear you next week, music junkies
4 August 2021
Morello invited some guests such as Bring Me the Horizon,
phem, Damian Marley, Sama’ Abdulhadi and Mike Posner.
Also big shots Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam‘s main man
Eddie Vedder join the party. With Morello, they cover AC/DC‘s
classic 1979 blockbuster HIGHWAY TO HELL.
Morello: “One of the greatest rock ’n’ roll songs of all time sung
by two of the greatest rock ’n’ roll singers of all time. And then I
drop a shredding guitar solo. Thank you and good night.”
I’m on the way to the promised land
I’m on the highway to hell
Highway to hell
I’m on the highway to hell
Highway to hell
Don’t stop me
The original (smoking live version)…
TOM MORELLO: Facebook
New Morello album THE ATLAS UNDERGROUND FIRE out 15th October 2021
(image: press pic via Tom Morello)