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.


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– 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!


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– 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.


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– 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!


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– 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.


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


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– 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

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See/hear you next month, music junkies…

I Know It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll But It’s… WEEKEND!

18/19 July 2020…

Five firecrackers from the past week to fuel your weekend…

1. ‘Honey’ by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD (Australia)
24/7 psych-rockers keep on delivering the goods…

2. ‘A Hymn’ by IDLES (Bristol, UK)
The awesome punks are on their way to dominate the end-of-the-year-lists…

4. ‘Forecast Of Rain’ by BOB MOULD
Anger and energy drives Mould to blazing rippers like this…

4. ‘Planet Caravan’ by MOON DUO (San Francisco)


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5. ‘Cookie Scene’ by THE GO TEAM! (Brighton, UK)
Sunlit summer rap fun…

See/hear you next weekend, music junkies…

Ominous Groove – Bristol Punks IDLES Share Third Track From Upcoming LP – Here’s ‘A HYMN’

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

15 July 2020

Bristol’s power punks IDLES unleash their third longplayer ULTRA MONO
on 25th September. So far we could pogo to riff crazy ripper MR. MOTIVATOR
and firm uppercut GROUNDS.

Third piece A HYMN is another winner. 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 for some reason keeps quiet in the end. The tension is almost unbearable. Another topnotch stroke! Idles keep on delivering soul-stirring thrills.

“I wanna be loved, everyone does”

Previous two singles

– MR. MOTIVATOR –

– GROUNDS –

IDLES: Facebook

To Hell With Blue Mondays – Here’s Punk Force IDLES…

22 June 2020


(photo Turn Up The Volume!)

No better way to knock Mondays in the face than with Bristol’s punk force IDLES.
The fierce hit team announced their third album a few weeks ago. ULTRA MONO
will be out on 25th September.

So far they shared two wall-shaking firecrackers. Go apeshit here…

– MR. MOTIVATOR –

– GROUNDS –

IDLES: Facebook


(photo by Turn Up The Volume!)

Bristol Punks IDLES Announce Third Album And Drop New Brisk Banger ‘GROUNDS’

New sonic impulses…

17 June 2020


(photo by Turn Up The Volume)

Bristol’s power punks IDLES just announced their third album called ULTRA MONO,
out 25th September. Last month they unleashed riff crazy track Mr. Motivator, a
strong contender for single of the year. And here’s a new firm uppercut.

Frontman Joe Talbot says about GROUNDS: ““We wanted to write a song that embodied self-belief, and gave us self-belief — a counter-punch to all the doubt we build up from all the noise we so easily let in. We wanted to make the sound of our own hearts’ marching band, armed with a jackhammer and a smile. We wanted to make the sound of our engine starting. So we did. Thank you.”

Here’s the brisk banger…

IDLES: Facebook

Hells Bells – Turn Up The Volume’s 15 KNOCKOUT TRACKS For MAY 2020!

This past month’s best…

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A maddening cocktail of roaring rippers and sassy strokes.
Fifteen jackhammers that heated up my isolation days!
Here’s Turn Up The Volume‘s Knockout May Team!

‘Skimmington Ride’ by SEX SWING (UK)
Apocalyptic and intimidating barnstormer matching these science-fiction-like times.
Contender-of-the-year single from their contender-of-the-year album TYPE II. Yeah!

‘Behajung’ by ELEFANT (Belgium)
Exotic designed title track of Belgian’s Krautsludge and sound-exploring crusaders from their new Sturm und Drang longplayer. Shake your belly and pirouette yourself dizzy. Fab!

‘Mr. Motivator’ by IDLES (UK)
Punk rebels hit again with riff crazy corker made to start crowded moshpits at gigs. Bingo!

‘Control’ by AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS (Australia)
Watch frontwoman Amyl Taylor‘s head almost explode. From live EP Live At The Croxton.

‘Crossbow’ by TAMAR APHEX (Israel)
A shattering juggernaut, dynamized by a rattling machine-gun drum and a mind-blowing bass vibrancy. A 24 Karat score you’ll have on repeat for quite a while. Flabbergasting!

‘IW2BWU4EVR’ by FANTASY NON FICTION (New Orleans, US)
Resplendent roaring ‘n’ roll jingle having a vertiginous effect on your limbs. From
the band’s multifaceted, rad self-titled debut album. Advice: play this very loud!

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‘Celebration’ by RHYS BLOODJOY (Manchester, UK)
Electro-industrial madness mixed with psycho wave lunacy. Bloodcurdling synths whipped up by a bone-chilling cadence. From stunning debut album Human​​.​​Pattern​​.​​Repeat.

‘I’m Not Getting Excited’ by THE BETHS (New-Zealand)
A boiling ripsnorter pushed by rattling riffs, heated hooks, and lively licks. Supersonic!

‘Suck My Mind’ by CHEMTRAILS (UK)
High-voltage roller fueled by ruthless percussion, guitar extravaganza, 60s organs and ecstatic vocals. From their fresh must-hear album The Peculiar Smell of the Inevitable.


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‘Just Friends’ by SMALLTOWN TIGERS (Italy)
The Stooges fronted by Joan Jett with the Ramones sniffin’ glue in the producer’s room. Riot girls firework from Italy. Check their mad debut longplayer Five Things. 1-2-3-4!


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‘Seed Of Evil’ by BLACK NEEDLE NOISE (Norway)
A colossal, diabolic electronic drone thumping mercilessly as a brain-fucking hammer causing thunder and lighting electricity. Be ready, Armageddon is just around the corner.

‘Black Love’ by UNRULY GIRLS (Italy)
Head-twisting sledgehammer as dark as the night. Jaw-dropping industrial killer from their new, storming Epidemic album. A decibels-loaded beast of a record! Sonic nightmare!

‘Fresh Air’ by GREAT HARE (Sweden)
Electric-powered slacker swagger, glimmering guitars, glowing vocals, and a tenacious chorus. Impossible to resist. Probably the best piece of this Swedish quartet. Top stuff!


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‘POS’ by THE BUNDY BUNCH (Norway)
Furious. Red-hot-angry. Discombobulated. Pulverizing and disordered. You can burn
your poor ears by listening to this crashing bang. Let that be a loud and clear warning!


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‘It Ain’t Water’ by ALISON MOSSHART (US)
When the lady sings the blues. Second striking solo single from The Kill’s wonderful singer.

All together on Spotify

See/hear you next month, music junkies…

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Punk Rebels IDLES Dropped Brand New Riff Crazy Single ‘MR. MOTIVATOR’…

New sonic impulses…

20 May 2020

After their fantabulous second album Joy As An Act Of Resistance saw the daylight
in 2018, Bristol’s punch punks IDLES prepare for their third longplayer with brand new bang-up single ‘MR. MOTIVATOR’.

Frontman Joe Talbot said in a press statement: “We want to start this journey with a means
to not only encapsulate the album’s sentiment, but to encourage our audience to dance like no one is watching and plough through these dark times with a two ton machete of a song and the most beautiful community of scumbags ever assembled. Let’s go. All is love.”

Mr. Motivator is a riff crazy corker made to start crowded moshpits at gigs (for now, you
only can pirouette yourself bananas at home). A red-hot ripper that does your head it.

Pogo right here…

IDLES: Facebook


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Punk Squad IDLES Shares New Clip For Latest Single ‘MERCEDES MARXIST’…

Clips that will have an impact on your eyes and your ears…

2 August 2019

Bristol punks IDLES who hit big time last year with their second full length cannonball
Joy As An Act Of Resistance shared a new fiery cut called ‘MERCEDES MARXIST‘ last May. Now here’s the fresh video clip…

The single is physically & digitally out today. You can purchase it here.
The B-side is the crazily titled ‘I DREAM GUILLOTINE‘. Here’s the audio clip…

IDLES: Facebook

FIVE INFLAMMABLE SUMMER BANGERS – Part 3…

Weekly series of five rolling ripsnorters to go completely bananas to this summer

Here we go again! Open windows and doors! Party time!…

1. ‘Hurricane Laughter’ by FONTAINES D.C.
(From this year’s debut LP Dogrel)

2. ‘Feel Good Hit Of The Summer’ by Queens Of The Stone Age
(From their 2nd LP ‘Rated R‘ – 2000)

3. ‘Concrete’ by SHAME
(From their 2018 debut album ‘Songs Of Praise ‘)

4. ‘Stop’ by BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB
(From their 2nd album Take Them On, On Your Own – 2003)

5. ‘ Danny Nedelko’ by IDLES
(From their 2nd longplayer ‘Joy As An Act Of Resistance‘)