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

From Acoustic Solo Perfomer To Rock And Roll Animal With A Band – ILA Showed The Titanic Transformation Again Last Night On Stage

19 July 2022

Band: ILA
Who: Vigorous post-rock trio, led by Belgian singer-songwriter
Ilayda Cicek blessed with a unique voice and unadulterated
emotions that unmask the inconsistencies of life.

Concert: Boomtown Fest – Ghent, Belgium – 18 July 2022

I remember seeing Ilayda Cicek for the first time, about five years ago. She looked shy
and vulnerable but her short support act set of intimate musings in a small club was one not to forget. She blew me away only with her soul-stirring voice and an acoustic guitar. Her vocal tone, timbre, and range caused goosebumps.

A couple of years later she started to turn up the decibels with the help of an impressive bassist/guitarist and a bang-on drummer and drew the attention of excited music fans and the national press. Last year’s awe-inspiring debut album Felt cemented all the great things we got so far from ILA.

I suppose Ilayda will be tired by now of being compared with PJ Harvey all the time,
but that is how imposing, how compelling, and how special she is. Her vocal fervency, profound passion, and emotive energy cause a sort of trance-like experience.

Yesterday from opener Energy to the jaw-dropping finale of new single Live To Love and the brilliant masterstroke climax Leave Me Dry she showed why she played/plays several big festivals this summer.

ILA is real, ILA is authentic, ILA is here to stay for a very long time.

New single/video Live To Love

Stream/buy FELT here…


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ILA: Facebook – Spotify

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Turn Up The Volume’s 20 KNOCKOUT TRACKS Of The Month – SEPTEMBER 2021

Turn Up The Volume‘s 20 Knockout Tracks for September 2021!
A stream of rattling rippers, jagged jams and romantic reveries.

All together on Spotify…

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Track by Track…

‘Hertz’ by AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS (Australia)

Blustering blast from their second smoking LP Comfort To Me
with punked-up Amyl, as we know her, on an adrenalin rush.

Join her wild ride…

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‘Queen Of Swords’ by TYPHOID ROSIE (Brooklyn, New York)

Rousing Riot grrrl Rosie Rebel and her riff-racing rascals go full steam ahead on
the tense title track of their smoking new album. If you want to know more about this lively gang check the recent interview Rosie Rebel did with Turn Up The Volume right here.

Start your own moshpit…


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‘Leave Me Dry’ by ILA (Belgium)

With this new standout, ILA reveals a total turnover in resonance. She rocks, raves, and rolls backed by steamy wall-of-towering turbulence. Mind you, the heartfelt fervency, personal turmoil and vocal vehemence are still intact. Can’t wait to find out if this is actually another page in her magical music book.

Turn it up…

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‘I Know You Know’ by LORE CITY (Portland, Oregon)

A highlight of Participation Mystique, the fourth longplayer by this most thrilling duo with Laura Mariposa Williams‘ bewitching voice as the heroine. Her psychedelic, gothic,
far-out, and at times wailing timbre magnetizes and hypnotizes while wandering in an orchestral space. Learn more about these intriguing artists in their recent interview
with Turn Up The Volume.

Discover and enjoy…


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‘Spirit Power And Soul’ by JOHNNY MARR (Manchester, UK)

“It’s a kind of mission statement. I had an idea about in electro sound
with gospel feeling. In my own words, an electro soul anthem.”

It’s a pithy psych jam, with spirit, power, and soul of course.

Here comes Johnny…

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‘The Aftermath’ by BEECH (Belgium)

This Belgian quartet brings Scottish daydreamers Teenage Fanclub to mind. Combine this with the band’s slacker rock sensibility and jingle-jangle jives and what you get is a tingling tune. It’s called pop-ular music.

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‘My Drug’ by DAILY WORKER (Austin, Texas)

The alter ego of Texan prize-winning poet and guitarist Harold Whit Williams.

This is a sickly sticky dope tune, one that makes me smile from left to right
and back. One shot of this, and you’ll jump around the room like a kangaroo
on speed.

Feel the vibrant vibe…

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‘Sometime’ by THE HIGH LOVES (Toronto, Canada)

This has everything a perky pop pearl needs. Play it in the morning, in the evening and every hour in between and at the end of the day you feel so much better and most of all it’s a truly helpful way to process a breakup. So much cheaper than therapy.

Press play to change your mood…

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‘Regrets’ by TIDAL WAVE (Toronto, Canada)

Regrets floats on layers of shoegaze guitars and fervid vocals while growing to an engrossing level of electrifying epicness when the glowing chorus kicks in. Trust me,
a couple of spins and you’re addicted. Fact!

Here’s why…

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‘Medicate + Alleviate’ by LIONS OF DISSENT (Wolverhampton, UK)

The fever of The Verve‘s urban hymns, the sassy swagger of Oasis in slo-mo
with 60s organs and the fervent flair of 90s Britpop. The final result is obvious.
A bittersweet blistering symphony. Touchdown!


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‘Young Foxes’ by ULTRA SUNN (Brussels, Belgium)

The darkwave tandem is on depeche modus with this shadow-dancing single from their brand new, second EP Body Electric. Expect booming beats, doomed drones, eerie vocals, and a repetitive bass synth riff that sticks as first-rate glue. A club cracker!

Put your black leather jacket on and shake your booty…

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‘Big Boy Games’ by TEROUZ (Montreal, Canada)

This riveting ripper starts with a mid-tempo drum-driven intro, gliding quickly into
a swing and sway your hips chorus, followed by a moment of reflection. The whole
process repeats itself and gets slowly but surely under your skin. You’ll love every
second of this electro roller coaster.

Here‘s why…

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‘I Miss It’ by JODIE LANGFORD (Hull / East Yorkshire, UK)

This young, outspoken, and observative artist – a female Mike Skinner – reflects the dreadful freedom-restricting sentiments of the past lockdown times in her new word rap waterfall jam. An intoxicating and groovetastic house stomper making you euphoric now that you can freak out again in nightclubs.

Hip, hop and pop this way…

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‘It’s Fine’ by BLACKOUT ORCHESTRA (UK)

“It’s Fine” examines themes of jealousy and insecurity in open relationships.”

Not an easy issue to write a song about, but embedded in an ebullient earworm like
this, it’s fine. Impossible to resist this tremendously infectious corker spinning around like forever inviting you to pirouette yourself dizzy while duet vocals push the pace. No pause, no breathing space, no interval, always straight on.

One spin and you’re hooked…

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‘Wytch Lych’ by VAZUM (Detroit, MI)

Sonically this surreal saga wouldn’t be out of place on a Gary Numan album. Lyrically it’s like an ode to the unknown eternity. In my imagination Wytch Lych resonates like a funeral hymn, celebrating the imperishability of the soul. Stunning vocals, striking synth shadows, and an overall spellbinding impressiveness. Top stuff!


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‘Case History’ by LOSSLINE (Manchester, UK)

When I listened to this new little pearl on Spotify for the first time, it was followed
by the title track of the upcoming LP of The War On Drugs. I swear I thought that
it was another Lossline song. It was that melancholic guitar glow that confused
my ears. It wasn’t until Adam Granduciel‘s voice came up that I knew it wasn’t
the Manchester duo.

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‘I Don’t Live Here Anymore’ by THE WAR ON DRUGS (Philadelphia)

See track above. The moony title track of the new upcoming album, out 29 October.

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‘Lights In The Expanse Of The Sky’ by DREW FIVE (London)

Close your eyes, relax and imagine you’re floating into space where Spiritualized‘s mastermind Jason Pierce lives while playing this hallucinatory ambient trip on your headphones.

The sky is the limit…


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‘Freedom’ by CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS (France)

French songstress Héloïse Adélaïde Letissier returns with two new songs,
with this one as my favorite. A slow-burning and emotive humdinger with
a gospel-like choir.

Enrapturing…

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‘Sunday Morning’ by MICHAEL STIPE (US)

Last Friday ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror – A Tribute To The Velvet Underground’
came out with a cast of big names honoring the iconic band’s 1967 debut LP.

It’s impossible to top the classic original Sunday Morning (sung by Lou Reed)
but Michael Stipe‘s is pretty impressive.

Have a listen…

See/hear you next month, music junkies…

Heartfelt Singer-Songwriter ILA Surprises Big Time With Her New Striking Single ‘LEAVE ME DRY’

Daily electricity to load your batteries

18 September 2021

Artist: ILA
Who: The moniker of Belgian singer-songwriter
Ilayda Cicek. Her music is characterized with a
unique voice and unadulterated emotions which
unmask the inconsistencies of life.

New single: LEAVE ME DRY

Turn Up The Volume: I remember seeing for the first time – about 4 years ago – a shy songstress, who called herself Ila, playing a short set of intimate musings in a small club. She blew me away with only two instruments, her soul-stirring voice, and her acoustic guitar. Her vocal tone, timbre, and range caused goosebumps. That’s what I call the WOW experience. Enough reasons to see her performing several times more afterward as she got better and better as a songwriter and a performer. A couple of years later she turned up the volume a bit with the help of an (electric) guitarist and a drummer making her overall sound fuller, but still as passionate as before.

And here we are now, recovering from what I just heard. Leave Me Dry is a total turnover
in resonance. ILA rocks, raves, and rolls backed by a steamy wall-of-towering turbulence. Yep, another WOW experience for me, but also for my speakers. Mind you, the heartfelt fervency, personal turmoil and vocal vehemence are still intact. Can’t wait to find out if
this is actually another page in her magical music book.

Touch me while I’m still yours
You leave me dry

ILA: FacebookSpotify

Leave Me Dry out now via Noisesome Records/Management

Singer/Songwriter ILA Sends Shivers Down Your Spine With Heart-Rending Cut From Her New EP- Here’s ‘NUDE’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

25 September 2019

Last year ago I saw this quite talented Belgian singer-songwriter Ilayda Cicek aka ILA performing for the first time. It was an acoustic set. Just a guitar and a significant voice. Later on, she decided to add electricity to her heartfelt songs. She’s surrounded now
by a drummer and a guitarist with herself on electric guitar too. The turn around is overwhelming. So much more intensity, so much more passion and fire, also so much more confidence after playing a series of notable gigs.

Last Sunday I saw her performing once again. It felt like Jeff Buckley‘s ghost was in the house. Ila‘s bluesy musings and passionate reveries resonated as vulnerable, fragile and soul-stirring as Buckley‘s troubled introspections and disturbing contemplations once did. Ila‘s tense vocal timbre and highly sensitive discharge were at times similarly breathtaking as what we heard from that late great songwriter before. Quite an achievement!

After her 2018 self-titled 4-track live EP she will release her first studio record on 18th October. A new EP, titled Montagne. Ahead of it, here’s a first poignant cut called NUDE that summarizes everything what I experienced last Sunday. Discover the authentic beauty right here…

Now you’re here I definitely want to share this following live footage of HOME,
one of her most gripping songs so you’ll get an idea of her impressive live presence…

ILA: Facebook