London’s Garage Grrrl Generator THE FRANKLYS Floored Belgium With Blistering Punches…

THE FRANKLYS – Kinky Star – Ghent, Belgium – 19 May 2018

Turn Up The Volume follows – completely legally – this 4-headed all female turbine for some time now, for all the reasons you should follow this steaming squad too. THE FRANKLYS know the art of producing raging garage grrrl hullabaloo perfectly. They know pretty damn well how to rock, how to roll, how to hit, how to roar, how to get your unsuspected mind and lazy limbs going totally berserk. These four electrical amazons come at you with tons of steamy horsepower. They hit you mercilessly, non-stop, without brakes, as you can hear on their 2017 debut longplayer ARE YOU LISTENING? A smoking powerhouse from the exploding start to the smacking finale. Have a heat check for yourself right here with one of the album’s powerful uppercuts…

Yesterday the London based engine came to play Belgium for the first time. The 40-minute set felt like a blitzkrieg eruption of nasty riffs, booming beats and clamorous punk flare-ups. A series of blistering punches landing just between your eyes and ears. Committed emotions wrapped in cast-iron bangers. All performed with confident conviction, in-your-face persuasiveness and streams of feel-good sweat. I will remember this Saturday night as the soul-saving medicine against another pointless, massive media event surrounding another sick look-how-ridiculous-rich-we-are prince/princess wedding day. God Save The Franklys! Come back soon, ladies…

ARE YOU LISTENING?
Do it here in full…

Album available on iTunes


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Some photographic impressions


A real princess


Hair intensity


Shake your booty


“Oh no, they want another encore”


In dreams

THE FRANKLYS: Website – Facebook –Twitter

(pics by Turn Up The Volume!)

Mediterranean Tribe ‘JUJU’ Mesmerized Belgium With Trancey Broad-Spectrum Psychedelia…

JUJU – Kinky Star, Ghent, Belgium – 18 February 2018

Despite the fact that on an average Sunday evening the majority of humankind prefers to fall asleep in front of the TV this cool, small club in Ghent (Belgium), called Kinky Star (one
of Turn Up The Volume‘s fav hang-out places) was packed with hungry psych fans eager to watch/hear Italian collective JUJU, a mind-expanding squadra build around experienced Sicilian sound explorer and singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Gioele Valenti (Lay Llamas, Herself). Last year they released sophomore LP debut album ‘Our Mother Was A Plant‘ via Fuzz Club Records. A truly impressive, trippy work of transcendent vibrations. From cinematic Pink Floyd echoes to Hawkind‘s spacey rock escapades and some stellar spellbinding tribal jams to pump up the beat. Something like this…

If you’re hooked on exciting, elevating stuff like here above you just ignore TV and jump out in the cold night to get a mind-massage by this tremendous artist and his fabulous orchestra because what you get is trance injected jams that infiltrate your bloodstream instantly and kaleidoscopic wizardry covering several decades. From 60s cult heroes Iron Butterfly‘s psych power to British dance experts Leftfield‘s hallucinogenic vision and many woozy influences in between. Bewitching music without sonic frontiers, rhapsodic music with an appetite for continuous discovery, upraising music to absorb on record and on stage. Valenti ‘s sparkling guitar play and distorted voice are upfront, but he surrounds himself cleverly with inspired musicians in order to translate his amplified reveries to the utmost and the result was just flabbergasting. A riveting journey from start to finish. Magnifico!…

Here’s OUR MOTHER WAS A PLANT in full…


LP available via Fuzz Club Records / iTunes / Bandcamp


Let’s work together


Tambourine man


Hitting it big time


Trancey keys


Coded setlist

JUJU: Facebook – Twitter

(concert pics by JL/Turn Up The Volume!)

Italian Trio SECRET SIGHT Produced Warm Waves On A Cold Belgian Night…

SECRET SIGHT – Kinky Star, Ghent (Belgium) – 20 January 2018

Right, let’s go straight to the heart of this band and their vibratory performance yesterday in my hometown Ghent. Italian three-piece SECRET SIGHT love the sun, but they like to be in the shade when it’s too hot. They adore life, but they’re conscious of the dark side of it. So what do you do to translate these emotions into music. You fuse the gloomy post-punk panache of early Joy Division, the dancey vibe of New Order, you add poetic Interpol guitar lines and the low vocal tone of its frontman Paul Banks. Capice? Here’s a glimmering idea of what I try to stutter here…

And the band has the matching personnel to take their twilight vibrations onto the stage with crystal clear guitar plays (Cristiano Poli), bouncing bass drones (Lucio Cristino) and hyperkinetic drum kicks (Enrico Bartolini). Together they produced woolgathering waves
to keep us al warm on a cold Belgian night. Grazia! Becoming a three-piece after their debut LP Day.NIght.Life the band regrouped, reloaded and scored excellent second album SHARED LONELINESS last September. Great title, great artwork, great escapades. Taste it here…


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Images from the live experience


Poetic guitar lines


Hooky bass bounces


Hyperkinetic drum punches

(All concert pics: JL/Turn Up The Volume!)

DUDS – Spectacular Manchester Revelation Blows Big Time In Belgium…

DUDS – Kinky Star, Ghent (Belgium) – 13 November 2017

Yesterday turned out to be another blue Monday as usual until I finally decided to go out, have a drink and enjoy some live music in one my favorite hometown clubs, the Kinky Star. My oh, my! Hallelujah! What a revelation. The, for me earlier unknown, programmed band DUDS, was nothing less than a sonic sensation. A six-piece collective out of Manchester, blew me and actually all present off our socks with a stupendous post-punk/new wave turbulence related to the 70s/80s, but translated triumphantly in a 21st century’s caustic turmoil that really pumps your adrenalin’s stream up towards an ecstatic level. It seemed like so many bands from the great British alternative past were just there on that small stage having a steamy jam. Here are a few names to get the picture: A Certain Ratio, Pigbag, The Pop Group, The Mekons, The Fall and Delta 5. Yes, I know, that bloody stellar. Their knife-edged, explosive and cutting eruptions fueled by a striking trumpet duo vitalized all of our senses. This sextet’s non-stop crazed funk punk flurries made heads spin in all directions. Gloriously deranged havoc that kicked Monday right in its boring face. Here’s a taster to give you an idea why the temperature rose to sweaty degrees yesterday night…

I guess your really hungry now to hear their newest,
excellent album OF A NATURE OR DEGREE


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DUDS: Facebook – Label: Castle Face Records


One team, same shirts…


Blow that horn, duds…


Funky tumult from start to finish