Scottish Noise Turbo MEMES Cheered Up Belgium

On stage

9 April 2022

Where/when: Trix, Antwerp – 8 April 2022
Who: A noisy Glasgow duo called John and Paul, not that John and Paul,
obviously. As band name John Paul II would be ridiculous, they called
themselves MEMES. Turn Up The Volume is a fan since day one.

MEMES‘ gig was actually an aftershow one, following Irish fury Fontaines D.C.
who turned the main hall upside down. And, that’s exactly what this 2-motor
turbo did too in the big building’s bar. One should think that the audience, after
almost 90 minutes of those Dublin heroes, would be too tired or too drunk, or
both, to be bothered to let their minds blow up again by two Scottish noiseniks.
Wrong, within a minute the bar was packed. And rightly so.

John and Paul rocked their sweaty tails off with their bloodcurdling hullabaloo that guarantees them a place in my British post-punk-rebirth team along with young indie gunslingers like Yard Act, Crows, Ditz, Lice, Black Midi and The Mysterines.

The Glaswegian tandem’s sharp-teethed and politically/socially outspoken uppercuts
like Blah-Blah (their prickly debut single), So What, and newest smack Second Thought cook your brains and your ears on the spot. Oh my, oh my, do I love 30-minute blitzkrieg gigs without brakes and breaks (except when the digital drummer is a bit stubborn).

One Meme down

As you may expect you don’t get birds and bees tunes from these two mavericks, although in the end they know and we know, that we all need to Cheer Up in these bloody messy times in order to survive. That’s what Antwerp did, that’s what I did (on stage), we all cheered up. Thanks MEMES, for turning up our adrenalin production.

Check their debut EP here…

MEMES: FacebookSpotify

Thanks for the shout-out, guys!!

(concert photos by Turn Up The Volume)

Turn Up The Volume’s 15 KNOCKOUT TRACKS For September 2020

This past month’s best…

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A swirling fusion of rhapsodic rippers and cool crackerjacks,
that activated my bloodstream and my limbs this past month!
Turn Up The Volume‘s 15 Knockout Tracks for September!

‘Under The Spell Of Joy’ by DEATH VALLEY GIRLS (Los Angeles, US)
L.A.’s garage devils surprise with this gospel stunner. Polyphonic choir, booming beats, crazed sax, towering tune, and a mental finale. The title track from their fourth album coming your way this Friday, October 2. Can’t wait!

‘So What’ by MEMES (Glasgow, Scotland)
Post-punk mavericks strike again. This new cut is more infectious than that horrible coronavirus, deeper carving than a Swiss knife, 103 seconds of high-energy swagger.
New EP in November via Fierce Panda.

‘The Rise And Fall Of America’ by THE MOODS (England)
It’s this British collective’s towering take on the bombastic American National Anthem with razor-sharp lines and an addictive chant. They rock, roar and rage. Enough is enough! Play this on repeat until the elections in November. Make America, America again. It’s not too late! Vote that orange out!

‘American Dream’ by TOKYO TABOO (England)
‘Dumb Trump’ is the loud and clear message. These high-voltage noiseniks squeeze that orange idiot into pulp in 4 minutes and visualize their disgust with both a hilarious and frightening video clip. About time this buffoon gets kicked out of the White House!

‘Leon The Pig Farmer’ by CABBAGE (England)
These post-punk gunslingers describe their racket as Apocalyptic Sprautrock. Sounds
totally 2020 to my ears. This new amazeballs brain-breaker races like a hot rod on
the run without slowing down for a second. Bang-up stonker!

‘Psychopath’s Monologue’ by THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA (It/Sing)
A soundtrack for an unmade David Lynch movie. Chemical bros beats, Leftfield bangs, industrial uppercuts and a nightmarish spoken-word sermon all over it. Sonic paranoia
for a baffled world in an ongoing virus crisis. Doomsday is just around the corner.

‘Tokyo Music Experience’ by RATS ON RAFTS (The Netherlands)
An electrical punch-sucker driven by hyperkinetic guitars, manic vocals, and a relentless beat sounding like legendary weirdos Devo are back with some fervent firepower. Expect to be totally puzzled after just one spin. You can get satisfaction here, folks!

‘Land Based Antics’ by STRUGGLES WITH SYNTAX (London)
A rage-against-the-machine motherrocker, a smash and clash crossover stormer, a
nasty rap brain-breaker, a brutal thwack challenging you to bang your head against
the wall while pulling your hair out. A volcanic spit and sneer eruption.

‘Moment In The Sun’ by SUNFLOWER BEAN (Brooklyn/NY)
Perfect pop play! Catchy as hell, totally uplifting and mood-boosting. Funky and groovy.
An earworm to listen to in your bath, in your car, at work, in the pub, and in your bed.

‘Truth II’ by BEND SINISTER (Vancouver, British Columbia)
A rambling, rumbling, rollicking and roaring ripsnorter with a scream along on the top of your lungs chorus demanding the truth. C’mon Bully Trump and Boris the Clown, stop
lying 24/7, you twin idiots.

‘7 Seconds’ by PORRIDGE RADIO (Brighton, England)
Earlier this year this amazing Dana Margolin fronted band released their contender-for-best-album-of-the-year tour de force Every Bad, they shine again on this brand new melodic humdinger.

‘Docker Martins’ by ARCO ARENA (Ireland)
A riff-loaded crackerjack that triggers your Saturday nightmare fever moves. Funky as
fuck and sickly sticky from start to finish. A kick-ass hammer sharp as a serrated knife challenging you to fight for your right to be the last man standing. Yeahhh!

‘Serotonin‘ by VIOLENT VICKIE (Long Beach, CA)
Put your Goth outfit, dim the lights, and trip on this pitch-black synthscape with
Vickie wildly yearning for lost love and lust. You’ll get goosebumps when listening
to this petrifying cry out on your headphones. Time to kick your evil demons out
of your bedroom!

‘We Are Chaos’ by MARILYN MANSON (Ohio, US)
Yes, the self-proclaimed ‘God of Fuck’ still walks the planet. No, he didn’t move yet
to his real home in hell. And the title track is a massive sing-along pop (yes, ‘pop’)
anthem celebrating what we became: CHAOS in these surreal virus times.

‘Cotton Fish (A Dream)’ by JAY CRAFTON (Toronto, Canada)
Don’t really know much about this Canadian musician and record producer just that his new (instrumental) single is a spellbinding guitar-driven jam with a relaxing effect on my mindset. Pretty special. Pretty dreamy.

All together now on Spotify…

See/hear you next month, music junkies…

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Up And Coming Glasgow Mavericks MEMES With Brand New Brawny Cut ‘SO WHAT’

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

28 September 2020

Turn Up The Volume featured Glasgow’s cutting-post-punk duo MEMES several times before. Their full-charged electricity and manic turmoil is what you need to ventilate
your isolation demons.

On their brand new cut SO WHAT they ramble, rumble, and rattle with jagged puissance and saw-edged Sleaford Mods like vocals. More infectious than that horrible coronavirus, deeper carving than a Swiss knife, 103 seconds of high-energy swagger.

Can’t wait for their new EP, coming in November via the pretty cool Fierce Panda label.

But first SO WHAT

Also on Spotify

MEMES: Facebook

Fiery Glasgow Duo MEMES Shakes Things Up Again With… ‘HAPPY SHOPPER’

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

12 August 2019

Fresh barbed wired Scottish duo MEMES already made some stirring waves earlier on with their very first hot-blooded ripsnorters Go Tweet MeBlah Blah Blah and Funny Man. And with their newest cut ‘HAPPY SHOPPER‘ the pair nails it again. A steady tambourine beat, a sickly sticky bass riff and a whole lot of The Fall-esque spitting and sneering all over it. Electric-powered uproar! Manic turmoil! Catch the commotion right here…

MEMES: Facebook

Scottish Duo MEMES Strikes Again – Here’s New Biting Cut ‘GO TWEET ME’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

28 May 2019

Memes’ Paul or John

Early last month Turn Up The Volume! stumbled into a fresh Scottish band. A jangly post punk The Fall-like noise duo featuring Paul and John (with those names world domination will be a piece of cake) calling themselves MEMES. The cutting tandem had just released their two smashing debut tracks ‘Blah Blah Blah‘ and ‘Funny Man‘ and now the pair is back with a new biting thwack on which they sound actually a bit like Mike Skinner‘s The Streets after he picked up a bass, hired a drum machine and went totally parlando punk. AWESOME STUFF! AGAIN! Here’s ‘GO TWEET ME‘…

Fucking ace, isn’t it?! By the way the band is one step closer to global stardom. Former legendary NME hack and BBC‘s cool DJ Steve Lamacq invited them for a live session where they also played this fresh ‘Go Tweet Me‘ slam. Check it out…

MEMES: Facebook – Twitter

TURN UP THE VOLUME’S Eleven Knockout Tracks For APRIL 2019…

This past month’s best…

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Eleven Knockout Tracks on repeat this past month!
A tasty cocktail of rollicking rippers and first-rate cuts.
Here’s Turn Up The Volume‘s Knockout April Team!

1. ‘Blah Blah Blah’ by MEMES (Glasgow, Scotland)
The spirit of The Fall’s debut EP Bingo-Master’s Break-Out!. Ramshackle racket!…

2. ‘Covered In Filth’ by THE MEDICINE DOLLS (Capetown, South Africa)
Raw rollicking rockabilly riffs with waggish bubblegum ooh-la-la’s. Filthy score!

3. ‘Don’t’ by MILLIONAIRE (Belgium)
An ominous funky smack fueled by a mighty disco stomp. Hell yeah!…

4. ‘Candy’ by FALLING MAN (Belgium)
An enigmatic painkiller for spooky midnight hours. It will keep you sane. Maybe…

5. ‘Stay Where You Stand’ by THE RINGARDS (London, UK)
Jangly guitars, ace pace, poppy synths and a scream/sing/hum along chorus. Top!

6. ‘The Way In’ by THE DREAM SYNDICATE (Los Angeles, CA, US)
Electrifying psych piece from the band’s new upcoming album ‘These Times

7. ‘Hey’ Gyp (Dig The Slowness) by THE RACONTEURS (US)
Jack White & buddies back with gloriously messy Donovan cover…

8. ‘6.30‘ by SUPER PARADISE (London,UK)
When blitzkrieg guitars, echoing vocals and flashy synths meet. A bang-up roller coaster!

9. ‘Who’s Been Having You Over’ by PETER DOHERTY & THE PUTA MADRES (UK)
Snappy garage stomper with sharp-edged guitar licks and Doherty‘s characteristic vox…

10. ‘Prozac Spaceman’ by FAUX CO. (Chicago, US)
This delightful humdinger will dance in your head for some time after one spin…

11. ‘Parabole’ by TURQUOISE (Bruxelles, Belgique)
Sensuous French vocals, glimmering guitars and New Order‘s blue dynamics. Magnifique!…

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Scottish Post Punks MEMES Hit Hard Twice With Double Debut Single ‘BLAH BLAH BLAH’ And ‘FUNNY MAN’

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

8 April 2019


Who: A noisy Glasgow duo called John and Paul – not that John and Paul, obviously.
And as band name John Paul II would be ridiculous, they called themselves MEMES.

Tracks: ‘BLAH BLAH BLAH’ / ‘FUNNY MAN’ – brand new double A-side single

Score: ‘Memes‘ is one of those faceless bands you stumble into now and then on the Internet. As long as their havoc makes my hair stand up in the back of my neck I really don’t care actually how a band looks like. And this fresh Glaswegian John/Paul tandem succeeds in getting my sonic attention directly with their double A-side debut single.
Both smoking tracks, ‘Blah Blah Blah‘ and ‘Funny Man‘ resonate gloriously infectious, crackingly jingle jangle and rumbly creaking. If The Fall would release their 1978 debut
EP Bingo-Master’s Break-Out! today, it would sound as tumultuous and blustery as this…

MEMES: Facebook – Twitter