London’s Groovy Outfit MODERATE REBELS Drops Anti Government Track ‘EVERY CHEAT YOU MEET SINGS LOVE SONGS’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

11 December 2019

London’s outfit MODERATE REBELS, the band with changing line-ups and the determined aim to make music that is far more important than its performers has already released two pretty wayward albums with outspoken songs about social issues, ‘Shared Values’  last year and debut LP ‘Sound Of Security’ in 2017. And now the rebels are gearing up
for their third longplayer’, a triple one, yes, I repeat, a triple one containing 30 songs, out next year.

Ahead of it, the band has just dropped the first track off their upcoming exploit.
A politically-charged piece related to the UK’s general election on 12 December.
‘EVERY CHEAT YOU MEET SINGS LOVE SONGS’ is a direct attack on the British government’s patronizing and deceitful way of treating the population.

Beware. Beware of the cheats.
Singing you love songs, Sing you to

This is a wake-up call for the people who believe everything the political leaders tell them, for all the people in a state of dormancy. Sonically this new one is totally Moderate Rebels.
A groovy, repetitive stomper with a chant-like magnetic effect.

Tune in here and awake…


ALL STAR TRACKS TEAM – Turn Up The Volume’s 21 Knockout Tracks Of 2018…

Lots of hair-splitting havoc and flaming pop firework this year.
21 Knockouts, 21 standoouts, 21 big ones right here, right now…

1. ‘Liberty Belle’ by FONTAINES D.C. (Dublin, Ireland)
Up and coming Irish punk idols impress with catchy ramshackle punk force…

2. ‘Dust On Trial’ by SHAME (London, UK)
Razor-sharp rage from South London from their cutting debut album ‘Songs Of Praise’

3. ‘Danny Nedelko’ by IDLES
“Fear leads to panic, panic leads to pain / Pain leads to anger, anger leads to hate”

4. ‘Isolation’ by TUBELIGHT (Belgium)
Belgian garage rockers sneer and spit with poise…

5. ‘Lately’ by TERRA PINES (Queensland, Australia)
A tornado of multi-layered guitars rollin’ all over you…

6. ‘User Guide’ by IT IT ANITA (Belgium)
Primal screams getting way deep under your skin…

7. ‘How Did This Happen?’ by BODEGA (New York, NY, US)
Irresistible jingle jangle electricity from one of the most thrilling new acts around…

8. ‘Paradox’ by SEXTILE (Los Angeles, California, US)
Inflammatory firecracker thundering like electronica pioneers Suicide on speed…

9. ‘Odyssey’ by MIEN (UK/US/Canada)
Like minded spirits from different bands coming together for a psych-y trip…

10. ‘Shiny One’ by BELLY (Boston, US)
A glowing return in grand style with Tanya Donnelly‘s touching vox in the middle…

11. ‘The Bluebirds Are Singing’ by EERIE GLUE
Ongoing bluesy psych groove with a spellbinding impact on your soul…

12. ‘Turn The Knife’ by PALM GHOSTS (Nashville, US)
Mesmerizing make or break love song with glimmering guitars and vivid duet vocals…

13. ‘You Don’t Walk Away From Love’ by PEACE (UK)
Euphoric guitar pop at its very best…

14. ‘When We Left’ by SOMEDAYS (London, UK)
Glowing drive, tenacious pace, confident dynamic and instantly infectious. Strike!…

15. ‘Dark Stains’ by EXPLODED VIEW
Mysterious, magnetizing and masterful…

16. ‘Subsonic Dream’ by THE DARTS (Phoenix, CA, US)
Fuzzy garage banger hittin’ and kickin’ relentlessly…

17. ‘Faith & Science’ by MODERATE REBLS
The addictive power of repetition combined with a catchy boowie woogie piano…

18. ‘Under The Moon’ by REBECCA LOU (Denmark)
Vigorous, dynamic and highly brisk pop standout…

19. ‘Human Child’ by BELLY (Boston, US)
A gripping human pearl…

20. ‘Wayne’ by RICH GIRLS (New York, NY, US)
This is how authentic sensitivity resonates like…

21. ‘Knocking’ by BASEMENT REVOLVER (Hamilton, Canada)
Singer Chrisy Hurn‘s breathtaking voice will make you silent.

MODERATE REBELS Share Political Mantras On Brand New Spellbinding Album ‘SHARED VALUES’ …

When we can’t get enough of it…

1 December 2018

Almost one year ago Turn Up The Volume! had the debut album by London‘s psych-pop-art collective MODERATE REBELS on repeat. The Sound Of Security revelead an enigmatic project of various, yet unidentified musicians calling themselves anti-music. Their firstborn was/is an astonishing work of magnetic grimness that stood out because of its simple, yet crystal clear approach in sound and content. An ongoing indictment against the way of Brexit live as experienced by rebels watching from the side how things go terribly wrong.

We’re trying to create conditions where the songs could write themselves
with minimum resistance, an automatic writing situation. We say it all the time,
but it’s important to note – we don’t intend anything. We don’t feel like ‘artists’
with grand statements to make.”

After listening, several times the past few days, to the brand new, follow-up longplayer SHARED VALUES I hear a band inspired by a similar stirring spirit and similar bitter tone
as last year (what would you expect with Theresa May and her conservative, divided herd still in charge and fighting with Europe as if The British Empire is still alive and hitting), but this time the aural framework, in which our despairing rebels embed all their anxious anti-Brexit observations and related worries (who will save me from my government? as the key question), resonates firmer, stronger, fuller and more euphonious as if this album was actually canned in a recording studio instead of a recording bedroom. All instruments and all voices are really tight now. They have become harmonious partners in crime in order to reinforce the spellbinding catchiness of their fresh mesmeric mantras. Oh yes, Moderate Rebels‘ sonic phraseology still is about the addictive power of repetition, about moving in dazzling circles, about psyching in repetitive grooves, about fulminating against narcissistic politicians who share a totally different kind of values. From the rollicking boogie-woogie rippers (The Value Of Shares / Faith & Science / I Love Today / Beyond Hidden Words / Eye In The Sky) to some calmer reflections (the folky ‘Stranded In Brazil’ and ‘Facade‘), from the angry ‘You Want A Fight’ to the DIY answer to the key question in ‘How To Save Myself’.

Join the fascinating crusade right here…

MODERATE REBELS: Twitter – Instagram

DIY rebels…


London’s MODERATE REBELS Announce Second Album And Share Lead Track ‘THE VALUE OF SHARES’…

20 November 2018

London’s variable and still mysterious outfit MODERATE REBELS (although the new press photos reveal 4 female members instead of 2) are about to release the follow-up album to their lo-fi pop debut The Sound Of Security. New longplayer SHARED VALUES will hit the streets on 30 November via Everyday Life Recordings.

SHARED VALUES out 30 November – pre-order facilities via iTunes

The self-proclaimed anti-music project says about the new record: “We went into the studio with a couple of songs to record an EP, and we ended up with an album-length EP. We like to just let things happen and for songs to mostly write themselves. It’s a case of mucking around and seeing what feels right and what doesn’t. We say it all the time, but it’s important to note – we don’t intend anything. We don’t feel like ‘artists’ with grand statements to make.”

Ahead of the fresh full lenght’s launch here’s, following earlier shared cuts I Love Today  , Beyond Hidden Words and Science & Faith, lead track THE VALUE OF SHARES. Another magnetizing mantra-like mind-ripper with fuzzy guitar flashes and ongoing vocal repetition of the main line ‘I Like You / You Like Me’. You bet I do. Catch their feverish drift here…

MODERATE REBELS: Twitter – Instagram

(photo: Moderate Rebels press)

TURN UP THE VOLUME’S Knockout OCTOBER Team – Eleven Killer Tracks…

Eleven killer tracks on repeat this past month…

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Eleven killer tracks we played on repeat in October!
An eclectic mix of poppy vibrations and steamy grooves
energizing all of our senses and our limbs this past month!
Here’s Turn Up The Volume‘s Knockout October Team!

1. ‘Faith & Science’ by MODERATE REBELS (London, UK)
With Moderate Rebels it’s all about intoxicating mantra-like psych grooves. Like a mind-expanding mix of Velvet Underground, The Dandy Warhols and Spacemen 3. Far-out stuff!

2. I Don’t Care Anymore by BIG TIME KILL (Boston, US)
This raging electro-duo produces inflammable firework to go berserk to on the dance floor. This cutting cracker comes from debut LP ‘Shock And Awe‘. Read all about it here.


3. ‘Bar Stool Warriors’ by GARETH SAGER & THE HUNGRY GHOSTS (Scotland)
This is what happened when longtime post-punk chameleon Gareth Sager invited the ghosts of Captain Beefheart & Frank Zappa for a cup of tea and a rad jam. Full result here.

4. ‘Turn The Knife’ by PALM GHOSTS (Nashville, US)
A feverish mixed emotions pop pearl build around a stellar melody with layers of sparkling guitars and elevated by the enrapturing effect of duet vocals. Both dazzling and haunting.

5. ‘Money Money’ by RICHARD ASHCROFT (England)
Closing track of the legend’s brand new album. Hottest, hookiest and rockiest cut of all.


6. ‘The Witness’ by HERSELF (Italy)
Most upbeat, most funky and most vibey stroke on new LP by singer/songwriter Gioele Valenti aka Herself. Find out more about the whole album ‘Rigel Playground‘ right here.

7. ‘Pastel Blues’ by THE ATTICS (Melbourne, Australia)
You’ll feel groovy, you’ll look groovy and your swaying hips will make other people go groovy when you’re walking the streets with this earworm on your headphones. Ace!

THE ATTICS: Facebook

8. ‘Beacon’ by THE MIGHTY ORCHID KING (St Albans, UK)
Expect kooky guitars, a pulsating rhythmic tandem, an overall buzzing resonance, echoing vocals and karma-like 60s harmonies. Yesterday is the new today! Time to chill out! Yeah!


9. ‘Secret’ by VAUREEN (Brooklyn, NY, US)
As much decibels as My Bloody Valentine, as dark as Killing Joke and with Lydia Lunch‘s enigmatic spirit on vocals. Outcome? Like a pitch-black Neil Young hurricane. Puzzling!

10. ‘Victoria Park’ by RED TELEPHONE (Cardiff, Wales)
Melancholic melody, starry-eyed vocals and an overall gratifying warmth that makes you long for happy-go-lucky childhood days. Reminds me of romantic popsters Scritti Politti.


11. ‘Dream Apartment’ by OH FOR (Finland)
This humdinger’s jazzy bass warmth, its twinkling orchestration and its intimate vocals will make your thoughts drift away to the room in your mind where you can freely fantasize.

OH FOR: Facebook

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See/hear you next month for another knockout team

TURN UP THE VOLUME’S Knockout Team – AUGUST 2018 – Eleven Killer Tracks…

Eleven killer tracks on repeat this past month…

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Eleven killer tracks played on repeat in August!
A heated mix of flaming rippers and glowing grooves
energizing all of my senses and limbs this past month!
Here’s Turn Up The Volume‘s Knockout August Team!

1. ‘Bells & Circles’ by UNDERWORLD Feat. IGGY POP
British veteran techno junks return with a smoking groove AND with legendary maestro punk Iggy Pop babbling a lot of nonsense all over it. But it bloody swings! Full EP right here.


2. ‘Paradox’ by SEXTILE (Los Angeles, CA, US)
An inflammatory firecracker thundering like electronica pioneers Suicide on speed. Mind-stimulating, body-energizing and soul-stirring. From their upcoming EP ‘3‘ – out 14 Sept.

SEXTILE: Facebook

3. ‘Disaster’ (Is What We’re After) by DEATH VALLEY GIRLS (Los Angeles, CA, US)
A glorious glam slam thundering madly from the banging start to the wildly sax-noise injected finale with Bonnie Bloomgarden‘ voodoo vox adding fuel to the fanatic fire. Ace!

NEW ALBUM: Darkness Rains

4. ‘User Guide’ by IT IT ANITA (Luik, Belgium)
Demonic and loudmouthed molotov cocktail that feels like exploding any second. Nasty, riotous and tons of fierce guitars. Blustery eruption from new LP ‘Laurent‘. Check it here.

5. ‘Air Supply’ by ahem (Minneapolis, MN, US)
From the smashing start your adrenalin will pump faster, your body will make mysterious moves and your voice will scream along. From the band’s new EP Chutes And Ladders.

6. ‘I Want You Around’ by Oh800 (London, UK)
This corker resonates like a pungent fusion of LCD Soundsystem‘s repetitive beats and The Rapture‘s scintillating dance rhythms with vitriolic guitars adding a vicious edge. Top cut!

Oh800: Facebook

7. ‘Erase Me’ by KERCHIEF (Tennessee, US)
A robust hammer, a sinewy steamroller with a high dose of heartfelt power. The ardent combination of Hill‘s begging vox and the repetitive riffage is spot-on! Emo-wall-of-sound!

KERCHIEF: Facebook

8. ‘I Love Today’ by MODERATE REBELS (London, UK)
This mantra-like sing-along groove activates your bloodstream, makes your feet tap and your head shake. Body/mind trance experience. New LP Shared Values out 30 November.


9/ ‘Hey!’ by SUMMER MAGIC (South City St. Louis, US)
Summer Magic aka Kevin Bachmann sounds like a 90s psychedelic Britpop version of The Beach Boys on his new single. Addictive jingle jangle riffs and luminous harmonies. Bingo!


10. ‘High Above‘ by SEASIDE HEIGTHS (Gothenburg, Sweden)
A wondrous synths injected composition with echoes from The National and Editors. Both magnetic and mysterious. From their excellent, new EP Made up Minds and Bad News.


11. ‘The Somnambulist’ by ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN (Liverpool, UK)
Anthemic, bewitching and irresistibly infectious with a king-sized chorus. Best Bunnymen score in years. From the band’s upcoming album The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon.


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See/hear you next month, music junkies

MODERATE REBELS Move From Groove To Mantra And Back On New Track ‘I LOVE TODAY’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

24 August 2018

Last December London’s variable collective MODERATE REBELS released their lo-fi pop debut album The Sound Of Security. Intriguing record on which this self-proclaimed Anti-Music Collective created a grey, yet sticky soundtrack for our troubled reality. Early July they returned to the scene with new track Beyond Hidden Words. A hypnotizing stroke, feeling like a continuation of their experimental search into the sticky simplicity of repetitive psych grooves à la the early Velvet Undergound.

We were quite surprised when hearing the second cut from the new, upcoming longplayer. I LOVE TODAY comes close to a traditional song structure. It has some
verses, choruses and even a middle eight section. Although Moderate Rebels claim
they still don’t know if this song is optimistic or not” this new one has a mantra-like,
positive sing-along energy. I agree, it’s a sort of song, but it’s its magnetic groove
that activates your bloodstream, makes your feet tap and your head shake. From
groove to mantra and back with the same body/mind-moving effect. Perfect!

Hear and feel the heartbeat right here…

out 30th November via
Everyday Life Recordings

London’s Outfit MODERATE REBELS Launch New Mantra Like Track ‘BEYOND HIDDEN WORDS’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

4 July 2018

Last December London’s outfit MODERATE REBELS released their inspired lo-fi debut
LP The Sound Of Security. A fascinating record where this self-proclaimed Anti-Music Collective turned our doom-laden reality into a bewitching experience. They’re back now with new track BEYOND HIDDEN WORDS. A song that “arrived as an experiment, as much Moderate Rebels material has, from posed questions: ‘Can 3 chords and ‘the truth’ still work in 2018?… At what point does repetition become psychedelic?… Once you lose track of structure and time in music, do you get any sense of the infinite?’…” explains the band.

‘Beyond Hidden Words’ is all about the hypnotic power of sticky simplicity and riveting repetition. Like a mantra, going on forever and ever, until your dizzy mind repeats the repetitive structure itself unconsciously, over and over again. Mystical and mysterious
with addictive jingle jangle chords that get under your skin à la The Velvet Underground‘s sonic formula. Catch the spiritual treatment right here…

MODERATE REBELS: Twitter – Instagram

New album coming in November via Everyday Life Recordings 

(promo photos via band received)

MODERATE REBELS Translate Pub Conversations Into A Magnetizing Pop Story Called ‘WHEN THE COST HAS NO VALUE’…

Sonic vibes that thrill us in a way we want to scream out loud…

Who: Up and coming peculiar quartet “trying to create conditions where the songs could write themselves with minimum resistance, an automatic writing situation. The point was to remove ourselves, our beliefs and our intentions as much as possible; to just let it happen. It’s never been about us, we want to make music that aims at being more important than that.”
Track: WHEN THE COST HAS NO VALUE – “a load of overheard pub conversations,
squashed into one song”
according to the band…
TUTV’s experience: ‘here’s a deadpan roll-call of neologisms’ narrative about the troubled times we live in. The ongoing spoken word/singing duet is pretty magnetizing while the jingle jangle melody creeps slowly but surely under your skin. To hell with the super rich here are some sonic rebels ready to act in their own special way. Press the button…

The band will release their debut longplayer THE SOUND OF SECURITY on 8th December.
I had the opportunity to hear it and I’m sure MODERATE REBELS will infiltrate your world
easily. Below is the album’s front cover and all info on the record here on Bandcamp.

MODERATE REBELS: Twitter – Proxy EP on BC – Label: Everyday Life Recordings