Emotive Troubadour BRICK BRISCOE Has A Long Story To Tell – Here’s His New Album ‘FROM LUCKY POINT TO PÈRE LACHAISE’…

9 August 2019

BRICK BRISCOE is a Petersburg, Indiana-based radio and television personality and a compelling singer/songwriter. His new album, entitled ‘FROM LUCKY POINT TO PÈRE LACHAISE’ is inspired and recorded after a life-changing battle with cancer and the life-affirming travels suggested by LP’s title. It makes me think of Ray Davies‘ two Americana albums because of the heart and soul touching stories and the varied reflections on humanity. Like Davies, Briscoe is a gripping storyteller too. An observative troubadour wrapping personal experiences into sensitive songs with a heartfelt touch.

Here’s the author himself about his new, probably most personal, longplayer…

“It feels good to finally have this album out there. It took more than a year to finish things up and that’s a long time for me. I normally pace around for a couple of weeks, call folks in and then vomit it all out in about a week. This time I was more considerate of the overall landscape. It took me back to a time before I became ill where I thought I had all the time in the world. The urgency now is to share the ideas and keep the conversation going.

The response, thus far, has been very rewarding. I was worried that the fans I’ve made over the last two records were going to wonder where I had gone. This record is more considerate of arrangement and melody and, in a lot of ways, I think I’ve found my voice again because I took such a considered approach. I’m happy to find out from the live shows we’ve done that I can tackle the material in any way I want, from original intent to quiet solo versions to turning them into straight up rock n’ roll. I’m lucky that I play with a live band who can be flexible enough to interact with an audience and figure out how to feed the dragon. Deep down I realize that I’m really a live artist at my best and getting to play in front of people is the true reward.

I live in a very rural atmosphere. Petersburg, Indiana has around 2500 inhabitants. The cost of living allows me to go out on a limb and make records and then travel to do live shows and make tv/film projects. I’ve lived in NYC, Los Angeles and Seattle and I never could feel the creative freedom living in those cities as I do in my hometown. It was always too financially daunting to pull it off in the big cities. But maybe I’m just a small town boy who really likes to immerse himself in the big towns and then come home and synthesize the two. That just dawned on me actually. Because, growing up, I always wanted to be somewhere else. I still do. I’m probably going to ask to sleep in your spare room sometime.”

Dim the lights, sit down, relax and lose yourself in this journey.
Here’s the album in its uninterrupted, continuous entity…

You can stream it here on Spotify too, if you like
to skip, play and save your favorite tracks…

BRICK BRISCOE: Facebook – Bandcamp

Portland’s SOUVENIR DRIVER Impresses With New Album ‘A DANGEROUS CROSSING’…

7 May 2019

Sonic daydreamers SOUVENIR DRIVER from Portland, Oregon just released their fourth
LP titled ‘A DANGEROUS CROSSING’. A deeply emotive record influenced by a Friedrich Nietzsche quote ‘Mankind is a dangerous crossing’, current events, and personal lives.

Overall it’s an intensely touching, captivating and soul-stirring piece of work. High-class songwriting from the pensive lifelike reveries ‘Glow (The Empress)’ and ‘Outer Space‘ to the spicier full-sound humdingers ‘Haze‘, ‘Spin’ and ‘Lonesome Prairie‘, the cutting guitar fueled ‘Who Are You‘ and the splendid synths and bass injected swagger of ‘Admire’.

When the more than 8-minute groovy closer Glass Slipper (The Queen) comes to an end you’ll push the repeat button without any hesitation as, just like me, you’ll be tempted to discover every layer, every twist, every hook, every lick, every moment and every line of these terrifically arranged en delightfully orchestrated songs. This band knows exactly what imposing tunes need, how to construct them and how to turn them into appealing aural pearls that impact your hungry ears. ‘A DANGEROUS CROSSING‘ is an arresting achievement! I Discover the splendor here…



13 April 2019

The fabulous-tastic garage fury THE DARTS has announced their brand new second LP.
‘I LIKE YOU BUT NOT LIKE THAT’ will hit the streets hard on 24th May via their friend and punk legend Jello Biafra‘s record label Alternative Tentacles Records. Pre-order facilities right here. ‘Who’s this band?’ I hear that one poor ignorant guy in the back ask?….

THE DARTS (US) have exploded onto the scene with a fiercely classic sound that invests deeply in late 60’s garage, incorporating tones of horror-punk and garage-psych. Live, THE DARTS hurtle through songs with the reckless abandon of a freight train about to run off the rails, while their calculated musicianship sets a seamless trajectory of grooving hooks and restless boogie backbeats. If Elvira and Wednesday Adams consumed the flesh of man, drank shots of snake venom, started a garage rock band, and played the bride of Frankenstein’s bachelorette party,
it would probably sound exactly like THE DARTS.

Last year Turn Up The Volume saw these awesome garage devils going bananas in Belgium twice. Check out why THE DARTS is one of the best live bands on this planet here & here .

THE DARTS: Website – Facebook – Twitter

Liverpool’s Glam Punk Misfits QUEEN ZEE Released Self-Titled Fireball Debut LP…

Remarkable new full length releases

11 February 2019


Who: Rousing Liverpool misfits led by the other-worldly and charismatic queer frontman Queen Zee. This gang built itself a thunderous reputation on the busy live circuit in the UK the past hew years while releasing a string of stupendous singles. Iggy Pop said about them: “They’re strange people from Liverpool. I don’t wanna say they’re dirty, they look a little weird, but they rock like crazy.”

Album: QUEEN ZEE – self-titled debut LP just released

Score: This first full length is a politically sharp-witted and highly noisy melting pot of trenchant glam punk havoc and dynamite pop mayhem. A terrific fireball fuelled with waspish vocals, bad-ass guitars and a thrashing drums/bass bolide. Get ready for a
series of slam dunks. Right here, right now…

QUEEN ZEE: Facebook

Liverpool dynamite

EXPLODED VIEW Challenges Your Subconsciousness With New Enigmatic Album… ‘OBEY’

28 September 2018

EXPLODED VIEW, the self-willed international ensemble led by the puzzling singer-
songwriter Annika Henderson, already made a lasting impact with their highly praised
self-titled debut album two years ago and are now back to mystify your sense of being even more. From the twilight lullaby opener onwards you enter their unreal sonic world
as designed on their new, second longplayer, entitled ‘OBEY. After the intro you drift into darksome ballad ‘Open Road‘ until ‘Dark Stains‘, with ‘Come On Honey‘ one of the most explosive songs on the fresh LP, jumps at you like a serpent. Suddenly and firmly.

By now you fully realize what’s really going on. Henderson is already walking around in your head looking for closed doors to open, looking to challenge your subconsciousness just the way mindfucker David Lynch loves to make you believe you’re on the verge of insanity with his nightmarish movies. Absolutely! That’s how Henderson‘s haunting and hunting vox captures your awareness, that’s how the whole hallucinatory orchestration vibrates like. At times (Sleepers / Letting Go of Childhood) it’s like if all instruments at play follow their own path before joining each other somewhere along the line, organically
and mysteriously. Obey is a perplexing and bewildering adventure. An enigmatic trip
from beginning to end. When the electro-droning closer ‘Rant‘ hit me for the first time
I still had no clue where I actually was, so I restarted the record instantly to find out.
That is what ‘Obey‘ does to you. It puts a ghostly spell on you. You just can’t escape. Exploded View‘s world is one of psychotherapeutic magic and seducing illusions.

Well, that’s my personal, ongoing, confused experience since the album was released yesterday. Discover the fascinating odyssey for yourself. Believe me, it’s much cheaper
and absolutely more effective than visiting your money-greedy shrink…

OBEY available via Sacred Bones  and Bandcamp or iTunes 

EXPLODED VIEW: Facebook – Instagram

SUEDE Released Brand New Album ‘THE BLUE HOUR’ – Here’s NME’s Verdict….

22 September 2018

Iconic glam rockers SUEDE released their 8th studio album THE BLUE HOUR yesterday.
As Turn Up The Volume is still in the process to absorb the new longplayer (although after two spins I’ve already heard 4 tracks I wanna have on repeat with opener As One as the most impressive one!) at this very moment I’ll give you legendary British music website NME‘s verdict: “On their eighth album, Brett Anderson and co. take the road less travelled, exploring rural decay with cinematic lushness… While there’s a comforting familiarity that comes with all things Suede, it’s wonderfully shrouded on ‘The Blue Hour’ by a very new, romantic and alluring strangeness. These are not hits to shake your bits to. Nor will these
beats shake your meat. Rest assured, Suede remain the beautiful ones, but are just looking
for beauty in ever more curious places…”
– Score 3/5 – Full review here

Stream THE BLUE HOUR here…

SUEDE: Website – Facebook –  Twitter

As one

(photo: Facebook Suede)

SPIRITUALIZED – Stream Brand New Soul-Searching Album ‘AND NOTHING HURT’ Right Here…

30 August 2018

JASON PIERCE‘s symphonic orchestra SPIRITUALIZED first album in over six years, entitled AND NOTHING HURT will see the day of light on 7 September. But thanks to NPR MUSIC you can have already a ‘first listen’ accompanied by a short review. Click and join Pierce‘s new soul-searching journey right here… Stream New Spiritualized Album.

(photo by Turn Up The Volume!)

SPIRITUALIZED: Facebook – Website