SEVEN IN THE MIX – 7 New Indie Injections – Week 32

7 new rad indie injections to load up your batteries every 7 days

8 August 2022

Who: Guitar pop team from Hamilton, ON, Canada

Funky drum-driven groove with an immediate, vitalizing impact on the movements of your limbs. Shiny synths here and there, lively guitar lines, and in the middle the wonderful voice of Giuliana Frontini (who also wrote the lyrics) growing in fervor in the middle and near the end.



Who: 𝔖𝔦𝔫𝔤𝔢𝔯, 𝔰𝔬𝔫𝔤𝔴𝔯𝔦𝔱𝔢𝔯, 𝔟𝔩𝔬𝔬𝔡𝔱𝔥𝔦𝔯𝔰𝔱𝔶 𝔣𝔞𝔢𝔯𝔦𝔢
from London
Track: HAPPY

“Happy is a song about how the world can appear when medication such as Mirtazapine provides the much needed rose tinted glasses that allow me to participate in the ever grinding cogs of a crumbling capitalist society.”

This is dope stuff to wake up to for a HAPPY day. This is a rap-turous-pop firecracker
to turn your depressive state of mind upside down. This is sonic medication that helps
to survive all the shit going on right now on our chaotic planet.


Band: LUCKY DAY (Newcastle, NSW)
Who: Two guys who love
to jam out to a crowd!

The infectious lividity from the kick-off made me immediately smile from left to right and back. It’s sickly sticky, jangly and jaunty, vivid and vibrant with exuberant guitars all over the place, exultant vocals, and a dynamic chorus. These 2 lucky days deserve tons of fresh air.

Track from their excellent A Good Mother’s Hell EP.

LUCKY DAY: Facebook


(photo via Velvet Blues Music)

Who: Indie guitar pop trio from Phoenix, Arizona

This is a splendid dream-pop tune that sticks on the spot. Sparkling guitars,
an infective cadence, shiny synths here and there, and warm-hearted vocals.
The War On Drugs are not far away.


FINE CHINA: Discography


Band: DUMB
Who: Swinging 4-piece from Toronto, CA

When you mix sassy ska fueled with zestful trumpets, guitar electricity à la Television‘s
Tom Verlaine
and your song is shorter than a Ramones one my ears are all ears. So should be yours.

DUMB: Spotify


(Photo by Dan Wiebe)

Who: Power pop team from Manchester UK
Track: BULL (On Wheels Pulls Thread)

“Bull is written from the perspective of someone who feels
a change within themselves. From denial, to acceptance.”

This is a greatly orchestrated pop symphony moving like a rollercoaster. Fizzing synths, robust drum/bass, scintillating 4-strings, passionate vocals, and a heartfelt chorus. Score!


Who: Daydreamers from Toronto Canada

Sonic dreaming at its finest with a tantalizing tune that
gets under your skin, slowly but surely. Relaxing, uplifting
and airy-fairy. Just what you need on a lazy day in the sun.

As the band says themselves: ‘Our music is the sonic equivalent
of waking up in a good mood, a tight blend of dancea’.



All 7 together

See/hear you next week, music junkies

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – 7 New Firecrackers Week 41

Every week Turn Up The Volume picks 7 new
firecrackers that burned his ears the past 7 days

‘Let’s Get This Party Started’ by TOM MORELLO (New York)

Tom Morello, the guitar hero of furious rockers Rage Against The Machine
released his 2nd solo album, titled The Atlas Underground Fire, yesterday
with a cast of big-name guests on vocals.

This one was recorded with British post-hardcore
noiseniks Bring Me The Horizon.

Wanna party? You betcha…


Recklessly‘ by JEEN (Toronto, Canada)

“After a while, it can be hard to know whether you control your destiny or if
your destiny is controlling you. ‘Recklessly’ is for when you can’t tell if you’re
moving forward or falling behind and when it’s impossible to know where
you’ll end up,”
says the Toronto songstress about her emotional eruption.

Jeen expresses doubting and depressing sentiments with grit and punch.
She shares the feelings many of us had/have to deal with due to the bizarre
times we live(d) in. One small comfort: you’re absolutely not alone.

This may help…

Jeen releases her new album Dog Bite next week, 22 October.


‘Got Me Going’ by ECLECTICUS (Canada)

Got me Going is the title track of the new EP.
by this buzz and fuzz outfit from Toronto.

Gar Reid (frontman): “Everyone seems to get supercharged before seeing
a live concert, so this song along with the music video really celebrates this
feeling associated with the pre-game festivities leading up to going to a concert!”

Not insane yet after the past crazy coronavirus crisis? Well, you have another
chance here to go out of your mind with this adrenalized vaccination of pure
rock ‘n’ roll euphoria.


‘Crutch’ by BAND OF HORSES (Seattle, US)

The Americana romantics are back and they feel good as they called their new album Things Are Great, out 21 January 2022. Well, lead-single is a pretty great thing, pushed
by a streamlined rock drive, a feet-tapping beat, and flavored with their characteristic
high-pitched vocals.

Press play and feel great too…


‘Born Too Late’ by KICK AND THE HUG (Boulder, Colorado)

The fact that this band is scattered across the country, stretching all the way from
Los Angeles to Philadelphia, and Denver doesn’t prevent the quartet to start a fire.

Born Too Late is the perfect belter to test your lungs’ flexibility. The vocal
power developed here reaches a peak when the glorious chorus comes up.

Big vibe, big tune, big kick.

Put your phone down and oil your vocal chords…


‘C’mon America’ by JEFF TWEEDY (Belleville, Illinois)

This week Wilco‘s maestro dropped two new songs. This one is my favorite.

Tweedy says: “It’s a wry classic rocker from an unreleased group of songs with
mostly sci-fi lyrics.” Sci-fi lyrics? To my ears, this song’s content is crystal clear,
hearing these lines over and over again “What you gonna do, now that the world
is turned against you / C’mon America.”

Check it out…


‘Nowhere’ by BUD (Canada)

This Canadian singer-songwriter “wanted to capture that feeling of “I have no idea
what’s going on but let’s figure this one out!” depicting the energy in a dystopian world
while recognizing that we are the energy that can create positive change.”
I guess we
all had to go through a ‘who am I?‘ phase, if not it will hit you sooner or later.

But wait, this full-on glam-bam stomper might be the start of a more optimistic state
of mind. You don’t take a risk with going loose for 160 seconds. On the contrary, free yourself, get up and dance and go somewhere.

Right here, right now…

See/hear you next week, music junkies

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

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

All together on Spotify…

Knockout by knockout…

‘Before You Gotta Go’ by COURTNEY BARNETT (Australia)

An infectious ditty, bouncing in your head before it ends. If this, simply irresistible, tune doesn’t do anything for  you, you gotta go to your shrink. From Barnett’s new, upcoming album Takes Time, Take Time, out 12th November.

as hell…


‘Hot Summer’ by PRINCE (US)

Summer is only over when it’s over. Still time to move and groove to this disco
stomper from the recently released lost Prince album Welcome To America.

Make your move here, ladies and gents…


‘Go Get A Tattoo’ by FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES feat. Lynks

Why don’t we all get a tattoo, suggests Frank. I think he’s right, it’s
the only way to really go nuts to this bangtastic jackhammer. From
the band’s 4th longplayer called Sticky, arriving in October.

Smash your TV…


‘Security’ by AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS (Australia)

“I’m not looking for trouble, I’m looking for love / Let me in your hard heart Let me in your pub” sings Amyl over and over again with fervency and tons of gusto, while flamed-up guitars go mental. A blast from new album Comfort To Me, out 10th September.

Hit hit hit, Amyl…


‘Aire & Calder’ by ULTRASOUND (UK)

These passionate British glam-prog rockers unleash a deluxe edition of their
1999 double debut LP Everything Picture on 24 September. More info here.

Here’s a new video clip for one of the album’s highlights ‘Aire And Calder‘…


‘Soap And Cigarettes‘ by Nun habit (London)

A queer five-piece from London who play fun, fuzzy garage rock. Their songs are a mishmash of influences all pulled together by a love of loud noises, pop tunes, and
having a good time. ‘Soap And Cigarettes‘ is a stand-out knockout from their brand
new album Hedge Fun.

Trust me, you can’t resist this vibrant vibe…


‘You And Me’ by THE RUDDY RUCKUS (Canada)

This ardent 4-piece flames with force on this new riff-roaring ripper. They operate somewhere between Green Day and Weezer, with peppery panache, gusty guitars,
vivid vocals, and a cracking chorus.

Scream along…


‘What’s Wrong With People?’ by PESCH (Belgium)

Darkwave electricity from Belgium. Haunting and ominous. You can smell Doomsday waiting around the corner. It’s 2021, folks, we need to fix our problems now. This sickly sticky roller coaster is a call to arms.

What’s wrong
with all of us..


‘Highway To Hell’ by TOM MORELLO feat. Eddie Vedder and Bruce Springsteen

Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello launches his new album titled
The Atlas Underground Fire on 15 October. He invited several friends, like
Springsteen and Vedder for a bombastic version of AC/DC’s classic headbanger.



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

The speedy and steamy title track is one of the fired-up highlights of the new album of this punked-up Brooklyn squad. A zigzagging collection of amplified belters to start and end post-lockdown parties with. More info here.

your ass off here…


‘Money Song’ by ROYAL CASTLES (Canada)

Wham bam, bloody bam! From the kick-off Money Song booms, bangs and batters. Hefty guitars blare in between and raise your blood pressure on the spot. And when the blissful chorus pops up it’s time to leave your cocoon and let your body do its thing. Don’t wait to boost your stream of adrenalin.

Act now, dance now, party now.


‘And Tomorrow’ by LORE CITY (Portland, US)

A stunning and shadowy top piece from this duo’s equally stunning
album Participation Mystique. And Tomorrow sounds cinematic,
atmospheric and spacey. Join Lore City on their journey.

today and tomorrow too…


‘No Regrets’ by SHE/BEAST (Sweden)

Wurlitzer jukeboxes were invented for these 60s inspired humdingers, so they could be played in dark bars downtown were broken hearts gather at midnight. One more thing:
do not mess with SHE/BEAST, she’s not in the mood for fucking assholes and psychos.
And she’s absofuckinglutly right.



‘Popstar’s Daughters’ by SHAUN RYDER (Manchester, UK)

The Happy Mondays frontman’s brand new solo album
Visits From Future Technology is hip-shaking proof
that he still can fill dance floors.

Here’s the trippy and poppy single…


‘All Nations’ by NADINE GAGNE and The Star Nation Collective (British Columbia)

This resonates as a bright sonic light at the end of our troubled world tunnel. Only with togetherness, friendship, mutual respect, equality, harmony and tolerance, humankind can have hope for the future. This tremendously catching chant reflects all that. It’s a joyful, anthem that should be played on radios all over the planet.

“We are all stars, all stars come on now. Rise, rise and shine, gotta stay proud!”

Let’s get together…


‘Heart Like Chernobyl’ by SOFT CELL (UK)

The song’s title is the gloom and doom harbinger for
a scary, realistic vision of how we live on the edge.

Tainted love…

Lead-single from new album *Happiness Not Included,
out in the Spring of 2022.


‘See The Light’ by SHAUNA SEETEENAK (Iqaluit, Canada)

We need songs like these in the restless times we live in. Songs of hope, songs of consolation, songs of inspiration. Shauna wants humankind to fight to see the light
(at the end of the tunnel) again. Her thoughts are embedded in a starry-eyed and
instantly enthralling groove that hops from dreamy pop to hip-swaying rap and back.

See the light here…


‘Nowhere’ by THE BLACK FEVER (Toronto)

Nowhere sounds like a desperation song, but one that has a deeply felt effect on your psyche, on your state-of-2021-mind. This spellbound jam is driven by melancholic guitar lines, reminding me of Interpol‘s electrically-charged drive. Affecting and soul-stirring fever.

Check it out…


‘Skin’ by BASEMENT REVOLVER (Hamilton, Canada)

An inspiring reverie for the countless girls/women and boys/men worldwide, struggling with the looks of their body when it doesn’t correspond with society’s everlasting sexist perception of how a body should look like, as we all know. Skin is an instantly heartfelt
slo-mo musing, turning after a distorted guitar intro, into a vocal and musical pearl, with touching piano play. I’m sure The Sundays‘s Harriet Wheeler would love it.

Open your ears and eyes here…


‘You Are A Runner And I Am My Father’s Son’ by PORRIDGE RADIO (Brighton, UK)

Porridge Radio‘s leading Amazon Dana Margolin is a fan of Canadian rockers Wolf Parade. Here’s her  terrifically gripping rendition of the band’s 2005 composition.

Just beautiful…

See/hear you next month, music junkies…

Canadian Indie Rockers THE BLACK FEVER Stir With Their New Electrically-Charged Jam ‘NOWHERE’

12 August 2021

Who: Indie post-punk trio in Toronto, Canada

New single: NOWHERE

“Ever get the feeling that we’ve been cheated? Like the promises we were sold in
our youth were just a smokescreen we’ve been driving towards, until we wound
up nowhere. “Nowhere,” tries to tap into these existential feelings of angst felt by
our current generation.”

Turn Up The Volume: Nowhere sounds like a desperation song, but one
that has a deeply felt effect on your psyche, on your state-of-2021-mind. This
spellbound jam is driven by melancholic guitar lines, reminding me of Interpol‘s
electrically-charged resonance. Its repetitive magnetism triggers what’s going on sentiments, but also a weirdly romantic emotion, accentuated by the wandering
vocals looking for a new direction. Affecting and soul-stirring fever, indeed.

Stream/buy ‘Nowhere’ here…


Debut Album ‘NOWHERE’ By RIDE Released 30 Years Ago

15 October 2020

Band: Ride (Oxford, UK)
Active: 1988–1996, 2014–present

Album: Nowhere – debut LP
Released: 15 October 1990 – 30 years ago today
Score: #11 in the UK

Pitchfork said: “The nature of what they were trying to accomplish as a band really comes through in full. The more abrasive tones of MBV and Sonic Youth were clearly an influence as they first started to write and record, but it’s the from-the-gut pop screech of Dinosaur Jr. that sounds like their closest kin here. Ride’s music wasn’t necessarily game-changing but the songs are the kind that lasts.” Score: 9.5/10

Andy Bell: “Our development was really weird, and it was borne out of our youth, I guess. We hit on something amazing in the beginning, where I think we just basically arrived with a great sound. And then probably based on my love of the Beatles or our love of classic bands who kept developing that—the Byrds and the Beatles are the two touchstones, and the Velvets too—where everything changed every album.”

TUTV: “A sea of shoegaze waves for pop fans.”

Singles: Vapour Trail / Kaleidoscope



Full album…

RIDE: Facebook

Roaring Ripper ‘NOWHERE’ By THERAPY? – Released In 1994

Top singles from the past…

10 June 2020

Band: Therapy? ((Northern Ireland)
Active: 1989-present
Single: Nowhere
B-side: Pantopan Rose, Breaking The Law
(originally by Judas Priest) and CC Rider (Elvis Presley)
Released: 17 January 1994
Score: #18 in the UK
Album: Troublegum

Going here…

Smashing 2019 live version…

THERAPY?: Facebook

(photo by Turn Up The Volume – Belgium, August 2019)