Every week Turn Up The Volume picks 7 new
firecrackers that burned his ears the past 7 days
1. ‘Off With His Head’ by FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES (UK)
Sometimes I wonder when Frank Carter‘s lungs will collapse. At times his vocal powerfulness is off the charts causing the impression that an explosion is in the
air. And when Cassyette joins the scream contest the decibels go up to an illegal
level. Holy smoke!
Here we go…
2. ‘Pink Lunettes’ by POND (Australia)
Yesterday these psych-rockers from down under released their 9th longplayer called, yes, 9. A surprising mix of bangers to fill dance floors with and reflective ballads. My standout favorite is Pink Lunettes. A kick-ass jackhammer that does your head in, the way you like it.
3. ‘This Blue Mob’ by SHAM FAMILY (Canada)
Fresh band, fresh blood. With their sharp-cutting debut single, they target the never-ending police ferocity/racism as we, unfortunately, know. It’s still a worldwide disease.
“It’s about the aggression and brutality towards people, predominantly BIPOC and
marginalized individuals, alongside the disregard of matters that call for REAL assistance.
We will stand with this message until real change is made in policing says the band.
This Blue Mob is a turbulent whirlwind storming, with no brakes, towards the
abrupt finish. Blustery guitars, quick-fire pace, and robotic vocals. Touchdown!
Feel the anger here…
4. ‘In The Padlocked Night’ by COLD EXPECTATIONS (Boston, MA)
Songwriter Steve Prygoda describes what inspired the song: “Love locks, they call
‘em. You see them on fences, overpasses, bridges. In Paris, Amsterdam, or in your own
city. Padlocks encoded with secret messages from lovers, for viewing by strangers. They symbolize love, however transient or permanent.”
This tremendously rushing earworm made me smile instantly, so does the universal
story of expressing your romantic state of mind via a sort of all you need is love graffiti.
And when you embed these fervent feelings in an irresistible, adrenaline-driven stunner,
you want to go out in the street and scream your amorous heart out.
Do it here…
COLD EXPECTATIONS: Facebook
5.’Run Run Run’ by KURT VILE (USA)
Two weeks ago album I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground
and Nico came our way, with a cast of big names honoring the iconic band and more
specific their debut masterpiece LP of 1967.
Although – in general – tribute albums are a tricky affair (certainly when you want to honor one of the most iconic bands in rock history), they’re several notable performances on this one. Like here with Kurt Vile doing a great job with one of the key tracks of VU’s classic.
6. ‘Mass Produce Your Revolution’ by FERAL VICES (Louisville, KY)
This rumbling rock tandem release a 5 song EP titled ‘With Offerings‘ on December 3rd.
About this EP’s taster: “The song is about how we give these massive platforms to people
who really don’t actually know all that much of what they’re talking about. The second part of the song is about how these ultra-rich business people or specifically celebrities are throwing their pocket change into something just for the press and getting even more money out of it than they put in and it all becomes this vicious cycle that we all participate in.”
‘Mass Produce Your Revolution reflects loud and clear what we can expect next.
The pithy pair balances somewhere in between The Black Keys and Royal Blood.
Boisterous, determinant, and with uncurbed force. Bingo!
Turn up the heat…
7. ‘Gotta Light‘ by MILD HORSES (London)
Ongoing Krautrock jam spinning around in your head before you’re aware of it.
Magnetic, hypnotic and energetic. Closing piece from new album Ignorance To Enlightenment And Back Again.
The trip starts here…