Canadian Force SLEEPSHAKE Explodes With Blazing Slam ‘MEDICINE’

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15 October 2021

Band: SLEEPSHAKE
Who: Hit team from the
West Coast of Canada

New single: MEDICINE

Turn Up The Volume: A blazing rock slam about the desperate
need for stable emotional stimulation
. Blustering guitars, flurried
synths, hot-blooded vocals, a discharging chorus, and somewhere
in the middle a thunder and lighting guitar solo to electrocute all
your mind-destroying demons. Every time you take this medicine,
you’ll get a kick out of it.

If you like British turbo Royal Blood
you’ll go berserk to this cracker too.

Feel the heat here…

SLEEPSHAKE: Facebook

(photo via band)

Brooklyn Popsters COLATURA Invite Us To ‘THE MET’

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12 October 2021


(Credit: Justin Buschard)

Band: COLATURA
Who: Indie pop/rock trio
from Brooklyn, New York

New single: THE MET
The second single from Brooklyn trio Colatura’s upcoming debut LP,
due in early 2022. The Met, like the rest of the upcoming album, was
written collaboratively during the COVID quarantine.

“You ever have one of those “take yourself on a date” solo days that’s supposed
to be empowering – a big middle finger to the dating world – but turns into something altogether the opposite? It’s a beautiful day, you’re alone walking the halls of the Met
museum, taking in culture, searching for inspiration, but with no one by your side to
share it with you struggle to find the beauty in any of the art and instead get lost
in your own head.”

Turn Up The Volume: Instantly effective pop tunes like these make me smile
from left to right and back. Shiny guitars with shoegazy sparks, a dizzy-making
rhythm, happy-go-lucky sentiments, and seducing vocals. A song that would
turn Taylor Swift into an indie star.

Don’t need more to make my day. What about you?

Let’s all skip to The Met Museum

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Also on Spotify / COLATURA: Facebook

THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA Are Back With Cutting Indictment ‘COUNT THE DEAD’

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11 October 2021

Band: THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA
Who: London-based duo feat. Daphne Ang (Singapore) and Andrea Papi (Italy).
Drawing inspiration from Tool and Kraftwerk, as well as the poetry of Sylvia Plath,
Virginia Wool
f, and Jim Morrison, TCOMAS fills a gap in music by bringing literature,
art, and history together into a space where rock and metal meet electronica.

After the release, last February of Full Spectrum, one of the best and most
adventurous albums of 2021, Manimal and Samara return with a new single.

Count The Death is a song “about the value of human life. We composed this song
in protest of governments and world leaders, whose negligence and recklessness
have resulted in one of the largest ‘avoidable’ losses of lives in generations. The song
raises issues that people need to know and think about, such as the social and economic injustices that plague society and violent health inequalities that have been further
exacerbated by the pandemic”
.

An Eddie Van Halen-like intro riff, Samara‘s menacing spoken word rant, feverish
wailing moments, growling Napalm Death eruptions. All in one song? Absolutely.
On paper, it resembles a chaotic piece of doom and gloom anger.

On record, all those elements come together organically resulting in a crystal-clear structured protest against greedy political sharks and megalomaniac charlatans oppressing people for their own devastating agendas. Again Manimal and Samara
show how to fuse poignant poetry and versatile metal genres. Manimal and Samara
are sonic architects.

Check out why here…

THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA: Facebook

Welsh Legends MANIC STREET PREACHERS Drop Final Single Of New Album – ‘COMPICLATED ILLUSIONS

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10 October 2021


(photo by Turn Up The Volume)

Band: MANIC STREET PREACHERS
Album: THE ULTRA VIVID LAMENT
The Welsh rockers’ 14th longplayer

The Manics released this new album a couple of weeks ago.
A sugary collection of sugary pop songs, but still tackling all
sorts of social issues.

One of those melancholic meditations is COMPLICATED ILLUSIONS,
now dropped as the final single of the LP.

Here’s the accompanying video clip

MANIC STREET PREACHERS: Facebook

DEAP VALLY Is Dead! Long Live DEAP VALLY!

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8 October 2021

Band: DEAP VALLY
Who: Utterly cool female rock duo out of Los Angeles
Active: Since 2011 / 4 studioalbums (the ace collabarotive
one with The Flaming Lips last year, and the upcoming new
one included).

Recent work: Two EPs Digital Dream and American Cockroach,
featuring several guests, released this year. Put together it’s an
extra Deap Vally album to my ears.

New album: MARRIAGE
Out: 12th November 2021 – order info here

Deap Vally: “Being in a band is like being in a marriage: sometimes it’s magical,
sometimes it’s unbearably challenging. To reinvigorate that marriage we’ve made
album three a genre-bending experiment with new collaborators and instrumentation
that push the limits of what has previously defined us. Marriage’ is our musical Rumspringa,
if you will. We’re breaking free of the rigid creative constraints within which we previously existed (two members, two instruments, two voices). Writing with the calibre of musicians
that we did on this record was an unforgettable experience, and we’re so happy to have
the result of our creative rebirth eternalised in ‘Marriage’.”

The new LP also features a number of collaborations from the aforementioned
EPs, including songs with Peaches, KT Tunstall, and Warpaint‘s Jenny Lee.


(pic by Turn Up The Volume)

New single: MAGIC MEDICINE

”’Magic Medicine’ is a song five years in the making. Initially, a song about being high on what-have-you (body chemistry, lab chemistry, nature’s chemistry) the lyrics have taken on a new meaning in the era of coronavirus, a moment when more than ever we need a miracle cure to make it safe to have fun and feel free again.”

Turn Up The Volume: Deap Vally is dead! Long live Deap Vally! This year’s two EPs (see above) surprised us with other sonic sides of these two steamy sisters in rock. After 10 years they inject their bond with new musical challenges (mind you, I still go bonkers to their first two blues-rock albums). And here’s the first taster. A slo-mo synth-vaccinated groove with glimmering Lindsey Troy guitars all over it and Julie Edwards, as usual taking care of the solid backbone drum beat. And Troy‘s vocals and Edwards echoing voice in the back give the song an extra thrill.

Trust me, this magic medicine will protect you against post-lockdown blues.

Swallow right here…

DEAP VALLY: Facebook

WOLF VANWYMEERSCH Praises His Queen Of Grace

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7 October 2021


(photo by Julian Hills)

Artist: WOLF VAN WYMEERSCH
Who: The maestro of Belgian post-punk
crusaders Elefant and the guitarist of former
power-pop rockers The Van Jets

New single: FRIENDLY IS BETTER
The 3rd shared piece from his upcoming solo debut EP,
out next month, after Not To and Friendly Is Better .
You can buy all three tracks on Bandcamp

Turn Up The Volume: “I found my god in a garbage can at the corner
of the graveyard of man”
must be the opening line of the year. It also
starts a shadowy beauty of a song. Both moody and reflective, but also
graceful and intimately blissful. Pure singer-songwriter splendour. By the
way, I can’t remember when I heard a sparkling bouzouki sound and it
works subtly great here.

Wolf loves his Queen. She’s his muse.

Watch/listen and enjoy here…

Ps: I’m not happy with an EP, I want a full album.

Swedish Songsmiths GREAT HARE On A Romantic Island Again With Their New Single ‘ARCHIPELAGO DREAMS’

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6 October 2021

Band: GREAT HARE
Who: Swedish pop songsmiths
dreaming to stay awake.

New single: ARCHIPELAGO DREAMS

As Great Hare profile them frequently as dreamers I’m pretty sure – judging by
the song’s title – this new tune is inspired by a book 2011 book by R.J. Cole called
The Archipelago of Dreams: The Island of the Dream Healer about somebody
leaving his body allowing his spirit to travel freely, with the guidance of a wizard
mentor, searching for the dream of life. More info here.

Yes, the Gothenburg romantics muse again on their romantic island. Like the Scottish sentimentalists Teenage Fanclub they prefer la-la land above reality, confirming it once again with this electrifying guitar pop reverie. And, yes, even metalhead Ozzy Osbourne loves to dream as he once sang: “I’m just a dreamer / I dream my life away / I’m just a dreamer / Who dreams of better days.”

Close your eyes and enjoy…


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GREAT HARE: Facebook

Goosebumps Gloominess – STEFANIE PARNELL Stuns With Her New Single/Clip ‘BREATHE’

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5 October 2021

Artist: STEFANIE PARNELL
Who: Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec,
Parnell is an insightful, refined, and melodically
driven Canadian singer/songwriter. Her music will
leave you feeling comforted by the dissonant chords
and melancholic lyrics.

Debut EP: MODERN TRAGEDY – out 15th October 2021

Single: BREATHE

Parnell: “It started off as an instrumental track that my DJ friend,
Morbin, sent me in hopes for a collaboration. After the first listen,
the vocal melody came to me right away. At the time, I was going
through unforeseen health issues which naturally provoked intense
episodes of anxiety. The lyrics allowed me to ease my mind of the
paralyzing thoughts.”

Turn Up The Volume: The vocal gloominess you experience here
causes goosebumps. Parnell‘s expressive voice is the stunning star
of this heavyhearted ballad. You can really feel the tenseness and
melodrama at play. Emotive voice Angel Olsen comes to mind. A truly
gripping discovery.

And just as the sorrowing song, the single’s artwork (by Lee Thorburn
and Bryan Wilkat
) and the creepy video clip are fascinating too.

In the light I can see you
In the dark I can feel you
When you’re in front of me, I can’t read you
You’re a part of me but I don’t need you

Listen/Watch here…

You can buy Breathe via Bandcamp.

STEFANIE PARNELL: Facebook

EX-HYENA Create Darksome Electro Atmospherics With Haunting Jam ‘NIGHTMARE PILLS’

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3 October 2021

Band: EX-HYENA (Boston, MA)
Who: The musical project of Bo Barringer and Reuben Bettsak crafting the sound of an emerging dystopia, a sort of fantasy land that existed along the margins of reality and within the confines of the imagination. A very short time later, their music is simply the sound of our enclosed reality.

New single: NIGHTMARE PILLS

“‘Nightmare Pills’ displays seduction and deception for the purpose of a crazy
mind control experiment. It delves a bit into the idea of futuristic mind control
drugs that give the user nightmarish, psychedelic visions.”

Turn Up The Volume: Pretty quick into the song the early days of electronic
British legends Human League and Baxter Dury‘s synth pop sensuality (especially
the female voices) popped up on my stereo in my head.

It sounds as if this Boston tandem warns us for Big Brother’s ambition to brainwash humankind with mind-altering chemicals with this darksome, yet instantly striking
electro jam. Haunting, feverish, and gloomy are the keywords here. Best played at
night while being dazed and confused by the surreal times we experience the past
18 months. But I guess it’s not a good idea to play this to anti-corona-vaccination
conspiracists.

Press play here…

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EX-HYENA: Facebook

DEATH VALLEY GIRLS – It’s Not The End Of The World As We Know It And It Feels Fine

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1 October 2021


(photo by Turn Up The Volume!)

Band: DEATH VALLEY GIRLS
Who: Garage rock fury from Los Angeles, led by
vocalist/guitarist/organist and charismatic voodoo
doll Bonnie Bloomgarden, fabricating Californian
doom boogie.
Active since 2013 / 4 albums so far

New single: IT’S ALL REALLY KIND OF AMAZING

Bonnie Bloomgarden (main Valley Girl): “Being in a body, experiencing reality as a human, is endlessly challenging. There’s so much darkness, suffering, sorrow, and division, it’s hard to get past. Sometimes, and often for too long, I just stay in the darkness, forgetting there’s anything else. And then sometimes, my guides remind me to look around, sometimes, just look around, at this Earth, at its infinite beauty and intricacy, and simplicity, and sometimes I can feel it, that it’s all really kind of amazing.”

Turn Up The Volume: After the band’s fabtastic 2020 album Under The Spell Of Joy
(one of Turn Up The Volume’s top 5 LPs last year) the amazeballs girls from the City
of Death Valley Angels
continue to spread a positive vibe.

But songwriter/singer Bonnie Bloomgarden knows damn well (from experience) that
eternal joy is a utopian dream but when you use all of your senses, you can see, hear,
feel and smell heartwarming things coming.

After the pandemic darkness, there’s a lot of hope that the light at the end of the tunnel is real. I guess that’s what Bonnie expresses here with this sweet, catchy lullaby tune. It’s not the end of the world as we know it and it feels fine.

Tune in and smile…

Single available via Suicide Squeeze Records