TURN UP THE VOLUME’s 10 Knockout Albums Of The Year (So Far)…

The best longplayers so far in this science-fiction-like 2020. Ten cracking records that kept Turn Up The Volume safe at home, camping next to his vibrating speakers. Let’s roll…

‘Hot Slick’ by PINS (Manchester, UK)

These bad girls with ponytails will turn your summer into a daily party. Hot stuff for ravers, disco freaks, and funky night owls. Boogie in wonderland and move like it’s 1999 again.
Live for today, plan for tomorrow but go gaga right now, right here to this sweaty slick…

Stream/buy here…

‘Dead Lips’ by DEAD LIPS (Los Angeles / Oklahoma, US)

When coolness meets outlandishness then all motherfuckers have to go. Surprising super team Deap Vally and The Flaming Lips dont’ talk shit, they surprise us with a gloomy-moody longplayer that makes you happy. Femejism battling the Pink Robots. Top stuff!

Stream/buy here…

‘Bejahung’ by ELEFANT (Ghost Town, Belgium)

Sound-exploring desperadoes who open your doors of perception. Sonic crusaders who evolved into one of the most fascinating bands in this universe. Isolate yourself in your private quarantine and listen with disinfected headphones. Once in a lifetime experience!

Stream/buy here…

‘Self-Surgery’ by MRS. PISS (US)

Keywords: bloodcurdling shrieks, goth inferno, pitch-black nightmares, underground hysteria, gloom & doom sisters in crime, bone-chilling frenzy, hellish commotion. These princesses of darkness take you on a razorblade roller coaster. Keep a sharp lookout!

Stream/buy here..

‘Every Bad’ by PORRIDGE RADIO (Brighton, UK)

This up and coming gunslingers swing from amplified pop to emo punk and back
with glowing passion. Anarchic and sweet, chaotic and intense, zealous, and plainspoken with future indie star Dana Margolin as the driving force backed by a tremendous band. Without a shadow of a doubt on their way to world domination.

Stream/buy here…

‘Epidemic’ by UNRULY GIRLS (Italy)

A head-twisting extravaganza of high-tech trash. A mind-blowing record with a diversified melting pot of jaw-dropping knockouts and petrifying brainfuckers as if you are listening to several albums at the same time. Alert your poor neighbours before you press play!

Stream/buy here…

‘The Doctrine Of Infinite Kindness’ by THE MIGHTY ORCHID KING (St. Albans, UK)

A bold, existential, bizarro piece of psychedelic work. A sonic visualization of Stanley Kubrick‘s spectacular sci-fi vision ‘2020: A Space Odyssey. Otherworldly, metaphysical, mindboggling and rainbow-colored. Lose yourself in their nature caring stratosphere.

Stream/buy here…

‘Trust No One’ by IZZY AND THE BLACK TREES (Poland)

Flamboyant and red-hot rock band out of Poland turning up the heat with sharp-edged riffs, jagged licks, hammering drums, and frontwoman Izzy‘s feverish vox in the middle.
A record serving a versatile cocktail of high-energy jackhammers and charged reveries.

Stream/buy here…

‘Five Things’ by SMALLTOWN TIGERS (Pisa, Italy)

Imagine The Stooges having an earsplitting fight with The Runaways while the Ramones are sniffing glue in the producer room and you know what is coming your way, straight in the face. Eight firecrackers, eight uppercuts, eight smoking guns, and lots of middle-fingers.

Stream/buy here…

‘Rough And Rowdy Ways’ by Bob Dylan (US)

What can I say? Best singer/songwriter/poet/storyteller of all time (in my big book).

Stream here…

Also thumbs up for…

‘925’ by SORRY  
‘Container’ by THE WANTS
‘Exquisite’ by MEKONS 
The New Abnormal by THE STROKES
‘England Is A Garden’ by CORNERSHOP 
‘Type II’ by SEX SWING

Have a great summer, music junkies

TURN UP THE VOLUME’S Fifteen Knockout Tracks Of 2020 (So Far) – Hands Down!

This year’s best tracks (so far)…

Yes, we have already reached the middle of 2020. A surreal year we will never forget.
Fortunately, the music – on record that is – kept most of us alive and kicking.
Here are Turn Up The Volume’s 15 best tracks of 2020, so far…

‘I Found Out’ by OFFWORLD (UK)
Hard-Fi‘s frontman Richard Archer and imposing vox Krysten Cummings have the right human mindset and rad songs to confirm that. ‘I Found Out’ is a high-powered soul tour
de force. An epic heart and soul explosion from their upcoming album. Top stroke!

‘Hot Slick’ by PINS (Manchester, UK)
A hot stuff disco stomper that should be played in all discotheques around the globe,
from one of the coolest gangs on the planet. These bad girls forever also made one of
the best party albums of the year (so far) with eponymous longplayer Hot Slick. Bingo!

‘Ultra Plus Ultra’
by ELEFANT(Belgium)
The Belgian sound-exploring motherrockers unleashed their second stupefying album Behajung  early this year with Ultra Plus Ultra‘ as one of the dazzling highlights.
A schizophrenic sonic uppercut with balls. Abso-fucking-lutely mental! You betcha!

‘Dark Blue’ by THROWING MUSES (Boston, US)
A firm banger driven by a solid beat with a pounding guitar groove, Kristin Hersh‘s characteristic sensual voice, and a catchy polyphonic chorus. Throwing Muses rocks!
The band’s brand new longplayer SUN RACKET hits the street on 4th September.

‘Never Ever Ever’ by BOA Vs COBRA (Belgium)
Don’t mess with charismatic frontwoman Sandy Fee who rants unambiguously about a toxic relationship from the crystal clear start when ‘Bad bad bad boy‘ bursts out of your speakers. Don’t forget to turn up the decibels, even more, when the ablaze chorus kicks in.

‘Man Of Chaos’ by FLIGHT ATTENDANT (Nashville, US)
A feverish cracker and jaw-dropping power slam. The sensual, magnetic, and spellbinding vocals create a sort of delirious trance. And when, unexpectedly, bouncy strings kick in as a harbinger for a vibrant finale you’ll reach a sonic orgasm. Heated stuff from Nashville!

‘Mr. Motivator’ by IDLES (Bristol, UK)
A riff-roaring ripper made to start crowded moshpits at gigs (for you only can pirouette yourself bananas at home). A red-hot-blooded corker that does your head it. Hell’s Bells!

‘Crossbow’ by TAMAR APHEK (Israel)
A shattering juggernaut, dynamized by a rattling machine-gun drum, mind-blowing bass vibrancy and a thunder and lighting guitar force. This is a cutting crackerjack rolling over you like an unstoppable high-speed train, with a fiery and exploding finale. Yeah!

This Australian tornado – the new Stooges fronted by head-spinning punkette AMYL – woke up the dead with their boiling debut LP last year. To keep up the heat they dropped a live EP recently with ‘Control‘ as the brain-breaking standout. Go nuts, right here right now…

A towering loudQUIETloud haymaker with Margolin‘s repeating magnetically ‘I’m charming, I’m sweet and she will love me when she meets me‘. Passionate belter from their excellent album Every Bad. Porridge Radio is on its way to world domination! Capeesh??

‘Downer Surrounded By Uppers’ by MRS. PISS (US)
Bloodcurdling shrieks from hell. Goth hysteria by gloom and doom sisters in crime Chelsea Wolfe and Jess Gowrie. More bone-chilling screams on their pitch-black LP Self Surgery.

‘Home Thru Hell’ by DEAP LIPS (CA, US)
When led zep blues-rock duo Deap Vally and symphonic fairy-tale eccentrics
The Flaming Lips team up you can expect firework like on this Yahama motor highlight from their self-titled debut album. One of the best longplayers of 2020 (so far).

‘Hopeless Romantic’ by OH BROTHER (UK)
A loud and crystal clear invitation to get out of your straitjacket, to open your windows, and scream at the top of your lungs to ventilate all your rage, frustration, and fury while jumping like a kangaroo on tons of speed. A stone gold 24 Karat rocker. Bang Bang!

‘Lockdown’ by From The Specials – Neville Staple (UK)
Swinging 2Tone lockdown humdinger written in isolation by original Rude Boy Neville Staple and his wonderful wife Sugary. Perfect tune for a safe house-party. Get up, stand up, and fight for your right to do some ska moves in these special(s) times. Shake your booty.

‘United We Stand’ by CONFIDENCE SURVIVAL (Nigeria born, Canadian based) )
Black lives matter. Black music matters. This the official COVID-!9 Victory Song
written by this highly caring Nigerian reggae artist. The only way to survive is by
doing it together in unity. Listen to her excellent full EP Confidence Is Key.

‘Murder Most Foul’
A 17-minute epos about America in the sixties, centered around the world-changing assassination of president John F. Kennedy on 22 November 1963. Only living legend Bob Dylan (the best singer-songwriter-poet of all time in my book) can write such a compelling, epic story. It sounds like a musical book. Brilliant piece by the Nobel Prize winner.

All together on Spotify

Have a great summer, music junkies…

21st Century Disco Inferno – ‘HOT SLICK’ By PINS

1 June 2020

Finally, after 5 years outspoken and utterly exciting all-female Manchester act PINS is back with a brand new album. HOT SLICK is the band’s third LP following the punchy power pop longplayers Girls Like Us (2013) and Wild Nights  (2015).

21st Century disco inferno
Synth-driven extravaganza
Mixed emotions bangers
Women in the world
Footloose euphoria
Dirty bad girls dancing
Hot Donna Summer stuff
Addictive vibrations
Swaying ponytails
Dancing queens
Funky feminism
Lust for high heels life
Propulsive pinups

Without a shadow of a doubt Saturday Night Fever album of the year!

Key Tracks: Hot Slick / Bad Girls Forever / Ponytail / Ghosting





Stream/buy HOT SLICK here…

PINS: Facebook

Stay Home, Stay Safe And Dance To PINS Covering Joy Division’s ‘ISOLATION’…

Daily electricity to load your sonic batteries…

17 April 2020

PINS is definitely the coolest band on this troubled planet right now. With the five new stompers they dropped so far it’s crystal clear that we may expect one of the best albums
of this messed-up year. And if that wasn’t already enough the all-girl sensation just shared their ace cover of Joy Division‘s’ cracker ‘ISOLATION’ referring of course to today’s surreal quarantine days. They turned the classic cracker into a synth-driven groove made to be a global discotheque hit, but given the lockdown situation, you can go crazy to it at home for the time being.

Move your hips here…

Continue to dance with the five
new tracks of the upcoming album
PINS dropped so far

PINS: Facebook


Killer tracks of the month…

Eleven standout tracks played on repeat in March!
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 March Team!

1. No Rock Save In Roll by CORNERSHOP (Northern London)
This sickly sticky earworm will put a big smile on your face! Welcome back Cornershop!

2. ‘Ponytail’ by PINS (Manchester, UK)
Hot disco banger that should be played in all discotheques around the globe. Dance fever!

3. ‘Home Thru Hell’ by DEAP LIPS (California, US)
The Flaming Lips + Deap Vally = Utterly Cool Yamaha Magic

4. ‘Vicious Little Sister’ by THE MEDICINE DOLLS (Cape Town)
Unquestionably one of the blowup singles of the year! The Medicine Dolls rule!

5. ‘Luminescence’ by THE HIDEAWAYS (Bristol, UK)
This burning sledgehammer’s riff is TITANIC! Kick-ass stroke! Hells bells!

6. ‘Cause Effect’ by SINKA (Watford, UK)
High-powered blast fueled by crazed guitars, banging percussion and racy vocals. Yeah!

7. ‘Somebody Else’ by PLASTIC SUN (UK)
Melodious swagger bringing stone rock icons Queens Of The Stone Age to mind. Top-notch!

8. ‘Louder’ by TWIST HELIX (Newcastle, UK)
A swirling electro pop stunner with sassy synths and stunning vocals. Bingo!

9. ‘Lungs’ by THE MIGHTY ORCHID KING (St.Albans, UK)
A retro psych vibe with a revitalizing, stimulating and spiritual impact. Save the trees!

10. ‘TheWorldIsClosingDown’ by TV COMA (St. Albans, UK)
A catchy apocalyptic psych pop humdinger. Witty, satirical and pungent.

11. ‘Harbor Me’ by AUDRI (Belgium)
Starry-eyed vocals, clapping flamenco hands and glimmering guitars. A trippy beauty!

All knockout tracks
together on Spotify


See you next month, music junkies…

PINS – Coolest Band On The Planet Dropped New Sultry Track ‘PONYTAIL’….

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

10 March 2020

Manchester’s astounding PINS dropped another thrilling piece from their upcoming,
third album called ‘HOT SLICK’ which according to the band is influenced by some big electro acts from the past and present such as LCD Soundsystem, New Order, and synth punk pioneers Suicide. So far we danced to the stomping title track and the booming corker Bad Girls Forever.

And here’s new cut ‘PONYTAIL’“A song about going out at night and hitting the dancefloor. It’s got processed guitars, blippy keyboards, and a spare drum-machine rattle working for it.”

It’s another sickly sticky disco banger that should be played in all discotheques around
the globe. Sensual, sultry and totally addictive. It seems like PINS has become a kick-ass groove machine making me impatiently waiting for the new record. Without a shadow of
a doubt the coolest band on the planet right now.

Make your move right here…

PINS: Facebook

New album HOT SLICK out 29 May – pre-order facilities here


Best killer tracks of the month…

Eleven superb tracks that energized my sonic
bloodstream this month. From roaring to moody,
from shaky to gloomy. Here is the sonic dope…

1. ‘Hot Slick’ by PINS
Without a shadow of a doubt one of the most exciting bangers of the year! Utterly cool!

2. ‘Scavengers’ by MECHANIMAL (Greece)
A high-powered industrial, darkwave drone that will blow you of your socks…

3.’Conveyor’ by LICE (Bristol, UK)
Ominous and thunderous jackhammer. Armageddon is just around the corner…

4. ‘See What I See‘ by SINKA (Watford, England)
A powerhouse smack and ear-splitting outburst that will trash your speakers…

5. ‘Paranoiacs’ by CHEMTRAILS (Manchester, UK)
A flaming ripper that encourages you to get up in the morning and kick some macho ass…

6. ‘Dreams Like Drugs’ by LIONS OF DISSENT: LIONS OF DISSENT  (Wolverhampton, UK)
Transcendent psychedelia at its dazzling best. Sonic dope to get eight miles high to…

7. ‘Hopeless Romantic’ by OH BROTHER (UK)
Flamboyant razzmatazz! Cracking stuff! Rocking dynamism…

8. ‘Talking About You Man’ by PLASTIC SUN (UK)
This cutting indie power-pop stroke is a biting rejection of appalling toxic masculinity…

9. ‘Babanod‘ by HMS MORRIS (Wales)
An endearing art-pop pearl and mesmeric electro beauty. A spine-tingling experience…

10. ‘Your Days’ by LES FLÂNEURS feat. HANNA TURI
Colourful, sparkling, romantically orchestrated musing that puts a big smile on your face…

11. ‘Holiday’ by ATTAWALPA (London based, UK)
A sensual, soothing slo-mo groove with a glam touch reflecting the desire to drift away…

All together on Spotify


See/hear you next month…

Manchester’s Glamorous PINS Release New Groovy Disco Stomper ‘HOT SLICK’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

14 February 2020

So far the wonderful Manchester ladies PINS released two exquisite guitar pop albums Girls Like Us  (2013) and my favourite Wild Nights  (2015), one EP Bad Thing  (with a track called Aggrophobe featuring living legend Iggy Pop, in return Pins did backing vocals on Pop‘s 2019 single James Bond) and splendiferous protest single Serve The Rich both issued in 2017

Today the outspoken feminists launched superb single ‘HOT SLICK’, produced by The
Kills’ Jamie Hince with whom they worked together previously. It’s a spicy disco stomper.
A sickly sticky synth-driven killer track. An electrifying groove with an irresistible beat and
a sensual “get away, get away, I’ve got to get away” chorus with spicy echoes from Donna Summer‘s I Feel Love and Robert Palmer’s Addicted To Love. This dance floor earworm is
a blissful standout that will boost your mood instantly and will make your hips sway.

Shake your booty right here…

Also on Spotify

PINS: Facebook


Weekly series of five rolling ripsnorters to go completely bananas to this summer

1. L.S.F. by Kasabian
(Album: Self-Titled Debut / 2004)

2. ‘Wrote For Luck’ by HAPPY MONDAYS
(Album: Bummed – 1988)

2. ‘Davey Crockett’ by HINDS
(A cover of a 1992 song by British band Thee Headcoatees)

4. ‘Cheer Up London’ by SLAVES
(Album: Are You Satisfied?  / 2015)

5. ‘All Hail’ by PINS
( EP: Bad Thing / 2017)

ALL STAR TRACKS TEAM OF 2017! Party Hard With This Year’s 20 Standout Crackers!…

2017 was a damn awful year for humanity, tolerance, equality and peace, but, fortunately, we had enough smashing tracks to keep up the spirit, to keep hope alive and to keep us all going mental now & then! Here are 20 Rippers – 20 Knockouts – 20 Winners! Party Hard!

1/ ‘Black Hanz’ by THE MOONLANDINGZ (Sheffield, UK)
“They can hit us but they won’t beat us, Black Hands, Do it Again!!!“
Debut AlbumInterplanetary Class Classics

2/ ‘I’d Kill For Her’ by THE BLACK ANGELS (Austin, Texas, US)
Psych cracker about love leading to violence, pushed by a hypnotizing riff…
Album: Death Song

3/ ‘Fol De Rol’ by THE FALL  (Manchester, UK)
Vintage The Fall drone, vintage Mark E.Smith rant…
Album: New Facts Emerge

4/ ‘Drained Lake’ by METZ (Toronto, Canada)
Crushing stroke roaring viciously…
Album: Strange Peace

5/ ‘LC Over Lithuania’ by GRUPPO DI PAWLOWSKI (Hell, Belgium)
Voodoo noise rock at its psycho best…
AlbumInhuman Hands

6/ ‘Holy Mountain’ by NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS (Manchester, UK)
Noel beats Liam easily with this massive glam banger…
Album: Who Built The Moon?

7/ ‘call the police’ by LCD SOUNDSYTEM (New York, NY, US)
Made LCD Soundsytem great again…
Album: American Dream

8/ ‘Little Boy Blue’ by MILLIONAIRE  (Belgium)
Nasty, mind-bending groove going on forever and ever…
Album: Sciencing

9/ ‘Istanbul Is Sleepy’ byTHE LIMIÑANAS   feat. ANTON NEWCOMBE
Pounding knockout that will make your adrenalin stream faster…
EP: Istanbul Is Sleepy

10/ ‘Professional Dreamer’ by SLEEPTALKING
Explosive roller coaster with scary edge…
EPOh, Isn’t It Strange?

11/ ‘Life’ by SHHT (Ghent, Belgium)
Deranged eruption to go completely bananas to…

12/ ‘Beating Hard’ by LAS COBRAS (Uruguay)
Afro-beat psychedelia mixed with tropicalia krautrock…
Album: Temporal

13/ ‘Castle Spell‘ by SUNFLOWERS (Porto, Portugal)
Fuzzy blues punk rumble, injected with black magic…
New album: out 9 Feb 2018 – info on Bandcamp

14/ ‘Headless Children’ by MADONNATRON (London, UK)
Witchery priestesses messing up your mind with a horrific story…
Debut Album: Madonnatron

15/ ‘Get Messy’ by THE DARTS (United States of Cool Cats)
Perfect garage firework to say goodbye to 2017. PARTY NOW!
Debut Album: Me.Ow.

16/ ‘Serve The Rich’ by PINS (Manchester, UK)
Rage against injustice, intolerance and all sorts of inequality in our society…

17/ ‘Keeper’ by THE FRANKLYS (UK)
Hot-blooded, rowdy and obsessive. Ace cut from debut LP…

18/ Hit The Bottle by THE PEARL HARTS (UK)
A blitzkrieg hammer kicking ass from start to finish….

19/ ‘Man Cat Doll Machine’ by FERAL FIVE (London, UK)
Swirling disco fireball made to fill dance floors on New Year’s Eve…
4-Track EP: Man Cat Doll Machine

20/ ‘Too Much To Love’ by TomZack (London, UK)
Mind-twisting electro trash groove with a dark, scathing cadence and psycho vocals. Lovely!