10 Questions For The Muhammed Ali Inspired London Post Punk Gang… THE FABRICATORS

Discover up and coming bands in 10 questions

6 November 2018

From South London here are post punk influenced noisemakers THE FABRICATORS.
A raw, energetic, confident, committed, 4-headed gang making rambunctious noise
about our paranoid world. A couple of weeks ago they launched their dynamic debut longplayer, entitled NEW BAD NEWS. A direct, outspoken and LOUD record that grows
on you with every listen. Turn Up The Volume got in touch with this ear-popping team to find out all about their Muhammed Ali connection, their Dracula appetite and many other weird secrets. Join us for the answers to the questions, after this musical introduction…

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1. What’s the story behind the band’s name and
how would you describe your sonic identity?

“On NYE of ‘16/’17 Muhammad Ali visited us from beyond the grave in a collective hallucinative vision. He said, “Just you listen here Joey, Jimmy, Marco and Marky – if you
guys also wanna be the greatest there ever was, you need to drop this ‘European Sun’ shit
[our band name at the time] immediately and become ‘The Fabricators’.”
And so, at the strike of 12 midnight, we did. We’re also called The Fabricators because we tell lies sometimes. Our songs are schizophrenic in structure with macabre undertones and usually end up sounding like Halloween, including the darkness and twisted humour. Some tracks are like EPs within themselves and we rarely have a proper chorus, which makes them very hard for people to sing-along to. This is exactly what we set out to do.”


The Fabricators’ mentor

2. The title of the debut album doesn’t sound hopeful.
What’s NEW BAD NEWS actually about?

James: “I wanted a phrase that captured the current paranoid, cataclysmic sociopolitical climate and reflected the foreboding sound of the album. I saw a comedian on TV talking about the news and he said he calls it the ‘Bad News’ because every story is so depressing.
I liked that but thought the phrase needed something more to be an interesting title. My girlfriend’s twin sister suggested ‘New Bad News’ and I snapped it up like the piranha I am.”
Joe: “I just like the “Ooo Ahh Ooo” sound of it.”

3. Tell us more about the album’s front cover image
Marcus: “As the visual artist of the band, I spent a month manipulating and creating different imagery options to present to the band for us to choose on. Unanimously we decided on this one, which I actually stole from an old Vogue magazine. The imagery
had a feeling of an entrance which I thought was appropriate seeing as this is our first album. I also really liked the idea of flipping this fresh, cheerful imagery on its head to create something with a bit more grain and darkness that I felt represented our message on the album and echoed the title.”

4. Which song do you consider as the band’s signature track so far?
James:‘Maureen’ is the opening song on our album and it’s probably already our best known. It was Marcus’ first songwriting contribution and, annoyingly, it turned out to be better than anything me or Mark have done. We all worked on the arrangement together and it came together really quickly in the studio. It’s an archetypical Fabricators track. Vicious riffs and vocals, driving bass, unhinged drums, then a weird middle bit, then
a riotous guitar string and drumstick snapping ending.”
Marcus: ” Since we released the song it’s become a staple track for us to either open or finish our gigs on. The song’s about my partner’s nan, of whom a few of our core fans know. Some have started chanting “Maureen, MAUREEN” at our shows – maybe we’ll get
her on stage one day… she’d hate it.”

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5. Any rituals before going on stage for a show?
“Just the usual stuff. Few beers, listen to music, count the people in the crowd,
sacrifice a meerkat, call up all of our exes to gloat about our success.”

6. Brexit: A pain in the ass or a blessing?
“We hadn’t heard about this Brexit thing? Just googled it, seems like a great idea
with no potential downsides.”

7. If you would go back in time on which artist’s front door would
you knock and ask to have a selfie together?

James: “xxxTenacious. He seemed lovely.”
Marcus: “We don’t really do selfies anymore, ever since James got in trouble for posting the naked picture of him and Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) at
an orgy in Mexico a few years back… you probably won’t be able to find it now as we’ve worked tirelessly to remove it from the web as its been bringing both of their careers
and lives down since.”

8. Which movie would you pick to visualize the band’s
music on a big screen while playing a concert?

Dracula (1958) with Christopher Lee intercut with ‘Blue Planet’,
‘Inception
’ and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ‘Holy Mountain’.”


For all the Draculator fans out there

9. Your number one artist/band to go on a world tour with?
The 1975, because they’re excruciatingly bad but they play big venues
so we think people would prefer us.”

10. Next step for THE FABRICATORS?
“Submit these answers to Turn Up The Volume and
find a meerkat for the weekend. Thanks.”

Thanks to all of you, guys, for this interview.
May the road rise with THE FABRICATORS!

Stream debut album
NEW BAD NEWS here…

https://open.spotify.com/album/1HQoICc637ONTv3qw9So1r?si=tpakbrvdQcCL79eUP_gq4A
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THE FABRICATORS: Facebook –  Twitter

photos band via The Fabricators received

10 Questions For Intensely Passionate Electro Pop Voices CUBS REFRAIN…

Discover up and coming artists in 10 questions

9 May 2018

Canadian electro pop duo CUBS REFRAIN released their full length debut TELL ME YOU LOVE ME last month. A rapturous work of vivid passion, heartfelt intensity and vehement romanticism. A gratifying record that pleases your senses all the way through. A sparkling collection of emotions-loaded compositions. Turn Up The Volume hears echoes of Chvrches, Florence and the Machine and St. Vincent. But most of all I hear two towering voices and I
experience high-quality songwriting intensified by sky-high orchestrations and burning eagerness. Enough reasons to have a chat with the authors, Erin and Jordan. Let’s start
the acquaintance with a highlight of that stirring longplayer. Here’s ALL NEW LIVES

I guess we’re all in the right mood now, let’s talk

1 / What’s the story behind the band’s name ?
CUBS: “We settled on the name Cubs Refrain after a lot of consideration. The names of our previous groups were somewhat goofy and lighthearted, which was great, but we realized we wanted this name to have some more personal meaning for us both. We landed on a combined phrase that to us holds both nostalgia and growth. That being said, we really hope to keep it open to interpretation and will refrain from disclosing specifics. We started working together over correspondence while Jordan was working in BC and Erin was living in Spain in early 2015. At that point we only had the concept for the band and Jordan was starting to demo a bunch of new synth sounds. We had never worked seriously together before then but had played shows together in our respective bands back in our university days. We had always admired each other’s skills and approach to music, so we both kind of jumped at the opportunity, officially starting Cubs Refrain in August of 2015.”

2/ What was the initial sound, songs and themes you had in mind when starting up?
CUBS: “Jordan initially had the vision to change gears from our prior genres and try out synth-driven music. We originally really wanted our sound to be much more pared back, really similar to Oh Wonder. Their first few singles (and album) was hugely influential for
us, especially vocally. As we developed things further and started accumulating our
synths, we evolved into the heavier synth textures that you hear on the album. A lot
of that came from our love of CHVRCHES and M83, both of which have some incredible synth arrangements. We gradually found our own way to emulate our indie rock and
blues styles with our synthesizers. We weren’t really interested in making your sort of classic EDM beats with these synths, but really wanted to tell the same stories as we
had with our guitar and piano. Our approach to arranging songs remained very similar
to how we had written in the past, with the main difference being that almost all of the instruments used were synthesizers.”

3 / Your debut album’s front artwork is a beauty. What inspired the image?
Jordan: The art was actually a collaboration of a number of people, but the idea for it came to me in the spring of 2016 after a major house fire consumed my family home. We had this beautiful grand piano that we lost in the fire, so I wanted to capture that in some way visually. I actually took some sound recordings of us ‘disassembling’ it, which can be heard at the end of the instrumental track ‘Death of the Grand Piano’. hat’s the most literal sense of it, but we also felt that it represented our artistic vision of moving past tradition and embracing change.”

4/ Your brand new debut LP is titled ‘TELL ME YOU LOVE ME’. Who are the lovers?
CUBS: “The album tells the story of a fictional pair. We naturally put a lot of our own emotions and experiences into the songs we wrote for this album, but we wanted to portray it as a cohesive story and found that telling our fragmented pasts through the vessel of one couple was the perfect way to do it. We spent a lot of time developing each of their personalities, storyboarding their relationship, which takes the listener from the time they met to their eventual heartbreak and reflection. The title of the album, Tell Me You Love Me, we feel is an all-encapsulating phrase that can be expressed through changing times, from feelings of passion to desperation.”

5/ Which track is CUBS REFRAIN signature one so far and why?
CUBS: “‘Breathe’ is probably the quintessential Cubs track. From the vocals to the synth melodies to the dynamics, it’s really representative of who we are as artists. We feel that we have a really diverse sound, and ‘Breathe’ does a great job of showcasing that. It’s also one of the songs that marked the peak of our collaboration through the writing of the album, where we really felt we hit our stride.”

6/ Both your voices are amazing. The result of training or a natural gift?
Jordan: “I’m glad you like our voices! I don’t consider myself much of a singer, so most
of my vocal ability I’ve worked to develop. Erin on the other hand seems to be able to make anything sound incredible with ease, so it’s always a big relief when she’s able
to sing on a track.”
Erin: “Wow, thanks. Besides being part of choirs growing up, I never had any real training. I’ve always been extremely shy with my voice so it’s been a slow progression to getting it where it is now. Working on this album has shown the most drastic progression, and I definitely owe a lot of that growth to Jordan for pushing my limits. I’m pretty excited
with my improvement up to now, but I know there’s definitely farther that I can go.”

7/ Closing track ‘WE ALMOST FAILED, BRIAN (Epilogue II’ is my favorite. What’s the song about and how did you created the wall-of-synths sound in the studio?
CUBS:‘Brian’ is about moving on and being ok with where you are. We felt it was the perfect track to play out the album, almost as a reflection of the story itself. It wraps
things up in a sort of bittersweet way. It’s like looking back on a hardship fondly, knowing that you’ve grown because of it. The wall of synth sound was mostly about fitting all of the pieces around one another. There are lots of unison and octave layers that reinforce each other. We used entirely analog synths for the track, which really added to the harmonic richness of all the instrumentation.”


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8/ Which movie would you pick to visualize your music
on a big screen behind you when playing a show?

Jordan: “The first movie that always comes to mind is ‘Drive’. I think maybe because
the soundtrack is so similar stylistically, but I do think that they have similar aesthetics.”
Erin: “I think the feel of our stuff would fit pretty well over ‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’,
a fantastic movie about the confusions of adolescence and first loves.”


The perks of being Cubs Refrain

9/ If you could go back in time on which artist’s front door
would you knock and ask to have a selfie together?

Jordan: “David Bowie. I feel like out of most
famous musicians, he’d be down for a fan selfie.”
Erin: I’m gonna go with Michael Jackson.
I make a solid effort at the moonwalk.”


10/ Future plans for CUBS REFRAIN?
CUBS: “We’re hoping to just keep on playing bigger and bigger shows and take our music to new places! Jordan loves recording and producing, so it’s going to be difficult to keep him out of the studio. I wouldn’t read into that too much though, another album is a ways out from now.”

Thank you Erin, thank you Jordan for this interview.
May the road rise with CUBS REFRAIN!

TELL ME YOU LOVE ME
Album in full right here…

https://open.spotify.com/album/7rrRZCo3wxN1R9Q8vmo7iw?si=IaEp_VK5QCGIoautmPkl7A
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LP available on iTunes

CUBS REFRAIN: Website – Facebook – Twitter

(press promo photo on top via Cubs Refrain)

10 Questions About ’88 Tuned Piano Dreams’ For All-Around Composer And Multifaceted Musician… GARETH SAGER

Discover thrilling music and its maker(s) in 10 questions

From Edinburg, Scotland here’s multi-instrumentalist/composer/songwriter GARETH SAGER

First things first: this is no interview about Gareth Sager‘s post-punk-funk achievements with Bristol legends The Pop Group, nor about his other, early 80s, avant-garde adventure Rip Rig + Panic featuring a young Neneh Cherry. No, this interview is about mister Sager‘s classical solo album that Turn Up The Volume discovered during last Christmas fake jingle bells business days. A transcendent, gracious and overall unwinding piano longplayer titled 88 TUNED DREAMS that feels like a mind-massage every single time I play(ed) it.
Let’s start this Q & A with one of the highlights off the LP to put us in the right mood to
talk with the author afterwards…

Hello Gareth Sager, welcome at Turn Up The Volume!

1 / How different is Gareth Sager, The Pop Group’s guitarist, from
the musician that made a classical piano record last year?

“I’m pretty much the same guy, it’s just using different colours of sound to express different emotions. It is a pity the world feels the need to enforce classification. It encourages people to narrow down what they listen to. I hope most folk find music
they can enjoy in all categories. For me with rock music I tend to need to play with
a really great drummer, the whole thing rides on the drummer!”

2/ Your fascination for classical music goes a whole time back. What inspired you to make the gracious ‘88 TUNED DREAMS’ album so many years later?
“Yes I have been playing the piano since I was 6, so I have always written stuff at the piano. I built up enough pieces that stood on their own as solo compositions rather than songs. There are actually a lot of pieces recorded that didn’t make it onto the LP. I just had this amazing opportunity to record in Studio One, Abbey Road on the great piano there.”

3/ The LP’s cover intrigues me. If Keith Moon was still alive I would have thought that he threw a burning piano out of his hotel window. Why this image?
“I always like images that express being in the moment and a burning piano falling
from a tall building is a perfect way of expressing this. It’s the moment we’re living in!”

4/ I’m counting 14 tracks yet the record’s title reads: ’88 TUNED DREAMS’.
What and/or who inspired you to name the album that way?

“There are 88 keys on a full-sized piano and the piano has been called
88 tuned drums by jazz musicians.”

5/ The longplayer was recorded in the legendary Abbey Road studios. Didn’t that stimulate you to do some Beatlesque piano sequences and what was the overall feeling to work and play in that monumental place?
“It was totally fantastic, the biggest studio in Europe with me on my own at one of the best pianos in Europe. Though I didn’t let the ghosts of the past creep into my mind and didn’t let any of the magnificent histories of the studio affect me. I just got on with it!”

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6/ If you had the opportunity, which movie would you pick to visualize your
tuned dreams on a big screen, behind you, when playing the LP?


Orphée by Jean Cocteau

7/ Suppose you can take ‘1’ classic and ‘1’ rock album with you
to an uninhabited island, which ones would you choose and why?

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony because there’s so much going on
and ‘The Last Second of Normal Time’ by C.C.Sager because
there’s so much going on!”


Another Sager side

8/ If you could travel in time which classic master would you transfer to the
present to play a grand concert with in the ‘Royal Albert Hall’ in London?

“Franz Liszt or Duke Ellington.”

9/ Frank Zappa or Beethoven?
“Beethoven. I prefer interviews with Zappa,
apart from his work with Captain Beefheart!”

10/ What comes next, Gareth? The Pop Group, more tuned dreams
or do you have other plans?

“I am about to release a trash rock LP called ‘Juicy Rivers’ by Gareth Sager and the Hungry Ghosts and then there is a second LP recorded at Abbey Road with a quartet of tenor sax, cello and bass. The logical thing would be to put the latter LP out now after ’88 Tuned Dreams’. The folk that got into ’88 Tuned Dreams’ will possibly find the trash rock LP a
lot heavier! But luckily I just like good music and I’m not that logical!”

Thank you for this interview, mister Sager

Sit down, folk, dim the lights, relax,
here are 88 Tuned Dreams


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GARETH SAGER: Twitter – Spotify – Bandcamp


Tuned passion

(promo photos – received via Gareth)

10 Split Questions For Punk Misfits ‘CHUPA CABRA’ And ‘NO FRIENDZ’ – Smashing Split Album Out Now!…

Discover up and coming bands in 10 questions

Here are two punk-spirited desperado bands, respectively from North Wales and
East Of England
. CHUPA CABRA and NO FRIENDZ are sexually ambiguous trash
rockers with the right DIY attitude and a middle finger for the establishment.
Confused but confident youngsters who picked up a guitar and formed a band
to scream out their frustrations and burning anger. They’re here to entertain you
and themselves with shattering uppercuts and crazed stories. Imagine outlaws
Fat White Family‘s confrontational spirit and The Fall‘s sonic chaos. HELL YEAH!

Last Friday these rackety cowboys released a split longplayer (6 songs each) via Thrashmouth Records. A hefty powerhouse of a record packed with loud and
clear
eruptions from both sides. Intoxicating riffage, nasty hooks, explicit lyrics,
bluesy reflections here & there and tons of scream-along choruses. It feels like
both bands have the same mission: survive this mad world with a grin on their
faces. Let’s have a closer look at these two up and coming gangs with 10 split Q’s…

From North-Wales welcomeTayt, Nathan and Hayden from CHUPA CABRA

1/ What the hell is the band’s name about?
Tayt: ” When I was a young boy, I went to visit my brother in Argentina whilst he was on
his gap year and I was viciously mauled by the legendary chupacabra. The band is a mere homage to my many, many years of work researching the chupacabra.”


The legendary goat-sucker creature called ‘chupacabra’. Reported to live in the Americas

2/ Who’s King Leech?
Nathan: “All of the people in my songs are you.”
Hayden: “Some bastard. The lord of slugs. The baron of all worms.”

Here’s the king of slugs

3/ Who came up with the idea to split an album with another band?
Nathan: “Well it was Luke at Trashmouth Records really. It’s a thing they used to do back
in the day, split records and that. You still get a lot of split singles but Trashmouth have brought back the split record. We think its dead cool, good way for both us honorable friendz in No Friendz to get stuff out there. Big ups Liam and Luke, vive la France.”

4/ Who’s the guy on the cover of the album?
Hayden: “All of the people on the cover of the album are you. Nah, we don’t know. We work closely with Datamosh, they do all our graphics/visuals and we’ve done a few events with them. We played their exhibition, there was a huge wall made from cardboard and hazard tape, we played behind it and through the course of the set it was cut apart by men in lab coats and stapled to the gallery walls. There was a dude there watching a plant all night. The plant was on wheels. Weird stuff. They did the video too, check it out.”
Nathan: “They’re really cool guys, Paul and Guy from Datamosh. Paul looks like all things must pass era George Harrison, cool.”

5/ If the band was a horror movie which one would it be?
Hayden:Rubber. The protagonist is a tyre. A masterpiece.”

And from Cambridgeshire, East Of England here are… NO FRIENDZ

1/ Are the band members no friends or does the band has no friends or both?
“……………………………….” (no answer, no idea why. Whatever next please)

2/ ‘Ballad’s chorus goes like ‘I’m useless, I’m a mess’. Is that why you formed a band?
Angus: “I formed a band because it’s better than getting a worthless degree and to fall into the 9-5 doledrum. I’m broke and homeless, but I’m in charge. Call me naive cause it’s true.”

3/ Your songs on the LP come after Chupa Cabra’s songs.
Did they win the toss?

“Wasn’t my decision mate. Conspiracy.”

4/ Will you do split gigs with Chupa Cabra too in the future?
“Dunno really. Quite hard considering we live 200 plus miles away from each other.
Up to the ingenuity of promoters. I’m usually busy trying to buy Morley’s.”

5/ If the band was a war movie which one would it be?

Thanks Chupa Cabra & No Friendz for the split chat.
May the road rise with your earsplitting hullabaloo…

Split LP out now! Stream/purchase right here…


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CHUPA CABRA: Facebook
NO FRIENDZ: Facebook
TRASHMOUTH RECORDS: Facebook

10 Questions For A Kaleidoscopic Psychedelia Gruppo Without Frontiers – Here’s… JUJU

Discover thrilling artists in 10 questions

From the beautiful city of Palermo in Italy, here’s… JUJU

juju

Experienced and eclectic singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist GIOELE VALENTI
is the ingenious mastermind behind spellbinding psych collective JUJU. Valenti is not
only an exquisite musician but also a fascinating, broad-minded human being with
a multicolored vision on mankind’s past, present and future. The way he combines
astonishing soundscapes with profound reflections on our troubled planet is nothing
less than remarkable. Last year Juju released OUR MOTHER WAS A PLANT LP. A trippy
work of transcendent vibrations. From cinematic Pink Floyd echoes to Hawkind‘s spacey escapades and some king-sized Massive Attack jams in between. After seeing/meeting signor Valenti last month in my hometown Ghent (Belgium) where the band played an impressive set we got in touch for this interview. Let’s start the acquaintance first with
one of the highlights of the LP…


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Welcome Gioele at Turn Up The Volume!…

1/ You were in several bands before, Gioele. When and why
did you start the JuJu project ?

“Back in 2015. The reason is always the same, I think: to make music without frontiers.
In this case, I just wanted to say something on the migration of masses we’re facing in this
particular historical moment. Sicily is one of the poles of the crisis, in the Mediterranean, we have been defined as the ‘gate of Europe‘… a term with a very ambiguous semantic value, because it could conceal a discharge of responsibility from a political point of view. Anyway, I think that migration of bodies, languages, symbols are a very fertile soil
for an artist’s imagination.”

2/ What’s the story behind the project’s name?
Juju is a West African word. It refers to a system of belief. JuJu can be a spell, can be incorporated objects, amulets… It sounds good, with its powerful witchy meaning. I love playing with symbols.”

3/ When did you know “this is how I want to sound, this is
what I want to tell the world”?

“Mmm, it’s quite hard. Riding on a highway with God as co-pilot, facing the hell of passion and the transcendence of a free-form spirit. I’m a songwriter, and I’m a drop in an ocean, so I’m just following the path of my predecessors, with a light in my head and an abyss of shadows behind. Sorry, I know it may sound a little naïve, but I cannot define myself better than this.”

4/ Only two months in the new year and I already saw two great Italian bands play Belgium (Secret Sight and JuJu) and I interviewed two (The Bankrobber and Japan Suicide). Is that a coincidence or is a new Italian wave on its way to conquer Europe?
“When I hear “conquer” I’m scared. It has to do with a tradition with which we have
to break. I feel closer to the spirit of Renaissance. Sweetness, otherness proposal, brotherhood in the beauty. As an Italian, I can only claim an aesthetic supremacy
over the pettiness of politics. Anyway, it’s great to see great Italian bands around,
sure.”

5/ Which song would you pick as Juju’s signature track?
“‘In A Ghetto’, I think. It’s the one with my friend Capra Informis from Goat at the djembé.
I think it incorporates all the magic I’m just trying to express with JuJu. I hear on that track the feminine power of soil and a mood that is close to a Mercurial point of view. The transformation is the point. We are all living in a ghetto, in a way. Call it drugs, sex, technology… we are not free as human beings. It’s sad.”

6/ What’s the story behind the album’s title ‘Our Mother Was A Plant’ and how is it related to the music and to the image on the LP’s front sleeve?
“I was reading a lot of beat literature. I love the lysergic aspects of life, and I think that we should demonstrate more respect for plants… they are very ancient beings, more powerful than we think. The relation with the cover instead is more subtle. If we’d be able to expand our consciousness over a routine world, we would find a deep connection. No separation, no sexism, no racism, in a word brotherhood. There’s a Maya greeting called ‘In Lak’ech’, it means ‘I am another yourself‘. The ‘A Chosen Few’ was the first motorcycle club made by black people. They opened to white people. I think that is a very successful experiment of integration. Al those meanings mixed together make sense to me. Tout se tient, they say in France.”


Artwork album

7/ JuJu’s music covers a whole range of psychedelic genres and is influenced by several decades of mind-expanding music. Is it also a reflection of your private record collection?
“Definitely. I love music and I live through rhythm. JuJu is a tribute to the great music
I have grown up with. From Mozart to Joy Division, Tom Waits, John Zorn, Dead Kennedys, Misfits, Billy Idol, The Cure, Janis Joplin, The Jesus And Mary Chain, The Telescopes, Procol Harum, The Doors, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Angelo Branduardi, Ligeti, Ennio Morricone, Grieg
and so on and on…”

8/ What movie would you pick to visualize JuJu’s music on
a big screen on stage when playing a show?

“Lord Of The Flies, 1963. The human being is flexible and adaptable.
The deepest fears are the same everywhere.”

9/ If you could go back in time on which artist’s front door
would you knock and ask to have a selfie together?

“Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. The hard part would
be to explain the concept of a ‘selfie‘ to the master of portraits!”


Selfie-portrait of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

10/ Plans for 2018?
“I’m desperately planning to not make plans! As Woody Allen
once said:’If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.'”

Many thanks for this highly interesting and rich interview, Gioele!
Mat the road rise with you and Juju


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JUJU: Facebook –  Twitter

(concert pics by TUTV!)

10 Questions For Biblical Sound And Vision Explorers From Sweden… EYEMOUTH

Discover up and coming artists in 10 questions

From Sweden, here’s… EYEMOUTH

EYEMOUTH is a fascinating 3-piece out of Gothenburg (Sweden) that creates mysterious goth pop magic. Atmospheric, cinematic and spiritual soundscapes that have an impact on your ears, your senses and your soul. Their richly layered symphonies are mystical, biblical and transcendental. Last November they released their debut album A NEWLY PLANTED GRAIN. An inspiring work of reflections on the meaning of humankind. An intriguing and entrancing journey. Let’s meet these sonic explorers in order to get a greater picture of their identity and their music. Here’s a highlight from their first LP to start this encounter…

Hello Eyemouth, welcome at Turn Up The Volume!

1/ When, how and why did the band form?
Marcus and Joakim played together in another band, in Gothenburg, called Estrange, which gradually turned to other musical directions and become a very different band. In 2014 this had gone so far as to lead to the formation of the first incarnation of Eyemouth. After a couple changes member wise, and with the addition of Håkan to the band in 2016, you can call us Eyemouth M-II.”

2/ What’s the story behind the band’s name?
Marcus, who is interested in theological texts, read something about a beast with a horn with eyes like eyes from a human and a mouth speaking great things in the book of Daniel. Many seem to interpret this as the antichrist, but you could also see the whole context as a part of yourself. From that perspective, it also follows many of the themes in our songs.”

3/ When did you know “this is how want we to sound, this is
what we want to tell the world”?

“We’re always working hard to get the sounds and the atmosphere to match the tension in our songs. So I don’t know If we do have a sound. I think it shifts from time to time. We just do what feels right and what makes us get the most out of it. A red thread could be that we always seem to strive towards a more organic sound, on this album by focusing more on the dynamics between the drums and the bass. But then again, some songs are almost drone-like in their structure, so we could probably turn either way in the future.”

4/ What inspired you the most to make new album ‘A Newly Planted Grain’
and is the title a reference to a new world in the making?

“As usual many things derives from bad habits and memories, a longing for clarity together with thoughts about the childhood, the past and the fear of what´s coming. In short, the endless searching for meaning probably. It´s hard to describe things like these in detail, and I´m not sure it should be done really. But without going to much into this, much of the inspiration in these songs could be said to come from the circles of thoughts concerning guilt, death as both terror and a salvation, the urge and feeling that something can be done to fix everything, the recent death of a friend and so on. In a way, everything that happens and occurs in life is inserted in a framework of thoughts and perceptions of how I believe things are or should be.”


Striking artwork for the new album…

5/ What movie would you pick to visualize the new
album on a big screen when playing a gig?

“Maybe Tarkovsky’s Stalker would be nice. I haven’t seen it on a big screen so… would probably be standing with my back to the audience, watching the movie through the whole gig!”

6/ If the band was an animal, which one would it be?
“Don´t know really … a badger maybe? Because they´re said to never let go, ha ha ha.”

7/ What’s the signature track so far for EYEMOUTH?
“A couple of tracks from our previous EP´s comes to mind, like ‘I Remember’ and ‘The Rise Of You’. But, thinking of this more closely, maybe the song ‘From A whisper To A Scream’ from our new album is a much better choice. It kind of merges our former sounds
with our new ones, and it feels like it points out our direction onwards in a way too.
The Legacy Of Nature’ also comes to mind for the same reason.”


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8/ How hard/easy is it to translate the record’s orchestral sound onto the stage?
“That´s a tricky one! Guess we can´t really. So when the time comes, we have to re-arrange the songs to make them more … not straightforward maybe, but in some ways more to the point and with more focus on the foundation with the drums and bass guitar in relation to the vocals. Much of the background noises and drones and such may have
to give! Then again, maybe that is all that will remain.”

9/ If you could go back in time on which artist’s front door
would you knock and ask to have a selfie together?

“Always loved Swedish artist Bo Hansson, so maybe that´s the one? But I probably would chicken out anyway, never been able to deal with my idols in anyway whatsoever.”

10/ Plans for 2018?
“We´re actually in rehearsing mode right now and are looking for gigs. At the same time, we´re talking about new songs and will be writing material for this in the near future. The mood and feeling within the band have never been better, so we´re really looking forward to see what will emerge from these slightly twisted minds of ours.”

Thank you for this interview…
May the road rise with EYEMOUTH!

A NEWLY PLANTED GRAIN in full…


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EYEMOUTH: Website – Facebook – More Eyemouth Magic on Bandcamp

(band photos via promo pr agent – Eyemouth)

10 Questions For Italy’s Spellbinding Post Punk Force… JAPAN SUICIDE

Discover up and coming artists in 10 questions

From Italy, here’s… JAPAN SUICIDE

JAPAN SUICIDE is an invigorating Italian collective, formed in 2010, that produces
a monumental, pitch black sound influenced by dark post-punk greats Joy Division,
The Cure, Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Bauhaus
and other kindred spirits. Their new album titled SANTA SANGRE shows how this band turns their idols’ sonic vision into blood-curdling vibrations of their own. The new record feels like a sci-fi voyage into a mysterious obscure darkness. Grand compositions, spellbinding orchestrations, and symphony-like reverberations take you to another, fantastical galaxy. Enough reasons
to talk to singer/guitarist Stefano Bellerba. Let’s start first with a splendid highlight off
the new longplayer…

Hello Stefano, welcome at Turn Up The Volume!….

1/ When, how and why did the band form?
“We formed in 2010. Matteo and Leonardo were in the same high-school and we have a mutual friend Luca (the author of our artworks) who told them about me, Stefano. After some years we met Saverio. To play music is better than work and at least you get free drinks.”

2/ What’s the story behind the band’s name?
“The band’s name comes from Mishima Yukio aka Kimitake Hiraoka (note TUTV: a Japanese author, poet, playwright, actor, film director, founder of the Tatenokai, and nationalist who committed ritual suicide in 1970)”

3/ When did you know “this is how want we to sound, this is
what we want to tell the world”?

‘We Die In Such A Place’, our previous album, has been our first record made with awareness, while probably we still missed a real own voice. ‘Santa Sangre‘ moves to other sides than ‘We die in such a place’, and also I think that there’s something like an identity that can be recognized, maybe still in development and threatened from the roots, even
if it’s a thing that needs the people’s opinion. What I like is that in our music you can find different things, from a soundtrack to a pleasant melody to sing. And I think about how to improve all of this.”

4/ In the past two weeks I saw two excellent Italian bands play in Belgium (Secret Sight and JuJu) and I interviewed one (The Bankrobber). A coincidence or a new Italian music scene traveling around Europe?
“Well, I don’t know if we can talk about a ‘scene’, but for sure there are many bands that play the kind of music that appeals to people outside of Italy.”

5/ Which song would you pick as the band’s signature track?
A Mood Apart (from the “‘We Die In Such A Place’ LP) ”

6/ What does the new album’s title ‘SANTA SANGRE’ actually mean?
“It means holy blood and it’s the title of a movie by Chilean filmmaker
Alejandro Jodorowsky.”

7/ In what way is the new record inspired by Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s
movie and Roberto Bolaño‘s novel 2666?

” The movie inspired Matteo to develop the aesthetic concept for the album. I think the result is a work that is dense, coloured, touching, freaking and also happy or at least eager. The lyrics of the opening track are directly related to 2666, to the movie’s scenery as well as to the novel’s idea of evil, that also inspired the tone and direction for all the lyrics.”

8/ If the band was an animal, which one would it be?
“A protist or a Schrödinger’s cat.”


Japan Suicide’s alter ego

9/ If you could go back in time on which artist’s front door would
you knock and ask to have a selfie together?

“I don’t make selfies (lol). But I would like to go out and see how certain artists work,
such as Brian Eno, Jonny Greenwood and late Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi.”

10/ Plans for 2018?
“We want to play the new album Santa Sangre live in the world
and also record some new stuff.”

Thank you Stefano for this interview,
may te road rise with JAPAN SUICIDE!

Here’s brand new album SANTA SANGRE (great artwork) in full…


Available on DiscDogs and Bandcamp

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10 Questions For THUNDER ON THE LEFT – Hammering Band That Cares About Our ‘NATIONAL INSECURITY’…

Meet thrilling, up and coming, artists in 10 questions

Here’s… THUNDER ON THE LEFT

THUNDER ON THE LEFT is a heartfelt and hard hittin’ 3-piece dynamo out of the London desert producing deafening drones that will make your head spin 360°. Led by explosive frontwoman and passionate vox Carla the band develops a metallic and volcanic storm, fierce enough to blow big holes in our worldwide corrupted establishment. On brand new, barbed wire album NATIONAL INSECURITY you’ll hear crushing echoes, annex melodic vigor, of System Of A Down, Korn and RATM, both in vision and in sound. The LP is a mighty work of loud and clear protest against the eternal human rat race, against social abuse, against the Big Brother media, against impersonal gregariousness. We need committed bands like this. Pronounced artists who shout out, opinionated musicians who care. Thunder On The Left is a force to embrace. Let’s meet them, but start the acquaintance
first with the title track of the new record…

Welcome Carla (guitar, lead vocals), Arun (drums, vocals) and Adam (bass, vocals)
Let’s roll…

1 / When, how and why did the band form?
Carla: “In the mind’s eye of a visionary named fate, we don’t remember how, why,
when or where we met – fate brought us together.”
Arun:“And God said let it be so, and God said it was good!”
Adam: “In a long-forgotten Viking horde buried under centuries of history there lay a drum kit, a Telecaster, and an SG bass. We never questioned how it was they came to be there, or the vast coincidences involved in bringing us three together on that same cold, stormy night. Riffs do not question the fingers that play them, nor do we question the ancient magic that now binds us together.”

2/ What’s the story behind the band’s name?
Carla: “It’s from a book, of the same name, about disillusionment with society.
Listen to our music for a few bars of any song, and you’ll see why that fit.”

3/ When did you know “this is how want we to sound, this is what
we want to tell the world”?

Carla:: “We’d describe our music as the very well-behaved and fortunate looking child of three very overbearing parents.”
Arun: “I think we don’t ever truly know, it’s one of those things where we rehearse and it develops and changes just as we do as people, as we become better musicians. It develops alongside us, and when it comes out, that’s when we know. It’s never with pretence.”
Adam: “We’re writing the music we want to hear and between the three of us, there’s a lot of different influences entering into it. When we’re playing and we discover something great, we all feel it right away. It’s a physical reaction, like adrenalin.”

4/ What or who inspired the band to call the debut LP: ‘NATIONAL INSECURITY’?
TOTL:Carla wrote it as a reversal of the concept of national security. In the sense of how society is conditioned to live in a state of fear and paranoia from the media and feels anything but ‘secure.”


Artwork ‘National Insecurity‘…

5/ What’s your fav track on the album?
Carla: “Either ‘A Polite Fuck Off‘ or ‘Simply Eaten‘. APFO just sounds so good, and also perfectly mixes R n B (the bass-line for me in the verse) with heavy rock and an interesting sentiment (‘A Polite Fuck Off’ in this song meaning to cut someone out of your life without telling them as it’s pointless to try and sort out something they have engineered maliciously). ‘Simply Eaten‘ was finished at the studio, and I purposely left loads of the melody until then to work under a kind of weird positive pressure. I think it’s epic, brooding and very Post-Rock; it sounds huge. Also, how contemplative it is lyrically I think is a perfect way to end the album. It was written from a poem I wrote a long time ago.”
Arun: “‘A Polite Fuck Off’ is a special song to me, it completely encapsulates my influences in terms of drumming, and pushed me beyond my limits of what I thought I was capable of playing. In short, it just feels good to play the song. It’s groovy, it’s heavy, and the chorus groove always hangs back in a cool swing which you wouldn’t expect from such a heavy song. ‘Interlude‘ is another favourite of mine, a repetitive groove locked in with Adam is always a winner. I’d also agree with Carla with ‘Simply Eaten‘, I was close to tears when we were recording that song because the lyrics just hit home so hard at the time. I could go into detail with every song but those stand out immediately.”
Adam: “‘A Polite Fuck Off’ is so much fun to play… It’s full of energy and I love how it never stays the same for long, there’s always a change to throw you off your guard. ‘Survivor‘ is another favourite of mine. It’s all intensity from start to finish and I have a blast playing it live. ‘Simply Eaten‘ can’t go unmentioned of course, it was the last track on the album we recorded and when we finished playing it was an amazing feeling. That song creates its own atmosphere, and for those 6 minutes there’s no escaping it.”


4 Votes (Turn Up The Volume’s one included)
for ‘A Polite Fuck Off’…

6/ What movie would you pick to visualize ‘NATIONAL INSECURITY’ on
a big screen, in the back of the stage, when playing a show?

Carla: “Battle Royale or A Clockwork Orange.”
Arun: “Nirvana live at Reading, 1992.”
Adam: “12 Angry Men.”

7/ Why is it that mankind, after all these ages, isn’t still capable of
living together and tolerate each other?

Carla: “Religion. Politics. Divide and conquer. Power. Greed.”
Adam: “People who seek power can never understand those who do not.”
Arun: “Ego.”

8/ If the band was an animal, which one would it be?
TOTL: “A mosquito. People under-estimate how deadly they are
until it’s too late. They are deadly AF.”


Thunder On The Left: deadly band…

9/ If you could go back in time on which artist’s front door
would you knock and ask to have a selfie together?

TOTL: “No-one’s door, we hate selfies, and the artists
we love enough to time-travel back to see, would too.”

10/ Plans for 2018?
TOTL: “Taking over the world, Pinky.”

Thank you, guys, for this interview with TUTV!
May the road rise with.
.. THUNDER ON THE LEFT

‘NATIONAL INSECURITY in full…

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Available on iTunes


THUNDER ON THE LEFT: Website – Facebook – Twitter 

(promo photos via received via band)

10 Questions For Adventurous And Multi-Colored DIY Artist GRIS-DE-LIN…

Discover up and coming artists in 10 questions

16 February 2018

British DIY artist GRIS-DE-LIN is a compelling and adventurous singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who’s about to release her excellent debut album SPRUNG (out
9 March). She combines echoes of post-rock, blues & alt-folk while coloring her sonic pictures with wayward electronics that draw your attention non-stop. Her spiritual voice will bring major-league performers PJ Harvey, Florence Welch and Björk to mind. Yes, that good! Her intriguing compositions will strike you. Enough reasons to meet Gris-de-lin (artist name was inspired by French named materials Gris-De-LinGrey Linen – in the warehouse next door to where the artist lives.) Let’s start the acquaintance with the title track of the forthcoming full length. A captivating song about how a little bit of struggle
can lead to good things. The cuddly toys in the brand new clip “represent life’s misfits, gathered from local charity shops…”

Welcome Gris-de-lin at Turn Up The Volume!…

1/ When, how and why did you decide to become a musician/artist?
“I’d say it’s a compulsion not a decision, I started mucking about on the piano and writing songs at a really young age and always loved to sing. I joined my first band at age 14 so
I’ve been loading music equipment in and out of transit vans for a long time.”

2/ When did you know “this is how I want to sound, this is
what I want to tell the world”?

“This is my first solo album and the songs emerged from a time of big changes in my life. This meant I felt really free to experiment and just see what happened. I also wanted to challenge myself by playing most of the parts on the album myself, a sort of freeform musical bootcamp. It meant I could do things exactly how I wanted and that was really liberating. Lyrically I like to tell quirky stories based on true events though they’re often pretty personal too.”


Artwork debut solo album SPRUNG

3/ What inspired you to record your debut album SPRUNG in a nursery school?
“I wanted to record somewhere spacious with a nice atmosphere and not feel hemmed in like you sometimes do in a studio. Budget also played a big part but the nursery worked out great. Where else would you get to set a train-set up in the control room and play the keyboards with puppets on your hands.”

4/ What’s your own favourite track on the record and why?
“I’d say ‘Your Ghost’ because it’s the first track Chris (producer/engineer) and I started working on together. There was this moment when we were listening back and we were like ‘oh this is special!’ and from then on I was really fired up to record a whole album.”

5/ What movie would you pick to visualize SPRUNG on a big screen
in the back of the stage when playing a show?

“Probably ‘The Wicker Man’ ha ha, though without the human sacrifice bit.”

6/ Your press photos are quite special. Who’s doing the art/drawing part and is there any special reason to integrate it in the real photography?
“The artwork is by an artist called Kazland. I really love his work and asked him to design cover images for my 7” single and EP. Then I had the idea of getting him to also add artwork to my photos and it really tied everything together.”


Fascinating Kazland art

7/ How easy/difficult is it to recreate your orchestral sound live on the podium?
“It’s sometimes tricky but I reckon the live sound is pretty close, maybe a little heavier. Having played so many of the recorded parts myself I have to be careful not to be bossy when we’re trying to recreate everything. Luckily I’m working with some great musicians
so things have come together really well.”

8/ Which album would you really loved to have played on?
“I’d love to have jammed on any albums by Can… oh and ‘Remain in Light’ by Talking Heads. Playing on an album by Mogwai would be pretty awesome too.”

9/ If you could go back in time on which artist’s front door
would you knock and ask to have a selfie together?

“Well I’m not really a selfie kind of person, but I’d love to have a coffee with Patti Smith
or go for a walk in the woods with Leonard Cohen. I’ve a feeling much wisdom would be imparted and I’d come away feeling truly inspired. I’m reading Patti Smith’s ‘M-Train
On tour at the moment and it’s a real tonic for the soul.”


10/ Plans for 2018?

“The album comes out on the 9th March so I’ll be doing some UK shows to coincide, then a few summer festivals and a tour later in the year. I’ve also been working on a new album by the Berlin-based artist Gemma Ray that should be out later this year and also an album with Joe Gideon and Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) that we’ll be mixing soon. So reckon things are gonna get pretty busy!”

Thank you for this interview.
May the road rise with Gris-de-lin!

SPRUNG album out via BB ISLAND on 9 March.


GRIS-DE-LIN: Website – Facebook – Twitter

(All promo photos via Gris-de-Lin)

10 Questions For Universal Popsmiths Without Frontiers – Meet… THE BANKROBBER

Discover up and coming artists in 10 questions

Please welcome from Italy…THE BANKROBBER

THE BANKROBBER hails from Italy, a band formed in 2008 and named after that classic
The Clash song. But this 4-piece is more about colorful pop rainbows than about punk reggae, more about multi-layered symphonies than about in-your-face rock ‘n’ roll. Their brand new debut album MISSING is crystal clear proof of their high-quality songwriting abilities. A delectable collection of top-notch vibrations with swirling electrodynamics.
Rich orchestrations and wondrous arrangements. Universal pop music without frontiers. Before talking to singer/songwriter and guitarist Giacomo Oberti let’s get in the right mood with one of the highlights off the LP. Here’s Closer

Hello Giacomo, welcome at Turn Up The Volume!

1/ When, how and why did the band form?
“We formed the band 10 years ago. At the beginning, we just wanted to play our favourite songs from our favourite bands. But soon, we began to feel the need to write our own stuff. So, we chose a name and started writing. Soon after that, we started playing shows in our area.”

2/ What’s the story behind the band’s name?
“When we started playing, we mainly listened to The Clash, and so, we decided to steal the name from one of their songs. We chose it many years ago, but it still means a lot to us and represents us. I still like the way it sounds.”

3/ When did you know “this is how we want to sound, this is
what we want to tell the world”?

“I think our sound had a turning point three years ago, when we released the single
‘Good Road To Follow’. Actually, it was a turning point for the whole project, because we introduced keyboards and the female voice of my sister. It really changed our sound a lot. We’re inspired by the British New Wave, but we also listen to a lot of American music too. So, we mix our influences and try to create our own sound.”

The turning point

4/ What’s the signature track so far for The Bankrobber?
“It’s hard to choose just one track. At the moment, I’m undecided between Closer and Pier 39, because both are quite dark and I think it represents us. But the new album is out now, so maybe we’ll find a new one.”

Music without frontiers

5/ What movie would you pick to visualize your music on a big screen
in the back of the stage when playing a show?

“This is interesting! No one has ever asked us this question before. In fact, it’s a great question because we’re pretty passionate about cinema. It’s also a pretty hard one, too, because we wouldn’t want to ruin the movie. But if I think about it, a western from Sergio Leone would be perfect!”


The Bankrobber, once upon a time in the west…

6/ What’s on the van’s stereo when driving to gigs?
“On our van’s stereo, there is really everything. Well, everything except for heavy metal
or shitty electronic stuff, but there’s lots of current music. But I mean everything like, for example, last year, our drummer and I drove the others crazy with the One Direction songs ‘Perfect‘ and ‘History‘. Actually, I don’t know why we listened to them so much, but I guess because they’re happy songs and so we always belted them out at the top of lungs. Anyway, during our trips, there is a lot of music that each of us chooses, usually different song rotations that go on for hours.”

7/ If the band was an animal, which one would it be?
“Wow, I’ve never thought about it. I don’t even have a favorite animal. But I suppose,
if the band was an animal, it would be a bird to be free to fly anywhere.”


There goes The Bankrobber

8/ Social media: a blessing or a pain in the ass?
“Social media are definitely a pain in the ass. What I mean is that, if I think about teenagers lost in the screens of their phones for hours, man, they’re losing contact with the real world! And it’s mostly the fault of social media. But if we talk about it in terms of promotion, in my opinion, it can be very helpful, even if it is not so easy to manage.
This is because there are so many platforms to try to cover. For example, we’ve got our website, but we also have videos on YouTube, and we’re on Facebook and Instagram so people can find us more easily. You just have to be. So today, it’s a real job to manage a social network and benefit from it.”

9/ If you could go back in time on which artist’s front door would
you knock and ask to have a selfie together?

“We probably would like to knock on Sid Vicious’s door and ask him for a selfie because he was such an icon of social, fashion and musical periods that no longer exist, he totally fascinates us. We love a lot of 70’s and 80’s punk bands like The Clash, Sex Pistols, Dead Boys, Damned, Ramones and many others.”

10/ Plans for 2018?
“The new album ‘Missing‘ is out now, and we already have a tour to promote it in Italy, Spain, and Portugal at the end of February. This year, we just want to play as much as possible. Maybe we’ll get to Belgium too (note TUTV: ‘I’m waiting’)!”

Thank you for chatting with Turn Up The Volume, Giacomo!
May the road rise with THE BANKROBBER!

Here’s MISSING in full…

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THE BANKROBBER: Website – Facebook – Twitter


New album MISSING – out now – available on iTunes