RICHARD ASHCROFT – Here’s ‘SURPRISED BY THE JOY’ – The First Single From His New Album…

Brand new sonic impulses

10 September 2018

On 19th October RICHARD ASHCROFT will release his new solo album NATURAL REBEL. Ahead of its launch here’s the first single SURPRISED BY THE JOY. A high-spirited, uplifting pop rainbow with lively strings. Hear/watch it this way…

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More info about new album NATURAL REBEL here

TODAY’S YESTERDAY ALBUM – ‘Alone With Everybody’ – Solo Debut By RICHARD ASHCROFT

Remarkable albums from the past…

‘Alone With Everybody’ by RICHARD ASHCROFT
Released: 26 June 2000 / debut album

ALL MUSIC wrote: “He still believes that music has a soul — with or without his former band. He is certainly a rock star and a believer in love, death, musical spirituality, and individuality. That is what made the Verve a great rock band in the first place, but Ashcroft’s superior drive
to do something real only makes him and his music more endearing. He is looking ahead, not wishing for past adventures. He celebrates life, pure and simple.”

Score: 4/5 – Full review here.

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: This is Mister Northern Soul Voice! My fav tracks: A Song
For The Lovers / I Get My Beat / New York / C’Mon People (We’re Making It Now)

ALBUM in full…

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Soon back with new album NATURAL REBEL – out 19 October

RICHARD ASHCROFT Launches Fifth Solo Album ‘NATURAL REBEL’ in October…

15 August 2018

RICHARD ASHCROFT , former singer/frontman of The Verve follows his excellent 2016 album These People with new – his fifth – solo longplayer, entitled NATURAL REBEL. It’ll feature 10 new songs all written by the man himself. The record is jointly produced by Ashcroft, Jon Kelly and Emre Ramazanoglu, who previously worked with Paul McCartney and Kate Bush respectively.

RA about his new music: “With experience comes knowledge and for me this is
my strongest set of songs to date. All my favourite sounds distilled into something
that will hopefully give my fans lasting pleasure. It is for them. Music is power.”

Tracklist
All My Dreams
Birds Fly
Surprised By The Joy
That’s How Strong
Born To Be Strangers
That’s When I Feel It
We All Bleed
A Man in Motion
Streets of Amsterdam
Money Money

Natural Rebel will be out 19 October. More info and pre-order facilities right here

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2017 ALL STAR LIVE TEAM – Here Are TURN UP THE VOLUME’S 11 Most Ecstatic Gig Experiences!

I witnessed 147 artists this year, from sweaty performances in cafes to some big ones
at festivals, from many club gigs to mid-range venue shows. I need live music to fuel
my engine, to get loaded, to make my adrenalin stream faster, to keep balance on this troubled planet – and live music certainly helps me to get away from daily, disturbing worries and have some thrilling time instead. Here are TURN UP THE VOLUME’s 11 most ecstatic gig experiences of 2017!…

1/ GRUPPO DI PAWLOWSKI
Where/when: Nosta, Opwijk – 13 December
Voodoo noise and the sound of breaking glass…
My review

Listen to GRUPPO’s newest album here / Social link: Facebook  

2/ IT IT ANITA (Liege, Belgium)
Where/when: Charlatan, Ghent – 17 July
Deafening, crazed, mind-blowing and non-stop exorcism…
My review

Listen to IIAA here / Social media: Facebook – Twitter

3/ PRIMAL SCREAM (Scotland/England)
Where/when: Melkweg, Amsterdam / Roma, Antwerp – 15 June / 16 June
Getting my rocks off (again) with the fabulous and imperishable SCREAM turbo…
My review

Here’s latest album CHAOSMOSIS / Social media: Website – Facebook

4/ THE FLAMING LIPS (Oklahoma, US)
Where/when: Roma, Antwerp – 4 February
Dazzling fairytale spectacle – impressive  ‘phantasy’ paradise …
My review

Listen here to The Lips  / Social media: Website – Facebook

5/ THE MOONLANDINGZ (Sheffield, UK)
Where/when: Paradiso, Amsterdam – 27 April
Punk disco grooves for the outsiders injected with electro punches to go bananas to …
My review

Listen to their debut LP here / THE MOONLANDINGZ: Facebook – Twitter

6/ DUDS (Manchester, UK)
Where/when: Kinky Star, Ghent – 13 November
Deranged punk funk bravado with mental trumpets…
My review

Listen here to DUDS’ debut LP / Social media: Facebook – Label: Castle Face Records

7/ U2 (Ireland)
Where/when: Koning Boudewijn Stadion, Brussels – 1 Augustus
‘Joshua Tree’ in full + a jukebox filled with solid gold classics – loud and clear…
My review

Listen to THE JOSHUA TREE here  / Social media: Website – Facebook – Twitter

8/ BOSS HOG (New York, NY, US)
Where/when: Vooruit, Ghent – 3 November
Electrifying trash blues steamroller with a nasty and witchery edge…
My review

Listen to BROOD X album here / Social media: Facebook – Twitter

9/ RICHARD ASHCROFT (Wigan, England)
Where/when: Crammerrock Festival, Stekene, Belgium – 1 September
Anthemic knockouts for heart and soul from start to finish…
My pics

Listen to RA here / RICHARD ASHCROFT: Website – Facebook

10/ LA JUNGLE (Mons, Belgium)
Where/when: Handelsbeurs, Ghent – 20 July
Perfect soundtrack to start a devilish insane moshpit in hell…
My review  
lajungle
Listen to the duo’s explosive watermelons here / LA JUNGLE: Facebook

11/ SHHT (Ghent, Belgium)
Where/when: Nest, Ghent – 29 November
Spectacular and chaotic cabinet of curiosities…
My review

Listen to new single MAO here / SHHT: Facebook – Instagram

5 Best of the rest: Temples /  / The Kills / Inheaven / Millionaire / Peter Hook & The Light

(All concert pics by JL/Turn Up The Volume!)

THE VERVE Released Their Spaced Out 4-Track Debut E.P. 25 Years Ago…

When timeless in sound and vision it’s a…

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Artist: THE VERVE
Record: 5-track debut E.P.
Released: 7 December 1992 – 25 years ago…
NME wrote: “one of the few bands who still believe that the space between your ears is infinite, that nothing is impossible, that it’s all within our reach…they soar…This is no easy ride but it’s a hell of an adventure, a risk well worth taking…”
Notes: the E.P. features songs that never appeared on a studio LP. The EP’s 2 singles – ‘Gravity Grave’ and ‘She’s a Superstar‘ – reappeared on the compilation album This Is Music: The Singles 1992 – 1998. The record’s cover was taken in Ashcroft‘s flat in Wigan.
Score: the striking and spacey start of a tumultuous ride for a spectacular anthems band
fronted by charismatic singer/songwriter and – then – eccentric Richard Ashcroft.

Here’s top stroke ‘She’s A Superstar’

The E.P. in full

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Northern souls

Anniversary Albums – 20 Years Ago Today THE VERVE Launched Their Masterpiece ‘URBAN HYMNS’…

Going back in sonic history…

29 September 2017

Band: THE VERVE

Album: URBAN HYMNS – their third longplayer

Released: 27 September 1997 – 20 years ago today

Anniversary re-issue: a deluxe 20th anniversary edition came out
a few weeks ago – all details, formats and order facilities here

NME’s tribute: ” ‘Urban Hymns’ had the right time/right place thing sorted – fag end of Britpop, wide-eyed endorsement from incumbent King of Rock Noel Gallagher – but in another sense it was timeless. Its unwithered status today is thanks to deathless anthems like ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ and ‘Lucky Man’ that will pass down the generations, tough-guy-with-a-heart ballads ‘Sonnet’ and ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’, still affecting whatever their associations and a bruised bullish soul encapsulating Ashcroft, Captain Rock himself…”

Turn Up The Volume!: says: An epic magnum opus with several
outstanding symphonies…

Three Top Tracks (hard choice): Bitter Sweet Symphony / The Drugs Don’t Work / Come On

* BITTER SWEET SYMPHONY – “I’m heard this a million times from one day to the next…”

* THE DRUGS DON’T WORK – heavy-hearted and melancholic tristesse that touches the soul…

* COME ONsmashing psych jam as knockout album closer

Masterpiece in full…

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Absolutely great to see charismatic frontman Richard Aschcroft (again) at the start of this month playing several Urban Hymns in Belgium (Crammerrock, 1 September 2017)…

(photos: JL/Turn Up The Volume!)

Today’s Yesterday Track – THE VERVE Released Masterstroke ‘THE DRUGS DON’T WORK’ 20 Years Ago As A Single…

Golden oldies to soundtrack the summer of 2017…

Band: THE VERVE

Track: THE DRUGS DON’T WORK – 2nd single from blockbuster ‘Urban Hymns’

Released: 1 September 1997 – 20 years ago

Note: with this masterstroke frontman Richard Ashcroft tackled the hardship of watching his father dying of cancer when he was only 11 years old. The drugs given to his father were no longer working…

All this talk of getting old
It’s getting me down my love
Like a cat in a bag, waiting to drown
This time I’m comin’ down

And I hope you’re thinking of me
As you lay down on your side
Now the drugs don’t work
They just make you worse
But I know I’ll see your face again

Now the drugs don’t work
They just make you worse
But I know I’ll see your face again

But I know I’m on a losing streak
‘Cause I passed down my old street
And if you wanna show, then just let me know
And I’ll sing in your ear again

Now the drugs don’t work
They just make you worse
But I know I’ll see your face again

‘Cause baby, ooh, if heaven calls, I’m coming, too
Just like you said, you leave my life, I’m better off dead

All this talk of getting old
It’s getting me down my love
Like a cat in a bag, waiting to drown
This time I’m comin’ down

Now the drugs don’t work
They just make you worse
But I know I’ll see your face again

‘Cause baby, ooh, if heaven calls, I’m coming, too
Just like you said, you leave my life, I’m better off dead

But if you wanna show, just let me know
And I’ll sing in your ear again

Now the drugs don’t work
They just make you worse
But I know I’ll see your face again

Yeah, I know I’ll see your face again
Yeah, I know I’ll see your face again
Yeah, I know I’ll see your face again
Yeah, I know I’ll see your face again

I’m never going down, I’m never coming down
No more, no more, no more, no more, no more
I’m never coming down, I’m never going down
No more, no more, no more, no more, no more

[Repeat and Fade Out]


Masterpiece LP released 29 September 1997…


Spectacular coincidence – see you in the front row, Mr. Ashcroft…