2021 Was A Year Full Of Covers – TURN UP THE VOLUME Picked 10

1. ‘Where Is My Mind’ by NANDI BUSHELL

Original by Pixies.
From their 1988 debut LP Surfer Rosa.

This 11-year-old British-Zulu musician of South African
descent and media star is just brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.


2. ‘The Ship Song’ by NELL SMITH and THE FLAMING LIPS (USA)

Original by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

The cover is part of a full Nick Cave tribute LP called
Where The Viaduct Looms by The Flaming Lips and
the wondrous voice of 13-year-old songstress Nell Smith.


3. ‘You Are A Runner And I Am Your Father’ by PORRIDGE RADIO (Brighton, UK)

Original by Canadian indie rockers Wolf Parade.

Porridge Radio vox Dana Margolin sends shivers
down your spine. Goosebumps all the way.


4. ‘Highway To Hell’ by TOM MORELLO, THE BOSS and EDDIE VEDDER

Original by AC/DC.

Part of Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello‘s
2021 album The Atlas Underground Fire.


5. ‘Stayin’ Alive’ by LEE ROGERS (Northern Ireland)

Original by Bee Gees.
This warm Americana voice out of Northern Ireland slows
the classic down, drenches it in a nostalgic sepia bath, and
gives it a haunting and soul-stirring twist corresponding with
the somber lyrics. Compelling version!


6. ‘Run Run Run’ by KURT VILE

Original by The Velvet Underground.

From I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground and Nico,
celebrating the iconic NYC mavericks, and more specifically their debut
masterpiece LP of 1967.

Kurt Vile‘s pumped-up version of ‘Run Run Run’ is a striking steamroller…


7. ‘Finest Worksong’ by DESPERATE JOURNALIST (UK)

Original by R.E.M.

This North London band nailed it, spot-on!

From A Carnival of Sorts: R​.​E​.​M. Covers Compilation,
released last August.


8. ‘Paperback Writer’ by SAXON

Original by The Beatles

Britsih veteran metalheads seem to have big fun with this cover, so am I.


9. Sad But True’ by ROYAL BLOOD (UK)

Original by Metallica.

From the massive covers compilation called The Metallica Blacklist
featuring no less than 53 artists interpreting a Black Album song, the
breakthrough LP that was released 30 years ago.

Wham royal bloody wham bam…


10. ‘Silver Machine’ by TOYAH and ROBERT FRIPP

Original by Hawkind (with Lemmy)

Every Sunday for about two years now, the famous British songstress and
her King Crimson husband Robert Fripp entertained us (and still do it) via
YouTube with covers of big crackers. Their performances were/are ridiculously
hilarious. Definitely the stand-up rock comedians of 2021.

Let’s roll…

Saturday Night Blues Rock Fever – New ROYAL BLOOD Album ‘TYPHOONS’ Is Out

2 May 2021

Who: Blues-rock tandem out of Brighton, UK
who entered the arena with blustery bravado
back in 2014 with their self-titled debut album.

Album: TYPHOONS – 3rd LP
Released: 30 april 2021.
Order info here.

KERRANG! writes: “So confident and perfectly measured are Royal Blood
here that, while definitely focused on the stars, they sound like they never
noticed the gutter was there in the first place. It’s rock’n’roll lit up by a disco
ball, and has there ever been a time when we’ve needed that more?”.

Full review: here. Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Expect Saturday Night Blues Rock Fever with several
monumental disco-esque thunderclaps (Trouble’s Coming / Oblivion / Mad
/Boilermaker / Hold On) that I’ll have on my earphones for some
time to come. Kudos, to Royal Blood, for not milking the same formula
over and over again like The Black Keys did with their last few albums.

Singles: Typhoons / Trouble’s Coming



Dance your ass off…


Turn Up The Volume’s KNOCKOUT TEAM OF THE MONTH – April 2021

The best of the past month…

Turn Up The Volume‘s 15 Knockout Tracks for April 2021!
A fervid fusion of rhapsodic rippers and clashing crackerjacks.

‘Nike Soldier’ by ALAN VEGA (US)
Alan Vega is dead! Long live! This spine-chilling slo-mo groove
comes from his lost album Mutator released last week.

Sounding like Nine Inch Nails going punk, Spacemen 3 returning from the dead
and The Brian Jonestown Massacre freaking out on acid, all at the same time. This
is what happens when lockdown blues leads to schizophrenia.

‘Boilermaker’ by ROYAL BLOOD (UK)
The blues-rock tandem is back with this motherfucker of a slam dunk
from their brand new album Typhoons . Wham bloody hell bam!

‘Deeper Than Holy’ by PASTEL (UK)
Imagine the bittersweet symphony swagger of Richard Ashcroft and The Verve
and the natural-born coolness of Liam ‘tonight I’m a rock ‘n’ roll star’ Gallagher.
Supersonic, right? You better you bet.

‘Wake Up’ by LOBSTERBOMB (Berlin, Germany)
A screaming triumph. This up-and-coming Berlin trio on the stereo this hit and run trio combines Bikini Kill‘s rough outcries, L7‘s detonating gusto, and B-52‘s peppery liveliness. Bingo!

‘The Gimp’s Gimp‘ by BODY HORROR (UK)
A chainsaw intro followed by manic drum thwacks and a frenetic bass force, and a
bit later a nightmarish voice joining the freaked-out get-together. All this brain-breaking
stuff happens in under a minute. Hallelujah!…

‘Nobody Everyone’ by WEEKEND DEBT (Scotland)
Highly energetic and sharp-riffing indie rock at its youthful best. Smells like teen spirit. Big guitars, big drums/bass, big tune, and big post-breakup vocals. What do you need more to boost your bloodstream?

‘Pilot‘ by MODEL CHILD (Los Angeles)
2 minutes of rage, anger and endless humanitarian struggle.
Fuck the greedy rich! Fuck the military industry! FUCK WAR!

‘The Men Who Rule The World’ by GARBAGE (US/Scotland)
A surprisingly funky disco banger that triggers your head’s up-and-down movement the very moment the money drops into the corrupt politicians’ pockets. I still love you, Shirley!

‘Your Fandango’ by TODD RUNDGEN & SPARKS (US)
Old friends Sparks and Todd Rundgen team up again, after so many years, for a mini pop opera. The legends still deliver and it seems this town is big enough for the both of them.

‘Moshi Moshi’ by COMMON FLAWS (Italy)
Mostly instrumental, except for a hazy voice in the distance, this electro earworm
gets under your skin from the clap along intro and goes on like forever. Imagine
Aphex Twin going synth-pop for a change. The power of repetition!

‘Be There’ by MIHI NIHIL (Los Angeles, US)
Shadowy, starry-eyed and emotive pearl. Twinkling guitars, gripping vocals and
captivating melodiousness. Magnificent beauty from their new self-titled LP.

‘Streetlights’ by LOSSLINE (Manchester, UK)
Genuine, heart & soul lockdown blues. Melodramatic musing for twilight moments and nightly wanderings. From the duo’s excellent, midnight hours album Fading Affect Bias. Don’t miss this.

‘Amsterdam’ by MOONLIGHT PARADE (UK)
Magical and red-colored ballad, combining the melodic melancholia of Teenage Fanclub and The Coral. A sweet little gem about a wonderful city I’m in love with for a long time now. Press play and let your thoughts drift away on a cloud.

‘Trust’ by MASHMELLOW (Moscow, Russia)
Dream pop for lonely nights with echoes from The Sundays and Mazzy Star. Yes, that bewitchingly good. One of the highlights from their new 6-tack EP titled Pole Pole.


All 15 together on Spotify

See/hear you next month, music junkies…


5 new firecrackers to boost your favorite 48 hours…

‘Death Mask Mussolini’ by SEX GANG CHILDREN (London)
Remember these barbed wire Goth outlaw rockers? The London hit team still
resonate, rant and roar like angry young men going after fascists and similar
scumbags. New album Oligarch arrives on 23rd April. More info here.

Fanculo Mussolini here…

‘Reset’ by HYMNS (London)
These ambitious newcomers enter the music scene with pithy panache and captivating catchiness. This splendid debut is “a protest song inspired by the sounds of Black Sabbath and Ennio Morricone’s spaghetti western soundtracks.” Sounds tempting, right? You bet.
First EP Reset lands on 30 April. Pre-save here.

‘Boilerbreaker’ by ROYAL BLOOD UK)
A motherfucker of a slam dunk produced by Josh Homme. A pumped-up hammer
from the fierce tandem’s upcoming album Typhoons, out 30 April.

Nausea‘ by FAMILIAR ACTION (London)
Listen up, folks. The new Sparks are here. Just like the imperishable Mael bros this kooky London duo turns pop upside down. Nausea is funny and vivacious, with a hokey-pokey touch. I hope this town is big enough for both Sparks and Familiar Action.

Press play here…

In The Valley‘ by RAISED ON TV (Los Angeles)
I’m sure these Los Angeles brothers own a sort of music machine that produces sunlit
pop songs that stick the moment they leave that magic machine. Check their new jackpot cracker out here…


A Motherfucker Of A Slam Dunk – ROYAL BLOOD Share Hammer ‘BOILERMAKER’

Daily electricity to load your batteries…

13 April 2021

Brighton’s mean rock machine ROYAL BLOOD unleash their new, third, album
TYPHOONS on 30 April. They made us ears go gaga with 3 hammer blows earlier
on, and here’s number four. Holy Moly! What a motherfucker of a slam dunk.

They already played BOILERMAKER at a couple of festivals back in 2019, making
their fans beg to record and release the haymaker. And the pair listened and invited Queens Of The Stone Age mastermind Josh Homme to produce the insane-riff bastinado (and, yes, he left his characteristic stoner rock mark). And the video clip is awesome too.

You know what to do.
Turn up the volume…


TYPHOONS out 30 April

ROYAL BLOOD – Nasty New Sledgehammer Track ‘HOOK, LINE & SINKER’…

Glorious British noisemakers ROYAL BLOOD launched a second track, titled HOOK, LINE & SINKER from the upcoming new album ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’. The LP will be out 16 June, all details here. The new cut is a vicious sledgehammer. It’s al about high-voltage intensity, but this machine gun duo also knows perfectly how to turn a red-hot knockout into a bloody-catchy-thunder-stroke. Get your headbanging skills ready for this amazingly robust and metallic uppercut…

ROYAL BLOOD: Website – Facebook

Artwork new album – out 16 June