HISTORY – 2 April 1977…

2 April 2019

While punk was busy to explode in the UK and the USA in 1977, massive bands and artists still dominated the charts. Like FLEETWOOD MAC II (the original, blues-oriented, band was formed in 1967 by Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, Jeremy Spencer and John McVie. After Green and Spencer left Christine McVie joined in 1970 on keyboards. Lindsey Buckingham (guitar) and Stevie Nicks (vocals) came in 1974). After a first, self-titled LP with the new crew (1975) they scored a monstrous success with the follow-up RUMOURS. An outstanding – classic – pop & rock album thanks to the varied and fertile input of the different singer/songwriters in the band and the fact that the breakdown of their private relationships led to several, captivating songs.

On 2 April 1977, 42 years ago, the LP hit the spot of the US Billboard albums chart and stayed there for 31 consecutive weeks! The longplayer has sold over 40 million copies worldwide since then. After a couple of stops and restarts in the past the group (minus Lindsey Buckingham) is back touring again this year.

Three highlights: Go Your On Way / Dreams / Don’t Stop





FLEETWOOD MAC: Website – Facebook – Tour

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TURN UP THE VOLUME’s 15 Knockout Live Performances Of 2018…

Turn Up The Volume saw about 150 acts playing live this past year. Here are the 15 Knockout Performances that made his body temperature going way up, made his adrenalin stream faster and had a lasting impact on his greedy ears & impressed eyes.

1. THE FLAMING LIPS – Melkweg, Amsterdam – 11 November – Review here

2. SLOWDIVE – Cactus Brugge Festival – 15 July – Review here


3. IDLES – De Zwerver, Leffinge, Belgium – 2 November – Review here

4. JOHNNY MARR – Trix Club, Antwerp – 7 December – Review here

5. FONTAINES D.C. – Botanique, Brussels – 4 May – Review here

6. NOEL GALLAGHER – Vorst National, Brussels – 6 April

7. THE GLÜCKS – Ghent Fest – 19 July – Review here

8. RUMOURS – Cosa Nostra, Aalst – 21 April – Review here

9. JUJU – Kinky Star, Ghent – 18 February – Review here

10. PEUK – De Kleine Kunst, Ghent – 8 September – Review here

11. AUTOBAHN – Kinky Star, Ghent – 11 February – Review here

12. FALLING MAN – Ghent Fest – 14 July – Interview here

13. PERE UBU – 4 AD, Diksmuide – 1 June – Review here

14. TUBELIGHT – Charlatan, Ghent – 23 March – Review here

15. PINK ROOM – Kinky Star, Ghent – 3 March – Review here

(all pictures by Turn Up The Volume!)

ALL STAR ALBUMS TEAM – Turn Up The Volume’s 11 KNOCKOUT LP’s of 2018…

2018 – Another dazzling year for longplayers!
Here’s Turn Up The Volume’s All Star Team
Here are the 11 chosen ones – Let’s roll…

1. ‘Laurent’ by IT IT ANITA (Luik, Belgium)
This is a spellbinding mix of vintage IIAA primal screams and new sound structures that match the band’s clamorous intensity terrifically. An ideal challenge for your speakers…


2. ‘Joy As An Act Of Resistance’ by IDLES
This hammering punk tour de force, dealing with the political vileness that fucks up our planet and other daily shit that causes human pain, is a massive work of turbulent joy.


3. ‘Endless Scroll by BODEGA (New York NY, US)
Rip-roaring jingle jangle firepower with echoes of former British post-punks Au Pairs, early punky Talking Heads and their wide awake mentors Parquet Courts. A hip-shaking score!


4. ‘Songs Of Praise’ by SHAME (South London)
These hungry South London wolves hit you straight in the face with tumultuous knockout punk anthems and wall-breaking eruptions of youthful frustrations. Concrete debut!


5. ‘Expert By Virtue Thereof’ by TUBELIGHT (Belgium)
Like The Fall playing in tune with a singer who can actually sing which results in an electrical melting pot of rousing spit & sneer missiles and some puzzling escapades.


6. ‘Dove’ by BELLY (Boston, US)
A comeback in grand style with fetching guitar pop splendour, captivating stories and most of all a series of supreme tunes causing a heartwarming glow you can wallow yourself in.


7. ‘Insecure Men’ by INSECURE MEN (UK)
Fat White Family‘s Saul Adamczewski and Childhood‘s Ben Romans-Hopcraft surrounded themselves with a whole orchestra for this wondrous, sepia-colored retro pop beauty.


8. ‘Black City’ by RICH GIRLS (New York, NY, US)
This is a comforting companion for moony moments. Once you’ve heard singer/songwriter Luisa Black‘s voice you’ll never forget her vulnerable and passionate timbre. Spine-tingling.


9. MIEN‘ by MIEN (US/UK/Canada)
Like-minded spirits of different psych bands finding each other in a colorful adventure.
A rad record full of mind-stimulating explorations and richly orchestrated odysseys.


10. ‘Megamix’ by RUMOURS (Belgium)
A magnificent and magnetizing longplayer of transcendent soundscapes ranging from grand symphonies to mighty bass-loaded-synths drones with a chilling vox in the middle.


11. ‘Egypt Station’ by PAUL MCCARTNEY (Liverpool, UK)
And when the noise is over Macca comes in and tells you about his life on his best LP (as
if I know all of them!) in ages, full of melancholic and melodic pop humdingers. Lovely!



TURN UP THE VOLUME’S ALL STAR TEAM – Best Albums Of 2018… So Far

The best longplayers of 2018, so far


‘Expert By Virtue, Thereof’ by TUBELIGHT (Belgium)
Belgium‘s trash gang nails it with their 2nd LP. Imagine The Fall having a crazed session  with The Velvet Underground, while consuming speed & booze instead of fucking heroin.

Stream here…

‘Dove’ by BELLY (Boston, US)
Comeback album by Boston‘s guitar pop legends, emotionally driven by the passionate, colorful and glamorous voice of Tanya Donelly, is an endearing and lustrous diamond!

Stream here…

‘Mien’ by MIEN (UK, US, Canada)
Contrary to countless other side-projects these four compelling musicians didn’t
get together just to kill time. Their magical collaboration is nothing less than amazing.
A five-star psych pop rainbow with starry-eyed waves and moony vibrations. Stellar!

Stream here…

‘Call The Comet’ by JOHNNY MARR (Manchester, UK)
True to his ‘never do things the same twice‘ motto Marr went for a new, venturesome
sound. A gloomy modern-day glam rock stomp while dealing with the troubled times
we live in, yet having a hopeful vision for the near future. He’s a natural born starr!

Stream here…

‘MEGAMIX’ by RUMOURS (Belgium)
This atmospheric, soulful and dancey debut LP is a multi-colored adventure. A magnificent and magnetizing work of transcendent soundscapes, ranging from grand symphonies to mighty bass-loaded-synths drones with a trance-like vox in the middle. A major revelation!

Stream here…


‘Black City’ by RICH GIRLS (New York, US)
Frontwoman Luisa Black‘s voice feels genuinely real, touched by life and its up and downs. Combined with the band’s midnight hour guitar poetry you get a magic pop noir triumph!

Stream here…


‘Terra Pines’ by TERRA PINES (Brisbane, Australia)
Dreamy melodies drenched in an overwhelming wall-of-towering-guitar-dynamics
by this self-declared grungegaze and sludgepop trio from down under. High-powered
and multi-layered reverberations with a heavy My Bloody Valentine touch. Bingo!

Stream here…

‘Frogressive Punk’ by DETIETI (Moscow, Russia)
This experimental and stirring Russian outfit mixes post-punk, prog rock, funk, art pop & more into an exciting Frank Zappa-like cocktail that will please all of your sinful senses.
Frogressive punk

Stream here…


Trim Yourself Bananas With Electro Force RUMOURS And Their Fresh ‘PEW PEW’ Clip…

Clips that will have an impact on your eyes and your ears…


26 April 2018

Belgian electro collective RUMOURS released one of the most fascinating albums of
the year (so far) last month with MEGAMIX. Besides touring the new record they keep
the flaming fire going with a new clip for ‘PEW PEW’, the prime party cracker on the fresh LP. If you’re planning a ‘dance-yourself-dizzy‘ trip to sunshiny Ibiza in the near future to go bananas each night in one of the fancy discos over there make sure you get in the right healthy shape. Watch the hilarious video and trim yourself as insane as the band does. Jump, sway, sweat and shake that booty, ladies and gents. Here you go…

Don’t stop sweating yet, push yourself to the limit before flying to hot Ibiza and trying to
be a hero(ine) on the dance floor. Here are some more Mega challenges for your limbs…

RUMOURS: Facebook

Available on iTunes

(pic on top by JL/Turn Up The Volume!)

Electro Trance Powerhouse ‘RUMOURS’ Created Striking Spiritual Magic At Luminous Dash Fest Last Night…

RUMOURS – Cosa Nostra, Aalst (Belgium) – 21 April 2018

RUMOURS is a Belgian electronic unit that became Turn Up The Volume‘s favorite outfit
the ‘world should hear/see ‘ after witnessing this gripping 4-piece three times live in the
past two months and listening countless times to their sparkling debut LP ‘MEGAMIX’
in between. A spiritual electro record that feels as a trance-like excursion. An affecting, enigmatic & hypnotic work of transcendent vibrations. An overall sky-high wall-of-sound, ranging from towering synths symphonies to robust bass-loaded-synths drones.

Yesterday night at the monthly Luminous Dash Fest in the festive city of Aalst these young and inventive musicians nailed it again with ecstatic thrills and king-sized beats
with frontwoman Hannah‘s overwhelming, charismatic vox right in the middle. Due to
the hot European weather, these days, the heat in the small ‘Costa Nostra‘ club hit the
level of sauna degrees. But what happened on and off the stage was worth every single sweat drop as this gig is, undoubtedly, the most magical one I’ve experienced so far this year. FACT! A 2-faced sonic seance where darksome emotions impact the speed of your adrenalin’s flow in an uplifting and fantastical way. Enough talk. Music, maestro, please. If you never heard of this imposing force check this mesmerizing moment and capture the group’s mind-expanding energy right here…

Picture this

Hair-rising electricity

Getting into trance




MEGAMIX album in full…

RUMOURS: Facebook

Available on iTunes

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

Here’s TURN UP THE VOLUME’s Knockout Team For March 2018!…

Killer tracks on repeat this past month

ELEVEN KNOCKOUTS I played on repeat in MARCH!
An explosive cocktail of mighty rippers & heated grooves
activating all my senses and itchy limbs this past month!
TURN UP THE VOLUME! Here’s the March knockout team!

1/ ‘Human For’ by SUNFLOWER BEAN (Brooklyn, New York)
Perfect pop pearl from staggering new, second full length…
Album: ‘Twentytwo In Blue’ – stream here

2/ ‘Isolation’ by TUBELIGHT (Belgium)
Thrashy garage killer track from thrashy garage killer LP…
Album: ‘Expert By Virtue, Thereof’ – stream here

3/ ‘Mermaids’ by MADONNATRON (London, UK)
Get yourself ready for a groovy voodoo trance!…

4/ ‘Lucky You’
by DRANG (London, UK)
An irresistible, glamorous firework bolide with a dazzling chorus…

Single available here on Bandcamp

5/ ‘All That I Need’ by THE ASSIST (Walsall, West Midlands, England)
Stirring crackerjack to scream along on the top of your lungs…

6/ ‘Higher’ by LEISURE TANK (London, UK)
Fetching, irresistible and wayward jingle jangle spur…

7/ ‘War Paint’ by FRANKIE SIMONE (Portland, Oregon, US)
Simone’s explicit voice & her sensual explosiveness will make your body shake…
LOVE/WARRIOR = debut EP out 1 June – all info here

8/ ‘Connected By Love’ by JACK WHITE (Detroit, US)
Blues passion at its very Jack White‘s best…
Album: ‘Boarding House Reach’ – stream here

9/ ‘Wayne’ by RICH GIRLS (New York, NY, US)
Rich Girls’ sound is timelessly human. It has heart and it has soul…
Album: ‘Black City’ – out April via Tricyle Records

10/ ‘We Almost Failed, Brian (Epilogue II) by CUBS REFRAIN (Toronto, Canada)
Towering electro dynamics, overwhelming duet vocals and a sky-high melody…
Album: ‘Tell Me You Love Me‘ – out April

11/ ‘You & I’ by RUMOURS (Belgium)
Electronic twilight vibration colored with a divine voice…
Album: Debut LP ‘Megamix’ – out now – available on iTunes

See/hear you next month, music junkies