4 December 2019
North Welsh folk singer/songwriter COURTEOUS THIEF aka Gary Roberts has been around for a while. He released two albums and several singles so far. He has also been a regular on the live circuit, supporting bands and artists such as Turin Brakes, Chris Helm, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Mark Morris (The Bluetones) and Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets) as well as festival appearances with performances at some of the UK’s top venues and festivals.
This Friday he’ll release his new single ‘MOUNTAINS AND SEA’. A sensitive ballad for cold winter evenings. A sonic companion for silent moments. A vocal magnificence to get lost in. Who needs worn Christmas carols when you have this wonderful, touching humdinger.
Capture the beauty right here…
COURTEOUS THIEF: Facebook
1 December 2019
Band: FIRE IN HER EYES
Who: “An all-girl, three-piece band from London who make catchy, psychedelic
music influenced by pop, rock, folk and soul. Sisters Daniella and Natasha grew
up with lifelong friend Gabrielle, writing songs together from a young age, which
founded their special musical chemistry.”
Track: ADDELIN’S CAVE – only the band’s second single
Score: Here’s a mid-tempo fairytale-like pop tune with starry-eyed harmonies
and an overall melodious and soothing orchestration, with a short surprising
sitar sequence. In time this trio will definitely evolve further in the right direction,
given their songwriting and vocal skills.
Catch their vibe right here…
FIRE IN HER EYES: Facebook – Instagram
Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…
29 November 2019
THE HIGH TROPICS is an Australian indie band centered around singer/songwriter
Josh Stewart. After ardent single ‘Feel The Same’ earlier this year the band now shared new piece ‘CHANGES‘. A fiery, highly passionate mid-tempo humdinger with Stewart‘s towering vocals lifting the song to a fervent level that causes goosebumps. Top cut!
Feel the zealous fervor here…
HIGH TROPICS: Facebook
26 November 2019
After their sensitive September single ‘Love Is Around’, Swedish indie guitar pop outfit GREAT HARE is back with a new one called ‘WEIGHTLESS STARDUST‘. A reflective song “about the inevitable ups and downs in life and that it can be hard to appreciate what you already have and instead restlessly searching for new things and experiences. We take better care of what is really important, before we turn into stardust again.”
From the get-go ‘Weightless Stardust‘ grooves like Great Hare never grooved before. Driven by an addictive, ongoing beat and layers of jangly guitars with meditative vocals all over it this is their rockiest piece ever and its overall captivating vibe reminds me of the late great Mark Linkous‘ band Sparklehorse. Yes, that good!
Capture the élan vital right here…
GREAT HARE: Facebook
24 November 2019
Band: SUICIDE GENERATION
Who: “Ever since Suicide Generation exploded in London like a dirty bomb blast in 2016,
they have morphed into various incarnations to quickly become an eagerly devoured proposition in the capital’s hi-energy rock ‘n’ roll scene with their chaotic and explosive
shows, their attack, and intent as unpredictable as their sound.”
Track: PRISONER OF LOVE – newest single
Score: These black leather desperadoes sound as if Johnny Thunders played with
The Stooges and Iggy Pop was the Ramones‘ frontman. Their raw racket is a stormy
avalanche of deranged riffs and a non-stop percussion artillery. Feel the heat here…
SUICIDE GENERATION: Facebook
22 October 2019
Australian synth pop globbetrotters duo Star Kendrick and Toma Banjanin aka GEOWULF have both individually lived between Berlin, London & Gothenburg for the last six years. They started writing music together in 2016, released their debut LP Great Big Blue two years ago and will launch their second full length titled ‘MY RESIGNATION‘ next Friday. More info here.
A couple of weeks ago the duo shared the title track, a song about “resigning from old habits and relationships. Creating space for new things and learning to let go”. Here’s a recently recorded live rendition of this irresistibly catchy ditty. Despite its moody touch, you’ll hum/sing/whistle this highly fetching tune instantly without hesitation whenever or wherever you’ll hear it.
Capture the seductive vibe here…
19 October 2019
Who: Fresh, eccentric aggro-glam band from South Wales putting the glam in Glamorgan
Track: CHERRY TIGHT – the group’s singer/songwriter Casper James revealed that
“Cherry tight is a metaphor for the backlash and social reaction to the AIDS crisis in the
1980s. The song is a poetic discussion of how the crisis which grieved the LGBTQ community was twisted to promote fear-mongering of homosexual and bisexual people and laid blame
on our community. The lyrics relate to the excessive marginalisation which came from the discriminative reactions that pushed the queer community into the shadows.”
Score: Pretty impressive debut this is! Standing up for the ever demonized queer community with a blatant belter like this is both encouraging and entirely necessary, as the past few years LGBTQ intolerance is becoming even grimmer than before. This young band is well aware of this awful injustice and decided to make as much noise about it as possible and with ‘Cherry Thight‘ they prove terrifically clear they won’t back down. Top engagement! Top stroke!
Feel the burning glow right here…
4 October 2019
London’s misfits WARMDUSCHER are a group of miscreants, known only by aliases, producing a sort of doomed disco grooves for all those who hate what’s played on boring radio shows and in posh clubs right now. Having a couple of Fat White Family members on board helps to scare normal people when walking down the streets of England’s dying Brexit capital.
They’re gearing up now to launch their new longplayer called ‘TAINTED LUNCH‘ on
1st November. So far they shared two funky cuts off that record. Before listening to it you should know that the band biographer and revered botanist Dr Alan Goldfarb describes the album as “a sample hole through which to taste another universe. A dramatic warning. A gilded aroma. It is a tale of wanton desire and limitless treachery. A tale of disillusionment, the refusal of exploitation.”
Okay, time now, to shake your booty, all you lost desperadoes out there…
– MIDNIGHT DIPPER –
– DISCO PEANUTS –
New album TAINTED LUNCH – out 1 November – all info & pre-order details here
24 September 2019
About a month ago Turn Up The Volume! featured hefty Canadian garage rock tandem SCRATCH BUFFALO with their rattling riffs filled blast ‘‘Shoot Me With Your Kamera’.
And the noisy tandem is already back now with another spicy blow called ‘SUGAR, SHAKE A FREAK‘. A fully charged, explosive uppercut which the blaring pair close their shows with as it makes their fans go entirely bananas. Find out why right here…
SCRATCH BUFFALO: Facebook
22 September 2019
Band: THE NEW POLLUTION
Who: A group from Worcester/New York seeking to combine groove, punk,
psychedelic music, pop, and atmospheric sounds
Track: PUSHING BACK – the band’s newest single
Score: I found out about this rather mysterious band just 15 minutes before starting
to write this Shout Out. Only one spin of their latest single was enough to get entirely euphoric of what my greedy ears experienced. ‘Pushing Back‘ really creeps under your
skin without asking permission. It’s all about an ongoing repetitive hypnotic guitar riff starting first as if The Stooges were fronted by Joy Division’s Ian Curtis rather than Iggy Pop. Then, after about ninety seconds synths get involved in smoothly and playfully giving this jam an airy dancey feel for a couple of minutes before ending with some dark Krautrockish outro. Hypnotic stuff! Bingo! On repeat!!
Press play and move like if you’re your eight miles high just like these
motherrockers act in their own wacko DIY ‘cheaper is cooler‘ clip right here…
THE NEW POLLUTION: Twitter – Instagram – Bandcamp