Weekly series of five rolling ripsnorters to go bananas to this summer

Summer is almost over, but not yet! Here are five noise killers to mess up your head…

1. ‘Blue Eyed Hexe‘ by PIXIES (Boston, Ma, US)
(Album: Indie Cindy – 2014)

2. ‘Acetate’ by METZ (Canada)
(Album: II  – 2015)

3. ‘Wie Sharf Ist Dein Messer?’ by ELEFANT (Belgium)
(Album: Konark Und Bonark – 2018)

4. ‘Lately’ by TERRA PINES (Australia)
(Album: Terra Pines – 2018)

5. ‘???’ by PINK ROOM (Belgium)
(Album: Zum Kotzen – 2019)

All 65 Summer Bangers so far
collected on Spotify

See/hear you next week for the last episode of ‘Summer Bangers’…

ALL STAR TRACKS TEAM – Turn Up The Volume’s 21 Knockout Tracks Of 2018…

Lots of hair-splitting havoc and flaming pop firework this year.
21 Knockouts, 21 standoouts, 21 big ones right here, right now…

1. ‘Liberty Belle’ by FONTAINES D.C. (Dublin, Ireland)
Up and coming Irish punk idols impress with catchy ramshackle punk force…

2. ‘Dust On Trial’ by SHAME (London, UK)
Razor-sharp rage from South London from their cutting debut album ‘Songs Of Praise’

3. ‘Danny Nedelko’ by IDLES
“Fear leads to panic, panic leads to pain / Pain leads to anger, anger leads to hate”

4. ‘Isolation’ by TUBELIGHT (Belgium)
Belgian garage rockers sneer and spit with poise…

5. ‘Lately’ by TERRA PINES (Queensland, Australia)
A tornado of multi-layered guitars rollin’ all over you…

6. ‘User Guide’ by IT IT ANITA (Belgium)
Primal screams getting way deep under your skin…

7. ‘How Did This Happen?’ by BODEGA (New York, NY, US)
Irresistible jingle jangle electricity from one of the most thrilling new acts around…

8. ‘Paradox’ by SEXTILE (Los Angeles, California, US)
Inflammatory firecracker thundering like electronica pioneers Suicide on speed…

9. ‘Odyssey’ by MIEN (UK/US/Canada)
Like minded spirits from different bands coming together for a psych-y trip…

10. ‘Shiny One’ by BELLY (Boston, US)
A glowing return in grand style with Tanya Donnelly‘s touching vox in the middle…

11. ‘The Bluebirds Are Singing’ by EERIE GLUE
Ongoing bluesy psych groove with a spellbinding impact on your soul…

12. ‘Turn The Knife’ by PALM GHOSTS (Nashville, US)
Mesmerizing make or break love song with glimmering guitars and vivid duet vocals…

13. ‘You Don’t Walk Away From Love’ by PEACE (UK)
Euphoric guitar pop at its very best…

14. ‘When We Left’ by SOMEDAYS (London, UK)
Glowing drive, tenacious pace, confident dynamic and instantly infectious. Strike!…

15. ‘Dark Stains’ by EXPLODED VIEW
Mysterious, magnetizing and masterful…

16. ‘Subsonic Dream’ by THE DARTS (Phoenix, CA, US)
Fuzzy garage banger hittin’ and kickin’ relentlessly…

17. ‘Faith & Science’ by MODERATE REBLS
The addictive power of repetition combined with a catchy boowie woogie piano…

18. ‘Under The Moon’ by REBECCA LOU (Denmark)
Vigorous, dynamic and highly brisk pop standout…

19. ‘Human Child’ by BELLY (Boston, US)
A gripping human pearl…

20. ‘Wayne’ by RICH GIRLS (New York, NY, US)
This is how authentic sensitivity resonates like…

21. ‘Knocking’ by BASEMENT REVOLVER (Hamilton, Canada)
Singer Chrisy Hurn‘s breathtaking voice will make you silent.

Here Come 10 Questions For Big Mood Noisemakers From Down Under… TERRA PINES

Discover up and coming bands in 10 questions

Sometimes I wonder if the greater part of people in Australia is in a band. There’s really a tsunami of exciting, sonic Aussies the past few years. So, I guess it must be hard to stand out as a musical artist/group if you’re living down under, yet one of them drew my hungry ears’ attention on first hearing. Brisbane‘s TERRA PINES hit my speakers some weeks ago with mighty force and tons of energy,  Subtle melodies drenched in a fervid commotion of scorching guitars and a head-on pumping bass/drums tandem. This mettlesome combo is a staggering powerhouse trio with a refined nose for sticky tunefulness. Vocalist/guitarist Kelly will tell you why, how and more. But let’s start the acquaintance first with a stirring track from the band’s debut longplayer…

Hello Kelly!

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

KELLY: “We were originally called Tall Pines but we received a cease and desist letter
from another band of the same name a few months before we were planning on putting out our debut record. We probably didn’t have any legal imperative to change our name but we thought it better to distance ourselves from the other band and carve our own path far away from them in our own little pocket of bliss. Terra Pines was the only name
suggested that we all agreed on. I think it worked out well in the wash though. I much prefer Terra Pines. I would describe our sonic identity as loud, genre-bending
big mood music.”

2. Which song do you consider as the band’s signature track so far?
KELLY: “For me it’s Extreme Handshakes. We didn’t really know what we were doing
when we started this project and had no clear idea of what we wanted to do sonically (other than loudness). Extreme Handshakes was the first song we wrote together
and it really solidified our conceptual plans. After that the songwriting just became
real effortless. Sonically,  Handshakes is the perfect confluence of influences for us
i.e. shoegaze, grunge, post-punk and sludge pop and it was all a bit of an accident.
It was almost like we tripped over the song or something hahaha.”

3. The front cover’s artwork of your self-titled debut album is quite fascinating. What is the image about and what’s the connection with the music?
KELLY: “The amazing album artwork was painted by our friend Benjamin Hale. I think the second we saw it we all could easily imagine it as our cover. I love the duality of the image, the skull often represents death and mortality in pop culture symbolism, so couple that with the hot pink background (which is the least goth colour in the history of the spectrum) and you get a nice symbiosis of light and dark, which is what we try to do with our music as well.”

4. Are all songs on the album connected in some way or
are they all different stories/experiences?

KELLY: “The songs were written individually as separate entities and in no way written
to be consumed as a whole, luckily it works as one though. The songwriting process was instinctual and I wouldn’t say that a whole lot of thought went into the processes. We just did the thing, recorded the thing and put out the thing. I would definitely like to be more intentional for the next record and spend a bit more time on fully realising the concept and experimenting more with song structure.”

5. ‘Lately’ is my favorite track. The wall-of-multi-layered-guitar-sound is quite stunning. How did the song came together production-wise?
KELLY: “Aww thanks 😊 in my opinion Lately is the roughest and rawest on the record sonically speaking. but probably the sweetest lyrically so there’s a nice dynamic there. At the time it was written I was listening to lots of Metz and wanted to do something brash, atonal and noisy. The song came together real quick and was recorded in an afternoon after a few takes. We recorded the song live so there aren’t any over-dubs or layers, it’s just the 2 guitars, drums and some bass organ for extra low-end.”

6. Which movie would you pick to visualize the LP’s music
on a big screen while playing a gig?

KELLY: “The 1996 Bill Paxton/Helen Hunt Classic Twister or Dante’s Peak haha. All jokes aside I think ‘Whatever Happened To Baby Jane’ could be cool or some kind of psychological horror of that ilk. I can just imagine Bette Davis overacting in her garish pancaked makeup and looking creepy/funny to Dream Big. Man, I love that film!”

Looking through Bette Davis’ eyes

7. In my daily search for new exciting music I notice tremendous action in
Australia. A new scene or just a fertile generation of young musicians?

KELLY: “Maybe I’m biased but I feel like there’s always been exciting stuff happening across the arts here in Australia, particularly in Brisbane where we are from. At least
in my time there have always been local bands that I am frothing about and it’s an
exciting, inspiring and supportive scene to be a part of.”

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

KELLY: “If I had the power to travel back in time I would probably go back and try and save everyone in the 27 club who died too soon. Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix and Mama Cass etc… Maybe I could be some kind of time traveling, life counseling Marty McFly type.

Lots of selfies to make

9. Your number one band/artist to go on a world tour with?
KELLY: “Right now, it’s Beach House. I’m still listening to their new record 7 every day so
I would love to see/hear how they pull it all off live. I go into a weird altered state when I listen to them so I would love to talk to them. I suspect they are modern day mesmerists and I really want to harness their power.”


10. Next step for the band in the near future?
KELLY: “We’ve had a nice little break so we’ll be getting back into the studio soon to start working on record number 2. I think we are going to do things a little differently this time. We aren’t going to record live, instead we’ll be tracking individually and I think we are going to do a lot more pre-production work this time around. I’m very keen, onwards and upwards!”

Thank you Kelly for this fun interview.
May the road rise with TERRA PINES!

Let’s have some big mood turmoil now!
Here’s TERRA PINES’ debut album in full…

TERRA PINES: Facebook – Twitter

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…


ON REPEAT – Here’s TURN UP THE VOLUME’s Knockout Team For May 2018!…

Killer tracks on repeat this past month

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ELEVEN KNOCKOUTS I played on repeat in MAY!
A dazzling cocktail of red-hot rippers & crazed grooves
activating all my senses and itchy limbs this past month!
TURN UP THE VOLUME! Here’s the May knockout team!

1/ ‘City Looks Pretty’ by COURTNEY BARNETT (Melbourne, Australia)
Barnett rolls, rattles and rumbles, again with this swirling cracker…
Album: Tell Me How You Really Feel

2/ ‘Mine’ by BELLY (Boston, US)
Its groovy mid-tempo beat and seducing rhythm sticks instantly…
Album: Dove

3/ ‘Strange’
Gracious voice, gloriously affecting pop stroke, magnificent score…
EP: Ice Cream Dream

4/ ‘Lately’ by TERRA PINES (Brisbane, Australia)
Firework guitar electricity. Speedy bolide going totally nuts…
Album: new self-titled LP on Bandcamp

5/ ‘Jack In Titanic’ by BODEGA (New York, NY, US)
One day these Parquet Courts‘ proteges will outplay their patrons, definitely! Cracking cut!…
Album: Endless Scroll – out 18 July

6/ ‘Feels’ by DEEPER (Chicago, IL, US)
An irresistible 2-minute jingle jangle guitar drone with a feverish drive…
Album: self-titled debut out now – stream here

7/ ‘Feel Your Love’ by THE MAGIC LOTUS (London, UK)
A tempestuous garage slam with a highly addictive, scream along chorus…

8/ ‘Discover’ by OSKAR BRAVES (Dunfermline, Scotland)
Wall-of-towering-sound anthem with a monumental chorus and king-sized vocals…

9/ ‘Poets’ by THE TOWN HEROES (Inverness, Mabou, Canada)
A first-rate pop pearl, a melodic beauty, a momentous highlight…

10/ ‘A Good Guy With A Gun’ by THE BANKROBBER (Italy)
Mysterious and mystifying, another classy pop symphony from Italy…
Album: Missing

A gripping ballad to cry your heart out to, a sad beauty for the twilight hours…

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See/hear you next week, music junkies

SEVEN IN THE MIX! 7 Crackers For Week 21…

A brand new SEVEN IN THE MIX for a brand new week!
Seven stirring strokes I played on repeat these past days
Seven top-notch tracks to feed body & soul all week long
Turn up the volume! Music is the dope! Here’s the stuff!

1/ ‘Sloane Ranger’ by THE ESSEX GREEN (US)
This amplified pop injection will put a really wide smile on your face. Its organ colored
flow affects the speed of your adrenalin’s stream instantly. Gorgeous harmonies, catchy arrangements and an addictive chorus. New LP ‘Hardly Electronic’ out 29 June. All info here.

THE ESSEX GREEN: Website – Facebook – Twitter

2/ ‘Feels’ by DEEPER (Chicago, US)
An irresistible 2-minute jingle jangle guitar drone with a feverish drive fueled by cutting riffs. No-nonsense electricity bringing Texan rockers Parquet Courts to mind. This is a glowing score from the band’s self-titled debut full length – out on 25 May via Firetalk.

DEEPER: Facebook – Instagram – Twitter

3/ ‘Statuesque’ by YOUTH MAN (Birmingham, UK)
This destructive Brummie sex punk duo comes right at your earsystem with a rowdy mid-tempo smack. What a scorching intensity, what a badass bass, what an impressive vox.

YOUTH MAN: Facebook – Bandcamp – Twitter

4/ ‘Extreme Handshakes’ by TERRA PINES (Brisbane, Australia)
Overwhelming wall-of-towering-guitar-dynamite by this self-declared grungegaze and sludgepop trio from down under. High-powered, in-your-face stuff you’ll have on repeat!
From the band’s new self-titled album. Stream/purchase the steamy LP on Bandcamp.

TERRA PINES: Facebook – Bandcamp

5/ ‘Magic Planet’ by CUP (New York City, NY, US)
Multi-layered guitar tsunami thundering all over you, mercilessly in 1.13 minute. WOW!

CUP: Website – Facebook – Twitter

6/ ‘Reach’ by ONLY TAKES A DAY (London, UK)
“Conscious and dynamic display of lyricism that sidesteps the braggadocio of commercial hip hop”. Oh, yeah, this tremendous catchy groove will activate your hips ‘swaying movements.

ONLY TAKES A DAY: Facebook – Instagram – Twitter

7/ ‘One Day With You’ by SONNY ELLIOT (UK)
This brotherly duo designs a magical sonic rainbow, a bewitching musing. A chill out beauty that energizes your mind’s phantasy. Romantic, meditative and poetic. Top!

SONNY ELLIOT: Website – Facebook –  Twitter

See, hear you next week, music junkies