THE AFGHAN WHIGS – A Sonic Jet And God’s Rock Voice In Belgium

12 August 2022

Two days ago THE AFGHAN WHIGS landed in Belgium and played at
the 10-day Lokerse Feesten Festival. I was, as a longtime fan waiting for
weeks to see Greg Dulli and his whirlwind band back at work on a stage.

I wasn’t alone. Despite the heatwave, 10.000 enthusiastic people joined me
for a blazing show turning up the degrees even more (the organizers made free
water available. Unfortunately, the beer wasn’t for free). I’ll give you 10 highlights,
but first I’ll Make You See God, the seething lead single of the upcoming album.

10 HIGHLIGHTS

1. Just the fact that The Whigs came
to Belgium again after 7 years got me high

2. Their set was fucktastic.
No fillers all killers.

3. Greg Dulli‘s voice is out-of-this-world.
Unique Godlike rock pipes.

4. No brakes, no breaks, no mistakes.
Full steam ahead like a sonic jet.

5. No BS chatter between songs. Only music, music, and music
to keep the heatwave momentum and the ecstatic crowd going.

6. Their wall-of-psychedelic sound made
me gasp for breath at times. Jaw-dropping.

7. No arty farty light show for The Whigs (like Kings Of Leons
displayed the day before) to shine brightly. Their boundless
vehemence does not need special effects. Their towering
rippers do the talking.

9. The new supreme single ‘I’ll Make You See God’ (the thundering opener)
and ‘Aline Of Shots’ are a loud and clear harbinger for an astounding album.

10. They made you see (hear) Bo Diddley too.
Who do we love? The Afghan Whigs. Hands down.


God’s rock voice

SETLIST

1. I’ll Make You See God
2. Matamoros
3. Light as a Feather
4. Oriole
5. The Tide
6. Gentlemen
7. Who Do You Love?
(Bo Diddley cover)
8. Fountain and Fairfax
9. Algiers
10. Heaven on Their Minds
11. Somethin’ Hot
12. A Line of Shots
13. John the Baptist
14. Summer’s Kiss
15. My Enemy
16. Into the Floor
17. There Is a Light
(The Smiths cover)

New album HOW DO YOU BURN? out 9 September. Pre-order info here

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Turn Up The Volume’s 20 BEST KNOCKOUTS Of The Month – JULY 2022

A stream of rattling rippers, jagged jams, and magnific musings

All 20 knockouts together on Spotify

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Knockout by Knockout…

1. ‘Silenced’ by THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE (Los Angeles/Berlin)

Early this month psych rock virtuoso Anton Newcombe and his orchestra
released new LP Fire Doesn’t Grow On Trees. Their 19th and one of their
best to my keen ears.

And Silenced is one of its standout grooves.

Here’s why

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2. ADD bY VIAGRA BOYS (Sweden)

The Swedish allies launched their 3rd longplayer CAVE WORLD a couple
of weeks ago. Another swell one with ADD as one of the pithiest tracks.

Make your best move here…

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3. ‘Eight Fivers’ by GILLA BAND (Ireland)

The Irish noiseniks are back in town. Their 3rd
full-length Most Normal arrives in October.

With the lead-single they do again what
they do best, making bone-chilling
chainsaw music.

Cuts like a knife.

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4. ‘Live To Love’ by ILA (Belgium)

Ila is a Belgian post-punk trio fronted by bewitching songstress Ilayda Cicek.
Last year they had their stunning debut album Felt out, containing one of the
best singles of 2021 with Leave Me Dry.

Brand new piece Live To Love confirms
the immense intensity of ILA.
They are here to stay!

Press play and get puzzled…

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5. O.K. Sis by HEY TEAM (The Netherlands)

“This song is about a friend that you loved but just cannot be near. They always get
into trouble, always cause drama/fights, make a bunch of empty promises and get
you to do a bunch of intense stuff for them without getting anything in return.”

It’s a blazing bass/drum tandem that ignites this jiggish jackhammer with ardency
and flamboyance and keeps on steamrolling for the full 140 seconds.

And when an avid Amazon jumps in with pithy and bouncy vocals
you know, you feel and you hear straight away that we have a winner.

Check for yourself…

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6. ‘Baby, I Had An Abortion’ by PETROL GIRLS (UK/Austria)

Last month this raging feminist post-hardcore 4-piece unleashed their 3rd album
named Baby. A badass beast of a record mixing raw power, mouthy screams, and a tsunami of loud and clear messages.

In the light of the incredible Roe v Wade debacle, disrespecting women’s fundamental
human rights, this LP’s sassy slam is a middle finger to all anti-abortion idiots.

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7. ‘Kick Me’ by DANNY ELFMAN and IGGY POP (US)

American film soundtrack composer DANNY ELFMAN has a new album
out, titled BIGGER. MESSIER., on 12 August with reimagined versions of
songs from his last year’s Big Mess longplayer. More info here.

It features guest vocals from Trent Reznor, HEALTH, Zach Hill
of Death Grips, Xiu Xiu, Squarepusher, Ghostemane.

And the omnipresent Iggy Pop joined the fun too with this kick-ass jam.

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8. ‘Living Dead’ by TV DEATH (Newcastle UK)

These psycho-billy maniacs produce a wall-of-holy-smoke havoc on this horror-ific haymaker with sawing guitars, punk turbulence, hellish vocals a pulverizing chorus.

Deadly knockout, right? You betcha.

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9. ‘Blue Skies’ by FEVA (Newcastle, UK)

This razzle-dazzle master blaster races and rushes with vivid vigor and fervid
firmness. Punk ‘n roll at its razor-sharp best. And when the towering chorus kicks
in the sky-screaming vocals go through the roof. Amazeballs energy in overdrive.

Steaming score!

Go beserk

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10. ‘Love Is Free’ by THEM VIBES (Nashville)

A few years ago I saw these striking Nashville gunslingers
live in Belgium. A sweaty rawk and roll gig I’ll never forget.

The band’s new single is another convincingly proof of their
let the good times roll spirit.

Its bang-on boogie woogie drive awakes your lazy limbs
and invites you to jump around to the heated beat.

Elevating – in sound and story – corkers like
this are totally welcome in these grim times.

Hail hail

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11. ‘Repetition’ by HATIF (Sweden)

If this Krautrock-like rotating electro ripper doesn’t trigger
your body, mind, and senses you need to change your meds.

Its repetitive rhythm mesmerizes and stupefies. Its sickly sticky synth swirl is simply irresistible and its magnetic voice brought the late great Talk Talk leader Mark Hollis
to mind.

Check the vibes here…

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12. ‘Bystander’ by DROPBEAR (Boston)

Talking about a victorious debut single.

On this Herculian stroke metal, shoegaze and classic guitar rock mania (think Eddie Van Halen and Neil Young‘s Crazy Horse) meet with forceful effect, while Rachel Bacon‘s vocals float above the giant raucousness. Bystander is a slow-burning torch, a powerhouse with mammoth riffs. Hefty score from their sterling 5-track EP Spiralized.

Tune in here…

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13. ‘No Exit’ by HVIRESS (Brighton UK)

The obscure slow-progressing synth/guitar intro could easily be the shadowy intro
theme of a film noir starring this duo – Hana Piranha and Mishkin Fitzgerald – as Femmes Fatales with spine-chilling voices that cause a sensation of puzzlement and perturbation strengthened by the heavy metallic reverberations in the back.

Spellbinding!

Roll the tape below.

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14. ‘You Don’t Live Around Here Anymore’ by THE CRAWLING EYE (UK)

This splendid mid-tempo electronic-pop-rock belter wouldn’t
be out of place on a Garbage album, especially vocally.

Singer Regan Meredith has that charismatic Shirley Manson tonality.
When her vivid voice reaches for the sky midway, shivers roll down
your spine.

What a thrill!


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15. ‘No More Good News’ by JO-JO & THE TEETH (London)

When you look glamorous, move glamorous, and sound glamorous,
you have my attention in a flash. This London’s colorful gang’ new wallop
mourns the loss of heroes such as Tom Petty and genius Bowie.

Its avid flow gets under your skin from the get-go. A voltaic retro-resounding
guitar goes solo midway and challenges the somber mood. And Amazon
Jo-Jo spices the ripper with her notable rock voice.

A solid gold glam rock punch.

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16. ’20 Questions’ by LITTLE FUSS (Boston MA)

This starry-eyed pop peach with a booming bass beat and
a vibrant flavor entertains your eager ears on the spot.

This is what pop-ular music is all about. You can sing along,
hum along, whistle along and it puts a big smile on your face.

Any questions? Ask Little Fuss.

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17. ‘A Line Of Shots’ by THE AFGHAN WHIGS (Cincinnati)

High-passionate mavericks The Afghan Whigs from Ohio
with general Greg Dulli upfront will share their 9th longplayer
named How Do You Burn? with the world on 9 September.

A Line Of Shots is one of the brill tracks we heard so far off the LP.

A slo-mo diamond.

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18.Too Close To The Sun‘ by THE SEA AT MIDNIGHT (Los Angeles)

Vince Grant is no stranger to Turn Up The Volume. His dedication to darkwave
is infectious as he shows again here with his new shadowy single. Sonically you still
hear Joy Division and The Cure echoes.

Too Close To The Sun is an addictive melody at heart locked in tenebrous eurhythmics. Think of lots of The Cure hits (Close To You / Friday I’m In Love / Lovecats and so many more). They were experts in writing uncomplicated pop tunes and made them sound instantly captivating.

Grant also unites aural catchiness with shady musicality including
a melancholic saxophone solo in this new composition. Top.

Press play here.

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19. ‘Big Shot City’ by INTERPOL (NYC)

Two weeks ago New York City‘s darlings dropped their 7th LP titled
The Other Side Of Make Believe. In my aural opinion their best
since their 2002 debut.

Big Shot City is a musing for the midnight hours.

Moony and moody.

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20. ‘Great White Shark’ by JESSIE KILGUSS (Brooklyn, NY)

Kilguss‘s voice is just amazing. Resonating somewhere between the magnific
voices of nightingales Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten. Yes, that is amazing and
Great White Shark is also a heartfelt sort of musing that those two emotive ladies love. Say no more.

He tears open
From the heart
From the root
From intuition
He tears open
From the gut
From the soul
From inner vision

Wonderful!


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See/hear you next week, music junkies

TURN UP THE VOLUME’s 25 Best Tracks Of 2022… So Far

Time flies. Oh yes, we already have six months of 2022 behind us.

Mad summer parties are just around the corner. And here’s the perfect
loud/quiet soundtrack… Turn Up The Volume’s 25 best tracks of 2022,
so far!

ALL TOGETHER on Spotify…

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1. I’ll Make You See God’ by THE AFGHAN WHIGS

The by now legendary passion rockers from Cincinnati, Ohio with mastermind Greg Dulli leading the troops have their new longplayer How Do You Burn? out on 9 September.

This lead single is a sturdy steamroller, a red-hot-heated ripsnorter, an unstoppable cannonball going everywhere fast. Manic blitzkrieg guitars, ruthless drum/bass attacks, Greg Dulli‘s rush of blood vocality, and a brutal finish. Flabbergasting.

Dulli: “That’s one of the hardest rock songs we’ve ever done.
It was written and performed on sheer adrenalin.”

See God here…

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2. ‘Slowly Separate by CROWS (London)

This London post-punk team unleashed their 2nd scorching album
Beware Believers, last April. One of TUTV’s best full-lengths of 2022 (so far).

Single Slowly Separate is a schizo sonic serpent generating a mind-blowing backwash
while chainsaw guitars turn up the decibels to an illegal peak, and man-in-the-middle James Fox rages and blazes through his teeth.

Fucktastic!

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3. ‘I Am Kate Moss’ by DITZ (Brighton, UK)

This frenetic Brit force hit big time with their dazzling debut album
The Great Regression last March (more about it in a couple of days).

Let’s focus now on one of its cast-iron brainbreakers. It’s a poignant, biting, and
anxious uppercut. I’m pretty sure Moss would love this hit-and-run drone when
it would hit her ears. She is, after all, the Femme Punk Fatale of fashion.

Turn up the heat…

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4. ‘Twitchin’ in The Kitchen’ by WARMDUSCHER (London)

This punky-funky disco corker is the perfect pick-me-up tune for all the wacky weirdos who are always in the kitchen at parties waiting for free drinks and waiting for Warmduscher to come in and kick their lazy asses. Big stroke, big chorus, big fun!

From the gang’s thrilling 4th LP At The Hotspot.

Twitch as much as you want here…

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5. ‘Demolition Row’ by METZ (Toronto, CA)

“It’s a warning, an unflinching assessment of the vastness and insignificance of this
life, is precisely counterbalanced by their lesson, which models the resilience that this understanding demands. ‘Demolition Row’ is persistent, concise, and alarmingly physical.”

This blustery belter is vintage Metz. Full blast ahead, no brakes, no breaks.
The track featured on a split 7” with London-based group Adult Life.

From Dylan’s Desolation Row
to Metz’s Demolition Row


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6. ‘Frankenstein’ by TRAMP (Northern Ireland)

“As a story or metaphor, we are all ‘Frankenstein’s monster’ – made up of other people’s opinions and parts that don’t belong to us. That we were born perfect but people, in their
own conditioning, come along and can make us feel undesirable/inadequate/the monster.
But we can choose to be real instead.”

This is without a shadow of a doubt the best debut single I heard so far this year.

A towering tune going low, high and back. A sickly sticky pop gem wrapped in
a big-boisterous-wall-of-sound. And upfront, Sianna Lafferty ‘s phenomenal voice
causes goosebumps when she goes sky-high on the chorus. The ardency of
Porridge Radio comes to mind.

One word: AWESOME.

“I am not what you want me to be
Uncle Sam won’t even point at me
Even the eyes of the Virgin Mary wall
hanging won’t even stare at me.”

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7. ‘Shaman’ by THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA (London)

Shaman progresses like a vicious viper sliding to its prey. Determined, but always
wary of sudden danger. It dumbfounds and flummoxes while the song’s tension
intensifies and sends shivers down your spine.

No metallic explosions or abrupt pace changes this time, although it feels like a thunderstorm can happen as the mesmeric music swells along its ominous path
towards a demonic climax. Another appealing piece de resistance, another
psychedelic exploit another step closer to the new album.

From their brand new LP Trust No Leaders, out today.

Face your nature
Face your fears
Face your demons
Wake the dead

Roll the tape and get impressed…

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8. ‘Mañana’ by JAMES DOMESTIC (Essex/Suffolk, UK)

“A paean to taking your foot off the gas and letting things slide, or a warning of the perils of procrastination, perhaps? It’s hard to tell whether ‘Mañana’ is meant to serve as a confessional regarding Domestic’s own perceived lack of willpower, or a celebration of idleness. It could be either of these things; and that’s one of its many joys.”.

A sirens intro, David Bowie‘s saxophone, and steel drums straight from Trinidad. Sounds like an exotic swing and shake ditty is coming up. No folks, it’s a lazy rap-sody you can play the morning after a booze marathon to get up and sober up, slowly.

Soul voice Clare Gillet takes care of the chirpy chorus.

Press play here…

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9. ‘Digging’ by NOTHINGHEADS (London)

“Propelled by a motorik rhythm and abrasive guitars, it stomps toward a doom-laden finale. Inspired by Sebastião Salgado’s (note TUTV: Brasilian photographer) anarchic photos of the Gold Mines of Serra Peladain the Amazon in 1985: the track explores the relentless obsession with grasping a glint of glory from the mud. “

Once I learned that this startling belter is about the horrible exploitation of human
beings by ferocious money sharks this jagged jackhammer blew my mind even harder than I heard it the first time before knowing about the band’s inspiration for this stunner.

Expect rabid guitars, doom and gloom vocals, and frantic
twists and turns until the chaotic finale. Post-punk at
its razorblade best.

Dynamite


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10. ‘Welcome To Hell’ by BLACK MIDI (London)

Geordie Greep (vocalist, guitar): “Almost everything I write is from a true thing, something
I experienced and exaggerated and wrote down. I don’t believe in Hell, but all that old world folly is great for songs, I’ve always loved movies and anything else with a depiction of Hell.”

A screwy zig-zagging haymaker it is. From upcoming, 3rd, LP Hellfire.

Burn here…

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11. ‘Cream’ by BOTCHED TOE (UK)

My fav track from one of my fav albums of the year (so far), baptized
A False Glimmer Of Hope with loudmouth James Domestic (yep, the
guy from above) going bonkers.

This red-hot-blistering hardcore missile punks up your adrenalin and
invites you to open all windows and doors and yell your tits off.

(S)cream here…


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12. ‘Zick Zack’ by RAMMSTEIN (Germany)

The bombastic German metal machine have
a new, their 8th, longplayer out, called Zeit.

Their same old recipe still works.

My fav sledgehammer on the LP is Zick Zack.

Ridiscouly infectious
Great Scheiße shit!

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13. ‘Edie’ by STEPH SWEET (UK)

This is the spellbinding title track of this enigmatic songstress’ new album.

The dark garage guitar swagger of this nightmarish cracker is irresistibly
magnetic. Think trash-and-slash duo Royal Trux. Both eerie and haunted.

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14. ‘Eris’ by VIOLET NOX (Boston, MA)

My favored sonic sci-fi symphony from the duo’s excellent Eris Wakes EP.
Trippy, spooky, trancy. With repetitive mind-twisting Krautrock eurhythmics
that take you on an otherwordly voyage. Top-flight!

Launch your spaceship here…


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15. ‘TV Or Not TV’ by JODIE LANGFORD (UK)

After the piano intro (sounds like the theme tune of classic horror-thriller Halloween) this young outspoken artist fumes with barbed wire temper towards the supersonic chorus that resonates like hardcore rap.

This rushing rollercoaster swings forth and back with grim impetus until the gloomy
synth climax makes way for that ominous piano fragment again. TV or not TV, that’s
the question? The answer is easy. To hell with the relentless idiocy of reality TV stars and influencers constantly putting pressure on growing minds to behave in ways unattainable to most.

Find the answer here…

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16. ‘We Are Ukraian’ by OSCAR MIC (London)

Oscar Mic wrote this song after witnessing the horrific violence of
psycho Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine on the news. All proceeds of
the song go to Save The Children’s Ukraine Appeal.

We Are Ukrainian is a tremendously catchy hip-rap-pop jam featuring steel drums
and timpani balancing somewhere between Roots Manuva and Mr. Scruff.

“Fleeing people running scared, so tell me Where’s the justice? Our leaders say they care,
tell me can you trust this? Urban warfare, your home’s done and dusted, Aiming at the
public, they wouldn’t? They just did,”

Fuck Putin


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17. ‘White Skin’ by THE BANKROBBER (Italy)

The titillating electro- intro echoes early Depeche Mode before they became the darkwave Goth-esque rockers we all know. But in an eye-blink White Skin turns into a swirling synth-pop stomper to fill dancefloors with. It’s an instantly infectious nightclub earworm with an ecstatic chorus.

From the siblings’ forthcoming, second, album.

Start the tape and make your move…

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18. ‘Worthless Souls’ by MELTED WINGS (Toronto, CA)

“A track that calls out how sexism and power corrupt all levels of society.
We all need to recognize this going forward and make sure that it doesn’t
go unchecked.”

The sickly sticky synth beat comes across like an invitation for my feet to kick the butts of vicious sexists and power-horny billionaires ruining people’s lives. Middle finger to them while spinning around mad as a hatter to this bang-on electro buzz. Trust me, you’ll feel much better afterward

From their new Cheer For The Deer album.

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19. ‘Hello Dreamer Baby’ by THE ROYAL FOUNDRY (Canada)

This is what ecstatic pop grandeur is all about. Music that elevates
your state of mind to a titillating level. This pearl generates a feel-good
entrancing buzz.

When the multi-layered vocals/harmonies pop up in a gospel-like choir delight
creates an atmosphere of utter joy comparable with the euphoric drive of
The Polyphonic Spree. Vitalizing vibe, refreshing rapture.

Listen/watch

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20. ‘Life And Lies’ by LEE ROGERS (Northern Ireland)

A mixed-emotions lullaby with Rogers‘ sky-reaching voice as the star. It’s an emotional
and bluesy reflection. Wurlitzer jukeboxes should be reinvented for these heartbreakers so moody minds can cry their eyes out (or cry in their beer) at night in a downtown bar where lonely ones gather and muse about life and lies.

This one is for all barflies out there…

From his new heart and soul album Gameblood.

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21. ‘Chaise Lounge’ by WET LEG
22. ‘Up The Mountain’ by REGINA SPEKTOR
23. ‘All The Good Times'</a> by ANGEL OLSEN
24. ‘Come Back’ by SHARON VAN ETTEN
25. ‘The Dripping Tap’ by KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD

Turn Up The Volume’s 20 KNOCKOUT TRACKS Of The Month – MAY 2022

A stream of rattling rippers, jagged jams, and romantic reveries

All 20 knockouts together on Spotify

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Knockout by Knockout…

1. ‘Shaman’ by THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA (London)

Shaman progresses like a vicious viper working its way to a grandiose climax. Determined, but always wary of sudden danger. Shaman dumbfounds and flummoxes while the song’s tension intensifies and has a spine-chilling effect. From the duo’s upcoming album Trust No Leaders, out 1st of July.

Watch the grandiose video clip…

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2. ‘Welcome To Hell’ by BLACK MIDI (UK)

The band’s third LP, baptized Hellfire is ready for release on 15th July.

The first single is a screwy zig-zagging masterstroke doing your head in.

Hell yeah

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3. ‘It’s The Truth’ by DION LUNADON (New Zealand)

Echoes like a neurotic chainsaw flare-up.

A roaring riff slashes and thrashes throughout this psych-o-tic hellraiser. Add Lunadon‘s freakish vocals and you know that this brainbreaker will test the resilience of your stereo. Fucktastic! From new album Beyond Everything

Probably your favorite nightmare…

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4. ‘Zick Zack’ by RAMMSTEIN (Germany)

The bombastic German metal machine have
a new, their 8th, longplayer out, called Zeit.

Their same old recipe still works.

My fav sledgehammer on the LP is Zick Zack.

Ridiscouly infectious
Great Scheiße shit!

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5. ‘Troglodyte’ by VIAGRA BOYS (Sweden)

The Swedish mavericks have their 3rd full length Cave World out on 8 July.

But first this hot-blooded straightforward snorter. Gabba Gabba Viagra!

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6. ‘Nice Guy’ by FAB THE DUO (Los Angeles)

“Be You. Be Proud. And Be Loud!” is the duo’s motto.
So, I guess you know what to expect.

Sounds like a punked-up Weezer juggernaut.
This bang-on master blaster is bitch of a slam dunk.

Get up, stand up and fight for your right to be a nice guy…

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7. ‘Striking Like Thunder’ by LOWERY MILLS (Canada)

This thunder and lighting corker strikes big time from the first chord on, to the final one. Classic riffage rock with an anthemic plangency, a flaming drive, and a mammoth chorus. Add aroused vocals and the overall result is an ear-popping champion you’ll have on repeat for a while.

Titanic score.

Rock out…

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8.’Digging’ by NOTHINGHEADS (London)

These DIY misfits have a new 5-track EP out, titled DIGGING.
You can buy it on Bandcamp.

My numero uno cracker is the title track.

The band’s frontman sounds like his own meanest demon.
Threatening and ready to kick badasses. This uppercut goes
mental on schizophrenic guitars and merciless drums.

Get electrified here…

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9. ‘Not For You’ by JANIS (Berlin, Germany)

To hell with all ruthless power abusers. That’s the central sharp-cutting message
of this new Janis jackhammer that causes a racing rush of blood through your veins.

This cocksure swipe is stoked up by jagged guitars,
by a steadfast drums/bass force, and by biting vocals.

Fuck Putin!

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10. ‘Contagious’ by MIMOSA (Sheffield, UK)

What do you think of this? Topliners Arctic Monkeys turning up their amps or Liverpool legends The La’s if they would have been a rapid-fire punk turbo. Sounds insane, right?
You bet.

Spiky guitars zigzagging madly all over the place, John Bonham-like
drum brutality hits hard, and Alex Turner‘s younger brother is singing.

Be ready to move like a nutter on
a pogo stick. Contagious pyrotechnics.

Blitz-tastic…

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11. ‘The Frequency’ by RICHES

Dream pop splendor in motion, with shiny synths, bouncy basslines,
laid-back drums, sensual vocals, and majestic orchestration. This winsome
humdinger will find its way to your yearning heart and your restless soul.

Right here

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12. Up The Mountain’ by REGINA SPEKTOR (Russia/America)

Spektor will make her fans happy with Home, Before And After.
Her 7h longplayer landing on 24 June.

Ahead of it this sublime pop pearl. Frisky and catchy.

Enjoy

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13. ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ by SAM CASEY (Toronto)

This timeless Etta James gem is 55 years old. It was written
by Ellington Jordan and co-credited to Billy Foster and James.

Songstress Sam Casey‘s heart-and-soul touching rendition
sends shivers down your spine, with her goosebumps voice.

Casey about the video: It feels so vulnerable to see the results of my raw emotion and struggle that this is almost difficult to watch. As soon as we started filming, the lyrics (and most likely, the fact that I was crying between takes) took everyone to this dark yet loving place where tears were being shed, but there were hugs and kisses floating around all night.”

Magnific

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14. ‘Desert Storm’ by HOLY COVES (Wales)

Desert Storm is a psychedelic thrill with the hypnotizing and repetitive dynamism
of Krautrock. Its vibrant vigor and steadfast swagger roll all the way.

Pounding drums push the track continuously, guitars glimmer,
and febrile vocals add a shadowy timbre. Bingo.

What you hear
is what you get…

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15. ‘The Order’ by MEAR (Toronto)

This synth dream-pop duo has their
debut album Soft Chaines out now.

A gripping work inspired by physical pain leading to psychological pain feeding doubt, despair, and anguish. Often musicians use their work to process adversity. That’s what happens on this album. The layered synth orchestrations add melancholic warmth and here and their guitars gently weep while Miller‘s voice is the wandering star in the middle. An enticing debut with a harrowing, human touch.

My favorite piece of the record is the opener The Order.

A shadowy musing with sparkling synths…

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16. ‘Boltfor’ by MOGWAI (Scotland)

Last year the Scottish veterans excited critics and
fans with their 10th LP As The Love Continues.

One song, from the same sessions, didn’t make the album as it wasn’t finished yet at the time. But it’s now ready to meet the world. It’s classic Mogwai euphony with swelling layers of synths, sheeny guitars, and slow-paced drums. The finale is just Homeric.

And a great video too…

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17. ‘Sunbleached’ by TIDAL WAVE (Canada)

Twinkling guitars draw you into this touchy-feely daydream from the get-go. The color is blue, the melody is melancholic, the voice is wondering. This is a shoegazy gem for heavyhearted hearts and vulnerable souls, a soothing score for all romantics among us. The vibe is idyllic, the tone is hazy, the end result is just wondrous.

Listen/watch and feel better…

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18. ‘Special Satellite’ by SUBATOMIC SATELLITE (Belgium)

I’m sure you know that feeling of awakening in the morning and your first thought is ‘I don’t want to get up and face the cruel world, out there, today‘. But some smart cells in your brains tell you that you have no choice as you can’t escape reality. Not today, not tomorrow, never.

That very moment smooth and soft shanties like this one help you to ease your
moody state of mind. By mingling shimmery guitar sparks, shooting synths, spirited melodiousness, and comforting vocals in a happy-go-lucky way you can imagine you’re
on a special satellite where life colors pink again.

Lou Reed called it the satellite of love.

Press play here…

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19. ‘The Getaway’ by THE AFGHAN WHIGS (Ohio)

The passionate rockers announced their 9th LP, named
HOW DO YOU BURN? I’ll land on 9/11.

After the lead firework single I’ll Make You See God
Greg Dulli
and Co
slow down for this evocative lullaby…

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20. ‘Anything’ by SHARON VAN ETTEN (New Jersey)

The wonderful songstress released her new longplayer
We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong
earlier this month.

One of the highlights is this longing love song…

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See/hear you next month, music junkies

THE AFGHAN WHIGS Announce Their 9th LP And Share New Evocative Single ‘THE GETAWAY’

New striking strokes

5 May 2022


(photo by Turn Up The Volume)

High-energy rockers THE AFGHAN WHIGS from Cincinnati, Ohio
with general GREG DULLI leading the troops just announced their
9th longplayer called HOW DO YOU BURN?. It’ll see the day of light
on 9 September. More info here.

The late monumental voice Mark Lanegan came up with the LP’s title.
He contributed backing vocals to two tracks on the record before his
sudden death last February.

Along with the great news (yes, I’m a big fan) came a second single,
following chainsaw barnstormer I’ll Make You See God (listen below)

THE GETAWAY is a slow-burning and intense power ballad.
Mettlesome and evocative with another vocally puissant Dulli
exploit.

Roll the tape
and listen/watch…

As promised here’s the red-hot-smoking lead single I’ll Make You See God

Tour 2022 – all dates here

Turn Up The Volume’s 20 KNOCKOUT TRACKS Of The Month – MARCH 2022

A stream of rattling rippers, jagged jams, and romantic reveries

All 20 together on Spotify

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Knockout by Knockout…

1. ‘Twitchen’ In The Kitchen’ by WARMDUSCHER (UK)

Disco-freak stomper of the month, hands down. This new punky-funky corker follows
the previous 2 shared crackers Wild Flowers and Fatso. They will all be on their upcoming album At the Hot Spot, out tomorrow, 1 April (no joke).

It’s a bangin’ beast with a screamin’ chorus. A perfect pick-me-up tune for all the weirdos
who are always in the kitchen at parties waiting for Warmduscher to kick their lazy asses.

Shake your booty…

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2. ‘I Am Not Maternal’ by OTOBOKE BEAVER (Japan)

Compared to this Japanese red-hot-bloody fury the Ramones sound like choirboys.
Otobeke Beaver‘s race and rush in an overwhelming overdrive. No brakes, no breaks.

Their rabidity rolls like a tsunami through your ears. These perky punkettes produce
moshpit madness on the spot. The average song length is 2 minutes, 120 seconds
of clamorous pandemonium.

New album SUPER CHAMPON out on 6 May 2022

These frenetic champ(i)ons rule…

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3. ‘Territorial Call Of The Female’ by BODEGA (Brooklyn, NY)

The New Yorkers still operate on Parquet Courts’ playground with their new,
2nd full-length Broken Equipment. But they supersized their jangly beats
and they turned up the temperature.

Territorial Call Of The Female is my favorite cut. It activates
every muscle and every nerve in my itching body.

What about you?…


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4. ‘Post Punk’ by THE CRYSTAL METHOD feat. IGGY POP

Scott Kirkland (the remaining member of Las Vegas dance act The Crystal Method)
invited icon Iggy Pop (you can hear him almost any day on a new collaboration, the
past few years) and his British buddy, composer/DJ Hyper in his studio.

The raving result is a techno boom boost, bursting all the way, with Pop‘s voice
strangled by a blender. Sounds spooky, sounds wicked, sounds like lust for life.

Breaking news: Iggy says he’s not a punk anymore!

“I don’t want to be a punk
I don’t want to belong to any of it
I just want to be”

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5. ‘Hi-De-Ho’ by JACK WHITE feat. Q-TIP (UK)

Busy blues-rock bee Jack White canned two new longplayers for this year, titled
Fear Of The Dawn (out 8 April 2022) and Entering Heaven Alive (out 22 July 2022)

The hottest cut I heard so far is Hi-De-Ho (from ‘Fear Of The Dawn’ LP) featuring Q.Tip.

A smoking rock-rap ripper.

Yessssss…

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6. ‘I’ll Make You See God’ by THE AFGHAN WHIGS (USA)

The by now legendary passion rockers from Cincinnati, Ohio with mastermind
Greg Dulli
in control are back from being away for 5 years. Their last album
In Spades came out in 2017.

I’ll Make You See God a striking steamroller, a red-hot-heated stunner, an unstoppable
cannonball going everywhere fast. It will feature in the upcoming PlayStation game
Gran Turismo 7.

See/hear God here…

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7. ‘Nothing Comes Good Easy’ by DEAD LEVEE (Canada)

Wowzer! This sickly uplifting belter (from upcoming EP Rise-Up) elevates your state of mind with fired-up dynamism from the get-go. Rapid-fire rawk and roll riffs switch on a fervent feel of euphoria. It did it in the past, it does it in the present and it will do it in
the future.

Despite all the BS we have to endure (pandemic, Ukraine, natural disasters,
and other threats) it’s never too late to get back on track and why not start
with 4 and a half minutes of heart-warming guitar-fueled boogie-woogie
that breathes hope and assurance.

1-2-3….

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8. ‘Digging’ by NOTHINGHEADS (UK)

Once I learned that this startling uppercut is about the horrible
exploitation of human beings by ferocious money sharks this
jagged jackhammer blew my mind even harder than I heard it
the first time before knowing about the band’s inspiration
for this standout.

Expect rabid guitars, doom and gloom vocals, and frantic twists and turns
until the chaotic finale. Post-punk at its razorblade best. Think fierce Canadian
turbine Metz and London‘s up-and-coming gunslingers Crows.

Dynamite!


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9. ‘Breaking Grounds‘ by SALEM WOLVES (Salem, MA)

This fiery crackerjack goes forth and back with
turbulent velocity. Imagine the full of vim and vigor
intenseness and puissant vocality of The Afghan Whigs.
Anxious, unyielding, and ablaze.

Breaking Grounds races like a rush of blood to the head with
screaming guitars and propelling drum muscularity.

Turn it up, guys…


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10. ‘The Girls Of LA’ by WEIMAR (Manchester, UK)

The first taster from the upcoming debut full-length Dancing On A Volcano.

Imagine the fervid fuzz of punchy guitar pop legends Buzzcocks, with
The Stranglers’ Jean-Jacques Burnel on bass, combined with the cutting
verbality of today’s post-Brexit-punk rebirth and you know a frisky doozy
is coming your way.

Add some American-dream girls of the City of Angles on your imaginary
mind-screen and you’re about to start a champagne party in your head.

Drool here…


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11. ‘The Slump’ by SKINNER (Dublin, Ireland)

The combination of a nasty Gang Of Four bass riff,
frenzied Keith Levene guitars here and there and Skinner
hip-hop-rapping like Beck used to do, works like an ecstatic
upper.

This funk-punk stonker has an immediate intensifying impact on all of your
limbs and your bloodstream’s flow. Add some sexy sax thrills to the mix and
you’ll have all you need to jump out of your slump. Capice?

Make your move here…

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12. ‘Sight Unseen’ by EX-HYENA (Boston, US)

Cut from their sophomore album
‘Moon Reflections’, out on June 24

A rotating synth riff echoes British electro legends New Order and
is the beating heart of this new piece, yet the mood is meditative
and musing, strengthened by the near-whispering and eager vocals.
This darksome and soul-searching reverie gets under your skin after
a couple of spins.


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13. ‘The Hurt Within’ by HOLY COVES (Wales)

This impassioned hard-luck story grows slowly but surely into a soul-stirring and mesmerising heartbreaker with an epic finale. Glowing guitars, a steady drumbeat,
and mixed emotions vocals all come together for a poignant performance.

‘Love Is Cruel / The Hurt Within’. You can feel it.

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14. ‘White Skin’ by THE BANKROBBER (Italy)

You’ll hear titillating electro-echoes of early Depeche Mode before
they became the darkwave Goth-esque rockers we all know. But
in an eye-blink White Skin becomes an infectious nightclub earworm
with an ecstatic chorus.

In a normal world (does that actually exists?) this adrenaline-infused
and hip-swinging spark should top the dance charts around the globe.

Another solid gold hit for the Italian siblings.

Press play and move your feet…

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15. ‘Nice Guy’ by BURN THE LOUVRE (Canada)

The musical project of singer/songwriter Jordan Speare
assisted by guitarist/bassist and friend Andrew Billone.

After a couple of EPs the pair’s canned their first longplayer
called Silhouettes. Release at the end of the year.

I don’t know if it’s the world-famous and historic museum in Paris
they want to burn, that wouldn’t be so nice. What I do know is that their
brisk and spirited sound is infectious and captivating with an immediate
impact on your body’s movements. Expect guitar pop electricity, extra
pushed by lively vocals.

Now that’s nice…


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16. ‘Life And Lies’ by LEE ROGERS (Northern Ireland)

The Americana voice of Northern Ireland releases
his new album Gameblood on 13 May.

Ahead of it came this mixed emotions single with
Rogers‘ sky-reaching voice as the star, once again.

It’s a bluesy goosebumps reflection. Wurlitzer jukeboxes should be reinvented
for these heartbreakers so moody minds can cry their eyes out (or cry in their beer)
at night in a downtown bar where lonely ones gather and chat about life and lies.

This one is for all barflies out there…

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17. ‘Set It Aside’ by SUPERCHUNK (US)

The veteran rockers from North Carolina released
their 11th LP Wild Loneliness
a couple of weeks ago.

One of the highlights is this sweet little ditty.

Start dreaming here…


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18. ‘Blood’ by AGATH CRIST (Canada)

A poppy synth trip with a floating flow and near-whispering vocals. Both eerie and affecting, both dizzy and hypnotic with a frenetic guitar attack coming out of nowhere around the 3-minute mark.

Top stroke…

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19. ‘Do It Over’ by THE DISTRICTS (Philly, US)

The Philly rockers are favorites of mine. Early this month they launched
their 5th LP Great American Painting with this little touching jewel on…


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20. ‘All The Good Times’ by ANGEL OLSEN (USA)

It’s an epic ballad with a country feel. If this melancholic gem was written
in the 60s it would have been sung by Linda Rondstadt, Tammy Waynette
or Dolly Parton, anyway, by an angelic voice like Olsen‘s magnific one.

Classic tearjerker…

See/hear you next month, music junkies

THE AFGHAN WHIGS Return With Adrenalized Steamroller ‘I’LL MAKE YOU SEE GOD’

Daily electricity to load your batteries

23 February 2022

The by now legendary passion rockers THE AFGHAN WHIGS from Cincinnati, Ohio
with mastermind GREG DULLI in the middle are back from never been away, although
it’s 5 years since last album In Spades made my ears shake.

New single I’ll MAKE YOU SEE GOD is a striking steamroller, a red-hot-heated ripsnorter, an unstoppable cannonball going everywhere fast. Manic blitzkrieg guitars working their way to an explosive finish, ruthless drum/bass attack with merciless force, and Greg Dulli‘s avid vox add a rush of blood vocality. This slam dunk will feature in the upcoming PlayStation game Gran Turismo 7.

Dulli: “That’s one of the hardest rock songs we’ve ever done.
It was written and performed on sheer adrenalin.”

See God here…

On the road…

THE AFGHAN WHIGS: Facebook

(photo Afghan Whigs received via PR AW)

UNDERWORLD And THE AFGHAN WHIGS – 25 Years Ago

11 March 2021

Band: UNDERWORLD (UK)
Techno freaks Karl Hyde and Rick Smith
Album: SECOND THOUGHTS IN THE INFANTS – 4th LP
Released: 11 March 1996 – 25 years ago today

Key single: Pearls Girl

Full album…

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UNDERWORLD: All Albums

Band: THE AFGHAN WHIGS (US)
Active: 1986–2001, 2006, 2012–present
Album: BLACK LOVE
Released: 12 March 1996 – 25 years ago tomorrow

Key track: Blame etc…

Full album…

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THE AFGHAN WHIGS: All Albums

THE AFGHAN WHIGS Released Their Soul-Stirring ’65’ Album 20 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

26 October 2018

Band: THE AFGHAN WHIGS

Album: 65 – the Cincinnati band’s sixth LP

Released: 27 October 1998 – 20 years ago

ALL MUSIC review: “With 1965, the Afghan Whigs finally made the gritty soul record just always out of their reach, seamlessly integrating the R&B aspirations which have textured the band’s sound since the beginning, the music simmers with raw energy, its deep, dark grooves not so much white-boy as simply white-hot. Recorded in New Orleans, the album is plainly the product of its environment. Sultry, sleazy, and more than a little menacing, here more than ever, Greg Dulli is the frontman you love to hate, strutting and swaggering his way through standout tracks like “Something Hot,” “Uptown Again,” and “John the Baptist” with predatory aggression. (Who else would deliver a lyric like “I got the devil in me, girl” as though it were a pickup line?) Still, for all its cocksure arrogance, 1965 is nevertheless a sincere tribute to the classic music recalled by the album’s title, lyrics aside, even if Dulli did sell his soul, he’s somehow managed
to get it all back.”
– Score: 4.5/5

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: The Whigs best album to my ears. Modern-day soul exorcism with Greg Dulli both victim and priest. A soul-stirring sensation. Top score!

Relive 65 here…

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THE AFGHAN WHIGS: Website – Facebook – All Albums