11/12/13 June 2021

5 new firecrackers to boost your weekend…

‘Smile’ by WOLF ALICE (London, UK)
The hottest track on their brand new
flabbergasting album Blue Weekend.

Go for it, Ellie

‘Those Are The Days’ by THE HACIENDAS
The Mancs nail it again with this jagged jackhammer. The Haciendas prove
once more that guitar rock is alive and bloody kicking. An irresistible pace,
a head-over-heels drive, impassioned vocals, a blazing chorus and a
frantic-as-fuck guitar solo. Hail hail!

Tom Smith (frontman) “It’s a celebration of those days at music festival, which will
soon be returning. We all cannot wait for the return of live music, the music scene is
going to go absolutely nuts, like one massive party and like the chorus states, ‘nothing
will ever beat this feeling’.”

Start the party here…


‘No Gods No Masters’ by GARBAGE (US/Scotland)
Flashing glam title track from
their new album out today.

Still love you, Shirley

‘Miss Those Days’ by TRAVIS JAMES feat. Esteva
A vocal beauty. A sepia-colored musing. Lovesick, pondering and tender.
Romantic melancholia at its emotive best. “It’s the nostalgic story of two
people that have moved on but both still feel a sense of attachment to each

Enjoy here…

‘Heavy’ by SUG DANIELS (Delaware, US)
For some reason, this up-and-coming artist reminded me of ‘Little’ Stevie Wonder when this song reached my sensitive ears for the first time while watching his video. I guess because he’s young and black with an inspiring voice and an HQ talent for songwriting.
This debut single is about “the horrible awkwardness of having romantic desires for a friend but not being sure if the feeling is mutual.” A very promising start.

Listen/watch right here…

See/hear you next week, music junkies…

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

The best of the past month…

Turn Up The Volume‘s 15 Knockout Tracks for May 2021!
A sassy stream of rambling rippers and jagged jackhammers.

‘Racist, Sexist Boy’ by THE LINDA LINDAS (Half Asian / Half Latinx)
Young kids standing up and making a sharp-cutting, alarming statement
about racism and sexism with a spot-on, in-your-face, loudmouthed punk
anthem à la Bikini Kill. I love it, so should you.

Plug in here…

‘Weather Strike’ by TOM MORELLO and PUSSY RIOT (US/RUSSIA)
Riot, bloody riot, yeah! Morello and Pussy Riot rage against the machine
together with a quiet/Loud/quiet/Loud crossover outburst. I repeat:
riot, bloody riot, yeah.

Press pussy play…

‘Finger Pies’ by ANIKA (Berlin)
Electro earworm that moves and grooves from the get-go driven by a rolling
bass riff. Strangely catchy, mysteriously designed with a hypnotic effect. Top!

Catch the vibe…

‘Heat’ by WHISPERING SONS (Belgium)
This is the best Whispering Sons song my ears ever heard. Heat takes you by the throat from the kick-ass kickoff. A haunting and sickly sticky stomper. A 24-carat rocker!

Press play here…

‘Le Jour Du Cobra’ by LA JUNGLE (Belgium)
A bulldozer-feedback intro, repetitive synth-thrills, glowing guitars, freakish voices and a thunderous pace all rolled into one mad-as-a-hatter Kraut-noise escapade making your mind go dizzy, your heart beating faster and your potency going sky-high. Fuck Viagra,
long live La Jungle!

‘Vendetta’ by ICEAGE (Denmark)
An intoxicating jam with a threatening flow. A first-rate power blow.
From their new, brilliant longplayer Seek, Shelter.

Tune in…

‘Slice Of Pain’ by BLACK INK STAIN (France)
All hell breaks loose from the very start. An obstreperous post-punk sledgehammer with a deafening dose of illegal decibels. Opening missile from their excellent Incidents album.

Here comes the blast…

‘Shallow’ by BIG TIME KILL (Boston, MA)
In a normal world, Big Time Kill should be know wide and far. Their massive
wall-of-electro-rock-shock is titanic, overwhelming at times, and served with a
gigantic gusto to blow roofs off dance floors. Shallow is my favorite piece of their staggering new 4-tarck EP Recovery.

Dance around and around…

‘Cosmic Fingers’ by PAUL WELLER (UK)
No rest for the Modfather. The last few years his production is impressive and
a couple of weeks ago another LP, Fat Pop hit the streets. Lead-single Cosmic Fingers proves once again that Weller still can rock out like the best. That’s entertainment!

Fire it up, Weller…

‘This Is Not’ by CROWS ON WIRES (Germany)
Sultry synths, punchy percussion, glimmering guitar lines, and vibratory vocals.
Sounds like Sisters of Mercy are back, produced by Bauhaus who listened to Soft
on repeat. A stunner, indeed!

Get magnetised here…

‘Party’ by LOVE ITOYA (Greek Nigerian)
This feels so good. Upbeat, happy and totally summer. Only Love Itoya‘s second
single but definitely one to start and stop all coming sunlit beach jamborees with.
Yes, the sun shines again. Finally! Post-pandemic hope for the future, right here!

Party time indeed…

‘Joker’ by THE HACIENDAS (Manchester, UK)
The Haciendas rattle their butts off on this new fervent firecracker. They turn up the temperature with electric-powered riffs-hooks-and-licks and a clear-cut chorus. One message for all doubters out there: guitar rock is not dead.

Here‘s why…

‘I Said That You Looked Fine’ by ALEX JAMES (North East England)
This banging belter has an instant effect on your body movements. Expect a steamy stonker that rattles and rolls with swagger and energy. Big guitars, big chorus, big tune. What do you want more? Okay, we agree.

Tune in and start the beat…

‘Carry Me On’ by THE BANKROBBER (Italy)
This new musing feels like a nightly gloaming. Acoustic soul-searching and intimate tenderness. The darksome sorrowfulness of the late great Buckley legends floats
all over this gloomy ballad.

Dim the lights and dream away…

‘Odes’ by DEAFDEAFDEAF (Manchester, UK)
A slow-paced meditation driven by Hill‘s poignant vox and puzzling guitar waves.
London’s sharp-knifed engine shame should take DEAFDEAFDEAF on tour with
them. They share the same outspoken edginess and sonic resonance. Bingo!

Press the play button…

All together on Spotify

See/hear you next month, music junkies…

Guitar Rock Still Rules – Manchester Engine THE HACIENDAS Prove it With ‘THE JOKER’

20 May 2021

Who: Fresh formed indie rock quartet from Manchester


Score: Who said that guitar rock is dead? Actually, a lot of people. Actually, the ones
who never listened to guitar rock anyway and never will. Whatever. The Haciendas rattle their butts off on their new roaring ripper The Joker and prove loud and clear why guitar rock still rules. They submerge a tornado tune, as sticky as first-class glue, in an electric-powered riffs-hooks-and-licks bath, they turn up the decibels and peak with a blistering chorus. Say no more!

Guitar rock is dead! Long live The Haciendas…



5 new firecrackers to boost your favorite 48 hours…

The Gathering by FRANK TURNER (UK)
An anti-quarantine anthem that makes your speakers go berserk. A striking stonker inviting us to come together and freak out like we used to do before that nasty virus changed our lives. C’mon, folks, make your move…

It’s Okay To Be Tired by MEENA (Manchester, UK)
This is a hypnotic gem that grows on you with every spin, and I had many (so far). It’s an electrifying jam, both haunting and sticky as first-class glue, bringing Mogwai and Arab Strap to mind, with a Manchester accent that is. The track is from their splendid new EP Can’t See. Press play and get impressed…

It’s Not Too Late by THE HACIENDAS (Manchester, UK)
Brit-rock with passion, panache and poignancy. A powerstroke driven by flaming guitars and peppy vocals and a mighty chorus you can sing along at the top of your lungs. Ace!

Weather Strike by Tom Morello and PUSSY RIOT
Riot, bloody riot, yeah! Morello and Pussy Riot rage against the machine together with
a quiet/Loud/quit/Loud crossover hammer blow. I repeat: riot, bloody riot, yeah.

Click ‘Watch on You Tube‘ and bang your head against the wall…

I Said That You Looked Fine by ALEX JAMES (North-East England)
This stomping cracker has an instant effect on your body movements. Expect a steamy ripper that rattles and rolls with swagger and energy. Big guitars, big chorus, big tune.

See/hear you next week, music junkies…