THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – 7 New Firecrackers Week 37

Every week Turn Up The Volume‘s selects 7 new
firecrackers that burned his greedy ears the past 7 days…

1. ‘Hertz’ by AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS (Australia)

Last week punkette Amyl and her Sniffers dropped their second smashing
album Comfort To Me on Planet Earth with ‘Hertz‘ as one of the razzle-dazzle jackhammers.

Time for some kangaroo pogo, all you punks out there…

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2. ‘Beautiful James’ by PLACEBO (UK)

Placebo‘s first single in 5 years.

Brian Molko (frontman): “If the song serves to irritate the squares and the
uptight, so gleefully be it. But it remains imperative for me that each listener
discovers their own personal story within it – I really don’t want to tell you
how to feel.”

Come in, James…

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3. ‘Valentine’ by SNAIL MAIL

Lindsey Jordan aka Snail Mail throws her 2nd album,
titled Valentine at the world on 5th November.

Jordan: “I wanted to take as much time as possible with this record to
make sure I was happy with every detail before unleashing it unto y’all.
Referring to the process as the deepest level of catharsis and therapy I
have ever experienced would be a huge understatement. Valentine is
my child!”

Here comes Jordan‘s macabre side. Only for cannibals
(go directly to YT via the link below)…

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4. ‘Haven’t Been Doing So Well’ by FRANK TURNER

Another rockin’ taster from Turner‘s upcoming
full-length FTHC, out 22 February 2022.

Turner: “It’s been a difficult time for a lot of people and their
mental health, myself included, and discussing that openly is
important to me, so this is a song about anxiety and the
struggles that come with that.”

Sick and tired…

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5. ‘DiE4u’ by BRING ME THE HORIZON (UK)

The metalcore junks with another bomb,
part of their Post Human EP series.

Dance along with the creeps…

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6. ‘Playing The Part’ by A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS (New York)

The band’s new EP titled ‘Hologram: Destroyed & Disassembled’ will
see the light of day on the next Record Store Day, 26th November.

The first track ‘Playing The Part’ is a rather surprisingly
smooth cut for New York’s psych-o-delic gravediggers.

Feel the vibe here…

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7. Body​/​Dilloway​/​Head by Body​/​Dilloway​/​Head (USA)

This side project of former Sonic Youth queen Kim Gordon and
avant-garde guitarist Bill Nace will release its second LP in November.
The duo teamed up with Aaron Dilloway for this one.

Here’s the title track.

Instrumental, otherwordly, and spellbinding…


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See/hear you next week, music junkies…

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – 7 New Firecrackers Week 34

What happened this past week…

Turn Up The Volume‘s selection of
7 firecrackers from the past 7 days.

This week’s Magnificent Seven on Spotify

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Track by track…

‘Regularly Scheduled Programming’ by MY MORNING JACKET

The Louisville ensemble is back in town. New album Regularly Scheduled Programming comes our way on 22 October. Along with that announcement, they share the title track.
A slow-burning tower of song growing towards a sort of apocalyptic finale. Wow!

Check, it out…

‘Behave’ by SOHEILL (Nashville, US)

This fervent Nashville-based singer-songwriter hits big time with his new jackhammer. Sounds as if Bruce Springsteen turns up the decibels to the max and behaves like an 18-year old punk. The song “was inspired by reaching a point where you tell yourself, “Enough is enough!” I really want people to feel what I felt when I wrote this song and hopefully can use it as a catalyst for the kind of change they’re seeking in their life.”

I can’t get enough of this steamy stunner.

Here‘s why…

‘Dirty Water’ by DEBT NEGLECTOR (Orlando, US)

These red-hot-blooded Orlando misfits have a new LP
in the pipeline called Dirty Water coming in >October.

The razor-sharp-edged title track is: ““about the Flint Water Crisis and how ashamed
our country should be about letting it happen. We’re supposed to be “the richest country in the world,” but people were poisoned with dangerous levels of lead (among other cancer and illness causing toxins), people died, and many of the children in Flint will be dealing with lifelong health issues because of it.”

Anger, disbelief, and disgust fuel this spot-on stonker. An immediate
change is necessary. Now. All humans must be treated as humans.


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‘Stratego’ by IRON MAIDEN

Just like heavy rock heroes AC/DC these veteran metalheads repeat themselves for years now. And nothing seems to suggest a change when I heard this new single. Same formula as ever… but once in a while, I need this sort of thunder to practice my headbanging.

Let’s run to the hills once more…

‘The Gods That Failed’ by IDLES (Bristol, UK)

Metal icons Metallica have two major commemorative releases lined up to celebrate
the 30th-anniversay of their self-titled breakthrough LP known as the Black Album.

What can you expect: A standard expanded reissue edition, available in various formats including a behemoth box set with 6 LPs, 14 CDs, and 6 DVDs. And a massive covers compilation called The Metallica Blacklist featuring no less than 53 artists interpreting
a Black Album track. Out in September.

UK punks Idles are also part of the anniversary firework.

They picked The Gods That Failed track.
Metallica never sounded this raw and blustery.

Enter here…

‘Flickering’ by JUNE BODY (Halifax, Canada)

This alternative rock trio, interested in hearts and brains combines guitar rock and catching poppiness in a most effective way. For 140 seconds you can’t control your toe-tapping feet and your head’s approving movements. Bingo. Their new album arrives October 1.

Follow the beat here…


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‘Miss You’ by THE ROLLING STONES

The Magnificent Seven are about new firecrackers, but you’ll understand why
I included this golden Stones oldie. Goodbye Charlie Watts, we gonna miss you.

See/hear you next week, music junkies…

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – Turn Up The Volume’s 7 Best Albums First Trimester 2021

The 7 best albums Turn Up The Volume had on repeat the first 3 months of 2021.

‘FULL SPECTRUM’ by THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA (Singapore/Italy)

Released: 26th February – debut LP

TUTV said: Manimal and Samara are a poetallica sensation. A new laser light at the end of
a mythical tunnel where anything can happen. Imagine Sylvia Plath fronting a theatrical and mind-challenging psychedelic noise band. Their debut album is a multi-faceted opus in sound and vision. Compelling poetry exploring life, death, birth, past, present, and future embedded
in a titanic thunder and lighting symphony going from perplexing metal to chill-out ambient. The final result is at times jaw-dropping, at times weirdly confusing, at times dumbfounding
but always flabbergasting and fascinating. When surreality becomes reality you know something is about to happen.

Key single: Psychopath’s Monologue…


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Stream album here…

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‘SURVIVORS’ by ONISM E (San Antonio / NYC)

Released: 19th February

TUTV wrote: Gusto, high-spiritedness and anxiety are the keywords here.
This warm-blooded record is a heart-rending reflection of the group’s state of
2021 mind. A galvanizing collection of cohesive poignant emo songs influenced by
the disturbing way our troubled world is handling human issues, once-in-a-lifetime
dramas, and the personal turmoil of frontwoman Chavez. Her soul-stirring and
powerful (Aretha Franklin / young Tina Turner) voice, weeping guitars, and the
electrical intensity are at times overwhelming and heartbreaking. Impressive!

Key track: Stay


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Stream/buy album here…


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‘PUTAIN ROYALE‘ by PINK ROOM (Belgium)

Released: 12 March 2021 – second LP

TUTV wrote: “The essential message of this new powerhouse album is loud and clear:
noise-challenging turbo Pink Room is here to stay! Their tsunami energy is beyond any
decibel regulation. Again, loudmouth Bart Cocquyt leads the rip-roaring troops. As I said
before his vocal range is out-of-this-world. He easily could front a death metal band (Stay Black/Stay White) or a Nirvana reunion (Losing/Skin) or kick Ozzy Osbourne‘s ass (Hail Satan). Expect ear-shattering jackhammers, over-the-top frenzy, and an overall sonic lockdown paranoia.”

Key single: Losing

Stream album here…

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‘IS 4 LOVERS’ by DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 (Canada)

Released: 26 March 2021 – 4th LP

TUTV wrote: “The masters of drone rock are back, and they’re getting better over the years. Gigantic fuzz and buzz jackhammers but also some softer – yes, since they became fathers they let their heart & soul speak/play more – stuff. This stunning work will end up on many end-of-the-year lists.”

Key single: One + One

Stream album here…

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‘i became birds’ by home is where (florida, us)

Released: 5 March 2021

tutv wrote: “i’m damn sure this incredible punch-powered-punk-passion turbo was here before, about 40 years ago, inspiring bored kids like black flag , shellac, melvins, jello biafra, and other anarchist snotnoses, to leave home, steal guitars and drums in order to have some wild fun while scaring bad people with their deafening racket that’ll teach those old-fashioned adults watching fox.news all day long. so here they are back again, inspiring young social media junkies to steal guitars and drums instead of watching their phones all day long. home is where it all starts when you have no money to rent a smelly rehearsal room to rock your heads off. so you move into your own smelly basement and scream your poor lungs to pieces. listen up all you lost teenagers out there, play i became birds over and over again ’cause these hungry florida misfits can and will save your lives.”

Key track: sewn together from the membrane of the great sea cucumber


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Stream/buy here…


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‘CARNAGE’ by NICK CAVE & WARREN ELLIS (Australia)

Released: 25 February

TUTV wrote: “A mix of the romantic crooner and the haunting crooner. Growing with every spin. Compelling orchestrations, classical arrangements, with Ellis showing his musical skills once more. Can’t remember when Cave made an average album. Did he, actually? Okay, Carnage once again on my headphones.”

Key track: White Elephant

Stream album here…

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‘WE… ARE DOOMED’ by THE IRRATIONAL LIBRARY (The Netherlands)

Released: 15 January

TUTV wrote: “The rap and roll venom of Rage Against The Machine, the fuck-you-hypocrites grimness of Black Flag, the punky saxophone of X-Ray-Spex, the sharp poetic spit and sneer anarchy of Mark. E. Smith, the challenging spirit of an open-minded-plainspoken-asskicking-anti-establishement-and-other-scumbags force of doom and gloom. Sounds exactly like 2020/2021, like the end of the world as we know it, but also like an album that’s going
to be on my earphones for a long time.”

Title track: We… Are Doomed

Stream album here…

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