1 June 2020

Cape Town’s punkabilly desperadoes THE MEDICINE DOLLS shared their striking cover
of PSYCHOKILLER, the classic corker by legends TALKING HEADS. It’s the perfect song for the Dolls. Sickly schizophrenic sticky, tortuous traumatic and withing wacky. The darksome duo’s version is a spine-chilling gloom and doom ripper with a scary reverberation, sultry organs, and petrifying Lux Interior vocals. Oh, and Arabella’s French is spot on tantalizing.

Run, run, run, run, run, run, run away oh oh…


THE MEDICINE DOLLS Share Lively Video Clip For Their Smoking Single ‘VICIOUS LITTLE SISTER’

Clips that will have an impact on your eyes and your ears…

25 April 2020

Cape Town’s glaring no-nonsense garage rockers THE MEDICINE DOLLS released steamy single ‘VICIOUS LITTLE SISTER‘ last month. A smoking hot crackerjack, a nasty psychobilly stunner, a thunderous barnstormer with a gloriously sizzling chorus. Frontman Greg Allen‘s spits and sneers from start to finish turning this bang-up belter into one of the best riff slams so far, this year. And the best news is that their debut album is coming soon.

And now the band just released a video clip featuring
mad live footage and studio moments.

Go nuts right here…



Killer tracks of the month…

Eleven standout tracks played on repeat in March!
A heated mix of flaming rippers and glowing grooves
energizing all of my senses and limbs this past month!
Here’s Turn Up The Volume‘s Knockout March Team!

1. No Rock Save In Roll by CORNERSHOP (Northern London)
This sickly sticky earworm will put a big smile on your face! Welcome back Cornershop!

2. ‘Ponytail’ by PINS (Manchester, UK)
Hot disco banger that should be played in all discotheques around the globe. Dance fever!

3. ‘Home Thru Hell’ by DEAP LIPS (California, US)
The Flaming Lips + Deap Vally = Utterly Cool Yamaha Magic

4. ‘Vicious Little Sister’ by THE MEDICINE DOLLS (Cape Town)
Unquestionably one of the blowup singles of the year! The Medicine Dolls rule!

5. ‘Luminescence’ by THE HIDEAWAYS (Bristol, UK)
This burning sledgehammer’s riff is TITANIC! Kick-ass stroke! Hells bells!

6. ‘Cause Effect’ by SINKA (Watford, UK)
High-powered blast fueled by crazed guitars, banging percussion and racy vocals. Yeah!

7. ‘Somebody Else’ by PLASTIC SUN (UK)
Melodious swagger bringing stone rock icons Queens Of The Stone Age to mind. Top-notch!

8. ‘Louder’ by TWIST HELIX (Newcastle, UK)
A swirling electro pop stunner with sassy synths and stunning vocals. Bingo!

9. ‘Lungs’ by THE MIGHTY ORCHID KING (St.Albans, UK)
A retro psych vibe with a revitalizing, stimulating and spiritual impact. Save the trees!

10. ‘TheWorldIsClosingDown’ by TV COMA (St. Albans, UK)
A catchy apocalyptic psych pop humdinger. Witty, satirical and pungent.

11. ‘Harbor Me’ by AUDRI (Belgium)
Starry-eyed vocals, clapping flamenco hands and glimmering guitars. A trippy beauty!

All knockout tracks
together on Spotify


See you next month, music junkies…


Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

13 March 2020

We featured the utterly cool Cape Town misfits THE MEDICINE DOLLS several times before. Why? Because they’re a red-hot-blooded psychobilly force that messes with
your mind the way you like it. No special effects, only barbed DIY turbulence. They
are natural-born outsiders doing what they do best: creating scissored punk mayhem.

Soon these noisy no-nonsense rockers will, finally, release their debut album. Ahead of
it, the band unleashed the stellar lead single called ‘VICIOUS LITTLE SISTER‘ today. After
a couple of spins, I’m pretty sure this is the best thunderous jackhammer they ever made. It’s a filthy stonker exploding from the get-go with the terrifically bang-up chorus. followed by frontman Greg Allen spitting and sneering the verses, crystal clear, only to restart the whole sizzling hullabaloo all over again. Hell Yeah! Unquestionably one of the blowup singles of the year. Don’t miss THE MEDICINE DOLLS as they are on their way to score
big time this year. Sonic fireworks guaranteed!

Catch the glorious blast here…

THE MEDICINE DOLLS: Facebook / TUTV’s interview with the band here / Photo: FB TMD

THE MEDICINE DOLLS – ‘Covered In Filth’ – Live For DISCOVRTV SOUTH AFRICA – November 2019

Remarkable live moments

Cape Town‘s garage misfits THE MEDICINE DOLLS went bonkers a couple of days ago when playing live on a roof in their hometown for Discovertv South Africa. Watch the rollicking band performing their smashing signature track COVERED IN FILTH right here…

You wanna hear more from this band? Check their Spotify-page.
And here’s the interview Turn Up The Volume! had with them last April.


TURN UP THE VOLUME’S Eleven Knockout Tracks For APRIL 2019…

This past month’s best…

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Eleven Knockout Tracks on repeat this past month!
A tasty cocktail of rollicking rippers and first-rate cuts.
Here’s Turn Up The Volume‘s Knockout April Team!

1. ‘Blah Blah Blah’ by MEMES (Glasgow, Scotland)
The spirit of The Fall’s debut EP Bingo-Master’s Break-Out!. Ramshackle racket!…

2. ‘Covered In Filth’ by THE MEDICINE DOLLS (Capetown, South Africa)
Raw rollicking rockabilly riffs with waggish bubblegum ooh-la-la’s. Filthy score!

3. ‘Don’t’ by MILLIONAIRE (Belgium)
An ominous funky smack fueled by a mighty disco stomp. Hell yeah!…

4. ‘Candy’ by FALLING MAN (Belgium)
An enigmatic painkiller for spooky midnight hours. It will keep you sane. Maybe…

5. ‘Stay Where You Stand’ by THE RINGARDS (London, UK)
Jangly guitars, ace pace, poppy synths and a scream/sing/hum along chorus. Top!

6. ‘The Way In’ by THE DREAM SYNDICATE (Los Angeles, CA, US)
Electrifying psych piece from the band’s new upcoming album ‘These Times

7. ‘Hey’ Gyp (Dig The Slowness) by THE RACONTEURS (US)
Jack White & buddies back with gloriously messy Donovan cover…

8. ‘6.30‘ by SUPER PARADISE (London,UK)
When blitzkrieg guitars, echoing vocals and flashy synths meet. A bang-up roller coaster!

9. ‘Who’s Been Having You Over’ by PETER DOHERTY & THE PUTA MADRES (UK)
Snappy garage stomper with sharp-edged guitar licks and Doherty‘s characteristic vox…

10. ‘Prozac Spaceman’ by FAUX CO. (Chicago, US)
This delightful humdinger will dance in your head for some time after one spin…

11. ‘Parabole’ by TURQUOISE (Bruxelles, Belgique)
Sensuous French vocals, glimmering guitars and New Order‘s blue dynamics. Magnifique!…

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10 Questions For Psychobilly Misfits From Cape Town… THE MEDICINE DOLLS

Discover up and coming bands in 10 questions

12 April 2019

Cape Town‘s THE MEDICINE DOLLS are the kind of sonic misfits who do it their own way no matter what. Anything that the recalcitrant duo of Greg Allan (singer/guitar) and Bex Nicholas (vocals/bass) have released so far has an authentic DIY stamp on it. Their messy hullabaloo fits their way of life, their reality, their state of fucked-up confusion. The rowdy pair produces garage rock havoc that hits you straight in the face and they look like The Cramps‘ evil children. Utterly cool indeed! They are natural born outsiders doing what they do best: creating scissored punk mayhem. Frontman Greg Allan will tell you more about their troubled souls, but let’s start the acquaintance with a loud and clear video clip…

1. What sparked you to start the band?
“I guess the spark came when my previous band broke up. Bex and I were living together in Johannesburg, Scraping by and dealing with a lot of what you might call ‘Bad life choices’. Instead of trying to breath new life into that project, I decided we ought to change our entire life situation. She had never played a note, so I thought she would be the perfect bass player. We used all the money we had left, and flew to Cape Town with nothing but the idea of this band.”

2. What’s the story behind the group’s name?
“In our favorite film, ‘Withnail and I‘ there is a character called Danny, who is the drug dealer of these two struggling actors who live in a grotty flat together. He keeps his gear, which he refers to as ‘Medicine‘ in the head of a little doll. We thought it was appropriate.”

3. What triggered the new EP’s title ‘COMPULSION TO RUIN’ and its destructive tone?
“I think it has a lot to do with the current emotional climate of the world, things are fucked, and people are feeling that fucked-ness… but it really goes full circle, people fuck themselves up to deal with fucked-ness, and that leads inevitably to more fucked-ness.

4. Which track would you pick as THE MEDICINE DOLLS signature song so far?
“I think ‘Covered in Filth‘ sums us up quite well.”

5. What is ‘COVERED IN FILTH’ about?

6. So far the band only released a series of EPs, not a full-length album yet.
Is that a conscious choice or can we expect an LP soon?

“Certainly looking at releasing an LP soon.”

7. Which movie would you pick to visualize your music
on a big screen while playing a gig?

“Withnail and I.”

8. Number one band on your list to go on tour with?
“I would say certainly Death Valley Girls, they have us so
hooked at the minute… incredible band!”

Death Valley Girls, incredible band indeed…

9. If you could go back into the past on whose famous door
would you knock and ask to have a selfie together?

“Certainly Lux and Ivy of The Cramps… We are in love with what
they did, the art, the attitude, they were the perfect rock ‘n’ roll band.”

10. Any chance THE MEDICINE DOLLS will play outside of South-Africa someday?

“We have just returned from our first international trip, we played the Rock A La Buse Festival on the French island of La Reunion. We are looking at putting together our first European tour beginning of 2020.”

Thank you for this interview, Greg.
May the road rise with THE MEDICINE DOLLS!

in full here…


DIY Punks THE MEDICINE DOLLS Detonate On New Razorblade-Sharp EP ‘A COMPULSION TO RUIN’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

14 February 2019

Cape Town‘s THE MEDICINE DOLLS are the kind of punk outsiders who do it their own
way no matter what. Anything that recalcitrant duo Greg Allan (Singer/Guitar) and Bex Nicholas (Vocals/Bass) have released so far has an authentic DIY stamp on it. Their messy, screamy and biting hullabaloo fits their way of life, their reality, their state of confusion.

With new 3-track EP ‘COMPULSION TO RUIN‘ the Bonnie & Clyde of basement garage
rock reaffirms their savage appetite for ramshackle sonic havoc. Opener ‘Covered In
is the hottest rip-roaring banger they ever produced. Combining raw rollicking rockabilly riffs with waggish bubblegum pop ooh-la-la’s before heading with forceful intrepidity towards a pungent droning finale is just awesome. The second cut ‘I Don’t Wanna Dance With You’ is a vintage 1-2-3-4 Dolls uppercut with Bex‘s sensuous vox rejecting a dance invitation. Closing track ‘A Conscript To Miss’ is a jagged eruption with snappy, alternating sneering and spitting, filthy organ sequences, and angry guitar hooks.

Time to get up and go berserk, all you maverick minds out there. Release the bats here…


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THE MEDICINE DOLLS Release Brand New 6-Track Kamikaze Punk EP ‘LOST LOVE LULLABIES’…

New sonic impulses to activate your senses…


5 January 2018

As already told several times here before DIY garage rock misfits THE MEDICINE DOLLS are a perplexing three-piece. They sound like early The Cramps fronted by Nick Cave when he was going totally mental with The Birthday Party and they look exactly like the runaway grandchildren of that legendary New York Dolls gang. They are natural born outsiders doing what they do best: creating DIY kamikaze punk mayhem drenched with agitated passion and barbed wire tantrums. Producing raw primal rock and bloody roll shouting is what their confused raison d’être is all about. Their brand new 6-track EP titled ‘LOST LOVE LULLABIES‘ is filled with ardent paroxysms (Kiss Kiss Kill Me / Take The Bitter With The Better) and scream along eruptions (Best Dress / If I Had Your Daddy’s Money ) while the pitch black, depressive closer ‘Lost Love Lullaby‘, sung by Robert Smith‘s ghost, is a tormented emo burst for damaged hearts and carved souls. Haunting stuff! Hello 2018…

THE MEDICINE DOLLS: Facebook – Twitter


Sonic havoc that thrills us in a way we want to scream out loud…


10 November 2017

THE MEDICINE DOLLS are special for several reasons. One: They sound like the nasty
The Cramps having a sonic fight with blues freaks The White Stripes. Two: unlike the two aforementioned bands The Dolls do not care about a career plan, because they obviously
hate long-term bullshit, marketing sharks, and all related stress. Three: their primal punk screams come straight from the inside, honest and in your face. Four: in a world where everybody wants to rule everybody on this doomed planet they just want to get rid of
their nasty demons. Five: they look awesome, they sound awesome and they are for real. Six: their newest ripper is ace. Here’s TAKE THE BITTER WITH THE BETTER….

THE MEDICINE DOLLS: Facebook – Twitter