6 July 2020

THE MIGHTY ORCHID KING is the British answer to King Gizard King Gizzard & The
Lizard Wizard
, that incredibly productive and mind-expanding Aussie collective. The
St. Albans psych prog rockers just released their kaleidoscopic debut album called
THE DOCTRINE OF INFINITE KINDNESS. A bold, existential, bizarro piece of work.

These Five Horsemen of Eco-Anxiety combine Kerouac-esque spontaneous prose
with more direct protest songs about the ongoing destruction of our beloved, living
Earth. Their spectacular firstborn sounds like a sonic visualization of Stanley Kubrick‘s spectacular sci-fi vision ‘2020: A Space Odyssey’. Otherworldly, metaphysical, starry-
eyed and rainbow-colored. Several of the songs were written about their experiences
in the Extinction Rebellion movement, others were inspired by long periods of
isolation and attempts at enlightenment.

Sonically they mix their appetite for 60s harmony, fuzzy guitars, synth arpeggios with occasional impressions of samba, jazz, and house.

Sounds pretty far-out to my ears. Curious, aren’t you? No problem, ringleader Jonny Bennett will tell us all and more about ‘The Doctrine Of Infinite Kindness‘ track by track.

Let’s roll, Jonny…

“A recurring theme of the album is diving down deep inside our consciousness to
see what’s there — I was inspired by an idea from Sharon Salzberg that we can inherit trauma through generations. A lot of the lyrics were written spontaneously, often early in the morning. I’m endlessly obsessing about different ways to get the creative flow going – for a while summoning the spirit was about meditation then totally overwhelming my senses with crazy jazz and coffee while reading from my favourite site called Brainpickings.”

“We pick up again on this journey into the mind here. I’d been reading Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari and remember being really struck by his Orwellian prophecy that love would be unnecessary for cyborg humans of the future.
The synth arpeggio section was on endless loop for a few days, I got totally lost in it”

“I like the juxtaposition of the fancy-free shuffle groove with the lyrics which are basically about escaping the fear of climate meltdown by getting intoxicated and the ensuing guilt of feeling like you’re ignoring the crisis. It’s not just about getting drunk, but anything that we lose ourselves in to avoid confronting reality. We included a line about the absurdity of obsessing over streaming figures while our actual rivers and oceans are being polluted. The irony is that checking our Spotify stats is all we do at the moment!”

“This is the jam song on the record and our usual live set closer. This dates back to
a rehearsal jam in 2017. I started playing this weird rhythm on the kit and as soon
as I heard Martin’s guitar riff I grabbed my phone to record it. We used to write all
our songs that way. The synth sound felt like a real turning point for us towards
more dance elements. These were very spontaneous lyrics again, evoking a kind of
fundamental connection between people and nature.”

“Another song about the sanctuary of the early morning before facing the chaos of the world. There’s even a mangled Trump quote in there — “violence on both sides” — symbolic of the way these everyday horrors encroach on our peace. This is the album’s central conflict I think, between the bliss of withdrawing from the world and the need to confront the existential threats we face.”

(From Martin) “Head started off with the little drum machine beat and a few guitar parts but was condemned to the depths of my computer before Jonny helped bring it back to life. Lyrically it was a real mess at first. Basically just written to try get the song ready for a gig, but it ended up becoming about boozing/partying but that it leaves you feeling worse off (in more ways than one). I feel there’s something there about burying your head that fits in with the environmental message of the rest of the album.”

“This one was written by Michael C. Rea AKA Symbol Soup, who doesn’t play with the
live band now but is still very much a part of our collective. I went overboard on the harmonies. It was about trying to move away from just stacking on top of the lead
line and instead create contrapuntal sounds where different voices sing different
rhythms and melodies to create these interweaving webs. I’m always trying to get
closer to that Brian Wilson sound!”

“The interlude track sets up the last three songs. It’s kind of a play on the Beatles song, and like the closing song on the album is about a Buddhist meditation where you bring people to mind and wish them well – usually you start with yourself, then someone you really like, then someone more neutral and then someone you don’t like. I stopped drinking for nearly a year and started diving deep into all of these practices. Sometimes I’d try and meditate for two hours in a session — it was quite intense.’ ”

“This is the most direct song on the album about our ecological crisis. I was reading about indigenous protectors in the Amazon being killed as the Bolsonora government moved in to clear more land. The song is about the fundamental absurdity of chasing money at the expense of our life support system. It’s also about the hope of change. Last year a few of the band members were out protesting with Extinction Rebellion often playing with the samba band. It was an incredible feeling to be part of that community for a few weeks – you just start to lose all sense of your individual worries.”

“I remember listening to a podcast with a guy who claimed to have achieved enlightenment and he said one of the downsides was that emotions became so heightened afterwards that even seeing a moth flying towards a lamp became too
painful. I was reading a book about the mycelium networks between trees that allow
them to communicate, share resources, and protect each other. In this context a tree
in concrete with no friends seemed so sad. This song has quite a silly structure, there’s about 6 sections which repeat and a really strange key change.”

“This is the most experimental moment on the record but also I think the most groove-based. All the instruments in the verses are based on a rudiment pattern on the drum kit – I was trying to do a kind of Tony Allen linear thing with guitars and bass emphasising different parts of the groove. There’s a few polymetric moments on the record but this is the most out there – we’d been listening to Polygondwanaland by King Gizzard and also Your Queen Is A Reptile by Sons of Kemet. There are sections where the guitars are in 7/8 while the drums are in 4/4 – I think this chaos reflects the central theme of sending out unconditional love to all beings. I hope that we leave listeners with a positive uplifting message at the end.”

Thanks, Johnny for this revealing breakdown.
May the road rise with The Mighty Orchid King

Stream/buy album here…


Glam Banger – THE MIGHTY ORCHID KING Released New Single ‘SWIRLING’ Today

Daily electricity to load your sonic batteries…


30 May 2020

What can I say? British flamboyant group THE MIGHTY ORCHID KING have a new single out and it’s as their previous pieces a glorious score. SWIRLING is a solid gold glam banger with T.Rex echoes. A sixties influenced psych-rock gem. A spot-on shake and sway corker! Expect a king-sized beat, bright harmonies, towering guitars and a punchy drive. Huzzah!

Get it on, here come the 21st Century boys…

Also on Spotify


British Psych Squad THE MIGHTY ORCHID KING Nails It Again With Brand New Single ‘HEAD’…

Daily electricity to load your sonic batteries…

23 April 2020

Turn Up The Volume featured this nature caring psych team several times before and
with their brand new single HEAD – out today – they nail it again, big time. The track comes with the message “banned in most galaxies, this is THE jam the Mandalorian did
not want you to hear.”

HEAD is a steamy crackerjack with so much happening in four staggering minutes.
The swirling show starts with an excitatory bass/drum/guitar riff that keeps emerging during the song’s high-powered course like a pumping heartbeat. From there on it’s full steam ahead. The decibels go up, the vocals get peppery and the swelling euphony gets more intense with guest appearances of a spicy saxophone sound and symphonic synths. But the mind-bending cherry on the sonic space cake is a sickly sticky chorus that blows you of your socks. Over and out? Definitely not! The buzzing second part of this multi-layered escapade is dominated by guitar extravaganza, that addictive, ongoing riff and explosive blowup. Bang, bang! Mission accomplished.

After several spins, I’m quite sure that this ecstatic tour de force is
the best, far-out performance this squad delivered so far. Fact!

Here’s why…

Also on Spotify



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…

Psych Rockers THE MIGHTY ORCHID KING Dropped Brand New Nature Caring Single ‘LUNGS’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

14 March 2020

British psychedelic outfit THE MIGHTY ORCHID KING just released their brand new single called ‘LUNGS‘. Both a striking ode to nature, in particular trees, and a wake-up call for all those who are in denial modus about the many devastating dangers our mother Earth has to face. We need bands like these right now who emphasize those urgent world problems.

All my friends are working for free,
To save their mother
There won’t be another.
Just trying to live naturally,
I seek the Forest Language
In the Autumn.

In a statement on their FB-page the band says:“When we started working on this song the Amazon was burning at unprecedented rate and by the time we finished Australia was enduring one of its worst ever bushfires. At the same time we are witnessing an incredible movement of people seeking to reconnect with nature rather than the endless pursuit of profit and fighting for the survival of this planet.”

Musically ‘Lungs’ is an impressive, richly orchestrated achievement. A multi-layered zinger going forth and back with a vertiginous effect. The colourful song is spiced with imposing percussion, vigorous vocals, glimmering guitars and an overall retro psych vibe with a revitalizing, stimulating and even spiritual impact. I think it’s the right moment to cite American Writer and environmental activist Wendell Berry: “To cherish what remains of
the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.”

Inhale here…

Also on Spotify…


THE MIGHTY ORCHID KING In An Emotional Whirlpool On Brand New Single ‘SHIFTING SANDS’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

26 March 2019


Who: Power pop collective out of St.Albans, Hertfordshire, England
centred around singer/songwriter Jonny Bennett

Track: SHIFTING SANDS – brand new single

Score: ‘Shifting Sands‘ is a mixed emotions song about good times, bad times and embracing impermanence. It sounds and feels like a restless whirlpool of clashing sentiments and excitements. Both euphoric and confusing. Both rhapsodic and bewildering. A swirling sonic carousel going fast forward without a moment of
repose as if the protagonist tries to get in control again. This is a multi-layered,
jittery pop discharge that will leave you behind out of breath. Here’s why…

TURN UP THE VOLUME’S Knockout OCTOBER Team – Eleven Killer Tracks…

Eleven killer tracks on repeat this past month…

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Eleven killer tracks we played on repeat in October!
An eclectic mix of poppy vibrations and steamy grooves
energizing all of our senses and our limbs this past month!
Here’s Turn Up The Volume‘s Knockout October Team!

1. ‘Faith & Science’ by MODERATE REBELS (London, UK)
With Moderate Rebels it’s all about intoxicating mantra-like psych grooves. Like a mind-expanding mix of Velvet Underground, The Dandy Warhols and Spacemen 3. Far-out stuff!


2. I Don’t Care Anymore by BIG TIME KILL (Boston, US)
This raging electro-duo produces inflammable firework to go berserk to on the dance floor. This cutting cracker comes from debut LP ‘Shock And Awe‘. Read all about it here.


3. ‘Bar Stool Warriors’ by GARETH SAGER & THE HUNGRY GHOSTS (Scotland)
This is what happened when longtime post-punk chameleon Gareth Sager invited the ghosts of Captain Beefheart & Frank Zappa for a cup of tea and a rad jam. Full result here.

4. ‘Turn The Knife’ by PALM GHOSTS (Nashville, US)
A feverish mixed emotions pop pearl build around a stellar melody with layers of sparkling guitars and elevated by the enrapturing effect of duet vocals. Both dazzling and haunting.

5. ‘Money Money’ by RICHARD ASHCROFT (England)
Closing track of the legend’s brand new album. Hottest, hookiest and rockiest cut of all.


6. ‘The Witness’ by HERSELF (Italy)
Most upbeat, most funky and most vibey stroke on new LP by singer/songwriter Gioele Valenti aka Herself. Find out more about the whole album ‘Rigel Playground‘ right here.

7. ‘Pastel Blues’ by THE ATTICS (Melbourne, Australia)
You’ll feel groovy, you’ll look groovy and your swaying hips will make other people go groovy when you’re walking the streets with this earworm on your headphones. Ace!

THE ATTICS: Facebook

8. ‘Beacon’ by THE MIGHTY ORCHID KING (St Albans, UK)
Expect kooky guitars, a pulsating rhythmic tandem, an overall buzzing resonance, echoing vocals and karma-like 60s harmonies. Yesterday is the new today! Time to chill out! Yeah!


9. ‘Secret’ by VAUREEN (Brooklyn, NY, US)
As much decibels as My Bloody Valentine, as dark as Killing Joke and with Lydia Lunch‘s enigmatic spirit on vocals. Outcome? Like a pitch-black Neil Young hurricane. Puzzling!

10. ‘Victoria Park’ by RED TELEPHONE (Cardiff, Wales)
Melancholic melody, starry-eyed vocals and an overall gratifying warmth that makes you long for happy-go-lucky childhood days. Reminds me of romantic popsters Scritti Politti.


11. ‘Dream Apartment’ by OH FOR (Finland)
This humdinger’s jazzy bass warmth, its twinkling orchestration and its intimate vocals will make your thoughts drift away to the room in your mind where you can freely fantasize.

OH FOR: Facebook

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See/hear you next month for another knockout team

THE MIGHTY ORCHID KING – Back With Mind-Expanding Psych Trip ‘BEACON’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

20 October 2018

British psych-rock squad called THE MIGHTY ORCHID KING just returned with its sonic time machine from the mind-expanding sixties with a new transcendent track. BEACON
has that otherworldly, where-are-we-now feel so many out-of-their-head-bands created since the day hallucinogens find their way into their brains and their instruments. Expect far-out guitars, a pulsating rhythmic tandem, an overall buzzing resonance, echoing vocals and karma-like harmonies. Close your eyes, relax and float into space…


SEVEN IN THE MIX! 7 Crackers For Week 34…

A brand new SEVEN IN THE MIX for a brand new week!
Seven lively 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/ ‘Valentine’ by HAARM (Liverpool, England)
Delightful dream pop rainbow with a New Order synth touch and bright Flaming Lips’ colors. Healing, sunny and dancey, all at the same time. Ideal to activate your senses and limbs…
HAARM: Facebook – Twitter

2/ ‘Wasting Away’ by ADAM & ELVIS (London/Reading, UK)
Don’t even try to resist this sheeny pop earworm. The glistening mix of sparkling guitars, sultry synths, sharp observations, a Devo edge and a top chorus is just irresistible. A HIT!..

ADAM & ELVIS: Facebook – Twitter

3/ ‘Nothing Ever Happened’ by THE MIGHTY ORCHID KING (St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK)
Here’s a dazzling journey through psych pop land. Electrical and melodic firework. Imagine The Beatles and The Byrds on a LSD trip together. Check their 4-track EP here on Bandcamp

THE MIGHTY ORCHID KING: Facebook –  Twitter

4/ ‘Spectacular Bid’ by NORMA (Sweden)
Erik Vallin (bass/vocals) was inspired to write this song by a picture, belonging to his grandfather, of a race horse that he remembered from his childhood. You can actually hear the horses in this sensitive and cinematic sound scape. Folks, we have a winner!

NORMA: Facebook – Label: Novoton

5/ ‘Wait Up’ by THE BY GODS (Nashville, Tennessee, US)
A quiet, yet solid bass/drum intro with reflective vocals all over it turns suddenly in an apocalyptic wall-of-sound! Perfect outburst to start a fight with your demons! Hell yeah!

THE BY GODS: Facebook – Twitter

6/ ‘Something Good’ by BEACH FOR TIGER (London, UK)
Ravishing guitar pop excitation going full speed before slowing down for a moody finale…

BEACH FOR TIGER: Facebook – iTunes – Twitter 

7/ ‘Screen’ by K!NDERHOOK (OKC, US)
Spin an addictive melody in a mix of squeaky guitars and warm synths. Add a pumping rhythm and perform the whole shebang with panache and what you get is a big score!…

From their 3-track Vol. 3  EP, here on SoundcloudTwitter – Instagram

See/hear you next week, music junkies…