THE SEA AT MIDNIGHT Takes You On A Round Trip In The ‘ATMOSPHERE’

Artist: THE SEA AT MIDNIGHT
Who: The musical dark wave project
of LA-resident Vince Grant.

Last February Grant released his excellent 4-track EP Oceans.

One of the four pieces is ATMOSPHERE. A marvelously orchestrated
musing with a lyrical sonority and a cosmic radiance. Beauteous.

And now you can enjoy a melodramatic video clip for the song.
A sepia-colored round trip journey into the atmosphere.

Produced and mixed by Chris King
Video edited by Ryan Thomas Mitchell https://linktr.ee/ryanthomasmitchell
Mastered by Patrick Hills at Earthtone Recording Company
Saxophone by Tony Bevilacqua


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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

Darkwave Pop – THE SEA AT MIDNIGHT With His Brand New Shadowy Single ‘TOO CLOSE TO THE SUN’ Out

Daily electricity to load your batteries

4 July 2022

Artist: THE SEA AT MIDNIGHT
Who: The musical dark wave project
of LA-resident Vince Grant.

New single: TOO CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT
Following his EP Oceans

Score: 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-quality.

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THE SEA AT MIDNIGHT: Instagram

Produced and mixed by
Chris King @moonpalaceproductions
Original art by Vega Isbell @vegaa_ar

Turn Up The Volume’s 15 KNOCKOUT TRACKS For November 2020 – Hells Bells!

This past month’s best…

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I love the smell of rock ‘n’ roll all month long!
Turn Up The Volume‘s 15 Knockout Tracks
November 2020
! Right here, right now…

‘State Of The Union’ by PUBLIC ENEMY (US)
Whatever it takes, rid this dictator / POTUS my tail, Ass debater / Prime-time Preemo, rhyme-time crime / Like no other in this lifetime / Stay away from me / State of the Union, shut the
fuck up / Sorry ass motherfucker / Stay away from me / State of the Union / Shut the fuck up

‘There’s A Ghost’ by SUPERCHUNK (North-Carolina)
This steamed-up missile proves that Superchunk still has the adrenalin-fueled buzz and fuzz energy to make you go nuts like a manic kangaroo. A welcome wham bloody bam smack to ventilate your lockdown frustration. Pogo along here…


‘I Don’t Know What I’m Doing’ by MAXÏMO PARK (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)
Instant rollicking-guitar-crazy stormer. An agitated and keyed-up cracker on the
run with an adrenaline-fueled chorus triggering your jump up-and-down button.
From the upcoming album Nature Always Wins, out 26 February 2021…

‘The Eyeball Dance’ by HEY COLOSSUS (UK)
From the get-go, this ongoing repetitive-riff-ripper infiltrates your mind without asking permission. And the sickly sticky chorus causes head-twisting dynamics making you totally dizzy. Mind-bending psych jam for greedy ears! Get up and turn it up…

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‘The Observer’ by FLYING MOON IN SPACE (Germany)
Only thirty seconds in and this electrical Kraut-synth stunner is already jumping from left to right and back in your uncontrollably spinning head. Ongoing sparkling rotations cause a transcendent experience giving you the opportunity to escape our grim reality for a while…

‘Alien Nate’ by FILIBUSTER (Belgium)

Cutting Sonic Youth echoes, flashing Metz dynamics, and layers of Dinosaur Jr. guitars.
A sizzling bolide about loving each other while rocking your balls off. From the band’s excellent debut LP Future Anachronisms. Start the fire…


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‘Out Of The Shadows’ by GREAT HARE (Sweden)
This is the wake-up-call I want to hear when I can’t get out of my bed in the morning. You simply can’t resist this shot of adrenaline. This is what elevating pop is all about. Vitalizing, energizing, and galvanizing. In a normal world, this should be a global hit…


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‘Breaking Out’ by GHOSTLAWNS
Middle finger to the lockdown, there’s no law against freaking out in your living room and it helps to activate your adrenaline production. And kraut-dance impulses are so much cheaper and more effective than therapy. Hit the floor…


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‘For Daze’ by FAUX MACHISMO (Leeds)
Passion, desperation, devotion, distress, and heartache. An anxiety-driven outburst making your hair in the back of your neck stand up. A haunting groovy guitar riff-mad stroke with emotive vocals dragging you to the dark side of your soul and the exploding full-grunge chorus messes up your mind. Smells like heart-shaped box melodrama to me…


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‘Where You Find Me’ by THE NOTWIST (Germany)
The German indie rockers are gearing up for a new album called Vertigo Days, out
29 January 2021. Lead-single Where You Find Me is a frolic pop tune you’ll whistle, hum and/or sing along pretty quick in your shower. As sticky as first-class glue…

‘Edge Of The World’ by THE SEA AT MIDNIGHT (Los Angeles)
One-man band The Sea At Midnight balances between twilight and sunrise, between
past and present, between pain and hope. This both melodious and darkwave blues introspection has a healing effect. Gripping piece from his new self-titled album


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’20th Century Boy’ by BEAUTY IN CHAOS feat. AL JOURGENSEN
20th Century metal boy Al Jourgensen from industrial noiseniks Ministry obviously
has fun with this hot-tempered and filthy cover of the 1973 T.Rex blockbuster…

Well, It’s plain to see you were meant for me / Yeah, I’m your toy, your 20th Century boy.

‘King Of Machines’ by TIGER MIMIC (London)
Tiger Mimic rants about the dangerous state of chaos we live in with a crystal clear, outspoken jackhammer fueled by sinewy guitar hooks, a battering beat, sharp-cutting male/female vocals, and a caustic chorus. Midway the tempo drops and the intensity goes up before starting the pugnacious ‘I’ll Stand My Ground’ finale. Time to act! Time to survive!


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‘No Justification’ by LOUD APARTMENT (New York)
Uplifting music is what we need to inject our concerned minds with hope and faith in
a better future while battling for survival. This hip-shaking, funky, hip-hop party tune
will do the trick perfectly. From the new album System Breakdown


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‘Compersion Pt. 1’ by ARAB STRAP
Back after 15 years. A track that “depicts a quest to find the ever-elusive unicorn, to bond fluidly, and safely, with the like-minded and adventurous, in the comforting arms of an anonymous hotel, and the stark realization that you never really wanted it.” A near-spoken story over an ongoing addictive riff. Magnetic cut…

All together on Spotify

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See/hear you next month for the best-of-2020-tracks…

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Darkwave Blues – Discover Self-Titled Debut Album By THE SEA AT MDINIGHT

9 November 2020

Artist: THE SEA AT MIDNIGHT

Who: Songwriter Vince Grant. Inspired by classic post punk
bands he bought his first guitar at 23 and played in various
Chicago bands before eventually moving to Los Angeles.

Album: THE SEA AT MIDNIGHT – debut full-length

Released: 6 November 2020

Vince Grant:Musically the songs spring from my love of the music of the early postpunk pioneers, although I approached each song individually to allow it to express itself in its own way to come up with, for lack of a better term, a sort of The Sea At Midnight sound. Lyrically
the songs are deeply personal often times revolving around the themes and my experiences
of dealing with alcohol and drug addiction and coping with depression. I had no intention of recording ever again. I suppose there is a strong element of sadness to my songs, but I also
feel they contain a glimmer of hope.”

Key references: Joy Division, The Cure, Sisters Of Mercy, Bauhaus,
Echo & The Bunnymen, Clan Of Xymox, This Mortal Coil

Turn Up The Volume: Music is a healing force. As proved here once again. Despite
mind-crushing depressions (unfortunately, I know too well what that really means),
despite the afterpains of drug and alcohol addiction Vince Grant tries to turn ugliness
into beauty, darkness into brightness, suffering into surviving with this heartfelt record.

As I feel it he creates hope, step by step, by using his art as a potential cure. The mix of soul-purifying melodiousness and bluesy dark-pop-waves reveal here that there’s a light at the end of the miserable tunnel. Of course, music isn’t the one and only remedy, but it’s a comforting companion and a compassionate friend in dark times. The Sea At Midnight moves between twilight and sunrise. It’s a wondrous spectacle.

Key tracks: Medicine / Melancholia / Afterglow /
We Share the Same Stars
(with great Hooky bass play)

– WE SHARE THE SAME STARS –

– AFTERGLOW –

Stream/buy full album…


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I Know It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll But It’s… WEEKEND!

24-26 July 2020

Five firecrackers from the past week to boost your weekend…

1. ‘A Boat To Drown In’ by METZ (Canada)
Storming steamroller turning into a trance-like juggernaut halfway.
New album Atlas Vending out 9 October. Pre-order facilities here.

2. ‘…But I’m Tryin’ Hard’ by SHEHEHE (Athens, Georgia)
Red-hot-blooded and supersonic uppercut. A ball-breaker to gaga to…


3. ‘Forever Starts Now’
by GANG OF FOUR (UK)
Electrifying ripper from new Andy Gill tribute EP Anti Hero

4. ‘Police On My Back’ by BILLIE JOE AMSTRONG (US)
Green Day‘s captain recorded robust version of classic hit by 60s beat band The Equals

5. ‘We Share The Same Stars’ by THE SEA AT MIDNIGHT (Los Angeles)
Dazzling the cure waves driven by twilight guitars, propelled by a relentless drum/bass beat, spiced with sparkling synths and a heart-to-heart vox completing the dark picture

See/hear you next week, music junkies…