Picture This – British Mean Riff Machine TRAAMS In BELGIUM

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Who: Post-punk team from Chichester, West Sussex, England

Albums: Grin (2013), Modern Dancing and
new one Personal Best released last July.

Concert: Cactus Club in Brugge, Belgium – 27 October 2022

TRAAMS is a mean riff machine that boggles your mind
throughout the full concert without brakes or brakes.

Here’s an idea of their non-stop drive from foreplay to orgasm. AWESOME!

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Frontman Stuart Hopkins

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The mystery girl


TRAAMS: Spotify – Facebook –

All live photos by Turn Up The Volume

Chill-Out Kraut-Punk-Pop Trip – TRAAMS Released 3rd Album ‘PERSONAL BEST’

Standout albums

10 August 2022

Who: Indie rock trio from Chichester, West Sussex, England
Past Albums: Grin (2013) and Modern Dancing (2015)

Order info: here

DIY Magazine says: “The first LP in seven years, ‘personal best’ represents a triumphant emergence from protracted hibernation. An album of teeth-grinding kosmische grit, tracing slumbrous, psychic ascension one overdrive-grumble at a time, the Chichester outfit herein transfigure a matured collection of understated anthems, dominated by oblique drum machines and soft-bellied motorik… It’s one for the late night coach rides; for the wee, contemplative hours spent staring through black windows.” Score: 4/5.

(Press pic FB)

Turn Up The Volume: Their moodiest, their most chill-out, their most melodic, their
most engrossing longplayer. Actually, undoubtedly, the band’s best work in my aural
book. It all starts with a simple, instrumental synth ditty on repeat (Sirens). What follows are vintage Kraut-Traams-rock jams like Dry, Shields, Hallie and Comedown triggered by
trance-like motorik guitar lines.

Overall the production is more glossy and refined than before, and it works dazzlingly.
The final result is an amplified ambient no-fillers-almost-all-killers record. Supreme score.

FYI: Main man/voice Protomartyr’s vox Joe Casey guests on steamroller The Light at Night, SoftLizard (Liza Violet of Menace Beach) on moody groover Breathe and Soffie Viemose of Danish band Lowly on rotating pearl Sleeper.

Singles: Breathe / Comedown



Stream/buy the album here via Bandcamp

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Simply The Best! Turn Up The Volume’s 15 KNOCKOUT TRACKS For October 2020

This past month’s best…

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I love the smell of rock ‘n’ roll in the morning!

Turn Up The Volume‘s 15 Knockout Tracks for October!
Right here, right now…

‘Rock ‘N Roll Refugee’ by PIG (London)
A dark glam wave banger with a titanic chorus to wake up the neighborhood. A glitter haymaker fueled by layers of intimidating guitars and Pig’s voice resonating like Sisters Of Mercy‘s figurehead Andrew Eldritch. From his new album ‘Pain Is God‘ out 20th November.

‘Intercontinental Radio Waves’ by TRAAMS (UK)
Back after 5 years with a trademark Traams jam. Rattling drums, propulsive bass, turbulent guitars, and an overall infectious groove. Hallelujah! New LP coming soon.

‘Maggot Line’ by THE BATTERY FARM (Manchester)
Scorching guitars, a merciless drum beat, and red-hot fulminating spits and sneers.
Like the 1-2-3-4 Ramones‘ blitzkrieg craziness, but nastier and with twice as many
decibels. “We’re all gonna die, it’s all our fault!” An alarming 2020 warning! Lobotomy!

‘Shot In The Dark’ by AC/DC (Australia)
A new riff loaded sucker-punch by the veteran Aussie rockers. Old school boy Angus revealed: “The title is a little bit cheeky because we all like a little nip of alcohol in the night
or a few shots in the dark.”

‘Hesitating Nation’ by CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH (USA)
About the ugly signs of these times, and sonically a hauntingly guitar-driven
ripsnorter with Ounsworth‘s otherworldly voice all over it. Spectacular return!

‘Shine’ by N.O.A.H (Ireland)
Move over Bono! These Irish indie rockers have that powerful grandeur, that euphonic richness, and that monumental magnitude of U2’s stadium rock sound. This is a 24-Carat gold debut. Bingo!

‘Normal People’ by THE NEW POLLUTION (Worchester, New York)
Funky punky injections with clashing guitars, manic bass lines, organ-ic electronics
and critical vocals. An edged tune for basement parties and illegal ramshackle discos.
Dance till you drop is the key message as Armageddon is just around the corner. From their excellent Shakedown EP.

‘Bombshells’ by SANDCASTLE JESUS (Essex, England)
From the very tingling intro chords, you instantly feel that a stupendous tune is coming your way. Oh yeah, game on, definitely. And what actually follows is an alive and kicking guitar pop hit that puts a big smile on your glowing face, activates your adrenalin’s production, triggers your body movements, and makes you just feel ecstatic.

‘Revolution Son’ by SHIVA AND THE HAZARDS (Melbourne, Aus)
The swagger, the vibe, the beat, the Noel Gallagher guitar solo, it’s what made the 90s so exciting and vivacious. Supersonic sing-along anthems made of stone and bittersweet epic symphonies. It was cool to be a rock ‘n’ roll star & now again. D’ You Know What I Mean?

‘On And On’ by LOOSE FANG (Vancouver, Canada)
I’m sure you’ll agree that screwed-up times were and still are a fertile resource of inspiration for dazzling rock crackers. Just like this roaring roller going forth and
back with a flaming on and on chorus speeding up your pulse instantly. Get up
and make the right moves for a better get-together future, folks.

‘Nowhere Near An Ocean’ by SUNSTACK JONES (UK)
Imagine you’re in the Californian desert watching a non-stop 24-hour retro psych festival, dreaming on cloud nine. This what this sunset reverie does to you. We can all use such moments in these strange mouth mask times. From their notable new LP Golden Repair.

‘Today’ by REGENT (UK)
‘Today’ is a solid gold staggering ballad made to be played in huge arenas with the crowd waving with candles all the way. The passionate blues at play here reminded me instantly of Led Zeppelin‘s timeless timeless score ‘Stairway To Heaven‘. Electrifying emotions going forth and back, going quiet and loud, going from intense to breathtaking and back.

‘It’s Never Easy’ by CLASSIC WATER (The Netherlands)
This is a captivating, meditative gem, centered around a rollin’ guitar riff and sparkling piano touches. The song moves and grooves all the way until the gospel-like handclap finale. Tom Gerritsen‘s Americana voice has that glowing timbre that made Ryan Adams
and the late great Gram Parsons so emotionally special. Lovely!

A slowdown trip-hop trip with a relaxing repercussion on your worried 2020 thoughts, an ambient soundscape for the midnight hours. British 90s dance act Leftfield came instantly to my mind, especially that tipsy track on their debut LP called Original with the sensual ex-Curve singer Toni Halliday. Another far-out trip!

‘Happy House’ by COMMON FLAWS (Italy)
With an ongoing deep bass beat Common Flaws gives the already vibrant rhythm of Siouxsie and The Banshees‘ 1980 jam ‘Happy House‘ a 90s techno resonance. The sampled, female vocals come from the 1999 romantic comedy Notting Hill with Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. Eye-catching video clip this way…

All together on Spotify

See/hear you next month, music junkies…

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Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

British post-punk trio TRAAMS formed in 2011, released two riff-energizing longplayers,
so far. Grin (2013) and Modern Dancing (2015) and then got totally out of the picture for about five years.

But back in August, they showed sign of life with a 10-minute massive jam titled
The Greyhound (listen below) and today they dropped another smack which the
band already wrote a few years ago in Paris when touring with Car Seat Headrest.

INTERCONTINENTAL RADIO WAVES is a different beast. A bang-bang slam with
rattling drums, propulsive bass, turbulent guitars and an overall infectious groove.


Here’s the animated video from director Stewart Armstrong…

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TRAAMS: Facebook 

(photo on top: by Turn Up The Volume!)

Five Fervent Firecrackers – STAY ON TRACK IN THE WEEKEND…

14 August / 16 August 2020…

Five new firecrackers to boost your weekend…

1. ‘She Loved You’ by MARK LANEGAN remixed by IYEARA (US/UK)
A ritual voodoo-like disco dance. Pitchy synth beats for the twilight hours. On
21st August the full remix album of Mark Lanegan‘s 11th LP  Somebody’s Knocking
by British electro duo Iyeara comes out, re-titled ‘Another Knock At The Door‘.

by ERIIS (Belgium)
This fresh passion-rock trio’s mantra is Chaos, Strife And Discord. Their sound is as monumental as the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris and this debut single is nothing
less than awesome. A terrific reflection on the Tulsa Race Riots that occurred in 1921.

3. ‘Prism’ by BULLY (Nashville, Tennessee)
Vehement and electrical power-pop slam with a “happy go lucky/fuck-it-all attitude
and ardent vocals by Alicia Bognanno. Third album SUGAREGG arrives next week.

4. ‘The Greyhound’ by TRAAMS (Chicester, UK)
British post-punk trio back after four years to do what they do best. Taking the listener
on an ongoing riff-tastic trance trip with an instant mind-boggling impact. Impressive!
The first of a trio of new pieces coming our way over the next few months.

5. ‘Baby Let’s Make It Real’ by EELS (UK)
The beautiful freak is back with a vintage Eels humdinger. Reflective, wistful, strangely catchy and deadpan lines like “Baby, you’re a full meal, the way you make me feel/ It’s
kind of a big deal/ Baby, let’s make it real.”
Welcome back Mark Oliver Everett.

See/hear you next week, music junkies…