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

Swedish Monkeys VIAGRA BOYS Punk And Roll Again On Third LP ‘CAVE WORLD’

Longplayers that stand out

9 July 2022

Band: VIAGRA BOYS
Who: Swedish punk rockers with sharp
tongues and addictive jackhammers.


(photo: Turn Up The Volume)

New album: CAVE WORLD
Released: 9 July 2022. Order here.

NME says: “A grimy time capsule of a truly bizarre era. The Swedish punks lift up the rock
that is humanity to shed light on what lurks beneath… If the worst of times brings out the worst in people, Viagra Boys are set to be icons of the age, and ‘Cave World’ its defining document. As scientists prepare a time capsule of humanity for future species to find, it’s a shoo-in.”
Full review here. Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: The more our world gets fucked-up the more inspiration
Viagra Boys have to write absurd, hilarious, sarcastic, crazy, monkey-ish songs about
all the related mess, embedded in their by now familiar filthy punk and roll grooves.
Never a dull moment with punk rock loser Sebastian Murphy in the middle.

Singles/clips: Ain’t No Thief / Punk Rock Loser / Troglodyte

– AIN’T NO THIEF –

– PUNK ROCK LOSER –

– TROGLODYTE –

Stream the full album on Spotify

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VUAGRA BOYS: Facebook – Instagram – Tour Dates

Wild West Fun With VIAGRA BOYS – Hear New Single ‘PUNK ROCK LOSER’ Here

New striking strokes

2 June 2022

Swedish gang VIAGRA BOYS are ready to unleash
their 3d album, baptized Cave World on 8 July.

They already shared some tracks
and here comes another one.

PUNK ROCK LOSER is a smoking gun with frontman
Sebastian Murphy as the new sheriff in town.

I ain’t your average, normal dude
It sure ain’t glamorous, but I keep things loose
I ain’t your average, punk rock loser
Yeah, I’m a savage, I’m really cool

Let’s shoot

VIAGRA BOYS: Facebook

Turn Up The Volume’s 20 KNOCKOUT TRACKS Of The Month – MAY 2022

A stream of rattling rippers, jagged jams, and romantic reveries

All 20 knockouts together on Spotify

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Knockout by Knockout…

1. ‘Shaman’ by THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA (London)

Shaman progresses like a vicious viper working its way to a grandiose climax. Determined, but always wary of sudden danger. Shaman dumbfounds and flummoxes while the song’s tension intensifies and has a spine-chilling effect. From the duo’s upcoming album Trust No Leaders, out 1st of July.

Watch the grandiose video clip…

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2. ‘Welcome To Hell’ by BLACK MIDI (UK)

The band’s third LP, baptized Hellfire is ready for release on 15th July.

The first single is a screwy zig-zagging masterstroke doing your head in.

Hell yeah

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3. ‘It’s The Truth’ by DION LUNADON (New Zealand)

Echoes like a neurotic chainsaw flare-up.

A roaring riff slashes and thrashes throughout this psych-o-tic hellraiser. Add Lunadon‘s freakish vocals and you know that this brainbreaker will test the resilience of your stereo. Fucktastic! From new album Beyond Everything

Probably your favorite nightmare…

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4. ‘Zick Zack’ by RAMMSTEIN (Germany)

The bombastic German metal machine have
a new, their 8th, longplayer out, called Zeit.

Their same old recipe still works.

My fav sledgehammer on the LP is Zick Zack.

Ridiscouly infectious
Great Scheiße shit!

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5. ‘Troglodyte’ by VIAGRA BOYS (Sweden)

The Swedish mavericks have their 3rd full length Cave World out on 8 July.

But first this hot-blooded straightforward snorter. Gabba Gabba Viagra!

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6. ‘Nice Guy’ by FAB THE DUO (Los Angeles)

“Be You. Be Proud. And Be Loud!” is the duo’s motto.
So, I guess you know what to expect.

Sounds like a punked-up Weezer juggernaut.
This bang-on master blaster is bitch of a slam dunk.

Get up, stand up and fight for your right to be a nice guy…

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7. ‘Striking Like Thunder’ by LOWERY MILLS (Canada)

This thunder and lighting corker strikes big time from the first chord on, to the final one. Classic riffage rock with an anthemic plangency, a flaming drive, and a mammoth chorus. Add aroused vocals and the overall result is an ear-popping champion you’ll have on repeat for a while.

Titanic score.

Rock out…

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8.’Digging’ by NOTHINGHEADS (London)

These DIY misfits have a new 5-track EP out, titled DIGGING.
You can buy it on Bandcamp.

My numero uno cracker is the title track.

The band’s frontman sounds like his own meanest demon.
Threatening and ready to kick badasses. This uppercut goes
mental on schizophrenic guitars and merciless drums.

Get electrified here…

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9. ‘Not For You’ by JANIS (Berlin, Germany)

To hell with all ruthless power abusers. That’s the central sharp-cutting message
of this new Janis jackhammer that causes a racing rush of blood through your veins.

This cocksure swipe is stoked up by jagged guitars,
by a steadfast drums/bass force, and by biting vocals.

Fuck Putin!

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10. ‘Contagious’ by MIMOSA (Sheffield, UK)

What do you think of this? Topliners Arctic Monkeys turning up their amps or Liverpool legends The La’s if they would have been a rapid-fire punk turbo. Sounds insane, right?
You bet.

Spiky guitars zigzagging madly all over the place, John Bonham-like
drum brutality hits hard, and Alex Turner‘s younger brother is singing.

Be ready to move like a nutter on
a pogo stick. Contagious pyrotechnics.

Blitz-tastic…

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11. ‘The Frequency’ by RICHES

Dream pop splendor in motion, with shiny synths, bouncy basslines,
laid-back drums, sensual vocals, and majestic orchestration. This winsome
humdinger will find its way to your yearning heart and your restless soul.

Right here

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12. Up The Mountain’ by REGINA SPEKTOR (Russia/America)

Spektor will make her fans happy with Home, Before And After.
Her 7h longplayer landing on 24 June.

Ahead of it this sublime pop pearl. Frisky and catchy.

Enjoy

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13. ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ by SAM CASEY (Toronto)

This timeless Etta James gem is 55 years old. It was written
by Ellington Jordan and co-credited to Billy Foster and James.

Songstress Sam Casey‘s heart-and-soul touching rendition
sends shivers down your spine, with her goosebumps voice.

Casey about the video: It feels so vulnerable to see the results of my raw emotion and struggle that this is almost difficult to watch. As soon as we started filming, the lyrics (and most likely, the fact that I was crying between takes) took everyone to this dark yet loving place where tears were being shed, but there were hugs and kisses floating around all night.”

Magnific

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14. ‘Desert Storm’ by HOLY COVES (Wales)

Desert Storm is a psychedelic thrill with the hypnotizing and repetitive dynamism
of Krautrock. Its vibrant vigor and steadfast swagger roll all the way.

Pounding drums push the track continuously, guitars glimmer,
and febrile vocals add a shadowy timbre. Bingo.

What you hear
is what you get…

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15. ‘The Order’ by MEAR (Toronto)

This synth dream-pop duo has their
debut album Soft Chaines out now.

A gripping work inspired by physical pain leading to psychological pain feeding doubt, despair, and anguish. Often musicians use their work to process adversity. That’s what happens on this album. The layered synth orchestrations add melancholic warmth and here and their guitars gently weep while Miller‘s voice is the wandering star in the middle. An enticing debut with a harrowing, human touch.

My favorite piece of the record is the opener The Order.

A shadowy musing with sparkling synths…

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16. ‘Boltfor’ by MOGWAI (Scotland)

Last year the Scottish veterans excited critics and
fans with their 10th LP As The Love Continues.

One song, from the same sessions, didn’t make the album as it wasn’t finished yet at the time. But it’s now ready to meet the world. It’s classic Mogwai euphony with swelling layers of synths, sheeny guitars, and slow-paced drums. The finale is just Homeric.

And a great video too…

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17. ‘Sunbleached’ by TIDAL WAVE (Canada)

Twinkling guitars draw you into this touchy-feely daydream from the get-go. The color is blue, the melody is melancholic, the voice is wondering. This is a shoegazy gem for heavyhearted hearts and vulnerable souls, a soothing score for all romantics among us. The vibe is idyllic, the tone is hazy, the end result is just wondrous.

Listen/watch and feel better…

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18. ‘Special Satellite’ by SUBATOMIC SATELLITE (Belgium)

I’m sure you know that feeling of awakening in the morning and your first thought is ‘I don’t want to get up and face the cruel world, out there, today‘. But some smart cells in your brains tell you that you have no choice as you can’t escape reality. Not today, not tomorrow, never.

That very moment smooth and soft shanties like this one help you to ease your
moody state of mind. By mingling shimmery guitar sparks, shooting synths, spirited melodiousness, and comforting vocals in a happy-go-lucky way you can imagine you’re
on a special satellite where life colors pink again.

Lou Reed called it the satellite of love.

Press play here…

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19. ‘The Getaway’ by THE AFGHAN WHIGS (Ohio)

The passionate rockers announced their 9th LP, named
HOW DO YOU BURN? I’ll land on 9/11.

After the lead firework single I’ll Make You See God
Greg Dulli
and Co
slow down for this evocative lullaby…

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20. ‘Anything’ by SHARON VAN ETTEN (New Jersey)

The wonderful songstress released her new longplayer
We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong
earlier this month.

One of the highlights is this longing love song…

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See/hear you next month, music junkies

VIAGRA BOYS Drop Heated Corker ‘AIN’T NO THIEF’ From New Upcoming LP

New striking strokes

21 April 2022


(photo by Turn Up The Volume)

Band: VIAGRA BOYS
Who: Whirling Swedish rockers, with tattoo man
Sebastian Murphy leading the troops
Active: Since 2015 / 3 studio albums (new one incl.)


(artwork new LP)

New album: CAVE WORLD
Out: 8 July 2022 – pre-order here

Lead single: AIN’T NO THIEF

I love the dirty buzz and fuzz
of these Stockholm hound dogs.

I said, I ain’t no thief
He ain’t no thief
But, he got the same stuff

Yes

Tour 2022

VIAGRA BOYS: Facebook – Spotify

Stockholm Misfits VIAGRA BOYS Mix Mad Past Mess And Real Life On New LP

10 January 2021

Band: VIAGRA BOYS
Who: Swedish punk rockers with sharp
tongues and addictive jackhammers
Album: WELFARE JAZZ – their 2nd LP

Released: 8 January 2021

Ringleader/tattooist Sebastian Murphy: “We wrote these songs
at a time when I had been in a long-term relationship, taking drugs
every day, and being an asshole. I didn’t really realize what an asshole
I was until it wastoo late, and a lot of the record has to do with coming
to terms with the fact that I’d set the wrong goals for myself.”

NME says: “The Stockholm band traverse musical dissonance, country
and western, “being an asshole” and, er, loving dogs, leaning into the
madness of the modern era.
” Full review here. Score: 4/5.

A track-by-track breakdown with Murphy
as featured on Stereogum right here.

Key singles: Ain’t Nice / Creatures

– AIN’T NICE –

– CREATURES –

Full album…

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VIAGRA BOYS: Facebook


Belgium, 2019 – Pic by Turn Up The Volume!

Coming In 2021… VIAGRA BOYS

27 December 2020

Band: VIAGRA BOYS
Who: Swedish punk rockers with sharp
tongues and addictive jackhammers
Album: WELFARE JAZZ – their 2nd LP

Out: 8 January 2021
Pre-order facilities here.

Tattoo ringleader Sebastian Murphy : “We wrote these songs at a time
when I had been in a long-term relationship, taking drugs every day, and
being an asshole. I didn’t really realize what an asshole I was until it was
too late, and a lot of the record has to do with coming to terms with the
fact that I’d set the wrong goals for myself.”

The 3 singles (so far)…

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VIAGRA BOYS: Facebook


(Belgium, 2019 – Pic by Turn Up The Volume!)