10 O’ClOCK CHEMICAL – Buzzy Electro Turbo Energizes Your Senses With Booming 4-Track EP ‘FAVOURS FOR THE WICKED’…

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22 June 2018

(photo: Mark Vyse)

Open-faced and strong-willed electro 4-piece turbine 10 O’CLOCK CHEMICAL,
led by songwriter, vocalist and multi instrumentalist Rhys Oakes invaded Turn Up
The Volume’s
ears already a while ago with two blistering scores: spicy debut single
Babylon Is Fallen and follow-up killer We Are Digital. Both corkers are now part
of the band’s brand new 4-track debut EP, titled FAVOURS FOR THE WICKED.

An overall triumphant achievement with ‘It’s War’ and Dinosaur ‘(It’s Not The 80’s)  having the same exciting characteristics as the two aforementioned ones:
firmly booming , highly danceable and balls & brains lyrics.

This is what we learned from an accompanying press statement:  ‘Favours For The Wicked’ holds a mirror to the world to reveal it for the self-consuming zoo that it is. It’s a bold and bleak musical view of a planet devoured by an unforgiving consumer culture, the isolating effects of social media, aggressive surveillance, and increasing censorship. Through four fiendishly addictive songs, (an exemplary display of the irony of form echoing content), 10 O’ Clock Chemical suggest that the forces of evil are at large, and that humanity is pending a planned dehumanisation program that will inevitably lead up to the surrender of our privacy, speech and human values. One can only hope that when the beneficiaries of such a nefarious system are revealed, the social order will collapse, until then we are merely the ignorant and faceless servants of a backwards-thinking culture.”

10 O’CLOCK CHEMICAL is a band for the present and the future, for today and
tomorrow. An explosive project of an inventive and socially alert musician with
the help of an engrossing team that energizes your senses, your limbs, your heart
and soul while spitting, rightly, about important daily life issues and sneering about human injustices. A splendiferous combination. Come on, folks, get out of your lazy couch.  Time to party like it’s 1999 again…

10o’CLOCK CHEMICAL: Website – Facebook – Instagram

FAVOURS FOR THE WICKED available on iTunes

Join THE FLAMING LIPS On Their Starry-Eyed ‘GREATEST HITS VOL. 1’ Trip…

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2 June 2018

After 14 studio longplayers, released since 1983, eccentric Oklahoma psychedelia adventurers THE FLAMING LIPS just released a GREATEST HITS VOL. 1. A highly
relaxing collection of 11 of their sonic fairy tales. This Volume 1 is obviously about
these daydreamers’ most romantic and moony side. I guess a future Volume 2
selection will feature their more surreal, more chaotic & hard hittin’ symphonies.

Put on your headphones, dim the lights and join the Lips’ starry-eyed trip…

THE FLAMING LIPS:  Website – Facebook – Discography


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5 May 2018

This weekend will be one of the first sunny ones of the year, so far, in my home
country Belgium (and almost all over Europe). Time for our first 2018 BBQ. I guess Portland‘s groove masters THE DANDY WARHOLS were aware of this as they released their new album ‘LIVE FROM COWBOY CHRISTMAS‘ just yesterday from a show recorded 9 December last year at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland. A weird – Xmas mood in Spring – but, nevertheless, appropriate soundtrack for this exciting, sunlit weekend. Come on, you little drummer boy, let’s start the part. Right here, right now …

THE DANDY WARHOLS Website – Facebook –  Twitter

photo TUTV!

FRANKIE SIMONE – Electro Vox Invites Her People For A ‘LOVE//WARRIOR’ Trip

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28 April 2018

Turn Up The Volume featured up and coming Portland artist FRANKIE SIMONE before
for the right reasons. She has a truly striking voice, she’s utterly cool & sexy and gloriously outspoken and she’s about to release her debut EP ‘LOVE//WARRIOR‘ on the first of June. Ahead of it here’s the title track. This song is an ethos for Frankie as she aspires to spread
her message of radical self-love and acceptance through her music and throughout her life in general.
Move over Béyonce, here’s the new high priestess of electro pop. Go funky right here, right now, folks…

FRANKIE SIMONE: Website – Facebook – Instagram

LOVE//WARRIOR EP out 1 June via Infinite Companion

WEEKEND BEAT – Relax In The Shadow With Berlin Artist STONY SUGARSKULL…

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20 April 2018

The greatest part of Europe enjoys sunny days, but if you rather prefer to relax in the shadow than here’s Berlin-based artist Monika Demmler aka STONY SUGARSKULL to
keep you company with her darksome, twilight voice and puzzling reveries, sounding like the enigmatic ex-Mazzy Star singer Hope Sandoval fronting an acoustic Velvet Underground. Mystifying and heavy-hearted, yet weirdly attractive and sensual. Here are two of her new, sonic meditations. Two gloom-ridden reflections that will affect the moody side of your dreamy sentiments while reposing in the shade…

STONY SUGARSKULL: More on Bandcamp – Facebook – Instagram

Sonic Psychedelia At Its Most Compelling – Here’s MIEN’s Spellbinding Debut Album…

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14 April 2018

MIEN features vocalist Alex Maas (The Black Angels), Tom Furse (The Horrors),
Rishi Dhir (Elephant Stone‘s sitar maestro) and John-Mark Lapham (The Earlies)

Last week this thrilling quartet released one of the best albums of the year (so far).
Their self-titled debut LP is a multi-layered tour de force. Contrary to countless other
side-projects these four most compelling musicians definitely didn’t come together
just to kill some time while their respectively bands took a pause. Oh no, not all,
the final result of their magical collaboration is nothing less than amazing. Here
is a splendiferous record full of mind-stimulating explorations, richly orchestrated compositions, transcendent soundscapes and rapturous arrangements overall. A
sonic work that needs several plays in order to discover the detailed grandeur of it.
After daily spins over the past seven days, I now fully feel and experience Mien‘s psychedelic depth and magnitude. It shows clearly that his group should go on…

EARTH MOON: spiritual illumination
BLACK HABIT: haunting electronica
psych paranoia
YOU DREAMT: experimental escapade
OTHER: cinematic gloominess
ROPES: neurotic disorder
ECHOLALIA: freaky mindfucker
ODESSEY: astonishing groove
EARTH MOON (reprise): cinematic finale


MIEN: Facebook – Website

Album available here.

Canadian Synthpop Duo CUBS REFRAIN Shines On Impassioned Debut LP ‘TELL ME YOU LOVE ME’…

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7 April 2018

Synthpop duo CUBS REFRAIN, formed in 2015 by Toronto artists Erin and Jordan,
just released their captivating debut album, titled ‘TELL ME YOU LOVE ME’.

Erin revealed in a press statement that “the album tells the story of a high-school aged
couple as they navigate the desire and despair of romantic awakening. My bandmate, Jordan, and I have spent the past year writing, recording and mixing the 14-track concept album, independently, in the home studio we constructed. Besides the prominent synths, the album features cello, drums and electric guitar, all performed acoustically. Most arresting are the sounds made when Jordan dismantled his family grand piano following the house fire referenced on the album’s artwork and on the track “Death of the Grand Piano 2017,
Scissors on Wire.”

SCORE: ‘Tell Me You Love Me’ is a gripping work of fervent passion, zealous intensity
and vital romanticism. A gratifying record that pleases your senses all the way through.
A sparkling collection of versatile, emotions loaded compositions. From vigorous electro splendour (When It Started / St. Andrews / Breathe / All New Lives and the superb ‘We Almost Failed, Brian (Epilogue II)) to soulful synth balladry intensified by Erin and Jordan‘s highly impressive voices (Collide / Underway / Where We Where). Overall this first longplayer is a stirring triumph marked by towering electronica dynamics, overwhelming duet vocals, and sky-high melodies. Imagine Editors and CHVRCHES producing some epic grandeur together. Yes, that magical! Discover the sonic brightness right here…

CUBS REFRAIN: Website – Facebook – Twitter

TELL ME YOU LOVE ME – Out now and available on iTunes

HAWK Launches Remarkable Video Clip For Newest Track ‘KEEPS ME OUT’…

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31 March 2018

Band: HAWK

Who: “Grunge-filled indie via London, Ireland, and Berlin. With activism at its core, HAWK combines an abrasive edge with celestial vocals, to create a driving, expansive sound. The band has been compared to Warpaint and The Cranberries with hints of Slow Dive and Radiohead…”

Track/Clip: KEEPS ME OUT

Score: here’s a mysterious slo-mo shoegaze drone, fascinating and dazzling in sound
and vision with frontwoman Julie Hawk‘s other-worldly voice as the most impressive instrument of this up and coming London trio. Hawk‘s vox and the song’s transcendent impetus is a perfect match turning ‘Keeps Me Out’ into a puzzling soundscape that has an impact on the dark side of your mind. Here’s the remarkable clip directed by James Byrne. “Explore the effects of stop-motion in this glitter-infused video…

HAWK: Website – Facebook – Twitter

TUBELIGHT – Belgian Garage Trash Force With Hottest Album Of The Moment…

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24 March 2018

They rattle, they rumble, they roar and they roll. They are TUBELIGHT. A cracking 5-piece out of Belgium that released its second album EXPERT BY VIRTUE, THEREOF just a few weeks ago. A blazing record Turn Up The Volume had on his earphones every single day since it hit the streets (review:  here). Imagine the early Velvet Underground with Mark E Smith – who’s singing instead of barking – producing some hellish hullabaloo jams. Fierce, sharp, nasty and hair-raising with frontman Long Tall Lee spitting and sneering like the demonic best. Pretty awesome! Best gang of the moment, on record and on stage. Why
I hear you ask? Here’s why…


Yesterday the trashy engine played my hometown Ghent again and turned their stupendous longplayer into a smashing powerhouse on stage at the Charlatan
venue with an overall riotous knockout sound that makes your head spin 360°.
Boiling guitars, kicking rhythm section, Ray Manzarek‘s ghost on keys and Lee
‘s screaming and shouting on top of it. No nonsense, no special effects,

LSD boy….

Snake Oil Salesmen

Full house

Nervous Lee

Flaming riffage

“Who are the fucking Glücks?

TUBELIGHT: Facebook / Label: Fons Records

(concert pics by JL/Turn Up The Volume!)

WEEKEND BEAT – Capture The Trippy Electro Magic Of RUMOURS’ Debut LP ‘MEGAMIX’…

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17 March 2018

(photo FB Rumours)

RUMOURS is an up and coming 2-girls/2-boys electro force out of Belgium taking a giant step on their sonic journey with their first full length record. They describe their music as “pitch dark Shaman-hop and obscure cold with a frisking rustle, veiled by an oppressively dark sample-web.

Last week their highly atmospheric, soulful and dancey debut longplayer MEGAMIX, saw the light of day. A truly magnificent and magnetizing work of transcendent soundscapes.
A monumental sound, ranging from grand symphonies to mighty bass-loaded-synths drones. From twilight vibrations to battering reverberations. From heaven to hell and back, with frontgirl Hannah‘s divine and ardent voice as the band’s most impressive instrument. Here’s the dark splendor, the trippy magic and electronic majesty…

RUMOURS: Facebook
TURN UP THE VOLUME‘s live review of the LP release happening right here

Also available on iTunes