Best Concerts Of 2019 (Pt 8) – Here Are Manic Post Punk Preachers BLACK MIDI…

Turn Up The Volume looks back at his favourite concerts of 2019…

black midi – Beurschouwburg, Brussels – 10 October 2019

Here’s the original review

If you went to this gig without ever hearing this electrical juvenile London quartet called black midi I guess your unsuspecting ears would have been impressed as never before. These adventurous youngsters sound like an experimental post-punk turbine producing ferocious Black Sabbath drones resonating actually like bombastic prog-rock firework with ever-changing, manic Frank Zappa-esque twists and turns. Yep, demonic and hypnotic 21st Century disturbance with the crushing impact of a deranged steamroller.

Their repetitive build up/break down noise pattern goes sometimes faster than your aural reception and messed-up mind can actually handle. And at times the four members – two guitarists, a bassist and an octopus drummer – seem to play each a different song as if this was a free jazz-rock gathering while main vocalist Geordie Greep‘s haunting Scott Walker like vocals tried to give the uninterrupted cacophonous havoc a voice now and then. Arresting!

Crowd pleasers 953, Near DT, MI, speedway and bmbmbm, all standout highlights of their astonishing debut LP Schlagenheim worked perfectly to keep the audience buzzing. But some new pieces were thrown in and caused both puzzlement and bewilderment among the spectators as rhythms and dynamics went relentlessly forth and back and vice versa without really going somehwere leaving a what the bloody fuck is going on here feel.

Seventy-minutes of non-stop (no communication with the audience whatsoever, even
no ‘hello‘ nor ‘goodbye‘) freakish electricity was a bit too long, but be assured the hype
is for real. These innovative and imaginative noise misfits learned a lot of mind-boggling experimentalism from the past and they turned their impressions into something truly special for today and for the future. Don’t forget, they have only started!

This footage will give you a firm taste of their perplexing power…

black midi: Facebook

Here’s their manic debut LP ‘SCHLAGENHEIM‘ in full…

(concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)

Best Concerts Of 2019 (Pt 7) – Here’s Irish Punk Rock Turbo FONTAINES D.C.

Turn Up The Volume looks back at his favourite concerts of 2019…

FONTAINES D.C. – Botanique, Brussels – 7 November 2019

Here’s the original review

Last Thursday was the third time in the past 18 months that Turn Up The Volume lost himself in FONTAINES D.C.‘s intoxicating live hurly-burly. And this non-stop storming
gig was by far the best of the three. The success of their astounding debut LP ‘Dogrel made them tour half of the globe and after a couple of hundred shows since I first saw these sharp-mouthed Irish punk ‘n’ roll globetrotters they have become a real red-hot-blooded, mean machine. Their 45 minutes of adrenalin infused explosion of youthful anger, political and social frustration and sheer rock puissance inflamed our capital
and myself. Incontestable contender for best gig of the year! You bet!

Yesterday’s pics

Manic frontman Grian Chatten in full swing…

Too real for ya?

Looking for the boys in the better land

Full house

Setlist, including two new ones: ‘Heroes Death’ and ‘Lucid Dream’ …

Debut album DOGREL in full…

Reviews of Turn Up The Volume‘s
previous Fontaines experiences:…
Dikmsuide 2019 and Brussels 2018

Best Concerts Of 2019 (Pt 6) – Here’s Belgian Rowdy Grunge Trio PEUK…

Turn Up The Volume looks back at his favourite concerts of 2019…

PEUK – Charlatan, Ghent, Belgium – 25 January 2019

Here’s the original review

After a series of rip-roaring gigs last year and an explosive EP, it was crystal clear why rowdy Belgian newcomers PEUK, a blusterous in your face trio led by youthful primal screamer and emotive songwriter Nele became the talk of the town. Remember Sonic Youth? Remember Nirvana? Remember early Hole? Well, Peuk is a scorching three-headed dragon combining all the mad rage, blazing anger and reality anxiety those
three aforementioned bands were adored for by troubled hearts & souls worldwide.

Yesterday the band released their self-titled, blistering debut LP and played a glorious
big bang gig in Turn Up The Volume‘s hometown to celebrate the newborn. As well live
as on record this noisy threesome’s intensity equals a fire-spewing volcano with psychic problems. Mental conditions such as exorcism, catharsis and soul-purification come to mind when you see Nele giving it all in her zone of her own on the stage. Totally arresting! Fully bewitching! Smells like blood-curdling teen spirit. Here’s an idea of Peuk Live

And what about their debut album, I hear you ask.
Here are the keywords: Melodic trash / Barbed wire punk / Riotous grunge / Fierce body-piercing howls / Kim Gordon’s coolness / Courtney’s sneering and spitting / Mind-crashing drums / Furious bass / Fast slow / Quit, loud / Clamorous tumult / Emotional outbursts.

With all that information, you’re
sonically armed to meet the beast.
Kick out the jams right here…

Album available via iTunes and Bandcamp

PEUK: Facebook

(concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)