Love Shack Excitement – Go Ahead With GUSTAF And Their New Single ‘BOOK’

Daily electricity to load your batteries

30 July 2021


(photo by Felipe Torres)

Band: GUSTAF
Who: Formed in 2018, Brooklyn’s Gustaf have built a kind of buzz
that feels like it comes from a different era. The art punk 5 piece
rapidly established a reputation as one of New York’s “hardest
working… and most reliably fun bands”
FFO: Talking Heads, Television, LCD Soundsystem, Bodega

Pick: BOOK

About: “About the fallacy and fight of getting ahead vs being a head. It is
seeking validation in the wrong places and from the wrong people,” The hook,
“I got ahead, I got a head” is a fun little taunt that we find either being thrown
in our face or coming out our mouth. Everyone gets their moment up on the
pedestal and everyone gets their turn falling off of it. Whether it’s up or down,
‘Book’ is about accepting whatever level you’re on,
” says singer Lydia Gammil.

Turn Up The Volume: This is awesome. This is it. 4 flaming Amazons and
one boy with a head-spinning Strokes riff, vocal B-52‘s razzmatazz and sassy
riot grrl swagger upfront. Served with some early Parquet Courts jingle-jangle
jaggedness and what you get is 120 seconds of love shack excitement.

This is awesome. This is it.

Dance this mess around here…

Also on Spotify

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GUSTAF: Facebook

THE STROKES – Striking Debut Album ‘IS THIS IT’ Released 20 Years Ago

30 July 2021

Band: THE STROKES (New York City)
Active: Since 1998 / 6 studio albums (so far)

Album: IS THIS IT – debut LP
Released: 30 July 2001 – 20 years ago today
Came out first in Australia, later in the UK, and US
Score: #2 in the UK, #5 in Australia, #33 in the US

Pitchfork: “The Strokes have struck an incredible balance between
the two extremes of rock music: sentimentality and listlessness. Any
sentimentality in these songs’ lyrics is countered by Casablancas’ self-
reliant indifference, and his listless delivery is offset by the band’s fervid
attack. Beyond that, it’s hard to pinpoint what exactly it is about the
Strokes that keeps me listening. All I know is that it’s not easy to come
by, and I like it. A lot.”
Full review here. Score: 9/10.

Turn Up The Volume: Along with The White Stripes these New York
darlings – the champions of jingle-jangle rock – dominated the first
years of the new Millenium. The Strokes looked cool, acted cool, and
made a tremendously cool debut album. This was it.

Singles: Hard To Explain / Last Nite / Someday

– HARD TO EXPLAIN –

– LAST NITE –

– SOMEDAY –

Full album…

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THE STROKES: All AlbumsFacebook

THE NATIONAL Frontman MATT BERNINGER Is Waiting For The Man

30 July 2021

Artist: MATT BERNINGER
Frontman of American band The National

Album: I’LL BE YOUR MIRROR: A TRIBUTE TO THE VELVET UNDERGROUND

What: A star-studded tribute to iconic band
The Velvet Underground
, and more specific
to their 1967 masterpiece debut LP.

Release: 24 September via Verve Records

The second taster of this tribute LP (after Kurt Vile’s Run Run Run) is for
The National frontman MATT BERNINGER who’s waiting for the man…

VU: History

Psychedelic Lockdown Blues – French Artist FAREWELL With New Album ‘SPINOZA’

29 July 2021

Artist: FAREWELL
Who: The folk/nu-classical solo project of French
musician and record label owner Jibé Calluaud.

Album: SPINOZA – third LP


Turn Up The Volume
: Somewhere floating between the mind-exploring dreams
of Syd Barrett and the introspectiveness of Eels where reality and fiction meet and
put up a psychedelic jam for confused minds, insomniacs, and all lost lockdown souls.

From soul-searching reveries with wayward twists and turns (If / Let Them Talk / I Am Multiple / Closure) to fired-up emotions (Lockdown / Scarlatine / Underneath). Intriguing record, intriguing exploit. Don’t say farewell, say hello pleased to meet you.

Single: IF…

Stream/buy full album…


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FAREWELL: Facebook

AMYL & THE SNIFFERS Explode Again – Here’s New Rad Ripper ‘SECURITY’

New sonic impulses

29 July 2021


(photo by Turn Up The Volume)

Band: AMYL & THE SNIFFERS
Who: Smoking Australian engine
that hit the scene in 2016

New album: COMFORT TO ME
Second LP after their red-hot self-titled debut (2019)
Out: 10th September 2021 – order info here

New single: SECURITY

“I’m not looking for trouble, I’m looking for love / Let me in your hard heart
Let me in your pub”
sings Amyl over and over again. Look, Amyl, my heart
is open. I fell in love with you the night I saw you explode on stage in a small
club in my home country Belgium (and having a beer and a high-five together
afterward!), back in 2019. The roof went off. Can’t wait for, the new album.

In the meantime, I go mental to Security. What about you, ladies and gents?

AMYL & THE SNIFFERS: Facebook

New album COMFORT TO ME out 10th September

Manchester Misfits MISTER STRANGE Kick Out The Jams On ‘LAUGHING WALL’

Daily electricity to load your batteries

29 July 2021

Band: MISTER STRANGE
Who: A Manchester turbine producing heavy
garage psych à la the likes of Ty Segall’s FUZZ,
Thee Oh Sees
and The Stooges.

New EP: I
Out 10 September 2021 via PNKSLM

New single: LAUGHING WALL
Second taster from the upcoming EP

Turn Up The Volume: I love the burning smell of manic riff roughness. This Manchester trio definitely too. They operate like punked-up misfits getting high on MC5 and The Raw Power Stooges. No fake arty farty party for Mister Strange. They just want to kick out the jams while fighting their demons. Hell yeah!

Kick ’em out, motherrockers…

You can buy the track here…


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MISTER STRANGE: Facebook