Wall-Of-Electro-Rock-Shocks – Boston Duo BIG TIME KILL Hits Hard On ‘RECOVERY’ EP

14 May 2021

Who: A blazing electro-rock duo formed in Boston, back in 2014 by
multi-instrumentalist and producer Adam Schneider and his friend,
multi-instrumentalist Ben Caccia. Until now they made stormy waves
with their 2018 debut LP and two EPs.

Press info: The new Recovery EP is a genre-twisting collection of songs exploring existential anxiety. Taking inspiration from eclectic industrial and electronic art-rock pioneers like Fad Gadget and Peter Gabriel, the album’s four tracks blend into a fever dream of melodic pop-influenced hooks, chaotic synths, orchestral flourishes, and mangled post-punk guitars.

Adam Schneider: “Like many, I unfortunately experienced a lot of heavy personal losses
this past year, and I found myself feeling very distraught with both life and music. This EP
was my way to finally reconnect with my love for music, and it’s ultimately about embracing being yourself and that it’s ok to feel weird or different than others.”

Turn Up The Volume: In a normal world Big Time Kill should be know wide and far.
Their massive wall-of-electro-rock-shock is titanic, overwhelming at times, served with
a gigantic gusto to blow roofs off dance floors. Steamy synths, manic guitars, big beats, and intense vocals. Add the tandem’s heart and soul passion and their spot-on views on humankind and you can figure out why BTK deserves to be know wide and far along with experts like NIN, LCD Soundsytem and The Prodigy among others.

Don’t be a shallow cliché, hip-shake
to your dreams, recover and restart.

Right here, right now.


Boston’s Trash Electro Rock Duo BIG TIME KILL Hits Hard With New Apocalyptic EP ‘ANXIETY’…

1 Augustus 2019

After last year’s eruptive debut LP ‘Shock And Awe’ Boston’s electro rock duo BIG TIME KILL is back with a new EP, entitled ‘ANXIETY’. A tornado record with four trash techno steamrollers and one atmospheric, closing reflection. Thunder and lighting performances bringing high-tech noiseniks like Nine Inch Nails, Killing Joke, The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy to mind. Yes, that forceful, devilish, brutal and rebellious.

Most of us acknowledge the fucked-up times we experience today with dangerous, right-wing world leaders in charge whose only scary goal is to ‘divide and rule‘. It makes people, obviously, feel very anxious, confused and panicky. It also stimulates artists such as BIG TIME KILL to create a loud and clear soundtrack that fits this apocalyptic reality. Anyway, that’s the impact of ANXIETY on me. I guess many of you will share my point of view after hearing these doom and gloom discharges…


(photo: James Dattolo of A Curious Production)

Electro Turbo BIG TIME KILL Release Red-Hot-Blooded Debut Album ‘SHOCK AND AWE’ – Discover It Here… Track By Track

3 October 2018

BIG TIME KILL is a blazing electro-rock duo formed in Boston, back in 2014 by multi-instrumentalist and producer Adam Schneider and his friend/multi-instrumentalist
Ben Caccia. After their 2015 debut EP the scorching tandem, influenced by industrial
noise devils such as Nine Inch Nails and Killing Joke just released their first full length entitled SHOCK AND AWE. A totally steamy body of volcanic work injected with flaming electro trash eruptions boosted by obstreperous synths, hammer-blow drum machines, diabolical guitar frenzy and Schneider‘s anxious vocals all over it. This firstborn is a gusty
beast that will have a titanic impact on your ears and your speakers. Please welcome
Adam Schneider who will tell you more, track by track, about the pair’s red-hot-blooded powerhouse…

Here’s the music

Here’s the breakdown track by track

1. Carbon
“Short and sweet. Carbon‘s all about contrast and uncertainty/anxiety, which are themes that carry throughout the rest of the album.”

2. Body Talk
“I remember listening to a lot of The Stooges’ Fun House when we started working on this track. I really admire the visceral energy on that album and wanted to channel that into ‘Body Talk‘s performance.”

A stooge influence

3. I Don’t Care Anymore
“I’m a sucker for funky beats and I always wanted to work slap guitar into a song.
This track’s about how we’re constantly bombarded with information to the point
where it all becomes white noise.”

4. DTs
“DTs is kind of like a journey where my hip-hop and progressive rock influences stick
out a little more. The title refers to Delirium Tremens which is a form of withdrawal.”

5. Don’t Need You
“We probably have 3 different completed arrangements of ‘Don’t Need You‘ that
we experimented with, and this one was the most dynamic and interesting to us
in the end. The saxophone solos are done by our friend Patrick Medina who gave
us killer performances which I then glitched and mangled in post-production.”

6. Evil
“This was the “let’s throw everything we can at this including the kitchen sink” track. Lots of mood shifting and changeups, with some great backup vocals by our friend Angelika in
the band Brighter Than A Thousands Suns. Watching the show Twin Peaks for the first
time also influenced this track’s composition and lyrics.”

From Twin Peaks to Evil

7. Shock and Awe
“The title track was actually the last song written and completed for the album. I’m a big fan of the Bomb Squad‘s noisy sample-based production on the Public Enemy albums, and
I wanted to use those techniques to make something industrial and funky that summed
up all the ideas we were trying to capture on the album.”

8. Answer
“Another dance track mixing funk and industrial vibes together. This song is about
how we attach ourselves to different things to give our life meaning and how it can
be difficult to break away from those things, for better or worse.”

9. Echo Heart
“A lot of our songs are pretty upbeat, and Echo Heart is an experiment in slowing
things down, getting a little moodier, and seeing what happens in our writing. I still
love the shoegaze-influenced guitar sounds we got on this one, and the song’s ending
is one of my favorite moments on the album.”

10. Overload
“One of the very first songs I ever wrote for this band and it’s what we’ve usually been closing our shows with. The energy we try to pack into this song live took a lot of effort
to capture in the recording, but I think in the end we finally got it. Someone at a gig once described this track as “Ministry on speed” and I’d say that’s pretty accurate.”

Ministry on speed

11. Failed Regeneration
“While making this album I also worked on scoring a video game, which made
me want to create something cinematic and a bit darker than unusual.”

Thank you, Adam Schneider, for all the info.
May the road rise with BIG TIME KILL!

SHOCK AND AWE is available on Bandcamp (name your price)
and iTunes – you can stream the record als on Spotify….

Photo by James Dattolo of A Curious Production

BIG TIME KILL: Website – Facebook –  Twitter

BIG TIME KILL – Boston Duo Rages Fiercely On Crazed Single ‘BODY TALK’…

12 September 2018


Who: Duo formed in 2014 Boston-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Adam Schneider and his longtime friend/multi-instrumentalist Ben Caccia, creating visceral electronic rock built on drum machines, glitched out guitars, and funky synths inspired
by Nine Inch Nails/Killing Joke/KMFDM

Track: BODY TALK – single from upcoming debut LP

Score: After releasing their debut EP 2015 this zippy two-piece will launch their first full length, entitled SHOCK AND AWE next month. Ahead of it here’s first single BODY TALK. An electro trash ripper driven by a powerful bass drone and injected with bloodthirsty guitars turning this raging synth smack into a gusty beast while its sticky chorus and anxious vocals augment the irresistible impact of this hair-rising stroke. Check out the
crazed heat for yourself…

BIG TIME KILL: Website – Facebook –  Twitter

Debut LP SHOCK AND AWE out 2 October

THE LIMIÑANAS Score Big Time With Their New ‘No Fillers All Killers’ Album… SHADOW PEOPLE

When you can’t resist new sonic vibrations, play them on…


(artwork new album)

Mind-expanding French duo THE LIMIÑANAS just released their new longplayer – and to my hungry ears, without a shadow of a doubt, their best so far – SHADOW PEOPLE. No fillers, all killers. All their well-known sonic key strengths meet in harmony just brilliantly on this new LP with Marie‘s irresistible, repetitive, tribal kicks and Lionel‘s sensual guitar grooves as the non-stop throbbing heartbeat from the very ouverture to the melancholic finish. The mesmeric collaborations are spot on as usual (with New Order/Joy Division bass legend Peter Hook, psychedelia junkie Anton Newcombe / French singer/author Bertrand Belin and French actress/musician Emmanuelle Seigner) and fit the whole story perfectly.

The overall hypnotic and gloomy swagger transfer you to the cinematic glamour and twilight glitter of a film noir. Spellbinding jams infiltrate all pitch-black corners of the
dark side of your satisfied mind. This is the first truly striking record of the new year.
Dim the lights, relax, have yourself a drink, alert all of your senses and experience an avalanche of sensory trips on repeat, like me…

And to satisfy your greedy eyes too here are two visualized tracks off the album…

* SHADOW PEOPLE (title track feat. the wonderful Emmanuelle Seigner)

* ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY (featuring The Brian Jonestown Massacre‘s mastermind)

THE LIMIÑANAS  Facebook – Website – Twitter

(photo by TUTVi)

THE KILLERS Release 2nd Album In A Year – Discover The Bruce Springsteen-esque ‘PRESSURE MACHINE’

13 August 2021

Band: Facebook
Active since 2001, twenty years / 7 studio albums (inclusive new one)

Released: 13 August 2021 – almost exactly a year
after Imploding The Mirage (20 August 2021)

NME says: “After two decades of bombast, the band’s contemplative concept album
finds frontman Brandon Flowers reconnecting with his roots… The past year has allowed
many big names the times to complete long-held fantasies (Paul McCatney’s ‘III’) or push
creative talents to their brink (Charli XCX’s ‘How I’m Feeling Now’), now ‘Pressure Machine’
joins them; not only is it a project we we may never have heard otherwise, but a deeply satisfying entry into their catalogue. It’s a homecoming of discreet intentions, not the
pompous heroes return they’re likely used to – the modesty and subtlety suits them.”

Full review here. Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: This time the bombastic rockers take another direction
to express their emotiveness. Moody, nostalgic, melancholically romantic with
frontman Brandon Flowers looking back at his teenage years in his hometown
Utah. Think Bruce Springsteen‘s sentimentality on his masterpiece Nebraska.

Not bombastic – big tunes – melodrama, but less orchestrated
melodrama (with a couple of upbeat exceptions).

For some critics, it’s too mellow. For me, it’s gripping mellowness
that works just fine when sentimental moments pop up.

Dim the lights…


Blues Rock Tandem THE KILLS Released 4th Album ‘BLOOD PRESSURES’ 10 Years Ago

7 April 2021

Who: Blues-punk rockers Alison Mosshart (US) and Jamie Hince (UK)
who hit the scene 20 years ago, in 2001 / 5 albums (so far)

Released: 5 April 2011 – 10 years ago

AllMusic / Heather Phares wrote: “Alison Mosshart leads the way on Blood Pressures,
her dynamic vocals demanding the spotlight whether she and Jamie Hince further streamline their familiar sound or carve out new territory… Blood Pressures is a darker, slower ride than Midnight Boom, but it shows the Kills can make subtle innovations as well as bold ones, and make them fit their signature sound to boot.”
Full review here. Score: 4/5.

(pic by Turn Up The Volume!)

Turn Up The Volume says: One of my all-time favorite bands with one of
my favorite albums, including two of their best songs ever (see clips below).

(Heartbreaking ballad/striking clip)


Full album…

THE KILLS: Facebook

BIG BLASTS FROM THE PAST – 5 Killer Singles Turning 30 In 2021


Released: 7 May 1991
Score: #16 in the UK
Album: Generation Terrorists

We realised and won’t be mourned
We gonna burn your deathmask uniforms

2. Smells Like Teen Spirit by NIRVANA

Released: May 1991
Score: #6 in the US, #7 in the UK
Album: Nevermind

Here we are now, entertain us

3. Losing My Religion by R.E.M.

Released: 19 February 1991
Score: #4 in the US, #16 in the UK
Album: Out Of Time

That’s me in the corner
That’s me in the spot-light
Losing my religion

4. Get The Message by ELECTRONIC (Johnny Marr & Bernard Sumner)

Released: 15 April 1991
Score: #8 in the US and the UK
Album: Electronic

I’ve counted the nights, living in sin
How can we talk? Look where we’ve been

5. Planet Of Sound by PIXIES

Released: 28 May 1991
Album: Trompe Le Monde

And when I first touched some ground
They simply told me to leave
This ain’t the planet sound…


BIG BLASTS FROM THE PAST – 5 Smashing Singles Turning 15 In 2021


TUTV: A full-steam ahead killer rocker.
Album: Riot City Blues

Go nuts here…


TUTV: Tremendous stroke from an underrated longplayer.
Album: Show Your Bones

Press play…


TUTV: Sickly sticky tune. This is what great pop is all about.
Album: Writer’s Block

Hum, sing, or whistle along…


TUTV: Amplified indie pop glory.
Album: Hats Off To The Buskers

Let’s roll…


TUTV: The Lips’ frontman Wayne County liked
the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ band name so much that he wrote a song about it.
Album: At War With The Mystics

Yeah yeah yeah…

Going Back In Time – Five Big Longplayers By Five Legendary Bands…

4 October 2020

Band: The Specials
Album: More Specials – second LP
Released: 4 October 1980 – 40 years ago

Jerry Dammers on the American tour to promote the LP:
Vibraphone music in elevators. Obviously this was classed as
rubbish. I don’t know if it was my state of mind, because I was
so zonked, but it struck me as a really weird, psychedelic music,
which is now called lounge or exotica. It’s been rehabilitated, but
at the time, to say you actually liked that music was mad. It
completely freaked out some of the band.”


Band: Pink Floyd
Album: Atom Heart Mother – fifth LP
Released: 2 October 1970 – 50 years ago

David Gilmour: “A load of rubbish. We were at a real down point.
I think we were scraping the barrel a bit at that period. ‘Atom Heart
Mother’ sounds like we didn’t have any idea between us, but we
became much more prolific after it.”

PINK FLOYD: All Albums

Band: The Who
Album: The Who By Numbers – seventh LP
Released: 3 October 1975 – 45 years ago

John Entwistle. “The band’s late great bassist): “The first
cover I designed. I never got paid for. We were taking it in turns
to do the covers. It was Pete’s turn before me and we did the
Quadrophenia cover, which cost about the same as a small
house back then, about £16,000. My cover cost £32.”

THE WHO: All Albums

Band: The Police
Album: Zenyatta Mondatta – third LP
Released: 3 October 1980 – 40 years ago

Stewart Copeland (drummer) about the LP’s title artwork:
“It’s the same explanation that applies to the last two. It doesn’t
have a specific meaning like ‘Police Brutality’ or ‘Police Arrest’,
or anything predictable like that. Being vague it says a lot more.
Miles (Stewart Copeland’s brother and group manager) came up
with “Trimondo Blondomina”. Very subtle. Like three blondes
and the world. Then somebody thought of “Caprido Von Renislam”.
That rolls off the tongue. It was the address of the studio.

THE POLICE: All Albums

Band: Killing Joke
Album: Killing Joke – debut LP
Released: 5 October – 40 years ago

Jaz Coleman: “The first wave of punk was
manufactured. It was manufactured as boys
band but what came out of it was very interesting.”