2020 Funky Reggae Party – LOUD APARTMENT With New Longplayer ‘SYSTEM BREAKDOWN’

5 November 2020

Who: A New York City music group created by musician and technologist
Nevaris AC in 2008 with changing line-ups over the years.

Info: “The new LP refers to the collapse of the systems meant to protect citizens during
a time like this. Access to healthcare. Access to a vital financial lifeline after the collapse of
the live music industry during the pandemic. The album also takes aim at the incompetence
and negligence of the current administration. We wanted to address this in the music beyond ourselves personally, addressing the collapse of the existing system as a whole.”

Key references: P-Funk, Santanta, Willy Bobo, Los Lobos, Talking Heads,
Ray Barretto and Jimmy Castor Bunch

Turn Up The Volume: ‘The Times They Are A-Changin‘ sung living legend back in 1964.
And they still do, unfortunately, in the wrong direction. We live in troubled times for a while now. It seems like we’re on our way to destruction as the greatest part of our
world is ruled by narcissistic leaders who preach hate, intolerance and division.

Time for action, time for a change while a hip-shaking, funky reggae party soundtrack blasts out of our speakers. Oh yeah, uplifting music is what we need to inject our concerned minds with hope and faith in a better future, while battling for survival. It worked in the past and it will work now. This swinging, feel better record does the trick perfectly without ignoring reality. Get up, stand up and shake your booty, people.

Right here, right now


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Three Times Gorgeous – MOSCOW APARTMENT Shines On New Brisk Track ‘NEW GIRL’

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…


18 June 2020

Toronto’s up and coming, folk imbued indie rock-pop teenagers
MOSCOW APARTMENT, Brighid Fry and Pascale Padilla, will release
their second EP, titled BETTER DAUGHTER on 10th July.

Last month the highly crafted singer-songwriters enthralled with
alluring and romantic pearl Halfway. And here’s track two, NEW GIRL.

It’s “misogyny and catcalling that served as the impetus behind ‘New Girl’. There was one
week where we were cat called probably 10 times. We felt fed up and wanted to write a song about men not respecting women’s boundaries, especially in public”
said the young artists.

NEW GIRL is more uptempo and brisker than Halfway. Its lively and bodacious groove pushed by a vivacious beat, shining guitars, and colored with the glamorous tandem’s golden voices make your aural antenna tremble instantly. It’s the sickly sticky tune you want to play, out loud, on your car radio with the windows open, driving along the beach while the sun is high up there in the sky. These ladies sound gorgeous, write gorgeous tunes, and look gorgeous. Rose-colored vividness for the summer. Listen up, all you
dumb machos, there are two new girls in town! Show r-e-s-p-e-c-t!

Tune in here…


Alluring And Romantic – MOSCOW APARTMENT Shared New Amorous Single ‘HALFWAY’

New sonic impulses…

8 May 2020

MOSCOW APARTMENT is singer-songwriter duo Brighid Fry and Pascale Padilla.
Aged only 17 and 18 and tremendously skilled. They will release their sophomore EP BETTER DAUGHTER next June. The EP presents an evolution of their sound from acoustic beginnings to the freedom they now enjoy playing live in a full band, which is translated
in Better Daughter’s layered arrangements.

Ahead of it comes new delightful single ‘HALFWAY‘. A charming, tender, and romantic rainbow with a lovey-dovey glow. These starry-eyed teenagers know exactly how to
shape catchy and high-quality tunes while their sensual voices bring The Pretenders iconic frontwoman Chrissie Hynde and Sharon Van Etten‘s moodiest moments to mind. Halfway‘s amorous pop sensibility leads to a dreamy state of mind. Lovely.

The future for Moscow Apartment looks marvelous and glimmering.
A shiny light in these dramatic isolation days.

Feel the vibe here…


Affective Tandem OH FOR Share Another Track From Upcoming EP – Here’s… ‘DREAM APARTMENT’

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

Finland‘s electro dreamers OH FOR will launch their debut EP ‘It’s The Darkest Day Of The Year And I’m Stuck Here With You’ pretty soon. After sharing first splendid track Willow Bark a few weeks ago the pair dropped another one. DREAM APARTMENT has a sort of breezy tenderness. The song is up there, somewhere in the starry sky and apparently looking for something or somebody. Its jazzy bass warmth, its twinkling orchestration and its intimate vocals will make your thoughts drift away to that relaxing room in your mind where you can freely fantasize. Experience the poetic spirit right here…

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Turn Up The Volume’s 15 KNOCKOUT TRACKS For November 2020 – Hells Bells!

This past month’s best…

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I love the smell of rock ‘n’ roll all month long!
Turn Up The Volume‘s 15 Knockout Tracks
November 2020
! Right here, right now…

‘State Of The Union’ by PUBLIC ENEMY (US)
Whatever it takes, rid this dictator / POTUS my tail, Ass debater / Prime-time Preemo, rhyme-time crime / Like no other in this lifetime / Stay away from me / State of the Union, shut the
fuck up / Sorry ass motherfucker / Stay away from me / State of the Union / Shut the fuck up

‘There’s A Ghost’ by SUPERCHUNK (North-Carolina)
This steamed-up missile proves that Superchunk still has the adrenalin-fueled buzz and fuzz energy to make you go nuts like a manic kangaroo. A welcome wham bloody bam smack to ventilate your lockdown frustration. Pogo along here…

‘I Don’t Know What I’m Doing’ by MAXÏMO PARK (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)
Instant rollicking-guitar-crazy stormer. An agitated and keyed-up cracker on the
run with an adrenaline-fueled chorus triggering your jump up-and-down button.
From the upcoming album Nature Always Wins, out 26 February 2021…

‘The Eyeball Dance’ by HEY COLOSSUS (UK)
From the get-go, this ongoing repetitive-riff-ripper infiltrates your mind without asking permission. And the sickly sticky chorus causes head-twisting dynamics making you totally dizzy. Mind-bending psych jam for greedy ears! Get up and turn it up…

‘The Observer’ by FLYING MOON IN SPACE (Germany)
Only thirty seconds in and this electrical Kraut-synth stunner is already jumping from left to right and back in your uncontrollably spinning head. Ongoing sparkling rotations cause a transcendent experience giving you the opportunity to escape our grim reality for a while…

‘Alien Nate’ by FILIBUSTER (Belgium)

Cutting Sonic Youth echoes, flashing Metz dynamics, and layers of Dinosaur Jr. guitars.
A sizzling bolide about loving each other while rocking your balls off. From the band’s excellent debut LP Future Anachronisms. Start the fire…

‘Out Of The Shadows’ by GREAT HARE (Sweden)
This is the wake-up-call I want to hear when I can’t get out of my bed in the morning. You simply can’t resist this shot of adrenaline. This is what elevating pop is all about. Vitalizing, energizing, and galvanizing. In a normal world, this should be a global hit…

‘Breaking Out’ by GHOSTLAWNS
Middle finger to the lockdown, there’s no law against freaking out in your living room and it helps to activate your adrenaline production. And kraut-dance impulses are so much cheaper and more effective than therapy. Hit the floor…

‘For Daze’ by FAUX MACHISMO (Leeds)
Passion, desperation, devotion, distress, and heartache. An anxiety-driven outburst making your hair in the back of your neck stand up. A haunting groovy guitar riff-mad stroke with emotive vocals dragging you to the dark side of your soul and the exploding full-grunge chorus messes up your mind. Smells like heart-shaped box melodrama to me…

‘Where You Find Me’ by THE NOTWIST (Germany)
The German indie rockers are gearing up for a new album called Vertigo Days, out
29 January 2021. Lead-single Where You Find Me is a frolic pop tune you’ll whistle, hum and/or sing along pretty quick in your shower. As sticky as first-class glue…

‘Edge Of The World’ by THE SEA AT MIDNIGHT (Los Angeles)
One-man band The Sea At Midnight balances between twilight and sunrise, between
past and present, between pain and hope. This both melodious and darkwave blues introspection has a healing effect. Gripping piece from his new self-titled album

’20th Century Boy’ by BEAUTY IN CHAOS feat. AL JOURGENSEN
20th Century metal boy Al Jourgensen from industrial noiseniks Ministry obviously
has fun with this hot-tempered and filthy cover of the 1973 T.Rex blockbuster…

Well, It’s plain to see you were meant for me / Yeah, I’m your toy, your 20th Century boy.

‘King Of Machines’ by TIGER MIMIC (London)
Tiger Mimic rants about the dangerous state of chaos we live in with a crystal clear, outspoken jackhammer fueled by sinewy guitar hooks, a battering beat, sharp-cutting male/female vocals, and a caustic chorus. Midway the tempo drops and the intensity goes up before starting the pugnacious ‘I’ll Stand My Ground’ finale. Time to act! Time to survive!

‘No Justification’ by LOUD APARTMENT (New York)
Uplifting music is what we need to inject our concerned minds with hope and faith in
a better future while battling for survival. This hip-shaking, funky, hip-hop party tune
will do the trick perfectly. From the new album System Breakdown

‘Compersion Pt. 1’ by ARAB STRAP
Back after 15 years. A track that “depicts a quest to find the ever-elusive unicorn, to bond fluidly, and safely, with the like-minded and adventurous, in the comforting arms of an anonymous hotel, and the stark realization that you never really wanted it.” A near-spoken story over an ongoing addictive riff. Magnetic cut…

All together on Spotify

See/hear you next month for the best-of-2020-tracks…

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10 Questions For Psychedelic Weirdo… LEOPARD SKULL

Discover up and coming artists in 10 questions

Basically LEOPARD SKULL is just a Belgian singer/songwriter. But one who loves to dream 24/7, one who gets lost in his own and other ones’ thoughts, one who makes a far-out sort of tranquilizing music with a psychedelic twist so your chaotic mind can join the fun too. Think of Syd Barrett, deep down in some of his tranquil moods, having an exhilarating jam with Brian Eno, the legendary atmospheric sound explorer while Beck doing some backing vocals.

Leopard Skull is one of those many imaginative musers who became a musician to avoid, as much as possible, reality’s boredom and real-life itself. Yes, expect a kind of self-made weirdo who writes puzzling tunes for all other weirdos, like us, who have not the talent to do so. Enough reasons to have a chat with the man, but before starting the acquaintance let’s have breakfast with this peculiar artist…

Hello Leopard,
Welcome, let’s talk…

1. Why did you choose an alias to present your music to the public
and who is that guy called LEOPARD SKULL actually?

“I chose Leopard Skull as an alias because my birth name has a weird meaning in English. It’s also nice to have an extra front, this way certain things don’t get smacked in your face too hard. The Leopard Skull guy is a weirdo, he doesn’t like to be labeled with genres, it kind of annoys him. He likes to write music (duh) and likes to experiment with sounds
and progressions. He hopes to continue making interesting music.”

2. What’s your signature track so far to introduce yourself with?
“Well, to start with, I think the Leopard Skull books exist of two chapters at the moment, the first one was a rough sounding, surfy chapter with ‘Beach Crawler’ as signature track. The second chapter has just begun, but already sounds a lot more grown-up, but I don’t know if it already has a signature track. If you can trust YouTube statistics, ‘My Thoughts’ will be this chapter’s track.”

3. Your new album is titled ‘WELCOME HOME’. So, who got
back home and where has he/she been?

“As I was recording and puzzling the record I noticed a certain pattern about mental disorders and being afraid of it or being interested in what a person suffering such disorder would feel like. Like creating a different world where you start with checking in,
in the ‘The Weak’ hotel and going through a different number of disorders to be welcomed home again after that trip, where you can find peace and quiet. The song called ‘Welcome Home’ is actually made with sounds recorded in the streets of my hometown and sounds of daily life at home.”

4. The LP’s artwork is pretty kooky? Who designed it and what’s the story behind it?
“It was made by the incredibly talented visual artist Jan Vandeplancke! I met Jan at our favorite bar in Ghent and asked him if he wanted to make the artwork for this record. At his apartment, he showed me a bunch of his paintings, this way I could pick some favorites and give him a lead for what I’d like the artwork of ‘Welcome Home’ to be. But there was this one painting that kept haunting my mind: the pickle!”

5. ‘DUNES’ is one of my favorite tracks. Sounds like two songs in one. What is the song about and how came it together musically?
“It indeed originally started as two separate songs that were each stuck in someplace,
that I couldn’t go on with it. Something was missing and I didn’t know what exactly. But after a few months, it came all together in my head while sitting at my desk of my daytime job. I rushed home after work and combined the pieces and I made it work. As for the meaning of ‘Dunes’, before finishing the song I had a few conversations with people who are suffering from insomnia. So eventually the song ended up about being afraid of becoming an insomniac. I really need my sleep. It seems horrible to be tired but still
not being able to catch some sleep.”

6. What records/songs were you listening to during the recording of the album and did any music or artist had an influence on ‘the making of’ WELCOME HOME?
“At some point in time when I was completely stuck with the whole songwriting, my friend Charles Vanderborght, drummer of Mountain Bike sent me ‘Here Come the Warm Jets’ by Brian Eno. This album led to a much needed creative breakthrough for myself. Around
the same time I also rediscovered ‘The White Album‘, which I finally started to appreciate because of its ‘fuck it, we do our own thing’ kind of quality. I continued to dig into this particular musical era and was eventually also influenced by Kevin Ayers, John Cale,
Todd Rundgren

Brian Eno, the man of many sounds, influencing many artists

7. What movie would you pick to show on a big screen behind you when
playing your new album live?

“That’s a hard one, I’m not really a movie connaisseur, but it would definitely be cool to have a whole animation film made by Triplophonic (Rafael Hilario and Samuel Dhoore) and screen it behind us. Triplophonic is the creator of the clip made for the ‘My Thoughts’ single. Haven’t they done a wonderful job? 4 minutes of their art is just too short!”

8. I saw you playing live some weeks ago. Instead of using tapes, as many solo artists do, you used a full band to get your music across. A statement or the only way you want an audience to experience your songs?
“I think it gives the whole performance a more energetic, dynamic vibe and I love to have the on-stage engagement with my friends, who are magnificent musicians. Also, I like how some songs take form and evolve when you play them live with good musicians, as they always have interesting ideas and their own styles to bring to the table.”

The Leopard Skull Orchestra

9. When will ‘WELCOME HOME’ be a success for
you personally and as an artist & performer?

“As an artist, it’s already a success. I’m grateful that close friends and musicians like Mathias Stal, Ebert Dhuyvetters and Charles Vanderborght kept supporting me and pushing me forward through the process of making this record. And on top of that, Greg (EXAG’ Records) having faith in me is just a total blessing. I’m a happy man. As a performer, I love it when people sing along with the lyrics because I guess it means they truly and fully enjoy my music. That’s just an intense form of happiness. People buying my records, T-shirts or tote bags is of course also very cool, as well as when people come up to me after a show to have a chat. If the audience appreciates what I bring on stage, that’s all I need to be a content performer and have a good night.”

This is how a happy man looks like

10. What’s the next step for LEOPARD SKULL?
“The next step is playing a lot of shows, letting people know this record exists. But I am already making blueprints for a new album. It’s nothing concrete yet, but my fingers start
tingling to record new sounds and songs. There’s also a bunch of new music in the making with buddies in other projects such as Accordion Planet 15, so I won’t be at rest for the next few months!”

Thanks for the chat Leopard
and success with your Skull!

You can stream brand new debut album ‘WELCOME HOME‘ here…

WELCOME HOME available via Bandcamp

Garage Rockers THE GALA Have Some Roaring ‘BAD NEWS’ – They Will Tell You All About It ‘TRACK BY TRACK’…

28 March 2019

Here’s what Turn Up The Volume! wrote after hearing roaring Boston rockers THE GALA
for very the first time: “If Debbie Harry and Chris Stein would have been into brawny garage rock instead of bubblegum punk Blondie would have sounded just like this. Hefty, robust, provocative and with an unstoppable appetite for lively tumult fueled by organ orgasms.”

The good news is this cracking turbo still rolls madly and badass-ly as they prove
on repeat on their debut album, titled BAD NEWS. A frenetic and frenzied record
with several soul-healing tracks inspired by the energetic frontwoman Emily Doran‘s unfortunate relationship breakdown which led to the overall raging resonance and
spitting force of this rowdy LP and to the discharging album sleeve. Ladies and gents, please welcome Emily who will tell you all about the bad news, track by track…

Here’s Emily

Here’s the music

Here’s the track by track guide

“I thought it appropriate to kick off the album with a song is about sharing a Lyft with
a drunk girl. It was a Friday night, not quite yet 10pm. The driver picked me up first,
then headed to a bar, whereupon arrival, he exclaims “oh no, that’s Abby?!” The next
thing I know, this Amazonian sorority chick is barreling in the backseat on top of me, followed by her date. She proceeds to ramble on about wanting pizza before passing
out. Once we get to her apartment, naturally she refuses to get out of the car. Her date ever so gently nudges her to wake up, but she doesn’t budge, until suddenly she pops
up and tries to climb out the front seat of the car, then comes crashing back on top of
me, again, before finally crawling out the back.”

“Smoking is bad for your health. So is carrying on and on,
and onnnnnn about the last person you dated.”

“Inspired by a can San Pellegrino blood orange soda, what was supposed to be
a working title to the song, just sounded too cool to change, so it stuck. At the
same time, I was seeing this new guy, we were really into each other, he was being
really noncommittal, but he was really hot, and we were really into each other, so the relationship stuck, (for a little while)… continue reading for the details of its destruction!”

Song-inspiring drink

“On the surface, this is simply my recollection of the last moments with the aforementioned guy, (after waking from a dream, thinking he was lying beside me)
but looking back now, I see writing this as more about acceptance. Letting the feelings
of loss wash over me, without any anger, or denial, and allowing myself to feel utterly heartbroken. As much as it hurt, as much as I cried, as much as I sobbed writing this song, it felt indescribably good, to allow myself that release, and bc I knew I had captured this moment of pure unfiltered emotion, something I couldn’t ever create under any other circumstances.”

“This was the first song I wrote post-breakup. I had lost my shit for a minute, words were exchanged, and when I realized I’d said too much, this was my way to keep talking, to say all the things I wanted to say, when I knew I could no longer speak to this person anymore. (Really that’s what most of these songs were). I wrote it in four hours, and I was pissed, if you couldn’t tell.”

6. BOY
“I wanted to have one kinda ‘sweet’ song, and I knew I wanted to write about relishing in the pre-date ritual, the anticipation and excitement that comes with knowing you’re gonna get to see your sweetie soon. While I had no problem tapping into those feelings, I still struggled with this one, so of course, it is not without a subtext of bitterness.”

The clip about the boy

“I wrote this song to express feelings so painful, I refused talk about them, physically I couldn’t speak the words aloud. But I couldn’t write a song that devastating, so instead, this was my way of turning the tables, and taking that power back into my hands.”

Sorry seems to be the hardest word

“There were a lot of compounding factors that made it a particularly difficult breakup,
one of them being that I had very recently moved from Boston to one of the neighboring cities. It was not by choice, and I wasn’t happy about it, but I was much closer to this guy, only about a mile away, that was the upshot. Everything I knew about the neighborhood was associated with him. For a while, I only knew my way around based off the relative location of his house (which was on the main drag). I felt like I was lost every time I left home. I ended up finding alternate routes to get from place to place, so as to avoid his block. It was a very traumatic, and overly dramatic time!”

9. XX
“Here we have my little rant on how women’s bodies are objectified and demonized, inspired by Lizzy Martinez, who at the time age 17, was reprimanded by officials at her Florida high school for not wearing a bra. I won’t get into the details of her story, but you can look it up if you want to share in the fury.”

“This was the last song we wrote for the record, I actually finished it in the studio, as I was tracking the vocals. It’s more or less about holding onto everything when you know it’s time to let go. Because moving on means redefining your identity, and opening yourself up for the potential to get hurt, again (and I did). There was definitely this desire to stay in a place that while painful, had become comfortable in its familiarity, and what is scarier than the unknown?”

“But we can still be friends. Why do people feel like that is an appropriate way to punctuate a breakup? No thanks. And let me tell you why… that’s what this song is about, alongside the awkward discomfort of running into your ex at a party, except from the perspective of the new girl. Recalling on those experiences after the fact, I swore not to put myself in those shoes, and as I write this, I have still not run into that guy, sooo success?”

“The oldest track of the bunch, I was reading Spinster by Kate Bolick at the time, and really feeling my single status. The spins was sort of my take on the subject matter, disguised as a song about drinking too much and losing control. It’s kind of apropos it ended up being the final track on the album, because I’m basically right back there where I started.”

Song-inspiring book

Thank you, Emily, for opening your heart and guiding us
through the album. May the road rise with THE GALA!

This is how bad news looks like

THE GALA: Website – Facebook –  Twitter / Label: DEAD BEAT RECORDS

(photos band/Emily: by The Man Formerly Known As JustBill received via band)