A Match Made In Heaven – 13-Year Old Singer NELL SMITH And THE FLAMING LIPS Cover NICK CAVE

2 December 2021


Nell is a 13-year old fan of Oklahoma’s eccentric Lips.
Frontman Wayne Coyne spotted her at one point as she
attended several gigs with her father. They got in touch
and after Coyne found out that she’s a singer he proposed
her to work with the band on a Nick Cave tribute album he
already had in mind for some time.

They got all in the studio and the result is a 9-song Nick Cave
covers album baptized WHERE THE VIADUCT LOOMS with
Nell Smith on vocals.

Released: 26 November 2021
Order info (MP3 and cassette): here

Coyne: “It is always great to meet excited, young creative people.
With Nell we could see she is on a journey and thought it would be
fun to join her for a while and see if we could get things going. It was
a great way to connect with her and help harness her cool attitude
to making music.”

(The Flaming Lips – Amsterdam 2018 – photo by Turn Up The Volume)

Smith: “I still can’t really believe it. It was a really steep learning curve
but Wayne was so encouraging when I was struggling with a few of the
songs that I kept going. I hadn’t heard of Nick Cave but Wayne suggested
that we should start with an album of his cover versions, and then look at
recording some of my own songs later. It was cool to listen and learn about
Nick Cave and pick the songs we wanted to record.”

Nick Cave: “I’m a fan.”

Turn Up The Volume: Covers/tribute albums are a tricky thing, certainly
when it’s about songs of a famous artist. In that case, millions know the tunes
grooved in their memory by heart and stick with the original version, like me.
Therefore the majority of covers LPs vanish very quickly into oblivion. But not
this one.


One: Nell Smith has an entrancing
and starry-eyed vox.

Two: Her near-whispering timbre, her spot-on
phrasing, her overall approach to the chosen
tracks resonates like an experienced pro at work.

Three: The musical framework is vintage Flaming Lips,
fairytale-like and crystal-clear, and never gets in the way
of Nell‘s voice. It’s a match made in heaven.

Four: I’m a devoted Nick and Lips fan.

Five: Kudos to Nell. A teenager taking on Cave songs is simply
sensational as such, and doing it this way – with the majestic
orchestral help of Flaming Lips – is nothing less than maestoso,
also knowing that she never heard of the Australian star crooner
before (or maybe that actually helped?).

One of the highlights…

Full album stream via Spotify…

NELL SMITH: Facebook

Alarming Anthem – Irish Banshee AVA VOX Warns For A Fatal Future ‘CRASH’

Daily electricity to load your batteries

2 December 2021

Artist: AVA VOX

Who: Dublin native (real name Elaine Hannon) currently living in County Meath.
While she’s been involved with various music projects in the past few decades,
her Ava Vox persona emerged in September 2020. With a unique vocal timbre
and commanding delivery with a dash of Goth and Post-Punk, Ava Vox’s musical
style ranges from slow melodic atmospheric to dynamic rock.

FFO: Siouxsie & The Banshees, Autumn, Florence and the Machine, Divinyls,
The Danse Society, Rough Trade (Carole Pope), Joy Division, The Cure, Nick Cave

New single: CRASH
From the same-titled debut LP, out on 16 December

Vox: “‘Crash’ brings you somewhere – to a place, to another dimension, another time / futuristic. The music and the words lead me to create a music video (forthcoming) about
the consequences of Global warming/climate change, to our planet and the human race.”

Score: When pitch-black Goth vibrations, dark sonic waves, whamming rock, and
mystifying vocals come together there’s a big chance for a crash. When humankind
keeps on messing up the climate, nature, and its own existence there’s a big chance
for a crash. When you combine this music the lyrics of this ominous warning together
you hear the sound of the world crashing down with a big bang. Both scary and overwhelming.

This alarming anthem predicts a doomed
future if we don’t act now and here…

AVA VOX: Facebook

Photos by Laelia Milleri Photography

KING CRIMSON – Fourth Longplayer ‘ISLANDS’ Came Out 50 Years Ago

2 December 2021

Who: Prog rock legends from London featuring Robert Fripp,
John Wetton (Roxy Music / Uriah Heep), Bill Brufford (Yes / Genesis)
Active: 1968–1974, 1981–1984, 1994–2003,
2008–2009, 2013–present / 13 studio LPs

Anniversary album: ISLANDS – 4th LP
Released: 3 December 2021 – 50 years ago

AllMusic said: “The weakest Crimson studio album from
their first era is only a real disappointment in relation to the
extraordinarily high quality of the group’s earlier efforts.”

Full review here. Score: 2.5/5.

Full album on Spotify…

KING CRIMSON: All Albums – Facebook

(group pic: cover of their 1973 ‘Red’ LP)

Riding Rapper On A Restless Roll – Listen To New JAMES DOMESTIC Single ‘PUSH ON THROUGH’

New striking strokes

1 December 2021

Who: Member of former hardcore gangs The Domestics), plus Pi$$er,
Tokyo Lungs
and half a dozen more. He’s a poet, DJ, singer/songwriter,
doctorate owner, producer, and inspirator of young punk bands. Wow!

Second shared taster, after the vitriolic lead
single Faze Out, of his upcoming debut LP

Turn Up The Volume: Remember those scenes of the iconic 1976 movie
Taxidriver with that desperate guy character called Travis (played by living
legend Robert De Niro) wandering around in his taxi at night in the mean
streets of New York City looking for clients?

James Domestic has that kind of long, companionless car drives too, not in a dirty
town but rather on one of those endless roads in the country with ‘Push On Trough
on the radio. A fitting moody Sleaford Mods like jam on a raw roll. Motored with
keyed-up organs, screechy guitars, and observing rapping. Loneliness in motion.

Start your engine here…


New Year’s Eve Party Firework With LENNY BULL And New Single ‘ELEVATOR’

Daily electricity to load your batteries

1 December 2021

Who: Canadian rawk ‘n’ roll addict

New single: ELEVATOR

Bull: “Elevators, like relationships, go up and down, take you towards a destination,
make you wait, feel claustrophobic. Relationships can be a drag, and my blistering
new single “Elevator” tackles that feeling of being stuck in a bad situation without
getting down about it! I want you to listen and feel energized instead of drained;
motivated instead of weary.”

Score: Let the good times roll. Bull scurries and flurries with pizzazz on her
new retro-riff-ripper causing a prompt stimulation of your muscles. Play this
sassy stroke on your New Year’s Eve party between Joan Jett‘s anthem ‘I Love
Rock ‘N Roll’
and The Donnas punk quake ‘Take It Off’ and enjoy your elevating
end-of-the-year firework at midnight. whoopee!

Hit the bullseye here, partygoers…

LENNY BULL: Facebook