Turn Up The Volume’s 20 KNOCKOUT TRACKS Of 2020 – Simply The Best!

22 December 2020

I love the smell of rock and roll.
Here come Turn Up The Volume’s
20 Knockout Tracks
of 2020.
Nothing but the best! Hands down!

1. ‘State Of The Union’ by PUBLIC ENEMY (Long Island, New York)
Time to get up and leave the White House, Donald Dumped. You split the USA right down the middle, you’re a disgrace for America, for humanity and the whole wide world. GO!

From brill album: What You Gonna Do When the Grid Goes Down?

Unprecedented, demented, many president’d / Nazi Gestapo dictator defended / State of the Union, shut the fuck up / Sorry ass motherfucker / Stay away from me / State of the Union,
shut the fuck up

2. ‘Ultra Plus Ultra’ by ELEFANT (Belgium)
The Belgian sound-exploring motherrockers unleashed their second stupefying album Behajung  early this year with Ultra Plus Ultra‘ as one of the dazzling highlights.
A schizophrenic sonic blast with balls. Abso-fucking-lutely cool! VREE WIJS! You betcha!

3. ‘Hot Slick’ by PINS (Manchester, UK)
A hot stuff disco stomper that should be played in all discotheques around the globe,
from one of the coolest gangs on the planet. Bad girls forever. Title track from their swirling party album. Saturday night pins fever all the way!

4. ‘Under The Spell Of Joy’ by DEATH VALLEY GIRLS (Los Angeles)
Sickly sticky like first-class glue. With an angelic choir, feet-tapping drum beats, sweaty
sax flames and a mental finale. Yes, it’s Death Valley Girls en-joy-ing themselves in a new sonic zone. Don’t resist the spell! From the rad, same titled full length.

5. ‘I Found Out’ by OFFWORLD (UK)
Hard-Fi‘s frontman Richard Archer and imposing vox Krysten Cummings realized a high-powered tour de force. An epic heart and soul explosion! TOP! Waiting for the album!

6. ‘Never Ever Ever’ by BOA Vs COBRA (Belgium)
Don’t mess with charismatic frontwoman Sandy Fee who rants unambiguously about a toxic relationship from the very start when ‘Bad bad bad boy‘ bursts out of your speakers. The decibels turn up when the ablaze chorus kicks in. Stunning uppercut!

7. ‘American Dream’ by TOKYO TABOO (London, UK)
A steamy stunner with an explosive in-your-orange-face-intro, kick-starting this
clamorous jackhammer instantly with a titanic wall-of-blazing-riff hurly-burly and deafening percussion slams. YEAHHHHHHHHHHH!

Hey Mr President
You’re just a joke
Kids dodging bullets
World’s up in smoke

8. ‘Sweet’ by PORRIDGE RADIO (UK)
A towering loudQUIETloud haymaker with Margolin‘s repeating magnetically ‘I’m charming, I’m sweet and she will love me when she meets me‘. Emotive belter from the band’s excellent album Every Bad. Porridge Radio is on its way to world domination! Capeesh??

9. ‘Mr. Motivator’ by IDLES (Bristol, UK)
A riff-roaring ripper made to start crowded moshpits at gigs (for now you need to pirouette yourself bananas at home). A red-hot-blooded corker that does your head in. Hells Bells! Album: Ultra Mono.

10. ‘A Hero’s Death’ by FONTAINES D.C. (Ireland)
‘Life isn’t always empty ‘ states frontman Grian Chatten in his characteristic parlando
flow while the band grooves non-stop. Album: A Hero’s Death.

11. ‘Dark Blue’ by THROWING MUSES (California)
A firm banger driven by a solid beat with a pounding guitar groove, Kristin Hersh‘s characteristic sensual voice, and a catchy polyphonic chorus. Throwing Muses rocks!
From the band’s highly acclaimed longplayer Sun Racket

12. ‘The Rise And Fall Of America’ by THE MOODS (Manchester, UK)
A crystal clear stream of cutting lines as sharp as a brand-new Swiss knife. It’s The Moods‘ towering take on the bombastic American National Anthem. They rock, roar and rage. The Moods kick ass! Go home Donald Duck Trumpet!

13. Psychopath’s Monologue by THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA
A 2020 Apocalypse Now Odyssey. It all starts enigmatically with Samara reciting her Dante’s Inferno inspired poem in a haunting foreplay tone until Manimal shows up and all metallic hell breaks loose. Learn more about this year’s most intriguing act in their interview with Turn Up The Volume right here.

14. ‘Paycheck’ by LEG PUPPY
A dizzy disco-ball drone making you jump up and down like a kangaroo on E. It goes bang, bang, bang, and bang with crazy duet vocals all over it and that psych-o-delic surf guitar riff that messes up your mind the way you like it. Dance floor blast. PAY THEM!

15. ‘A Reason To Celebrate’ by bdrmm (Hull, UK)
Delightful shoegaze rainbow. Like a nightingale symphony waking you up in the morning. From – yes, ladies and gents – the best debut LP of the year with Bedroom.

16. ‘Out Of The Shadows’ by GREAT HARE (Sweden)
From the stimulating intro on you’ll tap your feet, without even noticing it. 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.


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17. ‘Man Of Chaos’ by FLIGHT ATTENDANT (Nashville, US)
A feverish cracker and jaw-dropping power slam. The sensual, magnetic, and spellbinding vocals create a sort of delirious trance. And when, unexpectedly, bouncy strings kick in as a harbinger for a vibrant finish you’ll reach a sonic orgasm.

18. ‘Rainbow Records’ by OCEANOGRAPHY (Oakland, CA)
Glorious guitar pop stonker getting your aural attention from the get-go with a repetitive riff sticking immediately. Inflammable passion, scintillating ardency, and vehement fervor. Big tune, big sentiments and a big voice reminding me of Greg Dulli‘s imposing vocals at times.


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19. ‘Maggot Line’ by THE BATTERY FARM (Manchester, UK)
“We all gonna die and it’s our fault.” This is not just a punk slogan. It’s the fucking truth. Middle-finger to all those buffoons who ignore global warming, corona and The Battery Farm. NO MERCY!

20. ‘No Rock Save In Roll’ by CORNERSHOP (UK)
A rattling Stones-esque garage rocker with an unstoppable groove that makes you
want to jump in the street and have a sweet little dance (with mouth mask on).

All together on Spotify

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How Was 2020? A Chat With The WOLFMAN Of Sound-Crusaders ELEFANT

9 December 2020

They’re not as famous as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones but ELEFANT is along
with those British combos a must-hear band. Why? Because they don’t want to
be as famous as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Why? Because their second LP,
titled BEJAHUNG is not really a pop nor rock record in the traditional sense.

What these loverboys do is balance between post-punk-sludge, a cappella chants, stillleben instrumentals, knockout crackers about walking a dog, and not sing-along conversations in a room. Accessible, but not in an Elvis Presley way, more in a Frank
Zappa
way. A bit kooky, a bit eccentric, and with a lot of mothers of invention fun.

So Turn Up The Volume invited the ringleader of these sound-crusaders for a chat about the past twelve past months. Ladies and gents please welcome Wolfman, after this message of public benefit…

Hello Wolfman

I listened about 100 times to the brilliant BEJAHUNG album.
And what about you?

“I must have listened 1000 times playing and mixing it,
but after that not so much. My favorite track is Stillleben.”


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What’s the story behind the LP’s title?

Bejahung means something like saying yes to life. Doing only what you
love and doing it with extra love. I still haven’t figured out if it is a longing
or an actual intent.”

In a normal world, ULTRA PLUS ULTRA would be a massive indie hit.
But I’m not sure what the ripper is about. Help me…

Ultra Plus Ultra is about walking the dog basically. But with
the Bejahung mindset: if you walk the dog, do it with love and
with pride! I love stupid actions and transcend them to heroic
and useful/interesting acts.”

The album launch gig back in January was one of the best ELEFANT performances
I ever witnessed. New meds or an exceptional stream of adrenaline?

“Same meds, different year. 2020 promised to become something special
and indeed this year was something else, but not in our predicted way.”

The band stopped wearing those pretty cool, white Chernobyl outfits on stage. Why?

“It was old news, we wanted something else, maybe something less sketchy and caricatural. We wanted the audience to focus on the music and not so much on our
crazy stage antics.”

That nasty coronavirus stopped/canceled all live-action. How hard is/was that?

“Pretty hard to be honest, but true to my Bejahung beliefs, I try to make the best of it.
I wanted to rehearse a lot and work on new songs, but due to COVID regulations we
didn’t get to rehearse, so I started recording some solo stuff.”

A lot of musicians came up with a cover of another artist’s song during these
bizarre times. Which one would you pick to cover?

“I covered different Leonard Cohen songs this year, but I’ll pick “Everybody knows’ It doesn’t fit the Bejahung mold because it’s a dramatic pessimistic one. But alas, it’s still
a true vision on these times and mankind.”

Suppose you’re asked to rewrite the national Belgian hymn.
What would it be the outcome in sound and vision?

“I wouldn’t do it.”

What was the best track you heard in 2020?

Mr. Bungle’s ‘Bungle grind’ from the Easter Bunny album. It’s a blast
from the past, humorous and ingenious without pretentiousness.

Your favorite prick of the year?

“The idiot that ate the corona infected bat.”

Any tips to have fun this lockdown Xmas?

“Sit down and relax.”

Which song will be on your stereo on
31st December at midnight?

The Beatles ‘Good Day Sunshine.’
Good vibes!

Which promise for 2021 will you not keep?

“See next question.”

New ELEFANT music next year?

“Definitely.”

Cheers, Wolfman.
May the road rise with Elefant.
And I hope you’ll become as famous
as The Beatles and The Stones in 2021.

Ladies and gents, Turn Up The Volume is proud to announce
that his best album of this mad 2020 year is BEHAJUNG!

Stream/buy the winner here…


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ELEFANT: Facebook

(photo on top via Wolfman / all other pictures by Turn Up The Volume!)

3 Oscar Nominations For Belgian Sturm Und Drang Misfits ELEFANT

29 October 2020

The end of this science-fiction-like mouth mask year is nearing its end. Time to listen
back to all the impactful stuff that terrorized our poor speakers in 2020 and to work on the traditional end-of-the-year lists. After consuming gallons of Red Bull and hours of non-stop music the most impressive conclusion is that only one band/artist succeeds in collecting nominations in our 3 categories. Here we go…

Nomination for album of the year with their second LP BEJAHUNG

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Nomination for single of the year with ULTRA PLUS ULTRA


Nomination
for concert of the year: their album launch party on 16 February

Why? “I didn’t think for a second about the fact that I saw the outlandish bohemians for
the first time without their white, bizarre scientific engineer’s outfits and their faces creepily smeared with white chalk. Yes, the music was the overwhelming and intoxicating winner of
the night. An euphoric triumph.”
Full TUTV review here.


Yes, yes and yes…

To celebrate all this sturm und drang news here’s EAZY,
the LP’s third single/clip with footage from that launch party…

ELEFANT: Facebook

 

(live photo by TUTV)

ON REPEAT! The Blasting Motherrocker ‘ULTRA PLUS ULTRA’ By ELEFANT

Belgian sound-exploring gunslingers ELEFANT scored big time with their
second album Bejahung. One of the best longplayers of this infected year.

ULTRA PLUS ULTRA is without a shadow of a doubt my favorite motherrocker
on the album. I lost track of how many times this top haymaker tried to crush
my poor speakers. It’s an ongoing motorik-like stomper, a steamy sledgehammer
with a wall-of-bloodthirsty-guitars-and-scary-synths sound. Capice?

Let’s roll

While you’re here check out their intoxicating live force

ELEFANT: Facebook


Photo on top: press promo via Elenfant / Live photo by Turn Up The Volume! February 2020)

TURN UP THE VOLUME’s 10 Knockout Albums Of The Year (So Far)…

The best longplayers so far in this science-fiction-like 2020. Ten cracking records that kept Turn Up The Volume safe at home, camping next to his vibrating speakers. Let’s roll…

‘Hot Slick’ by PINS (Manchester, UK)

These bad girls with ponytails will turn your summer into a daily party. Hot stuff for ravers, disco freaks, and funky night owls. Boogie in wonderland and move like it’s 1999 again.
Live for today, plan for tomorrow but go gaga right now, right here to this sweaty slick…

Stream/buy here…


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‘Dead Lips’ by DEAD LIPS (Los Angeles / Oklahoma, US)

When coolness meets outlandishness then all motherfuckers have to go. Surprising super team Deap Vally and The Flaming Lips dont’ talk shit, they surprise us with a gloomy-moody longplayer that makes you happy. Femejism battling the Pink Robots. Top stuff!

Stream/buy here…


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‘Bejahung’ by ELEFANT (Ghost Town, Belgium)

Sound-exploring desperadoes who open your doors of perception. Sonic crusaders who evolved into one of the most fascinating bands in this universe. Isolate yourself in your private quarantine and listen with disinfected headphones. Once in a lifetime experience!

Stream/buy here…


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‘Self-Surgery’ by MRS. PISS (US)

Keywords: bloodcurdling shrieks, goth inferno, pitch-black nightmares, underground hysteria, gloom & doom sisters in crime, bone-chilling frenzy, hellish commotion. These princesses of darkness take you on a razorblade roller coaster. Keep a sharp lookout!

Stream/buy here..


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‘Every Bad’ by PORRIDGE RADIO (Brighton, UK)

This up and coming gunslingers swing from amplified pop to emo punk and back
with glowing passion. Anarchic and sweet, chaotic and intense, zealous, and plainspoken with future indie star Dana Margolin as the driving force backed by a tremendous band. Without a shadow of a doubt on their way to world domination.

Stream/buy here…


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‘Epidemic’ by UNRULY GIRLS (Italy)

A head-twisting extravaganza of high-tech trash. A mind-blowing record with a diversified melting pot of jaw-dropping knockouts and petrifying brainfuckers as if you are listening to several albums at the same time. Alert your poor neighbours before you press play!

Stream/buy here…


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‘The Doctrine Of Infinite Kindness’ by THE MIGHTY ORCHID KING (St. Albans, UK)

A bold, existential, bizarro piece of psychedelic work. A sonic visualization of Stanley Kubrick‘s spectacular sci-fi vision ‘2020: A Space Odyssey. Otherworldly, metaphysical, mindboggling and rainbow-colored. Lose yourself in their nature caring stratosphere.

Stream/buy here…


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‘Trust No One’ by IZZY AND THE BLACK TREES (Poland)

Flamboyant and red-hot rock band out of Poland turning up the heat with sharp-edged riffs, jagged licks, hammering drums, and frontwoman Izzy‘s feverish vox in the middle.
A record serving a versatile cocktail of high-energy jackhammers and charged reveries.

Stream/buy here…


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‘Five Things’ by SMALLTOWN TIGERS (Pisa, Italy)

Imagine The Stooges having an earsplitting fight with The Runaways while the Ramones are sniffing glue in the producer room and you know what is coming your way, straight in the face. Eight firecrackers, eight uppercuts, eight smoking guns, and lots of middle-fingers.

Stream/buy here…


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‘Rough And Rowdy Ways’ by Bob Dylan (US)

What can I say? Best singer/songwriter/poet/storyteller of all time (in my big book).

Stream here…

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Also thumbs up for…

‘925’ by SORRY  
‘Container’ by THE WANTS
‘Exquisite’ by MEKONS 
The New Abnormal by THE STROKES
‘England Is A Garden’ by CORNERSHOP 
‘Type II’ by SEX SWING

Have a great summer, music junkies

TURN UP THE VOLUME’S Fifteen Knockout Tracks Of 2020 (So Far) – Hands Down!

This year’s best tracks (so far)…

Yes, we have already reached the middle of 2020. A surreal year we will never forget.
Fortunately, the music – on record that is – kept most of us alive and kicking.
Here are Turn Up The Volume’s 15 best tracks of 2020, so far…

‘I Found Out’ by OFFWORLD (UK)
Hard-Fi‘s frontman Richard Archer and imposing vox Krysten Cummings have the right human mindset and rad songs to confirm that. ‘I Found Out’ is a high-powered soul tour
de force. An epic heart and soul explosion from their upcoming album. Top stroke!

‘Hot Slick’ by PINS (Manchester, UK)
A hot stuff disco stomper that should be played in all discotheques around the globe,
from one of the coolest gangs on the planet. These bad girls forever also made one of
the best party albums of the year (so far) with eponymous longplayer Hot Slick. Bingo!


‘Ultra Plus Ultra’
by ELEFANT(Belgium)
The Belgian sound-exploring motherrockers unleashed their second stupefying album Behajung  early this year with Ultra Plus Ultra‘ as one of the dazzling highlights.
A schizophrenic sonic uppercut with balls. Abso-fucking-lutely mental! You betcha!

‘Dark Blue’ by THROWING MUSES (Boston, US)
A firm banger driven by a solid beat with a pounding guitar groove, Kristin Hersh‘s characteristic sensual voice, and a catchy polyphonic chorus. Throwing Muses rocks!
The band’s brand new longplayer SUN RACKET hits the street on 4th September.

‘Never Ever Ever’ by BOA Vs COBRA (Belgium)
Don’t mess with charismatic frontwoman Sandy Fee who rants unambiguously about a toxic relationship from the crystal clear start when ‘Bad bad bad boy‘ bursts out of your speakers. Don’t forget to turn up the decibels, even more, when the ablaze chorus kicks in.

‘Man Of Chaos’ by FLIGHT ATTENDANT (Nashville, US)
A feverish cracker and jaw-dropping power slam. The sensual, magnetic, and spellbinding vocals create a sort of delirious trance. And when, unexpectedly, bouncy strings kick in as a harbinger for a vibrant finale you’ll reach a sonic orgasm. Heated stuff from Nashville!

‘Mr. Motivator’ by IDLES (Bristol, UK)
A riff-roaring ripper made to start crowded moshpits at gigs (for you only can pirouette yourself bananas at home). A red-hot-blooded corker that does your head it. Hell’s Bells!

‘Crossbow’ by TAMAR APHEK (Israel)
A shattering juggernaut, dynamized by a rattling machine-gun drum, mind-blowing bass vibrancy and a thunder and lighting guitar force. This is a cutting crackerjack rolling over you like an unstoppable high-speed train, with a fiery and exploding finale. Yeah!

Control‘ by AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS
This Australian tornado – the new Stooges fronted by head-spinning punkette AMYL – woke up the dead with their boiling debut LP last year. To keep up the heat they dropped a live EP recently with ‘Control‘ as the brain-breaking standout. Go nuts, right here right now…

‘Sweet’ by PORRIDGE RADIO (UK)
A towering loudQUIETloud haymaker with Margolin‘s repeating magnetically ‘I’m charming, I’m sweet and she will love me when she meets me‘. Passionate belter from their excellent album Every Bad. Porridge Radio is on its way to world domination! Capeesh??

‘Downer Surrounded By Uppers’ by MRS. PISS (US)
Bloodcurdling shrieks from hell. Goth hysteria by gloom and doom sisters in crime Chelsea Wolfe and Jess Gowrie. More bone-chilling screams on their pitch-black LP Self Surgery.

‘Home Thru Hell’ by DEAP LIPS (CA, US)
When led zep blues-rock duo Deap Vally and symphonic fairy-tale eccentrics
The Flaming Lips team up you can expect firework like on this Yahama motor highlight from their self-titled debut album. One of the best longplayers of 2020 (so far).

‘Hopeless Romantic’ by OH BROTHER (UK)
A loud and crystal clear invitation to get out of your straitjacket, to open your windows, and scream at the top of your lungs to ventilate all your rage, frustration, and fury while jumping like a kangaroo on tons of speed. A stone gold 24 Karat rocker. Bang Bang!

‘Lockdown’ by From The Specials – Neville Staple (UK)
Swinging 2Tone lockdown humdinger written in isolation by original Rude Boy Neville Staple and his wonderful wife Sugary. Perfect tune for a safe house-party. Get up, stand up, and fight for your right to do some ska moves in these special(s) times. Shake your booty.

‘United We Stand’ by CONFIDENCE SURVIVAL (Nigeria born, Canadian based) )
Black lives matter. Black music matters. This the official COVID-!9 Victory Song
written by this highly caring Nigerian reggae artist. The only way to survive is by
doing it together in unity. Listen to her excellent full EP Confidence Is Key.


‘Murder Most Foul’
by BOB DYLAN
A 17-minute epos about America in the sixties, centered around the world-changing assassination of president John F. Kennedy on 22 November 1963. Only living legend Bob Dylan (the best singer-songwriter-poet of all time in my book) can write such a compelling, epic story. It sounds like a musical book. Brilliant piece by the Nobel Prize winner.

All together on Spotify

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Have a great summer, music junkies…

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

This past month’s best…

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A maddening cocktail of roaring rippers and sassy strokes.
Fifteen jackhammers that heated up my isolation days!
Here’s Turn Up The Volume‘s Knockout May Team!

‘Skimmington Ride’ by SEX SWING (UK)
Apocalyptic and intimidating barnstormer matching these science-fiction-like times.
Contender-of-the-year single from their contender-of-the-year album TYPE II. Yeah!

‘Behajung’ by ELEFANT (Belgium)
Exotic designed title track of Belgian’s Krautsludge and sound-exploring crusaders from their new Sturm und Drang longplayer. Shake your belly and pirouette yourself dizzy. Fab!

‘Mr. Motivator’ by IDLES (UK)
Punk rebels hit again with riff crazy corker made to start crowded moshpits at gigs. Bingo!

‘Control’ by AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS (Australia)
Watch frontwoman Amyl Taylor‘s head almost explode. From live EP Live At The Croxton.

‘Crossbow’ by TAMAR APHEX (Israel)
A shattering juggernaut, dynamized by a rattling machine-gun drum and a mind-blowing bass vibrancy. A 24 Karat score you’ll have on repeat for quite a while. Flabbergasting!

‘IW2BWU4EVR’ by FANTASY NON FICTION (New Orleans, US)
Resplendent roaring ‘n’ roll jingle having a vertiginous effect on your limbs. From
the band’s multifaceted, rad self-titled debut album. Advice: play this very loud!

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‘Celebration’ by RHYS BLOODJOY (Manchester, UK)
Electro-industrial madness mixed with psycho wave lunacy. Bloodcurdling synths whipped up by a bone-chilling cadence. From stunning debut album Human​​.​​Pattern​​.​​Repeat.

‘I’m Not Getting Excited’ by THE BETHS (New-Zealand)
A boiling ripsnorter pushed by rattling riffs, heated hooks, and lively licks. Supersonic!

‘Suck My Mind’ by CHEMTRAILS (UK)
High-voltage roller fueled by ruthless percussion, guitar extravaganza, 60s organs and ecstatic vocals. From their fresh must-hear album The Peculiar Smell of the Inevitable.


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‘Just Friends’ by SMALLTOWN TIGERS (Italy)
The Stooges fronted by Joan Jett with the Ramones sniffin’ glue in the producer’s room. Riot girls firework from Italy. Check their mad debut longplayer Five Things. 1-2-3-4!


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‘Seed Of Evil’ by BLACK NEEDLE NOISE (Norway)
A colossal, diabolic electronic drone thumping mercilessly as a brain-fucking hammer causing thunder and lighting electricity. Be ready, Armageddon is just around the corner.

‘Black Love’ by UNRULY GIRLS (Italy)
Head-twisting sledgehammer as dark as the night. Jaw-dropping industrial killer from their new, storming Epidemic album. A decibels-loaded beast of a record! Sonic nightmare!

‘Fresh Air’ by GREAT HARE (Sweden)
Electric-powered slacker swagger, glimmering guitars, glowing vocals, and a tenacious chorus. Impossible to resist. Probably the best piece of this Swedish quartet. Top stuff!


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‘POS’ by THE BUNDY BUNCH (Norway)
Furious. Red-hot-angry. Discombobulated. Pulverizing and disordered. You can burn
your poor ears by listening to this crashing bang. Let that be a loud and clear warning!


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‘It Ain’t Water’ by ALISON MOSSHART (US)
When the lady sings the blues. Second striking solo single from The Kill’s wonderful singer.

All together on Spotify

See/hear you next month, music junkies…

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Stay Home, Stay Safe And Watch All The Startling Clips By Steamy Squad ELEFANT…

Clips that will have an impact on your eyes…

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13 April 2020

My favorite sonic lunatics ELEFANT hit the scene back in 2015. They are the diabolic masters of metallic sludge madness. They are sound-exploring motherrockers who
open your doors of perception. They are a bunch of mind-boggling crusaders who take
no prisoners. They evolved into one of the most fascinating bands in the universe. They’re puzzlingly adventurous on record, on stage and on video. To brighten your duty-bound days at home Turn Up The Volume assembled all the band’s mental video clips, so far.

Take some popcorn, dim the lights and enjoy the Elefant Cinema starting with the rapid eye movement clip for the title track of their new stunning album…

– BEJAHUNG – (2020)

– ULTRA PLUS ULTRA – (2020)

– WATER ALWAYS FLOWS DOWN – (2020)

– WIE SCHARF IST DEIN MESSER? – (2018)

– LORD SLEEP – (2018)

– JEDE UHR TICKT – (2017)

– MUMBO JUMBO – (2017)

– THE REALM – (2016)

– SMITHERS – (2016)

– DEPRESSION – (2016)

– A BRIEF HISTORY – (2015)

– ELEFANTEN – (2015)

Now that your eyes are turning yellow, open
your ears for their second LP ‘BJAHUNG’
Stream/buy right here…


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ELEFANT: Facebook

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(photo by Turn Up The Volume!)

BANDCAMP Supports Indie Artists Today – Here Are 10 Ace Records To Purchase…

20 March 2020

Today Bandcamp supports musicians everywhere by waiving its revenue share and rallying the Bandcamp community to put much-needed money directly into the artists’ pockets. Hail hail Bandcamp!

Turn Up The Volume selected 10 standout records you should definitely consider to
buy. Awesome album that will boost your adrenalin in these troubled times.

Here we go…

‘Black City‘ by RICH GIRLS
Music for the midnight hours.
Companion for moony moments.


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‘Bejahung’ by ELEFANT
A synthtastic motherrocker. A schizophrenic
adventure. A crazed mindfucker.


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‘A Life Extinct’ by CROSS WIRES
Blistering post punk that tackles
the grim times we experience with
a biting potency.


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My War Is Your War‘ by DEUX FURIEUSES
A beseeching and vociferous call-up
for solidarity, unity, universal respect.


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‘Ghost’ by FALLING MAN
Manic anxiety. Haunting stories.
Red-hot riffs. Top stuff!


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‘Experiments In The Dark‘ EP by WHERE WE SLEEP
Mesmerizing electro grooves,
Fascinating and emotive.


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‘Run Amok‘ by THE GLÜCKS
Devilish garage havoc.
Smoking hullabaloo.


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‘I Like You But Not Like That’ by THE DARTS
Sultry, steamy, snappy, savage,
sensual, sweltering,sizzling.


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‘Zum Kotzen‘ by PINK ROOM
Twenty minutes of madness
Clamorous vomit. Punk rage.


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‘Crux’ by MECHANIMAL
Electro ‘drone n roll’and
atmospheric soundscapes.


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Bandcamp: Website

Bloodcurdling Sound Explorers ELEFANT Triumph At Their Euphoric Album Release Show…

16 February 2020

A couple of weeks ago Belgian bloodcurdling sound explorers ELEFANT released
their excellent second album BEJAHUNG. A helter-skelter motherrocker, a magnetic record. A more accessible work than their debut, except for the schizophrenic and transcendental debaucheries. The experimental misfits have entered another sound territory with layers of special effects, some blistering knockouts, some puzzling disturbance, and an overall refreshing new Sturm Und Drang identity. Last Friday
on Valentine’s Day the four horsemen of the Apocalypse presented their fresh excesses in my hometown Ghent, Belgium. Here are the highs and lows of
a memorable and euphoric release show.

Highs

1. It’s early in the year but the sizzling opener of the album and the concert
Ultra Plus Ultra will be, unquestionably, one of the best knockouts of 2020.

2. It’s early in the year but their new ace longplayer Bejahung
will be, unquestionably, one of the most fascinating LPs of 2020.

3. It’s early in the year but this concert will be, unquestionably,
one of the hottest performances of 2020.

4. Band and audience were into each other and had an instant bond
from the get-go. making me think of an euphoric gospel gathering
with lots of love in the air.

5. I didn’t think for a second about the fact that I saw the outlandish
bohemians for the first time without their white, bizarre scientific
engineer’s outfits and their faces creepily smeared with white chalk
Yep, the music was the one and only overwhelming and intoxicating
winner of the night.

6. Their setlist was a flawless steamroller adrenalizing the packed venue
from start to finish. It was a non-stop mind-blowing experience.

7. the visual effects on the big screen matched the rip-roaring turbulence on stage.

8. The songs played, from their otherworldly debut LP Konark und Bonark 
fitted perfectly in the sonic whirlwind.

9. The wayward bohemians dived into the crowd at the end of the orgastic event
and hugged several exhilarated spectators. I never saw this at a Cure concert.

10. We all went home with a big smile on our sweaty faces.

LOWS
None

Picture This…


Let’s dance


Alien guest


Schizophrenic frontman


A kick-ass triumph

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(concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)