TURN UP THE VOLUME’s 5 Best EPs Of 2021 (So Far)

The 5 best of 2021 (so far) according to Turn Up The Volume’s ears…

Band: DEAP VALLY
Who: The two charismatic rock queens Lindsey
Troy
and Julie Edwards from the city of angels,
Los Angeles.

EP: AMERICAN COCKROACH
Released: 18 June 2021

Turn Up The Volume: After the equal top-notch Digital Dream EP
Deap Vally shine again on this follow-up, with some help from their
friends. Put the two 4-track EPs together (I did) and you get nothing
less than the amazing amazons’ best album (so far)! A gloriously
varied and high-quality pop/rock/blues accomplishment. Please
come back to Belgium (asap)!

Stream/buy here…


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DEAP VALLY: Facebook
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Band: ULTRA SUNN (Belgium)
Who: Cold/darkwave duo – Sam Huge
and Gaelle Souflet – from Brussels

EP: NIGHT IS MINE
Released: 5 March 2021

Turn Up The Volume: Combine D.A.F.‘s industrial vibes,
Sisters Of Mercy‘s gloom and doom hallucinations and Depeche
Mode
‘s pop-noir thrills and you have the soundtrack for midnight
summer parties.

Listen/buy here…


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ULTRA SUNN: Facebook
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Band: EMPTY HEAD
Who: Up and coming hit team from Liege, Belgium. They cultivate the contrasts
and hold both the visceral intensity of Seattle’s grunge and the bewitching fever
of California’s desert rock. The resulting blatant firepower is then used by singer
Simon Galloy as a support for his dark and intimate lyrics, which evoke topics such
as dreams and delusion, introspection, and the anxiety of the passage of time.

EP: EMPTY HEAD
Released: 15 May 2021

Turn Up The Volume: From supersonic prog-punk-rock to towering primal screams
and psychedelic ax riffage, from mind-crushing paranoia and muscled turbulence to
swing moods emotions. Your ears will not be the same after listening to this full-headed whirlwind.

Check/buy EP here…


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EMPTY HEAD: Facebook
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Artist: NICOLE MARXEN
Who: Dallas-based musician and visual artist.
Known as one of the shiny dark innovators behind
acclaimed avant-garde pop band Midnight Opera.

EP: TETHER
Released: 26th February 2021

Marxen says “In many ways, it was a crucial first step in my own grieving
process and self-discovery as a songwriter. Being so rooted in showmanship,
I hadn’t explored such vulnerability in my work before. when I began to shift
my efforts inward, I found that my truth very much needed to be expressed.
The song serves as a reminder to hold space for myself.”

Turn Up The Volume: You actually can feel Nicole Marxen‘s pain of losing
her mother as titanic industrial synth wallops petrify your perplexed mind.
She wants to ease the gloom and doom impact of her dramatic loss so her
wounded heart and restless soul can breathe free again. Chelsea Wolfe is
around the corner, listening in the shadow.

Stream/buy here…


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NICOLE MARXEN: Facebook
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Artist: HANNYA WHITE
Who: Musician/modern art painter and video maker,
based in London creating an unusual combination of
the playful and the dystopian.

EP: NO PREVIEW
Released: 23 February 2021

Score: 4 love songs for those who want to explore the dark side of their
inner self by watching David Lynch movies. I’m sure Hannya White is one
of them. The way she infiltrates your worried thoughts with electro-scapes
boggles your psyche. It’s a puzzling experience. Expect the unexpected.

Chaotic music for chaotic people in chaotic times.

Listen/buy here…


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HANNYA WHITE: Facebook

Prog-Stoner-Rock-Frenzy With EMPTY HEAD And Their 4-Track Debut EP

1 June 2021

Band: EMPTY HEAD
Who: Up and coming hit team from Liege, Belgium. They cultivate the contrasts
and hold both the visceral intensity of Seattle’s grunge and the bewitching fever
of California’s desert rock. The resulting blatant firepower is then used by singer
Simon Galloy as a support for his dark and intimate lyrics, which evoke topics such
as dreams and delusion, introspection, and the anxiety of the passage of time.

EP: Self-titled 4-track debut released on 14 May.

Warning: Alert your neighbors before you press
play and Empty Head starts torturing your speakers
with these four highly turbulent haymakers.

Here we go…

COSMIC RAVE – Supersonic prog-punk-rock-hammer with schizophrenic
guitars and a smashing powerhouse finale with delirious vocals…


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MIRROR – A quiet/Loud/quiet metallic(a) trip fueled by towering primal
screams and psychedelic axe riffage. Terrifying passion in motion…


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HUNTED FROM BELOW – Sonic madness, mind-crushing paranoia and
muscled tumult all rolled into one mad motherrocker of an electro-shock
wallop. Queens Of The Stone Age are just around the corner…


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SUFFOCATED DREAMS – Heavy mood swings fervidness going forth and back,
again with hair-raising guitars, a stairway to heaven fragment, and a sizzling singer
about to go insane. The Mars Volta meet Kyuss at the dark side of the moon…


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EMPTY HEAD: Facebook

Jigsaw Electricity And Sonic Insanity With Strike Force EMPTY HEAD And Their New Single ‘COMSIC RAVE’

Daily electricity to fuel your batteries…

10 April 2021

Band: EMPTY HEAD
Who: Noise-rock gang out of Liege, Belgium

Pick: COSMIC RAVE – 2nd single from upcoming debut EP (14 May)

About: “A song full of imagery and twists that delves into abstract concepts such as reality and dreams. The lyrics are centered around the (mis)adventures of a protagonist who is exploring a parallel world and gradually losing his mind to the point of not being able to dissociate dream from reality. The title of the song ‘Cosmic Rave’ refers to the delirious parallel world in which the protagonist is evolving and slowly sinking into madness.»

Score: After their stunning debut single Hunted From Below the up and coming Belgian strike force Empty Head goes berserk again. Fired-up guitars cause a jigsaw electricity that could come straight from an Osees record. Feverish vocals go mental here and there. The drummer sounds like if he wants to beat all of his lockdown demons. And just before the heated finale sets in I hear Soundgarden‘s late great frontman Chris Cornell‘s covering Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven. Awesome, right? You betcha.

Get out of your straight jacket and pretend you’re in hell (maybe you really are)…

EMPTY HEAD: Facebook


Striking empty heads…

Schizophrenic Blitzkrieg Rock – Go Insane To EMPTY HEAD And Their Ace Debut Single ‘HUNTED FROM BELOW’

Daily electricity to load your batteries…

27 February 2021


(an empty head?)

Band: EMPTY HEAD
Who: New high-powered noisemakers from Liege, Belgium

Pick: HUNTED FROM BELOW – first single from upcoming debut EP, out in April.

Score: Lock The Stooges, MC5 and Queens Of The Stone Age up in a studio with a booze
bar and (il)legal substances of their choice, and they’ll come out, some time later, with
a schizophrenic blitzkrieg sledgehammer like this. Hunted From Below is sonic madness, mind-crushing paranoia and muscled tumult all rolled into one bad motherrocker of an electro-shock wallop. You can smell the scent of scorching punk frenzy. Nasty, filthy and vicious! Totally insane!

Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh….

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