Turn Up The Volume’s 20 KNOCKOUT TRACKS Of The Month – JULY 2021

Turn Up The Volume‘s 15 Knockout Tracks for May 2021!
A storming stream of rattling rippers and jagged jams…

All together on Spotify…

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One by one…

‘AMERICAN COCKROACH’ by DEAP VALLY (Los Angeles)
Deap Vally is back at their rock-blues meanest. Steaming,
intimidating, and totally fired-up. Touchdown!

The title track from their second EP of the year.

Drop the bomb on me
Drop the bomb on me
I got armor on me Feed me anarchy
I am perfect, Evolutionary
You can’t kill me,
The world belongs to me


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‘GUIDED BY ANGELS’ by AMYL & THE SNIFFERS (Australia)
Amyl rants again like a riot-gun rap punkette on an all-conquering mission.
From the gunslingers’ new, second album Comfort To Me, out in September.

Make way, folks, here she comes…

‘HEAT’ by WHISPERING SONS (Belgium)
This is the best Whispering Sons crackerjack my ears ever heard. Haunting, chilling,
and catchy as hell. This is a mad motherrocker with frontwoman Fenne sounding like
a female Scott Walker. A speedy stomper. Bingo!

From their 2nd album Several Others.

Turn up the heat here…

‘ZOOM ZOOM’ by TOYAH (Birlingham, UK)
With beloved husband Robert Fripp, Toyah puts up a hilarious cover show every Sunday
for months now, but now she’s back in her own special way. Zoom Zoom rattles and rolls with funky flair, hip-shaking hooks, and glamorous gusto. This sticks all the way. Score!

From her upcoming album Posh Pop, out 27th August.

Start a revolution, talk like Andy Warhol and become a millionaire here…

‘OH!’ by THE LINDA LINDAS (Los Angeles)
After going viral with previous single Racist, Sexist Boy the young Riot grrls hit again with
a pithy pop-punk roller that thunders ahead from the flashy get-go and rushes to its hurrah finale.

Pretty cool, pretty wild, pretty Lindas…

‘I, MORON’ by LOVELY EGGS feat. Stooges icon Iggy Pop
The menacing way immortal icon Iggy Pop pronounces moron several times, makes
you desperately hope you’re not one, all the more so that a jackhammer is drilling
along Pop‘s intimidating tone. Bang-on stunner!

Moron, moron, moron…

‘COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN’ by REAL SICKIES (Edmonton, Canada)
No brakes. No special effects. Only red-hot-blooded hullabaloo. Louder than
the Ramones. Sickies don’t talk, they roar. Sickies don’t pretend, they are 4 real.
Real Sickies are for rockers, for punks, and for noisemakers. Hallelujah!

From their smoking new album Love Is For Lovers.

Play this loud, very loud…

‘BLAME IT’ by MARLOW (East Sussex, UK)
I have had this instant knockout on repeat since I discovered it last week.
A solid gold stormer “about the lack of communication in relationships and
how people try to avoid responsibility for their issues by shifting the blame onto
others and coming up with excuses.

Its sticky pop melodiousness, its hefty panache, its passionate vocals, and
its fiery chorus are simply irresistible. Don’t blame Marlow. They rock big time!
One of the best singles of 2021! Fact!

Here‘s why…

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‘WHEN THE WHIP GOES CRACK’ by THE BATTERY FARM (UK)
This spine-chilling, self-flagellation outcry sizzles like a vicious serpent. Prepare yourself
for a demons-inflicted nervous breakdown, for a jagged jam that makes the hair in your neck stand up. Slowly but surely the intensity goes up and the insanity kicks in. Infuriating powers take over until the out-of-breath end. Goodness, gracious!

Get impressed right here…

‘DEFEND YOUR TEMPLE’ by TYPHOID ROSIE (Brooklyn)
Imagine imperishable rockers Green Day fronted by a rousing female fury.
A loud and clear feminist you better not mess with her. This punk ‘n slam
stonker will get you out of your lazy couch in a blink of an eye.

From the band’s upcoming LP Queen Of Swords.

Wham! Bloody bam…


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‘OLD JOE’ by SEADOG (Brighton, UK)
Old Joe moves and grooves from the kick-off. Its ongoing Krautrock-like hypnotizing spell, its energizing synth mesmerism, its repetitive beat, its echoing vocals, all contribute to the psychedelic impact of this exciting trip. Once you’ve joined the ride, you won’t get off. Clear-cut crackerjack!

Experience the vibrant vibe…

‘MAKE UP YOUR DAMN MIND’ by SINGLE RUIN (Brighton, UK)
Swirling electro-pop with an unwavering ongoing bass beat à la Modest Mouse that gets under your skin before turning and twisting surprisingly towards the end. Fascinating piece! From the new 7-track EP Unique.

Tune in here…

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‘TIME TRAVEL‘ by PARTEFACTS (Berlin, Germany)
Imagine: Hundreds of sweaty bodies dancing hyperkinetically in a shadowy Berlin discotheque on a feverish Saturday night. Everybody minds their own business,
everybody ignores the pandemic reality for a while. Funky shake-your-booty bangers
like these are ravishing and rapturous. Exactly what we need right now.

Get up and go gaga ..

‘THE EAR FAIRY’ by MONSIEUR POMPIER’S TRAVELLING FREAKSHOW (Dublin, Ireland)
Puzzling eccentricity by Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Freaks Club Band. This town ain’t big enough for Sparks and Mister Pompier jumping out-t of-the-normality box with synth-asia pop. Don’t worry, be a weirdo and do the French cancan.

From the new bizarro album Teatime Terrors.

Start the show here…

‘HONEY I BELIEVE’ by TRICKSHOOTER SOCIAL CLUB (Chicago)
This first upbeat single made my fingers snap, my feet tap, and my head twist from the flaming get-go. This rollin’ ripper gets under your skin and in your veins without asking permission, and, trust me, you’ll love it. Clear your room and lose yourself.

Move here to the beat…

‘DIG ME UP’ by HANNAH ROBINSON (England)
The rock swagger of Sheryl Crow, the melodramatic richness of
Florence Welch, and a vivid voice as imposing as St. Paul’s Cathedral.
The combination of those envigorating elements leads to emotional
resurrection. Dig Me Up is Robinson’s sonorous and liberating triumph.

Press play here…


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‘FRIENDLY IS BETTER’ by WOLF VANWYMEERSCH (Belgium)
Wolf could be the singer of Belgian top band Balthazar, Wolf could be the unknown
brother of Bonnie “Prince” Billy, but at the end of the day, Wolf is Wolf. After his wistful debut single Not To he continues his musing journey, on his horse, with this slo-mo meditation. Friendly is better, Wolf is better.

Catch the friendly mood here…

‘ALL THE LOVE YOU GIVE‘ by THE FOREIGN FILMS (Canada)
After a bang bang bang intro, you enter Beatles territory. Melodic splendor polyphonic harmonies and All You Need Is Love trumpets. This is 60s pop splendor at its sunlit finest. Feels like we’ll have new flowers in our hair this summer. The swinging sixties spirit. Lovely!

New album Starlight Serenade out today.

Enjoy the sun here…


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‘THE LIONS DEN‘ by TMCF (UK)
A shadowy dream-tune with a rotating rhythm making you run to the first dance
floor you find around. Pirouette yourself dizzy, folks, and forget these viral lion’s
den times for 339 seconds. Trust me, it helps to activate your body’s movements.

Make your best moves here…

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‘REMEMBER WE WHERE LOVERS’ by Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth
Surprising collaboration between the frontman of Primal Scream and front lady of Savages. They bring those 60s melancholia stars Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood back to life, and it works wonderfully. Dim the light and hit some candles. From the new album Utopian Ashes.

Time to relax…

See/hear you next month, music junkies…

Five Firecrackers To Stay On Track… In The Weekend

10 July 2021

5 new firecrackers to fuel your favorite 48 hours…

‘We Are Between’ by MODEST MOUSE (Portland)

The veteran indie rockers still deliver the goods. The lead single from their
new triumphant album The Golden Casket sets the tone for their 7th longplayer.
Brisk, bustling, and blissful.

Press play here…

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‘Dissonance’ by VEDA RAYS (Brooklyn)

“This song speaks to the psychological stress of our times as the byproduct
of cognitive dissonance en masse, and the collective shadows it projects. Yet,
the hopeful message implied is that if we can shine a light, shadows disappear.”

Roaring rippers like this one make my day on the spot. Big tune, big drive,
big chorus, big guitars, big vocals, big intensity. Adrenalized top stroke!

And a great animated video clip…

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‘Time Will Define’ by FEVER (UK)

Electrifying Britpop at its instantly sticking best. Somewhere between
Supergrass
(in the 21st Century), The La’s and The Bluetones. The singer’s
feverish vocals stand out. What a vox! He lifts this arresting stunner to
a remarkable level. Touchdown!

Tune in here…

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‘Can’t Forget’ by NAPOLEON (Toronto, Canada)

A riff monster. A flabbergasting uppercut with all cylinders fired up, making your
head spin uncontrollably. Alert your neighbors before you put this blustery blast
on your stereo. From the band’s new wham-bam-slam EP Empty Within.

Clear your room and start a one-man moshpit…

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‘Look What You’ve Done’ by KEEGAN CHAMBERS (Toronto, Canada)

This is classic rock explosiveness. Eddie Van Halen guitars, a towering chorus,
and what a tremendous voice overwhelming your ears. High-powered, immensely energetic, and totally titanic. Makes your hair in the back of your neck stand up.
Huzzah!

From Chambers‘ varied Out Of My Head EP.

Turn up the heat here…

See/hear you next week, music junkies…

I, THE MOUNTAIN – Harmonious Vocal Splendor On The Canadians New Single ‘WILDFLOWERS’

Daily electricity to load your batteries

8 June 2021


(Photo: Bryan Reid)

Band: I, THE MOUNTAIN
Who: Indie-pop-folk band
based in Kitchener, Ontario (CA)

New single: WILDFLOWERS

The song “explores themes of uninhibited, uncompromising
love and depicts unwavering commitment in a relationship
“.

This is a vocal pearl, a harmonious beauty, a huzzah hymn dedicated
to love. Multiple-voiced splendor with a spiritual touch, bringing Texan
choral sensation The Polyphonic Spree to mind. These are the kind of
songs that put a careless smile on your face, make you feel both joyful
and melancholic. Whoop-de-doo.

Truthfully, I need your head next to mine
Hopefully, we can lay here forever

Enjoy

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I, THE MOUNTAIN: Facebook

OUT TODAY! Fourth LP By FÖLLAKZOID -Listen To ‘I’

2 August 2019

Band: FÖLLAKZOID
AlbumI
Sound: Four pieces of electronic exploration and ambient adventure
Guitarist/singer Domingæ Garcia-Huidobro: “We invite you to join us in sharing the experience of being led by this non-rational, sonic artform and its energy. It is also an
invitation to connect once again with your inner master and his intuition, erasing the
systematic rationalization that usually follows creative forces when perceived, to guide
you on this holographic simultaneous simulation where reality is rooted in,”

Stream here…


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FÖLLAKZOID: Facebook

TURN UP THE VOLUME’S Eleven Knockout Tracks For JANUARY 2019…

The knockout killer tracks of the past month…

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Eleven Knockout Tracks on repeat this past month!
A smoking fusion of roaring rippers and gusty grooves
Here’s Turn Up The Volume‘s Knockout January Team!

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1. ‘Feet’ by FAT WHITE FAMILY (London, UK)
The Saoudi/Adamczewski family returns with magnetic mantra-like chant. Intoxicating stuff!

2. ‘Motor City Steel’ by The Dandy Warhols (Portland, US)
Irresistibly catchy earworm from The Dandys marvelous new LP Why You So Crazy.

3. ‘The Creeps’ by LAURA IMBRUGLIA (Melbourne, Australia)
Australian singer/songwriter turns her anger into a burning banger. Top cut!…

4. M.A.H. by THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS (Manchester, UK)
A massive cannonball. A dance punk anthem for 24 hour party ravers…

5. Ar.Mour by UNKLE feat. Miink & Elliot Power (UK)
Vibey, spaced-out and cosmic. Yes, UNKLE is back!

6. ‘All I Want’ by BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE (Toronto, Canada)
Toronto’s harmony team returns with an upbeat and funky cracker. Bingo!

7. ‘Chain Of Being’ by CROWS (London, UK)
A relentlessly drums driven missile with a terrifically rollicking guitar fanfare…
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8. ‘Dead Beat’ by GUIDE DOG (Bridgend, Wales)
A head-smashing wallop sounding like Nine Inch Nails with a hammering hangover…

9. ‘Steppenwolf’ by THE RINGARDS (London, UK)
Claustrophobic groove with wailing guitars creating a sort of weird voodoo feel…

10. ‘Another Mess, I’ by AYU (Switzerland/Germany)
Soulfully trippy, emotionally atmospheric, charmingly poppy with a Massive Attack touch…

11. ‘Seventeen’ by SHARON VAN ETTEN (Belleville, NJ, US)
Impassioned and melancholic pearl, with a vocal finale that causes goosebumps…
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(photo Sharon by TUTV!)

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Swiss Trip Pop Artist AYU Scores With Soulful Single ‘ANOTHER MESS, I’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

6 January 2019

(photo via AYU – press)

Artist: AYU

Who: “Being born in Bern (Switzerland), and living in Hamburg (Germany) AYU is a songstress
and producer delivering a mixture of contemporary pop, future-thinking electronics, catchy
RnB tunes and sweet indie. Her so-called Trip Pop is a deep push-pull dialogue in which heart-stoppingly honest lyrics meet rhythmic x dreamy vocals, and futuristic beats are combined with swirling guitar patterns. At the centre of her playful genre clash, the singer’s warm voice attracts everyone who listens to her right away.”

Pick: ANOTHER MESS, I – Ayu’s brand new second single

Score: Only 5 days in the New Year and here’s the very first 24 karat gold hit of 2019.
I’m not drunk and I’m not joking. ‘Another Mess, I‘ has all the right sonic ingredients. It’s soulfully trippy, emotionally atmospheric and charmingly poppy with a mid-tempo groove that reminds me of the introspective side of some of Massive Attack‘s dreamy soundscapes. This is a gorgeously arranged and tenderly composed mixed emotions musing with Ayu‘s characterful and heart-whole vox in the middle. I repeat: this is a hit, this is a winner.
Discover the touching beauty right here…


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AYU: Facebook – Instagram – Twitter 

TURN UP THE VOLUME’S Selection Of Five Brand New MUST-HEAR Albums…

New longplayers that will have an impact on your ears and your speakers

1/ ‘The Room In The Wood’ by THE ROOM IN THE WOOD (Liverpool, UK)
The Room in the Wood is a collaborative project featuring Paul Cavanagh and Dave Jackson. The first since their band ‘The Room‘ split in 1985. The duo designed a wondrous record that sounds intriguing and pure, that feels soulful and heartwarming and reminds me, now and then, of gloomy Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen moments. Compelling songwriting.

Stream here

Available via Bandcamp and iTunes

2/ ‘You Can Run… You Can’t Hide’ by ACESKULLY (Fort Lauderdale, FL, US)
Aceskully is musical tandem Ulysses Perez and Kayce Armstrong. Their new LP is just amazing. Adventurous trips with influences by experimental legends David Bowie,
PJ Harvey
and Depeche Mode among others. Stellar mix of gripping electronics, stirring
pop dynamics and remarkable male/female singing. Tour de force in sound and vision!

Stream here

Available on iTunes

3/ ‘Room With A View’ by ECHO COURTS (North Carolina, US)
Modern-day pop balladry influenced by exquisite Americana singer/songwriters of the past. Like a 21st Century Gram Parsons with glimmering guitars, punchy melodies, striking vocals. Emotional reveries for the twilight hours. Touching, comforting and melancholic.

Stream here

Available via Bandcamp and iTunes

4/ ‘For The Rest To Rest’ by VEDA RAYS (Brooklyn, NY, US)
Ardent contemplations drenched in passionate and sparkling orchestrations. Both darksome and elevating. An amplified blend of electrifying sentiments with sonic echoes
of 80s British New Romanticism. From dreamy ballads to glowing flares. Starry-eyed!

Stream here

Available on Bandcamp

5/ ‘I, Kaleidoscope’ by BROKEN BELLOWS (USA)
The combination of colorful tunes, atmospheric synth layers,
rich arrangements and Beach Boys harmonies turns this debut
full length into an impressive and punchy pop performance. Top!

Stream here

Available on iTunes