THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – 7 New Firecrackers Week 42

Every week Turn Up The Volume picks 7 new
firecrackers that burned his ears the past 7 days

‘Black Widow Spider’ by PARQUET COURTS (NYC)

The Texan quartet that lives and works in the Big Apple released their new, seventh LP Sympathy For Life yesterday. Another solid work of indie masterclass with a mix of straightforward rockers and Talking Heads inspired chants. Here’s one of the highlights…

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‘Antisocial’ by FAIYAZ AND THE WASTED CHANCES (Toronto)

Who? A Toronto punk group that has been described as a raw garage-pop band
with virtuosic protopunk influences. Their sound falls somewhere between Warhol
pre-punk and the Toronto DIY indie that they flowered in.

New single Antisocial speaks to the mental health issues born from industry pressure
and self-destructive tendencies as one tries to make ends meet while still having fun.

Expect red-hot-blooded and untamed-explosive aggression. A walloping sucker punch,
left and right. All record label idiots should run for cover before this Canadian fury blow their money greedy egos to pieces. Bullseye shot! Holy smoke!

Press play here…


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‘The People I Know (Don’t Like Me) by KULICK (Pennsylvania)

Who? An artistic visionary, singer-songwriter, producer, audio engineer, and lover of life, continues to mesmerize music fans with an ever-growing catalog of deeply personal, yet relatable songs that combine his roots in heavy rock music with ultra-catchy pop melodies, resulting in a sound all his own.

The new single is “about not fitting in with who you’re around and being very aware of it.

After an edgy vocal intro, this fervent firestarter explodes into a supersonic stunner
with the iron cast punk intenseness of riff rollercoasters Green Day and Blink-182.

Blimey!

Start the storm here…

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‘Taking Me Back’ by JACK WHITE (Detroit, US)

With this new song, White ignites the promo rollout of a new Call Of Duty game.
Feels like he wants to make some big money in between his cool work with his
record label.

I’ll be honest. It’s a notable brain-breaker. Schizophrenic synths, deranged guitars,
and the former White Stripe‘s howling voice. Sounds like a video game crashing down
like an airplane. Bingo!

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‘When We Fall‘ by KOALRA (From Chicago to Portland)

Who: Dynamic gunslingers fusing the fuzz-fueled guitars and loose rhythms
of acts like Dinosaur Jr. to the experimental soundscapes of artists such as
Sonic Youth and The Cure.

When We Fall is a single from the band’s brand new, excellent longplayer
Love Songs To Remind Us That We Can’t Stand Each Other (genial title!).

A melancholic musing floating sonically somewhere between Band Of Horses
and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Spellbinding flow, magnetizing catchiness and
perfervid vocals. A total triumph.

Enjoy here…

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‘Where Will We Go’ by JANIS Berlin, Germany)

The urge to find passion and freedom were the main reasons for this
trio to leave their homes (in Israel, Spain, Germany, and the UK) and
resulted in creating songs together as urban and pulsing as the city
which Janis’ music is inspired by Berlin.

The new cut “is an exploration of loneliness at the point where it reaches its peak.
The point where an inner lack of love creates a vacuum. A black hole which devours
everything that happens to come too close, while pushing away those who are still
dear and important at the same time.”

This is how frustration, alienation, and lonesomeness sounds like when translated
to a nervous and fucked-up electric eruption. Biting, irascible and anxious. This jagged jackhammer is driven by dogged drum hits, anxious guitars, and strained vocals. The nervous breakdown finale doesn’t bode well. Post lockdown blues.

Check the heat here…

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‘Love Love Love’ by MY MORNING JACKET

The longtime celebrated Louisville rockers released
their new, praised self-titled album yesterday.

One of the premium highlights is Love Love Love. A circling cracker
that moves and grooves towards a slashing guitar solo.

Enjoy here…

See/hear you next week, music junkies

PARQUET COURTS – New Album ‘SYMPATHY FOR LIFE (and for Talking Heads)’ Out

22 October 2021

Band: PARQUET COURTS
Who: Texan rockers living/working in New York City
Active: Since 2010 / 7 studio LPs including the new one

New album: SYMPATHY FOR LIFE
Release: 22 October 2021 – Order info here

Stereogum says: “It always feels weird to say about a band as consistently acclaimed
as Parquet Courts, but for a moment there I was on the brink of taking this group for
granted. It’s the Spoon Conundrum: Here is a band so freakishly sharp and consistent and reliable that, in lacking a new story, people eventually start to underrate. For over a decade now, Parquet Courts have been operating at a very high level. They’ve already become an
indie-rock institution. And now, with Sympathy For Life, they have another strong entry in
a nearly bulletproof catalog. But more importantly, they are showing they can transform without losing their incisiveness. Parquet Courts are evolving, and the sound is
as exhilarating as ever.

Turn Up The Volume: All arrogance when they’re on stage (I know, I saw them
several times), but all solid electricity on record. Do not expect that the Courts will
make a jaw-dropping Kid A record à la Radiohead ever, no they’re riff-rattling rockers
at heart (Walking At A Downtown Place / Black Widow Spider / Homo Sapien) and show
their avid sympathy for Talking Heads once again, even more than before (Marathon
Of Anger / Plant Life / Sympathy For Life / Zoom Out
). No fear of music here.

Singles/clips: Homo Sapien / Black Widow Spider / Walking At A Downtown Place

– HOMO SAPIEN –

– BLACK WIDOW SPIDER –

– WALKING AT A DOWNTOWN PLACE –

Full album…

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PARQUET COURTS: All Albums

PARQUET COURTS Rock Their Butts Off On New Single ‘HOMO SAPIEN’

New striking strokes…

20 October 2021

Band: PARQUET COURTS
Who: Jangly Texas rockers living/working in New York City
Active: Since 2010 / 7 studio albums including the new one.

New album: SYMPATHY FOR LIFE
Out this Friday, 22 October – Order info here

New single: HOMO SAPIEN
Third cut from the upcoming LP

From what we heard so far Parquet Courts are rockin’ their post-lockdown
butts off as if they want to shake off all pandemic shit. Just like with Black
Widow Spider
and Walking At A Downtown Place, the 4-piece steams
and screams on Homo Sapien. Sweetass, hellers yeah.

Open the gates…

PARQUET COURTS: All Albums

Sympathy For Life out 22 October 2021

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – 7 New Firecrackers Week 38

Every week Turn Up The Volume picks 7 new
firecrackers that burned his ears the past 7 days

1. Let’s Get The Party Started by TOM MORELLO feat. Bring Me The Horizon

From the RAGTM guitarist’s upcoming album titled The Atlas Underground Fire
with a series of big name guests. This is the clamorous belter featuring British noise
freaks Bring Me The Horizon

Deafening storm…

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2. ‘Black Widow Spider’ by PARQUET COURTS (New York City)

The jangly rockers drop album 7 Sympathy For Life on 21st October.
This is the third single. A rattling and rolling ripper.

Tune in…

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3. Hard Skool by GUNS N’ ROSES

The second new track of the year from the macho Roses. Old Skool would
be a more appropriate song title. As usual Slash has sex with his guitar and
Axl Rose‘s vocal cords are still alive and kicking.

Enter paradise city here…

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4. ‘A Toxic Life’ by IMPERIAL ASHES (Toronto, CA)

A metal uppercut serving as an urgent call-to-action to address injustices
and atrocities that have plagued Indigenous communities for centuries.

Anger, rage and fury is what you get when awfully greedy governments
do what so many political sharks did in the past, taking the freedom, hope,
and future away of whole populations. Horrible.

We are connected, we’re feeling infected (a toxic life)
The treaty’s neglected, your laws are rejected (give up your fight)
Our colonial apathy, making the rivers bleed (things aren’t alright)
Your violations, stealing from nations (eating us inside)


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5. ‘Living in the Heart of Love’ by THE ROLLING STONES

A few weeks ago the imperishable Stones announced a deluxe edition for
one of their last great albums Tattoo You celebrating its 40th-anniversary.
It will feature several previously unreleased tracks from those recording
sessions.

R.I.P. Charlie Watts…

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6. ‘Bonnie’ by CUFFED UP (Los Angeles)

The band says that this new crackerjack is “an anti-love anthem about the grief and
pitfalls of a serious relationship crumbling due to lies and deceit. This is explored through
the eyes of Bonnie (of Bonnie & Clyde fame), in an alternative universe where Clyde selfishly leaves Bonnie for dead.”
Bonnie takes revenge because of the end of their romantic,
albeit toxic relationship.

Famous Bonnie (movie) quote (addressing Clyde): “What would you do if some miracle happened and we could walk out of here tomorrow morning and start all over again clean?
No record and nobody after us?”

Electrifying and fuming.
Here comes Bonnie (with mustache)…

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7. ‘Before You Gotta Go’ by COURTNEY BARNETT (Australia)

One of the catchiest tunes I’ve heard all year, proving that sticky simplicity works tremendously well when you can sing along, hum along, or whistle along.
I Love you, Courtney.

Can’t resist this…

See/hear you next week, music junkies…

PARQUET COURTS Are Back To Roll – Hear New Single ‘BLACK WIDOW SPIDER’

New sonic impulses…

23 September 2021

Band: PARQUET COURTS
Who: Jangly Texas rockers living/working in New York City
Active: Since 2010 / 7 studio albums including the new one.

New album: SYMPATHY FOR LIFE
Out 21 October

New single: BLACK WIDOW SPIDER
Second taster after Walking At A Downtown Place

Andrew Savage (vocalist/guitarist): “I told [producer] Rodaidh
McDonald that I wanted to find a sound that was equal parts Can,
Canned Heat and This Heat. He was really into that and probably
took some glee in having such a bizarre challenge.”


(Andrew Savage – photo by Turn Up The Volume)

The accompanying video was directed by Shayne Ehman: “We were
inspired by the claymation master Art Clokey. I wanted the video to feel
like it was shot in the 1950’s and so I used very old lenses. One was a
brass projection lens from the 1860’s and another was radioactive.”

The Courts never rocked this conventionally and it works terrifically…

PARQUET COURTS: All AlbumsAll Tour Dates

Jingle Jangle Junks PARQUET COURTS Drop Second Single From Upcoming LP

18 August 2021


(photo by Turn Up The Volume)

Band: PARQUET COURTS
Who: Jingle Jangle junks from Dallas, based in New York
Active: since 2010 / 7 studio albums (including new one)

New album: A SYMPTAHY FOR LIFE
Out: 22 October 2021 via Rough Trade

New single: WALKING AT A DOWNTOWN PACE
Second shared piece after groovy 10-minute jam Plant Life

The jingle jangle junks sound again as if they listen every
day to early Talking Heads vibes. Repetitive guitar riffs,
rotating rhythms and a shouting chorus.

Tune in…

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PARQUET COURTS: All Albums

PARQUET COURTS Celebrate 10th Anniversary With Unreleased Track ‘HEY BUG’ And Live Show

New sonic impulses…

 

11 November 2020

New York via Texas post-punks PARQUET COURTS formed 10 years ago.
In that decade they released six albums, from very good to sublime ones.

To celebrate, the band stream a live show from Brooklyn’s Pioneer Works on
10th December. They also shared a previously unreleased track from the
sessions of their third LP Sunbathing Animal that came out in 2014.

Listen here…


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PARQUET COURTS: Facebook


Parquet Courts in Brussels on 27 Opctober 2013 – the day Lou Reed died, playing the Velvet Underground’s What Goes On as a tribute. Goosebumps moments. (pic by Turn Up The Volume)

‘Wide Awake!’ By PARQUET COURTS – Released 2018

Old and new albums to make your day

16 February 2020

Band: Parquet Courts (New York City based)
Album: Wide Awake! – their sixth LP
Released: 18 May 2018
Pitchfork wrote: Parquet Courts enlisted Danger Mouse
to produce an LP of joyfully absurd, danceable rock music.
It is straightforward but alien, simple but endlessly referential.
Full review here. Score: 8/10
The clips: Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience /
Wide Awake / Mardi Gras Beads / Total Football

– ALMOST HAD TO START A FIGHT/ IN AND OUT OF PATIENCE –

– WIDE AWAKE –

– MARDI GRAS BEADS –

– TOTAL FOOTBALL –

Album in full…

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FIVE INFLAMMABLE SUMMER BANGERS – Part 6…

Weekly series of five rolling ripsnorters to go completely bananas to this summer

Another storming team of big bangers for another obstreperous week! Let’s rock…

1. ‘Skinny Little Bitch’ by HOLE
(Album: Nobody’s Daughter – 2010)

2. ‘Whirling Eye’ by THE KILLS
(Album: Ash & Ice – 2016)

3. ‘Wide Awake’ by Parquet Courts
(Album: Wide Awake – 2019)

4. ‘Lost Power’ by FRENCH VANILLA
(Album: How I Am Not Myself? – 2018)

5. ‘For Helvede’ by USE KNIFE
(Single 2019)

All Summer Bangers so far
collected here on Spotify

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See/hear you next week, music junkies…