Five Firecrackers To STAY ON TRACK IN THE WEEKEND!

5 new firecrackers to boost your favorite 48 hours…

The Gathering by FRANK TURNER (UK)
An anti-quarantine anthem that makes your speakers go berserk. A striking stonker inviting us to come together and freak out like we used to do before that nasty virus changed our lives. C’mon, folks, make your move…

It’s Okay To Be Tired by MEENA (Manchester, UK)
This is a hypnotic gem that grows on you with every spin, and I had many (so far). It’s an electrifying jam, both haunting and sticky as first-class glue, bringing Mogwai and Arab Strap to mind, with a Manchester accent that is. The track is from their splendid new EP Can’t See. Press play and get impressed…


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It’s Not Too Late by THE HACIENDAS (Manchester, UK)
Brit-rock with passion, panache and poignancy. A powerstroke driven by flaming guitars and peppy vocals and a mighty chorus you can sing along at the top of your lungs. Ace!

Weather Strike by Tom Morello and PUSSY RIOT
Riot, bloody riot, yeah! Morello and Pussy Riot rage against the machine together with
a quiet/Loud/quit/Loud crossover hammer blow. I repeat: riot, bloody riot, yeah.

Click ‘Watch on You Tube‘ and bang your head against the wall…

I Said That You Looked Fine by ALEX JAMES (North-East England)
This stomping cracker has an instant effect on your body movements. Expect a steamy ripper that rattles and rolls with swagger and energy. Big guitars, big chorus, big tune.

See/hear you next week, music junkies…

Five Firecrackers To STAY ON TRACK IN THE WEEKEND!

5 new firecrackers to boost your favorite 48 hours…

Band: A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS
Who: Infamous psych-noiseniks from Brooklyn, NY
led by founder/mastermind Oliver Ackermann
Track: END OF THE NIGHT
TUTV says: A razzle-dazzle and spine-and-mind-chilling thriller sounding
like Nine Inch Nails going punk, Spacemen 3 returning from the dead and
The Brian Jonestown Massacre freaking out on acid, all at the same time.
This is what happens when lockdown blues leads to schizophrenia.

Step into the darkness…

Band: FIGHTMILK
Who: Swirling indie rockers from London
Track: HEY ANNABELLE – new track from the band’s
upcoming, second LP – out 14 May. Order-info: here.
TUTV says: If a band introduces a new piece as follows “Putting the ‘angry’
in ‘Shangri-La’s’, this is arguably our pettiest song
“, you just want to press play
and go gaga. Punked-up energy, in-your-face vocals, amplified top pop shot.

Let’s roll…


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Artists: DAVE GROHL and daughter VIOLET
Track: NAUSEA – a cover of a 1980 cracker
by L.A. Punk legends X
TUTV says: Violet should form her own band
and rock Foo Fighters into oblivion.

Press play for some ass-kicking rawk ‘n’ roll

Band: NIGHTJACKET
Who: Dream-pop quartet from Los Angeles
Track: BURN THROUGH THE ATMOSPHERE
TUTV says: Close your eyes and you’ll hear the starry-eyed voice of Harriet Wheeler, front lady of former daydreamers The Sundays. You’ll also hear romantic pop sparks floating somewhere up there in the blue sky. Summer is in the air.

Enjoy the trip…


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Artist: LUKE SWEENEY
Who: Singer/songwriter from San-Francisco
Track: TIE MAO TO MINED
“This song has traveled a long ways and continues to morph in a variety
of ways, but the theme remains: it’s a mind you can trick into confinement,
consignment, or alignment,”
says the author.
TUTV says: Back to the 60s, back to the psychdelic flower power era,
back to never-never land, while the restless mind continues its endless
quest for freedom.


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Five Firecrackers To STAY ON TRACK IN THE WEEKEND!

5 new firecrackers to boost your favorite 48 hours…

‘Death Mask Mussolini’ by SEX GANG CHILDREN (London)
Remember these barbed wire Goth outlaw rockers? The London hit team still
resonate, rant and roar like angry young men going after fascists and similar
scumbags. New album Oligarch arrives on 23rd April. More info here.

Fanculo Mussolini here…

‘Reset’ by HYMNS (London)
These ambitious newcomers enter the music scene with pithy panache and captivating catchiness. This splendid debut is “a protest song inspired by the sounds of Black Sabbath and Ennio Morricone’s spaghetti western soundtracks.” Sounds tempting, right? You bet.
First EP Reset lands on 30 April. Pre-save here.

‘Boilerbreaker’ by ROYAL BLOOD UK)
A motherfucker of a slam dunk produced by Josh Homme. A pumped-up hammer
from the fierce tandem’s upcoming album Typhoons, out 30 April.

Nausea‘ by FAMILIAR ACTION (London)
Listen up, folks. The new Sparks are here. Just like the imperishable Mael bros this kooky London duo turns pop upside down. Nausea is funny and vivacious, with a hokey-pokey touch. I hope this town is big enough for both Sparks and Familiar Action.

Press play here…

In The Valley‘ by RAISED ON TV (Los Angeles)
I’m sure these Los Angeles brothers own a sort of music machine that produces sunlit
pop songs that stick the moment they leave that magic machine. Check their new jackpot cracker out here…


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Five Firecrackers To STAY ON TRACK IN THE WEEKEND!

5 new firecrackers to boost your favorite 48 hours…

Band: MODEL CHILD (Los Angeles)
Who: Outspoken lone ranger from Los Angeles, California
Track: PILOT
TUTV says 2 minutes of schizophrenic rage, furious anger and endless
humanitarian struggle. Fuck the greedy rich! Fuck the military industry!
FUCK WAR!

“Blood is raining gold across the room /
Million dollar chains tied to your tomb.”

Band: METZ
Who: Premier shock rock trio from Toronto, Canada
Newest album: ATLAS VENDING – 4th LP
Track: SUGAR PILLL – new video clip

TUTV says: One of those vintage brain-breaking Metz
hammer blows sounding like a fucked-up hot rod on the run.

Press play

Band: PINKSHIFT (Baltimore, US)
Who: Fired-up grunge punks driven by tons of energy and grit
New EP: SACCHARINE – out today – buy here
Lead-single: MARS

TUTV says: This is a high-powered and barbed-wire punch-punk cannonball
celebrating hope and the band itself. The combination of rip-roaring-riff mania,
frenetic drum whacks, vocal Courtney Love swagger and a hectic chorus is what
you need to fight your panic lockdown attacks.


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Artist: ALAN VEGA
Who: The late vocalist of legendary
noise-exploring duo Suicide
New album: Mutator – out 23 April
Track: NIKE SOLDIER

TUTV says: Creepy groove. Haunting vibe. Scary story.

Let’s roll

Band: THE BODY (Portland, Orgeon)
Who: American experimental metal duo
formed in 1999 in Providence, Rhode Island.
New Album: I’VE SEEN ALL I NEED TO SEE
Track: A PAIN OF KNOWING

TUTV says: Expect a pitch-dark nightmare. You’re trapped in the sick mind
of a psycho. You want to get out, but you don’t know how. Frightening!

See/hear you next week, music junkies…

Five Firecrackers To STAY ON TRACK IN THE WEEKEND!

Fuel to boost your favorite 48 hours…

1. ‘Elasticity’ by SERJ TANKIAN (US)
The ringleader of System Of A Down is going to make our ears tremble with a solo EP
out in March. This roller coaster lead-single was written for the band. But as the pandemic made studio contact impossible Serj decided to give a go himself. Four more to follow.

Bang your head here…

2. ‘Year Of The Horse’ by FUCKED UP (Canada)
Were you waiting for these Toronto rebels? Well, here they are with a new 19-minute (!) stunner. It goes loud and quiet, slow and fast, intimidating and relaxing, Totally fucked-up. From a new 4-track EP released yesterday. More info on Bandcamp .

Press play to start the mind-twisting escapade…


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3. ‘Marionette’ by RICH RAGANY AND THE DIGRESSION (London)
This flaming belter could have been a fired-up Tom Petty cracker. Rockin’ and rollin’,
movin’ and groovin’. A perfect radio song. It’s the lead-single from their upcoming LP ‘Beyond Nostalgia And Heartache‘, out in April.

Tune in right here…


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4. ‘Save Us From The Tory Scum’ by THE REV. JONNY KINKAID (Bristol, UK)
Breaking news: this is the brand new British National Anthem! To hell with God
Save The Queen
, here’s Jonny and his crystal clear Fuck You Tory Scum tribute!

Rise and sing with your two middle fingers in the air…

5. ‘Pukebox’ by PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS (Perth, Aus)
The psych-o-delic stormer and boiling key single from the Aussies
new album SHYGA! THE SUNLIGHT MOUND, out today.

Let’s roll

Five Firecrackers To STAY ON TRACK IN THE WEEKEND!

23/25 January 2021

Turn Up The Volume likes the smell of rock ‘n’ roll in the weekend!
Here come 5 new firecrackers to bang-up your favorite 48 hours…

– Sweet Sin – (Lockdown Mix) by A SLICE OF LIFE (Belgium)
Sounds like Sisters of Mercy remixed by the Chemical Brothers. Get your disco ball out of
the closet, move your furniture & pretend you’re the star in Saturday Night Lockdown Fever.

– Song Of The Night Gator – SAFETY (Brooklyn, NY)
Razor-sharp-edged post-punk indie raging full steam ahead pushed by a drummer on
a droning mission. Only 1.45 minutes, but enough time to blow up your speakers. From the Brooklyn trio’s upcoming 6-track Greetings from the Sunshine State, out 19th March.


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– A HERO’S DEATH – FONTAINES D.C. remixed by SOULWAX
Irish rockers Fontaines D.C. sounding vibey and funky? Absolutely. Well, after the Belgian dance brothers Dewaele aka Soulwax put their hands on the title track of the Irish band.

– Oh So Real – by HONEY LUNG (UK)
Grungy shoegaze roller coaster with a metallic resonance. Rowdy, turbulent, multi-layered but also pretty sticky when the chorus kicks in. Buzzing stroke to boost your adrenalin.

– Business Casual – TOMAHAWK feat. Mike Patton (USA)
The supergroup, led by Faith No More‘s loud mouth Mike Patton is back after nearly eight years. This fierce jackhammer is the first taster of new LP, titled Tonic Immobility, out in March.

Five Firecrackers To STAY ON TRACK IN THE WEEKEND!

12/13 December 2020

Five new firecrackers to bang-up your favorite 48 hours…

1. ‘Dark Minds’ by VANESSA ANNE RED (London, UK)
Grand voice. Grand tune. Grand performance. Glimmering guitars, flabbergasting structure and sky-high chorus bringing the late great Kirsty MacColl to mind. Top score!
The first single off her upcoming third solo album.

“It’s the wishful thinking of a dark scorched mind
Leads us far beyond and leaves everything behind
Brings us far beyond and leaves everything behind”

2. Infralight by LABASHEEDA (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Spot-on catchy jingle-jangle stroke. Crackling guitars, basement drum beat, rollin’ bass
and pithy vocals. This band balances between their near-legendary indie countrymen Bettie Serveert and the early tumult of The Breeders. And that pretty cool violin fragment gives this rad ripper a surprising touch. From their new excellent album Status Seeking.

Let’s roll…

3. ‘We’re All Going To Hell’ by HEARSE PILEUP (UK)
I love these lines on their FB-page: “Lies can only be found by questioning the truths we are fed. An angry band for angry people. Or those who want to become angry.” Sounds so 2020! Expect a mad-guitar-crazy-fueled garage juggernaut on a supersonic run, smelling like Satan waiting in a dark alley. Hell bloody hell yeah!

Either the rapture didn’t happen
Or we’re all going to hell
Put your hands over your nose
Try to ignore that burning smell


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4. ‘The Last Time I Saw You (O Christmas) by PORRIDGE RADIO (Brighton, UK)
A poignant eruption with a fervidness growing in intensity along its way.
Not Xmassy at all! Sorry Santa, you’re not wanted here this year. Capice?

“Every year, the same/ Every year, the rain/
Every year, the dark/ I feel it coming around it again.”

5. ‘A Girl Like You’ by TAME IMPALA (AUS)
Kevin Parker and his Tame Impala combo join the long 2020 cue of artists covering other artists. He picked ‘A Girl Like You’, the massive 1994 hit from Edwyn Collins, the former frontman of Scottish band Orange Juice.

Sing it, Kevin…

See/hear you next week, music junkies…

Five Firecrackers To STAY ON TRACK IN THE WEEKEND!

5/6 December 2020

Five new firecrackers to bang-up your favorite 48 hours…

‘Shortcummings’ by SLEAFORD MODS (UK)
Another sickly sticky rant from their upcoming album Spare Ribs. This time the rapping punks go after Dominic Cummings, the former right-hand of British prime-minister Boris Johnson and manic Brexit fan. Hit hit hit…

‘Carol Of The Witch’ by VAZUM (Detroit, US)
This pitch-dark, synth-driven banger could easily have been a track on Marilyn
Manson
‘s newest album We Are Chaos. Ominous guitar-layers, ongoing drum
thumps and an overall sinister resonance. From the duo’s new EP Vazumnacht.


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Snow Day‘ by SHAME (UK)
A haunting, rowdy, and ongoing roller coaster jam “about love that is lost and the comfort and displeasure that comes after you close your eyes, fall into sleep, and are forced to confront yourself.” Notable new piece from forthcoming, 2nd LP Drunk Tank Pink, out 15th January.

‘The Fever’ by THRILLSVILLE (LA, CA, US)
An electro Goth pop tune beating like a heart in trouble and spreading feverishly in
your mind from the kick-off. It’s the nerve-racking opener from the brand new, chilling
5-track EP Say Goodbye To The Light.

I got the fever / I got a poisoned mind / Another day in paradise / Yea right

‘Alpha-Omega’ by MIND CELL (San Diego, US)
This metallic smack is exactly what you need to crush your lockdown demons. Burning guitars, merciless beats, bloodcurdling vehemence, and sky-scraping outcries cause a hair-raising experience that triggers the head-banging devil in you the way you like it! Score!

See/hear you next week, music junkies…

Five Firecrackers To STAY ON TRACK IN THE WEEKEND!

Five new firecrackers to bang-up your favorite 48 hours…

‘Love In The Time Of Pestilence’ by THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA

Sixth 2020 single. Sixth tour de force. These poetic metalsmiths honour all the real caring heroes in these hazardous times, with an ill-fate inspired roller coaster that “reflects upon the events of the ongoing pandemic and global crisis. The song is an appeal to humanity and an emergency broadcast to mankind at a critical moment in the current crisis. The music video is a tribute and homage to all the healthcare professionals around the world who have risked their own lives to save the lives of others.”

The accompanying video clip is a heart and soul touching then and now visualization

‘BL/FF (Fake Friends)’ by MONOWHALES (Toronto, Canada)

A boosting crackerjack to play on your car stereo when go out at night looking for a playmate. An electrifying ‘I Feel Donna Summer Love’ flare-up. A hormones-fueled slice
of peppery power-pop for (safe) Saturday Night feverishness. Go for it here…


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‘Blush’ by BEACH RIOT (Brighton UK)

At its heart ‘Blush’ is essentially just a soppy love song, two people recounting that magical feeling of falling for each other” says the band. To my ears, this is at its heart a full-steam-ahead knockout wanting you to leave your lockdown hole, roll over and over in the street and jump for joy. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! From the band’s upcoming debut album ‘Subatomic Party Cool’, out June 2021 via Alcopop! Records.


‘Scratchcard Lanyard’ by DRY CLEANING (London)

“In the search for your true calling in life, it’s easy to try so many things that you end up confused. It can lead to an enormous build-up of frustration.” That’s what this ongoing
rolling-guitar-and-bass-riff-driven jam is about. Sticky as first-class glue. Here’s why…


‘I Don’t Know Who I Am’
by THE CRIBS (UK)

Last week the Brit trio released their new, critically acclaimed, album Night Network.
On this highlight, good friend and ex-Sonic Youth member Lee Ranaldo joins them (again) for a dreamy groover. Tune in here…

See/hear you next week, music junkies...

Five Firecrackers To STAY ON TRACK IN THE WEEKEND!

21 November / 22 November 2020

I love the smell of rock ‘n’ roll in the weekend. Here come
five new firecrackers to boost your favorite 48 hours.

‘Water In The Well’ by SHAME (South-London)
One of the most exciting and ambitious young bands around share a new single from
their 2nd, upcoming album. ‘Water In The Well’ is a funky scream your heart out corker…

‘Quaaludes n Mash’ by SPUDGE (Leicester, UK)
Quaaludes with the effect of acid is what this kooky trio comes up with. So good,
so tasty. Rollin’ jingle-jangle guitars, a relentlessly frantic beat, and some rough spitting and sneering. Sonic youth turbulence, indeed. From their debut EP Pathetic Phallus.
Trust me, you won’t fall asleep.


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‘The Hustle’ by DOIS PADRES (Bedforshire, UK)
This insane garage blues blast triggers your insatiable appetite for mindless psycho
boogie action. This raw-to-the-bone motherrocker sounds like it has been recorded in a basement where bats are fooling around. Fierce drum madness, screwy surf guitars and distorted vocals do your brain in. AND YOU’LL LIKE IT!

‘Let’s Party Tonight’ by SCARECROWZ (Ottawa, Canada)
To hell with our lockdown blues, time to party ourselves out of our heads. This robust, headbanging haymaker is what we need to activate all of our limbs and go bonkers from the get-go. For those about to rock Scarecrowz salutes you. Wham bloody hammer bam!

‘Distance’ by MAMMOTH WVH / WOLFGABG VAN HALEN (California)
The debut single of Wolfgang Van Halen aka Mammoth WVH is a heart-touching tribute to his father, who died recently. It’s a classic rock standout with an epic resonance, aroused vocals, and an overall affecting impact. R.I.P. Eddie Van Halen.

See/hear you next week, music junkies…