These Are TURN UP THE VOLUME’S 20 Knockout Tracks Of 2021 (So Far)

This year’s best tracks (so far)…

Yes, we have already reached the middle of 2021. The world, finally, looks brighter
than last year. Mad summer parties are just around the corner. And here’s the perfect soundtrack… Turn Up The Volume’s 20 best knockout tracks of 2021, so far!

All together on Spotify…

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Track by Track

1. ‘Finger Pies’ by ANIKA (Berlin)
Electro earworm that moves and grooves from the get-go driven by a rolling
bass riff. Strangely catchy, mysteriously designed with a hypnotic effect. Top!

Catch the vibe…

2. ‘Nike Soldier’ by ALAN VEGA (US)
Alan Vega is dead! Long live Alan Vega! This spine-chilling
slo-mo groove comes from his lost album Mutator.

Check in…

3. ‘Night Is Mine’ULTRA SUNN (Brussels, Belgium)
Combine D.A.F.‘s industrial vibes, Sisters Of Mercy‘s gloom and doom hallucinations, and Depeche Mode‘s pop-noir thrills and you know it’s time for a dazzling night. It’s the title track from their standout debut EP.

Put on your leather jacket and dance…

4. ‘One + One’ by DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 (Canada)
With Is 4 Lovers the Canadian champions of drone noise rock made one of their best
full-lengths (so far). And the lead-single ‘One + One’ is a bulldozing, yet catching power blast that comes right at you.

Get slammed…

5. ‘Ten Points On The Damage Meter’ by HOW TO LOOT BRAZIL (Germany)
No rest for all who are addicted to dance their asses off. This is a hip-shaking belter, 145 seconds of steamed-up pop-punk euphoria. Imagine German dark disco legends D.A.F. on speed, fronted by Brit-girls Shampoo who are in trouble again.

Here comes the shot of adrenalin…

6. ‘Coma-Inducing Gibberish‘ by PIZZA CRUNCH (Scotland)
Scottish hit the bullseye with this sturdy stunner. A fab-tastic masterstroke to shut up all narcissists. Beware of getting too excited. It can lead to a rock ‘n’ roll coma. Whatever! Go for it!

Right here, right now…


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7. ‘Stay’ by ONISM E (New York)
A soul-stirring and highly affecting vocal highlight – from one of the best albums of 2021 – by this rad emo-striking NY-based outfit. Stream/buy ‘Survivors’ LP here.

And stay for this pearl…

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8. ‘Fall Of The Big Screen’ by DEADLETTER (South London)
Imagine George Orwell fronting The Fall back in Nineteen Eighty-Four scaring the
world with a grim, futuristic vision of humankind about to collapse in 2021 due to
a deadly virus. Scary!

Turn up the heat here…

9. ‘Wake Up’ by LOBSTERBOMB (Berlin, Germany)
A screaming triumph. This up-and-coming Berlin trio combines Bikini Kill‘s rough
outcries, L7‘s detonating gusto, and B-52‘s peppery liveliness. Touchdown!

Wake up here…

10. ‘Heroin’ by PERMO (Scotland)
A sizzling slice of trash and slash punk. Expect 135 striking seconds of heavy thunder
and creepy lighting. Totally insane drums and bass, deranged guitar frenzy, and cranked-up, psych-o-tic howling. Fucktastic intensity!

Hell yeeeaaahhhh…


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11. ‘We… Are Doomed’ by THE IRRATIONAL LIBRARY (Dutch-American)
A challenging rap and roll rant by an open-minded-plainspoken-ass-kicking-anti-establishement-and-other-scumbags force of doom and gloom. The title track from
this caring collective’s excellent new album.

Apocalypse now…

12. ‘Boilermaker’ by ROYAL BLOOD (UK)
The blues-rock tandem is back with this motherfucker of
a slam dunk from their brand new album Typhoons.

Wham bloody wham bam…

13. ‘The Men Who Rule The World’ by GARBAGE (US/Scotland)
A surprisingly funky disco banger that triggers your head’s up-and-down movement the very moment the money drops into the corrupt politicians’ pockets. I still love you, Shirley!

Let’s roll…

14. ‘This Is Not’ by CROWS ON WIRES (Germany)
Sultry synths, punchy percussion, glimmering guitar lines, and vibratory vocals.
Sounds like Sisters of Mercy are back, produced by Bauhaus who listened to Soft
Cell
on repeat. A stunner, indeed!

Get magnetized here…

15. ‘Vendetta’ICEAGE (Denmark)
An intoxicating jam with a threatening pace. A glam
power punch from their best-ever album Seek Shelter.

Press play and get moved…

16. ‘Not To’ by WOLFVANWYMEERSCH (Belgium)
Melancholia at its starry-eyed, synth-pop best. Here’s a romantic at heart, going
solo, who’s sanely obsessed with creating music, playing music, and enjoying music,
if possible, all at the same time. Damon Albarn‘s moody side comes to mind.

Dim the lights and enjoy…

17. ‘Unspoken’ by ANNIE TAYLOR (Switzerland)
A troubled love reverie with a sorrowful touch. Heartbreaking romanticism at its balladesque best, notable for its vocal splendour and silver-toned resonance.

Enjoy the sweet little pearl…


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18. ‘Carry Me On’ by THE BANKROBBER (Italy)
This new musing feels like a nightly gloaming. Acoustic soul-searching and intimate tenderness. The darksome sorrowfulness of several past and present crooners come
to mind when hearing this gloomy song.

Dream away…

19. ‘Man Alone (Can’t Stop The Fadin’)’ by TINDERSTICKS (Nottingham, UK)
Surprising stonker! An 11-minute psychedelic and epic journey. Trippy and spacey.
From their new, 13th album, Distractions.

Follow the flow…


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. ‘Amsterdam’ by MOONLIGHT PARADE (UK)
Magical and red-colored ballad, combining the melodic melancholia of Teenage Fanclub and The Coral. A sweet little gem about a wonderful city I’m in love with for a long time now. Press play and let your thoughts drift away on a cloud.

Listen to the beauty here…

See/hear you next time, music junkies…

Melancholia In Motion – THE BANKROBBER Revealed New Video Clip For ‘CARRY ME ON’ Single

Clips for ears and eyes…

19 June 2021

Italian pop act THE BANKROBBER released
their newest single CARRY ME ON last month.

Turn Up The Volume wrote: “New musing Carry Me On feels like a nightly
gloaming. Acoustic soul-searching and intimate tenderness. The darksome
sorrowfulness of the late great Buckley legends floats all over this gloomy
Giacomo Oberti ballad. The Bankrobber is back and still has the lockdown
blues.”

And here’s the video clip for the song. As always, made with images fitting
the song’s heart and soul, with stylishness and refinement, visualizing the
tristesse of the protagonist in this one beautifully. Melancholia in motion.

Watch here…


THE BANKROBBER: Facebook

Turn Up The Volume’s KNOCKOUT TEAM OF THE MONTH – May 2021

The best of the past month…

Turn Up The Volume‘s 15 Knockout Tracks for May 2021!
A sassy stream of rambling rippers and jagged jackhammers.

‘Racist, Sexist Boy’ by THE LINDA LINDAS (Half Asian / Half Latinx)
Young kids standing up and making a sharp-cutting, alarming statement
about racism and sexism with a spot-on, in-your-face, loudmouthed punk
anthem à la Bikini Kill. I love it, so should you.

Plug in here…

‘Weather Strike’ by TOM MORELLO and PUSSY RIOT (US/RUSSIA)
Riot, bloody riot, yeah! Morello and Pussy Riot rage against the machine
together with a quiet/Loud/quiet/Loud crossover outburst. I repeat:
riot, bloody riot, yeah.

Press pussy play…

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‘Finger Pies’ by ANIKA (Berlin)
Electro earworm that moves and grooves from the get-go driven by a rolling
bass riff. Strangely catchy, mysteriously designed with a hypnotic effect. Top!

Catch the vibe…

‘Heat’ by WHISPERING SONS (Belgium)
This is the best Whispering Sons song my ears ever heard. Heat takes you by the throat from the kick-ass kickoff. A haunting and sickly sticky stomper. A 24-carat rocker!

Press play here…

‘Le Jour Du Cobra’ by LA JUNGLE (Belgium)
A bulldozer-feedback intro, repetitive synth-thrills, glowing guitars, freakish voices and a thunderous pace all rolled into one mad-as-a-hatter Kraut-noise escapade making your mind go dizzy, your heart beating faster and your potency going sky-high. Fuck Viagra,
long live La Jungle!

‘Vendetta’ by ICEAGE (Denmark)
An intoxicating jam with a threatening flow. A first-rate power blow.
From their new, brilliant longplayer Seek, Shelter.

Tune in…

‘Slice Of Pain’ by BLACK INK STAIN (France)
All hell breaks loose from the very start. An obstreperous post-punk sledgehammer with a deafening dose of illegal decibels. Opening missile from their excellent Incidents album.

Here comes the blast…


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‘Shallow’ by BIG TIME KILL (Boston, MA)
In a normal world, Big Time Kill should be know wide and far. Their massive
wall-of-electro-rock-shock is titanic, overwhelming at times, and served with a
gigantic gusto to blow roofs off dance floors. Shallow is my favorite piece of their staggering new 4-tarck EP Recovery.

Dance around and around…


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‘Cosmic Fingers’ by PAUL WELLER (UK)
No rest for the Modfather. The last few years his production is impressive and
a couple of weeks ago another LP, Fat Pop hit the streets. Lead-single Cosmic Fingers proves once again that Weller still can rock out like the best. That’s entertainment!

Fire it up, Weller…

‘This Is Not’ by CROWS ON WIRES (Germany)
Sultry synths, punchy percussion, glimmering guitar lines, and vibratory vocals.
Sounds like Sisters of Mercy are back, produced by Bauhaus who listened to Soft
Cell
on repeat. A stunner, indeed!

Get magnetised here…

‘Party’ by LOVE ITOYA (Greek Nigerian)
This feels so good. Upbeat, happy and totally summer. Only Love Itoya‘s second
single but definitely one to start and stop all coming sunlit beach jamborees with.
Yes, the sun shines again. Finally! Post-pandemic hope for the future, right here!

Party time indeed…

‘Joker’ by THE HACIENDAS (Manchester, UK)
The Haciendas rattle their butts off on this new fervent firecracker. They turn up the temperature with electric-powered riffs-hooks-and-licks and a clear-cut chorus. One message for all doubters out there: guitar rock is not dead.

Here‘s why…

‘I Said That You Looked Fine’ by ALEX JAMES (North East England)
This banging belter has an instant effect on your body movements. Expect a steamy stonker that rattles and rolls with swagger and energy. Big guitars, big chorus, big tune. What do you want more? Okay, we agree.

Tune in and start the beat…

‘Carry Me On’ by THE BANKROBBER (Italy)
This new musing feels like a nightly gloaming. Acoustic soul-searching and intimate tenderness. The darksome sorrowfulness of the late great Buckley legends floats
all over this gloomy ballad.

Dim the lights and dream away…

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‘Odes’ by DEAFDEAFDEAF (Manchester, UK)
A slow-paced meditation driven by Hill‘s poignant vox and puzzling guitar waves.
London’s sharp-knifed engine shame should take DEAFDEAFDEAF on tour with
them. They share the same outspoken edginess and sonic resonance. Bingo!

Press the play button…


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All together on Spotify

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See/hear you next month, music junkies…

Italian Nightdreamer THE BANKROBBER Carries On With Last Year’s Lockdown Blues Spirit – New Single Out

Reveries for the laziest day of the week…

16 May 2021

THE BANKROBBER continues 2021 with the same heavyhearted
mood as the 2020 singles Blood and I.A.M.N.A.Y.A.M.D (Always
In My Nightmare)
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New musing Carry Me On feels like a nightly gloaming. Acoustic
soul-searching and intimate tenderness. The darksome sorrowfulness
of the late great Buckley legends floats all over this new gloomy Giacomo
Oberti
ballad. The Bankrobber is back and still has the lockdown blues…

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THE BANKROBBER: Facebook

Darksome Video Clip For Darksome Reverie – ‘BLOOD’ By THE BANKROBBER

18 December 2020

Italian synth-guitar popsters THE BANKROBBER, led by siblings
Oberti, released a new hazy single called BLOOD, a couple of
weeks ago.

Turn Up The Volume wrote: “Starting with a short repetitive intro of
ah ah ah’s bringing Laurie Anderson‘s 1981 hit O Superman to mind, you
instantly enter a twilight zone with dreamy atmospherics, weeping guitars
and poetical, alternating male/female vocals. A darksome, somber, and
pitchy meditation, a misty winter song, a double-edged candlelight beauty.”

Now they have a clip out for the track. Special visuals as usual…

THE BANKROBBER: Facebook


Italian beauty in synth-motion…

(photo by Turn Up The Volume!)

Misty Winter Song – Here’s New Somber Single ‘BLOOD’ By THE BANKROBBER

29 November 2020

With only two singles it was a relatively calm year for Italian
synth-pop songsmiths THE BANKROBBER with siblings Oberti.

Last June they released the intriguing and darksome saga I.A.M.N.A.Y.A.M.D (Always
In My Nightmare)
and to say goodbye to 2020 they just shared new moody emo ballad, titled BLOOD.

Starting with a short repetitive intro of ah ah ah’s bringing Laurie Anderson‘s 1981
hit O Superman to mind, you instantly enter a twilight zone with dreamy atmospherics, weeping guitars and poetical, alternating male/female vocals. A shadowy, somber, and pitchy meditation, a misty winter song, a double-edged candlelight beauty.

Listen here…

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THE BANKROBBER: Facebook

Mysterious And Magnetic – THE BANKROBBER With I.A.M.N.A.Y.A.M.D (Always In My Nightmare)

Daily electricity to load your sonic batteries…

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15 June 2020

Italian guitar-synth pop act THE BANKROBBER returns with a new single, strangely entitled I.A.M.N.A.Y.A.M.D (Always In My Nightmare). The first new music since
their splendid debut album Missing.

The fresh track resonates like the soundtrack of a black and white thriller movie with the ongoing repetition of the keywords Always In My Nightmare and the subtle piano touches creating a mysterious and magnetic effect. The song’s slo-mo progression will keep on coming back in your mind after a couple of spins. An intriguing and darksome piece.

Welcome back!…

Also on Spotify

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THE BANKROBBER: Facebook

Sprightly Debut Album ‘MISSING’ By Italian Pop Outfit THE BANKROBBER

New and old albums to make your day…

15 April 2020

Italian guitar and synth pop outfit THE BANKROBBER formed in 2008 and named after
that standout dub reggae cracker by The Clash. This sparkling outfit produces effervescent sonic rainbows and varied, lively symphonies. Their debut longplayer MISSING, released in 2018, is crystal clear proof of singer/songwriter and guitarist Giacomo Oberti‘s high-quality songwriting skills. The longplayer is a jaunty work of twinkling vibes, brisk electrodynamics, sprightly melodies, and scintillating vocals. Universal pop music without frontiers.

Album in full here…

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Singles/clips…

– A GOOD GUY WITH A GUN –

– CLOSER –

Live in Belgium last year (pics by Turn Up the Volume!)

THE BANKROBBER: Facebook

Elevating Pop Act THE BANKROBBER Launched Lively Video Clip For ‘MY REVOLUTION’…

Clips that will have an impact on your eyes and your ears…

10 July 2019

Last year Italian pop ensemble THE BANKROBBER released their delightful debut LP MISSING. An enrapturing album of refined songwriting with exhilarating orchestrations and playful arrangements. Levitating music without frontiers. This year the band went on their first Euro tour, playing a series of gigs in different great European cities. To celebrate all these experiences the band just launched a lively video clip for one of the most notable songs on their debut LP. Here’s ‘REVOLUTION‘…

MISSING album in full here…

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THE BANKROBBER: Facebook – Interview

Post-Euro Tour Interview With Sprightly Synth Pop Act… THE BANKROBBER

4 June 2019

THE BANKROBBER is a twinkling Italian synth pop act that formed already a while back but released its gleaming debut album MISSING only last year. An ardent record with melodious pop symphonies and meditative musings showing the group’s high-quality songwriting skills. A quartet without sonic frontiers. Two weeks ago the four musicians returned from their first full Euro Tour, playing a total of 24 shows. Turn Up The Volume saw them glisten twice in his home country Belgium and was curious to know more about their European adventure. So, after a well-earned post-tour sleep, please welcome now singer/songwriter and guitarist Giacomo Oberti who will tell us some small and big stories from the past few months, after this musical intro for those who are not familiar with this South-European squad…

1. Last February when you started the Euro Tour your debut album MISSING
turned 1 year. How did you look back at the record one year later and did you
had a birthday party to celebrate?

“Honestly we didn’t celebrate the first year of our album, because time is running so fast. We made a lot of things during the past year, but there was no time to release anything. The two months previous to the tour we were always in the rehearsal room to practice. Anyway, we don’t celebrate the past, we prefer to be focused on the future and look forward to new experiences. Missing has been a starting point after the release of our
first EP The Land Of Tales. We’re still happy with what we achieved. Of course we could have recorded some parts in different ways or with different sounds but what really matters are the songs and we still cherish them.”


The ‘Missing’ album

2. How was the overall public reaction on this first Euro Tour?
“The audience’s reaction was always great, each in its own way. We played in different countries and different kind of venues, so we noticed some differences but overall we met a heterogeneous audience. German people are definitely the ones who focus the most on the show, but we had the pleasure to meet so many wonderful people everywhere.”

3. The best thing you experienced during this first European journey?
“Good and bad experiences were usually common. We had a really funny experience in Delft (note = small Dutch town) the day after our concert in Rotterdam. We had lost the keys of the van (and we didn’t have a spare set), so after an hour of desperate searching we were sitting on a bench in front of the van in the parking lot, when Maddalena (our synth player/singer) abruptly jumped up at one point as she was surprised by seeing the van’s signal lights going on, all of a sudden. At first, we didn’t believe her. But a bit further down the road, there just in front of us was the main key. Fortunately, a passing car rode exactly on and over it and activated the key that way! The joy of seeing this was like winning the World Cup final.”


Maddalena after the key experience

4. The worst thing that happened during the trip?
Maddalena has broken her left hand’s finger a week before the end of the tour, but fortunately it was a tiny fracture and she was able to play on. And yes, we had a couple of bad experiences, like when we found out after the show in Passau (Germany) that the van’s battery was dead. But the worst thing happened in Marseille (France) when arriving at the venue we discovered that it had been closed for months.”

5. Going on tour is so hard for smaller bands. What is it that motivated you to ride
so many miles, getting not enough sleep and waiting daily for hours for all sort of things to happen before going on stage to play at night?

“We just love what we do and we believe in our music. I think touring is one of the best ways to make a name for yourself. Sometimes as you say it’s hard, but we made it and
at the end of those three months of traveling around Europe and playing our music we ended up with a good feeling because for a band like us, going on the road is a very important thing to do. It’s not easy to book concerts, it’s not easy to get paid enough to cover all the expenses and it’s not easy to share everything, every single moment, with
the very same four people for a long time but this is what we want to do. Passion is the foundation of our profession. Without that, it would be better to look for another job.
This was our first real European tour and we’re really proud of it and we want to thank
all the venues and all the people that helped us to make this possible.”


Driven by passion

7. The most beautiful place you visited?
“It’s really hard to say because we visited a lot of beautiful places, we played in European capitals like Amsterdam, London, Prague and several other big cities, but also in small towns we really loved like Marburg (Germany). Maybe overall our favorite cities were Rotterdam and Amsterdam because of the architecture and its people.”

8. The top 5 songs/artists that were played on the van’s stereo?
“Sometimes we had fights over the music, but as we had an average of 6/7 hours in
the van every day there was enough time to listen to almost all the music ever released
on this planet, even though we had to take e break from internet now and then, in favor
of the navigator. Anyway, there were also a lot of moments without music too, when we needed to relax. Usually, we played playlists from Spotify with tons of various artists. But
I guess overall our top 5 featured Coldplay, Air, Gorillaz, White Lies and The Neighborhood.”

9. Who felt homesick and how soon?
“After the first two months we had a break of two weeks, we went back to Italy and honestly, I didn’t want to leave again. I felt very comfortable at home again and I also wanted to start working on the new album.”

10. Which THE BANKROBBER song did you liked the most to play every night?
 ‘Tales Of Shady Places‘, A Good Guy With A Gun and My Revolution.”

A band’s favorite

11. Some bands try to connect with an audience by inserting a couple of famous covers into their set. You didn’t do that. Suppose you had to pick one to cover
which one would it be?

“We used to play ‘Lullaby‘ by The Cure. We thought about doing one this tour, but the reason we didn’t include a cover in our set eventually was simple. Because we actually couldn’t make a choice.”

Once upon a time

12. What would you do differently when going on another tour in the future?
“We had 24 shows spread over a period of three months. Next time we will try to play as much as possible but in a much shorter period of time and, of course, we would love to play in front of thousands of people in the future.”

13. Which famous artist/band would you like to join you for your next tour?
“It would be great to play with, among others, Biffy Clyro, The Neighborhood, Placebo
or Queens of The Stone Age.”

14. The next step for THE BANKROBBER?
“We are going to drop the new video for ‘My Revolution‘ very soon
and we’re already working on the new album.”

Thank you Giacomo for this interview,
may the road rise with THE BANKROBBER!

The MISSING album in full…

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THE BANKROBBER: Facebook – Website

(all concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)