Bushie and Jamie are two Dublin based nerds that have been friends for two decades, ever since Bushie showed up to apologise in person when the rest of the band he was in at the time decided they couldn’t be fuckered playing a gig Jamie was putting on for them in his home town. They’ve both played in bands, worked in record shops, done zines, run DIY labels, booked tours, and all the other things geeks who value Black Flag over having money usually do.
But mostly, they’ve spent an inordinate amount of time hanging out together arguing about things like wether Lawnmower Death were better than Old Lady Drivers, if Slint was actually a real word or just made up , wether or not Kid Congo Powers might be immortal , and what the fuck was going on with people in the 90s that made us all think Heartattack zine was a thing to take seriously.
Now, like other aging menchildren who’ve seen “High Fidelity” a bunch of times and found themselves going “Yep, I’ve got that Panthro United UK 13 record Jack Black is waving around too”, they’ve channeled their joint lifelong love of loud shouty music and being a real life Waldorf and Statler into that final frontier of next level self indulgence: Podcasting !
Grump Up The Volume is about revisiting and affectionately roasting some of the weirder musical phases that have occurred, for better or worse, in their preferred eras of Rock And/Or Roll music (we’ll say from the late 60s up to right now). Sometimes they rip apart shitty records by bands they like. Sometimes they try and posit that maybe strange musical trends people would rather forget about were actually kinda cool. But mostly the former. Because they’re terrible people who draw joy from the mistakes of others.
Andrew is a sharp dressed man with a heart of gold and the hips of a snake, who lives in a bunker made from thousands of illicitly obtained VHS tapes of 70s exploitation films and roofed with the sleeves of Devo bootlegs . His favourite song of all time is “Everybody Wants Something” by The Zit Remedy.
Jamie once woke up in a giant garbage bag in a stranger’s house in England after seeing a bunch of Swedish hardcore bands play a gig he doesn’t actually remember. His favourite song of all time is “You’re The One That’s Out Of this World” by ALF.
Their good buddy Peter McNally Jnr kindly provided the staggeringly life like portrait used on this here page. Peter’s like a real life Howard Moon, if Howard Moon liked the Flaming Lips and Jawbreaker instead of Weather Report. He’s nice. You’d like him.