Single of The Week: “Turn the Screw” by Turning Black Like Lizards


“Turning Black Like Lizards” are a neo- psychedelic, post-punk, shoegazing and dream-pop band from the Black Country, whose mesmerising and shadowy sounds, tilts towards goth macabre whilst staying true to their new wave roots.  With Andy Black on vocals/bass, Raye Gunn on guitars/visuals and Paul Sharp on drums/programming, “Turning Black Like Lizards” are purveyors of dark wave music, that thrills, chills and throbs through its scattered farfisa, poetic and delphic  delivery. A hybrid of spacious instrumentals and tightly gripped suspense, “Turning Black Like Lizards” resurrect all the archetypes of the  70/80s alternative music scene, whilst adding their own individual symphony of sounds. Having been busy working on their debut album, “Turning Black Like Lizards” have released their debut song “Turn the Screw” which has been selected as my “Single of the Week”.

Turn the Screw:

With its tinny beats and thumping bass, “Turn the Screw” slithers in the dark chambers of new wave, post punk. It’s an amazing song, which sees Black’s Curtis-esque vocals brood amongst the dirty dream-pop, distorted and curving riffs. It’s a sexed up number which lurks with lascivious lust and underground prowess. If Joy Divison, The Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine ever had a love-child, then it would probably turn out like “Turn the Screw”.