Featuring trailblazing musicians from San Diego’s groundbreaking psychedelic scene, including members of Harsh Toke, JOY, Loom and Radio Moscow, Volcano merges Afro-beat rhythms, electric rock guitar and dance floor grooves to forge a sound that is totally new, yet instantly recognizable. On its dynamic debut, The Island, Volcano explodes, delivering polyrhythmic, serpentine, yet highly listenable songs that flow like lava and are at once, cool as ice and hot as hell. The album mines inspiration from global greats including Fela Kuti, The Witch, and The Funkees, the krautrock mind-jams of Can and Neu!, James Brown’s funk and the rhythmic complexity of the Allman Brothers. Much like its members themselves, the music of Volcano is constantly moving and mutating; a modern fauxback sound that pays homage to the all-time greats, while forging a distinctly modern path towards the future.
Zach comments on the band’s sound: “I think Volocano sounds very different from every band Ake, Billy, Gabe and I have been in. A lot of it has to do with our drummer, my brother, Matt, moving back to town. He’s always been an insanely talented musician and it’s great to finally put together a serious project with him. Volcano is influenced by rhythm and percussion based bands like Fela Kuti, The Funkees, Gaspar Lawal, Ebo Taylor and Witch so it wouldn’t sound the same if our drummer wasn’t able to play polyrhythmic beats. Also, Matt and I grew up together listening to Allman Brothers’ Live at the Fillmore so there’s an equally heavy dose of Allman-style free-jamming going on. We’re hoping to mix the best of both those worlds.”
The Island will released on Tee Pee Records on February 15th and available for pre-order through here. Watch the video for ‘Naked Prey’ below.
Zach further comments: “The ‘Naked Prey’ music video began as a complete joke. Just talking about filming ourselves for a video was too goofy to take seriously. But we set out with the attitude that if it turned out too silly to release then we’d simply ditch it and never tell anyone we tried! I had just filmed and edited a short film documenting a jam session that I had been apart of at a friends property in Campo, CA a month or two earlier and it turned out cool. Nothing too complex or professional looking, but really neat and nostalgic and plenty psychedelic. I took that same approach to shooting and editing Volcano’s first music video.
We felt like keeping it simple since it was our first video. Very little plot line aside from Gabe’s floating head speaking as an angry deity. It’s mostly shots of the members of the band playing the tune against a non-descript background. It puts the focus on us as a players. No frills. Just plenty of trippy edits and overlays and other tricks lifted straight from the editing playbook of the 60s-70s era German Television show The Beat Club. Anyone that has seen the Birth Control, Black Sabbath or Rory Gallagher performances on that show will get a kick, or at least a giggle out of our new video! We hope everyone has as much fun watching it as we did making it!”