CHICAGO’S VOLCANO! TO RELEASE THIRD FULL-LENGTH, PIÑATA, OUT JUNE 12TH ON THE LEAF LABEL
Piñata is the sound of volcano!’s past distilled into a most potent formula for the present: unsparingly concise, stickily melodic, lyrically stronger and stranger, darkly humorous, ferociously driven, fabulously inventive. Clocking in at just over 40 minutes, the album has an aggressive energy that’s as exciting as it is unpredictable. It’s leaner and meaner than its predecessors, with the themes behind the songs drawn from more familiar sources. “They’re mainly based on weird fantasies,” says front man Aaron With. “Our goal was to tell stories with strange but universal sentiments.”
The fantasies that form the foundations for certain songs are hardly commonplace musings on love and life. ‘Child Star’ imagines its protagonist (re)born with all the skills and experience of a previous life, gaining competitive advantage over a helpless peer group. ‘St. Mary Of Nazareth’ takes the listener on a tour of a spaceship disguised as Catholic hospital, where the nurses are nuns, and the nuns are aliens. Lead single ‘Piñata’ is a petty vision of posthumous karmic retribution, while ‘Fighter’, the album’s dramatic centerpiece, is a violent revenge fantasy set to music. But while the
songs can be complex conceptually, the incisive compositions ensure they effortlessly get under your skin.
volcano! is: Aaron With (vocals, guitar), Sam Scranton (drums, percussion), Mark Cartwright (synths, bass).
Listen to/Download “Piñata” here: http://soundcloud.com/theleaflabel/volcano-pi-ata
2. So Many Lemons
3. Child Star
7. St. Mary Of Nazareth
8. Supply And Demand
9. Long Gone