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CD REVIEW: THE VOLCANICS – Transmission

| 13 November 2015 | Reply

CD REVIEW: THE VOLCANICS – Transmission
Citadel Records
10 October, 2015
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar
9 /10

The Volcanics - Transmission

A chorus of Saints-ey horns punches airholes through the tighter-than-a-knot chorus of What I Found, the opening track on the aptly named Volcanics’ latest album, and latter track Locked Out. The horns themselves may not seem like a revolutionary addition, but they take us to a place where The Saints and The Stooges reigned supreme; they illustrate what a great producer of punky garage rock Radio Birdman/New Christs singer Rob Younger is; and they underline just how creative and red hot The Volcanics are as a band. It’s glorious stuff, and the rest of the album sees the energy never flag for a moment.

If we draw a Venn Diagram, The Volcanics occupy the mutually inclusive space where the raw energy of early Who and Rolling Stones meets the DIY garage punk of The Stooges and Radio Birdman, The Count Five and Dr Feelgood, the melodic kidney-punch of The Lime Spiders and the spirit of great fucking rock n’ roll.

Not What You Say starts with a subterranean rumble before kicking out the jams; harmonica blasts punctuate the early-Hoodoo gurus-like In The Middle, sung by guitarist Tommy Hopkins; and the moody (and oddly titled) Street Owl features shimmery guitars like the soundtrack to some kind of garage Western.

Johnny Phatouros’ primal vocals and Hopkins’ scything guitars cut through urgent closer Under The Fire, and as that guitar finishes strafing the listener’s auditory cortex, we’re left breathless and wondering ‘WTF was that?!’… before hitting PLAY again.

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