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THE VOLCANICS
Shakedown
Self-released, 2011

 

 

By Shane Pinnegar

 

The Volcanics’ latest EP “Shakedown” is a vicious serve of garage rock, sonically referencing The Count Five, The Stooges and even Roky Erikson’s 13th Floor Elevators.

 

Hailing from Perth, Western Australia, there’s a sense of the dry desert wind in their dual guitar work – Pete Lake and Tommy Hopkins sear the ears with their textured playing and scorching solos, while Pete Acklin and Dave Knox nail down a rhythm section which weaves in and out of the guitar and vocal lines – but never content with following from the rear.

 

Johnny Phatouros’s vocals hold everything together here – surly, troubled, insurgent and intense, like the rest of the band he is never content to just sing or play along – they drive the Volcanics juggernaut forwards at all times.

 

Rob Grant and Kenny Watt have done a great job to capture most of The Volcanics live dynamism and intensity, and whilst all five tracks are a great soundtrack to your chosen disaster, the title track, ‘If You Don’t Want My Love’ and ‘Pls Pls Me’ are modern day nuggets your collection simply should not be without.