VOLCANO have today premiered their first ever music video, for the track Naked Prey which is taken from their forthcoming album, The Island. The San Diego-based five-piece features members of JOY, HARSH TOKE, LOOM and RADIO MOSCOW. The Island will be released via Tee Pee Records on February 15, 2019.
Guitarist, Zachary Oakley comments:
“Every song on this record was fun to write, record and produce so it was hard to pick a first single. We chose Naked Prey because it’s the first tune on the record and so why not have it act as Volcano’s first introduction to the world.
“It’s the leadoff track on the record for a couple reasons. First of all, it’s a banger! The drum intro is syncopated and groovy and the rest of the band drop in all at once with a twin guitar and keys melody that foreshadow a lot of what you’ll hear during the rest of the album. We’re basically telling people that if they like the first 15 seconds of Naked Prey- then they’re gonna dig the rest of the album too!”
Featuring trailblazing musicians from San Diego’s groundbreaking psychedelic scene, VOLCANO merges Afro-beat rhythms, electric rock guitar and dance floor grooves to forge a sound that is totally new, yet swiftly familiar. On its dynamic debut, The Island,VOLCANO explodes, delivering polyrhythmic, serpentine, yet highly listenable songs that flow like lava. The album mines inspiration from global greats including Fela Kuti, Witch, and The Funkees, the krautrock mind-jams of Can and Neu!, James Brown’s funk and the rhythmic complexity of the Allman Brothers.
Talking about the band’s sound, Oakley expands:
“As far as our sounds, I think VOLCANO 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, and Ebo Taylor 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 track list
1. Naked Prey
2. The Island
3. No Evil Know Demon
6. 10,000 Screaming Souls
The Island by VOLCANO is released via Tee Pee Records on February 15. Pre-orders are available here.