Not a band to rest on its laurels, No Volcano has unleashed a second music video from its fourth album “Rubber Dagger, ” well in advance of the November 30 CD release show.
Onus Records is proud to be the first to present this video for “Golden,” a standout track on the new album featuring a vocal guest spot by singer/songwriter and Giant Sand member Lonna Kelley.
With Rubber Dagger, Jim Andreas, Chris Kennedy, James Karnes and William Goethe have carved out a fourth musical go-round that might be No Volcano’s most poppy, hurly-burly meisterwork yet!
Its none-too-subtle send-up of the Fab Four featuring our fab forefathers on a mind-bender may be a sly comment on our country’s current craven tumult. On closer examination, Rubber Dagger offers takes on every slice of life you can expect in 2020 America. Our divisive nation can be dissected along two dueling party lines, “Extrovert” and “Introvert,” both of which the group has conveniently provided vibrant theme songs for. “Extrovert” previews the album with a new video by director Jason Willis, who crafted the band’s previous videos for “Blackout” and “Day in the Sun.” Our social media disconnection is also duly noted on “Logged In” as is the end of civility in our national discourse in “Negative Attention.” Even the abandonment of space exploration, once a source of civic pride, is dashed in songs like “Rocket” and “Lines in Space.”
But all that is bubbling below the surface. This is first and foremost a pop album, possibly the best No Volcano had produced yet. If this were a more enlightened time, No Volcano would be considered a singles band and wear it like a badge of honor. The Beatles allusion on the cover can be vaguely felt musically in the group’s sunshine harmonies and economical song lengths—only two songs crest over three minutes and No Volcano crams a lot of information in what the group likes to call “miniatures.” You may decry the lack of a middle eight in a favorite album track that ends too soon but Rubber Dagger is harmonically programmed so each song neatly dovetails into the next, even if you scramble the album running order (and No Volcano is fully aware that an album’s sequence is tampered with mightily once it is imported into iTunes, and for this reason they issued their second album in alphabetical order!).
In short, Rubber Dagger is the most flexible yet sharpest precision tool you’ll ever own! You can stream and download it today from Onus Records or if you are one of those holdouts of the whole tactile, hold-it-in-your-grimy-hands sort of person, please come and but physical copy of thealbum at No Volcano’s CD release party at Valley Bar on Saturday, November 30 with special guests SNAKE! SNAKE! SNAKES! + JJCNV
No Volcano’s CD release party will be at Valley Bar on Friday, November 30 with special guest w/ SNAKE! SNAKE! SNAKES! + JJCNV