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Volcano, I'm Still Excited!!

Volcano, I'm Still Excited!! (2004)


Exclamation points are a dangerous thing. They imply spontaneity. They imply energy. They imply dancability. They imply an inherent quality of fun. Look at Against Me!, Tora! Tora! Torrance!, or !!!. They all fulfill at least a few of those requirements. The question at hand is, does Volcano, I'm Still Excited!! live up to their exclamation points?

The answer is yes. Or even yes!!, rather.

VISE!! are a trio of Bostonians forgoing the typical guitar/bass/drums lineup in favor of writing quirky, dancy pop songs heavy on the keyboard melody and vocal harmonies. "Trunk Of My Car" starts out a capella and showcases the band's vocal abilities, which later creep up in album closer "Two Exclamation Points." These cats can sing - what a concept![!]

Even though there's no bass, you never really miss it. The trio is adept enough at their instruments to flesh out each song's sound without worrying about the low end. A pogo-stomp such as "In Green" doesn't need bass to make it bouncy; your foot will do the trick.

VISE!! shows their more experimental side on the album as well using piano interludes as well as an ambitious "Byron's 24th Christmas," recorded with the Orchestra of the City College of New York. It's definitely a highlight among the highlights.

VISE!! are doing something special here, and it is worthy of your attention. It's not meant to be silly, over-the-top, or exaggerated - the band really backs up their two exclamation points with pride and talent. One of the best records of 2004, thus far.

2nd Gun
Trunk Of My Car
In Green