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Beautiful Seizure

If the good ship Post-Rock-Revival has already set sail into the pop-cultural consciousness, then what more sweet a shore for it to dock at, at this early stage of the all-over-again, than Chicago? Yet, the city that, first time around, seemed to give the world naught but hot-chops instrumentalists has, this go-round, birthed a much more blessed vessel: Volcano!, a ship so nice they named her with an exclamation mark. And Volcano! honcho Aaron With knows all about the exclamatory, having a haranguing vocal styling that hangs somewhere between the unctuous syllable-eels of the Thom Yorke human-being and the homo-a-go-go suicide-notes of Xiu Xiu hysterioso Jamie Stewart. On the mic, With is wail and assail, viciousry and verse, word and deed, the scream and the screech of the boy with his heart on fire. This probably doesn't sound particularly post-rockin' — given such a genre-stickering could be equated with boys-too-scared-to-sing — but, then, well, With also plays the guitar like Ian T. Williams, the "down" moments of Volcano!'s quiet/loud racketry finding With throwing this two-faced frontman two-hander out like the two-hit combo; he spits out the Tourettic tortured-vocalismo — like in "Red and White Bells," whose emotional tolls cause With to ring out cries of "blood steeped like tea-leaves" and needy needs and those titular beautiful seizures (such being matched by the emo-twitchery of his singing throat) — whilst stuttering just as much on the spattering, spastic guitar clatter and clang/Klang. All this friction causes heat of almost magma agony; and such hot hot guitar/vox duality speaks of the cleaved hemispheres of the Volcano! racket, and how (get it on, get it on) the two become one, and how With and his homies — dudes named Mark Cartwright and Sam Scranton — understand the dynamics of dynamics. The pretty-croonery/gentle-harmonics and the hellacious-screech/distortion-pedals, in this rock band, feel less like some genre-mandated shift than like a bloodied battle, their contrasted quiet/loud playing out, on the pantomimed stage of rock-'n'-roll, like the eternal struggle between light and dark.

by Anthony Carew

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