Saturday, February 6, 2010

Volt - Rorhat

Label: Exile On Mainstream
Year: 2006

There are some folks out there who continuously and consistently turn me on to great new music that I would have otherwise missed. And in the age of the music blog, those people have turned out to be semi-anonymous or pseudonymed people far-flung across the globe. I guess that's just the way things are right now, it's sort of weird, but probably not much different from when I used to send letters out all over the place looking for demos, stickers, zines, or obscure 7"s, and remarkably, I would usually get something back in return that ruled in some way shape or form. The world is a lot smaller in this digital age, but the concept has stayed the same. Keep digging, and you'll find some pretty remarkable creativity still out there.
So, with apologies to my other favorites; Worried Well, Pinto, Fred, Cheeto, X-Angel, Mega-Leg, Lo-Res Viscera, Stormy, Batguano, our own Ipecac of course, and...well I don't want to forget anyone, so I'll just say "everyone else", I would have to nominate Arsonaut as the first inductee into the music blogging hall of fame. That guy (and I can only assume it's a guy based on the writing style and musical selections) has unearthed more and better music than any other one person I can think of. Where, or how he finds it, who knows? But I'm glad he's out there scouring the earth for more and better sounds, I'll always look forward to seeing his next post.
So aside from this being a love letter to some dude I will never meet, it also serves the purpose of reposting a record that Arsonaut first hipped me to a year or so ago on Lucidmedia back before that site hit the shitter.
Volt is a German band who come on hard and furious (that's what she said), channeling the spirit of Keelhaul, Melvins, Colossamite, King Snake Roost, and a little bit of that ole chestnut, The Jesus Lizard. It results in something that you might hear from one of the newish UK bands like Shit and Shine, Kong, or Part Chimp, so in other words, godhead. This record destroys in every way, shape, and form. If you haven't heard it already, please do, and then, after you stand back up from the ass kicking you just received, go buy/order it here.

So there you go, cheers to Arsonaut, cheers to Volt, and cheers to you all. Didn't that make everyone feel just great?


grostabin said...

The guitarist/vocalist is also in Dyse (on the same record label): Somewhat similar style of music, though a bit more experimental. I like their first album, less so their second. Really good fun live, though.

Mega-leg said...
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Mega-leg said...

Dude, I couldn't agree more! I got turned on to this probably a year or so ago as well and also, more than likely, the same post by Arsonaut. This album kicks a lot of ass! They have another one too that I haven't found yet in the blogosphere.

Any way dude, yes it did make me feel great (thanks for the name drop. haha) because it's true...even though we all may never meet we share a love for rather eclectic (and kick ass) music. I've been turned on to so many things, past and present, that would have passed me by otherwise and for that I am grateful.

I'd like to raise a toast and incite a round of applause for Gray. Because of you I've been turned on to so many great bands, old and new. Your posts are always relevant and insightful. You're definitely one of my favorites doing it by far!

Cheers to Gray!

ipecac said...

um..grAy..could i see you in my office?

*party poops*

arsonaut said...

haha thanks for the kind words! i havent found their first album either! this album seriously fucking kills. you just reminded me i have a Volt bootleg to split into tracks..

Anonymous said...

their first album is called Romeo KO
find it here:

i saw them a couple of times and they were probably the best band in germany… meaning: they are no more!

dyse is a good follow up -especially live.

Anonymous said...

and yes… cheers to Gray!

arsonaut said...

! the link doesnt work!

Gray said...

See if this one works:

arsonaut said...

! nice. that worked. thanks. roadburn bootleg up on shadowkick soon. terminal cheesecake discog on cgb

pinto said...

So what the hell happened with Lucidmedia?? Shitter indeed! I really hate to rag on another blog but that one used to be one of my favorites in it's early days and totally took a dive. Van Morrison? Really?? At least I have SGM to be consistently awesome.

Scott Salsman said...

Man, I heard a track from this album on Pandora a while ago and had to get the album right away. Hearing it now, it's one of the greatest things I've ever heard. I'm a huge fan of Last of the Juanitas, and I like this just as much.

Alternalan said...

Can someone repost this record please, I'm dying to hear!

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