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VOLCANO THE BEAR

RIO/Avant-Prog • United Kingdom


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Volcano the Bear were formed in 1995 in Leicester, England. Their first full length release, The Inhazer Decline, was released on Steven Stapleton's (of Nurse With Wound) label under the United Dairies Imprint. Despite this, the bands music is released on a variety of formats, from full length albums to EPS, from tapes to CDs to CD-R's the band releases themselves on their Volucan imprint. The band is rather active, until 2007 releasing at least one new album every year, and up to five in some years (many of which are limited edition).

The music is influenced by artists as diverse as Can, This Heat, and Nurse With Wound. They are given various labels (freak folk, free jazz, avant garde), but they all indicate one thing - that is, this is a band that is experimental and who exists on the fringes of existing music labels.

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Vol One
1996
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Vol Tu
1997
3.00 | 1 ratings
Yak Folks Y'Are
1999
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The Inhazer Decline
2000
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The One Burned Ma
2000
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Five Hundred Boy Piano
2002
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The Mountains Among Us
2002
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The Idea Of Wood
2003
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Classic Erasmus Fusion
2006
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Amidst the Noise and Twigs
2007
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The Shy Volcanic Society At The Bear And Bird Parade (split, STPO)
2009
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Planetary Bethlehem
2010
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Grande Pfungst
2010
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Volrudolf
2010
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Golden Rhythm/Ink Music
2012

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Review by thellama73
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3 stars A surreal band name for a surreal group. Volcano The Bear is comprised of four British oddballs who delight in creating mostly improvised chamber pieces that will leave all but the most seasoned listener scratching his head.

With most improvisational ensembles, you basically know what you're getting. It's either going to be a standard jazz band or a set of four or five instruments that remain constant over the lifetime of the group. Not so here. Drums, whistles, flutes, violins, guitars, bells, strange falsetto vocals, electronics and countless other, less easily identifiable instruments make up the color tapestry of sound that comprises this album.

While there's nothing jazzy about the group, there is a certain undertone reminiscent of English folk music, and there are times when you can almost picture the rolling green hills and picturesque countryside of the musicians' native land, albeit through a pretty strange lens.

The song titles are also a hoot, and include such imaginative gems as "Charming Cabbage Clock", "Chimney Fear" and "Curly Robot," the latter clocking in at over ten minutes in length and marking the highlight of the album.

I should note in passing that I have seen this band perform live, and they are just as much fun as you might expect. I recommend it if you have the opportunity.

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