Volumen 1 :: Shane Hickey
Volumen 2 :: Doug Smith
Volumen^2 :: Bryan Hickey
bKCAWCK :: Chris Bacon
Volumen Beta :: Bob Marshall

Doug Smith Volumen 2
Doug Smith

If Shane is the high school Physics Club treasurer of VOLUMEN, Doug is the affable, popular guy who toes the fine line between band dork and senior class president. Cheerleaders leak the info that they want him to ask them out, but he’s always genuinely nice to the less popular girls and boys, too. In addition to writing most of what doesn’t get written by his longtime friend and musical partner, Shane (in the platonic sense, that is—at least we THINK so), Doug’s signature wikkid lyxx and fine tenor are the yin to Shane’s yang, the butter to Shane’s muffin, the hot dog in Shane’s....well, anyway, the other half of the songwriting equation. Additionally, Doug is a beacon of calm and tranquility in his other bandmates’ roiling sea of adolescent squirreliness, and a fine cook to boot. The last male bonding I did with Doug was undertaken when we spent two days in the Montana wilderness picking morel mushrooms. Oh, the magic he worked with those little morsels...

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Missoula Independent 09/21/2000
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Title: Digital Wills- (cont.)
Author: Andy Smetanka

Volumen: How do you spell...?
All in all, a fine crop of local releases for late summer/early fall. But with the possible exception of the 9 Pound Hammer CD (the Tom Kelley-penned “The Key to Your Heart” just kills me every time), no local release has been haunting my deck with the frequency of the latest Volumen release. Pure genius. Shane Hickey and Doug Smith are the attic twins with their own made-up language, and the permanent addition of rock-solid drummer Bob Marshall and Chris Bacon on keyboards has put Volumen miles ahead of the game on How Do You Spell…?. Can you pick a favorite song? Doubtful. I’ve already been around the bush a few times with one person who likes “Why Are There So Many People in Here?” not only because it’s a great song, but also because it’s the most unassuming one on a CD littered with theme songs and songs about being in Volumen and simulated Scotch-Gard anthems (“Mighty Dwarves” is kind of the fume-huffing How Do You Spell…? equivalent of “Battle of Evermore”), and so stands out for its special plainness. Kind of like an Amish runway model. While it might not be the most erudite selection on the CD, the track that always sticks with me is the contagious “Something for the Monkey.” A few days of that stuck in my head, I start getting funny ideas around the power drill.