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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Neufutur.com 05/03/2006
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Title: Science Faction Review
Author: Jmcq

The straight-forward rock of Volumen on their opening track to "Science Faction", "Side of a Box", ties a classic rock type of style to something more current in the band's assumption of a Red Hot Valentines type of synthesizer line. The band are fans of Lynyrd Skynyrd, in the fact that "Lush & Co" comes to prominence with a free-wheeling brand of guitar lines that only are morphed into a hipster brand of indie rock when the band moves into the stanzas of the track.

"Descolada" is a dangerous track for Volumen, as the fact is there that the song is instrumental and seated in the third spot of "Science Faction". If the band was not talented, or the track not compelling as hell the results might have been enough to sink the band. However, the number of different movements present in the song, coupled with the compelling nature of the track means that the song is more of a refresher than anything else. While the influences during "Orson Welles Was Right" are probably more MC5 than The Ramones, there is a punk feel to the track that cannot be denied.

"The Church With No Name" is perhaps the pinnacle of Volumen's sound; while the sound is hidden behind the over-reaching guitar lines and the distortion on the track, there is no stopping the irresistible force that is the band's vocalist. Imagine that individuals put together Soul Aslyum with Two Gallants, and one will have an idea of how great the band is during this track. This is a feel-good album, one that individuals can either take an active or passive role in; the talent of the band is something that cannot be denied at any point during "Science Faction". Even when the band is only trying to end a track (as is the case with the last two minutes of "The Church With No Name"), individuals are locked in an forced to stick with the band. The only thing that can be seen or heard as a weakness on this disc is the opening of "The Launch", which uses the voice-creation programs present in a song like "Fitter/Happier" (Radiohead) to create a very stilted and awkward dialogue, something that is not mirrored in the band's output during the track. Still, this is only a minor blip on the radar and Volumen admirably makes up for the beginning of the track with a driving rest of the track.

Top Tracks: Lush & Co, The Church With No Name

Rating: 6.2/10