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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sabas.jud.as 03/29/2006
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Title: Volumen , Science Faction CD
Author: Sabas

Wantage’s hometown heroes, Volumen, however, are more of a Montana anomaly, running contrary to the prevailing wisdom that this kind of music only reaches the public via New York art schools and European nihilists. Sure, Devo came of age in Ohio, but they at least had Rocket from the Tombs as neighbors and the Kent State shootings in the college paper. For this five-piece, the nearest major metropolis (Seattle) is 500 miles away. Maybe it’s the ICBMs buried under the wheat farms and the constant F-16 flyovers from the neighboring U.S. Air Force base that caused Volumen’s art-damage. This is true outsider music, in the strictest sense of the term. No tight pants or white belts here, no affectations, no fashion—just mutated, high-isotope musical weirdness. The influence list is broad, ranging from K.K. Downing and Andy Partridge to Brit Daniel and Doug Martsch. @ Volumen.net (MP3&Review)Thanks to Tim Byron (from Fanatic New Media)