INTERVIEW AND SESSION FILMED FOR BALCONY TV LONDON
PRESENTED BY IVAN BERRY
PRODUCED BY VIDEO-BOX
Most bands usually form from meeting at university or a gig, jamming together and finding like minded players along the way or are the results from the ashes of previous bands and forming a new one. Not the key figures behind London's new answer to no wave, The Volitains.
Their story involves a dramatic moment in the London Underground. Call it luck or the forces of universe stepping in to take control but on one spring night after jamming with friend and drummer Dave Roberts, guitarist Nick D'Amico was waiting on the platform of Camdentown tube station when he spotted a semi-drunken crazed-looking girl singing to herself as she walked towards him. As she came closer, a man bumped her towards the tracks in front of D'Amico who dropped his guitar and grabbed her arm with one hand moments before a train pulled in. After a much deserved 'thank you' was delivered and a series of musings between the two about the greatness of Patti Smith, Kurt Cobain, Karen O and The Stooges occurred on the train, the future singer for what was to be The Volitains had been discovered.
With a final line up completed with Candice Ayery and then bassist Jim Hosking joining in the summer of 2009, The Volitains went on to gig relentlessly in the circuit going from playing empty venues to drawing over 200 people at headline shows in some of London's top venues.
By the end of the year, the band realised it was time to settle down and transfer their sonically eruptive live sound to record. Teaming up with Icelandic pop producer, Leifur Einarrson aka Lex, he took their initial experimentations with electronics and combined them with the raw strummings of D'Amico & Jim to create a blend of banged up rock accompanied by Candice's demonic vocal delivery resulting in music that makes the hair on one's neck stand up. Their sound has been described by others as 'high energy brassy garage rock with Sonic Youth influences.' They simply consider themselves a live act rather than a studio band as D'Amico says:
'More than anything, we feel we're a live rock band with a 'if you don't like it then fuck off' type of attitude that Candice brings in especially on tracks like 'Underground'. Lex realised this early on, and while keeping some current sounding synths and effects, he also helped us maintain that punky rock vibe throughout our EP which sums us up best musically.'www.myspace.com/thevolitainswww.video-box.co.uk
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