Volumes

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When you put together as ambitiously dynamic an album like Different Animals, the next chapter in the metalcore saga of Californian five-piece Volumes, excitement is understandable… and understated. “I’m so psyched!” squeals vocalist, Myke Terry. “Just three weeks away, man, [at the time of interview], I can’t believe it, it’s been so long! I really believe this is a fucking good body of work. I’ve been listening to it for a month now because we’ve been working on it for so long, so I’m anxious for everyone else to hear it.”

The album is written, recorded, cut and ready to go, but with the media and personal pressures of a release such as this (Different Animals is Volumes’ label debut with Fearless Records), one does wonder whether a band who’ve been so long at work will listen back with doubt, maybe a hint of self-deprecation, that they could have done something differently, tweaked drums here, used different guitar effects there – Volumes are certainly guilty of this. “Oh, yeah!” laughs Terry, “For me, I’m like, genuinely, little stuff that you can’t change but I learnt, you’re always gonna go back to like, ‘Oh, man, wouldn’t it have been cool with this,’ but you’ve gotta trust in yourself, trust in your work.”

That trust must extend to your fellow band members and with two vocalists in Volumes – Terry being the clean and melodic vocalist and Gus Farias the heavy – the work ethic between the two of them worked well to get different layers of volatile noise, producing a cohesive sound for the album. “It was cool, we really work well together. We work at once, one brain, two different levels.

“He’ll do a verse or bar and then I’ll do… whatever I do! It’s just like thrown back at him. When we were working on this album, he pretty much had these songs already written and I filled in the blanks, pretty much it was him – all him – and I just go with it.

“We just want to give whatever is required to get a sound we love.”

Of the two singles already dropped, it’s hard to decide which is better – both are heavy and confident tracks, both are great. So why decide? “On Her Mind” was a collaboration with rapper Pouya, who Terry says brought elements that Volumes have long wanted to try out. “Obviously, there’s the rap and hip-hop aspect, that energy. Something we wanted to explore for certain, we’ve always been huge fans of that style but he [Pouya], he brought that energy on his own, so bringing that to our already aggressive style, it made it blow up, you know what I mean?”

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Volumes bassist, Raad Soudani, has been quoted as saying that the second single, “Left For Dead” is an exploration of all good things coming to an end – “One day we all get left for dead” – an interestingly deep spin for a nu-metal group who seem to be coming to terms with a hard truth. “Some stuff happened that kind of bummed me out and that’s what that song is about, er… it’s about going through trash, and, you know, that’s the way life goes sometimes.” Though a topic whose roots Terry is reluctant to discuss, the video for the single was recorded live at one of their shows, producing an energy more positive than the material that perhaps fuelled the song. “We told everyone [the audience] all over, we filmed it over the course of the tour, to get a good video. The audience changed up the energy.

“I think they were already amped but it’s kind of the thing like, ‘Argh, I’m psyched!’” Terry squeals.

Chaos reigns in a Volumes show, clear from the video for “Left For Dead”, and looking at it, Australia can only hope to have a chance to share in the madness with Volumes one day. “We’ve got a lot of awesome tours coming up over the rest of the year, but maybe, just maybe, we can get over the next year,” Terry says.

“We love everyone in Australia, it’s been so long since we’ve been there and just thank you – thank you, everyone – so much for loving us, for supporting us, and yeah, check out the new album!”

 

 

Written by Anna Rose

 

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