No-Fi Soul Rebellion / Volumen
This is a lovely little red vinyl split between two bands of weirdos, Volumen and The No-Fi Soul Rebellion, from the fine folks at Wantage Records.
I’m not exactly sure what it is that Volumen is trying to do. They play saucy rock music, similar in mood and attitude to the Make Up, but it actually reminds me more of the weirdness of Monorchid or later Arab on Radar. “Lady Cop” is a highly sexy, butt-shaking, naughty and sinful tune. Weird keyboards and overdriven (but polite) guitars play a nice melody, as the vocalist freaks out in a sing-y/yelled voice. It’s not my preferred style of music, but I enjoyed it nevertheless.
The No-Fi Soul Rebellion play a less entertaining, more annoying style of music, something like a cross between R & B and Soul. Their song wanders around aimlessly, lacking instrumentation most of the time, as the male vocalist kind of chants his way along, atop a fun little drum beat, accented by handclaps. The song is just plain boring.
Wantage Records: www.wantageusa.com