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Vow of Volition Make the Final Round of the Battle for Warped Tour

The Vans Warped Tour was the first festival for many of us back in the day. As young'ns, it's likely we didn't necessarily think about all that went into figuring out the bands to book and play the whole shebang. Part of that process, at least locally, seems to be through a series "battle of the bands" style competitions specifically for landing a spot on the fest. Quite a few Portland bands have been furiously playing against one another for said spot, and djent/prog metal act Vow of Volition are one of the acts that made it to the finals.

Warped Tour was always the type of festival that included much in the realm of pop punk, punk punk, emo and metal, so Vow of Volition's advancement to the final round is no surprise. Their incredibly technical, at times jazzy metal stands out in Portland's pretty linear popular music scene, and is much worthy of the attention its getting.

Those that want to support Vow of Volition in driving home the permanent spot can go to the Battle for Warped Tour finals Saturday at the Hawthorne Theatre.





The Deli's SXSW Issue 2014 is online!

Read it digitally here.

P.S. 10k free copies of this issue hit the street of Austin during SXSW Music week!





PREMIERE: A Volcano - "Spooky"

*photo by James Rexroad

 

A duo befitting of their name, A Volcano execute a sound that's explosive, eternal and impactful. Distinctly but appropriately defined "cave noise," Johnny Brooke and Jesse Chambers echo a harsh and piercing experimental sludge that while jarring at first is completely accessible and near addicting. That same feeling carries over to their new music video for their track "Spooky," where the style of it is something you'll want to watch over and over again.

"The name 'Spooky' came from the chorus riff, I guess. It was the spookiest, most evil riff we'd written at the time," says Brooke, the guitarist and vocalist for the band. According to Brooke, the track's name also partially came from the two falling into a hole of watching X-Files and Chambers asking if was "time to get spooky" (which Chambers can be heard screaming at the beginning and end of the song).

As for the video, the idea for the concept and the process came from illustrator Nate Sonenfeld who also did the artwork for one of their tapes. Sonenfeld filmed at least two versions of Brooke and Chambers performing in their practice space, layered the images over one another and then rotoscoped nearly 1,600 separate frames to give the video the look. "This is why the video looks so nuts," Brooke says. "And Nate's nuts, too."

View the craziness of "Spooky" below.

A Volcano - "Spooky" from Nate Sonenfeld on Vimeo.





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PREMIERE: Rugby - "Treasure Racer"

Back in April of last year, we shared a video from the experimental pop outfit Rugby called "Bag of Bones." The romantic, black and white video was the second to come off their full length Worldly Wise, but now we're presenting you with their third. 

"Treasure Racer" is the opposite of Rugby's former video, aesthetically. Beautifully hued pastels, animation and dance scenes accent the duo's playfully poppy, upbeat tune. The video was filmed in a documentary style by Rugby themselves, incorporating footage from a family vacation of theirs at the Outer Banks. As for the track, "Treasure Racer" is based off a poem by one of the members, where the scuba diver from the '90s computer game Treasure Cove goes on an ocean adventure with the cartoon Speed Racer.

The whole "Treasure Racer" package is fun, lighthearted and perfect for summer. View the new video below.

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