Volcano The Bear is an English quartet
(electronic musician Laurence "Clarence Manuelo" Coleman, drummer Aaron Moore, guitarist Nick Mott, keyboardist Daniel Padden, the last three also on horns)
that plays largely improvised noise-folk-rock music with strong psychedelic overtones.
The idea is fundamentally the same as
No-Neck Blues Band and
Incredible String Band
for the new millennium),
except that Volcano The Bear can get even more chaotic.
Like most improvisation-oriented bands, Volcano The Bear releases
a lot of very bad music. It takes a lot of patience to listen to
their albums, which include two albums recorded live in 1998,
Volseptor (Beta-lactam Ring, 1998) and
Volve (Beta-lactam Ring, 1998),
notably the 15-minute Amidst the Noise and Twigs,
the slightly more musical The Inhazer Decline (United Diaries, 1999)
and Yak Folks Y'are (Pickled Egg, 1999), one of the most demented.
After the transitional The One Burned Ma (Misra, 2000), that seemed
to clumsily aim for more song-oriented music
She Sang a Song of Norway,
Ped is Feet,
Five Hundred Boy Piano (United Dairies, 2001) was a better organized
(although still wildly self-indulgent) document of their hyper-fusion
aesthetics encompassing droning, industrial, tribal music
(the three-movement suite The Tallest People In The World).
They aimed at being heirs of Faust and Captain Beefheart, but they often
sounded like noisy children playing in the backyard.
Laurence Coleman and Aaron Moore were also members of
Guignol, a project with Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeremy Barnes.
They released Angela, David and the Great Neopolitan Road Issue
The One Ensemble (Catsup Plate, 2002) was the solo project of Daniel
Padden, continued with The Owl Of Fives (Textile, 2003), a project
of dusty whimsical raga-tinged chamber folk music.
Wayward of the Fourth (2007) had a fuller sound and roamed a broader
Aaron Moore debuted solo with an experimental album,
The Accidental (2005), that reinterpreted the dogmas of minimalism
and ambient music.
Volcano The Bear's The Idea Of Wood (Textile, 2005)
their zaniest projects, running the gamut
from naive folk lullabies to convoluted prog-rock suites.
Classic Erasmus Fusion (Beta-Lactam Ring, 2006)
topped anything they had done before both in terms of extroverted anomalies and
in terms of dadaist imagination, indulging in their childish manners, abusing
toy-like instruments as well as electronic and digital devices.
Volcano The Bear's Daniel Padden continued his One Ensemble project with
the mini-album The Isaac Storm (Ultra Eczema, 2006), a much more
experimental work that approached a post-industrial
brand of demented Syd Barrett-ian folk-pop.
Amidst the Noise and Twigs (2007), that resurrects a title from
Egg And Two Books (Vivo, 2007) documents a live performance.
Catonapotato (Digitalis) documents a live 2004 performance.
Volcano The Bear released too many albums:
Planetary Bethlehem (Beta-lactam Ring),
Volrudolf/Grande Pfungst (Volfurten, 2010),
Golden Rhythm/Ink Music (Rune Grammofon, 2012), recorded between 2006 and 2008,
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