Spunk Volcano and The Eruptions: Self Titled EP

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Spunk Volcano and The Eruptions
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On March 12, 2014
Last modified:April 7, 2017

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For a first EP this was certainly a superior offering from Spunk Volcano and the Eruptions. Should appeal to fans of Dirt Box Disco and classic Punk. Hopefully there will be lots more Spunk still to come!

@louelladeville_ @planetmosh review of Spunk Volcano and the Eruptions self-titled EP released via @stprecords on 1st February 2014.

Fans of Dirt Box Disco (DBD) will know and love Spunk Volcano as their one-eyed balaclava (complete with knitted mohican) clad guitarist. Spunk has been working on a side project Spunk Volcano and the Eruptions (SVATE) with fellow Dirt Boxers Maff Fazzo on drums and Chris Walker on bass plus Ste Lingard from Flat Back Four on guitar. Spunk writes most of the lyrics for Dirt Box Disco and as he tells us in an interview (link below) he sees SVATE as a side salad so fans will get to see double helpings of Spunk! Obviously the two bands are comparable but with one guitarist, one drummer and one bass player in common that’s only to be expected. If you love DBD then the odds that you will love SVATE too are high! The self titled EP was released via STP Records on 1st February 2014.

Opening with Sellotape a catchy (or should that be sticky!) number that immediately gets your feet tapping and your head banging just makes you want to dance round your handbag! Spunk’s actually got a good voice that his dulcet spoken tones, which often incorporate a ‘fuck’ or a ‘cunt’ belie! This song sees poor Spunk brokenhearted and wanting to mend the damage with safety pins and super-glue. The lyric ‘I’m going to sellotape myself to you’ had me thinking ‘Fifty Shades of Spunk!’

The Devil Spits You Out has a good bass drum beat and riffs which reminded me a little of Thin Lizzy’s Whiskey in the Jar. With it’s Na Na Na Nas She’s the Girl is reminiscent of DBD’s I Wanna Be a Girl but there are plenty of other songs with Na Na Na Nas in. Reckless Love’s Night on Fire has them in abundance, but it’s hard to compare Spunk to Olli Herman Kosunen. If you think of Bad Manners’ Ne-Ne Na-Na Na-Na Nu-Nu instead then, fair enough, the songs don’t sound much alike but the comparison between Spunk and Buster Bloodvessel is more realistic!

Now where to start with Crossfire?  With the lyrics ‘Wanna ride on my Big Red Chopper. Wanna jump on my Pogo Stick. Wanna bounce on my Big Space Hopper’ I’m not sure whether these are statements or questions but I am fairly certain there are some double entendres here unless I just have a warped mind! The song is actually about wanting to play the board game Crossfire, which was popular in the seventies, rather than Subbuteo or Lego. This song reminded me a little of DBD’s Smackhead. Last song Superior Brain Damage started off slow then bang, fast drums, fast singing, fast guitars and the lyrics ‘I am Superior’. For a first EP this was certainly a superior offering from Spunk Volcano and the Eruptions and hopefully there will be lots more Spunk still to come! Highlight tracks Sellotape and Crossfire.

Spunk Volcano
Spunk Volcano

Track List:

Sellotape
The Devil Spits You Out
She’s the Girl
Crossfire
Superior Brain Damage

Band Members:

Spunk Volcano – Vocals/Guitar
Ste Lingard – Guitar/Vocals
Chris Walker – Bass/Vocal
Maff Fazzo – Drums/Vocal

Links:

Spunk Volcano and the Eruptions on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/svate

Spunk Volcano on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/pages/SPUNK-VOLCANO/186051964767604

STP Records on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/pages/STP-Records/240547192647599?ref=br_tf

Interview with Spunk Volcano and Weab.I.am: https://planetmosh.com/dirt-box-disco-spunk-volcano-weab-i-am-interview-22nd-december-2013/

Review of Spunk Volcano and the Eruptions: https://planetmosh.com/spunk-volcano-the-eruptions-the-star-and-garter-manchester-23rd-february-2014/

 

For a first EP this was certainly a superior offering from Spunk Volcano and the Eruptions. Should appeal to fans of Dirt Box Disco and classic Punk. Hopefully there will be lots more Spunk still to come!

About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!
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