Pictures and words by Duane Clawson
As I was reviewing the photographs from this show, I was reminded of a few things: a. the lighting at the Firebird can be a photographer’s nightmare. b. the four bands listed above were moving too fast for me and my camera. c. I need some Earlove hearing protection for my ears. The four bands on last night’s bill at the Firebird produced enough sonic energy to run a small city in Iowa. Up first was Volcanoes, who were true to their name; they could go from boiling to an eruption at given time. This St. Louis duo, a collaboration between John Ryan and Eric Peters, saw both Peters and Ryan switch between bass, synthesizers, and drums. Volcanoes' Facebook page gives the best description of the band’s sound as “a blend of heavy electronic-dance and rhythmic drum n' bass which people don't know whether to mosh or dance to”. Volcanoes did an excellent job of laying the sonic foundation for the evening. For more on this band visit their page on Facebook.