Pat: I've got a BA...
Mark: (with a heavy Southern drawl) B-S! (Laughter) He's a BMF besides.
Pat: ...a BA in Sociology. so.. well... I don't have any experience to do really anything, but I'm looking into Social work.
Steve: I do contract archeology work now. I've worked at a lab the past two years doing analysis. I'm about to embark on extensive field work. Contract archeology is really fickle in this part of the world - the Southeast US. Coming up, as a matter at fact, I got a job on Bug Island in Virginia.
Steve: Actually, the first thing the guy asked me was "You're not particularly allergic to poison ivy are you?" (Cautiously) "No." (Laughter)
Brian: I am a professional locksmith by day for the past couple of years and play other music
Steve: (whispers, with a raspy) ...at night! Rock music!!!
Mark: I teach Elementary music including saxophone down in Hinesville.
Brian: He's was actually a saxophone education mogul these days.
Steve: (Muttering) Ahhh! Sax education.
Mark: Yeah. right!
You guys are all very young, comparatively, I'm amazed that you've been able to conglomerate so many of the older vintage prog styles: Canterbury East Coast Prog, and 70s Fusion, into a real cool mixture. How did you guys stumble upon your sound?
Brian: It took us a while. Basically, we had a really funky bass player at first so everything started out sounding like that for a while. Pat, one of the band's composers, embarked on a Fusion odyssey in his listening habits, I became a better drummer I guess, and Steve, the other composer, his tastes started to branch out into the more bizarre. It took a while. There was a few early song that were OK, but our compositions didn't really fall into full swing until the time we did the tape (June '96).
Pat: Yeah. That's when it improved the most. It started getting good around the time Jon left. The Summer of 95 we didn't have a bass player for three or four months but that's when we composed our first three good songs...
Steve: ...without killing each other, somehow.
Brian: It was a slow progression or evolution of what we were listening to, and what we could already play, falling together. We get a lot of Canterbury comparisons. In fact there's going to be a sticker on the CD saying (as if reading copy) "Essential to fans of National Health" or something. Hopefully when people see us they hear the heavier stuff the more bizarre, the more dissonant, that we incorporate into our sound.
So you've been playing in Athens regularly? How often do you play live?
|Pat: About once a month
Brian: Athens has got a lot of clubs; an amazing number of bars per capita. There's always a place to play.
Mark: Athens is not necessarily a "hot-bed" of progressive music, but its very open minded to a wide variety of styles. We're accepted.
Steve: There's plenty of freaks in town to come to our shows. I mean we're weird enough, but... (laughter) For example, there's was one guy having some kind of spasm somewhere in the room. We noticed him during our show and he wound up on our video tape. (whisper pointing to the imaginary screen) Hey, what's that?
Mark: (dramatically, pointing to the imaginary 'hero') "It's Spasm Guy!" (laughter) Let's not forget "Intense Guy!"
Steve: And the guy that would shout: (in a disturbed voice) "That's for me to know and you to find out!!"
Brian: A barrage of unusual characters. (Agreement.) But really, anyone who likes instrumental Progressive/Fusion could find something about us to like. A lot of variety to please a lot of folks. The CD has ten new songs even stronger than the ones on the demo tape.
But unlike a 101 of Fusion its not improv-oriented. You don't play a head then go oft forever playing solos; there's all kinds of structural and meter changes.
Pat: Yeah. An example is Steve's three part song programmed as separate tracks spread across the CD (One Minute of Thought..., ...in two seconds of time... and ...(Incomplete, Broken, and Abstract)). Today we played them back to back - a total of 18 minutes.
Brian: (with a British accent) A jazz odyssey.
What's the next step for Volaré now that you've got the CD coming out on Laser's Edge.
Brian: We're going to cross our fingers and see how well the CD is received I think we're going to be less active on the live circuit at home. We'll keep our ears open for other festival around and big steps like that. We'll see if there's enough interest to do another recording. We got some stuff that could be in the pipeline. Just a wait-and-see attitude, basically.
Pat: For the time being we're going to take a little bit of a break. Hopefully continuing to go off on various directions, and growing more as musicians.
Postscript: Since ProgDay the boys have continued being very, very busy: The Volaré CD has been released on Laser's Edge; Brian has been recording and gigging with French TV; Pat played keys on four tracks recorded by the members of 'Always Almost' (formerly called 'Still') for a future release; Brian and Steve both plan to record with label mates 'Somnambulist' for their upcoming CD (recording early next year) and are creating more experimental Cunneiform-esque material (using tapes and samples) for some unnamed project. Rest assured that the Volaré boys plan to continue playing and recording as a unit. I for one can't wait to hear what they come up with next. Copyright 1998 Exposé Magazine
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