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***BEATING is the new moody post-punk project borne from the ashes of BEATERS, who released their debut 7” and LP, both entitled Fishage, and a single on Zoo Records.?! The brainchild of JEREMY ROJAS with assistance by ANDREW MONTOYA, childhood friends who spent years in SoCal garage-punk favorites the SESS and eventually began their own songwriting projects that they worked on with each other, Rojas’s Beaters and Montoya’s ALE MANIA.?! Beating is their new phoenix, their debut LP comprised of six epic tracks of street-punk tinged post-punk, including a cover of Ministry’s “Same Old Madness.” First pressing limited to 300 copies on white vinyl..?!

LP $14.75

03/06/2020  

VOLAR 65 


In Nature by Cat Scan

Cat Scan

In Nature
Volar

***CAT SCAN is a Los Angeles based no wave/ art punk quartet with a portfolio of anxiety-ridden dance tunes.?! Described by Rolling Stone as “a high-octane set that seems to have combined a few lessons from the Eighties underground playbook: Minutemen without the funk, Feelies without the bubblegum, Sonic Youth without the lurch.”.?!

LP $14.75

03/06/2020  

VOLAR 62 


***The debut s/t LP by San Diego noise-punk trio KEEPERS.?! A twelve-song sonic assault that’s equal parts the Stooges, Iceage, and Institute.?! “This San Diego trio invite you down into the mire of lurching, sludgy noise punk…If you like things heavy, this is worth seeking out.”—Maximum Rock n Roll.?!

LP $14.75

03/06/2020  

VOLAR 59 


As I Was by Susan

Susan

As I Was
Volar

***Los Angeles trio SUSAN's sophomore album As I Was explores and expands on themes the group has explored on previous releases such as asserting yourself in relationships and a sense of feeling lost and trying find yourself in the modern world.?! This time around they have had some experience and learned to lean on their chosen family to face their hurdles.?! Their songs embrace kinship in the face of old struggles, wrapped in the same harmony laden hooks that they have come to be known for..?!

LP $14.75

03/06/2020  

VOLAR 63 


***The debut from this San Diego hardcore band featuring members of AGE OF COLLAPSE.?! One-sided LP with etched B-side.?!   “Their debut self-titled LP on Volar Records fills just one side of vinyl, but not a minute is wasted—every 90-second song detonates with maximum impact and efficiency.?! And much like their influences in classic anarchopunk, they espouse a perspective that elevates people over the powers that be.“—Kerrang  “Wild experimental post-punk sonic landscapes fill in behind the surface of hardcore songs… all go, no slow debut with an inferno of powerful scathing vocals.?! Raw stuff with awesome production effects that make It something quite special.”—Maximum Rock n Roll.?!

LP $14.75

03/06/2020  

VOLAR 60 


***Art-pop songstress UNO LADY releases a new album with Volar Records.?! Osmosis assimilates ideas, sounds, and styles, from '60s pop, folk, jazz, and soul.?! Vocals are the foundation.?! Osmosis is a soaring collection of 13 songs.?! It’s a colorful journey through a sonic dream world, and Uno Lady is your guide.?! Self-trained musician and activist, CHRISTA EBERT performs as Uno Lady and composes songs with her voice, electronic effect pedals, and unconventional instruments.?! Her music includes dream-like layers, looping ethereal tones, instruments and beats, knit together into one lush soundscape.?! Her unique talent has been acknowledged with various awards, including Chateau Orquvaux artist-inresidency, Creative Workforce Fellow, Akron Soul Train fellow, and a Panza Foundation awardee..?!

LP $14.75

03/06/2020  

VOLAR 64 


Black Mold by Molds, The

Molds, The

Black Mold
Volar

***The debut album by one-man arty, emotive post-punk project THE MOLDS.?! All songs written, recorded and mixed by MATT OJALA..?!

MC $6.75

04/27/2018  

VOLAR 58 


Tv Girls by Susan

Susan

Tv Girls
Volar

***The three women who make up LA-based sweet-and-sour power pop group SUSAN have deliver a new three-song EP.?! Lead-off song "TV Girls" portrays the empty celebrity-dom that dominates their hometown.?! "Little Notes" documents an unrequited love.?! The B-side features a cover of Violent Femmes' "I Held Her In My Arms.".?!

7" $6.75

04/27/2018  

VOLAR 57 


Something To Cry About by Teenage Burritos

Teenage Burritos

Something To Cry About
Volar

***Following a cassette on Burger Records and a 7-inch on Volar, Something to Cry About is the debut LP by San Diego kinda-punk/kinda-pretty quartet TEENAGE BURRITOS, a co-release between Burger and Volar (whose Craig Oliver was in CHRISTMAS ISLAND with Burritos guitarist BRIAN CARVER and drummer LUCY WEHRLY).?! Singer/bassist KRISTEN GUNDREL and guitarist KEVIN GIST round out the band, one that leans in to noisey punk like the lead-off track "Flytrap" and the Black Flag cover "Paralyzed," to more melodic fare like "Inflamed Heart" or their cover of Arthur Alexander's "Anna," to some darker impulses like the post-punk of "Kamikaze" (featuring PALL JENKINS of THREE MILE PILOT and BLACK HEART PROCESSION)..?!

LP $16.35

04/27/2018  

VOLAR 56 


***ICE BALLOONS are a New York supergroup that count TV ON THE RADIO's KYP MALONE, SAMIAM's SEAN KENNERLY, FUCKEMOS' SEAN POWELL and MIDNIGHT MASSES' GISELLE REIBER amongst its members.?! Oh, and they’re fronted by a giant golden fly.?! “I spent four days high in the mountains of Colorado suffering from altitude sickness, unable to breathe properly or to sleep through the night,” Kennerly explains.?! “When I got back to Brooklyn, I slept for 18 hours straight and woke up with an intense feeling of weird lucidity, and wrote several songs during that day and came up with concept of the band as a skeletal punk rock band led by a fly (drums, bass and vocals) around which swirled layers of chaos noise (synthesizers) and the name Ice Balloons.?! For some reason it seems appropriate that most of the songs be about insects.” After releasing an eight-song self-titled EP back in 2013, they’re finally getting around to releasing a debut album, Fiesta.?!

LP $16.35

10/06/2017  

VOLAR 55 


Parachute / Protect Your Head by Bryant, Tracy

Bryant, Tracy

Parachute / Protect Your Head
Volar

***TRACY BRYANT's new 7-inch "Parachute" b/w "Protect Your Head," finds the Los Angeles songwriter, frontman for the now defunct band CORNERS, expanding on the promise of his LP Subterranean released last year by Burger, with two songs that follow his pattern of intricate, moody guitar-driven pop clearly inspired by the Gun Club and Big Star in equal measure.?! Recorded by MATT RENDON of the Resonars..?!

7" $6.75

06/09/2017  

VOLAR 54 


Part Time / Drinking Flowers by Drinking Flowers / Part Time

Drinking Flowers / Part Time

Part Time / Drinking Flowers
Volar

***Los Angeles-based one-man weirdo-pop project PART TIME teams up with fellow LA-based band DRINKING FLOWERS on this new split 7-inch.?! Part Time does "Useless Information" on the A-side and Drinking Flowers does "Night Time" on the flip.?! Along with a number of self-releases, Part Time's LP, DBA was released by Mexican Summer in 2013, and he just released HFM on Plastic Response, with another in the works for Cult Records (run by Julian Casablancas of The Strokes).?! Drinking Flowers have released a few cassettes on Lolipop and Burger and their debut LP, New Swirled Order was released by Manifesto in 2016..?!

7" $6.75

06/09/2017  

VOLAR 53 


Where I'm Matt by Lamkin, Matt

Lamkin, Matt

Where I'm Matt
Volar

***MATT LAMKIN and MATTHEW MCLOUGHLIN were high school friends who started the MUSLIMS in 2007, indulging in their love for the Modern Lovers, punk rock and power pop.?! The band released a self-titled LP on 1928 Records and a 7” on I Hate Rock n Roll before changing their name to the SOFT PACK and releasing LPs on Mexican Summer and Kemado, culminating in a performance on David Letterman in 2012 and a video with Bob Odenkirk of Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Mr.?! Show, etc.?! In 2013, Lamkin moved to Ensenada, Mexico, and began building a life there and slowly writing the songs that would eventually make up his self-titled LP, Where I’m Matt.?! Lamkin and his band will tour the West Coast along with Silver Shadows..?!

LP $16.35

03/17/2017  

 


Cold Plastic by Silver Shadows

Silver Shadows

Cold Plastic
Volar

***SILVER SHADOWS seem so-named because, since forming in 2013, they've illuminated and charged dark places—Oakland squats and warehouses, dim-lit San Francisco basements—with kinetic streaks of melody and beaming vocal harmonies.?! Cold Plastic, the group’s debut full-length, captures and vivifies the dark luster, fidgety propulsion, and circuitous melodies that distinguish Silver Shadows as a live band.?! Touchstones include the enveloping choral sensibility of Grass Widow, plus the texture and introspection of Pacific Northwest outfits such as Broken Water.?! 4AD flag bearers loom in the narcotic murk, though not much more than the homespun pop groups on Flying Nun.?! Which is to say, comparisons fall short.?! The choppy post-punk disjunct of “Crowned” and “Own the Night” abuts intermingling expanses of guitar and keyboard on “Fragile Dawn.” “Concrete miles” is frenetic and incisive.?! “What’s the Reason,” a simmering slow burn.?!

LP $16.35

03/17/2017  

 


Spilt Milk by Oh Boland

Oh Boland

Spilt Milk
Volar

***Formed in 2012, the trio of songwriter NIALL MURPHY, EANNA MACDONNCHADHA and SIMON MCDONAGH came together to form OH BOLAND over the course of drunken pub crawls in their small town of Tuam, Ireland.?! The band eventually recorded a couple of EPs with Brian Kelly of So Cow, and began venturing out into Galway City, leading to involvement with Dublin-based collective Popical Island and their release of the Delphi split LP with fellow Ireland indie-poppers Me and My Dog.?! The Delphi recordings brought them together with producer MARK CHESTER, who makes his own music as Ginnels and plays in No Monster Club.?! After the band realized they were sitting on a number of songs, they decided to go back in with Chester to record this first full-length, Spilt Milk, over the course of two days over Halloween weekend 2014 in a cottage in one of the most isolated parts of the west of Ireland, Carraroe.?!

LP $15.50

01/20/2017  

 


Collecter by Teach Me

Teach Me

Collecter
Volar

***Formed in Spring 2016, the trio that makes up TEACH ME, old friends JEREMY ROJAS, ANDREW MONTOYA, and TOMMY GARCIA came together in a flash, banging out six songs in a week for a friend’s birthday party (Cory Stiers of Mrs.?! Magician/Cults/Thrill Me Records).?! When BEN MOORE, producer extraordinaire behind all three Hot Snakes Records and other releases by the likes of Metz, Swami John Reis and the Blink Shake, Rocket from the Crypt, Pinback, and scores of others, happened to catch this first performance, he was immediately struck and invited the boys to come record in his studio soon, with two of those recordings, “Collector” and “Pup Pup,” making up this first release..?!

7" $6.75

01/20/2017  

VOLAR 50 


Red Hot Sand by Flat Worms

Flat Worms

Red Hot Sand
Volar

***BACK IN PRINT ON NEW SEAL GLASS GREEN VINYL!!!  The debut 7" by LA post-punk three-piece FLAT WORMS.?! Volar first heard these guys back in October and were immediately giddy.?! Features the all-star lineup of WILL IVY on guit/vox (DREAM BOYS, WET ILLUSTRATED, WILL IVY BAND), TIM HELLMAN on bass (currently THEE OH SEES, formerly TY SEGALL and SIC ALPS), JUSTIN SULLIVAN on drums (THE BABIES, KEVIN MORBY).?! Edition of 300 copies on black vinyl..?!

7" $6.75

08/19/2016  

VOLAR 47 


Never Enough by Susan

Susan

Never Enough
Volar

***The debut album by Los Angeles trio SUSAN, Never Enough, follows their Just Call It EP released in September 2014 (also on Volar).?! Produced and recorded by SCOTT CORNISH and DREW FISCHER, Never Enough covers themes of personal independence and emotional confusion.?! Layered vocal harmonies, reverb-washed pop hooks, and a touch of apathy convey hesitation and personal conviction while making the point that even though they don't know where they are going, they are sure they will figure it out.?! Even if they have to rip it up and start all over again.?! Edition of 400 copies on black vinyl..?!

LP $15.50

07/01/2016  

VOLAR 48 


Stoned And Dethroned by Cave Curse

Cave Curse

Stoned And Dethroned
Volar

***The debut 7-inch from the synthpunk side-project of BOBBY HUSSY.?! Features the tracks "Stoned and Dethroned" and "Out of Time." Part of Volar's Strange Mutations series..?!

7" $6.75

10/27/2015  

VOLAR 44 


I Always Know by Growing Pains

Growing Pains

I Always Know
Volar

***Four tracks of anxiety pop from Detroit rippers heading out on tour soon with Protomartyr.?! Part of Volar's Strange Mutations series.?! Touring with Protomartyr..?!

7" $6.75

10/27/2015  

VOLAR 45 


Volar Ep by Hussy

Hussy

Volar Ep
Volar

***Two songs each by BOBBY HUSSY and HEATHER HUSSY, "Be My Girl"/"Eventually" b/w "Appleseeds"/"Drum Roll Song", respectively.?! Part of Volar's Strange Mutations series..?!

7" $6.75

10/27/2015  

VOLAR 43 


***Three blistering noise-punk tracks from new San Diego trio.?! Part of Volar's Strange Mutations series..?!

7" $6.75

10/27/2015  

VOLAR 46 


Soft Sheets by Lazy

Lazy

Soft Sheets
Volar

***Kansas City art punks LAZY return with two more weirdo rippers following their Obsession LP on Moniker Records.?! “The band’s classic punk attitude—one part bratty, one part brainy, is rough around the edges, but supremely skilled.?! With a sound rooted in the ’80s, Lazy share a kindred spirit with the raw punk of fellow midwesterners Zero Boys, but also evoke the nuance of arty acts like Pylon.”—Impose.?!

7" $6.75

02/03/2015  

VOLAR 42 


Just Call It by Susan

Susan

Just Call It
Volar

***SUSAN is a three piece band from Los Angeles featuring JESSICA OWEN on guitar, BETH B.?! on bass, and KATIE FERN on drums; with all three contributing vocally.?! The trio formed in 2012 and has been playing twee-garage-punk-pop ever since.?! Drawing on their mutual love of Shop Assistants, The Darling Buds and The Go Betweens they crafted the songs that make up their debut EP..?!

7" $6.75

11/18/2014  

VOLAR 38 


***Memphis garage-psych band TIGER HIGH delivers "Christine," the title track from their new LP, Inside The Acid Coven.?! Includes two non-LP B-sides.?! The band is comprised of brothers JAKE and TOBY VEST, LEO RAMOS and GREG ROBERSON, founding drummer for REIGNING SOUND..?!

7" $6.75

11/18/2014  

VOLAR 41 


Inside The Acid Coven by Tiger High

Tiger High

Inside The Acid Coven
Volar

***TIGER HIGH hails from the epicenter of rock-n-roll, the place responsible for everything from Sun and Stax Records to Big Star, the city of Memphis, Tenn.?! The band’s first two records, released on cassette jointly by Burger Records and Trashy Creatures Records, were well received by college and underground radio.?! This year the band unveils a new, sonically ambitious vinyl LP, Inside the Acid Coven, the band’s third full length release.?! Tiger High, which Mojophenia described as “haunting yet graceful psych-pop,” formed in August 2010 and includes: songwriter JAKE VEST (vocals/guitar), TOBY VEST (organ/vocals/production), original REIGNING SOUND drummer GREG ROBERSON (drums), and bassist LEO RAMOS.?!  .?!

LP $15.50

11/18/2014  

VOLAR 40 


All Day Long by Fine Steps

Fine Steps

All Day Long
Volar

***Three tracks from Bay Area-by-way-of-Sacramento’s FINE STEPS, the recording project of former MAYYORS drummer JULIAN LORDS, following the Boys Co.?! LP.?! Rounded out live by GANGLIAN KYLE HOOVER and MATT ROBERTS of MANTLES..?!

7" $6.30

02/18/2014  

VOLAR 36 


Frozen Touch / Airplane Firetruck by Lenz

Lenz

Frozen Touch / Airplane Firetruck
Volar

***Fronted by ANDY HUMAN, formerly of CUTS and the TIME FLYS, who released a s/t solo tape on Burger Records last year, and after the band’s releases on Tic Tac Totally and 1-2-3-4 Go!, the self-proclaimed “ice-pop” band deliver their first two tracks properly recorded in a studio.?! Also featuring RAY SERAPHIN of NOBUNNY and IMPEDIMENTS..?!

7" $6.30

02/18/2014  

VOLAR 35 


Fiction Prediction by Soft Riot

Soft Riot

Fiction Prediction
Volar

***SOFT RIOT is JACK DUCKWORTH, a former Vancouverite now living in London who traces his musical beginnings to the vibrant underground art-punk/hardcore scene emergent across the Canadian and American west coasts in the mid-90s.?! Duckworth was among the fixtures in that community’s northern outpost before helping to consolidate the early outpourings of a larger pre-“synth/new-wave” revival with his band RADIO BERLIN, alongside others like Black Mountain, Wolf Parade, Frog Eyes, etc, though his output has shifted at least a few degrees from that older sound.?! His move to London is at the heart of his ongoing personal maintenance; the new atmosphere and cultural dynamic giving fuel to Soft Riot, previously just a concept.?! Fiction Prediction collects Duckworth’s latest material, recorded after the songs that populated his previous album/EP, No Longer Stranger (originally released on Panospria, the EP was expanded and released as an LP by Volar Records).?!

LP $13.50

02/18/2014  

VOLAR 37 


Danya / Kamikaze by Teenage Burritos

Teenage Burritos

Danya / Kamikaze
Volar

***The debut vinyl release of this four-piece featuring members of CHRISTMAS ISLAND and PLATEAUS, following a cassette last summer on Burger and leading up to an LP co-released this fall by Burger/Volar Records.?! “Kamikaze” features backing vocals and synth by ANDREAS of HOLOGRAMS..?!

7" $6.30

02/18/2014  

VOLAR 34 


Dawn Of Delight by Tropical Popsicle

Tropical Popsicle

Dawn Of Delight
Volar

***The much buzzed-about psych-goth San Diego quartet’s debut LP following two 7”s on Volar Records.?! “Dawn of Delight is a brilliant debut album packed with songs that seamlessly mix dark-wave synth with jangly classic California pop-rock--utterly enjoyable and totally addictive.”.?!

LP $14.50

02/18/2014  

VOLAR 32 


Wear Your Hair Like A Weapon by Cosmonauts

Cosmonauts

Wear Your Hair Like A Weapon
Volar

***OC-based psych/garage powerhouse COSMONAUTS navigate terrain laid down by MC5, Velvet Underground, and Spacemen 3, also explored in recent years by the likes of Ty Segall and Black Angels, and morph it in something wholly their own, at once sonic and melodic, after cutting their teeth the last few years with LPs on Burger Records and Permanent Records and a 7" on Austin Psych Fest..?!

7" $6.30

07/16/2013  

VOLAR 33 


No Longer Stranger by Soft Riot

Soft Riot

No Longer Stranger
Volar

***One-man, UK-based, atmospheric and dark synth.?! Their debut LP.?! “No Longer Stranger is a collection of moody, atmospheric tracks, driven by vintage machine beats and warbling arpeggios.?! Combining late 70s synthesizer cinema music (the kind of stuff in horror and Sci-Fi movies in the years just before the music the SynthWave scene adores kicked off) and the metronome sparsety of early Cabaret Voltaire, with a little whispered Soft Cell sleaze, SOFT RIOT deliver something, not to make you move on the dancefloor, but to soundtrack your walk home after the club has shut, through dark city streets.?! Pulsating analog basses and white noise snares provide the basis for haunting, glowing melodies and Soft Riot’s enigmatic growl, from the Numanoid Your Secret Light Shines At Night to the acid nightmare SynthPop of Your Strange New Career via the dystopian psychedelic of Tragic Magic, No Longer Stranger isn’t always comfortable listening, but ultimately rewarding.?!

LP $13.50

07/16/2013  

VOLAR 31 


Big Eyes / Audacity by Audacity / Big Eyes

Audacity / Big Eyes

Big Eyes / Audacity
Volar

***Two poppish-punk recent greats pair up to tour and put out a great 7" together.?! Audacity's first release since their Mellow Cruisers on Burger Records last Fall.?! Upcoming LP on Suicide Squeeze..?!

7" $6.30

04/23/2013  

VOLAR 26 


***The San Diego post-punk band’s third release on Volar following the “Fishage” 7” and LP and the “White Hate” 7” on Zoo Music.?! The band has been asked out to tour in the past with Soft Pack, Obits, and Disappears.?! LP on Volar in the works for a Fall release..?!

7" $6.30

04/23/2013  

VOLAR 30 


Where’d You Go by Eat Skull

Eat Skull

Where’d You Go
Volar

***The Portland scuzz-pop-punk band’s first release in two years along with their recent LP, III, on Woodsist..?!

7" $6.30

04/23/2013  

VOLAR 29 


Pool Of Piranha by Stalins Of Sound

Stalins Of Sound

Pool Of Piranha
Volar

***The satirical drum-machine, buzzsaw punk band’s second release on Volar..?!

7" $6.30

04/23/2013  

VOLAR 27 


Sanity Suck by Far Corners

Far Corners

Sanity Suck
Volar

***Noisy, poppy post-punk from these greats who hold down the fort in Los Cruces, New Mexico..?!

7" $6.30

04/23/2013  

VOLAR 28 


Wine Hand by Tar Halos

Tar Halos

Wine Hand
Volar

***Like the sound of Salton Sea-creatures, dried in Death Valley, TAR HALOS is an all-encompassing entity; this San Diego based psych-rock iteration of “the sound” being comprised of five desultory elements, each crudely assimilated to one another in a broodingly raw aural mix.?! The resultant entity lacks conventions and so exists in a constant state of irreality, their presence being compared variously to that of a pig-dog in heat or a dark stare to the back of a head.?! Reverb and screeching synths swell and echo, unabashed sound that seduces listeners away from their own cherished realities.?! Wine Hand marks the entity’s vinyl debut, its intentions still ambiguous.?! For fans of Psychic Ills, Moon Duo, Chrome, Spacemen 3, Throbbing Gristle, Pere Ubu, Syd Barrett and Ghost..?!

LP $13.50

04/23/2013  

VOLAR 25 


***Finally, after years of being talked about as the best band in San Diego, after great 7inch releases on Volar and Zoo Music, after a national tour with the Soft Pack, BEATERS finally releases their debut LP, Fishage.?! Started after the demise of legendary punk/garage/soul barnstormers THE SESS (and sharing members with ALE MANIA), this pre-apocalyptic, mutant-punk act delivers eight white hot tracks.?! “Joining the seemingly endless stream of ace new bands from San Diego, along with Crocodiles, Dum Dum Girls (who now play live) and Wavves, Beaters are self-described mutant punks.?! They're a bit Liars, a bit E.S.G., a bit early New Order and a whole lot better than The Beatings (remember them?).”—Vice.?!

LP $12.25

12/04/2012  

VOLAR 21