One of our BA(Hons) Illustration lecturers, Nick Mott, has another ongoing career in music. Recently, a group that he co-formed 20 years ago, Volcano The Bear, has had a box set released on the German record label, Miasmah.
The box set comprises 5 vinyl LPs and a 50 page book of photos and illustrations. You can listen to a 35 minute mix of 9 of the tracks here. The box set is also available to borrow in the collection of the Penryn campus library.
In Leicester, England in May 1995 Aaron Moore, Nick Mott, Clarence Manuelo & Daniel Padden created a free form group named Volcano The Bear out of their frustration with standard musical limitations. Now, after 20 years of experimenting with improvisation, folk, Dada, Post Punk, Krautrock, noise, surreal comedy, pure avant-garde and more, the group has obtained a cult following and high critical praise across the globe. Reknowned for their highly theatrical and obscure live performances, as well as their mind-blowing catalogue of releases, VTB truly is a one of a kind group, consistently pushing forward with their own unique, experimental approach to sound making.
Commencing manages to be both a retrospective of the group’s 20 year history as well as it’s own unique release filled with vast amounts of material. The 5 albums, 64 tracks & over 4 hours in length, has been carefully put together over the last couple of years to become an entity – working as much by itself as well as a whole. Expect an abundance of unreleased material, alt-versions, tracks from early cassette albums never released on vinyl, live recordings, pieces from forgotten compilation appearances and more, all mixed and compiled together to form 5 stand-alone albums.