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Single Review: Volka – Wounds

As you know The Musical Outcast is all about new music and new bands so let me introduce you on this otherwise rather rubbish Friday to five gentlemen from Livingston who go by the name Volka.

The five gentlemen in question are Thomas Fraser (Vocals) Calum More (Guitar) Steven Dunsmore (Guitar) Calum Sked (Bass, backing vocals) and Euan Sked. (Drums, backing vocals)

Although the Volka name might be a new one to many of you, you might have already come across the band in their previous guise as Penfold. However, after 3 years and a hell of a lot of sweaty rock music the band decided it was time for a change and Volka was born.

Wounds is the first of three singles to be released as way of an introduction to the band ahead of run of live shows in October and I have to say that the guys are off to a pretty good start. Wounds wasn’t one of those which grabbed me straight from the off but it grown on me massively with every listen. It’s a crap cliché but this one is definitely a grower. I never thought I was a bad song it has to be said, it just didn’t grab me.

It sounds such a simple thing but I’m a big fan of how you can hear Fraser’s accent coming through on his powerful, gravelly vocal. (I’ve already had one rant about this, this week) I just think that it makes the whole thing sound more authentic and although the hook isn’t one which will crack you in the head right from the off, it does creep up on you without you realising. The main plus for me though is the overall feel of the song. There’s no gimmicks and no false pretence, the band have gone back to basics and just knocked out a really hard rocking, badass rock song.

If the idea of Wounds is to get you interested in what has become this new Volka project then for me at least, it has definitely worked. I don’t think that the band are the finished article just yet but I like where they are going. As I said at the outset this track is a really good start, and I look forward to hearing the next one. This reinvention lark may just have done the trick, guys you may just be on to something.


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