Buzz-saw punk rock with a three-guitar attack? How uncool, eh? Not if these guitarists (Jade Blade, Rodney Graham, Bill Napier-Hemy) are veterans in the scene surely! Whatever, Vancouver's Volumizer reminds us why the best punk succeeds in the same way that powerpop does - tuneful vigor that never goes out of style in songs like "I Promise You, Thomas" & "What's Your Problem?" - Power of Pop
From the original press release:
Volumizer is on the other side of the Mint spectrum but also sporting JC/DC's King Midas touch, comes a different kind of Vancouver allstar collaboration. Bill Napier-Hemy (Pointed Sticks), Rodney Graham (UJ3RK5), Jade Blade (Dishrags), and Shannon Oksanen (visual artist) are Volumizer! Together, with John Cody they've created a buzz-saw punk rock document that looks waaay back while standing firmly in the present.
GAGA FOR GIGI
Now this one is a solid 11 song pop/punk/indie/rock experiment into a smashing good time. Strong female vocals over some catchy riff-happy rawk that is both melodic and daring without ever succumbing to saccharine tasting/sounding radio pop. Enjoyable all the way through, crossing the likes of the AVENGERS meets JULIANA HATFIELD without ever sounding like either. Smart arrangements behind zesty lyrical content and a penchant for some thick and slick guitar tricks. Their bio states that they are a “who’s who?” of Canadian talent dating back to the 80’s (U-J3RK5, POINTED STICKS and DISHRAGS). By and large and interesting trip into some interesting modern rock.
-Larry Lugz, from Americore Magazine