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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Volcanoes Are Breaking Up

Posted By on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Volcanoes Eric Peters and Jon Ryan, photographed outside Vegas while on tour. - COURTESY OF VOLCANOES
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  • Volcanoes Eric Peters and Jon Ryan, photographed outside Vegas while on tour.

Local noise/dance/punk duo Volcanoes is ceasing active existence in June after it plays two more shows, its last "for the foreseeable future."

As the band's Facebook announcement and accompanying biographical short film explain, the split is entirely amicable and due mostly to drummer/synth player/vocalist Eric Peters' impending move to LA with his fiancée. Peters has accepted a modeling contract from the Osbrink Agency, while drummer/bassist/synth player Jon Ryan is staying in St. Louis.

Despite Peters' upcoming departure, he and Ryan have continued writing music together as the clock winds down on Volcanoes, and both plan to play music after the split.

Meeting first as high school friends, Peters and Ryan formed Volcanoes in 2011 when the two were roommates as undergrads at Lindenwood University. Both had just survived the breakup of their previous band Future Past but wasted little time performing and recording as Volcanoes in their shared dormitory room. "We broke every rule possible," Peters says in the farewell video. "Sorry, Lindenwood."

Eventually, the duo started touring and sending its music to blogs. This caught the attention of Minneapolis' Afternoon Records, which signed Volcanoes, re-released 2011 full-length Heavy Hands and released 2014's Future Sorority Girls of America. (See Riverfront Times' take on the latter album.)

In the intervening years, Volcanoes matured from an experimental side project into a serious project that found the group shaping its harsh distorted bass and synth grooves, crashing drums and yelling vocals into tuneful songs while never sacrificing its volume or aggression (check out how the riff in 30-second sketch "PBcF2000" from debut EP Faults is used as a starting point for "Nothing to See Here" on Future Sorority Girls of America).

This momentum garnered the band a nomination in the Electronic/Dance category for the 2013 RFT Music Awards and a song on the upcoming Last In The American League compilation, whose release party at the Ready Room on May 2 will feature Volcanoes' second-to-last scheduled performance.

The final show will take place June 5 at an undisclosed location in south city on Jefferson Avenue. The Facebook announcement states that "all details of this show will be off the internet. Word of mouth only."

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