- BabyStep Magazine
Volk Soup expand their sound with a sprawling and embittered Track
Following the release of ‘Billionaire’ and ‘Virile Young Man’ in the spring, Volk Soup are set to release an altogether bolder track with ‘Beware an Ancient Door’ along with B-Side ‘Limeade’. Having set a precedent with their dishevelled yet terse
previous releases, the band have taken the skeleton of their sound and stretched it into something teeming with ideas. Though the lyrics of ‘Beware an Ancient Door' may be the song's most eye-catching element, it’s the theatrical ambition and cinematic power of the song that hits home hardest. A pseudo military drum beat diverts between steady march and frenzied chaos as the slap bass and car horn-like brass synth inject the opening with harsh jabs before singer “Harry Jones” spits out an exchange between himself and Prince Andrew. It’s an opening that warrants its much needed reprieve—a strung out, rhapsodic segue—before circling back round to full blown pandemonium.
As the scale of the band’s repertoire begins to expand, so too does their live lineup. Having established themselves as a three piece whose scope was outgrowing their limited hands, the band recruited George Orton (Gladboy) on guitar, Ryan Geach on saxophone and Luca Vitale on Trumpet. A crowd favourite at live shows, ‘Beware an Ancient Door’ will be hotly anticipated amongst their Leeds following. The cries of “A nonce is a nonce is a nonce” ring out at gigs, a call that will resonate across the land.
Though sorted into a pack with the fringe movements off the back of the post-punk revival, Volk Soup’s sound is clearly veering away from anything easily labelled. B-Side ‘Limeade’ is a country croon, a much needed palette cleanser after the brute force of ‘Beware an Ancient Door’ and the band have many more releases lined up that go from acid house to western ballad, all while maintaining the intent of their opening singles.
Here’s what Harry Jones has to say about the single: “‘Beware an Ancient Door' is a hostile dialogue between a defensive Prince Andrew and someone questioning his actions. The second portion of the song is a diatribe by Prince Andrew about all who sit below him and judge from the comfort of their armchairs. Ultimately the song is about the immoveable forces of power, and how people in power use their positions to justify behaving differently to everyone else . Prince Andrew is an easy target but he is the current poster boy for the nonce class and however trite the subject may appear at first
glance, it seems to me that there’s a ripeness to the topic. A nonce is a nonce is a nonce.”