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No Volcano Takes Its Love of Music Seriously

It's 2014 and high time you got some new music into your playlist -- seriously. And that's doubly true when it comes local music, of which there's an abundance in metro Phoenix. The Valley's music scene is gifted with burgeoning bands and emerging artists who will be making waves and getting attention this year.

Up on the Sun is highlighting more than a dozen such acts for our series 14 Bands You Need to Hear in 2014. Today, writer Tom Reardon chronicles the latest project by a few local music scene stalwarts.

You've heard the tale before, gentle music fan. Phoenix scene vets make good, and to top it off, they are all very nice. Amiable, really, and appreciative of the fantastic music that is happening in town right now. No Volcano is a mere eight months old, but don't let the band's relative infancy fool you. These fellows have been, and will be, around for a while.

"There are more good bands around town now than since the mid-'80s," says Chris Kennedy, who plays drums and adds backing vocals for the band. To his credit, he's been responsible for several said local acts. No Volcano is a serious band for serious times, but one of their most endearing qualities is that they don't take themselves as seriously as they take their love of music and local Mexican food.

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Tom Reardon has written for Phoenix New Times since 2013. He's been in several notable bands over the last 25 years including Hillbilly Devilspeak, North Side Kings, and the Father Figures.
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