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It's a "Let's Sing About Volcanoes In The State Of Washington" Wednesday.

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 by

Volcanoes? In Washington state?

Yeah, man; don't you remember Mount St. Helens?

Mount St. Helens goes up.

Mount St. Helens' eruption column around 8:35 AM on May 18, 1980. Photo via wikipedia.org.

Y'know what? Let's sing about it.

Start you off with the sunny/chunky sounds of The Presidents Of The United States Of America with their helpfully explanatory song "Volcano."

(Video via YouTube user presidentsrock, the official YouTube channel of The Presidents Of The United States Of America.)

Next, the crushing mathcore power of Tacoma's-own Botch. In the past I've verbally explained their music as what it would sound like if The Dillinger Escape Plan and Phillip Glass were having a drunken giggling slap-fight 'round a campfire in an Olympic Peninsula trailer park under the stars.

Yes.

NOW THE HEAT IS MY NEW FRIEND

From the back of a shirt by the band Botch celebrating the re-release of their album American Nervoso.

Further, I once described their couplet of songs "Afghamistam / Micaragua" thusly:

There is a moment in the song where after a lull, the track breaks open like a herd of Clydesdales bursting from a snow-swept barn in slow motion. "RIIIDE!" bellows singer David Verellen as the song thunders downslope.

Yes.

Can't recommend their work highly enough. It is monstrously inertia-laden, gleefully-abstruse, complex metal music for adults (and/or anyone). Yes.

So, here are Botch delivering their devastatingly-propulsive vulcanphobic song "Hutton's Great Heat Engine" live at Chain Reaction in Anaheim on 2000/03/25.

(Thanks to YouTube user axewound.)

Let's be safe out there, Washington residents. The Earth can be unpredictable, yet that tension (tectonic 'n otherwise) inspired some excellent music.

(This one's for Jon and Tanky and Elbow and even Kyle. Inspired by a conversation with Maria Rose. Let's all be safe out there.)


For clarity/completist's sake, here is the LP version of "Hutton's Great Heat Engine" from Botch's album American Nervoso, along with the song's lyrics.

Listen now:  

Botch -- "Hutton's Great Heat Engine"
we'll never see them again,
we'll never see them again
I won't even try to run,
because
it's kinda pointless
it's hard to believe that our end has come
here comes the sea
the sea of red
[unintelligible]
I can't believe that our end has come
again
oh, she still erupts
oh, she still erupts
oh, she still erupts
oh, she still erupts
it's hard to believe something so thick
is so quick
so quick
so quick
so quick
so quick
but it buries us by the hundreds
it's so quiet here
it's so quiet here
it's so quiet here
it's so quiet here
it's so quiet here
it's so quiet here
it's so quiet
and
the heat is my new friend
my new friend
my new friend
my new friend

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