Volcano, I'm Still Excited!!

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Volcano, I'm Still Excited!!
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John Robinette performing at Mojo's in Columbia, Missouri
Background information
Origin Austin, Texas
Brooklyn, New York
Genres Indie Rock
Alternative rock
Years active 2002–present
Labels Polyvinyl Records
Website Official website
Members Mark Duplass (vocals, keyboards)
Craig Montoro (guitar, vocals)
John Thomas Robinette, III (drums, vocals)
Past members Byron Westbrook (guitar)

Volcano, I'm Still Excited!![1] was an American indie rock band from Brooklyn, New York (originally from Austin, Texas). The band's name (which has been described as "ludicrous")[2] was reportedly inspired by the Tom Hanks film Joe Versus the Volcano,[3] though the band has never revealed the inspiration for the name.[4]


The band's beginnings can be traced back to 1998. At the time, Mark Duplass was touring the country in support of his solo debut, Small Hands. This earned him a record deal with Mercury Records.[5] After another solo release, Duplass moved from Austin to New York City to pursue his music career. Shortly after arriving in New York, Duplass was diagnosed with tendinitis in both of his arms,[6] and was told that playing the guitar would further aggravate his injury.[7] Wanting to remain in music, Duplass enrolled in City College of New York to study composition.[dead link][8] He turned to playing the organ as it was the only instrument which he was able to play pain-free.[9]

Duplass returned to Texas in late 2002 to record songs he had written. This resulted in Volcano, I'm Still Excited!!'s debut EP, Carbon Copy. The Austin Chronicle favorably compared "The New Brad" from Carbon Copy to Rufus Wainwright.[10] While touring to support this release, the band was noticed by Polyvinyl, who released the group's full-length eponymous debut.[11]

The band drew inspiration from acts such as Elvis Costello, Guided By Voices, Death Cab For Cutie, Beulah and Wilco, according to Duplass.[12] Rumors of a reunion have circulated throughout Brooklyn in 2010.

Other pursuits[edit]

In addition to their activities with Volcano, I'm Still Excited!!, the individual band members have collaborated with other artists. Craig Montoro contributed to Mates of State's 2003 release Team Boo as well as Sufjan Stevens's Illinois in 2005.[13] Duplass has written, produced, and starred in films such as Humpday and The Puffy Chair, and stars in the FX sitcom The League.


  1. ^ Borolla, Caroline, Volcano, I'm Still Excited!!, CMJ, retrieved 2007-09-15 
  2. ^ Hancox, Dan (2005-08-01), The Download, New Statesmen, retrieved 2007-11-13 
  3. ^ Goldstein, Hartley (2004-02-24), Volcano, I'm Still Excited!! Album Review, Pitchfork Media, retrieved 2007-09-15 
  4. ^ Shvartsman, Dan (2004-03-08), Volcano, I'm Still Excited!! Interview, 30music.com, retrieved 2007-09-15 [dead link]
  5. ^ Sendra, Tim, Allmusic/MSN Music Biography, Allmusic/MSN, retrieved 2007-09-15 
  6. ^ Rafferty, Ryan (2004-03-04), Quirky band holds its own, The Observer, retrieved 2007-11-13 
  7. ^ Polyvinyl Biography, Polyvinyl Records, archived from the original (– Scholar search) on August 13, 2007, retrieved 2007-09-15 
  8. ^ Wallen, Doug (2004-02-11), Three For Fighting, Philadelphia Weekly, archived from the original (– Scholar search) on March 17, 2006, retrieved 2007-09-15 
  9. ^ Lindsay, Cam (June–August 2004), In Music We Trust Review, In Music We Trust, retrieved 2007-09-15 
  10. ^ Gray, Christopher (2003-03-14), TCB, The Austin Chronicle, retrieved 2007-11-13 
  11. ^ Ewing, Drew (2004-02-05), Volcano rebels against mainstream sound, The University News, retrieved 2007-11-13 
  12. ^ Childs, Edwin (2002-10-30), Indie rock trio blazing its way from coast to coast, Red and Black, retrieved 2007-11-13 
  13. ^ Ford, Jon, BBC Album of the Day, BBC, archived from the original on 2008-01-26, retrieved 2007-09-15 

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