Volcano Boys are a four-piece rock outfit from Des Moines, Iowa who are known for their tight live sets and catchy tunes. The band just released their new record, You Don’t Love Me, as their sophomore effort. And though this is only their second official release the group has been around the Iowa music scene for close to a decade. All members of the band, Jordan Mayland, Trent Derby, Tom Reneker, and Chris Marshall, contribute to other groups and have a close connection with Iowa music. Volcano Boys pull from 90s music influences but still have a modern feel and have been compared to The Strokes, Weezer, and Queens of the Stone Age. While V-Boys love to turn up their amps and rip through a set, their forte is most definitely songwriting and melody. With crunchy guitars, thoughtful chord progressions, and clever song structure, Volcano Boys want to be your new favorite band and hope to see you at upcoming shows!
Volcano Boys is a rock band that started around 2011, doing practices at The Duff House, where I lived in Ames, Iowa. My housemate, Erik Knudtson, played bass, while Keepers of the Carpet guitarist, Eric Moffitt, played guitar, and our good friend, Trent Derby, played drums. Trent and I had talked for years about doing a serious rock project and Erik K had a pretty decent recording set-up, so we were able to demo and record a decent amount of material in those days. Though, the plan was to use those recordings as a full album, that idea was scrapped after Erik K moved out of town and my other housemate and current V-boys bassist, Tom Reneker, jumped in on bass and it’s been us four since. The first official Volcano Boys song to be released was “Little Girl” from the Sonic Harvest Iowa Compilation in 2012. In 2014 we released our first full length album. The album was recorded at Redd No. 7 Studios by Kevin Neal and then mixed by Ian Williams at Wabi Sound. HERE!