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Possibly named in tribute to the Tom Hanks movie Joe Versus the Volcano, the Brooklyn trio Volcano, I'm Still Excited!! was born out of the medical problems of the group's leader, Mark Duplass. The guitarist and songwriter had scored a demo deal with Mercury Records in 1998 and moved to New York City from Austin when he was diagnosed with tendinitis and was told by doctors he couldn't play guitar anymore without further damage. Making the best of it, Duplass enrolled in City College of New York to study music. While there he discovered he could play organ without pain and began writing songs on the instrument. In late 2002 Duplass began painstaking recording home demos and sent the results to a friend, Byron Westbrook, back in Austin who decided, along with his friend John Thomas Robinette III, that the three men needed to start a band. They ended up in Austin together and with Westbrook on guitar, Robinette on drums, Duplass on organ, and all three on vocals, recorded the group's debut EP, Carbon Copy. While touring behind the record, the group struck up a friendship with Polyvinyl Records and ended up signing with them in 2003. Westbrook left the band around this time and Craig Montoro, who had worked with labelmates Mates of State, joined on guitar. Now relocated to Brooklyn, the trio went back to Austin to record their debut album, Volcano, I'm Still Excited!!, which was released by Polyvinyl in February of 2004.
Volcano, I'm Still Excited!! was an American indie rock band from Brooklyn, New York (originally from Austin, Texas). The band's name (which has been described as "ludicrous") was reportedly inspired by the Tom Hanks film Joe Versus the Volcano, though the band has never revealed the inspiration for the name.Borolla, Caroline, Volcano, I'm Still Excited!!, CMJ, retrieved 2007-09-15 Hancox, Dan (2005-08-01), The Download, New Statesmen, retrieved 2007-11-13 Goldstein, Hartley (2004-02-24), Volcano, I'm Still Excited!! Album Review, Pitchfork Media, retrieved 2007-09-15 Shvartsman, Dan (2004-03-08), Volcano, I'm Still Excited!! Interview, 30music.com, retrieved 2007-09-15
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. 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, and was told that playing the guitar would further aggravate his injury. Wanting to remain in music, Duplass enrolled in City College of New York to study composition. He turned to playing the organ as it was the only instrument which he was able to play pain-free.
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. While touring to support this release, the band was noticed by Polyvinyl, who released the group's full-length eponymous debut.
The band drew inspiration from acts such as Elvis Costello, Guided By Voices, Death Cab For Cutie, Beulah and Wilco, according to Duplass. Rumors of a reunion have circulated throughout Brooklyn in 2010.Sendra, Tim, Allmusic/MSN Music Biography, Allmusic/MSN, retrieved 2007-09-15 Rafferty, Ryan (2004-03-04), Quirky band holds its own, The Observer, retrieved 2007-11-13 Polyvinyl Biography (&NDASH; ), Polyvinyl Records, retrieved 2007-09-15 Wallen, Doug (2004-02-11), Three For Fighting (&NDASH; ), Philadelphia Weekly, retrieved 2007-09-15 Lindsay, Cam (June–August 2004), In Music We Trust Review, In Music We Trust, retrieved 2007-09-15 Gray, Christopher (2003-03-14), TCB, The Austin Chronicle, retrieved 2007-11-13 Ewing, Drew (2004-02-05), Volcano rebels against mainstream sound, The University News, retrieved 2007-11-13 Childs, Edwin (2002-10-30), Indie rock trio blazing its way from coast to coast, Red and Black, retrieved 2007-11-13
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. Duplass has written, produced, and starred in films such as Humpday and The Puffy Chair, and stars in the FX sitcom The League.Ford, Jon, BBC Album of the Day, BBC, archived from the original on 2008-01-26, retrieved 2007-09-15