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Stealing Volume / Press

“Finally, local foursome Stealing Volume took the controls, playing to whatever drunk and weary patrons that were left after M.O.T.O. got done with them. Stealing Volume quickly took care of the weariness part, however, playing a set of maddeningly intense, lyrically inventive songs that have the power to move bodies. These guys have a polished, half-insane yet entirely pro sound with good pace changes and thick, driving chords. Sardonically cool frontman Ben Schimmel gets backed up by guitarist Lanny Boles, bassist Scott Lamb, and the frenzied drum work of Scott Tolley, as band rocked their trademark hits like “Internal Rocket Shock,” “Run With the Rats,” and “Hipstar” and proved they had every right to close down the night, staying on for two quick encores. (6/18/11 Punk Rock Night-The Melody Inn)”

“Capping off the night was local act Stealing Volume. Appearing after CokeDickMotorcycleAwesome, these guys felt a bit more stripped-down and ironic: punk with a bit of the old hipster snark thrown in, thanks to the poised arrogance of lead singer Ben Schimmel and songs like “If I Thought With My Dick You’d All Be Dead.” These guys accomplish a lot more with a lot less, bringing to the stage a quick, loud, high-energy sound with genuinely intelligible lyrics. The song “Hipstar” especially stands out for a peculiar kind of grandeur and chords that have that irresistible power to make you start bouncing with the beat. (6/16/11 Vollrath Tavern) ”