The Volunteers ONELINEDRAWING The Volunteers Jade Tree Credit Conor "Bright Eyes" Oberst and his Saddle Creek Records posse, among others, for the reminder that punk-rock emotion can… The Volunteers ONELINEDRAWING The Volunteers Jade Tree Credit Conor "Bright Eyes" Oberst and his Saddle Creek Records posse, among others, for the reminder that punk-rock emotion can… 2004-03-23 Onelinedrawing
Music Review

The Volunteers (2004)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Mar 23, 2004; Lead Performance: Onelinedrawing

ONELINEDRAWING The Volunteers Jade Tree

Credit Conor ''Bright Eyes'' Oberst and his Saddle Creek Records posse, among others, for the reminder that punk-rock emotion can be expressed in ways other than howling over guitar noise. Onelinedrawing's Jonah Matranga, ex-singer of the louder and more straightforward New End Original, knows that, and has made one of the most expansive ''punk'' records in recent memory: hushed vocals, toy pianos, and weird drum-machine beats, alongside soaring (and often howling) rock. The man is one to watch. ENJOY IT WHILE IT LASTS! On the poignantly goofy ''Livin' Small,'' Matranga croons a dis of ''punk-rock pimps and hos'' while savoring his non-fame.

Originally posted Mar 19, 2004 Published in issue #756 Mar 19, 2004 Order article reprints