The Duncan brothers and Hyland Church bring it once again on the 2006 release Volume One. This is DC4’s first full length album and if you thought their EP was good, you haven’t heard anything yet. First of all, I was very pleased to see “Naïve Bree” (song 7) has been included on the album. The only song that was carried over from their EP Mood Swings, I think it was a great idea to have it on the album as well.
Volume One contains eleven tracks, and is the final release that features Church on lead guitar. I will start with the last song “4196” because it stands out for a few reasons. The main one being it is an instrumental, the only one on the album. Personally, I have always appreciated a good instrumental and this one is absolutely beautiful. The only way I know to describe it is to say it is a ballad without words. As I listened to it for the first time I found myself serene, nostalgic, and heartbroken all at the same time. It is very rare a song can move me so much but this one did. Jeff and Matt knocked this one out of the park. Neither one of them could have played any better on this song. This is hands down my favorite track on the album, even outshining “Naïve Bree”.
“Playing House” starts the album off, and is a real ass kicker. Lyrically and musically it is the epitome of a good old fashioned metal song. Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like Matt has really stepped it up. Not saying he was any less than great on the EP, it just seems his presence is felt more on this album. A prime example being song 4, “Eyes On You”. A heartfelt love song, Matt’s bass sings just as loudly as lead vocalist Jeff. The only other slower song, “Marianne” (song 6), is a love lost song as opposed to a love song. Shawn’s rat-a-tat-tat adds a little something extra to the first verse; while Hyland’s solo helps build a dramatic last 1:40 of the song.
The remaining six songs: “Jack and Jill” (song 2), “Freak Show” (song 3), “Pound of Flesh” (song 5), “Love or Misery” (song 8), “Blind” (song 9), and “.44” (song 10) are just as hard as “Playing House”. I like the fact that this album has less punk and alternative elements and is more metal. If Volume One is any indication of where the band is going, then I’m there! You may purchase this "Anna's iPod Approved" album directly from the DC4 web store by clicking here http://dc4store.bigcartel.com/. Right now this album is available at a special price; Volume One, Explode, and Electric Ministry can be purchased together for $20 USD. If you prefer digital music, you may purchase on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/volume-one/id496026234 or Amazon http://www.amazon.com/One-Dc4/dp/B0031DS58C.