Volume X
 
Volume X
 
Artist Discography
Volume X2014
Thing2010
What Day is it Tonight?2009
Sex Change2007
Liberation2004
Extremixxx2002
TA2002
Red Line2000
You Can Always Get What You Want2000
Futureworld1999
The Surveillance1998
Surrender to the Night1997
Trans Am1995

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There are three ways of interpreting Volume X, the title of the new album by Trans Am. The first is obvious – it is the band’s tenth studio release, comprised of ten songs that display ten unique sides of Phil Manley, Nathan Means, and Sebastian Thomson. You can also imagine a volume knob being cranked all the way up, the amplification level for an ideal Trans Am listening session. But it can also be read as a representation of the band’s remarkable ability to express, and even embody, unknown capacities, adopting bold stylistic and aesthetic shifts as a defining tenet of their quarter-century long career. Trans Am refuse to rely on their legacy as innovators, opting instead to continue to break down established modes of songwriting, even if they established those modes themselves. Volume X continues in this gloriously contrarian tradition, presenting fans with strange and familiar sounds in new contexts, from kosmische rock to futuristic speed metal to robo-balladry to variants on classic rock that are so warped as to be rendered completely unrecognizable.

“Anthropocene” opens the album with 30 seconds of serene synthesizer ambience before obliterating the stillness with a massive, fuzzy riff anchored by Thomson’s relentless, pounding groove, recorded live in the studio for maximum impact. Volume X is full of these types of disarming moments. Halfway through the sweeping, Kraftwerkian “Night Shift” the song’s syncopated shuffle suddenly becomes a throbbing motorik pulse as two drum takes are overlaid. “Backlash” creeps in with a massive synthesized low-end drone before breaking into a Kill ‘Em All inspired thrash riff that is one of the most aggressive passages the band has laid to tape. And the band saves their most poignant melody for the stripped down slow jam “I’ll Never,” with a vocoded Nathan Means intoning, “Its true, I’ll never get over you.”

Volume X was recorded in spurts over three years, mostly at LCR Studios in San Francisco, where Phil Manley has recorded many other bands as a professional engineer. He also plays in Life Coach with Jon Theodore of Queens of the Stone Age, and Thomson spends his time away from Trans Am playing drums for Baroness. The band is continues to live in separate cities, although all three have settled within the continental US for now. Trans Am will be playing shows throughout North America in support of Volume X.

"Trans Am have continued to push boundaries with their electronic excursions...Thing is an album that exceeds expectations, not to mention revealing new trajectories with every subsequent listen." - Drowned In Sound

DCist revists the "Secret History" of Surrender To The Night. Read more here

Check out this live footage of Trans Am. Click here to watch!

Trans Am will tour the US this Spring and Europe this Summer/Fall

The new Trans Am album Volume X is coming soon and available now for Pre-Order

Check out this fireside chat on Red Bull Music Academy, recorded at Corsica Studios.

Check out this feature on Trans Am in Magnet (here), as well as Nathan sitting in as guest editor (here)!

Phil Manley has also been playing in Life Coach.

Check out Trans Am on Amoeba Record's What's In My Bag?.

Stereogum premiered "I'll Never (Alternate Version)" and had some nice things to say about Volume X. "Volume X might be the most pop-oriented thing the band has done."

The Portland Oregonian caught up with both Nathan about Stumpfest and Phil about gear. If you're in Portland, make sure to check out Trans Am at Stumpfest!

Open your eyeballs and earholes and direct their attention to the Megastorm video

Impose interviewed Nathan - celebrating Trans Am's entry into the 10th Album Club.

"Trans Am are among the few acts able to push Krautrock forward." - All Music Guide.

"Their consistency over the years is remarkable... potentially a future classic" -Exclaim

“It can safely be stated that TA are the best ambient/krautrock band to happen in the past 30 years… these specific cuts on Volume X are not only as good as the godheads (Can, Harmonia, Cluster, Eno, and Neu!), but they also continue to move their ideas forward.” - The Big Takeover

Trans Am are the guest editors of Magnet this week.

Fractured Air posted a lovely interview with Trans Am that doubles as a review of Volume X.

Impose checked out Trans Am and Dan Friel at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn and took some amazing photos.

Our old friends at TransWorld Skateboarding interviewed Nathan about Volume X.

Phoenix New Times wrote an amazing feature about Trans Am in anticipation of their show in Arizona.