Steve Albini and David Lynch both drew a hefty bucket or two of their signature jarring creepiness from Missoula, Montana's well. So do the Volumen, who have been keeping a thumbtack of America's musical map firmly in Missoula for over 13 years. Unlike Albini and Lynch, who both spent their formative years in the remote college town, the Volumen stayed. Any musician who's ever toured in the Northwest and stopped for a show in Missoula to break up the nearly endless drive from Seattle to Minneapolis knows about them, and unfortunately that's what much of their fanbase is limited to. Their unique brand of angular, rural new wave deserves much more.
Every Monday night, C&L's Late Nite Music Club showcases an act from every state, alphabetically by state, as part of LNMC's 50 State Strategy. Know a band or artist that you think is the best in their state? Email suggestions to latenitemusicclub [at] gmail.com. Next week: Nebraska.