Being threatened by a muppet is a huge kick at first, but those bastards are a force to be reckoned with. And we're not talking about the wide-eyed, messy-haired, soccer-jerseyed sap slouching off the bar stool next to you, we're dealing with a genuine strings, rods and hands up the nifter felt puppet named Bunsen Honeydew. On Bunsen's behalf, the Henson Corp. sent cease and desist orders (and keep in mind these lawyers had to act with the utmost sincereity while defending the character of a muppter), forcing the band to change its name from Bunsen Honeydew. As a result of this legalized insanity, and a Fellini meets professional wrestling surealness to it all, the band is now billed as Four Volts. Oh and also they tried to strong arm bunsen h to surrender the domain name bunsenhoneydew.com...well we didn't (ohhh noooo) but we did let it expire due to pure laziness when we changed the band name, and heck...if yer feelin' kinda well...shut the gate randy, see what's become of "cyber good will"...just make sure yer boss or mum isn't watching...hats off to the law crew at henson heh heh. tee. really!
Nomenclature aside, this foursome quickly lassoed the attention of Blur guitarist Graham Coxon leading to a 12 inch release of 3 of their early and bombastic energy infused recordings on his Transcopic Records. The band toured the UK and headlined the first ever Transcopic night in London with a solo set by Graham. The NME press from that showcase states, "taking cochlea shredding noise as their starting point, they proceed to smack the living crap out of any 'nouveau-shoegazer' slurs...when their frazzled melodies take shape they can be shockingly beautiful, but tis' the danger and thrills and urgency of the live show that makes the impact."
Other rollers Four Volts has shared the bills with include: Graham Coxon, Blur, British Sea Power, the Futureheads and Mower to name a few. Four Volts has also graced the pages of Vanity Fair, resting next to Beck's head, was given **** stars in NME single review column, was critics choice in Time Out London, was featured in Rolling Stone, Mojo, and made the air-waves via Mr. John Peel. Besides gaining international attention in as far away places in Japan, Greece, and Australia, Four Volts has also become a NY buzz band. The NY Post pegged Four Volts as one of the bands to keep your eyes peeled for, and if yer wise, ear plugs close at hand for. In late 2003 Four Volts was asked to include a track on the NY: The Next Wave compilation which highlighted other up and coming bands such as: stellastarrr*, Elefant, the Fever, Mommy and Daddy, and the Flesh. Four Volts debut album "Triple Your Workforce" produced by Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Cibo Matto, Bordoms) is out January 18, 2005 on Kanine Records. Keep a look out.