Volume Conflict ( an Alternative Grunge Band ) was formed in Port Elizabeth, South Africa by Triston Smith ( Vocalist, Songwriter, Composer, Rhythm Guitarist ) and his 2 brothers, Leon (Lee ) Smith ( Drummer, Composer ) and Stefan ( Stitch ) Smith ( Bass, Back-up vocalist, Composer ) in 2007. Volume Conflict is everything the band’s name suggests, it has dirty guitar sound, strong riffs and heavy drumming and much more. They set out to make music that people they like would want to listen to, and they enjoy playing it too. As soon as you start thinking about fitting in with somebody else’s format – that’s when you lose the map. They added a Lead guitarist, Wilco ( Snow ) Heunis, to the group in 2011 and they always leave fans wondering “what can we expect from Volume Conflict next”. But the road up to now was not fun and games for the brothers.
Their lives were thrown into turmoil after a business deal went horribly wrong in 2001 and they ended up in an abandoned trailer park outside of Port Elizabeth. The 3 brothers made their debut onto the music scene in 2004 as Apostle Spoon out of those humble surroundings. But the harsh living environment of the trailer park took their music style into another direction “much like the way a storm forms and has to anger itself out until it’s over and in 2006 they changed the band’s name to Socialweak.
Playing the Club circuit was extremely difficult for them as they did not own a car and had to depend on friends to get them where they needed to be. Using their resources to the max, something was still wanting musically for the 3 brothers and with advice from the well-known Koleski brothers the Smith brothers pulled out of the music scene in 2009 till now (2011) working on their distinctive sound that divines Volume Conflict and proving that it’s an emerging sound and a band worth looking out for and supporting.
Successes under the belt: A Front Page Article in the Jip, Opening acts for Barney Simon, Karin Zoid, Fokofpolisiekar. They received Radio Play in Toronto Canada, played Woodstock and a few minor Festivals. They won a song writing competition on 5fm and one of their songs was number one for 3 weeks on Tuks fm, and was the number one voted band on SA Rock Bands. They are currently working on their 1st Album that will be finished in 2012.