Video Review: VOLK | "LOCKED IN"
Video Review: VOLK | "LOCKED IN"
*WARNING: ADULT LANGUAGE AND CONTENT MAY BE PRESENT
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VOLK is an apparel company and crew from Southern California composed of Wyatt Soto, Dom Dimatteo, Devin Pelphrey, Sam Hetherington, and Austin McCaine. The majority of the riders live in the Long Beach area and can often be found riding El Dorado skatepark when not out in the streets or experiencing the many parks that So Cal offers. Living in Long Beach myself for a few years and riding since the late 2000’s with Dom, Devin, and Sam; I am hyped to watch what these foos put together for their first - hopefully not last - full length.
VOLK may not have crossed your path yet but with a premier at the Affinity warehouse and streaming on the industry respected, Trendkill Collective’s, youtube - y’ardy know this crew is going to keep the heat coming.
Before we get to the video I reached out to Wyatt and Dom to get a little more insight on the project.
“Volk started with me [Wyatt] and Andy [Peterson] in 2018. We made a batch of shirts and some stickers to start. Then me and Andy kinda had different visions for what we wanted to do and I just sorta took over. The crew decided we wanted to film a legit video and try to get Volk’s name out there. We really started filming in like March of 2020 and everything just started shutting down due to Covid. It was slow for the first couple of months but once everyone had more free time, we were going out consistently with not just the crew but all the homies. We wanted originally to try and release everything right after the new year but looking back, glad we didn’t. We still had a lot of work to do. A lot of the clips that made it into the final video were filmed this year. Taking those extra months allowed us to put out something that we were more into and proud of. Dom can vouch for the editing and everything, it was crazy. Thousands of clips and files loaded up onto his computer. It was hard to keep track of everything and even after all this, there were a few clips that slipped through the cracks and didn't make it in. For the most part, Dom killed it all around. It wouldn’t have been possible without him.”
- Wyatt Soto
“I would like to give thanks to Wyatt and Dev for having the vision to start making videos with the boys. None of this would have happened without them. Wyatt hit me up to film and edit and I was down right off the bat. A lot of long days of riding and long nights capping footage. The whole process was as crazy as Wyatt said. Thankfully, Devin and Jacob Bokelman did a sh*t load of filming separately and it came in so clutch. Dev was playing catchup clip wise in the beginning but by the end he had a ton. Steeze took us to a bunch of south county spots which was also crucial, a lot of good stuff came out of those sessions. But yeah I don’t even know what else to say lmao.”
- Dom Dimatteo
Peep the video in its entirety below or scroll down to read the review and notes as I was watching for the first time.
The classic way to start a full length, grabbing many of the tried and true ways to lure you in. I love Dom’s choice to start black and white while showing off the main crew and spots to keep an eye out for in the video. After a couple bails we get a closeup of a gnarly gashed up shin and color fades in… it’s go time! The clips start coming in fast and heavy, grabbing our attention further, the hype growing. Among the first few clips was one from Austin at 0:41 I recognized from the teaser - a bs front peg chink on a wall down a two stair with some perfect ramped slow mo. This is the kind of riding, filming, and editing I live for. A simple trick but everything executed perfectly and with a style that screams #HAVEFUNDUMMY.
Austin McCaine’s Part
Getting to know Austin on and off the scoot makes me wish I was at the premier screamin my head off in support. He has a unique eye for spots causing you to scratch your head, “how did he think of that.” At 2:16 he’s at a bank to chain link fence and I was expecting the usual wall ride stuff you’d see. Nu uh! He hops onto the fence, slides straight down keeping contact with the fence, landing in an over front 50-50, and quickly poppin out. Next clip has a fakie fire cracker, what’s not to love?!
Not sure if the riders or Dom had the most say in their music but Austin’s is on point. Starting out with some heavy rock and fast clips and slowly introducing some trippy synth while the riding continues to get.... well… trippy. Eventually the tempo slowing down for a technical fakie line. Then the tempo and riding pick up together perfectly, showing diverse riding from Austin and an overall vision for the part by Dom. Austin’s final trick 4:46 is the jibbiest jibnado combo on a famous ledge in Rainbow harbor near Long beach’s Queen Mary. If you saw the Austin vs Walter day edit competition, you’ll recognize it from Austin’s. As we fade to black with the homies yelling in slow mo, I’m ready for this next part.
Sam Hetherington’s part
Sam is without question, in the OG category of scootering. Riding with the likes of Jason Beggs when he was at the top of the world progressing scootering. Sam never blew up or chased the bread trying to make a living off of scootering - he just rode, and never stopped. Now with a full time job and a wife as well (CONGRATS BROTHER) his commitment and love of scootering is undeniable. The back of his shirt for his intro says “The Boys” and he is indeed among THE BOYS.
6:18 is a clip to make even Jon Dev say “sheeeesh.” The creativity of this clip alone is worth watching his part again. At 6:31 after throwing a whip to can for us old heads, he does it again! Don’t think he’s a one trick pony though. As the ambient track puts you in a scooter trance, he pulls out tricks your favorite rider’s would be hyped on. His final trick at 8:20 can’t be slept on. Front sugarcane, nose blunt, heel out on a buttery ledge. Brava my dood.
WHAT *clap* FULL *clap* LENGTH *clap* IS *clap* COMPLETE *clap* WITHOUT *clap* A *clap* FRIENDS *clap* SECTION *clap* ?? It ain’t no full length to me!
With more well known faces in scootering and homies than you can shake a stick at, I’m only 20 seconds in and I’m grinning ear to ear. Eddie Cuellar followed by Beck ‘slime’ Dobrzanski, oh yeah let’s get it boys! I will fight the urge to list all the riders in this section and let you check out this section of hammers yourself. There is two clips at 11:20 of some old washed up bearded guy who likes grape smoothies or something. Pshh just check the Pierce Dobrzanski clips instead and skip over that. Our man who dominates the park scene, Cody Flom, has some street clips sprinkled in too! This section was pure scootering.
Dom Dimatteo's part
Knowing Dom I didn’t expect this song for him but quickly grew to dig it. At 13:42 with a fat bank to wallride, Dom boosts a fs air off the fence and manages to catch a little transition then with the quick feet, hop whip off the curb. This man has been the definition of steeze for over a decade. His whole part is simultaneously aggressive and mellow - big gaps, loud slaps, with the perfect mix of fakies and tech. Have to show love for his clip at 15:55, nose press to downside whip out under the bridge. Is it humanly possible to dislike this clip? You’re at a perfect bank to wallride and most riders would think to, ya know, wallride. But a small drainage hole in the wall catches Dom’s eye. I love seeing how people interpret a spot or ride in a completely unexpected manner. He finishes the part on top of a roof with a whip drop onto another slanted roof then a hefty drop. Dom constantly battles back issues and I am stoked to see him take on a drop this heavy. Nice to hear he only complained about his ankle afterwards too!
Devin Pelphrey's part
Our first rap song in the full length and it has to be for the thugnificient, DEVIN PELPHRREY. Devin is one of the first people I met scootering out in California in the late 2000’s. We instantly clicked with our style of riding in the parks - heavily influenced by BMX at the time. Nowadays I feel like street scootering grabs more influence from skating. Devin’s current riding still leans more towards bmx in the streets in my opinion and at 17:58 he shows it off with a BS 5050 grind to table top in at a bank hip to ledge spot. This wasn’t no loosy goosy quick little tweak either. This b*tch was flat enough to eat off. The other “Pelphrey-est” clip in his part is at 18:49 destroying a manny pad. Bar manny, hop up nosey, drop nosey, whip out. YESSIR. Don’t worry, he is still keeping with the times and throwing plenty of backlips and hitting whole curved rails throughout his part.
Wyatt Sotto's part
Wyatt’s part had, hands down, the best intro in the full length. Led Zeppelin’s “In the Light” picking up while the most artistic shots in the project make you rethink that last clip you filmed. Creating the crew, setting the goal of making a full length, and riding with some of the best riders socal has to offer, really pushed Wyatt’s riding to new heights.I knew he was good but DAMN this makes me want to get out there and start stacking clips! At 24:02 He muscles his way through a bs wallride on a metal posted fence to hard one out - creative and heavy in perfect unison. Finishing of his part at 26:06 with a bar to drop in, 2 stories up, on a steep banked underpass. I’ve driven by these multiple times and always wanted to see someone go from the tallest one. Wyatt coming through big time!
While Bone Thugs N Harmony plays, each and every person who even had a single clip gets an additional spotlight; truly the cherry on top. The final seconds bring it all into perspective with a heartfelt dedication. This video was in loving memory of Shane Castro #rideforshane and Richard Pelphrey.
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Written by: Sean “The Grape Slushies” Cardwell