The Urban Voodoo Machine
From page 72 of Classic Rock Magazine June 2011
In Black ’N’ Red
London nine-piece explore blues, mariachi and more. Kitchen sink included.
Barrelling out of Dalston like some sort of tequiladrenched nightmare, The Urban Voodoo Machine take you to places that no Lonely Planet guide would care to mention.
With ease and stealth they hot-foot it between the swampy Southern US blues of the Howlin’ Wolf-esque Cheers For The Tears and the Dr John/Tom Waitsinspired Lightning From A Blues Sky and the gypsy Balkan swing of SOS (Sink Or Swim) , before downing a tray of shots on the Tex-Mex border against a backdrop of lovingly replicated mariachi sounds.
Such trans-continental musical exploration isn’t easy, but The
Urban Voodoo Machine do it with style and swagger, aided and abetted by guests including Hanoi Rocks/NY Dolls’ Sam Yaffa, Son Of Dave and former drummer and founding member Jim Jones. On Off To Rehab frontman Paul-Ronney Angel even manages to sounds like a Vaudevillian star who’s staggered into the 21st century by accident. It all makes for the most exciting, Technicolor racket since Gogol Bordello first hit the UK half a decade ago.