Music: The Urban Voodoo Machine’s hex-rated new single
We first covered the Urban Voodoo Machine back in 2009. If you haven’t caught up with them in the three years in-between, now’s your chance, with a new single and a tour taking them to a town near you.
Track: Urban Voodoo Machine – Cheers For The Tears
File under: bourbon-soaked gypsy blues bop’n'stroll
Taken from last summer’s critically acclaimed album In Black’N’ Red – a CR album of the year – Cheers For The Tears is lead singer Paul-Ronney Angel’s wry account of a phone call he received from a concerned female friend who’d heard that he’d drowned in the Camden canal on his way home from a night of revelry.
The UVM play:
31 MAY NOTTINGHAM, RESCUE ROOMS (£12.50) www.rescuerooms.com
01 JUNE GLASGOW, O2 ABC (£12.50) www.o2abcglasgow.co.uk
02 JUNE YORK, DUCHESS (£12.50) www.theduchessyork.co.uk
03 JUNE MANCHESTER, RUBY LOUNGE (£12.50) www.therubylounge.org
05 JUNE ISLINGTON, O2 ACADEMY (£14) www.o2academyislington.co.uk
06 JUNE BRISTOL, TUNNELS (£12.50) www.thetunnelsbristol.co.uk
Here’s what we said back in 2009:
Words: Scott Rowley
“We’re the best live band to come out of London since The Pogues. Before that it was The Clash. And before that it was the Stones…”
A nine-piece band of rejects and misfits, The Urban Voodoo Machine could be the band of your dreams – but only if your dreams are as dirty as ours. Classic Rock stumbled across an early demo of theirs a couple of years ago – a potent gumbo of blues, punk rock, eastern folk, swing, sea shanties and rock’n'roll. But when record labels refused to bite (“The sugar daddy never turned up!” bawls frontman Paul-Ronney Angel) they decided to do it themselves, setting up a club night, Gypsy Hotel, and filling it with dancers, fire-eaters and sharp-dressed geezers, kick-starting their own scene.
“We’re a bit too big to play our own club now,” says Paul, a Norwegian chancer who came to the UK, squatted, sold the Big Issue, played in bar bands, and joined Brit alt-rock legends The Godfathers, all the while dreaming of a band that would play ‘bourbon-soaked gypsy blues bop’n'stroll’ (he had the phrase before he had a band – it is now the title of their debut album), a band with two drummers (one of them green), with “a guitarist who was a better player than me – and a better singer as well”.
Enter Nick Marsh, former Flesh For Lulu frontman, roped in for one gig and still here several years later. “I’m really only interested in having a good time,” says Nick. “For everybody who’s in the band, it’s a party.”
Paul: “We don’t tend to do normal gigs. There’s a supporting cast of circus cabaret and burlesque freaks. You don’t wanna watch someone shoegazing. A lot of our audience are dressing up now – a lot of guys in red shirts and black suits and stuff.”
Nick: “I predict a lot of touring and shenanigans with this band.”
These days they’re financing their own album, putting on a launch party at the Hackney Empire, and hustling a take-over of Peter Parker’s Rock’n'Roll Club in Soho for the purposes of our interview. These are guys who get things done. (“I can get you anything,” Paul emails Classic Rock late one night: “Drugs, pussy, guitars, cheap leather sofas… PS: No guns.” The next day he emails back, hungover and contrite. “I wonder what goes through my head sometimes. I mean, where am I going to get leather sofas?”)
So what does the future hold for The UVM? What’s the big plan? “I want to be doing this ’til the day I die,” says Paul. “I hope that’s not too soon…”
Nick: “Mate, it better not be – I’ve got, like, six red shirts now!”
Paul: “I don’t want a number one record…”
Nick: “I fucking do!”
“Number 11 maybe,” says Paul, and he shows CR a bunch of number 11 tattoos on his hand. What’s the significance of 11?
“It’s one louder than 10, innit?” he says. “I was born on the 11th of the 11th. One louder than 10.”
Ladies and gentlemen: larger than life and one louder than 10 The Urban Voodoo Machine.
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