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About The Urban Voodoo Machine
2011 looks to be the best year yet for the black-suited, red-shirted, London-based collective, The Urban Voodoo Machine. Recently nominated for the Best New Band award by Classic Rock magazine and with the release of their brand new album, In Black ‘N' Red on 2 May coinciding with their biggest, most comprehensive UK tour to date, the group are set to conquer the country with their unique brand of sleaze-tinged, dark-edged, rockabilly-flavoured, gypsy blues and folk-punk!
Led by the darkly charismatic, Norwegian-born Paul-Ronney Angel, The Urban Voodoo Machine is a supremely talented collective of London-based musicians whose lurching sea shanties, debauched murder ballads, skewed tangos and gypsy stomps have been bringing the spirit of the carnie to an ever-growing audience of dedicated fans these past few years.
Comprising anywhere between 7 and 12 musicians at any one time, the group play a colourful array of instruments including guitars, drums, fiddle, trumpet, banjo, washboard, upright bass, gong, mandolin, accordion, harmonica, saxophone, tuba, sousaphone and even empty bottles and tie racks to build their own unique sound.
Revered by London's underground cabaret scene, in October 2006 The Urban Voodoo Machine started up the legendary, alternative, monthly club night, Gypsy Hotel: the massively popular night is going strong and each month the group continue to headline and sell out this exciting and eclectic rock ‘n' roll cabaret.
The group's debut album, Bourbon Soaked Gypsy Blues Bop ‘N' Stroll, released on Gypsy Hotel Records in 2009 met with much acclaim. It scored top reviews and made Albums of the Year lists in Classic Rock and Big Cheese magazines. The album was supported by plenty of live shows, including a prestigious headline slot at the iconic Hackney Empire and appearing with the legendary New York Dolls on their tour of the UK.
Through 2010 the UVM continued their busy live schedule with shows in Norway and Hungary and even a football stadium appearance in the Ukraine alongside Balkan composer, Goran Bregovic. In the summer they played Download for the first time and were invited to open for Paul McCartney at London's Hyde Park. Much of the year, however, was spent locked away in the recording studio working on the eagerly-awaited, In Black ‘N' Red.
The Urban Voodoo Machine was born when, back in 2003, Paul-Ronney Angel was begged by a promoter to be the filling in a triple-bill sandwich. Rising to the challenge, Paul had just 48 hours to put a band together, which, with his customary verve and persuasive powers, he managed to pull off.
From those inauspicious beginnings, the group grew and flourished so that by 2005 appearances were confirmed at the Glastonbury Festival, Lost Vagueness, Edinburgh Fringe and Ireland's Electric Picnic Festival. A 5-track debut EP, Ladies and Gentlemen, The Urban Voodoo Machine, was recorded and released and in 2006 both the Latitude Festival and Spitz Blues Festival snapped them up whilst The Electric Picnic made them the only band ever to be booked two years in a row. That year also saw them perform live at the Lost Vagueness Halloween Ball to over 1700 people, their biggest London audience to date at that time.
They continued through 2007 with further festivals and a busy touring schedule and in 2008 began recording their debut album. In March 2008, by personal invitation of Spider Stacy, they performed with The Pogues on their USA tour, which led to them being offered the support slot on The Pogues full UK & Ireland 2008 Xmas tour.
Paul-Ronney Angel - Singer/Songwriter, mandolin, lead vocals guitars, Banjo, band leader, and Harmonica.
Nick Marsh - Lead Guitar & Backing Vocals
Dr. Lloyd Gomez DeVille - Trumpet & Maraccas
The Rev. Gavin T. Smith - Double Bass
Slim - Accordion
The Late J-Roni-Moe - Snare & Floor Tom, Hi-Hat
Jary - Floor Tom & Snare
Joe "Mongo" Whitney - Washboard, Vocals, Ukelele, Percussion, Melodica, Bazouki
Lucifire - Saxophone, Backing Vocals.
Rob 'The Kid' Skipper - Violin