Voodoo Blood - Anabolic Blues
Rock n’ roll that’ll rip yer head off
Words: Phil Weller
In the grand scheme of things, Voodoo Blood – who are arguably the city’s hottest property right now – bring nothing new to the table. Their sound is a conservative homage to the kind of blues infested, gritty rock n’ roll we’ve heard a million times before. Yet here is a band that has managed to, across what has been a year spent almost entirely in fifth gear, capture the hearts of so many and at such a staggering rate. Their rise has been rampant and the blues flows reverently through their veins. As such then, all four tracks on this EP would slot perfectly into any rock radio playlist, but, away from that is an inherent nasty side which helps widen their appeal to more than just the commercial rock market, with metal and doom fans alike both hypnotised and swept away by their venomously electric live performances of late.
So sure, there is nothing musically innovative going on here, but the noises they make, which rumble and growl like the V8s of Harley Davidson’, come naturally to them. To make any other noises just wouldn’t seem right and therefore it isn’t so much a matter of what they play than it is how they play it. For anyone who cares to stop and listen, Voodoo Blood are a band which will convince you of their worth one way or another. With Anabolic Blues they might not reinvent the wheel, but when they kick into gear and the thing starts spinning, you can only stand in wonderment.
Opener Taste Your Love is as seductive as it is deadly and its greasy, biker rock visage makes a strong opening statement. Sounding like a villainous Black Crowes, Kimberley Jennet’s rasping vocals sear above straight talking riff work. The song steadily builds towards a fiery conclusion where it explodes, alongside some sizzling lead guitar playing, with a Zeppelin style stomp. It’s a stomp that transcends into Jet Black, a song pinned on the tried and tested call and response formula. Cannoning between a cutthroat blues rock riff and Jennet’s razor sharp, acidic vocals, its angsty, middle-finger-raised attitude resembles a band hitting their stride.
Viscous Love sounds like Clutch and Joan Jett freewheeling down a desert road and makes for an encapsulating trade off with the quick fire, high velocity melodies of Bleed. Together they close out an EP that may stick to the traditional blues rock template, but ravishes it with a new breed swagger and energy not to be taken lightly.
Voodoo Blood launch their EP at Rebellion on Friday, 14th October. For more information check out their FB event page.