Voodoo Blood EP Launch @ Rebellion
For any serious blues rock and classic rock fan, Voodoo Blood’s EP launch gig was a night that was not to be missed, we were there to bare witness. Words and photos: Anthony Firmin
In the car on the way to tonights gig I was listening to some serious funk rock from Five Alarm Funk and Lettuce, two very interesting bands which put me in the perfect frame of mind for the first band, The Haydn Funk Project who funked up Rebellion with some great rapping from Jack Swan Connor providing an interesting juxtaposition to Lizee Weedy’s crystal clear vocals. I only managed to catch the last two songs but I loved what I saw, can't wait to see them again.
I had previously seen Good Foxy earlier in the year and was less than impressed with them so were they going to change my mind tonight? Well, yes and no. They seem tighter, more together and certainly look to be enjoying themselves but the first song is in the style of CCR’s late 60’s US blues rock and it is not floating my boat. My mind was soon changed when they upped their game with new song Easy Money followed by a cover of Low Rider as they move into some funky blues rock. The band need to decide which direction they are going in rather than differing styles as the set veered back to that CCR vibe again towards the end. However, I may be in the minority as they brought along a fan club this evening and seemed to go down very well.
But tonight is all about Voodoo Blood who ManchesterRocks describe as “arguably the city’s hottest property right now” and we are not wrong. With 300 people packed into Rebellion the band are set to deliver at a higher level than they have done before – and deliver they do, in style.
The level of rehearsing and gigging they have undertaken has turned them into a very tight unit and the songs have matured and the stage presence blossomed with singer Kim Jennett taking on the role of the Voodoo Woman resplendent in voodoo makeup and outfit.
Tonight’s set is dripping with high octane blues for every single minute they play, Vicious Love being a prime example. The songs from the EP are lapped up by those in attendance, Bleed going down exceptionally well with all who are witnessing this followed by a nod to Led Zeppelin with Immigrant Song. Blues On Parade features a couple of guest rappers to stir up the blues pot, AdamC from Akcadamy and Jeremy Lindemann from Emperor Phunk being the guest vocalists followed by a stage invasion at the end of the show. Cracking stuff.