Urban Voodoo machine

By James Twomey

A highly energetic and costume-clad band are touring with their retrospective album that contains 15 years of vibrant music.

The Urban Voodoo Machine are heading to the Amersham Arms in New Cross on March 30 for a rip-roaring night of Gypsy Blues and Rock ’n’ Roll.

Covering political and social topics in their songs, the band address austerity, fear, overcoming Brexit and standing up to ‘The Man’.

Frontman Paul Ronney Angel said: “We’re not Americana and we’re definitely not retro.

“I write songs about living in London right now. Although having a bad time, no money, heartbreak, mental illness, addiction and suppression from ‘the big guy’ is kind of universal and timeless.”

The band has been through some difficult time of late – losing guitarist Nick Marsh to throat cancer and violinist Rob Skipper to an accidental heroin overdose.

Urban Voodoo Machine remain determined to bring high adrenaline and whisky-soaked blues to the stage for unforgettable gigs.

“Even though we are a London band and have been going for 16 years now, we’ve only done a handful of shows in South London so this show will be special. We’ll be playing a selection of songs from all our albums, and will be debuting material from our new album that will be out later in the year, too – there’s some great supports too and we really can’t wait for this show.”

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