The Voodoo Fix is hungry, driven and ready to rock. With the release of their self-produced, "The Voodoo Fix EP," the band is revved up and counting the days until their West Coast summer tour.
The band's eponymous debut EP is a record of such originality, passion and invention that it is likely to go down as a watermark in the evolution of what is known as modern blues music. This is a band whose roots in the blues and ability to put on one hell of a show are as important as their conscious, thought-provoking lyrics and lovingly-crafted melodies. In short, The Voodoo Fix are the past, present and future of American music.
This Los Angeles based band is schooled in the blues, none less so than Memphis born drummer Trey Astbury, these four young men also know the principles of funk, rhythm and what makes people dance. From Abe Rivers' primal vocal force, through guitarist Scott Parrelli's vivid storytelling fret-work, and to bassist Will Halsey's energizing funky bass lines, the self-proclaimed “Blues band by day, Funk band by night” is comprised of four expert musicians on top of their game, all of whom sing, bringing something different to every song and every performance.
Well-versed fans will detect bluesy traces of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, and Stevie Ray Vaughan along with hints of rock legends like Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, Ben Harper and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. As the blues itself is, this is a band for the people. However, as blue as their roots may be, The Voodoo Fix simply cannot be constrained to any one genre of music. On their self-titled EP, The Voodoo Fix brings a fresh sound through a medium of soulful, energetic, foot-stomping music.
Under the guiding eye of Grammy Award winning Latin Jazz flautist Danilo Lozano, they began playing as a college blues band, but soon outgrew such humble roots. Anyone who saw one of their early shows, whether on the Whittier campus, at a local bar or just an impromptu jam at a house party, will know the sheer visceral thrill of seeing and hearing these guys do their thing. And with times as hard as these, the relevance of the band's message is as important as ever.
Their music is both a political rallying cry and a form of escapism. They bring America and its music back to its hard-working, fun-loving roots. The undeniable charm, soul, and raw emotion of The Voodoo Fix will have audiences’ young and old dancing, singing and punching the air for years to come.
The Voodoo Fix
Formed two years ago, The Voodoo Fix have quickly set about crafting their own unique sound. Their sound is admirably demonstrated on this masterpiece of a debut record. The EP manages to encapsulate their fun, diverse, and refreshing musical message. It is clear why The Voodoo Fix stands out from its musical peers, who too often seem to forget why they sing in the first place. These five songs have as diverse a range of themes as they do styles. They are five perfectly formed nuggets illustrating what makes The Voodoo Fix one of the most exciting bands to come out of California in many a year. It's raw, but polished sound comes out of the speakers like a fresh wind of change across a stale music scene.
From Punk to Funk, there is an element of it all on this record. Opening track “With My Voodoo” dives into overt funk mixed with subliminal alternative rock angst. “Don't Come Home” storms the gates as a high energy blues-infused alternative rockabilly song from Hell, it's raw and quick, leaving you wanting to give it another spin on the iPod. Final track “Save Me” even breaks outside the box with an a capella vocal breakdown capturing the spirit of African-American work songs. It speaks of a band who are willing to challenge the norm, and may they be praised for doing so. The Voodoo Fix EP is out now, and the boys will soon be touring it along the West Coast in their converted green-friendly bio-diesel International school bus. Catch them while they're hot is our advice…