The Urban Voodoo Machine

Urban Voodoo Machine was the opening act for The Pogues last night and they were marvelous.  I’m going to post my thoughts on The Pogues later but since Urban Voodoo Machine has a show at The Red and The Black Tuesday night I wanted to get this posted.  They are such a fun live band.  Very high energy but that is to be expected with a band that includes two drummers, violin, trumpet and a gorgeous woman with a gong.  The music is in the vein of Brian Setzer Orchestra/Squirrel Nut Zippers but with a decided gothic turn.  Here is what The Red and The Black website states and I would say it is a very apt description.

With their lurching sea shanties, debauched murder ballads and whiskey-soaked gypsy stomps, some reckon they’re from the stable of stallions such as Tom Waits and Nick Cave; others point out the ‘last gang in town’ swagger of The Clash and the hellhound blues that JL Hooker first dragged out of the swamp. But comparisons aside, as Paul-Ronney says himself – “we play Bourbon Soaked Gypsy Blues Bop’n’Stroll and we do it mighty well!”

I have a work function Tuesday night but I’m going to try and make it over afterwards since the show doesn’t start until 9pm.  Anyone walked to Red & Black from Union Station or should I grab a cab?


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