Voodoo Six - 'Fluke?' (Powerage) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Thursday, 28 October 2010 05:00

voodoo176So, here we have album number two from rising UK rockers Voodoo Six, marking the debut for new vocalist Luke Purdie. I must admit to not knowing a great deal about them before now; they are one of those bands on my list 'to be checked out' now, after hearing 'Fluke?' I am glad to say I can check them off that list with a big tick!

 

No stranger to the rock 'n' roll world, Purdie was touring with his parents' band at 15, and has been playing and singing since age 10! Still, replacing the departed Henry Rundell was going to be no easy task as he had character and a great voice, but Purdie has a deep, rich and soulful voice and seems to fit the band with ease, co-writing nine of the eleven songs with bassist, main songwriter and producer Tony Newton.

 

Opener 'Take The Blame' blasts things off taking no prisoners - catchy chorus?...check, great fat guitars?...check, solos that could rip your face off?...check, classy production job?...check, add to that a breakdown section that oozes Whitesnake from every pore. Voodoo Six mean business! 'Take Aim' has a sexy groove to it, the sort of thing Kings X do so well, complete with female backing vocals, as featured on several tracks on this album, that add a slight gospel feel, not too much, just a subtle hint which I like.  'Underneath My Skin' slows things down momentarily and is the closest they get to a ballad, 'Body & Soul' has a deep bluesy riff that brings to mind ZZ Top in their prime, good stuff.

 

The guitar work stands out on this album, the twin guitars of Matt Pearce and Chris Jones play off each other nicely, all scratchy solos and runs kept short and sweet...nice! More sleazy than metal. This is classic 70's style rock 'n' roll with a modern edge, think Whitesnake, Led Zep and a good splash of Foo Fighters all over this album.

 

Voodoo Six are one of many rising UK bands with this sort of sound, and with 'Fluke?' they have a good chance to rise above the competition and gain the attention they so rightly deserve. After a recent support slot with The Union, touring through November and then ending the year supporting UFO, there is no excuse to miss these guys live in a venue near you soon. I urge you to go check em out, tell 'em Über Röck sent you. If they are half as good live as they are on record, you won't be disappointed.

 

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