So the scene was set with 2020 marking the start of a new decade – The Urban Voodoo Machine had closed on the previous one with mixed feelings, but with a 10-date UK tour set up in May to promote their new single Living In Fear things were looking good! Then came Corona Virus…WTF is that! Well now we all know, and what with the band’s busy tour schedule evaporating into thin-air, the release date for the aptly titled single Living In Fear has been brought forward a month.
The song originally came to life long before there was anything called Covid-19 and is more an observation of the world gone wrong with its references to recent Great British scandals like Windrush (“They’re shipping them back to where they came from”) and Grenfell (“It’s hard to sleep in a plastic tower”). Bandleader Paul-Ronney Angel dealing with the shift in emphasis (like we all are) says of the release: “Living in fear . . . wow, never in my wildest imagination did I expect to live through something like this – talking about literally the whole world LIVING IN FEAR!”
Living In Fear, along with previous single Johnny Foreigner, are taken from the band’s upcoming fifth studio album $nake Oi£ €ngine due out later in 2020. Meanwhile, as 2019 came to a close, the band was happily surprised to find their 2014 album Love, Drink & Death! had been nominated for “Album of the Decade” by Classic Rock Magazine. Also, that year saw the release of The Urban Voodoo Machine’s Friends And Family Album Vol 1 – a collection of 15 artists covering their songs: Wilko Johnson, TV Smith, Jim Jones, Future Shape Of Sound and Big Boy Bloater to name a few. Paul-Ronney Angel said about the album “I’m humbled and honoured that so many great artists have covered songs I’ve written!”
Paul-Ronney Angel & his family of superbly talented musical miscreants have spent 17 years bringing their bible black & blood red music that they describe as Bourbon Soaked Gypsy Blues Bop ‘N’ Stroll, to the people! Having released several critically acclaimed & award winning albums, The Urban Voodoo Machine have enjoyed radio support from BBC Radio 2, 6Music & more, plus excellent write-ups in the Guardian, Q Mag, Classic Rock and Vive Le Rock. They’ve toured with The Pogues & New York Dolls, played Glastonbury, Download, Latitude, Bestival (UK), Montreaux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Passpop (Holland), Sjock (Belgium), Sziget (Hungary), Lviv Stadium (Ukraine) to name a few, and are considered one of the most impressive live acts in the country – a claim supported by Classic Rock.
They’ve also hosted their legendary Gypsy Hotel Club parties as a regular monthly event in London, with stopovers in Berlin, New Orleans, Paris & Oslo, whilst keeping a busy UK & European touring schedule.
With a live show that’s terrifyingly bizarre, hysterically funny, a riot for the eyes and sensation for the ears, The Urban Voodoo Machine are shaking a fistful of dynamite and a death rattle towards the powers that be! Soon to be back on the road when Corona Virus has been kicked into oblivion, the band look forward to seeing everyone at their gigs – watch this space!