VOODOO VEGAS TO PLAY CHINESE MUSIC FESTIVAL & HAVE RELEASED THEIR NEW VIDEO, ‘RESOLUTION’
Come October 3rd, Bournemouth-based UK rock band ‘Voodoo Vegas’ will be playing The Western China Music Festival’ in Dujiangyan China. They’ll be the first (and only) UK band to ever play this festival. What’s more, Voodoo Vegas will be playing to a massive crowd, expected to number around 100,000 people: the biggest audience the band have ever played to!
Voodoo Vegas are: Lawrence Case - Vocals / Harmonica; Meryl Hamilton – Guitar; Ash Moulton – Bass; Mike Rigler – Drums; and Jon Dawson – Guitar. Together they make up a high energy 5-piece rock band, playing all over the UK and regularly touring Europe, taking influences from classic and modern rock sounds. Now, Voodoo Vegas are extending their touring to the Far East!
All of the band are unbelievably excited to be playing in China. “This is a huge deal for all of us,” says frontman Lawrence Case, “We can’t believe we are playing the show; we feel like we’ve won the lottery!”
Playing China isn’t plain sailing. It has taken around 4 months to confirm the show after the festival initially made contact with the band, and making arrangements has taken time and effort. Voodoo Vegas have had to send all of their music to the Chinese Cultural Secretary, as well as every single lyric to every song they’ve ever written, in order to demonstrate to the Chinese authorities that their material has no controversial political overtones.
Getting to China will involve a long journey, but the band can’t wait to get there and play in this fascinating country.
The band’s appearance at the Western China Music Festival show comes in the middle of a run of UK and European dates from September onwards. Voodoo Vegas will also be playing 2 shows in Sweden (their first ever shows in that country) Then, later in October the band will be touring The Netherlands playing four dates with legendary rockers Y&T.
Never ones to rest on their laurels, Voodoo Vegas have also just released their latest video, ‘Resolution’ (the 4th single from the band’s sophomore album 'Freak Show Candy Floss’), a colourful, dynamic performance of the song, filmed by HP Music (Harrison Perks & Craig Jones), that captures the band’s energy.
Energy soon to be exported to China!
08/09/2017 – GAVLE – CC Puben – Sweden
09/09/2017 – STOCKHOLM – Bryggarsalen – Sweden
16/09/2017 – BASINGSTOKE- The Sanctuary- UK
23/09/2017 – LONDON – Boston Music Room – UK
24/09/2017 – CARDIFF – Fuel Rock Club - UK
01/10/2017 - DUJIANGYAN CITY – Western Music Festival - China
06/10/2017 - TROWBRIDGE – Fire And Forge Festival – UK
NEW SINGLE 'SLEEPING IN THE RAIN' RELEASED MAY 12th
It’s been over fifty years since Bob Dylan stood in an alley, in shades, flipping signs to flash up the lyrics to ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’. Now, Voodoo Vegas take a new and meaningful spin on signing up lyrics in the street with their striking new video for ‘Sleeping in the Rain’. The video shows a young street homeless man, holding up a single sign, onto which the song’s powerful lyrics about what it feels like to be homeless are displayed, while people walk by, oblivious to his presence, words or plight.
It’s a poignant song, with a powerful message. Voodoo Vegas wrote it for their second album ‘Freak Show Candy Floss’ and have dedicated its release as a single to the charity Crisis, which campaigns on the issue of homelessness and directly helps those affected by it. All proceeds from ‘Sleeping in the Rain’ are going to Crisis, to support their vital work.
“ ’Sleeping in the Rain’ is a very personal song for me,” explains frontman Lawrence Case, “Playing shows in different towns and cities around the UK, I’ve noticed that many of the streets are full of rough sleepers. I’ve read a lot of articles on homelessness and often will help out rough sleepers by buying them food and trying to help them get into a shelter for the night.
“I think it really sucks how in city centres around the UK hundreds of people can walk past a homeless man/woman and not offer to buy them a drink or a sandwich or even say hello. This is where the idea for the lyrics come from.”
Lawrence discussed the song with comic artist Jason Johnson, who captured the view in his head for the distinctive look and artwork of the animated video, realised by Cloud Music Typography.
Voodoo Vegas are:
Lawrence Case – Vocals / Harmonica;
Meryl Hamilton – Guitar;
Ash Moulton – Bass;
Mike Rigler – Drums;
Jon Dawson – Guitar.
Together they make up a high energy 5-piece rock band, playing all over the UK and regularly touring Europe, taking influences from classic and modern rock sounds.
“’Freak Show Candy Floss’ is the first music written entirely with the new Voodoo Vegas line up,” Lawrence adds, “Where some bands find it hard to write their second album, Voodoo Vegas had a ton of energy going into the writing of this album and it didn’t feel like writing our second album, it felt like this was our first.”
It’s been an amazing year for Voodoo Vegas, who’ve not only released their album, but played festivals and toured in UK, France, Holland, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Slovenia, Estonia, Sweden, and Germany (playing to 30,000 people at the Rhineland Palatinate Parade). They’ve shared stages with the likes of Fozzy, Y&T, Status Quo, Uriah Heep, The Quireboys, Joe Satriani, and Phil Campbell.
What’s more, in 2017, Voodoo Vegas announce they will be going back out on the road with a 4 date Holland tour, with the legendary Y&T.
“Clearly a band passionate about what they are doing, and working hard to capture and convey their energy and dynamic range to a broader audience”, as Rock N’ Load put it.
For more information on the band, their releases, and tour dates, check out www.voodoovegas.com
For information on Crisis and their work fighting homelessness, see https://www.crisis.org.uk/
06/05/2017 – WOLVERHAMPTON- Slade Rooms – UK
13/05/2017 – BOURNEMOUTH – The Cellar Bar – UK
23/06/2017 – MASSMECHELEN – Rommelrock - Belgium
24/06/2017 – MANSLAGHT – Let The Bad Time Roll Festival – Germany
25/06/2017 – CAMBRAI – Salle Des Feters – France
08/07/2017 – TARTUMAA – Amme Rock Festival – Estonia
13/07/2017 – DOVER – The Priory – UK
14/07/2017 – VOLMERANGE LES MINES – No Man’s Land – France
15/07/2017 – SCNAITTACH – Rock Am Rothenburg Festival – Germany
01/08/2017 – MONMOUTH – Monmouth Festival – UK
02/09/2017 – BASINGSTOKE- The Sanctuary- UK
08/09/2017 – GAVLE – CC Puben – Sweden
09/09/2017 – STOCKHOLM – Bryggarsalen – Sweden
23/09/2017 – LONDON – Boston Music Room – UK
30/09/2017 – EVESHAM – Iron Road – UK
06/10/2017 – TROWBRIDGE – Fire And Forge Festival – UK
Long Time Gone is the 2nd single from our new album 'Freak Show Candy Floss' Filmed in 5 different countries across Europe including Portugal, Slovenia and Germany. Long Time Gone showcases what we do best, playing live and creating energy with an audience.
We have also announced a load of new dates, check out the list below and get yourself to a show soon.
28/01/2017 – TAVISTOCK – The Wharf - UK
04/02/2017 – STOKE – Eleven – UK
11/02/2017 – HEARTFORD – Corn Exchange – UK
18/02/2017 – OXFORD – The Wheatsheaf- UK
25/02/2017 – TOTNES – Unit 23 - UK
10/03/2017 – PWLLHELI – Hard Rock Hell AOR – UK
17/03/2017 – BASINGSTOKE- The Sanctuary- UK
18/03/2017 – LONDON – Boston Music Room – UK
08/04/2017 – BRISTOL – The Tunnels- UK
13/04/2017 – WESTCLIFF ON SEA – The Venue - UK
14/04/2017 – MASSMECHELEN- Rock Café Jan Hertog - Belgium
This Friday we release our 2nd album Freak Show Candy Floss. We are really proud of this album and we are very young excited for everyone to hear it.
Freak Show Candy Floss has been getting some excellent reviews from the UK's rock press.
Praise for the new Voodoo Vegas album 'Freak Show Candy Floss' as follows.
"Voodoo Vegas rampage through these new songs with wildfire intensity and incredibly intelligent writing and song-structuring" (5/5) - Get Ready To Rock
"They show their diversity on this new album, with the likes of the superb 'Resolution' and 'Sleeping In The Rain'" (5/5) - RAMzine
"Storming riffs...Powerful performances...High energy rock n' roll" - Classic Rock Magazine
'Best New Rock Album Release' alongside Bon Jovi and Glenn Hughes: http://teamrock.com/feature/2016-10-31/the-best-new-rock-album-releases-this-week-31-october
'Killing Joke' - As seen on Scuzz TV / Video Of The Week (Uber Rock)
“Classic rock given a modern twist by modern classic rock’s best bands” (9/10) - Maximum Volume Music
"Voodoo Vegas have hit the spot with ‘Freak Show Candy Floss’" (9/10) - We Rock Zine
"A rampage from start to finish, with even the ballads showing some edge, ‘Freak Show Candy Floss’ proudly celebrates the overlooked privilege of being odd or just a little different" (8/10) - Metal Wani
"There's real maturity in the band's song writing...'Freak Show Candy Floss' is a classy second album that shows Voodoo Vegas developing into a power house act" - RockGig Reviews
"'Freak Show Candy Floss' really pushes the band beyond their boundaries...tremendous results" - Rock Regeneration
"Clearly a band passionate about what they are doing, and working hard to capture and convey their energy and dynamic range to a broader audience" (4/5) - Rock N' Load
"Freak Show Candy Floss is an impressive second album" - Musipedia Of Metal (8/10)
"There’s no filler here, every song on the album is a belter" - Trebuchet Magazine
"If you're not a fan yet, it's only a matter of time until you will be" - Metal Talk (8/10)
"Fresh, vital and important...'Freak Show Candy Floss' is a boiling blast of British metal and an excellent excuse for some escapism" - Sea Of Tranquility
"Every song has an abundance of riffs, grooves and licks, that seamlessly knit together to keep the energy flowing throughout while the hooks dig further in with every listen...'Freak Show Candy Floss' is an excellent album" - GreigClifford.com
We want say a big thank you to everyone who made Freak Show Candy Floss Possible.
Please go out and buy the album, it's avalible in all good stores, as well as ITunes and online steaming sites.
Lawrence, Meryl, Ash, Jonno, Jon.
Pre Order Freak Show Candy Floss Now!
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01M1BTTOA
Amazon USA: https://amzn.com/B01LXP81KC
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Voodoo_Vegas_Freak_Show_Candy_Floss?id=Barbm57skex4y7xb5wkybo2e5lm&hl=en_GB
A British export success story, hard rock band Voodoo Vegas has announced details of their second album.
Titled 'Freak Show Candy Floss' (out 4th November via PHD), Voodoo Vegas' new release features ten modern rock tracks, oozing showmanship and demonstrating just how far the band has come since the release of 2013's debut album 'The Rise Of Jimmy Silver' and last year's EP 'Hypnotise'.
"I believe we've matured as songwriters and musicians, and the new album reflect this", states frontman Lawrence Case, "As much as we loved making the first album, last year's EP was a hint of what was to come next, and we knew we had it in us to deliver the best album possible. And thanks to 2 years of touring around the UK and Europe, supporting some killer bands and learning so much from them and about ourselves as musicians and human beings, we've crafted 'Freak Show Candy Floss' and we couldn't be happier with the results."
Bold claims maybe, but there's no doubt this new album by Voodoo Vegas rocks hard, whilst maintaining its roots in real life, wax lyrical content on all songs, like the powerful swagger of 'Backstabber', to the venomous, bluesy bite of 'Poison', whilst the sublime acoustic ballad 'Sleeping In The Rain' tackles the emotional subject matter of homelessness. With lead track 'Killing Joke', the band's vision of a sick twisted society ("Nobody's laughing, they're smiling through the pain") will soon be realised, courtesy of a new music video. Final track on the album 'Walk Away' is the heaviest song the band has put to record and showcases how well Voodoo Vegas mix the light and shade of rock music ("We wrote that in the final week of album pre-production, it's one of those songs that grabs you by the scruff of the neck and it demanded to be on the album").
Listen to 'Killing Joke': https://soundcloud.com/voodoo-vegas/killing-joke-1
As the album artwork and new band photo demonstrates, Voodoo Vegas have created a big top, circus ambience, something that's been done to highlight what it's like to be in a working band like VV in 2016.
"It's hard and at times, it's completely crazy", says guitarist Meryl Hamilton, "I mean, don't get me wrong, to have the opportunity to do what we do is amazing and we're extremely fortunate. But for anyone that knows what's its like to be in band, working full on, whilst juggerling (see what we did there?) traditional work and personal lives, to people outside this bubble, they think we're mad." "Yep", chimes in Case, "The name 'Freak Show Candy Floss' comes from the idea that people who don't live in this music world can't understand why we travel for hours and hours only to play music for a short amount of time. Some people think we are crazy, insane, maybe even FREAKS! The name Freak Show Candy Floss comes from that, we are crazy, we are insane, we are FREAKS who love writing and playing our music, and the candy floss is the music and gigs we play, it's there, it tastes so sweet, but then it's gone so quick just like candy floss."
Talking of freaks, Voodoo Vegas talisman Jimmy Silver returns to the album cover, as the ring leader to the Freak Show Candy Floss Circus.
Recorded at Los Rosales Studios in Moralzarzal, Spain, 'Freak Show Candy Floss' was engineered and produced by Guillermo “Will” Maya (The Answer).
"'Freak Show Candy Floss' is the first music written entirely with the new Voodoo Vegas line up. Where some bands find it hard to write their sophomore album, Voodoo Vegas had a tone of energy going into the writing of this album and it didn't feel like writing our second album, it felt like this was our first. Working with Will again (Maya produced last year's 'Hypnotise' EP, which featured the debut of this current line up) was a no brainer. The man has helped us craft our best work yet and we're all looking forward to what happens next", says the band.
'Freak Show Candy Floss' Tracklist:
2. Long Time Gone
4. Killing Joke
5. Lady Divine
7. Black Heart Woman
8. Sleeping In The Rain
9. I Hear You Scream
10. Walk Away
The new Voodoo Vegas album is officially released via PHD on Friday the 4th of November.