Voodoo Six

Lon­don The Un­der­world

Classic Rock - - LIVE! - Mal­colm Dome

The Kings are now more ma­jes­tic than ever.

They’ve been here be­fore, of course. Voodoo Six have packed this venue and seem­ingly been on the verge of big things, yet each time pre­vi­ously, they’ve con­trived to blow it. This could be their last chance to achieve some­thing spe­cial, and what Voodoo Six do tonight sug­gests they’ll grab this op­por­tu­nity and make it work.

Whereas in the past, bassist Tony New­ton has ap­peared to be the band’s focal point on­stage, now the com­bi­na­tion of gui­tarist Matt Pearce and vo­cal­ist Nik Tay­lor-Stoakes is very much the ful­crum of it all. The former is a vir­tu­oso who is clearly a team player, while the lat­ter’s a singer who has an Ed­die Ved­der edge with the power of Ricky War­wick.

All this means there’s a re­newed vi­tal­ity about the five. The show is an al­bum launch cel­e­bra­tion, so in­evitably they show­case a sig­nif­i­cant chunk of Make Way For The King, and no­body com­plains. These songs have a con­tem­po­rary groove, yet also a time­less sense of tune. And the band are clearly in the mood to give these tracks their full at­ten­tion, while not for­get­ting about past glo­ries. This makes the per­for­mance nicely bal­anced.

“We can play all night,” ex­claims Tay­lor-Stoakes. Sadly, he’s thwarted by a dreaded cur­few. How­ever, Voodoo Six pack their 80 min­utes in the lime­light with an ex­cit­ing sense of des­tiny.

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