INDIE-ROCK SURF POP QUARTET ‘ VOODOO BANDITS’ FROM THE ‘ISLE OF MAN’ SET TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE ‘PYSCH BEACH’ CHECK OUT CHAT ABOUT IT HERE PLUS MORE!

What is the band’s name?

Voodoo Bandits

How did you come up with the band’s name?

We were brainstorming names before our first gig and ended up going with Voodoo Bandits temporarily. We’ve still not thought of a replacement so Voodoo Bandits it is!

What is your genre of music?

Indie rock/surf pop

Give us a little bio about you.

We are a 4 piece band from the Isle of Man! We create upbeat and energetic music, blending our influencing genres together to carve out our own vibrant, full of life sound. Big choruses, surfing guitars, and tight grooves developing into washy soundscapes. We have played plenty round our island, and are now branching out to the mainland UK to widen our audience and get involved with the UK’s music industry. We have 2 songs out currently, plan to release a 3rd very soon! The band consists of: Charlotte on bass, Corey on lead guitar and backing vocal, Nathan on drums, and Ben on Rhythm guitar and lead vocal. and

What made you go in to music?

(Ben) I always loved the sound of the electric guitar. I decided it could be something to learn when I was about 14, I was bad for imagining myself performing in “that band” I really like. I sucked at guitar for a long time (still do) and I’m completely self taught. But eventually bands like ‘Peace’ changed the game for me, so at the age of 16, I had to have a crack at writing indie guitar nonsense. This is when I really went into music I suppose, forming a band soon after. I’m 21 now and still super passionate about writing songs. We are just getting started and I’m really happy trying to do this in life and can’t wait to do more, so big thanks to Peace, Circa Waves and many more for being kick ass and inspirational.

(Charlotte) – I suppose I fell into music, I’d only just started to learn the bass on impulse about a month before being summoned to join Voodoo Bandits courtesy of Ben so I’ve pretty much learnt how to play on the job. Prior to that, I didn’t have much of a musical background, I’ve DJ’d a handful of times and I dabbled with a couple of instruments before I reached my teens but all in all, I’m fairly new to all this music nonsense!

(Corey) – I started playing the piano from a young age but never really took to it. When I got my first guitar for one of my birthdays I knew that’s what I wanted to focus on. After a short-lived shredder phase I started playing along to my favourite songs from bands like the Strokes. I loved how the 2 guitar parts worked together but didn’t have any fellow guitarist mates to play the other parts </3. Starting to play together with Ben and Nathan was what got me into writing and playing music seriously. Whenever we jammed together it sounded good, even in the early days. We spent a lot of time jamming together in Ben’s basement over the coming summers until we’ve got to where we are now!

(Nathan) – Will have to give my Dad credit for sparking my passion for music, he introduced me to all sorts of genres and helped me develop a broad taste in music. I started taking piano lessons at 7, eventually turning to drumming at 11. Me and Corey would often jam with each other and play along to our favourite songs to practice playing as a group. Then Ben approached me about starting a band and introduced me to the creative side of music, and inspiring me to make music into a career.

Are you a signed artist?

We are independent, grafting away ourselves, with a couple helping hands from the outside. We are not against being signed, but for now we want to see how we can do independently, and if the right label with our best interests wanted to work together that’d be awesome.

You will be releasing your new single ‘Psych Beach’, tell us more about the single.

It’s fun and got a lot of bounce, arguably our most sunny track. Big chorus and even bigger guitar soundscapes. It’s a unique track for us rhythmically, I’m a big fan of Cassia and Riscas, so I fancied a go at blending us into that more tropical sound with Pysch Beach.

What is the meaning behind the single?

Pysch Beach is a metaphorical place to go for escapism, if life is getting on top of you or if you need to step back for a minute.

Describe the track in two words.

Sunshine Hysteria.

What was the writing process like?

I wrote the song in summer 2018. Inspired by the likes of Cassia, I fancied writing a real summery melody, then paired it with this jumpy guitar part I had, we all came together to craft more parts and it was done! It’s been re-written a lot of times. Always struggling to make it click. But we think we’ve got it where we want it now. Or at least we hope so because it’s out on November 22nd!

What was the recording process like?

We record in an attic type space, home studio with a friend named Phil (shout out to Phil). The room is very small and we maybe just fit. We record using DI or amps, which ever sounds best per part. We had a bit of a pain recording some of the whackier soundscape guitar tones and faffed a lot over getting certain bits to sound right, but in the end we think the song is sounding high quality.

Who did you work with on the single?

No collaboration with anyone in the writing process. Just bossing Phil about to help magic the song into existence on the recording side.

We also see a music video, what was the creative process like?

We just want to create a fun watch, and have fun ourselves with the videos. Nothing too serious, but also try to be unique and avoid creating generic local band music video number 5679. There will be a main idea, and then we will try to fill it out and timestamp the song with visuals, pairing up the audio with the camera work. Simply playing the song out of a portable speaker and lip syncing and whatnot for a good chunk of it! We aren’t masters of film or editing by any means, the last video was just a fun load of indie homemade wackiness.

Will we see an EP or Album anytime soon and if so what can we expect?

With us being an unsigned/independent band it’s best for us to keep releasing singles at a pretty regular rate and try to gain fans through doing so. That’ll give each song the best chance it can get. We may compile them onto an EP over the next year and put a fresh tune on there too!

Do you have any shows coming up?

We have a headline show at Gulliver’s Manchester on December 13th! We have other UK shows in the pipeline TBA for 2020, so keep an eye on us if you ever want to catch us live. We will be knocking about in Scotland and the North West most likely! Locally on the Isle of Man we will be doing some gigs with other artists, and may have an original headline show TBA before the year is out.

Do you have any collaborations coming up with any up coming artists?

Just us 4 in the band for now!

Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?

If someone or a group wanted to work with one or more of us with writing music we definitely wouldn’t rule it out. We are happy to help with that and other areas too. Doing a show together or anything alike. You can find us super easy if you search Voodoo Bandits on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, or email us at voodoobanditsband@gmail.com. And if you are feeling shy you can easily find me (Ben) on Instagram or Facebook via the band, I’m always happy to chat.

Who are your influences?

Circa Waves, Hockey Dad, Cassia, Riscas and Peace. The list could go on, but you’ll find a bit of them and more spread over our original music set.

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

Through particularly enjoying an artist, that always gives me plenty of inspiration to get back to writing and I’ll often try my own surfy indie rock take on a particular sound I enjoyed in a song.

Where do you see yourself in 5 Years?

Enjoying our 26th birthday parties!

When you’re not doing music, what do you do?

(Ben) – Part time firefighter, part time shipping rep admin, minder of a mad dog, and a very on/off relationship with exercise.

(Corey) – I’m in my final year at Northumbria Uni studying Computer Science so naturally when I’m not doing music I’m usually just doing anything other than my uni work.

(Nathan) – Aside from studying Music and Technology at the Uni of Liverpool, I usually spend my spare time eating, going to the gym or watching Netflix.

(Char) – I work full-time as a Registrar of Ships, between that and band stuff, you’ll usually find me tucked up in bed watching horror movies or tidying up after Ben.

What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?

Bloodshake by Peace, 16 year old me couldn’t get enough, it pushed me into writing my first song for sure.

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

“You should go on Britain’s Got Talent!”

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?

Work on yourself. Find your thing. Don’t be a douche. Make sure you’re enjoying it! If not change it up!

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

“Have you ever had a dreams that, that you, um, you had, you’d, you would, you could, you’d do, you would, you want, you, you could do so, you, you’d do, you could, you, you want, you want him to do you so much you could do anything? – Anon

Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?

The Laxey village pitstop. Food from a van never changed my life so much.

You’re coming off tour;

1/ Where do you go first? Ben – Home to the village, Corey – Back up the toon, Nathan – Bed, Char – The kitchen

2/ Who do you see first? Ben – My dog!, Corey – the fridge, Nathan – my bed, Char – My dog

3/What do you eat first? Ben – Maccies on the way home!, Corey – Maccies on the way home!, Nathan – A fat bagel, Char – Cold pizza

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?

  1. A guitar capo for that one song.
  2. A spare guitar, as Corey may hold the world record for most strings snapped during show!
  3. Pre-gig pizza within tum (if available).
  4. The Isle Of Man’s national anthem, (played at the end of every show, but not as the people know it)
  5. Merch but we always forget.

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?

Absolutely, if you like us, feel free to reach out on any of the following, we are always happy to talk with people. And if you have Spotify, a follow on there would be sick! As for the music, you can find it on any platform you listen on!

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