Last month, Voodoo Bloo dropped released two singles, with fast-paced Default as the second of those two. Both of the belter tracks are from their upcoming sophomore album, THE BLESSED GHOST, out this Friday. With the singles released thus far offering a taste of what’s to come, THE BLESSED GHOST album is set to delve deeply into and explore the range of the band’s music repertoire, with each track showing a different side to the band.
The boys from New Zealand will be on Aussie ground in August 2022 with Sydney legends RADICALS to form a two-prong Australia/ New Zealand tour across August, through September and up to the October 1. The tour takes in Central Coast, two dates in Sydney & Wollongong on the Aussie side of the ditch and then heads over the pond to New Zealand to take in Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch. Front man Rory McDonald answers a few questions about the album.
The single Small is awesome, was it tough picking the first single from the album?
It honestly was the only real choice for us, it felt so symbolic of a lot of different themes on the album and it was the only logical conclusion we could come to!
What is the story behind the single?
In a way, it was written not only to a younger self but also my Mother, about my growth into a person and the distance it’s created from memories long gone.
What has the fan response been like so far?
It’s been one of our best releases yet, we were a bit scared of what people would think of us moving into this new sound, but the reception has been better than we could’ve imagined.
How would you compare it sonically to some of your other music?
We’ve definitely tried to shed ourselves of the punky vibe of some of our older singles, but we’ve really been trying to explore power through other means, and that exercise has really payed off for us creatively.
Is it hard to keep a lid on the excitement leading up to the release of the album?
We’re so desperate to get the full length out there now, you hit the nail on the head with that one!
Was the second album blues something that was talked about?
That’s pretty much what the whole album was about. I got so depressed after the first album, I just spent all of my time going “what in the hell do I do now?”, So I guess the second album blues is exactly what the second album is about!
Who would you say is the biggest shared musical influence/ inspiration for Voodoo Bloo?
It’s gotta be black midi, it doesn’t really shine through in our music at all, but we all collectively love that band to bits for their continuous change in sound.
Are you looking forward to being able to tour more broadly once the album is out?
Aussies not far away now, and we couldn’t be more excited! Not many bands from NZ get to make the trek over the ditch, so we all feel very privileged for the opportunity and it’s one we’ll never forget!
What’s next for Voodoo Bloo?
All I will say for now, is I doubt this will be the last music you hear from us this year…
Interview By Rob Lyon
Catch Voodoo Bloo on the following tour dates with Radicals…