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|Due to the lack of touring bands there, Australia has never fully understood or embraced psychobilly. The scene is full of retro bands who encourage 'jiving' at their shows! Even bands like The Fireballs were labelled 'punk' or 'grunge'. Voodoo Monkeys aim is to cross the barriers of many genres (psycho, surf, punk) , but always with that psycho attitude, if not the stereotyped image. |
With a metal drummer 'Scotty Voodoo', 'Mad Jus' screaming like Jello Biafra and grungin' like a nutter, 'Geez' twanging, and 'The Butcher' snappin' strings, they started out early 1998 with a live set of mainly covers of Cramps, Frenzy, Long Tall Texans etc and blew away audiences who had never heard this stuff before.
It wasn't long before they started writing their own material and gaining a lot of interest, playing with punk and metal bands like X, Celibate Rifles, Fez Perez (ex-Fireballs) and Rose Tattoo. The scene is small in Sydney and soon the retro bands wanted in on the action and suddenly Sydney was full of wannabe 'psycho' bands - still playing to jivers, not wreckers!
The Voodoo's knew they were onto something good and moved on from this inbred scene, playing to diverse audiences of punk rockers, skate kids and the very few psychobillies who live in Sydney. Their first e.p. "Hellcat Holiday" sold out in 4 months and their first LP is due out in September 2000.
Voodoo Monkeys plan to tour Europe one day and welcome any psycho bands to come and play in 'Oz'.
Website: The Voodoo Monkeys
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Voodoo Monkeys, The - Stomp to the Beat
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Stomp (CD, Nervous)