The Urban Voodoo Machine at Prince Albert, Brighton, REVIEW: ‘An experience that brave souls should see at least once in a lifetime’

The Urban Voodoo Machine at Prince Albert, Brighton, November 17, 2018. Picture by Chaz Brooks

Imagine a blend of The Pogues, Gogol Bordello, mariachi and New Orleans marching band, with rhythms of rock, honky-tonk, blues, and bossa nova.

Add flamboyancy, drama, irreverence, camaraderie and comedy. Then you have the Urban Voodoo Machine.

Before the gig you knew this was going to be different, instruments of all shapes and sizes were strewn on and around the stage, with an abundance of skulls and alcohol.

The Urban Voodoo Machine is a fluid musical collective led by master showman Paul-Ronney Angel who on this occasion was joined by seven of his musical family; two drummers, bass, keyboards, guitar, sax and trumpet. 

The band gave a show of musical mayhem and outrageous theatrical experience with pulsating rhythms and screaming brass. Everything was to excess, with double-entendres and pathos filling the room.

The group processed on stage to the theme of The Godfather and off whilst playing the gospel standard I’ll Fly Away, New Orleans-style at the end of the show.

Highlights of the show included Help Me Jesus which saw the ironically named Angel crowd surfing whilst singing the riotous Rather You Shot Me Down and the infamous Love Song #666.

An Urban Voodoo Machine show is an experience that brave souls should see once in a lifetime. And if you see them once you may just want more.

CHAZ BROOKS

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