THEIR BIOGRAPHY STATES THAT VOODOO EXPRESS ARE A POWERHOUSE BLUES/ROCK ACT WITH SOME OF NEWCASTLE’S FINEST MUSICIANS. WE HEARD THEY ARE PLAYING AT MOJO BURNING IN OCTOBER SO WE JUST HAD TO HAVE A CHAT WITH THEM.
VOODOO EXPRESS (With Dean)
By Kian West
So Voodoo Express, for those that don’t know anything about the band, tell us a little something about yourselves?
The band came together by chance and coincidences. It is it's own being and we have happily hung on for an incredible ride. We were originally a blues band but again the band evolved and now we have a much more intense and original rock hard edge. We do a combination of powerful cover songs, our way, and our own original tunes. Andrew Davis on guitars, Jed Browne on bass, Dean Reynolds on vocals and Cliff Grigg on drums.
How long have you been together?
The band formed on Jan 9 2011 with Andrew, the late Tony Coughlan on bass and Kerry Miller on drums. Tony passed away that very same year, before we even played a live gig. It shook us all but we knew he'd want us to go on so we had a couple of great fill in bass players until Jed happened to ask if he could come for a jam with us. His style and personality fitted us perfectly. We asked if he'd join and luckily he accepted. Kerry became quite ill and hospitalised in 2013 and was out of action for quite some time. He regretfully yet gracefully retired from the band almost one year ago. We almost folded at this point. We had a few well-known drummers filling in with us over the next few months. Cliff Grigg (V Spy V Spy) heard that we needed a full time replacement. He came to see us play, we had Rosie Rosevear (Screaming Jets) on drums that night so we were "going off". Cliff liked what heard and asked to rehearse with us. Wow, it was love at first listen. The band became a new powerful unit immediately. Cliff joined in March of this year.
We hear you are playing at Mojo Burning, can you tell us anything else about this gig? We are extremely excited to be playing in this coming together of so many great bands. We have been massive fans of TDS since first seeing them years ago. We are good mates with the lads and it will be a party of sorts, finally, for the first time, we are sharing the stage together.
Who are your biggest influences as a band?
We all have a wide diverse selection of influences. Everything and anything with groove, talent and heart. Led Zeppelin, Police, Joe Bonamassa, Bob Marley, Rage Against The Machine, Tom Waits, Eric Clapton, The Cult and all those great Australian pub rock bands from the 70s and 80s, Midnight Oil, Cold Chisel, AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, V Spy V Spy etc.
Is there anywhere else Novocastrians can catch Voodoo Express in October? We have one gig at Pedens in Cessnock 5th Oct and two at our spiritual home, the Wickham Park Hotel. First on Sat 11 Oct and second we play Firebanned Benefit Concert with Backfire and DV8 on Oct 26.
Anything else our readers should know?
We are currently pre recording our first full length original album and working, arses off to bring an even more power packed show and loving every minute of it.