The Urban Voodoo Machine
'+ Rodney Branigan
Thu 01 Jan 1970
Playing ‘bourbon soaked gypsy blues bop ‘n’ stroll’, The Urban Voodoo Machine are a seven to ten-piece band hailing from Dalston, East London.
In 2002 Paul-Ronney Angel had an idea. He’d lead a band. Theyd dress in black and red. There would be a LOT of them. And their music would sound like a great night out in a dangerous part of town. From the get-go, The UVM fused junkyard blues and stinging rockabilly with mariachi horns, fiddles, sinister cabaret and punk rock tangos.
I wanted to play rock’n’roll music with a different instrumentation, says Angel, taking inspiration from everything from delta blues, latin and gypsy music without losing the spirit and attitude of punk. His lyrics part Lemmy, part Bob Dylan made other (more acclaimed) songwriters sound totally. Damn. Boring.
Texas-raised Londoner, Rodney Branigan, learned to play in Austin, perform in Los Angeles, craft songs in Nashville, and put it all together in London.
Artists are often described as having ‘a unique talent’, but few epitomise this more than multi-instrumentalist Rodney Branigan. In fact, Texan-born Rodneys talents as a musician are as plentiful as the many instruments he expertly plays side by side.
He masterfully combines extraordinary multi instrumentalist skills with heartfelt lyrics and a rich soulful voice, often compared to Jeff Buckley.