VIDEO PREMIERE: Voodoo Bloo – MMA (Semi-acoustic band session)

VIDEO PREMIERE: Voodoo Bloo - MMA (Semi-acoustic band session)

Alternative punk rock band Voodoo Bloo recently released their second UK single, ‘MMA’  The single is the follow up to their critically acclaimed debut ‘Her Name Was Human’ released in February. Today XS Noize is pleased to exclusively premiere an acoustic band version of ‘MMA’ – watch below.

Singer/songwriter Rory McDonald says: “MMA was also originally going to be called. ‘moshpit martial arts’ and is all about those drunken idiots who, in an effort to make themselves look cool, end up making regretful decisions that don’t mean much until they wake up the next morning. I feel everyone has let something fall through the cracks that shouldn’t have when intoxicated.”

Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers / Super Furry Animals / Bullet for My Valentine) has been worked on MMA as a mix production adviser. The track was mixed by Scott Seabright (Mumford and Sons/ Broods/Passenger/Neil Finn).

Rory, originally from Sheffield, now resides in Wellington, New Zealand. Their sound is influenced by acts such as Arctic Monkeys and System of a Down and some singer-songwriters such as Car Seat Headrest and Neutral Milk Hotel. This combination brings a great blend of emotional and conceptual songwriting with a catchy, frequently danceable distorted mess.

Before starting Voodoo Bloo, Rory was the frontman of Lucifer Gunne, who gained a large fan base from touring, releasing singles & EP’s. He started the new band so he could have creative freedom and because the forthcoming debut album ‘Jacobus’ is a conceptual and very personal record.

“Last July, a close friend of mine for many years took his own life while I was away overseas. This was obviously a massive shock to myself and the people around me, but being isolated from my friends while in a different country led me to writing a lot of lyrics during one of the strangest and scariest points in my life. The writing of “Jacobus” was a very cathartic process at a time when I didn’t have many people around me to talk to.”

New Zealand currently has one of the highest teen suicide rates globally. Recently, the band played multiple charity shows for Lifeline Aotearoa (an organisation focused on suicide prevention and mental health treatment).

Watch ‘MMA (Semi-acoustic band session)’ – BELOW:

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Mark Millar is the founder of XS Noize and looks after the daily running of the website as well as conducting interviews for the XS Noize Podcast. Mark's favourite album is Achtung Baby by U2.

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