Purveyors of a sound that instantly evokes a warm fuzzy feeling of 90s nostalgia, Voodoo and the Crypts are a band to invest in.
The baggy-inspired Brighton outfit may sound like they were born out of a love for grainy fan footage of Spike Island, but they shouldn’t be dismissed as retroists: their assured tunes are euphoric blasts of dance-oriented psych-pop in the vein of Swim Deep and put a 21st-century spin on those two-decade-old influences.
Ahead of tonight’s show at Brighton’s Rialto Theatre (Wednesday 12th June) with Comforts, we talked to the four-piece.
How would you describe Voodoo and the Crypts to a stranger?
“We’re an eclectic mix of genres and you should check us out if you’re into indie-inspired, psychedelic, danceable tunes with a primitive bleakness in its message.”
Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?
“Since we started making music there’s been an underlying dance influence, mainly drawn from big beat producers like Fatboy Slim. Bands like Jagwar Ma, Peace and Primal Scream that have blended together great songwriting with those danceable beats have inspired us a lot… more recently we’ve been popping in some hip hop and funk vibes, expect to hear that soon.”
What was the best gig you’ve played so far?
“Last year we flew out to Germany to play a show in Berlin, and it had to be one of the most receptive crowds we’ve played to, people were going mad for it! Couldn’t have had a warmer welcome for our debut European show.”
You’re based in Brighton – what’s your local music scene like?
“We’ve noticed it growing a lot in the last year or so with different new sounds popping up all the time. It’s a shame about a couple of our favourite venues closing their doors, but there are loads of talented local artists putting that to the back of our minds.”
Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?
“Everyone should check out Comforts, who we’re playing with on 12th June. We’re buzzed to hear their upcoming single. In Berlin we played with this German band Giirl… such a huge sound from just two guys. They sound like Led Zeppelin from the future. Also got to mention our Manchester bros Corella, their Spotify is basically a library of singalong bangers.”
And finally, what does the rest of 2019 hold for Voodoo and the Crypts?
“We’ve been writing loads and got a bag of songs we’re buzzing off. The plan is to put a few out before the end of the year, so stay tuned!”
Voodoo and the Crypts play Brighton’s Rialto Theatre on Wednesday 12th June for Comforts‘ ‘Message to the Night’ single release, alongside Phantom Isle and Collect Call. Tickets available on Eventbrite.