The Minnesota Voodoo Men
The Minnesota Voodoo Men

Japanese garage band The Minnesota Voodoo Men have been wowing those in the know in and around Tokyo for a few years now; up to now they have released two full length albums ‘I Keep Shaking My Head’ and ‘Beat Explosion’ plus an EP ‘Too Much Texas Driver’ – whilst they have sold out in Japan very few copies reached European shores.

Thankfully that has just changed; Germany’s Soundflat Records have put out an eponymous titled album which allows us the opportunity to get to grips with their frantic garage infused surf punk which has been built from a classic rhythm’n’blues base – think early Stones and The Yarbirds then fed a diet of Nuggets, The Sonics, and add a dash of Link Wray…

We need these boys to play live in Europe – their live shows are legendary, on stage acrobatics that leave audiences speechless.

The Voodoo Men have played across Japan with The 5, 6, 7, 8’s, they have made a few festival appearences in Europe, and a handful of UK dates in late 2010

They can barely speak a word of English, and we doubt they know know where Minnesota is!!

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.

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