The Voo-Dooms: Step Inside The Doom – Mini-LP reviewedAlbum Review

The Voo-Dooms – Step Inside The Doom (Spinout Nuggets)

Vinyl only

Out now


Medway Garage Trash is a niche genre maybe – which seems to centre around Billy Childish – but all of the other participants over the decades, like Graham Day, Mickey Hampshire and, in this case Bruce Brand, continue to make really great music which only the faithful get to hear.  ‘This is the most uplifting music you will hear in these dark strange days’, says Ged Babey. ‘Even if it does sound like Tommy Steele singing with the Cramps’. 

This is just a great mini-LP, maxi-EP, on a label that releases just pure quality Trash!

The Voo-Dooms purvey a Trash, Rockin’ Voodoo, Garage Punk sound, perfect to get any bone-a-shakin’-and-a-twistin’, sending mummies into a frenzy throughout the land.

Somewhat a supergroup, The Voo-Dooms feature Garage Punk veterans Bruce Brand (The Pop Rivets, The Milkshakes, The Headcoats, The Masonics, etc), Dan Whaley (The Dustaphonics, The Charles Napiers, The Diaboliks, etc), Dave Prince (The Sundowners, The Untamed and The Hi-Fis) and Mick Cocksedge (The Untamed, Cordwood Draggers and The Dead Bone Ramblers), each carving their own name on the musical hall of Doom!

2018 saw the The Voo-Dooms release their first long player, titled ‘Destination Doomsville’, through Trashwax, followed by the four-track EP titled ‘And It Goes Like This..’ the following year, on the Spinout Nuggets label…

Limited to 300 hand-numbered copies, on Blood-Red vinyl, Step Inside The Doom’s Side A groove fires straight into ‘Stop Haunting Me’, followed by ‘You Will Never Know’ and ‘She’s Gonna Cry Tonight’, while Side B’s groove runs through ‘If I Can’t Have You’, ‘The Girl Wouldn’t Harm A Fly’ and ‘Is She (Dead Or Alive)?’. Doomettes Mary Tee and Jo-Jo A Go-Go add backing vocals, ghostly shrieks and a little Theremin here and there.

The twentieth release on Spinout Nuggets, this release will be available here , via The Voo-Dooms and all good record outlets!

‘This is the most out-of-place, out-of-time, retro-but-now, thoroughly uplifting music you will hear in these dark strange days. Even if it does sound like a little bit like Tommy Steele (ask ya Nan) singing with the Cramps.

Bands like this are the ones which have kept me going in 2020. It’s a sound which is that late 50’s/early 60’s Surf Twang Rock’n’Roll with a touch of novelty Hammer Horror darkness thrown in.

It sounds so fresh and immediate and has a joie de vivre lacking in most young careerist bands.

If you liked Medway bands the Milkshakes, the Masonics or remember bands like the Flaming Stars and Phantom Chords then this is decidedly for you.

If you are familiar with being ‘all dressed up like an Elvis From Hell’…. this is the English equivalent, a Zombie Tommy Steele doing a musical version of Carry On Screaming!

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All words by Ged Babey

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Ged Babey is 56. from Southampton, has written since 1985 for Sound Info, Due South, various fanzines and websites, contributed to Record Collector magazine and was sole author of 'Punk Throwback' fanzine -the name of which was taken from an insult hurled at him by the singer with a young band he managed for a while. Ged believes that all good music and art has a connection with punk rock.


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