It was probably a good thing for Tony Newton, that rather than inheriting his dad’s banjo skills, he instead got his hands on a bass guitar after one of his father’s betting shop clients offered Newton Senior the instrument when he couldn’t afford to settle his bill in cash. The resolution of the wager set young Tony on the path that would eventually lead him to find Rock N Roll redemption as the bassist and head honcho of one of the UK’s most exciting hard rock bands – Voodoo Six.
The band’s first album – ”First Hit For Free” – was released on Universal Music in Japan in 2007 and in the UK/Europe on White Knuckle/Locomotive Records in March 2008 with a new song ‘Faith’ added and a brand new re-mix by uber studio engineer Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Aerosmith, Metallica, Yngwie Malmsteen, etc).
Following the album’s release, the band toured extensively in the UK in support of their first album, gaining new friends and fans everywhere they played. Summer slots at the Download Festival and Bloodstock Festival followed these dates. Then a full 6-week headline tour of the UK in September 2009 ensued before the band travelled on to Europe where they were the opening act for re-formed Boston rockers Extreme in October/November 2008.
2009 saw the band playing at the HammerFest Festival in March and followed soon after by a sold out performance at the Scala in London for their homecoming end of tour gig after a hectic twelve months of almost non-stop touring. In April 2009 vocalist Luke Purdie replaced Henry Rundell. Hailing from a blues/rock background, Luke had been playing guitar and singing since he was 10 years old and toured the world in his parents’ band when he was 15.
His distinct vocals and remarkable voice fit perfectly with the Voodoo Six sound bringing rockier and raunchier vocals to the lyrics. Very soon the new line-up were writing and recording a follow up second album.
“Fluke?” was written and recorded over the summer of 2009 and mixed once again by Mike Fraser taking time out between sessions with AC/DC.
All the tracks were produced and engineered by Tony Newton. A digital EP was released in March 2010 – ‘A Little Something For You’. To tie in with this Voodoo Six played their first live shows with the new line up, in London and Southampton – both sold out. On the strength of this – and with the support of Planet Rock radio – Voodoo Six were then asked to be special guests on The Union (Luke Morley) UK tour and UFO on their UK & European tour in March/April.
Voodoo Six’s new album “Fluke?” will be released October 18th.
The cover art & track listing are below.
1) Take The Blame
2) Something For You
3) Take Aim
4) Like The Others Did
6) Underneath My Skin
7) Live Again
8) Body & Soul
10) Doing Me Wrong
11) Long Way From Home