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Wellington indie rockers Voodoo Bloo release single + video - 'Ha Ha, Ok Ok'

20 November 2020 - 0 Comments

New Wellington indie rock act Voodoo Bloo continue to make a name for themselves with new single Ha Ha Ok Ok.

Listen here

Featuring on the upcoming debut album, Jacobus (December 4), Ha Ha, Ok Ok is about the kind of pressure kids are under, says lead singer Rory McDonald.

Ha Ha, Ok Ok is about the pressure kids my age often receive from their peers. Sometimes you change just to fit in, and it can be a not so healthy thing. We’ve all been there - I know I have - but I found some means of catharsis by creating this one and just started to feel more like myself.”

“This is actually the oldest song on the album, but still very much felt like a story I wanted to tell. This track is about those egomaniacs who you can see are struggling on the inside, but push their own emotions away for the chance of popularity and climbing the social ranks.“

Accompanying the single is a video which Rory says was one hell of an experience in itself. The video premiered on Music Feeds overnight.

Watch the video here

“I’ve never been so exhausted, excited and sweaty in my life. All the crew really put themselves through the sh*t to bring this thing to fruition. We had 10 hours to get all the shots we needed, and I honestly still felt like I was in the back of a moving truck for hours after we finished, but it’s an experience I will never ever forget. We also had a wee bit of an all star crew to play the instruments for the shoot, so make sure to keep an eye out for them and see if you can guess who they are!”

Ahead of the album release, the Wellington-based act has one more show to play in support of
LIfeline Aotearoa, whose mission is to reduce distress and save lives; with a focus on increasing awareness and understanding of suicide prevention in New Zealand.

Voodoo Bloo will play Wellington’s Meow on November 28 with Miss June and Curlys Jewels. Tickets available HERE

Created and fronted by Rory McDonald (who many will remember from his days as the frontman of the rock band Lucifer Gunne), Voodoo Bloo is influenced by the likes of Marilyn Manson and System of a Down, combined with the songwriting style of Car Seat Headrest and Neutral Milk Hotel.

After dropping a string of singles, Voodoo Bloo is now upping the ante with the December 4 release of debut album Jacobus, which has a strong focus on mental health.

The album was recorded at PlasticGroove studio, mixed by Scott Seabright and mastered by Ryan Smith; with Greg Haver acting as the mix production advisor. Working on the upcoming album has helped McDonald process the loss of a close friend.

“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,” says McDonald.

“The first half [of the record] is about how I believe a lot of young people in this country (and even worldwide) get into these situations where they feel lost or that the world is against them. The second part, describing the grief and acceptance of the loss of a very dear friend, who I promised would not just become another statistic in a problem that doesn’t seem to be declining.”

McDonald hopes the album will be relatable to someone who may be struggling with mental health or who has experienced an event similar to what he has been through.

Voodoo Bloo - Ha Ha, Ok Ok - out now and available

Voodoo Bloo - Jacobus - released December 4 and available for pre-order


Miss June, Voodoo Bloo, Curlys Jewels -
Meow, Wellington - Saturday November 28

Tickets, in support of Lifeline Aotearoa, available

Find Voodoo Bloo:
Facebook / YouTube
Spotify / Apple

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