They're a young local band with a blues and rock soul and a relentless touring schedule that brings them to Long Beach on Saturday for a show and record release party that could signify the next step in their musical journey.
The six-song EP, which was recorded in Nashville, will then go on sale on the band's website Tuesday.
Made up of lead vocalist and guitarist Abe Rivers, Scott Parrelli on guitar, bassist Will Halsey and Demario Dunn on drums, the Voodoo Fix has previously recorded a few singles and a live album, but the new EP is a more polished and honest capture of the group's self-described “hypno rock” sound, band members say.
“We're really pushing this as kind of our unveiling of who we are,” Parrelli said. “We're used to sticking mics in a room and recording and trying to get that live show down on wax. This time we got to record and not be under the gun. We got to take some time do it with the intention of presenting the Voodoo Fix to the world.”
The band formed in 2007 as a school project called the Whittier College Blues Ensemble. The group was under the supervision of music professor Danilo Lozano, a jazz flutist who introduced Rivers and Parrelli.
They were strictly a blues band playing covers as part of the school ensemble but then began developing their own sound, writing original material and performing as the renamed band the Voodoo Fix.
Since evolving from the blues ensemble, the band has been more at home on the road performing as many as 200 shows per year nationally at festivals, clubs and other venues and around town in places like House of Blues in West Hollywood, Di Piazza's in Long Beach and Molly Malone's and the Mint in Los Angeles.
While the band members are in the mid-20s, their “hypno rock” sound is reminiscent of old-school blues greats like Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters with a bit of Stevie Ray Vaughn, some funk and a hip-hop feel framed by a blues-rock lounge vibe.
“It's sometimes rock, sometimes blues, sometimes funky primal grooves. It's feel-good music and at its foundation is rock,” Rivers said of the band's sound.
While the band was on tour in Nashville they caught the ear of local blues musician and producer Darin James and executives with Nashville-based Jarco Mayes Records, which offered them a recording deal.
“They got a certain sound that you really don't hear anymore especially from kids their age,” James said. “They can appeal to college kids and other kids who like different genres of music. It's real music and when people hear stuff like that they loosen their ties.”
Rivers and Parrelli say the new EP is a self-reflective look at the band, their life on the road and their shared struggles as musicians and a group of friends in their 20s maturing into adulthood.
THE VOODOO FIX
When: 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Harvelle's, 201 E. Broadway, Long Beach.
Information: 562-239-3700, www.thevoodoofix.com
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