The Voodoo Trombone Quartet - ...Again
Vibrations. Good. It is a promising start to the album, a pounding bass heavy instrumental reminiscent of the grimy dancehall grooves of Sabres of Paradise. It is one of those tracks you’d be happy to let run forever and, sad to say, maybe that would have been the wise move for The Voodoo Trombone Quartet as it is followed up by South Westerly; a catastrophic attempt at making the hit parade and resembles nothing so much as Big Audio Dynamite covering Agadoo. Now I love Big Audio Dynamite but believe me my children, this is bad, not B.A.D. So two polar opposites in just two tracks sets the scene for a real curate’s egg of an album.
I’ll be honest here, after suffering the misery of South Westerly I wasn’t expecting to have anything positive to say about the rest of the album but, hey, they manage to pull out a plum when they slip a totally unexpected calypso-ska version of the inimitable 80’s breakdance classic (Hey You) The Rocksteady Crew. Maybe it is just the nostalgia talking but this is verging on genius and ranks second only to The New York Dolls’ calypso-ska cover of their own classic Trash as calypso-ska remake of the year. I’ll be holding the award ceremony in my garden a week Tuesday so, Bono et al, you have a week to get something released.
Anyway, I digress, back to The Voodoo Trombone Quartet. Well, the highlights are over by track four and the rest of the album continues in a theme of mixing great, party instrumentals with fairly painful vocal numbers which should be buried in a cube of concrete and dumped at sea. Essentially the Quartet, who were formed as a joke band, are the classic festival act and will no doubt succeed in getting many a sceptical afternoon crowd up on their feet and in the mood for fun. As far as releasing records goes, well, if you are someone that is looking for the ideal opportunity to wear that Jester’s hat you bought at Glastonbury a few years back and maybe quaff some homemade cider in a tent in your garden then this may be the album you’ve been waiting for. For the rest of us however it may be better to wait for the live show.