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* "Smile 'n' Nod" LP, released 3/7/06 on DCide, distributed by ADA
"Too Old To Cry" is currently being serviced to radio and is already added at KANR and Ethel (Modern Rock, Channel 47) at XM Radio.
our video for "Bobby Know It All" got 25 ads in our first 2 weeks of promotion, you can check it out at www.punkrockvids.com/voodooblue
Songs can be streamed from www.purevolume.com/voodooblue or www.myspace.com/voodooblue (over 100,000 friends)
The video for "Bobby Know It All" can be seen at www.punkrockvids.com/voodooblue. This has been added at 25 video programs across the states after 2 weeks of promotion.

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“We’d worked so hard for so long trying to be this or trying to be that”, explains singer/guitarist Dan Book of Voodoo Blue, “it was like we’d forgotten who we were and it wasn’t working. Then we trimmed down to a three-piece and I took over vocals, and all of a sudden, we could just write whatever songs we felt like writing and perform however we wanted to,” he continues. “In 4 years we wrote 23 songs, and as a trio we’ve written 23 songs in 6 months- that should tell you how psyched we are about this new incarnation of Voodoo Blue”, he finishes.

Other members have come and gone over the last 8 years, “but it’s always been me, Dan, and Clunky, best friends since we were 13”, states Justin Posner (drums). For all their years together, the band members are still only 21 and 22 years old. Their local achievements include opening the HFStival main stage, twice being added to regular rotation at Baltimore’s commercial radio station 98Rock (WIYY), and sharing the stage with everyone from Jay-Z to The Cure to New Found Glory. This got the band a lot of attention, and not just from the 500+ person packed houses that regularly turn out to see the band perform in their hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.

“We got private showcases for people like Sylvia Rhone, Jason Flom, L.A. Reid… but even though we were churning out the right kind of pop songs and had a big local following, it was like the clothes wore us instead of us wearing the clothes. We didn’t have a true identity”, says Dan. “And if you want to be a career band”, he continues, “it starts with having something to say and you better deliver the message”.

For a debut record, Voodoo Blue's "Smile and Nod" appears to have skipped high school altogether and packed straight to college. Honest personal and social commentary run throughout the lyrics, power-driven home by blistering rock, and the fearlessness with which the band effortlessly slams pop stylings in the listener's face makes for an undeniable sing-along experience firmly rooted in an authentic smart-punk aesthetic.

The occasional well-crafted guitar solo (think Rivers Cuomo meets Stevie Ray Vaughan) is the result of the band’s evolution from their earliest days when they had to draw out their sets with extended jamming as well as master their instruments.

“We’ve experimented with a lot of styles over the years, which makes us that much more confident about where we’ve settled musically. There’s only 12 notes and we’ve played them all in a million different ways, so we know we’re not gonna find some new combination of them”, states Justin. The focus starts with writing an inspired song, and once the straight-forward melodies and chord changes are in place, the band creates and details interesting rhythmic figures and broadening the spectrum of dynamics. “First you’re inspired to write a song, then you apply craft”, Justin continues. “The passion derived from those tools takes the song to the next level- or we think so anyway. It’s not like Bob Marley or Johnny Cash songs were ever complicated, but they’ll be with us forever”.

“Whatever Happened to Spencer Shipley” is about the efforts to cope with the shock and sadness of a close friend’s suicide, and “Drown” is about feeling buried under the weight of expectations. While those subjects dig into real life issues and experiences, the band’s development through the writing of the record dug even deeper.

“Writing lyrics was actually kind of therapeutic, because I wrote “Cherry Hill” about the most terrifying moment in my life which was when my Mom and I were mugged at gunpoint when I was 10”, explains bassist Roger Jacobson. “I had never told anyone about that- not even Dan or Justin”, he continues, “but that was the deal, we challenged ourselves to write about what we knew as opposed to what we thought we should write”.

Some of the band’s finest lyrics came at the end of the writing process, as “Non-Popular” addresses feelings of total loneliness while playing the ever-smiling role of popular entertainer. “Everyone is my friend and I don’t know them”, Dan paraphrases, “and I know everyone has felt the stress of putting on a smile and socializing with people like they’re so happy to see them when all they really want to do is strangle them for posing”. “But you know”, Dan smiles, “I’m just as guilty”.

““Beach Blanket for Boredom” is about all sheep in the suburbs where we grew up”, explains Dan. “They’re paralyzed indoors by a couple of inches of snow because they cow at any little obstacle, and it’s embarrassing, but even if those people were outside their only destination is a shopping mall”.

“Thrift Store Dropout” attacks the life-crippling decisions some make in their quest for an identity, and specifically how a young person’s efforts to appear “cool” in the form of clothes and lifestyle can lead to a wasted life. Says Justin, “Well the song is about a girl who’s like a poster child for the kids we know from h