Voodoo Screw Machine

Voodoo Screw Machine


VSM is a restorative juggernaut of hard rock spectacle. The band is a bizarre amalgam of guitar wizardry, hilarious whimsy and maniacal theatrics. The live show is a freaky and often funny piece of theatrical rock, guaranteed to entertain even those that despise the genre.


In a decade overrun by cookie-cutter pop divas, American Idol worship and prefab punk
revival, VOODOO SCREW MACHINE is a restorative juggernaut of hard rock
spectacle. Led by bloodthirsty evildoer Thermos X. Pimpington, this Boston-based
band is an outlandish amalgam of metal guitar wizardry, accessibly meaty songs,
hilarious whimsy and maniacal theatrics. The live show (which has been banned and subsequently reinstated in at
least two Boston-area rock clubs) is a fabulously freaky and often funny piece of
theatrical rock, with deviant delights such as a coat made from dead babies, limbless
mannequins, diabolical nurses and a 7-foot syringe.

In October 2005 VOODOO SCREW MACHINE officially released their debut CD, A
Kiss Before Drowning, eleven tracks that hearken back to the days when the guitar
solo reigned supreme and Satan still had infernal dealings with rock musicians.

For all the unbridled theatrics of their live show, the VOODOO SCREW
MACHINE material does not fall short either in execution (the band is just fantastic)
or in theme. A relentless rhythm courtesy of bassist T. Balls and drummer Baron von
Hellmut forms the ideal backdrop for Pimpington's accomplished vocal dynamics. No
cookie-monster shredding here, just good strong singing. Perhaps the band's secret
weapon, though, is Stony Curtis, a classically trained musician whose deft and raging
guitar stylings would make Randy Rhoades weep with joy.

Thematically, A Kiss Before Drowning is a surprisingly unified exploration of drug
use, greed, sexual experimentation and that cerebral gloaming between sanity and

"Needles and Spoons" captures the seductive power of drug addiction. It
seems like a pro-drug anthem, but becomes allegorical when listeners learn that
Pimpington hasn't used anything stronger than aspirin since 1989.

"What's Your Pleasure?" borrows its title from the final scene of Clive Barker's
Hellraiser, and the song is essentially Pimpington's monument to the fearless depravity
of that film and its creator. It's a hard rocker wrought with bleak themes of nuclear
holocaust and the cold war.

Horror writers like Barker get our attention by tapping into
a dark place and asking us to suspend disbelief while they have their way with our
imagination. Imagination, where all the scary monsters live. And we love every
offensive minute of it. This kind of thrill seeking is a big part of the VOODOO
SCREW MACHINE rock aesthetic. In this way they win appreciation even from
those who despise the genre.
It also helps that they wear their influences proudly and regularly include spirited
covers of Blue Oyster Cult, Alice Cooper and The Beatles.

The man behind the Pimpington gore is Neil Graham, an area singer and actor.
Graham is a veteran ex-member of Harvard Square¹s notable Rocky Horror "Full Body
Cast," has played Van Helsing in community productions of Dracula, and was part of
The Deviant Theatre at ManRay in Central Square. Graham has also played bass in
Bound.4.Venus and Drawing Flies.


Voodoo Screw Machine - 5 Song Demon
Voodoo Screw Machine - A Kiss Before Drowning
Voodoo Screw Machine - Dragonomicon

More cuts available at the VSM Websites below:
http://www.voodooscrewmachine.com or http://www.myspace.com/voodooscrewmachine

Set List

All original hard rock with the occasional classic (albeit obscure) cover.