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What do you get when you combine guttural, rapid-fire vocals, a tough metallic guitar attack, a funhouse horn section and muscular drumming that borders on polka for the insane? It's nothing but the Voodoo Glow Skulls, a great punk rock band that happens to play very fast songs with horns. Voodoo Glow Skulls concocted their infectious mixture of punk, metal, ska and Latino music thirteen years ago and proceeded to distill it into a poisonous brew of propulsive rock 'n' roll that has driven audiences wild around the globe.
Voodoo Glow Skulls are back with "Steady As She Goes" Ð an album they are particularly proud of, as they produced it themselves in their own studio. The title track symbolizes the journey of Voodoo Glow Skulls - while the years have been filled with ups and downs, the band faces the future with optimism and their usual twisted sense of humor. "Steady As She Goes" contains twelve raucous tracks, two in Spanish and (in keeping with their tradition) one cool cover, 60s chestnut "Little Red Riding Hood", made famous by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs. These great new tracks explore everything from racial/ghetto politics ("High Society", "The Rat Traps", "Nada En La Cabeza") to the outrageous fun of the Voodoo Glow Skulls live show ("Voodoo Anthem"), from Mexican mythology ("La Llorona") to the disloyalty of lost friends ("Steady As She Goes").
Voodoo Glow Skulls formed in 1988 in Riverside, CA by brothers Frank, Eddie and Jorge Casillas and their longtime friend Jerry O'Neill. The Voodoo Glow Skulls practiced for two years in a sweaty back bedroom/practice space until they forged a taut unit that performed with demonic intensity and a demented sense of humor. Backyard parties spread the gospel of Voodoo Glow Skulls; when Spanky's Cafe' opened they played now-legendary shows with the Angry Samoans, Mighty Mighty Bosstones and The Dickies.
In 1991, the Voodoo Glow Skulls' devotion to ska and the Latin music they grew up on inspired them to add a horn section Ð just in time to play on the band's first national tour. Voodoo Glow Skulls became wildly popular on the indie scene, performing as headliners and as a support act for The Offspring, No Doubt and 311.
Voodoo Glow Skulls recorded their debut effort, "Who Is? This Is" for Dr. Strange Records in 1992, which ultimately sold 200,000 copies worldwide. The band quickly signed to Epitaph Records and released four cds that collectively sold over 750,000 copies worldwide. Voodoo Glow Skulls soon began receiving raving, critical reviews and the mainstream support of commercial alternative radio and MTV. A prominent main stage spot on the 1998 Warped Tour cemented the Voodoo Glow Skulls esthetic into the minds of impressionable youth across the United States.
When "Steady As She Goes" hits the streets, Voodoo Glow Skulls do the same! They celebrate the release of "Steady As She Goes" with shows across the United States and Canada from July though September. The hard-working men of Voodoo Glow Skulls have made it their personal mission to expose audiences to what they describe as California street music. "Steady As She Goes" is a perfect primer for the uninitiated, while continuing to thrill longtime fans.