We have a quickfire chat with alt rocker frontman Rory McDonald

Voodoo Bloo, a powerful NZ based alt-rock act have unveiled a dark and energetic (part) live performance video to their latest single ‘Her Name Was Human’ – out now via Plastic Groove Records. The track has some notable credentials having been worked on by Gregory Haver (Manic Street Preachers/ Super Furry Animals/Bullet for My Valentine) as mix production adviser. 

The band is fronted by Sheffield UK ex pat and ex-Lucifer Gunne member Rory McDonald whose sound is influenced by acts such as Arctic Monkeys and System of a Down, as well as some singer-songwriter artists such as Car Seat Headrest and Neutral Milk Hotel. Quite the mix. We’re intrigued! We decided to find out more about Rory and Voodoo Bloo with a probing ‘Take 5’….

When did you realise that you wanted to be a music artist? What or who has inspired you?

To be honest, I think it’s just something I’ve always done. I’ve pretty much known how to play an instrument as long as I can remember, and both my parents were musicians who got me into bands like Green Day, Arctic Monkeys and My Chemical Romance from a very early age, so I guess you can probably say it was a mixture of both my family and the music they showed me.

Who, living or dead, would you dream of collaborating with?

This is always a tough one for me to answer, but if we’re talking about right now, it would probably be Black Country, New Road. Their album “For The First Time” is possibly one of my favorite LP’s to come out in recent years, and to see how a band with 7 members interact and collaborate on music distinguishably undistinguishable by genre, or to even be part of that collaboration, would be extremely intriguing.

Tell us about your single – ‘Her Name Was Human’- what is the song about?

‘..Human’ was inspired by a friend of mine who got themselves trapped in a relationship that they so blindly believed in, even when it’s greatly obvious to others it’s hurting them.  The choice to depersonalise the character to just a “human” was to show how my friend seemed to take the whole situation at face value, when they really should’ve been looking into the pain lying underneath.

Tell us five things you love about the city/town you live in, and why……

The things I love most about Wellington, New Zealand are:

  • 1  The Ian Curtis Memorial Wall, it’s this mural that someone put up not long after the Joy Division singer died, and even though Wellington has probably changed quite a bit since the late 80’s, it’s cool to see that nod to a different time in our city and music.
  • 2  Lanes bowling, it doesn’t sound all that exciting from the name alone, but I love playing pinball and it’s one of the only places around with multiple machines in there, it’s where you’ll most likely find me on a Sunday afternoon (unless I’m just playing pinball at home instead).
  • 3  Rough Peel Records, my local record store. In fact, my last purchase from there was the Black Country, New Road record I mentioned before, it has a great selection and I always end up coming out of the place with something new!
  • 4  Dirty Burger, because it’s my second favorite burger place.
  • 5 Gorilla Burger, because it’s my favorite burger place.
What are you most looking forward to this year?

I’ve got quite a lot on my plate, but I think fleshing out what phase 2 of this band is gonna look and sound like is something that’s really taking my interest at the moment. We’re starting work on it soon, but who knows when we’ll be ready to show it off!

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