Voodoo Woman, the latest single by North Carolina’s own Love Bug Junkie, is a bluesy rock revelation steeped in the allure of authentic Americana. As the track opens, listeners are immediately transported to a dimly lit juke joint, where the air is thick with the scent of smouldering incense and the promise of enchantment. The band, known for their emotionally charged and robust sound, has managed to bottle the alchemy of a voodoo priestess’ charm and pour it generously into their music.
The song is a masterclass in vintage tonality, with guitar riffs that cry out with the wisdom of the old spirits and a rhythm section that thumps in time with the heartbeat of the bayou. Love Bug Junkie’s vocal prowess is on full display, finding a haunting middle ground between the Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne, and the soul-penetrating timbre of Chris Cornell. It’s this unique blend that also conjures vibes reminiscent of My Morning Jacket during their It Still Moves era, yet the band infuses their own distinct essence into the mix.
Voodoo Woman is a sensory experience which taps into a raw, almost primal energy that is both captivating and inspiring. Their performance, whether live or recorded, showcases a love for music that transcends genre and era. With their eyes set on leaving an indelible mark on the music industry, Voodoo Woman serves as a powerful statement of intent from Love Bug Junkie. This band unites their audience in the shared space of rhythm and blues, with the promise of uniting people through the undeniable power of rock music.
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Review by Amelia Vandergast