Edgy and weird, punkish and psychedelic, with a smidge of politics and a funky groove filled base, the Voodoo Loons sound is a stew of it’s own. While the press has compared the trio to sounds as diverse as the Afghan Whigs, Flaming Lips, Pixies, Sonic Youth, and Waterboys (among others), none of those bands, although surely inspirational to the Loons, really quite nails it.
Based in both Ireland and the US, most of the writing is done by Dennis O’Hagan, who claims citizenship in both countries. After getting significant attention both in Europe and the US with the demos he’d put online, O’Hagan hooked up with old chum Bill McCarthy on drums, who brought in sessions workhorse Chris Hooks on bass. After road testing songs at US music festivals in 2006 and 2007 they went into the studio summer of 2007 and emerged with Euphobia to critical acclaim and is being played on Sirius XM Satellite Radio in the States (as well as many other outlets on both continents).
The very first Voodoo Loons show (the US’ 2006 Midpoint Music Festival) started in spectacular fashion with O’Hagan’s amp bursting into flames during their first song, and they’ve been building on that energy ever since.
The Loons are spending 2009 playing select shows in the US, Ireland (July), and UK (fall) and working on material for their next album.