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Voodoo Bloo Unveils His Debut Album, ‘Jacobus’ And Shares A Track By Track Walkthrough.

Wellington-based rock act, Voodoo Bloo has just unveiled his high energy debut album, JACOBUS. It features the already released singles, Ha Ha Ok Ok and MMA which have seen some big love since their release.

The 9 track feature came from some darker times for Voodoo Bloo aka Rory Mcdonald, it’s an album of big emotion delivered in some big and furious vibes.

“In all honesty, it took some major events in my life to create a lot of the material you hear on there, but it’s without a doubt some of the most truthful things I’ve ever said, and it really feels like it captures a moment in time that I never want to relive, but promise to remember for the rest of my life. This is the most passion I’ve put into anything, and when shifting through the final mixes I finally felt like I could put some stored up emotion to rest.” Voodoo Bloo

We are lucky enough to have an exclusive track by track walkthrough of the album from Voodoo Bloo himself.

  1. A Pig On Antibiotics is a reflection of the album in full. Here I talk a lot about trying to find your way out of a dark place but always managing to miss the mark. It’s titled “exploding song” for that cataclysmic point in the middle, which really ramps up the song.
  2. [Her Name Was] Human has a lot to do with broken relationships, and the idea of Stockholm syndroms which I felt that some of my close mates were experiencing to some degree at the time of writing the lyrics. You know something’s bad for you, but you keep going back for more, in hopes something better comes of it.
  3. Lost Connection is about the initial de-attachment from reality, someone with depression or anxiety may have. Taking things at face value, not reading much into the world anymore, as you feel it’s no longer there for you in some ways. The feeling of losing parts of yourself can lead to a very fast and steep downward spiral to a place you don’t want to be.
  4. Ha Ha Ok Ok is about the pressure kids my age often recieve from their peers. Sometimes you change just to fit in, and it can be a not so healthy thing. We’ve all been there, I know I have, but I found some means of catharsis by creating this one and just started to feel more like myself.
  5. Homebody is about the complete cut-off point from reality. Feeling guilty for being alive, unsure what you can turn to anymore. Rock bottom isn’t always a bad place to be, at least you know there’s no going down from there, and I think that’s the message I try to portray here.
  6. MMA is similar to Ha Ha in regards to my take on fake people, but this came more from the environment of my late teens rather than my high school years. It’s strange how the abuse of alcohol and other substances can make you (or others) treat people when your inhibitions have been lowered.
  7. Brother is something I didn’t know how to vocalize for a very long time. This one took a while to make as I need to plan carefully what I said. Since I did not have the means to tell my friend who had passed away how I felt, to let out all of the mixed emotions I had into one track seemed to be the only way to do it.
  8. A friend, Jacobus. I said goodbye to a lot of things going on in my head when heard the recording back for the first time. I couldn’t be alone on the track as a lot of my friends were affected by the passing of someone very close to us, so being able to hear them there with me makes me feel a lot of closure, almost bittersweet.
  9. This song is about all the things I wanted to say at his funeral, but was too afraid to say at the time. I’m not usually much of a public speaker (which is strange considering this line of work I’m in), but this was my way of moving on to bigger and better things, but still keeping some of my past dear to my heart.

Jacobus has put together an album that speaks from the heart. It’s pure yet relentless in it’s massive delivery. It’s not just another big rock record but a future collection that will not age. Jacobus is available now, everywhere.

Written by Chris Lamaro