Mexican ska punk from Voodoo Glow Skulls

Colin Wilson 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 who swing by Norwich Arts Centre on Wednesday.

Colin Wilson

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 who swing by Norwich Arts Centre on Wednesday (8pm) with their infectious mixture of punk, metal, ska and Latino music.

Formed in 1988, Voodoo Glow Skulls meshed hardcore punk, traditional ska, tough guitar riffs and the Mexican music of their roots to create the prototype for the West Coast ska-core sound, influencing a wide range of bands from Sublime to No Doubt.

Singing in both Spanish and English, Voodoo Glow Skulls' bilingual musical tradition has been a hallmark of the band since they began.

In their 20 years of existence, the band have an impressive list of achievements. Seven albums, one million records sold, appearances in exotic locations like Brazil and Japan as well as the creation of a record store, record label, recording studio and a music venue attests to the remarkable creativity and energy of the band.

Support comes from Random Hand, whose sound ranges from heavy political skacore to Eastern European ska/punk and Dumpster Pop.

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