VOE out-weird everything this side of 70’s rock riffs and the rest of today’s rock herd. They have the determination to thunder down fresh creative highways through rock’s roadblocks with their bruised knuckle blues and fractured rock.
The mechanism that keeps VOE rolling has always been Mari and Hetty Randle’s intense love for music, ie. L7, Acid King, MC5, John Spencer’s Noise Rock, and is the driving force behind their beautiful ugly trailer park symphonies.
VOE were formed for real in October 2009 with the concept of Mari’s low-down dirty yet transcendental rush of contemporary guitar energy and dark, poignant vocal sound, combined with Hetty’s pulsing subterranean bass-style and vocal harmonies. This formed a sound firmly rooted in rock but extending beyond, into the realm of free blues and even free country / psychedelia.
Inspiration comes from a junk collage of ripped ideals in defiance to boredom and apathy, the desperate want for something more. “Our music is more important than ever before, it’s all we have.” This is shown in their love for performing and collaborating with like-minded musicians, where they met drummer Scott Ewins who fitted perfectly with their rabid power rock concepts.
Bassist Hetty Randle said, “I was producing a lot of artwork at this time and the band’s layers of sound gave me the feel and commitment for our designs.”
At present the band are in MAS studios shaping the structure of their new songs with producer Tom Gittins.
The concepts behind these songs relate to where you find yourself within artistic work where stylistic innovation is no longer possible, where all that is left is to imitate dead styles and to speak through the mask.