New York, New York (PressExposure) May 23, 2013 -- Long-running, Grammy nominated prog rock outfit, Voodoo Monkey Child, have been hard at work recording their latest full-length album, "Coast of Dreams". The band hopes to promote the new release beyond sweet home Chicago.
Dateline: Schaumburg, IL, May 7, 2013 - It's been a long and winding road for Voodoo Monkey Child. When keys player, R. Scott Allen, formed the band back in 1990, the music world was a very different place.
Hair metal reigned supreme, as did pop rap acts and boy bands. Grunge was just starting to make some rumblings and Nirvana was about to change everything. Fast forward almost 25 years and many of those musical styles, and the bands that played them, have been relegated to the dustbins of history. Voodoo Monkey Child survives. Playing their own style of progressive rock music that has roots in the blues-based guitar bands of the 60s and prog rock pioneers of the 70s, VMC keep the fires of the past burning, but with eyes on the future.
Voodoo Monkey Child is an offspring that has matured into adulthood, but not without some growing pains. Bass players and singers have come and gone over the decades, but today Voodoo Monkey Child stands as a solid and tight five piece.
The band includes Jana Hurdesova on lead vocals and acoustic guitar; R. Scott Allen on the keyboards; Michael J. Ferguson playing guitar and providing backing vocals; Tim Rogers on bass and backing vocals and Scott Hume playing drums and doing double duty as the band's producer in the studio. Together these seasoned musicians have enjoyed recording and gigging in support of their records, including a gig opening for electronic, folk (and everything else) band Poi Dog Pondering at Otto's in DeKalb.
VMC were also fortunate enough to have two songs from their sophomore album, "Under a Crescent Moon" nominated in 11 categories for the 2009 Grammy Awards, including Unique Artwork and Song of the Year.
Released in 2008 on the Little Pond Records label, "Under a Crescent Moon" was recorded by the band and Scott Hume. Like their previous effort, 1998's "A Taste of the Afterlife", the songs on the album were influenced by a few bands you may have heard of: Yes, Rush, Pink Floyd, Dream Theater, Evanescence, Genesis, The Who and Iron Maiden.
Those are certainly not underground bands. VMC gets compared to their heroes and prog rock progenitors like Yes and Genesis and Jana's presence at the forefront draws comparisons to Heart.
With a professional sound by seasoned musicians and great songs written and arranged by lovers of rock music, Voodoo Monkey Child is closing in on the completion of their third record. Engineered and produced again by the band, with Scott Hume at the helm, "Coast of Dreams" is slated for a Fall 2013 release, at which time the band hopes to be beaming out on international airwaves.
"Under A Crescent Moon" is currently available from CD Baby, iTunes and Amazon.
Check out Voodoo Monkey Child's video for "Eyes of Love" at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ITAh4WLAEw
Voodoo Monkey Child has recently signed with (Wifi PR Group) as a client. Company Info: WiFi PR Group, Los Angeles, CA. http://www.wifiprgroup.com
About VMC Music:
A Taste of the Afterlife, Released: 1998 (Little Pond Records, Inc.) Under a Crescent Moon, Released: April 2009 (Little Pond Records, Inc.)
Official Website: http://www.voodoomonkeychild.com