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"One of the most influential continental bands" (NME)
PHILLIP BOA AND THE VOODOOCLUB

Phillip Boa
(*18.01.1963, Dortmund), Songwriter, Sänger, Gitarrist, Komponist und Kopf der Band "Phillip Boa and the Voodooclub", lebt in Dortmund, Hamburg und auf der Insel Malta. Er gründete 1985 die Avantgarde-Pop bzw. Independent-Band "Phillip Boa and the Voodooclub" und erlangte ab 1989 mit seiner vom britischen Post-Punk, Indie-/Alternative Rock und Avantgarde beeinflussten Musik internationale Anerkennung. Auf dem eigenen Constrictor-Label wurden neben eigenen Platten auch Alben und Singles vor allem britischer Independent-Bands veröffentlicht.

Eine der Stärken des Voodooclubs ist es, "klassische Songstrukturen aus der Rock- und Popkultur fast unbemerkt mit komplexen Strukturen und Farben aus einer popfremden Welt zu unterwandern" (Melody Maker). Musikalisch ist der Voodooclub nach diversen Umbesetzungen wieder eine Macht. Der neue Bassist Thilo Ehrhardt schaffte es in kürzester Zeit sich im Voodooclub einzubringen und gilt nicht umsonst als einer der besten jungen Bassisten Europas. Ausflüge in Free Jazz oder afrikanischer Voodoo-Kultur erscheinen mühelos und werden geschmackssicher in Songs und Auftritte integriert, ohne die Herkunft der Band (Post-Punk, Indie-/Alternative) zu verraten. Boa selbst, nach vielen Jahren der Erfahrung und dem Studieren guter Gesangsdozenten, erreicht heute eine enorme vokale Sicherheit, Individualität und stimmliche Bandbreite. Seit 2014 arbeitet die Band sehr erfolgreich mit verschiedenen Sängerinnen und hat weiter an Komplexität und Schärfe gewonnen.

Das Album "Bleach House" (08/2014) erreichte mit Platz 7 in den Albumcharts die beste Platzierung der Bandgeschichte. Nach vielen intensiven Jahren und mehr als 2 Millionen verkauften Tonträgern wurde im September 2016 die Werkschau "Blank Expression - A History Of Singles" auf Capitol Records/Universal Music veröffentlicht und erreichte Platz 8 der Albumcharts. Die Werkschau enthält neben den wichtigsten Singles u. a. auch 12 neue Songs unter dem Albumtitel "Fresco - A Collection Of 12 New Songs".

Die "Blank Expression" Tour 2016/2017 war für die Band ein weiterer Meilenstein Richtung alter Größe. Die aktuellen Besucherzahlen erreichen wieder das Niveau vom bisher erfolgreichsten Jahr (1993), u. a. spielte der Voodooclub ausverkaufte Shows in Hamburg, Köln, Dresden und München sowie an zwei Abenden hintereinander im ausverkauften Berliner "Huxleys Neue Welt".

Phillip Boa and the Voodooclub zählen zu den renommiertesten deutschen Bands, die auch international von Kritikern und Fans anerkannt sind (ARD). Bis heute sind sie die deutsche Band mit den meisten Album- und Single der Woche Auszeichnungen in der britischen Musikpresse (8 x "Single der Woche" und 5 x "Album der Woche" Auszeichnung im NME, Melody Maker und Sounds). Bei der Umfrage "Made in Germany - Die einflussreichsten deutschen Musiker" wird Phillip Boa in den Top 20 geführt (laut.de). Zudem gilt er als einer der schärfsten Beobachter unserer Gesellschaft und profiliertesten Songwriter Deutschlands, mit "zynisch-poetischen Blick, voller rätselhafter Metaphern und scharfen Weisheiten" (NME).

Auf der Bühne spielte der Voodooclub u. a. mit Bands und Künstlern wie David Bowie, Bob Dylan, John Lydon's Public Image Ltd., Nick Cave, Sonic Youth, Björk, The Fall, Residents, Gun Club, Iggy Pop und Manic Street Preachers. Produziert wurde der Voodooclub u. a. von Tony Visconti (David Bowie), John Leckie (Morrissey, New Order), Gareth Jones (Interpol, Depeche Mode), Gordon Raphael (Strokes), Ian Grimble (Manic Street Preachers, Bauhaus, Mumford and Sons) und arbeitete mit Aphex Twin, LFO, Schneider TM, The Notwist, Jaki Liebezeit (CAN) sowie Brian Viglione (Dresden Dolls, Nine Inch Nails) zusammen.

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Diskografie

Reguläre Alben
1986 Aristocracie (Constrictor)
1988 Copperfield (Polydor/Universal)
1989 Hair (Polydor/Universal)
1990 Hispañola (Polydor/Universal)
1991 Helios (Polydor/Universal)
1993 Boaphenia (Polydor/Universal)
1994 God (Motor Music/Universal)
1996 She (Motor Music/Universal)
1998 Lord Garbage (Motor Music/Universal)
2000 My Private War (RCA/BMG/Sony)
2001 The Red (RCA/BMG/Sony)
2003 C 90 (RCA/BMG/Sony)
2005 Decadence & Isolation (Motor Music)
2007 Faking To Blend In (Motor Music)
2009 Diamonds Fall (Rough Trade/Constrictor)
2012 Loyalty (Cargo/Constrictor)
2014 Bleach House (Cargo/Constrictor)

Compilation, Live & Reissues
1986 Philistrines (Red Flame, UK)
1991 Live! Exile on Valletta Street (Polydor/Universal)
1994 Hidden Pearls (Motor Music/Universal)
1996 Hidden Pearls & Spoken Words (Motor Music/Universal)
1997 Fine Art On Silver – Best Of (Motor Music/Universal)
1998 Master Series (Motor Music/Universal)
2001 Singles Collection 1985–2001 (Motor Music/Universal)
2005 Best of Singles (Remastered) (Polydor/Universal)
2006 Copperfield (Remastered) (Polydor/Universal)
2006 Hair (Remastered) (Polydor/Universal)
2006 Hispañola (Remastered) (Polydor/Universal)
2010 The Malta Tapes, Vol. 1 (Constrictor)
2010 Live! Exile on Strait Street (Constrictor)
2011 Helios (Remastered) (Vertigo/Capitol/Universal)
2011 Boaphenia (Remastered) (Vertigo/Capitol/Universal)
2013 Reduced! (A more or less acoustic performance) (Constrictor)
2015 Aristocracie (Remastered) (Constrictor)
2016 Blank Expression · A History of Singles (Remastered) (Vertigo/Capitol/Universal)


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One of the most influential continental bands
(NME)

Phillip Boa and the Voodooclub were formed in the western part of germany in 1985 by Phillip and vocalist/keyboardist 'Pia Lund', later joined by percussionist/voodoodrummer 'The Voodoo' (all 3 had just entered university where they met) and drummer/programmer 'Der Rabe'. They released their first album 'Philister' in the same year on their own Constrictor label and received excellent reviews in their home-country, where it soon topped the indie-charts.

In 1986 Rough Trade (Germany) director Heino Drecker helped to sign the band to english indie label Red Flame, who re-released the album across europe. Several singles of that album gained 'single of the week' status in NME, Sounds and Melody Maker and so did the whole album itself. The british press described their style as a form of pop avantgarde: strange music, often beautiful and pop/rock, but noisy and angst ridden with ironical/cynical lyrics full of great, different metaphors and twistssome early critic called it a collision between B 52's/Talking Heads, the german feel of Can with the wisdom and cynical approach of The Fall. Phillip's main influences were also Joy Division, Velvet Underground, XTC, Magazine, Wire etc.

In 1987, encouraged by the reaction, the band decided to rehearse and play their first concerts in Germany, England, the Netherlands, Scandinavia etc. Later that year they met german producer legend Conny Plank (Kraftwerk, Can, DAF) who's been a fan since the band's first album. Sadly Conny could not fullfill his commitment because of health reasons (he passed away 2 years later), however he had recommended a replacement in a former student of his, Eroc. Slightly mad ex Krautrock figure Eroc recorded the second album 'Aristocracie', released also on Red Flame, receiving brilliant reviews, single and album of the week in NME etc.

Phillip Boa and the Voodooclub still remain the German band with the most "Album and Single of the Week's" in the British music press ever (8 x "Single of the Week" and 5 x "Album of the Week" reviews in NME, Melody Maker and Sounds). The band toured indie clubs across europe and got signed by a major-label, Polydor in Hamburg. This move triggered a backlash for Phillip as he was at first called a traitor for doing this (Phillip was a symbolic figure of the "never sell out" indie ideology).

Through the years, Phillip Boa and the Voodooclub were special guest of the great John Lydon's band P.I.L., played smaller alternative-festivals with, just to name a few, Nick Cave, Sonic Youth, Björk, The Fall, Residents, Gun Club, Iggy Pop or Manic Street Preachers. And big festivals such as Roskilde, sharing the same stage with people like David Bowie or Bob Dylan. Phillip did collaborations with magnificent metal-people like Dave Lombardo from Slayer or Chuck Schuldiner from Death and Mille from Kreator. Furthermore the Voodooclub has been remixed by acclaimed electronic gurus like Aphex Twin, LFO, Schneider TM or The Notwist.

Anyway up until today, Phillip still keeps his "never sell out" indie ideology alive and well refusing to appear on TV, rejecting advertising/sponsoring even in 2008, were this practice is wide spread amongst a lot of bands. Phillip however was aware of the negative impact the "signing to a major" would have on his international career he released several albums on Polydor in the later 80's til 1997, 'Copperfield' and 'Hair', 'Helios' and 'Boaphenia' receiving great reviews. 'Container Love' from the album Hair was a minor hit in some European countries and, together with 'Kill Your Ideals', 'Fine Art In Silver', 'This Is Michael', 'And Then She Kissed Her' and 'Love On Sale', still is the band's most popular song. Phillip decided to "stop" his international career, well aware of the fact that he would never receive that credibility and praise of the leading, influential journalists for longer than 3 albums. He stopped touring outside of Germany from 1991 on and did his best to make sure he did not releases his albums outside of his home country. Nowadays via Amazon or I-Tunes a lot of Boa's stuff is available internationally.

However his ever loyal hardcore fans inside and outside of Germany guarantee him concerts and releases that are always somehow doing well enough; Boa nowadays is still very well-respected, almost lost non of his credibility and, yes, he never ever sold out!!! Since the beginning of his career international producers (John Leckie, Bowie-producer Tony Visconti - currently working with the great Morrissey and loads of others) liked to work with Phillip Boa and the Voodooclub; in the recent years he worked, for example with Gareth Jones (Interpol) and with Strokes-producer Gordon Raphael on an album called 'Decadence & Isolation' (yes, Phillip knows that the album-title is uncool but he doesn't care).

This unique approach to music making is again visible in the Voodooclub creation, 'Faking to blend in' album released summer 2007. On this latest outing one not only sees the return of 'Der Rabe', one time original drummer of the Voodoclub as co-producer but also a 'rising star' of the Berlin/Kreuzberg underground scene, Tobias Siebert as producer. This is a definitive return to old form for Boa. The album is packed with a collection of great songs with infectious melodies wrapped in a warm but spiky blanket of "beautiful noise", not far from the best work of the ever influential CAN, "maestros" of the avant-garde scene. Complex yet romantic musical and lyrical structures flow effortlessly throughout the whole album that one can clearly savour with the first listen but at the same time discover further intriguing arrangements rooted deep into the compositions with repeated plays.

After Phillip ended his business-relationship with the record-label Motor, he wasn't sure what to do in the future. It didn't take him long to decide. Now signed to Rough Trade Distribution (Germany), Boa finished writing a new album at Temple studios (Malta) - once more returning to the ideology of the former described avantgarde/popmelody - clash. Phillip took on an idea of the late producer Conny Plank: to work with the genius drummer Jaki Liebezeit of CAN. Together with producer Tobias Siebert, Phillip and Jaki met up in Berlin to record drums and percussion for the new album (released February 2009). Very interesting recording sessions took place: Boa, Tobias and Jaki (once called the "best drummer in the world" by NME), – trying to achieve a common purpose: discover new aspects within the structures of pop/rock music. As a result of this cooperation the music sounds more spacious, cinematic and yet intense with the typical Boa Songwriter-qualities and the Voodooclub individual style. They unfold: with the unusual but yet groovy Jaki-stamp on it. Mixing of the album was finished in December 2008 in Berlin. The album was released in Germany via Rough Trade Distribution, Export and iTunes worldwide and received very positive media response. A tour with fifteen grandiose shows in February/March 2009 was presented by Karten Jahnke Agency, Hamburg. Five very special shows were played in October 2009 with Jaki Liebezeit, who usually refuses to play to songstructures. After a first nervous show in Hamburg the experiment turned out to be brilliant and Jaki and Phillip were so happy that they did not exclude to repeat that live concept in the future. As the whole outlook for the Voodooclub is concerned: the future is unwritten-but ,talking to Boa, an end of the "career" is not planned for the near future. He seems too be too addicted to the habit of writing weird but beautiful indie/pop/rock/avantgarde whatever music. A livealbum released more or less as a Fan Edition, available via the official Phillip Boa shop, in July 2010 feat. Jaki Liebezeit's drumming on 5 of the songs and no reproduction, overdubs etc. only authentic 1:1 recording mixed in Malta in the spring of 2010. Meanwhile Phillip started writing new material and decided to keep the year concert-free with the exception of a few shows in September/October to present a selection of singles and great songs of Boa's catalogue.

Spring 2011: the Boa albums HELIOS and BOAPHENIA are released as re-mastered edition (with unreleased songs and better sound). There will be unique live concerts at which the Voodooclub will respectively play the first 11 songs of the 2 albums. Autumn 2011: The band will continue touring HELIOS and BOAPHENIA, Phillip is working on new material. In the past the Voodooclub played, amongst loads of Rockfestivals, the Frank Zappa Festival, a World Music Festival and in 2011 the Kurt Weill Festival. Weird? No. It is the Voodooclub! Please, help talking Phillip into playing London again! And festivals!

LOYALTY, the 2012 successful and critically acclaimed album by German indie stalwart Phillip Boa, draws a clear picture of its influences: David Bowie, early Roxy Music, Joy Division and post-punk and yet manages to convey the effortlessness, heaviness and up-to-dateness of contemporary bands like Arcade Fire, The Vaccines, Horrors, Lykke Li etc. The brilliant drummer and co-producer Brian Viglione (Dresden Dolls, Nine Inch Nails) has left traces and wide influence on the new album LOYALTY. His consequence and obsession pushed Boa and his Voodooclub to the limit. Multi-instrumentalist Brian, post-rock guitargod Oli Klemm (Sankt Otten), electro-punk groovemachine Maik T. (How To Loot Brazil), keyboardist Toett, who arranged a "wall of beautiful noise", all this makes the Voodooclub sound more relevant and fresher than ever. Phillip Boa has grown as a songwriter, his lyrics are illustrious, beautifully desperate, full of vivid images that manage to confuse and remind the listener of glorious film soundtracks. The harsh exterior hides a heart of gold. The music grooves and shimmers. The arrangements and instrumentation are waiting to be explored. LOYALTY was produced and mixed between Malta and London, courtesy of Ian Grimble (Manic Street Preachers, Bauhaus, Mumford and Sons) and mastered by Frank Arkwright (Blur, The Smiths Backcatalogue) at Abbey Road Studios.

2014 / BLEACH HOUSE: With eternal masterpieces such as ARISTOCRACIE, BOAPHENIA, HAIR and COPPERFIELD under his belt Phillip Boa has pioneered the German indie sound - somewhat in passing, he has casually assembled veritable hits in the shape of 'Container Love', 'This Is Michael', 'Love On Sale', 'And Then She Kissed Her' or 'I Dedicate My Soul To You' resulting in international recognition.

No reason for the never-tiring pop partisan to rest on his laurels! Creatively speaking, Boa has always fought on the forefront of inspiration. His strength lies in his sense for surprises, in his skill in picking the right members for his band and in his pronounced feeling for musical contrasts. His latest record BLEACH HOUSE is no exemption to that rule. It sounds grittier, more expressive and harder than its predecessor LOYALTY. But the more things change, the more Boa. The songs have their very own faces. A new producer creates a sound that references international alternative rock instead of obviously referring to the old Voodooclub. Instead of aging, Boa grows more subtle. A jazzy saxophone rises from the maelstrom; an ecstatic bassline flickers. 'Icons Of Anarchy' is an angry exclamation mark of American punk. Additional guitars come courtesy of Oli Klemm who - as one half of the terrific German krautrock Duo 'Sankt Otten' - has very recently left his distinctive mark on their 'Messias Maschine' opus. Despite all the power there is still room for romantic yearnings, sometimes softly melancholic, at other times almost optimistic. It all culminates in "Chronicles Of The Heartbroken". Softly-spoken vocals and a minimalist musical arrangement enter a timid dialogue with guitar and drums. Boa wraps his lyrics into poetic, almost Dali-esque trains of thought that tend to turn cryptic. He who enters the way of the lyrical analysis will reap the rewards - wry humour and self-mockery included.

BLEACH HOUSE showcases Boa as the perfect entertainer and the eternal warrior against shallow art. His Voodooclub continues to deliver multilayered arrangements tied to a solid basis while never threatening to overburden the music. Produced by David Vella at Temple Studios, Malta and mixed by Dougal Lott (Ray Davies, Marina and the Diamonds, Bombay Bicycle Club) at Konk Studios, London and mastered by Fred Kevorkian (The White Stripes, Peter Murphy, Billy Cobham, Sonic Youth and The National) at Avatar Studios, New York.

Phillip Boa and the Voodooclub: May the force be with them!