Bournemouth based rockers Voodoo Vegas have announced details of a new single and official video. The release of the acoustic ‘Sleeping in the Rain’, hopes to raise awareness, and help Crisis fight homelessness.
It’s been over fifty years since Bob Dylan stood in an alley, in shades, flipping signs to flash up the lyrics to ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’. Now, Voodoo Vegas take a new and meaningful spin on signing up lyrics in the street with their striking new video for ‘Sleeping in the Rain’. The video, which can be viewed below, shows a young street homeless man, holding up a single sign, onto which the song’s powerful lyrics about what it feels like to be homeless are displayed, while people walk by, oblivious to his presence, words or plight.
Taken from second album 'Freak Show Candy Floss', Voodoo Vegas have dedicated its release as a single to the charity Crisis, which campaigns on the issue of homelessness and directly helps those affected by it. All proceeds from ‘Sleeping in the Rain’ are going to Crisis, to support their vital work.
Speaking about the track, front man Lawrence Case says; "Sleeping in the Rain’ is a very personal song for me. Playing shows in different towns and cities around the UK, I've noticed that many of the streets are full of rough sleepers. I've read a lot of articles on homelessness and often will help out rough sleepers by buying them food and trying to help them get into a shelter for the night".
The singer continues; “I think it really sucks how in city centres around the UK hundreds of people can walk past a homeless man/woman and not offer to buy them a drink or a sandwich or even say hello. This is where the idea for the lyrics come from.”
Lawrence discussed the song with comic artist Jason Johnson, who captured the view in his head for the distinctive look and artwork of the animated video, realised by Cloud Music Typography.
Voodoo Vegas, completed by guitarists Jon Dawson and Meryl Hamilton, along with bassist Ash Moulton and drummer Mike Rigler have spent the past twelve months touring ’Freak Show Candy Floss’. In that time the band have played festivals and toured in UK, France, Holland, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Slovenia, Estonia, Sweden, and Germany. They’ve also shared stages with the likes of Fozzy, Y&T, Status Quo, Uriah Heep, The Quireboys, Joe Satriani, and Phil Campbell.
Voodoo Vegas 2017 European Tour Dates.
06/05/2017 – WOLVERHAMPTON- Slade Rooms - UK
13/05/2017 – BOURNEMOUTH – The Cellar Bar – UK
23/06 /2017 – NEUWIED - Bootshaus an der Rheinbrücke - Germany
24/06/2017 – MANSLAGHT – Let The Bad Time Roll Festival – Germany
25/06/2017 – CAMBRAI – Salle Des Feters - France
08/07/2017 – TARTUMAA – Amme Rock Festival – Estonia
13/07/2017 – DOVER – The Priory - UK
14/07/2017 – VOLMERANGE LES MINES - No Man's Land - France
15/07/2017 – SCNAITTACH - Rock Am Rothenburg Festival – Germany
01/08/2017 – MONMOUTH – Monmouth Festival – UK
02/09/2017 – BASINGSTOKE- The Sanctuary- UK
08/09/2017 – GAVLE – CC Puben – Sweden
09/09/2017 – STOCKHOLM – Bryggarsalen - Sweden
23/09/2017 – LONDON – Boston Music Room – UK
30/09/2017 – EVESHAM – Iron Road - UK
06/10/2017 - TROWBRIDGE – Fire And Forge Festival – UK
17/10/2017 – HENGELO – Poppodium Metropool – Netherlands (Y&T Tour)
19/10/2017 – GE DE NOBEL – Leiden – Netherlands (Y&T Tour)
20/10/2017 - ALKMAAR – Podium Victorie – Netherlands (Y&T Tour)
21/10/2017 - HELMOND – De Cacaofabriek – Netherlands (Y&T Tour)