“What got me involved in music in the first place was the punk, new wave explosion it changed my perception of being able to be in a band, it was the get up and give it a go attitude and see where it leads approach inspired me. Minimal experience but it didn’t matter it was the ideas that counted, this DIY approach got people involved in music who would not of thought of it before and got me into my first band THE ISAWS.
VENUS FLY TRAP came together after I had left a band called ATTRITION who were based in London at the time, I had done an album and toured UK/Holland with them, my first trip abroad with a band. Decided to move back to my native Northampton famous for BAUHAUS, ALAN MOORE and the film KINKY BOOTS, hooked up with my brother JOHN NOVAK (ISAWS, WHERES LISSE) and TONY BOOKER an x art school student, I had also studied at art school. The line-up has changed many times over the years, ANDY DENTON joined via local band CROWMAN, initially as the drummer and ended up playing guitar and has done for many years.
We have been described as “blade runner rock n roll with dark acidic shades”, we create dark sonic cinema for the mind, film noir, sci fi soundscapes that absorb post punk, electronica and meld joy division, doors, chemical brothers like melted wax crayon colours.
All this has been captured in the release VENUS FLY TRAP/ALEX NOVAK-MERCURIAL CD/DL(GLASS RECORDS MODERN)a career spanning retrospective that includes the best of VFT and other bands, projects I have been involved with including ISAWS,RELIGIOUS OVERDOSE,ATTRITION,TEMPEST,NOVA STATE CONSPIRACY,THE DEN and SPORE for people to delve into and explore further”. https://glassmodern.bandcamp.com/album/mercurial-1978-2018
Here’s what they had to say when we got the chance to ask them some questions.
What has been your best gig?
“We have done many tours across Europe, memorable gigs would include Locomotive/Paris, Wuk/Vienna, Futurum and Bunkr/Prague, Duncker/Berlin, Castle Party Festival/Poland, Vampira Festival/Warsaw, Lumous Festival/Finland and many others”.
Can you tell us a bit about your new music releases?
“Just out is the download single ACHILLES HEEL which appears on the forthcoming album released at the end of March called VENUS FLY TRAP-TIME LAPSE CD/DL(GLASS RECORDS MODERN)a selection of tracks collected from the albums TOTEM,PANDORAS BOX and LUNA TIDE, placed together as a possible alternative album in this alternate reality”. https://glassmodern.bandcamp.com/album/time-lapse-1989-1994 https://glassminiature.bandcamp.com/album/achilles-heel
Can you describe your music in 3 words? And what makes your band stand out from others?
“Dark sonic cinema.Pounding electronics overlaid with a pincer movement of dark vox and needle point guitar,all filled in with splashes of colour to mesmerise/hypnotize the audience into submission”.
By Siân Parker