~Asbury Park Vibes' Band of the Week~

VENUS FLY TRAP

January 14, 2021

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HOMETOWN

NORTHAMPTON/MIDLANDS/UK

BAND MEMBERS

ALEX NOVAK-VOX

ANDY DENTON-GUITAR/PROGRAMMING


YOUR MUSICAL PAST & PRESENT?

Quite a few bands and projects pre VFT and running alongside,which has recently been compiled on a new release VENUS FLY TRAP/ALEX NOVAK-MERCURIAL CD/DL(GLASS RECORDS MODERN), it is a best of VFT and other bands projects,including... ISAWS,RELIGIOUSOVERDOSE,TEMPEST,ATTRITION,NOVA STATE CONSPIRACY,THE DEN and SPORE.

A career spanning retrospective for people to delve into and explore further if they wish,about eighty minutes of music packed into this release.



Before forming VFT I was in a band called ATTRITION, who were based in London at the time.I  had done an album and toured Holland with them. 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 Northampton Art school.The lineup has changed many times - ANDY DENTON began as the drummer and ended up playing guitar and has done for many years. This incarnation has produced four albums together DARK AMOUR, ZENITH, NEMESIS and the most recent ICON which came out in 2018 on GLASS RECORDS MODERN.



WHAT'S THE STORY BEHIND THE BAND NAME?

Hard to pick a name that has not been used before.I  liked the idea of a plant that eats insects rather than the other way round: the connections with the planets, mythology, sci fi, so there was plenty of images and ideas to inspire lyrics and artwork.


HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND TO SOMEONE WHO HASN'T YET HEARD YOUR MUSIC?

We have been described as “bladerunner rock 'n roll with dark acidic shades”, dark sonics for films in your mind. We are situated in the post-punk genre melded with electronic ... think of Joy Division, Doors, Chemical Brothers' DNA intertwined with ours.


A PROJECT YOU'RE CURRENTLY WORKING ON THAT YOU'RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT?

At the moment working on a new single "FORBIDDEN PLANET." Also putting together a new release called TIME LAPSE which compiles tracks from three albums TOTEM, PANDORAS BOX and LUNA TIDE. Should be out early 2021, you heard it here first...


HOW DOES THE BAND FLESH OUT A SONG FROM START TO FINISH?

We would start with just guitar and vocal, a riff would suggest a lyric and a bit of jamming would form an embryonic version of a song. Not all these ideas would come to anything but are kept for possible use in the future. ANDY would take these ideas and come up with a basic backing track, more lyrics would be added and a basic structure worked out. A lot of going back and forwards from rehearsal to studio we would end up with a song that we are happy with.


ANY MUSIC VIDEOS PLANNED OR IN PRODUCTION?

We will do one for the next single but the last one we did was "VITESSE" which was a single taken from the album ICON...

WHICH ARTIST OR BAND INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A MUSICIAN?

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 a just get up and give it a go attitude and see where it leads. 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.


ROLLING STONES OR THE BEATLES?

I like both...I think an interviewer asked Ringo(Beatles) whether he was a mod or a rocker. He answered a "MOCKER!"I  agree...


WHAT ARE YOU DETERMINED TO SEE HAPPEN FOR YOUR BAND NEXT YEAR?

We'll finally to get to do some live shows. We had a good run in 2019, but had gigs twice cancelled in 2020 very frustrating... 


WHEN YOU'RE NOT PLAYING MUSIC, WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?

I have been running a record shop for over 20 years, DJ, and promote gigs...its been difficult in all these activities...


VINYL RECORDS, CASSETTES, CD'S OR DOWNLOADS?


We like physical formats..but have our material available on all these...

http://www.vuzrecords.de/mn014.htm

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