Band of the Week: The Venetia Fair
Our band of the week this week is The Venetia Fair from Boston, MA. They’re a a rock band with a big, theatrical sound. Their new album, “Every Sick, Disgusting Thought We’ve Got In Our Brain” is being released March 1st, so we talked with the band to let us know a little about this album and what else they’ve got in the works.
The Serious Half:
Your new album, “Every Sick, Disgusting Thought We’ve Got In Our Brain” is coming out in a few weeks. Can you tell us a little bit about it and how it compares to what you’ve done so far?
It’s bigger in every way. More songs, more harmony, more instruments, more everything. We worked with Steve Sopchak at the Square Studios (we worked with him on The Pits as well) to make sure it sounded huge as well. It’s 13 of the best songs we’ve ever written.
You’ve got a big sound and a flare for the theatrical. What genre of music do you consider yourselves?
We try our best to make this a difficult question to answer but at the end of the day, we make loud rock music.
What’s the writing process like for you? Do you write together, or work on things separately?
Everything we do is a group effort. We don’t have any songs that are Joe songs or Mr. Chark songs or anything like that, we get together for everything. That’s not the fastest way to work, admittedly, but we think it results in a better product at the end of all the bickering.
What bands do you consider your biggest influences?
Motley Crue and the B-52s. Chris says he plays music because of Green Day.
Have you got any tours in the works for this spring or summer?
We’ll be starting a tour in March and we may never stop.
The Less Serious Half:
Name one song that you would love to cover (or that you have covered).
One of our Kickstarter rewards was to allow backers to choose a cover song for us to make so we’ll be working on a cover EP in between tours. We’re very excited to cover Rock Lobster by the B-52s. We also covered You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch for Christmas a few years ago and put it on The Pits. That was fun.
If you could tour with any band, who would it be and why?
Motley Crue and the B52s. Because that would be the weirdest tour in the history of rock music.
What is the best thing and what’s the worst thing about the Boston scene?
The best thing is that no bands skip Boston. I never had to drive more than 45 minutes to see my favorite bands, some people aren’t so lucky. The two worst things are that so many shows are 21+ and that the T (the subway) stops running before the shows are out sometimes. So that can make it tough for bands and audiences.
What’s your craziest tour story?
A lot of weird things have happened to us over the years but we’ve still never been closer to death than when we went Mark the Magicians warehouse. It was like that movie Hostel mixed with any one of the Saw movies mixed with Criss Angel on account of the magic. He was absolutely planning to murder us in cold blood.
If you’re not making music, what do you like to be doing in your spare time?
We all like to do different things. Joe likes watching hockey. I would never. I want to be playing Zelda right now. Chris would never. We used to all like going to wing night but then our wing night place changed the price of their wings and now we don’t go there anymore.
Dear readers, sorry we don’t have a cute fuckin’ name for our fans like the uh… i dunno, bands have names for their fans sometimes, you know what I’m talking about. Lady Gaga does. Monsters? something about monsters? Anyway, we don’t have one of those for you to join up with unless you count the fact that we’re always calling them weird idiots. That’s a description, though, not a name. so sorry about that, I guess.
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