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The Venus Fly Trap


The Venus Fly Trap

British cult outfit The Venus Fly Trap have announced they will release their new ‘Icon’ LP via Glass Modern Records. This Bladerunner rock n roll sees post-punk fuse with dark electronica envisioned through rose-tinted shades and dark acidic visions.

Founded in Northampton by Alex Novak (vocals) and Andrew Denton(guitar, programming) in 1986 after Novak parted company with darkwave post-punk band Attrition, mythology has always been part of The Venus Fly Trap’s psyche, alongside space and science fiction. This is music created for imaginary films for your mind.

The Venus Fly Trap emerged from the same fold as Bauhaus, with Novak having attended art school with three-quarters of the band and gigging alongside Bauhaus in several previous bands. Bauhaus’ Kevin Haskins would later produce the band’s 1989 EP ‘Rocket USA / Cloud 9 / Opium War’ and co-produced the ‘Shedding Another Skin’ LP (1992) with Pat Fish (The Jazz Butcher). Fish also produced their ‘Pandoras Box’ album (1991).

Produced by Martin Bowes of Attrition fame and also Pigface, the new ‘Icon’ album follows the ‘Nemesis’ LP (2008) and ‘Metamorphosis’, which released on limited red vinyl in 2016.

The Venus Fly Trap draws inspiration from many sources, including psychedelia via post punk electronica, reggae via Bauhaus, film noir, The Velvet Underground, Joy Division, The Doors, Sisters of Mercy and Nine Inch Nails.

About this new album, Alex Novak says, “I was inspired by ancient mythology how it has been subverted via cinema and TV screen idols / godesses..and the nature of fame via TV and the internet… the fascination of being famous for being famous, drawing on what Warhol said “in the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes’.

With a strong European following, earlier releases came out via labels Danceteria (France), Azyl (Czech Republic), Spectre (Germany), Soundbuster (Germany), SPV (Germany Poland) and Big Blue (Poland).

Their live music adventures have seen them shared the stage with The Mission, Spacemen 3, Tom Verlaine (Television), Clan Of Xymox, New Model Army, Killing Joke, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Attrition, Pop Will Eat Itself, Chameleons, Christian Death, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, The Jazz Butcher, Sultans Of Ping and Front Line Assembly, among others.

The ‘Icon’ album will be released on September 28. It will be available on CD via Glass Modern Records and digitally across online stores and streaming platforms, as well as Bandcamp.

TRACK LIST
1. Icon
2. Vitesse
3. Voodoo Voodo
4. Flashback
5. Deadly Nightshade
6. Return Of Sidewinder
7. The Genesis Of The Daleks
8. Puppet
9. In The Moonlight

CREDITS
Alex Novak – Vox
Andrew Denton – Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals & Programing

Paul Cox – Backing Vocals (Track 8,9), 12 String (Track 9)
Nathan Bundy – Additional Keyboards (Track 4,6)
Sylvie Denton – Spoken Word (Track 1,2)
Anthony Denton – Spoken Word / Backing Vox (Track 1,9)
Martin Bowes – The Exterminator
Music by A.Denton / Lyrics by A.Novak © Venus Fly Trap 2018

The Venus Fly Trap – Icon

The Venus Fly Trap – Vitesse

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