Venus Fly Trap – Interview

Venus Fly Trap – Interview


Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: What type of artist are you ?
VFT: We have operated in the alternative spectrum from post-punk/dark wave/electronica,if you like music on the dark side we are your  band-we have darkness in our minds….

PD:Tell us the brief history of yourself.
VFT: A potted history of VENUS FLY TRAP….When i was at northampton art school i got involved with punk/new wavevia my first band ISAWS(BAUHAUS were fellow students) which then morphed into RELIGIOUS OVERDOSE operating somewhere between the fall/cabaret voltaire… Did three singles which has been compiled with other tracks onto a CD GLASS HYMNS(GLASS RECORDS REDUX),RICHARD FORMBY(guitar) re-located to leeds where he still runs a studio and has worked with JAZZ BUTCHER/SONIC BOOM(SPACEMAN 3).Back into another band with local scenesters,everybodyseemed to be in multiple bands at the same time.

THE TEMPEST produced two singles and an album 5 AGAINST THE HOUSE,these were recently released as a LP/CD on OPTIC NERVE,again in the post punk/gothic realm probably not as experimental as RELIGIOUS OVERDOSE,did a session for RADIO 1 and got a lot of airplay via KID JENSEN and JOHN PEEL(RIP).Bands didnt have much of a shelf life again it all came to a sudden halt.
I then joined electronic band called ATTRITION from coventry but based in london,MARTIN BOWES from the band had been a contact via a fanzine he produced ALTERNATIVE SOUNDS. Did one album,toured holland,lived in london,so a good experience which i used in VENUS FLY TRAP.
Martin still does ATTRITION alongside running a studio in coventry,where VENUS FLY TRAP have recorded and mixed material.

VENUS FLY TRAP has been a long term project,we have produced eight albums and numerous singles,the most recent ICON on GLASS RECORDS MODERN,the line up has fluctuated over the
years and has settled to ALEX NOVAK(VOX) and ANDY DENTON(GUITAR/PROGRAMMING). All the above has been neatly encapsulated in an retrospective CD/DL called MERCURIAL via GLASS RECORDS MODERN out now….

PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
VFT: VFT best described as “bladerunner rock n roll wearing dark acidic shades for the cimema of your mind”,if you like joy division/doors/chemical brothers,we could be your new favourite band…
I have an eclectic musical taste(i run a record shop SPIRAL ARCHIVE RECORDS in Northampton,also DJ put bands on),taken influences from different bands but trying to put our own stamp on the end result.
BREAKING BAD/WATCHMEN(ALAN MOORE still lives in Northampton)…would like to have a track on a TARANTINO movie soundtrack. GRAPHICS/DESIGN/ART i do come from a GRAPHIC DESIGN background have designed sleeves/posters etc for all my bands and studied PHOTOGRAPHY at COVENTRY UNIVERSITY.

PD: What are your dreams and goals?
VFT: To basically make a living out of what i like doing-so far so good,i have managed to keep it going…

PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
VFT: We jam ideas and from that songs are constructed,so there is a lot of going back and forwards from computerto rehearsals… As above i draw on SCI FI/FILM NOIR-VENUS FLY TRAP is a plant that eats insects,the planets VENUS and MARS and MYTHOLOGY provide plenty of images and lyrical ideas.

PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
VFT: Gawd…a lot of leg work…posters/flyers…facebook/internet…press/radio…you build an audience by being consistent and producing good events.

PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Its a format,but i like physical releases CD/VINYL/CASSETTE as they are tangible objects-i suggest ands have all formats,physical ones you can sell at gigs alongside your t-shirts etc…

PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Not something i think about…

PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
VFT: That the more outlets there are for music the more you have to work to achieve the same results and its back into the hands of big labels who have the budgets to push there artists. Buying there way into the media…and overwhelming radio/mags so it gets more difficult to get noticed…

PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
VFT: Oh…usually getting to new country to play…been across most of europe,but would like to play in japan…

PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
VFT: Basically plugging the new release,hence this interview…were doing dates from may nwards,,,check our face book for details….for two people we make a big noise..  

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