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THE VENUS FLY TRAP – TIME LAPSE 1989-1994 CD/DL (GLASS MODERN GLAMCD 035 2021)

Release date: 26th MARCH 2021

TIME LAPSE is a selection of tracks collected from the albums TOTEM, PANDORAS BOX and LUNA TIDE, they’ve been placed together as a possible alternative album in this alternate reality.

TIME LAPSE used to refer to a method of filming, by taking a series of single pictures over a period of time and then putting them together to show the action happening quickly.

Available via Bandcamp and CARGO distribution..

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TOTEM, the second Venus Fly Trap album, originally came out on DANCETERIA RECORDS (FRANCE) in 1989. It was recorded at RAVEN STUDIOS near Norwich and produced by HOWARD TURNER (NIVENS).

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).

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.

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.

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

The Venus Fly Trap – Icon

The Venus Fly Trap – Vitesse

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