How did the band come to be?
After being in in various bands, building up experience and contacts,these came together in VENUS FLY TRAP - i had been in ATTRITION (from Coventry) based in London which was an interesting time. I outgrew that band,but it had broadened my horizons-got to tour Holland, giving me new vistas. Came back to my native Northampton, hooked up with my brother and an x-art school friend and we formed VENUS FLY TRAP.
Do you have any releases coming up in the new year?
Its been a busy few years with various releases/re-issues from my former bands,TEMPEST-5 AGAINST THE HOUSE CD/LP (OPTIC NERVE RECORDS) and RELIGIOUS OVERDOSE-GLASS HYMNS CD/DL(GLASS REDUX). For VENUS FLY TRAP a re-issue of our first album MARS CD/DL(GLASS MODERN) and a new studio album ICON CD/DL(GLASS MODERN). Covering these bands and more is the all encompassing MERCURIAL CD/DL(GLASS MODERN) encompassing the above and more out in may,takes in VENUS FLY TRAP/ISAWS/RELIGIOUS OVERDOSE/TEMPEST/ATTRITION/NOVA STATE CONSPIRACY and other projects.
What is something you want listeners to take away from your music?
We have been described as "bladerunner rock n roll with dark acidic shades" - we create dark sonic cinema for the mind, film noir/sci fi soundscapes inspired by 2001/clockwork orange/twin peaks/pulp fiction/alien....myths/mythology which has fed cinema...idols/screen godessess/warhol-"everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes".... would like to have a track on a TARANTINO movie soundtrack. ICON as an example is an album to be listened to from beginning to end, all the tracks inter connect,characters introduced as the celluloid travels through the projector.
With everything that is going on in our world what is one cause or organization that you are passionate about?
NHS (NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE)-it is one institution that has not been completely dismantled/privatized - it will show its worth and be a guiding light on how we run our services/transport/utilities for the future.
What is your writing process like?
Myself and ANDY DENTON (guitar/programming) jam out ideas which are taken away, put into a form then refined by going back and forth until we are satisfied.
To follow up with the last question, what inspires your sound?
Starts with a riff.. which inspires a lyric. which suggests more musical ideas.. until the song is bashed into a form we are happy with...
Any tours coming up soon?
With MERCURIAL album out in may.. we had shows planned.. which have been shelved for the time being.. until we deal with this plague... good luck everyone...