Venus Fly Trap Interview 22/06/20
MM:Can you tell us about your band and whos your biggest influences?
VFT:The band was formed when i left ATTRITION who were based in London at the time,i had done an album with them and toured Holland(my first trip abroad with a band).Decided to move back to my native Northampton(famous for BAUHAUS,ALAN MOORE,the film KINKY BOOTS),hooked up with my brother JOHN NOVAK(ISAWS/WHERES LISSE) and TONY BOOKER an x art school student(i had also studied at art school).
The lineup changed within six months,we originally used a drum machine but decided to add a drummer,ANDY DENTON was playing for a local band CROWMAN at the time,he joined,more changes he has ended up playing guitar for many years.
Myself (ALEX NOVAK-VOX) and ANDY DENTON(GUITAR/PROGRAMMING) have produced four albums together DARK AMOUR,ZENITH,NEMESIS and the most recent studio album ICON,which came out in 2018,probably VFTs most consistent period.
https://glassmodern.bandcamp.com/album/iconEverybody is influenced by somebody else,the trick is to take these elements and arrange them into something original,never wanted to sound exactly like another band,always striving to do something unique.
I came up with the name of the band,i liked the idea of a plant that eats insects and the connections with the planets Venus,Mars,mythology,so there is plenty of ideas,images to play around with.
MM:Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from?
VFT:The album ICON drew a lot on the WARHOL quote “everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes”,the idea of being famous for being famous,celebrity,idols,a new religion.Did we create God/gods with our fertile imaginations,trying to make sense of the world around us.Science fiction in the widest sense,TARANTINO movies,would like to have a track on one of his movies.
MM:What would you say is your bands favourite song?
VFT:Dont really have one,i prefer to listen to an album so the songs have a context when played in a certain order,but we certainly have released singles to promote an album.
MM:Plans tour and festival wise for 2020?
VFT:We did have dates in May,but looking at September...but who knows.
MM:What can we expect from VENUS FLY TRAP live?
VFT:Pounding electronics overlaid with a pincer movement of dark vox and needle point guitar,all filled in with wax crayon colours to mesmerise the audience into submission.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 inspired musical celluloid to be projected into the dark recesses of your psyche.
MM:What do you like best and worst about touring?
VFT:Getting to see other countries,meeting people,travel broadens the mind,the downside is the logistics of travelling long distances and the hanging around at soundchecks.
MM:Which three bands would be your ultimate touring buddies?
VFT:SUICIDE,KRAFTWERK and BLACK SABBATH.
MM:Whats the most memorable concert youve been to and why?
VFT:Seen a lot of bands over the years,difficult to choose.
MM:What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far?
VFT:To manage to keep going.
MM:Which are your two favourite albums of all time?
VFT:Again difficult to choose.
MM:Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching you?
VFT:It would be with my first band ISAWS at a school talent contest,we were a punk band,more having a go over technical ability,a real row that did get a reaction,not a good one,the whole thing was a blur and seemed to be over in minutes.We did improve by the way...
MM:Growing up which band posters did you have on your bedroom wall?
VFT:I would ads/pictures taken out of SOUNDS/NME etc Punk/New Wave/post punk genres...cut out and collaged together.
MM:Who do you think influenced the world of metal/rock more than any other person?
MM:Whats the most important thing to the band right now?
VFT:For me its promoting the current release VENUS FLY TRAP/ALEX NOVAK-MERCURIAL CD/DL(GLASS RECORDS MODERN),it is a best of VFT and other projects,bands i have been involved with including ISAWS,RELIGIOUS OVERDOSE,TEMPEST,ATTRITION,NOVA STATE CONSPIRACY,THE DEN and SPORE,a career spanning retrospective for people to delve into and explore further if they wish,about eighty minutes of music packed into this release.
MM:If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why?
VFT:We have,tried to pick tracks that we could put our own stamp on...here they are...
MM:A version of CRAMPS-HUMAN FLY and SUICIDE-ROCKET USA...
MM:Tell us why we should buy and listen to your band?
VFT:We can be your dark secret.
MM:Four words to describe the band?
MM:Final words for your fans and our readers.
VFT:See you on the otherside.