Pandoras Box

The Venus Fly Trap

Alex Novak (vocals) - Curtis (guitar) - Andrew Denton (drums)
Nathan Bundy (keyboards) - Nigel Jones (bass)

Recorded at SDH Studio (France) - 1991
Produced by Pat Fish, Jean Louis and VFT.
© Venus Fly Trap 2002

Cultural imperialism via satellite, the invisible hand ? Avenging angel, porno queen politician, TV evangelism "we take any denominations $1, $5, $20 É" Las Vegas, Lose on the swings, lose on the roundabouts.
The Holiday Inn, Elvis stills lives bloated on hamburgers, the Big M rules É the third world starves. Fat jewel encrusted hands, a character from "Lifestyles of the rich and famous" clasps a dagger. Dinosaurs still roam the earth, decadent like the final days of Rome - "Triumph, decline and fall".
Euphoria, the honeymoon is now over, will the velvet revolution survive, someone opened the Pandoras Box and let all the devils out. A world turned upside down, the spectres of the past "When I hear the word culture I reach for my gun". Death watches a beatle. Imagine. Open your mind. Note : a source of Jellybabies is recommended to complete the illusion of time travel."Perform their own song and have the good sense to rope in the Jazz Butcher as producer. His personal midas touch appears to have done the trick, for "Achilles Heel" drags a distinctly infectious undertow in its wake."

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Venus Fly Trap - Pandoras Box - Reviews

Venus Fly trap are a four piece fronted by Alex Novak and Alex has worked with Martin Bowes (from Attrition) in the past.  This release was recorded in 1991 and sounds a lot like “gothic from England” of that time period (think Gene Loves Jezebel or the Cult or Love and rockets early nineties output as well as a lot like the Happy Mondays. Track three sounds like Sex Gang Children (or at least the vocals sound like Andi Sexgang a lot.) “Shedding another skin has the tone and feel of a Nick Cave Murder Ballad. Gothic Psychedelia is what I’d have to label this release, really good swirly music from a certain era that we won’t see the likes of again any time soon. I think that “Weep Hotel” is VFT’s version and ironic take on Heartbreak Hotel by Presley. All three of the Live tracks showcase Alex’s vocal stylings of Jim Morrison of the Doors, and add in that spooky Hammond Organ and you have quite the band to enjoy seeing live, the energy is infectious on the live tracks. Now the video is called Europa and it is nothing like any of the rest of this album, (I’ll try to describe it).  Take one part Ultravox, one part Death in June, one part Attrition and one part early U2 add quick edit video style and puree. Cosmic, futurist military all together done to great effect. We have received other VFT cds for review so we will get to see how they have evolved (or devolved) with the happy addition of hindsight in which to view their musings and meanderings in the musical realm.

Review by: Azrael Racek September 05 - www.gothicrevue.com

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"Show off Alex's dark doomy shades vocals and the bands overdrive guitar and keyboard sound. They take a little from the electronic type bands and a lot from the better guitar bands. This album should be up there"
(Zip Code - 1992)

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"Venus Fly Trap have never been a band to play by the rules, preferring instead to make their own little mark on the music industry by ignoring both convention and fashion in favour of their own belief and conviction"
(Spiral Scratch - 1991)

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"Leather Clad Mysterions / Joy Division/ Suicide Hybrid, an album that should find itself clutched to many black clad bosoms."
(Brum Beat - 1992)